Safety checkpoints put illegal immigrants in line to lose cars, sometimes more 08:40 AM PDT on Thursday, July 3, 2008 [SIZE=-1]By JULISSA McKINNON and SARAH BURGE[/SIZE] [SIZE=-1]The Press-Enterprise[/SIZE] Deymi Barrios, a 25-year-old stay-at-home mom and illegal immigrant, had her car towed away from a checkpoint in Romoland because she was driving without a license. Wrestling car seats from her Ford Focus as her two young children cried, she said she understood why deputies impounded her car. "I know that the law is the law," Barrios said in Spanish. "But because I don't have papers, I can't get a license." Story continues below Silvia Flores/The Press-Enterprise Deymi Barrios, of San Jacinto, carries car seats as she walks with daughter Lucero, 4. She was returning from driving her children to school when she came upon the checkpoint. Her car was impounded because as an illegal immigrant, she lacks a driver’s license. Daytime checkpoints are gaining popularity among police as a way to make roads safer by taking cars from unlicensed drivers. But immigrant advocates say many of those caught up in checkpoints are not people with records of driving dangerously, just illegal immigrants who, like Barrios, cannot get a license at all. Barrios chose to drive her 5-year-old son to school anyway May 5 because she did not want him to wait outside for the bus while he sniffled with a cold. Her car was one of 75 taken away on the spot in southwestern Riverside County as part of a safety checkpoint put on by the Sheriff's Department. Anyone who failed to produce a license was ushered off Highway 74 through a gantlet of orange cones, where tow trucks were queued up like taxis at an airport. Barrios, who came here illegally from Mexico seven years ago, worried about her husband's reaction to the $1,000-plus cost of retrieving their car. "We'll probably have to cut our telephone service," she said. "The only thing that could have made this worse is if immigration was here." (an excerpt from later in the same article) Jose Gonzalez, 40, of Perris, an illegal immigrant who has lived in the United States for two decades and whose daughter is a U.S. citizen, has had several vehicles impounded by police, including two at checkpoints. Twice, he has abandoned his impounded vehicles. A month after his SUV was impounded at a checkpoint, Gonzalez, his daughter and a friend went toTown & Country tow yard in Perris to recover the vehicle. All told, this run-in with police cost about $1,700. Gonzalez's friend, who has a driver's license, claimed the vehicle for him. But outside the gate, Gonzalez drove it away. Full article: http://www.pe.com/localnews/immigration/stories/PE_News_Local_S_checkpoint03.44350fa.html Common denominator? ILLEGAL!! You want to live here for 20 years? Follow the L-A-W. I'm so very tired of the stories of woe. These law-breakers are using services every day that are paid for by Americans and then they want to complain that "It's just not fair!" Of course, there are always the sympathizers like the oh-so-ignorant Senator Gil Cedillo who think California should issue driver's licenses to illegals. (Gee, does that comment make me a man-hater now??) Illegal means illegal. In the article, an immigrant rights activists says that these checkpoints make "immigrants wary of police". Wake up! If you're here illegally, you damn well should be "wary" of police! Don't want to worry about such things? Then don't come here illegally - plain and simple!!