Eric Garcetti, Mayor of Los Angeles
You declare: “The President’s announcement to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is a giant setback for America because all of our children should feel safe and accepted in a country that belongs to them.”
You go on to say “His action on DACA is cruel.”
No, Mr. Mayor, what’s cruel is that President Barack Obama issued an illegal executive order granting special privileges to a select group who were brought illegally to the United States and now you’re blaming President Trump for upholding the Constitutional rule of law on behalf of ‘We, the People.”
What’s cruel is that you defend 800,000 DACAs and not the thousands upon thousands of our U.S. Military Veterans who are war-injured and homeless on American soil, particularly in the City where you are the Mayor, which is our nation’s capital for homeless Veterans.
What’s cruel is your not ending Veteran homelessness in Los Angeles by the end of 2015 as you publicly promised, which was also the #1 Objective / Promise in the VA’s so-called settlement agreement, regarding the nine VA real estate deals that were adjudicated in federal court as “unauthorized by law and therefore void.”
What’s cruel is your’s and the VA’s failure to end Veteran homelessness as promised, which is a giant setback for America because all of our disabled and homeless Veterans should feel safe and accepted in a country they pledged their lives to defend.
What’s cruel, illegal and immoral is that the City of Los Angeles is occupying 12 acres of Veterans VA land for a public dog park and recreation center while Los Angeles remains our nation’s capital for homeless Veterans
What’s cruel, illegal and immoral is the City of Los Angeles spending $100,000 for a pile of rocks, a couple of small trees and a flag pole at the public dog park as a “memorial” for Veterans in lieu of the City’s “rent-free” use of Veterans land valued at hundreds of millions of dollars.
What’s cruel is that a “memorial” honors the dead—there’s an old saying “We honor our dead Veterans by taking care of our living Veterans.” $100K could establish thousands of tents on Veterans VA land to safely shelter disabled homeless Veterans from the dangerous streets of Los Angeles.
What’s cruel i, immoral and inhumane—is that dogs occupy Veterans sacred land while war-injured and impoverished U.S. Military Veterans live homeless and hungry at skid row and in back-alley squalor.
What’s cruel i is that the Los Angeles VA has illegally and immorally agreed to allow large construction trucks to rumble through the VA grounds from Brentwood School’s construction site so that the community—“the rest of us”—according to LA City Councilman Mike Bonin, would be spared the impact of construction traffic, while the “the rest of them”—Veterans who are trying to heal from their war injuries at the VA—must endure the imposing loud noise and unsafe traffic conditions of Brentwood School construction trucks.
What’s cruel i is that Brentwood School, one of the wealthiest and most expensive private prep-schools in the nation, occupies nearly 25 acres on Veterans VA land while Los Angeles remains our nation’s capital for homeless Veterans.
What’s cruel i is that UCLA occupies 10-acres on Veterans VA land for a collegiate baseball diamond while Los Angeles remains our nation’s capital for homeless Veterans.
What’s cruel i is that there is non-stop oil-drilling on Veterans VA land close to where U.S. Military Veterans are trying to heal from defending America, yet you remain silent but are vehemently opposed to off-shore oil =-drilling in order to defend whales, dolphins and other sea life.
What’s cruel iMr. Mayor is that the Los Angeles VA has become a “sanctuary compound” that protects wealthy and powerful illegal occupants on VA land deeded exclusively as a permanent National Home for disabled and disadvantaged U.S Military Veterans, and you defend these elitist ingrates on Veterans land as well as illegal aliens on American soil.
What’s cruel Mr. Mayor, is that you are a Veteran and you don’t give a rip about our Veterans and their sacred and sovereign land unless it benefits your wealthy and powerful constituents.
What’s frightening Mr. Mayor is that you cannot even patch potholes in Los Angeles yet you open the doors to our City to anyone and everyone and now you’re planning to run for President of the United States.
Mr. Mayor, admit that you have failed our U.S. Military Veterans and American Citizens, and then do the honorable thing and resign posthaste.
Robert L. Rosebrock
Director, Old Veterans Guard
God Bless America and the Veterans Revolution!
The President’s announcement to rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals is a giant setback for America because all of our children should feel safe and accepted in a country that belongs to them. DACA has allowed close to 800,000 ambitious, patriotic young people to start careers, stay in school, and give back to our communities without fear of being torn from the people they love.
His action on DACA is cruel — it threatens to tear families apart, puts our economy at risk, and will do nothing to unify America or make us more secure. The President should open his heart to the scores of families anguished by his decision, and reverse a course where he is so plainly on the wrong side of history and justice. I urge Congress to act as quickly as possible to pass legislation to protect the beneficiaries of DACA, giving millions of our relatives, friends, and neighbors the security and peace of mind that they deserve. DACA recipients are all of us: teachers, students, business owners, young people thinking about starting families of their own in the only country they know: the United States. They belong here. And we’ll fight for them to stay.
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Rosebrock is a U.S. Army Veteran, Vietnam War-era, HQ USARHAW, Schofield Barracks. He is Director of the Veterans Revolution and the Old Veterans Guard.Commenting Policy
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