ABIDE BY LAW OR LEAVE
Forwarded by Art Garland Sr., via p38bob
Australia’s government officials recently told Muslims who want to live under Islamic Sharia law to leave the country, as their government targeted radicals in a bid to head off potential terror attacks.
A day after a group of mainstream Muslim leaders pledged loyalty to Australia at a special meeting with Prime Minister John Howard, he and his ministers made it clear that extremists would face a crackdown.
Treasurer Peter Costello, seen as heir apparent to Howard, hinted that some radical clerics could be asked to leave the country if they did not accept that Australia was a secular state and its laws were made by parliament.
“If those are not your values, if you want a country which has Sharia law or a theocratic state, then Australia is not for you,” he said on national television. “I'd be saying to clerics who are teaching that there are two laws governing people in Australia, one the Australian law and another the Islamic law, that is false. If you can't agree with parliamentary law, independent courts, democracy, and would prefer Sharia law and have the opportunity to go to another country which practices it, perhaps, then, that's a better option,” Costello said.
Asked whether he meant radical clerics would be forced to leave, he said those with dual citizenship could possibly be asked move to the other country.
Education Minister Brendan Nelson later told reporters that Muslims who did not want to accept local values should “clear off”.
“Basically, people who don't want to be Australians, and they don't want to live by Australian values and understand them, well then they can basically clear off,” he said. Separately, Howard angered some Australian Muslims on Wednesday by saying he supported spies monitoring the nation's mosques.
By BG Robert Cardenas, USAF (Ret.)
Forwarded by p38bob, who added:
Bob Cardenas has served our country honorably on many occasions, and is a test pilot, well known for flying new and exotic aircraft. Bob flew the B-29 that dropped Chuck Yeager when he broke the sound barrier. He was the test pilot on the Y-B49 Flying Wing that has led to some of our current exotic war birds. He is, in fact, one of the truly great Americans of our time and I am very proud to know him. His comments and observations follow.
In order to get the correct slant on my opinion, I must first state that when I arrived in the U.S. in 1925, at age 5, it was a different world, but the emotion and the principals were the same. My father was already an American citizen and was a wise man.
As soon as he felt that I could understand, he explained that my birth in Mexico entitled me to Mexican citizenship, and that we had centuries of Spanish heritage, but that I had until age 16 to make up my mind to accept or reject American citizenship by derivation. He left it up to me, but he gave me a written Creed and said that if I could accept it as my creed, then I should become an American:
I would have: “To believe in the United States of America as a government of the people, by the people, for the people; whose just powers are derived from the consent of the governed; a democracy in a Republic; a sovereign Nation of many sovereign States; a perfect union, one and inseparable; established upon those principles of freedom, equality, justice and humanity, for which many American patriots had sacrificed their lives and fortunes.”
As the years went by I studied the history and status of both choices and spent some time in Mexico. At 16, the choice was easy. I became an American citizen by derivation and, as such, I believed it was my duty under God to love America, support its Constitution; obey its laws; respect its flag, and to defend it against all enemies. I have done so in three major wars and several special operations.
Therefore my view is simple: “love it or leave it”. Obey its laws and pay respect to its flag, or get the hell out and go back where you came from. If you are here illegally, you are breaking the law. All illegals that are willing to abide by such a creed should be given a chance to become citizens. We need a National ID card for everyone who is a citizen.
A guest worker program worked before and, if properly established, can help everyone. However, guest workers should not have all of the health and welfare benefits that citizens earn. The companies that hire them have to take care of their needs.
As always, there are special cases that do not fit the cookie cutter.
AN UGLY REALITY
By Thomas Sowell, April 18, 2006
Forwarded by Don Waterworth
Thank heaven for the massive marches across the country by those favoring illegal immigrants. These marches revealed the ugly truth behind the fog of pious words and clever political spin from the media and from both Democrats and Republicans in Washington.
“Guest workers”? Did any of the strident speakers, with their in-your-face bombast in Spanish, sound like guests? Did they sound like people who wanted to become Americans? Were they even asking for amnesty? They didn't sound like they were asking for anything. They sounded like they were telling. Demanding. Threatening.
Somebody must have told them that their Mexican flags that dominated the earlier marches were not making a good impression on television, so they started flying American flags. But such cosmetic changes did not keep the ugly reality from coming through in their hostile speeches.
These were not the speeches of people who wanted to join American society but people who wanted their own turf on American soil — in disregard and defiance of what American citizens want.
Europe has already been through this “guest worker” policy that we are being urged to follow. They have learned the hard way what it means to have a growing foreign population in their midst — a population that insists on remaining foreign and hostile to the culture, values and people around them.
Some European countries have learned this lesson at the cost of riots and bloodshed in the streets and lives lost in terrorist attacks. Others have only had to contend with national polarization — thus far — but polarization is not a small thing.
In this country, however, there are still people who refuse to learn any lesson at all. Some business interests see only an opportunity to get cheap labor. Some intellectuals see only abstract principles about abstract people crossing an abstract border.
Some tell us loftily that earlier generations of immigrants who were once thought to be unassimilable turned out over time to become as American as anyone else and patriotic citizens.
That might well be true of immigrants from Mexico, both legal and illegal, if the circumstances of today were the same as the circumstances during an earlier era of immigration from Europe. But circumstances are not the same — and those circumstances are not going to become the same by pretending that they are.
The ugly display of grievance-mongering bombast at the illegal immigrant marches is just one of those circumstances that are not the same as in an earlier era.
When people came here from Europe, they came here to become Americans. There was no prouder title for them.
American generals of German ancestry led the fight against Germany in both World Wars. The Irish “Fighting 69th” earned its fame on the battlefields of the First World War and Japanese American fighting units were among the most highly decorated in World War II. They proved they were Americans.
The underlying tragedy of the present situation is that it is doubtful whether the activist loudmouths, who were too contemptuous of this country to even speak its language while demanding its benefits, represent most immigrants from Mexico.
Both legal and illegal immigrants have come here primarily to work and make a better life for themselves and their families. But a country requires more than workers. It requires people who are citizens not only in name but in commitment.
Americanization did not happen automatically in earlier times and it will not happen automatically today. Immigrants in an earlier era had leaders and organizations actively working to transform them into Americans — the Catholic Church with the Irish and numerous organizations among the Jews, for example.
Today's immigrant activists and the politicians who kowtow to them have just the opposite agenda, to keep foreigners foreign and to make other Americans accept and adjust to that. It will be a national tragedy if they succeed.
Just what problem will amnesty solve? Illegal aliens will benefit and politicians will benefit by sweeping the illegality under the rug by making it legal. But how will American citizens benefit? America can lose big time.
Thomas Sowell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA 94305. His Web site is www.tsowell.com.
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ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL
By James H. Reza
Forwarded by Don/Beth Waterworth
I can almost assure you that everyone who is a true American was sickened when you saw multitudes of protesters carrying Mexican flags protesting the new Immigration Reform Bill in the Senate.
This display of Mexican flags should give you a heads up on where these protesters allegiance lies their hearts are in Mexico and their bellies are in the United States.
As an American of Mexican Heritage I want to set the record straight, American Hispanics are not all thrilled with illegal immigration. I, for more than 20 years, tried desperately to bring this national debacle to the attention of the American people.
I had the privilege of writing for several newspapers, appeared on national and local TV and radio programs, and was asked by many political groups to address this serious problem affecting my former community (North Fort Worth), city, state, and our country.
Many will question how I can speak on this subject with some authority.
My simple answer is: I lived with the problem! Trust me, it was no picnic. Never in my life (I'm 68) had I witnessed such lawlessness, deterioration of my community, and black market criminal underground activities attributed to the influx of illegal immigrants.
To add injury to insult, politicians soon caved in to the many demands of illegal immigrants. Notably: bilingual education, bilingual ballots, welfare aid, free medical care, etc. Through all this national disgrace allowed by our politicians, have you all noticed that no one ever blames the useless, corrupt, and disgraceful government of Mexico? In contrast, they lambaste and criticize our country. How does that grab you?
When I addressed the dangers of our porous border between Mexico and the United States, and the lax security of our nation, no one paid attention. As I observed the situation, the problem was perceived to be between American Hispanic communities and illegal immigrants. White Americans, it seemed, assumed that the problem was not theirs to deal with. In other words they were, asleep at the wheel. However, 9-11 soon woke them up.
Lets be honest with each other here; white Americans vote in far larger numbers than Hispanics. And most politicians (Democrat and Republican) in our city, state, and federal governments are white. Thus, who is more suited to fix this national disaster? I'm sure most of you know what the answer is.
In summation, I'm pleading with white American voters to join me in sending our politicians (Democrats and Republicans) a strong message that we will not tolerate illegal immigrants telling us how to make government policy that will make it easier for them to break our laws.
Hope you will join me in this endeavor in our upcoming elections.
James H. Reza
4204 Grand Lake
Lake Worth, Texas 76135
After I ran his article, I received this reply from the author:
“I am very grateful for you for posting my article in your website. I've written many articles that have spurred many to write me pro and con letters or called me to vent their praise or anger.
“Having said that, never in my many years of writing have I gotten the response I got from this article.
“Jug, I have gotten calls, letters and e-mails from all over the United States. One of the most beautiful letters was from a World War II vet. He told me that when he read my article he started to cry because he thought that Love of Country was a thing of the past. However, the article revived his belief that there are still Americans who care about this great land of ours.
“In my family we have two Purple Hearts, and my dad (now deceased) had several battle citations when he served in the Navy in the South Pacific. I have just finished posting another article on National Society for Hispanic Professionals (nshp.com) where Asleep at the Wheel originated.
“Hope you will find my next article as interesting. It deals with us The
American voters will be keeping a sharp eye on those who sell our Country cheap to illegals who have broken our laws. The name of my next article is, Be Weak on Immigration? Beware!
“Though I am a strong Conservative, I am extremely disappointed by our Republican Senators who are spineless and also at President Bush, whom I supported here in Texas for Governor, and twice to lead our nation.
“Again, thank you so much, God Bless our Country during these troubling times.”
BE WEAK ON IMMIGRATION? BEWARE!
By James H. Reza, E-Mail [mailto:email@example.com ]
For years, many have questioned why I have spoken out so vigorously against illegal immigration. My answer is simple.
I believe, as most Americans probably do, that we should have zero tolerance for illegal immigrants who come to our country, commit a crime, and return to their homeland where they are shielded from our justice system.
Without going into much detail, this serious illegal alien problem which daily occurs in our country is most often swept under the rug by the media, and as of late, President Bush who didn¹t mention it on his recent immigration pitch.
In the early 80s, my wife and I were driving on Central Ave. in my former neighborhood in North Fort Worth. We suddenly noticed a car heading towards us at high speed, trying to elude a police car when it plowed into another car crossing the intersection.
There, in the middle of the street, were three bodies of the occupants who, on impac, were thrown out of the car. The driver of the speeding car stumbled out of his vehicle, apparently disoriented, as beer bottles fell out. Soon ambulances and police cars arrived at the accident scene so we left.
Later, a Police Sergeant friend, informed me that the driver of the speeding car, an illegal alien, caused two fatalities and left one crippled for life and was booked on a negligent homicide DWI charge.
However, the illegal posted his bail bond and fled to Mexico where our laws have no jurisdiction to bring him back to be prosecuted for his crimes. In a conversation, my friend informed me that it was common practice for illegal aliens who commitcrimes to high-tail it to Mexico to avoid prosecution.
In another criminal case involving an illegal alien, a former school chum of mine, and his family, fell victims to a horrible crime.
One day, his son went to shoot pool at a local billiard hall. While there, he had an altercation with an illegal. A fistfight ensued, with the son handily defeating the illegal combatant.
That evening, the older brother of the trounced illegal, came to look for the son at his house. When the mother answered the door with her small children beside her, the angered illegal asked for her son.
She replied that her son was not in, and the illegal fired one shot, striking a fatal wound to her chest. She died in the arms of her grieving children.
Later, the evil murdering illegal would call the family from Mexico threatening to return to kill the rest of the family. Folks, that occurred more than 20 years ago, and the animal that committed this unspeakable murder is still free in Mexico, and maybe even here in the USA.
Anyone disputing these crimes I¹ve just detailed can substantiate facts by calling the Fort Worth Police Department for verification.
Concerned Americans, these two crimes and many more I'm cognizant of, occur almost daily in our country.
In a recent criminal study, Illegal Invasion Deadlier than Iraq, Mr. Mac Johnson, a researcher from Cambridge, MA, conservatively estimates that illegal aliens in the United States commit 1,800 to 2,500 homicides yearly.
He notes that our national media keeps tabs on how many American soldiers we've lost in Afghanistan and Iraq since we started the “War on Terror” three years ago, which numbers somewhere around 2,500. However, as Mr. Johnson points out, the media and President Bush, I might now add, have failed to tell us that in the same time span, illegal aliens have murdered about 4,000 Americans on our own soil.
Sadly, most of these crimes, like the ones I previously referenced, go unpunished for the same reasons stated earlier - illegal criminals simply return to their homeland.
After 9-11, President Bush made a bold statement to those who harmed our country in New York. With bullhorn in hand he said, “Those who knocked down these buildings will soon hear from us.”
Well Mr. President, those Republican and Democrat politicians who placed their hand on the bible and took an oath to abide and enforce are laws and are siding with you on passing a weak Senate immigration bill to protect our borders, will soon hear this message from many American voters like me(not street protesters).
We will definitely remember this in the upcoming elections!
See also Mr. Reza's article ASLEEP AT THE WHEEL under this same category.
By Roy Beck, President, NumbersUSA
Forwarded by GunshipII@aol.com
SENATE FINALLY APPROVES FENCE BILL
This is excellent news for those interested in a secure southern border between the United States and Mexico.
Bottom line: The Bill is with President Bush for signing.
Ever since the House passed this fence bill 283-138 earlier this month, major Republican and Democratic leaders in the Senate have said they would refuse to allow this bill to come to a vote. They said passing an enforcement would only bill take away a bargaining chip they need to pass a bill with guest workers and an amnesty. They used all kinds of maneuvers to keep from having to vote directly on this bill.
But a lot of the Senators, such as Sen. Martinez (R-FL), who so vociferously spoke against this bill, ended up voting for it. Why? Because they knew that regular voting citizens, like you, would hold them accountable.
This lop-sided vote is absolutely a sign of the tremendous power that this growing citizen movement is accumulating — and of your steadfast commitment.
You can read more about the fence and this bill HERE [http://www.numbersusa.com/hottopic/congress.html ].
Basically, this bill is the only step forward that Congress has taken this year in the fight against out-of-control mass immigration. It is sad that this is all we got when we consider the great promise of the Attrition Through Enforcement bill (H.R. 4437) passed last December by the House. But the Senate refused to deal with it unless it could add an amnesty and incredible increases in legal immigration.
In addition, we have to remember that the bill tonight was not an appropriations bill. The money to fund the fence must come in another bill. Money for a few hundred miles appears to be in the pipeline, but the Senate so far has not shown signs of being willing to provide all the money to build all 700 miles.
Nonetheless, there will be plenty of money to get started. As this fence begins to be erected at and near the populated settlements along the Mexican border — and as it clearly slows the illegal traffic — we can hope that steps of success will breed more interest and more money for more fence by Congress next year.
Almost exactly a year ago, leaders of many national groups fighting immigration insanity — and some key staffers from Congress — met in a private room for dinner on Capitol Hill. We struggled to come up with the most important three tools needed to substantially reduce the illegal alien population in the U.S. We came up with three (not necessarily ranked by importance):
- Build a fence on the Mexican border;
- Mandate every employer to run every new hire (and eventually all existing employees) through a national computerized verification system to keep most illegal aliens out of a job; and,
- Mandate that the federal government cooperate with any local law enforcement agency that calls to report having apprehended an illegal alien.
Our groups pledged to work jointly and cooperatively with each other and with our allies in Congress to reach these three goals.
We were amazed when, two months later, the U.S. House passed a bill with all three. We are sorry that only one of the three top tools got through this Congress – but we got one! The effectiveness of the fence will be severely limited until we pass the other two tools. We look forward to working with you to do that in the year ahead.
In addition, NumbersUSA is pledged to three other top goals to reduce the illegal alien population:
- Eliminate the chain migration categories that allow immigrants to choose the next immigrants by bringing in their adult relatives (other than spouse). Because this starts a chain that connects hundreds of cousins and in-laws and aunts and uncles and nephews and nieces for each new immigrant, it builds up gigantic expectations for whole communities in (usually poor) foreign countries. Although most of them must wait for years before their “number is called,” large numbers of them decide they already are entitled to live in the U.S. and just go ahead and enter the country illegally.
- Eliminate the visa lottery that randomly picks 50,000 foreign nationals to come to the U.S. to become citizens each year. Because millions of people apply for the lottery, large numbers of them begin to believe that they may win some day and decide to just come on to the U.S. illegally and wait to win the lottery while here.
- Eliminate anchor baby citizenship, a policy that gives automatic U.S. citizenship to any baby born of an illegal alien on U.S. soil. Most industrialized countries in the world that once awarded anchor baby citizenship have stopped because it is a huge magnet to encourage women to enter a country illegally. And the illegal aliens use their anchor babies as a tool to avoid deportation.
So, those three goals, plus the left-over two from last year, head up the very ambitious list of what we must continue to advocate in the months ahead.
This weekend, however, let's celebrate a significant victory.
Good Fences Make Good Neighbors!
Thanks a lot, neighbors!
COULD YOU PASS THIS TEST? (1998)
Shown here are a few questions taken from a list of 100 randomly asked by INS examiners interviewing prospective new citizens. How many can you answer correctly?
- Who elects the President?
- How many amendments are there to the Constitution?
- Where does Freedom of Speech come from?
- What special group advises the President?
- In what year was the Constitution written?
- How many times may a Senator be reelected?
- How many times may a Representative be reelected?
- What is the supreme law of the United States?
- Can you name the original 13 states?
- What is the minimum voting age in the United States?
(Answers: 1. The Electoral College; 2. 27 amendments; 3. The Bill of Rights; 4. The Cabinet; 5. 1787; 6. No limit; 7. No limit; 8. The Constitution; 9. CT, DL, GA, MA, MD, NH, NJ, NY, NC, PA, RI, SC, VA; 10. 18 years old.)
LEGAL IMMIGRANTS, YES - ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS, NO
Some of our Congressmen bend over back words for the welfare of illegal immigrants, while they continue to maintain that our government cannot afford health care for our military retirees and other veterans. They will readily cut our warriors benefits and rights, but never consider maintaining tight control of our borders to keep illegals out.
Think about this. How do we know the illegals are not perpetrating acts of terrorism by carrying deadly virus' in their bodies on purpose, knowing that our bleeding heart liberals will take care of their health needs in our clinics and hospitals, thereby possibly exposing our citizens to a myriad of diseases. After all, most terrorist don’t give a tinkers damn about their own lives - as constantly demonstrated by suicide bombings.
We should all demand enforcement of the laws to keep America safe by placing our own citizen's safety and welfare before that of people who do not belong here. Legal immigrants - yes! Illegal immigrants - no!
If our present Congress and Administration cannot do this, let's press for the ballot changes necessary to find those who will keep things in compliance.
1830 West 120 South
Provo, Utah 84601
FIVE YEARS IN MEXICO
By Tom O’Malley, former SW Bell Director in Mexico
Forwarded by Howard Rien, U.S. Navy (Ret)
I spent five years working in Mexico. I worked under a tourist Visa for three months and could legally renew it for three more months, but technically illegal for three weeks waiting on the FM3 approval
During that six months our Mexican and US Attorneys were working to secure a permanent work visa called a FM3. It was in addition to my US passport that I had to show each time I entered and left the country. Barbara's was the same, except that hers did not permit her to work.
To apply for the FM3 I needed to submit the following notarized originals (not copies):
- Birth certificate for Barbara and I.
- Marriage certificate.
- High school transcripts and proof of graduation.
- College transcripts for every college I attended and proof of graduation.
- Two letters of recommendation from supervisors I had worked for at least one year.
- A letter from The St. Louis Chief of Police, indicating that I had no arrest record in the US and no outstanding warrants, and was “a citizen in good standing.”
- Finally; I had to write a letter about myself that clearly stated why there was no Mexican Citizen with my skills and why my skills were important to Mexico. We called it our “I am the greatest person on Earth” letter. It was fun to write.
All of the above were in English that had to be translated into Spanish, and certified as legal translations, and our signatures notarized. It produced a folder about 1.5 inches thick with English on the left side and Spanish on the right.
Once they were completed, Barbara and I spent about five hours accompanied by a Mexican Attorney touring Mexican Government office locations, and being photographed and fingerprinted at least three times. At each location, and we remember at least four locations, we were instructed on Mexican tax, labor, housing, and criminal law, and that we were required to obey their laws or face the consequences. We could not protest any of the Governments actions or we would be committing a felony. We paid out four thousand dollars in fees and bribes to complete the process.
When this was done we could legally bring in our household goods that were held by US customs in Laredo Texas. We had rented furniture in Mexico while awaiting our goods. There were extensive fees involved here that the company paid.
We could not buy a home, and were required to rent - at very high rates and under contract and compliance with Mexican law.
We were required to get a Mexican drivers license. This was an amazing process. The company arranged for the licensing agency to come to our headquarters location with their photography, finger print equipment, and laminating machine. We showed our US license, were photographed and fingerprinted again and issued the license instantly after paying out a six dollar fee.
We did not take a written or driving test and never received instructions on the rules of the road. Our only instruction was never give a policeman your license, if stopped and asked. We were instructed to hold it against the inside window away from his grasp. If he got his hands on it you would have to pay ransom to get it back.
We then had to pay and file Mexican income tax annually using the number of our FM3 as our ID number. The companies Mexican accountants did this for us and we just signed what they prepared. I was about twenty legal size pages annually. The FM 3 was good for three years and renewable for two more after paying more fees.
Leaving the country meant turning in the FM# and certifying we were leaving no debts behind, and no outstanding legal affairs (warrants, tickets or liens), before our household goods were released to customs.
It was a real adventure. If any of our senators or congressman went through it once, they would have a different attitude toward Mexico.
The Mexican Government uses its vast military and police forces to keep its citizens intimidated and compliant. They never protest at their White house or government offices, but do protest daily in front of the United States embassy. These are never shown on US or Mexican TV. There is a large public park across the street where they do their protesting. Anything can cause a protest, such as proposed law changes in California or Texas.
The US embassy looks like a strongly reinforced fortress and during most protests the Mexican Military surround the block with their men standing shoulder to shoulder in full riot gear to protect the embassy.
GOOD ANSWER TO BAD PROBLEM
Forwarded by AirBurd
This is an article written by an anonymous British citizen, published in a British newspaper, whose names were not included by one of the many forwarders. But it is a timely piece and applies to these same types of modern day immigrants to America as well as unwanted illegal infiltrators:< /i>
IMMIGRANTS, NOT BRITS MUST ADAPT
I am tired of this nation worrying about whether we are offending some individual or their culture. Since the terrorist attacks on the 7th of the 7th we have experienced a surge in patriotism by the majority of Brits. However, the disgust about the attacks had barely settled when the “politically correct!” crowd began complaining about the possibility that our patriotism was offending others.
I am not against immigration, nor do I hold a grudge against anyone who is seeking a better life by coming to Britain. Our population is almost entirely made up of descendants of immigrants. (The Danes, Romans, etc.) However, there are a few things that those who have recently come to our country, and apparently some born here, need to understand. This idea of the Brits being a multicultural community has served only to dilute our sovereignty and our national identity.
As Britain's we have our own culture, our own society, our own language and our own lifestyle. This culture has been developed over centuries of struggles, trials, and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom.
We speak ENGLISH, not Indian, Urdu, Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, or any other language. Therefore, if you wish to become part of our society, learn the language!
“Land of Hope and Glory” is our motto. This is not some Christian, right wing, political slogan. We adopted this motto because Christian men and women, on Christian principles, founded this nation, and this is clearly documented.
It is certainly appropriate to display it on the walls of our schools. If God offends you, then I suggest you consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is part of our culture.
If the 'Union Jack' flag offends you, or you don't like our QUEEN, then you should seriously consider a move to another part of this planet. We are happy with our culture and have no desire to change, and we really don't care how you did things where you came from. This is OUR COUNTRY, our land, and our lifestyle. Our Laws give every citizen the right to express his opinion and we will allow you every opportunity to do so!
But once you are done complaining, whining, and griping about our flag, our lifestyle our government, or our way of life, I highly encourage you take advantage of one other great BRITISH freedom, THE RIGHT TO LEAVE.
It is Time for Great Britain to speak up!
From a letter to the editor. Author unknown.
Recently large demonstrations have taken place across the country, protesting the fact that Congress is finally addressing the issue of illegal immigration.
Certain people are angry that the U.S. might protect its own borders, might make it harder to sneak into this country and, once here, to stay indefinitely. Let me see if I correctly understand the thinking behind these protests:
Let's say I break into your house. Let's say that when you discover me in your house, you insist that I leave. But I say, “I've made all the beds and washed the dishes and did the laundry and swept the floors; I've done all the things you don't like to do. I'm hard-working and honest (except for when I broke into your house).”
According to the protesters, not only must you let me stay, you must add me to your family's insurance plan and provide other benefits to me and to my family (my husband will do your yard work because he, too, is hard-working and honest, except for that breaking in part). If you try to call the police or force me out, I will call my friends who will picket your house, carrying signs that proclaim my right to be there. It's only fair, after all, because you have a nicer house than I do, and I'm just trying to better myself. I'm hard-working and honest… um, except for… well, you know.
And what a deal it is for me. I live in your house, contributing only a fraction of the cost of my keep, and there is nothing you can do about it without being accused of selfishness, prejudice and being anti-housebreaker.
Did I miss anything? Does this sound reasonable to you? If it does, grab a sign and go picket something.
If this sounds insane to you, call your senators and enlighten them, because they are stumbling in the darkness right now and really need your help.
IN NOT SO GOOD HANDS
By James H. Reza, Ft. Worth, Texas
Just recently I went to pay my car insurance. While there, a couple walked in who needed some information on their car’s insurance policy. As the man struggled in broken English to make himself understood, the non-Spanish speaking secretary behind the desk could not make heads or tails of what he was saying.
Observing the chaotic verbal dialogue, I came to the conclusion that the gentleman was either an illegal immigrant from Mexico, or an American Hispanic who had poor English speaking skills.
Shortly, the secretary (who knew I was an Hispanic) asked me to assist her in her troubled situation. Half-heartedly, I helped her. After explaining (in Spanish) to the man and his wife that they had adequate insurance coverage for their vehicles, I was thanked by both the Hispanic couple and my insurance’s secretary. However, before the Hispanic couple left, I mildly scolded them in not taking the time to learn English. Both agreed that I was giving them some sound advice.
As I pondered on the situation, I sort of got angry with my insurance provider. I said to myself, “How in the world can insurance providers sell auto insurance to drivers who have little to no comprehension of the English language?” My insurance provider in essence is allowing non-speaking, and non-reading English drivers to drive in our neighborhoods and highways with little to no understanding of the messages conveyed in English on our street and highway signs to alert drivers to the dangers or precautionary problems on any given road.
Let me share with you some startling figures and some tragic stories I’ve researched and found in the internet. In our country, highway fatalities account for more than 94% of all transportation deaths. There were an estimated 6,289,000 car accidents with 3.4 million injuries, and 41,611 people killed in these accidents in 1999.
The total number of people killed in highway crashes in 2001 was 42,116, compared to 41,945 in 2000. An average of 114 people die each day in car crashes in the U.S. Now you folks out there tell me, “Do we need drivers who can’t speak or read English driving on our roads to add to the already deplorable statistics on traffic fatalities and accidents?”
Experts on the front lines agree that extreme drunkenness is not uncommon in DUI arrests of Latinos. Austin police officer Robert Smith, who has worked the late-night drunk patrol for over three years, noted higher rates of blood alcohol: “One thing I have noticed is that the Hispanics I arrest for DWI, 90 percent of the time, are more drunk than the white and black people I arrest.”
Assistant Dean at the University of Texas School of Public Health in Dallas Raul Caetano put it this way: “The profile of a drunk driver in California is a young Hispanic male, and I bet you have a similar situation all over the Southwest.” He referred to a national survey, saying, “The traditional pattern of drinking in Mexico is one of infrequent drinking of high amounts.” [A troubling trend: Hispanics and DWI Latinos account for nearly half of 2002 Austin arrests By Claire Osborn and Andy Alford, Austin American Statesman, July 20, 2003]
Statistics from Austin support the observations of these men: Of 3,007 drunken driving arrests in 2002, 43 percent involved Hispanic men, even though they comprised only about 11 percent of the city's driving population. And the story is similar elsewhere: North Carolina drunk driving arrests of Hispanics in 2000 amounted to 12.3 percent of the total 87,781 DUI arrests, while Latinos were 4.7 percent of the population according to the Census.
Beyond the drunk driving statistics are tragedies that have been devastating to American families. Kenny Shackleford lost his 19-year-old son Christopher to a drunk-driving illegal alien. “I view drunk drivers as highway terrorists,” Shackleford said,” They’re terrorizing everybody, they're killing people right and left.”
In another heartbreaking auto incident, Tricia Taylor, 18, of Clarkston, Michigan, and companion Noah Menard, were walking to his car after attending a concert in Pontiac when both were struck and severely injured by Jose Carcamo, whose car was traveling between 50 and 75 miles per hour on a street posted for 25 mph. One report stated that Carcamo has had 17 violations since 1995. The INS had twice begun deportation proceeding against Carcamo to return him to El Salvador, but did not follow through. In this crime, Carcamo was found to have been driving under the influence, with a blood alcohol level of .08.
As Tricia Taylor stated at Carcamo's sentencing, “What you give him won't come close to the sentence he gave me for the rest of my life.” She lost both legs above the knees and faces a life of pain and disability, while Carcamo will serve only 3 to 5 years in prison.
To add injury to insult, and are also contributors to this hidden and allowed national disgrace are car dealers who sell automobiles to illegal aliens. Car dealers are a major factor that contribute to endangering the lives of our loved ones on the road when they sell their autos to illegal aliens who are non-reading and non-speaking English drivers. Just this week, I noticed several used car dealers on Jacksboro Highway advertising in Spanish, “No tiene licencia? Pues compre su auto aqui. Se habla Espanol.” (“You don’t have a driver’s license? Well, then buy your car here. We speak Spanish.”) Come on folks, what are these car dealers saying? Let me break it down for you, “We don’t care if you are breaking the law, we want your money and you can drive, amigo!”
Finally, and I close with a sad note, I just visited a DPS office close to my house, and was sickened when a DPS officer informed me that drivers who don’t speak, or write English, are allowed to take their driving tests in Spanish. Folks, something just stinks to high heaven! As the old saying goes, “The foxes are guarding the hen house!” As always, I’ve tried to warn you, but you are not listening!
IT IS ALL ABOUT CULTURE
Forwarded by Frieda&LynnA.
No original source given.
There are many hardworking Hispanic/American citizens that contribute to our country, and many that I consider my true friends. We should encourage and accept those Hispanics who have done it the right and legal way. They are not the problem.
It does, however, have everything to do with two cultures: A third-world culture that does not value education, accepts children getting pregnant and dropping out of school by 15, and that refuses to assimilate… and an American culture that has become so weak and politically correct that we don't have the will to do anything about it.
We need to wake up.
The suggested guest worker program will be a disaster because we won't have the guts to enforce it. Does anyone in their right mind really think these illegals will leave and return voluntarily?
As you listen to the news about the student protesting illegal immigration, here are some things that you really should know (beyond the liberal do-gooder concept):
My wife is head of the English-as-a-second-language department at a large southern California high school, which is designated a Title 1 school. That means that its students average lower social, economic, and income levels. Most of the schools you are hearing about (in LA)— South Gate High, Bell Gardens, Huntington Park, etc.— where these students are protesting, are also Title 1 schools.
My wife tells me that 100% of the students in her school and other Title 1 schools are on the free breakfast, free lunch program. When I say free breakfast I'm not talking a glass of milk and roll… but a full breakfast and cereal bar with fruits and juices that would make a Marriott proud. The waste of this food is monumental, with trays and trays of food being dumped in the trash uneaten.
She estimates that well over 50% of these students are obese, or at least moderately overweight. About 75% or more have cell phones.
The school also provides day care centers for the unwed teenage pregnant girls (some as young as 13) so they can attend class without the inconvenience of having to arrange for babysitters, or having family watch their kids.
My wife was ordered to spend $700,000 on her department or risk losing funding for the upcoming year, even though there was little need for anything. Her budget was already substantial. She ended up buying new computers for their computer learning center; half of which, one month later, have been carved with graffiti by these appreciative students who obviously feel humbled and grateful to have a free education in America. (Yeah, right!)
She has had to intervene several times for young and substitute teachers whose classes consist of many illegal immigrant students, living in this country less then three months, who raised so much hell with the female teachers - calling them Putas (whores), and throwing things - that the teachers were in tears.
Free medical, free education, free food, day care etc., etc., etc. Is it any wonder they feel entitled to not only be in this country but to demand rights, privileges and entitlements?
To my bleeding-heart liberal friends - who want to point out how much these illegal immigrants contribute to our society because they LIKE their gardener and housekeeper, and they LIKE to pay less for tomatoes - I say, “spend some time in the real world of illegal immigration, and see the TRUE costs: higher insurance, closing of medical facilities, higher medical costs, more crime, lower standards of education in our schools, overcrowding, new diseases, etc., etc., etc.
For me, I'll pay more for tomatoes.
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For those of you who are still not convinced that this nation has a REAL immigration problem, here is a little kicker to make you aware of the residual effects in California alone, that compound the larger scope of these millions of invaders from the south (according to the Los Angeles Times):
- 95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegal aliens.
- 75% of people on the most wanted list in Los Angeles are illegal aliens.
- More than 66% of all births in Los Angeles County are to illegal alien Mexicans on MediCal, whose births were paid for by taxpayers.
- Nearly 25% of all inmates in California detention centers are Mexican nationals here illegally.
- 29% of inmates in federal prisons reportedly are illegal aliens.
- More than 300,000 illegal aliens in Los Angeles County are living in garages.
- The FBI reports half of all gang members in Los Angeles are most likely illegal aliens from south of the border.
- Nearly 60% of all occupants of HUD properties are illegal.
- 21 radio stations in L.A. are Spanish speaking.
- Of the 10.2 million people in L.A. County, 5.1 million people speak English. 3.9 million speak Spanish.
LET’S NOT DISMANTLE THE U.S. YET
Forwarded by Don and Beth Waterworth
Written in response to a series of letters about immigratiom to the editor in the Orange County (California) Register:
So many letter writers have based their arguments on how this land is made up of immigrants. Ernie Lujan for one, suggests we should tear down the Statute of Liberty because the people now in question aren't being treated the same as those who passed through Ellis Island and other ports of entry.
Maybe we should turn to our history books and point out to people like Mr. Lujan why today's American is not willing to accept this new kind of immigrant any longer. Back in 1900 when there was a rush from all areas of Europe to come to the United States, people had to get off a ship and stand in a long line in New York and be documented. Some would even get down on their hands and knees and kiss the ground.
These new immigrants made a pledge to uphold the laws and support their new country in good and bad times. They made learning English a primary rule in their new American households and some even changed their names to blend in with their new home. They had waved good bye to their birth place to give their children a new life and did everything in their power to help their children assimilate into one culture. Nothing was handed to them. No free lunches, no welfare, no labor laws to protect them. All they had were the skills and craftsmanship they had brought with them to trade for a future of prosperity.
Most of the children of these immigrants came of age when World War II broke out. My father fought along-side men whose parents had come straight over from Germany, Italy, France and Japan. None of these 1st generation Americans ever gave any thought about what country their parents had come from. They were “Americans” fighting together against Hitler, Mussolini and the Emperor of Japan. They were defending the United States of America as one people.
When we liberated France, no one in those villages were looking for the French-American or the German-American or the Irish-American. The people of France saw only “Americans”. And we carried one flag that represented one country. Not one of those immigrant sons would have thought about picking up another country's flag and waving it to represent who they were. It would have been a disgrace to their parents who had sacrificed so much to be here.
These immigrants truly knew what it meant to be “American”. They stirred the melting pot into one red, white and blue bowl.
And here we are in 2006 with a new kind of immigrant who wants the same rights and privileges. Only they want to achieve it by playing with a different set of rules, one that includes the entitlement card and a guarantee that they can remain faithful to their mother country.
I'm sorry, that's not what being an “American” is all about. I believe that the immigrants who landed on Ellis Island in the early 1900s deserve better respect than that for all the toil, hard work and sacrifice they made in raising future generations to create a land that has become a beacon for those legally searching for a better life. I think they would be appalled that they are being used as an example by those waving foreign country flags.
And for that suggestion about taking down the Statute of Liberty, it happens to mean a lot to the citizens who are voting on the immigration bill, the same as our flag means to us. I wouldn't start talking about dismantling the United States of America just yet!
(signed) Rosemary LaBonte
OUT OF CONTROL
WHY ARE WE WAITING TO ACT?
From the LA Times
- 40% of all workers in L.A. County (L.A. County has 10 million people) are working for cash and not paying taxes. This was because they predominantly are illegal immigrants, working without a green card.
- 95% of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegal aliens.
- 75% of people on the most wanted list in Los Angeles are illegal aliens.
- More than two-thirds of all births in Los Angeles County are to illegal alien Mexicans on Medi-Cal, whose births were paid for by taxpayers.
- Nearly 25% of all inmates in California detention centers are Mexican nationals here illegally.
- Orange County, California is home to 275 gangs with 17,000 members; 98% of which are Mexican and Asian.
- More than 300,000 illegal aliens in Los Angeles County are living in garages.
- The FBI reports half of all gang members in Los Angeles are most likely illegal aliens from south of the border.
- Nearly 60% of all occupants of HUD properties are illegal.
- 21 radio stations in L.A. are Spanish speaking.
- There are 10.2 million people in L.A. County; 5.1 million people speak English; 3.9 million speak Spanish.
- Less than 2% of illegal aliens are picking our crops, but 29% are on welfare.
- More than 70% of the United States' annual population growth (including 90% of
California, Florida, and New York) results from immigration.
- Mexico regularly intercedes on the side of the defense in criminal cases involving Mexican nationals? In recent years, Mexico has never extradited a Mexican national accused of murder in the U.S., despite agreements to do so.
ADDED statistics and comments from other sources:
- The cost of immigration to the American taxpayer in 1997 was, a net of $70 billion a year (after subtracting taxes immigrants pay). The lifetime fiscal impact (taxes paid minus services used) for the average adult Mexican immigrant is a negative number. - Professor Donald Huddle, Rice University.
- 29% of inmates in federal prisons are illegal aliens.
- Immigrants can come to this country and get preferences in jobs, education, and government contracts? It's called affirmative action.
- Recently, a vote was taken in the U.S. Congress to end this practice. It was defeated. Every single Democratic senator except Ernest Hollings voted to maintain special privileges for Hispanic, Asian and African immigrants. They were joined by thirteen Republicans.
- Bill Clinton and Al Gore have repeatedly stated that they believe that massive immigration from countries like Mexico is good for these immigrants.
- Corporate America has signed on to the idea that minorities and third world immigrants should get special, privileged status. Some examples are reported to be Exxon, Texaco, Merrill Lynch, Boeing, Paine Weber, Starbucks and many others.
- According to a New York Times article dated May 19, 1994, 20 years after the great influx of legal immigrants from Southeast Asia, 30% are still on welfare compared to 8% of households nationwide.
- A Wall Street Journal editorial dated December 5, 1994 quotes law enforcement officials as stating that Asian mobsters are the “greatest criminal challenge the country faces.” Not bad for a group that is still under 5% of the population.
Click here for California Coalition for Immigration Reform [http://www.ccir.net/ ].
Forwarded by LenFried. Author unknown.
What to do concerning gas prices and illegal immigrants? To boycott oil companies or not; to provide amnesty to illegal immigrants or not, etc.
Since I have become jaded to the various solutions proposed by the Republicans, Democrats, Sierra Club, ACLU, etc., I have elected to solve the problems as they affect me. It solves both my gas and illegal immigrant problems.
I have hired illegal immigrants to push my car. They're plentiful and cheaper than buying gas. Then I pay them in pesos so they have to go home to spend it.
I love it when a plan comes together.
TWO BIRDS, ONE STONE
By Russ Vaughn
While driving through El Paso recently, I heard a caller to a talk-radio program laughingly suggest that we should embed Army recruiters within the frontline ranks of the Border Patrol so that they could sign up illegal immigrants and thus eliminate the Army’s current recruiting deficits. I laughed, as did the host of the show, and said to my wife, “Hey, that’s not a bad idea.”
As I continued driving eastward across the desert expanse of West Texas, I began to think more seriously about what the ramifications of such a policy might be. When we went through the Border Patrol checkpoint near Sierra Blanca, I told my wife, “You know, that fellow was joking but in fact, he may truly be onto something.”
Think about it, folks. We have a serious illegal immigration problem on our southern border. We also have a problem recruiting troops for the combat arms sectors in our military, all while we have this steady flow of stalwart young men sneaking into our country seeking a better way of life. From the benefit of six years active duty in the 101st and 82d Airborne Divisions, I know that Hispanics volunteer in disproportionate numbers for hazardous duty such as jumping out of airplanes and special operations. American Hispanics have a long and honorable tradition of serving in the Marine Corps with multiple generations having been Leathernecks. These volunteers have a warrior instinct that serves our nation well, as exemplified by Special Forces Medal of Honor winner, Roy Benavides, a native of my own South Texas.
So why don’t we put this warrior ethic to work for us? Let’s follow the jesting suggestion of the caller to the radio show and put some our sharpest, most impressive, Hispanic Army and Marine Corps non-coms in Border Patrol stations to interview physically fit illegal immigrants picked up by Border Patrol agents. Let those hapless young illegals see what determined Hispanic men can become in this country. Screen them thoroughly and offer the best of them an opportunity to become United States citizens by serving a four-year enlistment in Army or Marine Corps combat arms organizations. For you civilians not conversant in military terms, that means putting them in those units at the point of America’s military spear, where the fighting and the dying are done. Why combat arms units? Because no one who has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with a fellow soldier or marine under fire will ever have a greater appreciation for what this country is, what it stands for and the opportunities it offers.
How do we do it? Create two special training facilities, one at Fort Bliss in far West Texas, and the other at Camp Pendleton on the west Coast, where we put these volunteers through a four-week crash course of English with an emphasis on Army or Marine Corps terminology. Then, put them through an eight to twelve-week, basic training course to teach them fundamental military skills, conducted by bilingual non-coms, all the while, further honing their English language skills. Upon graduation from basic training, they should possess sufficient English to be able to take advanced specialty training with their American counterparts and then go on to assignments in combat arms units around the world. Perhaps we could even establish a buddy system wherein serving American Hispanic troops could volunteer to mentor these alien volunteers until they are fully assimilated.
And what’s in it for the illegals? How about a good paying, full-benefits job, which is what they come here seeking but seldom ever find. How about a job that teaches them responsibility and gives them skills usable as productive American citizens following their military service? The modern military is very supportive of those wishing to continue their education. Could we not ensure that these young soldiers obtain the equivalent of a high school GED during their enlistments so that they would be discharged back into civilian life with at least a basic education? Would not such men be able to contribute more to the economy of this nation than they do now as illiterate, minimum wage laborers, themselves and their families a drain our already insufficient health care infrastructure?
Nay Sayers may argue these young men would be foreign mercenaries; I would counter that objection by saying that yes we are paying them to fight, but the coin of the realm is not just American dollars but dignity and honor, and a future to which they would not otherwise aspire. Offer them the opportunity to serve honorably as warriors and defenders of the nation they seek to inhabit instead of commending them to an unending future of degrading, undignified, menial labor. Oh, yes, and let us not forget citizenship, hard earned, legitimate citizenship in the nation they have served. Give them two years in the military to prove themselves worthy and then grant them full citizenship. Now they are no longer illegals; they have a vested interest in the nation’s well being because they have served this country, defended this country as warriors, and it is now their country to cherish and maintain.
Think about it, folks. If you agree this concept has merit, copy this piece and send it to your representatives in Congress.
ROAD TO DESTRUCTION
Recap of a speech by Richard D. Lamm, former Governor of Colorado
Forwarded by 1stAdmPAO. No original source noted.
A recent immigration-overpopulation conference in Washington, DC, was filled to capacity by many of American's finest minds and leaders. A brilliant college professor named Victor Hansen Davis talked about his latest book, Mexifornia, explaining how immigration - both legal and illegal - was destroying the entire state of California. He said it would march across the country until it destroyed all vestiges of The American Dream.
Moments later, former Colorado Governor Richard D. Lamm stood up and gave a stunning speech on how to destroy America. The audience sat spellbound as he described eight methods for the destruction of the United States.
“If you believe that America is too smug, too self-satisfied, too rich, then let's destroy America. It is not that hard to do. No nation in history has survived the ravages of time. Arnold Toynbee observed that all great civilizations rise and fall and that 'An autopsy of history would show that all great nations commit suicide.'
“Here is how they do it: Turn America into a bilingual or multi-lingual and bi-cultural country. History shows that no nation can survive the tension, conflict, and antagonism of two or more competing languages and cultures. It is a blessing for an individual to be bilingual; however, it is a curse for a society to be bilingual.
“The historical scholar Seymour Lipset put it this way: 'The histories of bilingual and bi-cultural societies that do not assimilate are histories of turmoil, tension, and tragedy.' Canada, Belgium, Malaysia, Lebanon all face crises of national existence in which minorities press for autonomy, if not independence. Pakistan and Cyprus have divided. Nigeria suppressed an ethnic rebellion. France faces difficulties with Basques, Bretons, and Corsicans.’
“Invent 'multi-culturalism' and encourage immigrants to maintain their culture. I would make it an article of belief that all cultures are equal. That there are no cultural differences. I would make it an article of faith that the Black and Hispanic dropout rates are due to prejudice and discrimination by the majority. Every other explanation is out of bounds.
“We could make the United States a 'Hispanic Quebec' without much effort. The key is to celebrate diversity rather than unity. As Benjamin Schwarz said in the Atlantic Monthly recently: 'The apparent success of our own multi-ethnic and multi-cultural experiment might have been achieved not by tolerance but by hegemony. Without the dominance that once dictated ethnocentrically and what it meant to be an American, we are left with only tolerance and pluralism to hold us together.'
“I would encourage all immigrants to keep their own language and culture. I would replace the melting pot metaphor with the salad bowl metaphor. It is important to ensure that we have various cultural sub-groups living in America reinforcing their differences rather than as Americans, emphasizing their similarities.
“Fourth, I would make our fastest growing demographic group the least educated. I would add a second underclass, unassimilated, undereducated, and antagonistic to our population. I would have this second underclass have a 50% dropout rate from high school.
“My fifth point for destroying America would be to get big foundations and business to give these efforts lots of money. I would invest in ethnic identity, and I would establish the cult of 'Victimology.' I would get all minorities to think their lack of success was the fault of the majority. I would start a grievance industry blaming all minority failure on the majority population.
“My sixth plan for America's downfall would include dual citizenship and promote divided loyalties. I would celebrate diversity over unity. I would stress differences rather than similarities. Diverse people worldwide are mostly engaged in hating each other - that is, when they are not killing each other.
“A diverse, peaceful, or stable society is against most historical precedent. People undervalue the unity it takes to keep a nation together. Look at the ancient Greeks.
“The Greeks believed that they belonged to the same race; they possessed a common language and literature; and they worshipped the same gods. All Greece took part in the Olympic Games. A common enemy Persia threatened their liberty. Yet all these bonds were not strong enough to over come two factors: local patriotism and geographical conditions that nurtured political divisions. Greece fell.
“E. Pluribus Unum” — From many, one. In that historical reality, if we put the emphasis on the 'pluribus' instead of the 'unum,' we can balkanize America as surely as Kosovo.
“Next to last, I would place all subjects off limits ~ make it taboo to talk about anything against the cult of 'diversity.' I would find a word similar to 'heretic' in the 16th century - that stopped discussion and paralyzed thinking. Words like 'racist' or 'zenophobe' halt discussion and debate.
“Having made America a bilingual/ bicultural country, having established multi-culturism, having the large foundations fund the doctrine of 'Victimology,' I would next make it impossible to enforce our immigration laws. I would develop a mantra: That because immigration has been good for America, it must always be good. I would make every individual immigrant sympatric and ignore the cumulative impact of millions of them.”
In the last minute of his speech, Governor Lamm wiped his brow. Profound silence followed. Finally he said, “Lastly, I would censor Victor Hanson Davis's book Mexifornia. His book is dangerous. It exposes the plan to destroy America. If you feel America deserves to be destroyed, don't read that book.”
There was no applause.
A chilling fear quietly rose like an ominous cloud above every attendee at the conference. Every American in that room knew that everything Lamm enumerated was proceeding methodically, quietly, darkly, yet pervasively across the United States today. Every discussion is being suppressed. Over 100 languages are ripping the foundation of our educational system and national cohesiveness. Barbaric cultures that practice female genital mutilation are growing as we celebrate 'diversity.'
American jobs are vanishing into the Third World as corporations create a Third World in America - take note of California and other states - to date, ten million illegal aliens and growing fast. It is reminiscent of George Orwell's book “1984.” In that story, three slogans are engraved in the Ministry of Truth building:
“War is peace,”
“Freedom is slavery,” and
“Ignorance is strength.”
Governor Lamm walked back to his seat. It dawned on everyone at the conference that our nation and the future of this great democracy is deeply in trouble and worsening fast. If we don't get this immigration monster stopped within three years, it will rage like a California wildfire and destroy everything in its path, especially The American Dream.
(Ed. note) This morning I had a call from a person in a business that deals with a wide variety of folks. At the end of the conversation she said, “HAPPY HOLIDAYS,” I said, “no, not happy holidays, MERRY CHRISTMAS to you.” You should have heard her voice brighten, and respond back to me with a hearty, MERRY CHRISTMAS, to you, too.” Makes you wonder, huh?
SOCIAL SECURITY FOR ILLEGAL ALIENS
Forwarded by VeteransPartyFL@aol.com
Perhaps you are not aware which Senators voted to give illegal aliens Social Security benefits, but here is a list of them that you may want to save as a reminder when you go to the polls in November, or whenever they come up for reelection:
ALASKA - Stevens ®
ARIZONA - McCain ®
ARKANSAS - Lincoln (D); Pryor (D)
CALIFORNIA - Boxer (D); Feinstein (D)
COLORADO - Salazar (D)
CONNECTICUT - Dodd (D); Lieberman (D)
DELAWARE - Biden (D); Carper (D)
FLORIDA - Martinez ®
HAWAII - Inouye (D)
ILLINOIS - Durbin (D); Obama (D)
INDIANA - Bayh (D); Lugar ®
IOWA - Harkin (D)
KANSAS - Brownback ®
LOUISIANA - Landrieu (D)
MARYLAND - Mikulski (D); Sarbanes (D)
MASSACHUSETTS - Kennedy (D); Kerry (D)
MICHIGAN - Levin (D); Stabenow (D)
MONTANA - Baucus (D)
NEBRASKA - Hagel ®
NEVADA - Reid (D)
NEW JERSEY - Lautenberg (D); Menendez (D)
NEW YORK - Clinton (D); Schumer (D)
NORTH DAKOTA - Dorgan (D)
OHIO - DeWine ®; Voinovich ®
OREGON - Wyden (D)
PENNSYLVANIA - Specter ®
RHODE ISLAND - Chafee ®; Reed (D)
SOUTH CAROLINA - Graham ®
SOUTH DAKOTA - Johnson (D)
VERMONT - Jeffords (I); Lehy (D)
WASHINGTON - Cantwell (D); Murray (D)
WEST VIRGINIA - Rockefeller (D) Didn‘t vote
WISCONSIN - Feingold (D); Kohl (D)
THIS IS MY COUNTRY
Passed along by Jean D. Beard
I’m sorry, but after hearing they want to sing our National Anthem in Spanish - enough is enough!
Nowhere did they sing it in Italian, Japanese, Polish, Irish (Celtic), German, Portuguese, Greek, French, or any other languages because of immigration.
It was written in English and should be sung in English, word for word the way Francis Scott Key wrote it.
The news broadcasts even gave the translation - not even close.
Sorry if this offends anyone, but this is MY COUNTRY. If it is YOUR COUNTRY, SPEAK UP!
I am not against immigration, but Mexicans and other illegal entrants must come through the system like everyone else: Get a sponsor; have a place to lay your head, have a job, pay your taxes, live by the rules, and LEARN THE LANGUAGE - as all other immigrants have in times past, and GOD BLESS AMERICA!
Will we still be the country of choice and still be America if we continue to make the changes forced on us by people from other countries who come to live in America, the great majority of whom are not here legally? Think about it!
All we have to say is, “When will someone do something about MY rights?” We've gone so far the other way and bent over backwards so much to not offend anyone, that I am now being offended. But it seems that no one has a problem with that.
It is time for America to speak up and stop being passive about such an important problem!
Think about this: If you don't want to forward this for fear of offending someone, perhaps YOU are part of the problem!
TRY THIS AS A GRINGO IN MEXICO
… AND SEE HOW FAR YOU WOULD GET
Forwarded by VAdm Harold Koenig USN (Ret) via BGen Bob Clements USAF (Ret)
Some interesting thoughts from a Californian:
Try driving around as a Gringo in Mexico with no liability insurance… and have an accident.
Enter Mexico illegally. Never mind immigration quotas, visas, international law, or any of that nonsense.
Once there, demand that the local government provide free medical care for you and your entire family.
Demand bilingual nurses and doctors.
Demand free bilingual local government forms, bulletins, etc.
Procreate abundantly. Deflect any criticism of this allegedly irresponsible reproductive behavior with, “It is a cultural United States thing. You would not understand, pal.”
Keep your American identity strong. Fly Old Glory from your rooftop, or proudly display it in your front window or on your car bumper.
Speak only English at home and in public and insist that your children do likewise.
Demand classes on American culture in the Mexican school system. Demand a local Mexican driver license. This will afford other legal rights and will go far to legitimize your unauthorized, illegal presence in Mexico.
Insist that local Mexican law enforcement teach English to all its officers.
Good luck! Because it will never happen… not in Mexico or any other country in the world… except right here in the United States… land of the naïve liberals.
(Also demand that Home Depots in Mexico put English signs on all of it's aisles… Chk6…Bob)
This article makes a very sound point about immigrants not assimilating to the country that they should be adopting, but rather insisting that the country make accommodations for them.
I wanted to write to you just to add that there are people in the U.S. of Latin-American/Spanish speaking decent, and even Spanish speaking people who immigrated here themselves, who feel the same sentiments expressed in this article - maybe not exactly the same sentiments - but they sure don't like all the nonsense going on.
My folks imigrated from Spanish speaking countries. That means my mom, dad, uncles, aunts, g-mas, g-pas, some cousins, etc. Except for my grandparents, who were too old to learn a new language when they came to America, everybody else learned English as well as they could.
If you ask anyone in my family what is their nationality they'll tell you they're American. Their English may not be spectacular, but they will tell you in ENGLISH that they are American. Only if you ask what is their descent will they tell you that they are Cuban, Peruvian, Colombian, etc.
As much as it bothers non-Spanish speaking Americans that people cross borders and then expect the treatment noted in this article, it DOUBLY bothers Americans of Spanish-speaking descent.
When a group of people immigrate here and work hard to get their piece of the pie and learn to speak English, and adopt the U.S. as their country, and then send sons and daughters into the U.S. military (myself and my cousin - USMC, my other two cousins - Navy, and I have another cousin who joined the Air Force, it is extremely irritating to hear that others come to the U.S. and expect all the catering and pandering and condescending that this article talks about.
I know plenty of people that immigrated to the U.S. legally from Mexico and other Latin-American countries who think it is repugnant that someone would arrive in the U.S. and not at least try to learn to speak English.
And if you want something funny to consider, think about this: A person like me - who is American but grew up in a household speaking Spanish and who speaks Spanish considerably more properly than the average uneducated person from a Latin-American Country - is considered as much of a “Gringo” in a Latin country as any American of non-Latin descent.
VOICE OF EXPERIENCE
Retired U.S. Border Patrol Agent’s Letter to Senator Bill Frist
A true letter verified by Snopes
The following is a partial excerpt from a letter written by David J. Stoddard of Hereford, Arizona, to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, of Tennessee, concerning illegal aliens. It is long, very interesting, and obviously based on an insight gained from Stoddard’s 27 years of practical experience as a U.S. Border Patrol Agent.
Dear Senator Frist:
There is a huge amount of propaganda and myths circulating about illegal aliens, particularly illegal Mexican, Salvadorian, Guatemalan and Honduran aliens.
1. Illegal aliens generally do NOT want U.S. citizenship. Americans are very vain thinking that everybody in the world wants to be a U.S. citizen. Mexicans, and other nationalities want to remain citizens of their home countries while obtaining the benefits offered by the United States such as employment, medical care, in-state tuition, government subsidized housing and free education for their offspring. Their main attraction is employment and their loyalty usually remains at home. They want benefits earned and subsidized by middle class Americans. What illegal aliens want are benefits of American residence without paying the price.
2. There are no jobs that Americans won't do. Illegal aliens are doing jobs that Americans can't take and still support their families. Illegal aliens take low wage jobs, live dozens in a single residence home, share expenses and send money to their home country. There are no jobs that Americans won't do for a decent wage.
3. Every person who illegally entered this nation left a home. They are NOT homeless and they are NOT Americans. Some left jobs in their home countries. They come to send money to their real home as evidenced by the more than 20 billion dollars sent out of the country each year by illegal aliens. These illegal aliens knowingly and willfully entered this nation in violation of the law and therefore assumed the risk of detection and deportation. Those who brought their alien children assumed the responsibility and risk on behalf of their children.
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WASHINGTON, WE’VE GOT A PROBLEM
By Charlie Daniels, April 10, 2006
I don't know how everybody else feels about it, but I think Hispanic people in this country, legally or illegally, made a huge public relations mistake with their recent demonstrations.
I don't blame anybody in the world for wanting to come to the United States of America, as it is a truly wonderful place. But when the first thing you do when you set foot on American soil is illegal, it is flat out wrong, and I don't care how many Lala land left heads come out of the woodwork and start trying to give me sensitivity lessons. I don't need sensitivity lessons. In fact, I don't have anything against Mexicans! I just have something against criminals.
Anybody who comes into this country illegally is a criminal, and if you don't believe it, try coming into America from a foreign country without a passport and see how far you get.
What disturbs me about the demonstrations is that it is tantamount to saying, “I am going to come into your country, even if it means breaking your laws, and there's nothing you can do about it.” It is an “in your face” action and, speaking just for me, I don't like it one little bit. If there were a half dozen pairs of gonads bigger than English peas in Washington, it wouldn't be happening.
Where are you, you bunch of lily livered, pantywaist, forked tongued, sorry excuses for defenders of the Constitution? Have you been drinking the water out of the Potomac again? And even if you pass a bill on immigration it will probably be so pork laden and watered down that it won't mean anything anyway. Besides, what good is another law going to do when you won't enforce the ones on the books now?
And, what ever happened to the polls guys? I thought you folks were the quintessential finger wetters. Well you sure ain't paying any attention to the polls this time because somewhere around eighty percent of Americans want something done about this mess, and mess it is and getting bigger everyday.
This is no longer a problem, it is a dilemma headed for being a tragedy. Do you honestly think that what happened in France with the Muslims can't happen here when the businesses who hire these people finally run out of jobs and a few million disillusioned Hispanics take to the streets?
If you, Mr. President, Congressmen and Senators, knuckle under on this and refuse to do something meaningful it means that you care nothing for the kind of country your children and grandchildren will inherit. But I guess that doesn't matter as long as you get reelected. Shame on you!
One of the big problems in America today is that if you have the nerve to say anything derogatory about any group of people (except Christians) you are going to be screamed at by the media and called a racist, a bigot and anything else they can think of to call you. Well I've been pounded by the media before and I'm still rockin'and rollin' and when it comes to speaking the truth I fear not.
And the truth is that the gutless, gonadless, milksop politicians are just about to sell out the United States of America because they don't have the intestinal fortitude to stand up to face reality. And reality is that we would never allow any other group of people to have 12 million illegals in this country and turn around and say, “Oh it's ok, ya'll can stay here if you'll just allow us to slap your wrists.”
And I know that some of you who read this column are saying, “Well what's wrong with that?” I'll tell you what's wrong with it. These people could be from Mars as far as we know. We don't know who they are, where they are or what they're up to and the way the Congress is going we're not going to.
Does this make sense? Labor force you say? We already subsidize corporate agriculture as it is. Must we subsidize their labor as well? If these people were from Haiti, Somalia, or Afghanistan, would we be so fast to turn a blind eye to them? I think not.
All that the media shows us are pictures of hard working Hispanics who have crossed the border just to try to better their life. They don't show you pictures of the Feds rounding up members of MS 13, the violent gang who came across the same way the decent folks did. They don't tell you about the living conditions of the Mexican illegals that some fat cat hired to pick his crop.
I want to make two predictions:
1. This situation is going to grow and fester until it erupts in violence on our streets while the wimps in Washington drag their toes in the dirt and try to figure how many tons of political hay they can make to the acre.
2. Somebody is going to cross that border with some kind of weapon of mass destruction and set it off in a major American city, after which there will be a backlash such as this country has never experienced, and the Capitol building in Washington will probably tilt as Congressmen and Senators rush to the other side of the issue.
I don't know about you, but I would love to see just one major politician stand up and say, “I don't care who I make mad, and I don't care how many votes I lose, this is a desperate situation, and I'm going to lead the fight to get it straightened out”
I don't blame anybody for wanting to come to America, but if you don't respect our immigration laws why should you respect any others? And, by the way, this is America and our flag has stars and stripes. Please get that other one out of my face.
Pray for our troops
God Bless America
WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE?
Forwarded by Bill Thompson
By Frosty Wooldridge, February 27, 2006
Website [http://www.newswithviews.com/Wooldridge/frosty131.htm ].
As a teacher, I sat dumbfounded last May 16, 2005, when the Rocky Mountain News inked a story, “What Happened?” to a stunned Denver, Colorado audience. In a five year study starting in 1999 in Denver Public Schools, 5,663 students started the eighth grade. Five years later, only 1,884 graduated from high school. That's a 65 percent drop out/flunk out rate!
That's pathetic, if not frightening.
What was the cause? First of all, 30,000 illegal aliens, speaking 40 different languages, attended Denver schools. Our classrooms suffered thousands of kids functionally illiterate in English with parents functionally illiterate in English and Spanish. The classrooms featured so much incompatible diversity that it created horrific tension, stabbings and death.
Thus, American kids suffered a profoundly dumbed-down educational process. One in five teachers quit or transferred out of those Denver classrooms every nine month cycle during those five years.
Last week, the Denver Post announced that 30 percent of teachers in Denver schools were not coming back next year. This is a nationwide travesty. Why? As a teacher, I taught in the inner city in the 1970s. It's exasperating beyond understanding to walk into a classroom where children suffer learning disabilities, broken homes, teen pregnancies at 14, 15, 16, multiple languages and violent confrontations with other ethnic groups. It's impossible to teach.
I left my idealism in the ghetto and escaped to a suburban school. But, today, teachers can't escape because over 1.5 million illegal alien students with more than 100 languages attend our kids' schools nationwide. We witness a national breakdown in education. Last week, Superintendent Roy Romer of Los Angeles public schools resigned in frustration and defeat. California schools match the violence of a war zone.
Can you imagine such a failure rate across the country? Can you imagine the consequences of an illiterate generation leading this Republic into the 21st century? Folks, this country won't make it.
Where is the outrage?
It takes four aspects for a free and democratic society to maintain itself. It requires a highly educated population that can write, read, think and vote intelligently. It takes a similar moral code whereby everyone adheres to the common good. It requires a similar code of ethics whereby citizens adhere to honesty, doing what is right and maintaining those ethics throughout the social fabric. Finally, it takes a similar language that allows citizens to discuss, debate and resolve problems. We compromise all four with an invasion exceeding four million new people into the USA annually? 20 million illegals to date and climbing. We allow the disintegration of our nation without a whimper.
Where is the outrage?
Last Monday, February 20, 2006, the Rocky Mountain News reported, “Mile-High Drug Hub” making Denver the leading center for drug distribution in the United States. It's part of MS-13 Gang's dispersal of $128 billion in drugs crossing our border with Mexico every year. Ironically, Congress guards South Korea's border with 37,000 troops with our billions in tax dollars, pats down gray-haired ladies at our airports, spends $80 billion annually on the war on drugs, but leaves our border unguarded allowing that $128 billion in drugs to cross year after year. Additionally, terrorists from any country can walk over the Mexican border with a 99 percent chance of succeeding.
Where is the outrage?
With a growing illegal alien population exceeding 300,000 in Colorado, the state House legislators on Wednesday of last week defeated six bills to stop illegal alien migration. One particular bill, HB 1134, would have given cops the ability to arrest, detain and deport illegals. It was soundly defeated after dozens of citizens, including this Coloradoan, testified to support the bill's passage.
I demanded, “We are tired of being collateral damage for illegal aliens. We're tired of being raped, killed, robbed and our schools being trashed by multiple languages while our medical systems take better care of illegals than our own citizens.”
Representative Francesca Natividad Coleman remarked that it was a Federal issue. I retorted, “We're the ones getting killed and raped here locally and we're tired of it.” Last year, three Coloradoans were killed by illegals; Greeley, Colorado suffered 270 hit and run car accidents alone; eight rapes by illegal aliens in Boulder and thousands of robberies.
Where is the outrage?
To top off the crisis in our Denver schools, the Rocky Mountain News reported the next day, February 21, 2006, “Welfare Surges 45%” with an increase of 4,743 cases. They said it was tough job hunting, but neglected to mention that 300,000 illegal aliens in Colorado stole jobs from Coloradoans in every sector: drywall, construction, landscaping, fast food, house painting, janitorial, paving and dozens of other jobs formerly worked by Coloradoans.
Where is the outrage?
Denver Mayor Hickenlooper hired illegal aliens long before he was mayor and one of his illegal employees, Raul Gomez-Garcia, killed Denver police officer Don Young last May. Hickenlooper stood in direct violation of federal laws and could have been fined $2, 000.00 per illegal alien hired (estimated at 70 working in his restaurants) and he could have gone to prison for five years. Governor Owens actually endorsed a booklet showing illegal aliens how to imbed themselves in Colorado. He aided and abetted illegal aliens, but didn't receive a slap on the wrist.
Where is the outrage?
Since it's happening in my state with 300,000 illegal aliens, can you imagine what is happening in California with three million? Or, North Carolina with one million? How about Illinois with one million illegals? How about Texas with 1.5 million? I know Texans pay over $4.1 billion annually for educating their massive load of student illegals.
Where is the outrage?
We're being colonized with over nine million illegal alien Mexicans crashing our schools, medical systems, language, culture, parks, tax and welfare systems. One look at the headlines of major newspapers across the country echoes and mirrors the Rocky Mountain News.
Where is the outrage?
It stupefies me beyond comprehension that Americans sit back and watch this invasion of their country without any outrage. Worse, without any response! More than that — without a concern for their own kids' future! Even more horrific, the line of immigrants from Mexico (and the world) shows no sign of stopping, as the number of Mexicans grows from their current 106 million to 200 million in this century.
As I open this can of worms weekly; as I expose this accelerating national crisis weekly; as you experience its quickening day by day, I would think the outrage would reach fantastic levels. But it is not! In fact, Bush, Congress/, and governors of all 50 states, not only watch it happen, they actively aid and abet it.
Arlan Specter of Pennsylvania wants to add another one to two million legal immigrants annually. Senators John McCain and Ted Kennedy want to give amnesty to 20 million illegals and add more in a guest worker program. Utah's Chris Cannon welcomes millions of Mexicans as he encourages their takeover of our country. His sidekick Senator Orrin Hatch mirrors that sentiment. Representative Joe Baca of California actively promotes the takeover of California by Mexico as he endorses “Reconquista of Aztlan.”
As Mark Twain said, “Suppose you were an idiot; and suppose you were a member of Congress; but then, I repeat myself.” (my favorite, and there is one of our problems, too.)
Twain got it right, but where is the outrage?
While 85 to 95 percent of the American public wants our borders secured, they stand around quietly sucking their thumbs while doing nothing. However, the outrage and arrogance of millions of illegal alien migrants in America advances like the recent Paris, France, experience with immigration, 10,000 fire bombed cars in a month-long conflagration!
We watched stupidly as if it won't happen to us.