An area resident noted for vehemently arguing against immigration reform by mangling a famous John Adams quote is upset a cop issued him a speeding ticket.
Robert Jarreau, of Erwinville, whose friends report he almost immediately responds by saying “We are a nation of laws” whenever the topic of immigration arises, is still bitter a Louisiana state trooper cited him for going 72 mph in a 65 mph zone on U.S. 190 in West Baton Rouge Parish last month.
The 52-year-old Jarreau believes the trooper should’ve let him off with a warning, and that all those who entered the U.S. illegally, no matter the circumstances, should be deported.
“I can’t believe that chickenshit cop gave me a ticket for going seven miles an hour over the speed limit,” said Jarreau, who often tells people America became a great nation because of the rule of law. “He could’ve just told me to slow down. But no, he had to be an asshole about it.”
“If you can’t follow our laws, you don’t deserve to be here,” explained Jarreau, who tried talking his way out of the speeding ticket by telling the trooper he was late for work.
Jarreau’s anger over his $185 fine is rivaled only by his anger over the prospect of so-called “Dreamers” — immigrants who came here illegally as children — being allowed to remain in the U.S. He believes not sending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program recipients back to their birth nations would unravel the fabric of American society.
“They keep talking about DACA and how they came here as kids and that sending them back would break up families. Boo-freaking-hoo. The law is the law. If you can’t follow our laws, you don’t deserve to be here,” explained Jarreau, who tried talking his way out of the speeding ticket by telling the trooper he was late for work.
“If we make an exception for even one of them, next thing you know, it’ll be amnesty for all of them, and what kind of precedent would that set?” he added. “Why bother having laws if you’re not going to enforce them?”