Thunder in Arizona

Patriot Voices

Enough is enough. Provoked by the conspicuous lack of leadership by any federal authority on the matter of illegal immigration, Republican state legislators across America are moving to protect the citizens within their state borders.

Pennsylvania state Representative Daryl Metcalfe said the Obama administration has given the states no alternative. “With the federal government currently AWOL in fulfilling its constitutional responsibilities to protect American lives, property and jobs against the clear and present dangers of illegal invaders, state lawmakers . . . are left with no choice but to take individual action to address this critical economic and national security epidemic,” said Rep. Metcalfe.

In April, 2010, Arizona became the first state to enact its own immigration law, which mimics, in its essentials, existing federal legislation that the federal authorities refuse to enforce.

In Michigan, Representative Kim Meltzer has proposed a law modeled on the Arizona legislation that would give police the authority to determine the immigration status of persons detained for other infractions of law. “We have borders in place for a reason,” declared Rep. Meltzer.

Oklahoma’s state Rep. Randy Terrill has proposed an enhanced version of Arizona’s legislation that would toughen penalties for illegal aliens caught with firearms. “The states have to act because the federal government has refused to enforce our nation’s borders and turned every state into a border state,” Rep. Terrill observed.

Legislation of this sort is now being considered in Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas, Utah, North Carolina and Idaho. These proposals must await the next legislative session because so many state legislatures end their sessions on June first. Arizona’s law, however, is poised for enforcement this summer. That’s when the Arizona cops can ask criminal suspects to demonstrate that they are in Arizona legally.

Having provoked these legislative proposals by their refusal to enforce federal statutes, Obama’s Justice Department announced that it was considering a federal lawsuit against Arizona’s new law because it might lead to a violation of someone’s civil rights. Proving once again that liberalism is more of a tone poem than a coherent body of thought, both President Obama and his hand-puppet attorney general, Eric Holder leaped into the controversy and made fools of themselves with their very first comments.

Speaking to a crowd in Ottumwa, Iowa, President Obama gave voice to this grotesque fantasy:

“Now, suddenly, if you don’t have your papers, and you took your kid out to get ice cream, you’re going to get harassed – that’s something that could potentially happen . . . That’s not the right way to go.”

This scenario could actually happen if the kid’s parent stole the ice cream or cleaned out the cash register at gunpoint, otherwise the “potential” for “harassment” is remote. The Arizona law simply mimics a seventy-year-old federal law that requires every legal alien inside the United States to carry proof of their legal presence in the country. No one carries “papers,” it’s one small printed card.

In truth, Obama hadn’t read the bill, which is fewer than twenty pages in length and not so densely written that a smart high-schooler couldn’t understand it. Our Poseur-in-Chief was bent to pumping up the emotional temperature of legal Latinos with B-movie echoes of the Gestapo raiding Rick’s club in Casablanca, only now Rick’s was an ice cream parlor, with the emotional kicker of the little kiddies who would carry the bitter memory of the horrible moment the racist Aryan SS storm-trooper Arizona police demanded to see their sainted daddy’s “papers”.

Not only is Barack Obama a shameless opportunist; he’s a slow learner to boot. Some people become wiser after a painful experience, but not Mr. Obama. He learned absolutely nothing from the embarrassing episode in which Obama first admitted his total ignorance of the facts and then impulsively offered his opinion that the Cambridge police had acted “stupidly” when they arrested the cantankerous Henry Louis Gates. In fact, Gates had been a pompous jerk. When the truth became common knowledge, Obama was reduced to the dopey theatrics of a “Beer Summit” to bring closure to a political liability of his own making.

Now here Obama was, once again maligning every cop in Arizona with the presumption that they will indulge themselves in the sinful pleasures of “racial profiling.” Never mine that the Arizona cops are heavily Latino; never mind that the Arizona law specifically prohibits the sort of stand-alone ethnic targeting that Obama had described.

Not to be outdone in the open competition for the title of Most Ignorant Loudmouth, Attorney General Eric Holder weighed in with his uninformed opinion about Arizona’s new laws. On NBC’s “Meet the Press” the attorney general said that Arizona’s law “has the possibility of leading to racial profiling.” He had previously characterized the law’s passage as “unfortunate” and questioned whether it was constitutional. Here’s the thing: In testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, Eric Holder had said,

“I’ve just expressed concerns on the basis of what I’ve heard about the law. But I’m not in a position to say at this point, not having read the law, not having had the chance to interact with people who are doing the review, exactly what my position is.”

Representative Ted Poe had wondered aloud how the attorney general of the United States could give voice to such strong negative opinions about legislation that the attorney general had not read. “It’s hard for me to understand how you have concerns about something being unconstitutional if you haven’t even read the law,” the Texas Republican said to the bossman of Obama’s Justice Department.

Just to round out the picture, Hillary Clinton was also badmouthing the Arizona law, even though she hadn’t read it either. Then Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano went on television and damned the Arizona law as “bad law-enforcement law.” Under questioning by Senator John McCain during a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing, Napolitano, like all the others, admitted that “I have not reviewed it in detail. I certainly know of it.”

The Arizona Law

It’s called Senate Bill 1070 or SB1070. My printer cranked out an easy-to-read edition of it on nineteen pages; a readable copy will fit on ten pages. That’s half of one percent the length of ObamaCare and it’s far easier to understand. Section One is titled “Intent.” Here it is:

“The legislature finds that there is a compelling interest in the cooperative enforcement of federal immigration laws throughout all of Arizona. The legislature declares that the intent of this act is to make attrition through enforcement the public policy of all state and local government agencies in Arizona. The provisions of this act are intended to work together to discourage and deter the unlawful entry and presence of aliens and economic activity by persons unlawfully present in the United States.”

In other words, the intent of this legislation is to make it illegal for illegal aliens to be in Arizona illegally. Repeat after me, “Weird republic.” This statement of intent is a reiteration of the status quo; the Arizona legislators are reaffirming the long-standing cooperative relationship between state and local law enforcement and the federal forces of ICE, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. This federal agency is a subdivision of the Department of Homeland Security; it is staffed by a mere seven thousand agents for the whole of the United States. Compare that number to the New York City police force, which has 30,000 officers. Most ICE agents are anchored to desks, so ICE depends on the eyes and ears of state and local law enforcement to do its job effectively.

Barack Obama’s grotesque distortions of the Arizona law are clearly addressed in Section Two Article 8 of the legislation.

“No official or agency of this state or a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state may limit or restrict the enforcement of federal immigration laws to less than the full extent permitted by federal law.”

This means that in-state cops will not be less vigorous in their enforcement of the law than the federal forces ought to be in their enforcement of the federal statutes.

Here’s the part that makes Obama’s Gestapo allusions look ridiculous; I have added the italics.

“For any lawful contact made by a law enforcement official or a law enforcement agency of this state or a law enforcement official or a law enforcement agency of a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state where reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States, a reasonable attempt shall be made, when practicable, to determine the immigration status of the person, except if the determination may hinder or obstruct an investigation. Any person who is arrested shall have the person’s immigration status determined before the person is released. The person’s immigration status shall be verified with the federal government pursuant to 8 United States Code Section 1373(c). A law enforcement official or agency of this state or a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state may not solely consider race, color or national origin in implementing the requirements of this subsection except to the extent permitted by the United States or Arizona Constitution. A person is presumed to not be an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States if the person provides to the law enforcement officer or agency any of the following:
1. A valid Arizona driver license.
2. A valid Arizona non-operating identification license.
3. A valid tribal enrollment card or other form of tribal identification.
4. If the entity requires proof of legal presence in the United States before issuance, any valid United States federal, state or local government issued identification.”

Item 4. would include a valid visa or government-issued work permit. The words “lawful contact” were meant to designate encounters between the police and persons who were suspected of unlawful behavior, but twitchy liberals suggested that “lawful contact” might include persons at crime scenes, or witnesses to crimes or spouses in noisy domestic disputes or the victims of crimes. To address these concerns, Arizona legislators passed House Bill 2162 which clarifies the original intent of SB1070 that law enforcement officers shall inquire about the immigration status of only those persons whom they “stop, detain or arrest” because of reasonable suspicion that they are outlaws.

Arizona statute SB1070, which becomes law on July 29, 2010, specifically prohibits the targeting of persons solely on the basis of their perceived race or ethnicity in the absence of further reinforcing evidence. Anyone with commonplace documentation, such as a valid driver’s license or a valid visa is presumed to be in the country legally.

The statute continues:

“ If an alien who is unlawfully in the United States is convicted of a violation of state or local law, on discharge from imprisonment or on the assessment of any monetary obligation that is imposed, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement or the United States Customs and Border Protection shall be immediately notified.”

This means that the citizens of foreign countries who commit crimes in the United States will not be set free on the street at the completion of their punishment before the immigration cops are given notice. Not only will the Arizona cops give ICE advance notice, they can physically deliver these criminal jerks to ICE:

“Notwithstanding any other law, a law enforcement agency may securely transport an alien who the agency has received verification is unlawfully present in the United States and who is in the agency’s custody to a federal facility in this state or to any other point of transfer into federal custody that is outside the jurisdiction of the law enforcement agency. A law enforcement agency shall obtain judicial authorization before securely transporting an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States to a point of transfer that is outside of this state.”

To give lazy or reluctant state and local officials added incentive to do their duty to combat the illegal occupation of Arizona, the law allows any legal resident of Arizona to file a lawsuit against any state, county or local official or agency who hinders the vigorous enforcement of the law as defined by federal statute:

“A person who is a legal resident of this state may bring an action in superior court to challenge any official or agency of this state or a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state that adopts or implements a policy or practice that limits or restricts the enforcement of federal immigration laws to less than the full extent permitted by federal law. If there is a judicial finding that an entity has violated this section, the court shall order that the entity pay a civil penalty of not less than one thousand dollars and not more than five thousand dollars for each day that the policy has remained in effect after the filing of an action pursuant to this subsection.”

This is powerful stuff. It empowers any patriot to put his boot to the butt of weak-willed enforcement officials. This puts an end to the creation of so-called “sanctuary cities” where no one is ever asked about their immigration status.

Section 3 of SB1070 penalizes the “willful failure to complete or carry an alien registration document” with a penalty of “at least five hundred dollars for the first violation” and twice that amount for a second infraction. A violation of Section 3 is a misdemeanor unless the violator is caught while in possession of a “dangerous drug” or “precursor chemicals that are used in the manufacturing of methamphetamine” or “a deadly weapon or a dangerous instrument” as defined by law, in which case their lack of proper documentation becomes a felony. Felony status also befalls any undocumented foreign national in possession of “property that is used for the purpose of committing an act of terrorism.”

Section 4 of SB1070 criminalizes the smuggling of underage human beings or of persons known to be not lawfully in the state of Arizona or who “have attempted to enter, entered or remained in the United States in violation of the law.”

Section 5 prohibits the “unlawful stopping to hire and pick up passengers for work” and prohibits unauthorized aliens from working or applying for work in the state of Arizona. The law prohibits the “unlawful transporting, moving, concealing, harboring or shielding of unlawful aliens.”

His is great stuff. No more curb-side cheap-labor bazaars clogging the sidewalks; no more “open-borders” groups hiding illegal aliens from the law.

Section 7 prohibits “knowingly employing unauthorized aliens.”

That’s about it; the rest of the text is all strictures and penalties aimed at employers who hire undocumented aliens. Arizona employers are already required to check all new hires with the federal E-verify system.

Now congratulate yourself: At this moment you have a deeper understanding of the new Arizona legislation than does our race-baiting president and his political hand puppet attorney general. You understand it better than our slander-mongering secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, the woman who predicted that the Arizona cops will resort to blatant racial profiling, the woman who falsely accused Billy Dale and the entire Clinton-era White House travel-office staff of crimes they did not commit, the woman who adroitly dodged imaginary sniper bullets on a tarmac in war-torn Bosnia.

Our Mexican Critics

Our best critics are a blessing. Though we will never be perfect, we should strive for excellence and nothing puts a sharp edge on excellence better than a smart and abrasive critic. The best criticism is well reasoned and rooted in the truth. Anything less is just emotion-fueled name calling.

On Thursday May 20th, Mexican President Felipe Calderón had the privilege of addressing a joint meeting of the United States Congress for a full forty-five minutes. During his performance Señor Calderón lashed out at the new Arizona legislation; he called the law that would allow law enforcement officials to detain anyone suspected of being in Arizona illegally a “terrible idea.” He characterized SB1070 as “using racial profiling as a basis for law enforcement.”

He was repeating himself; he had said the same thing the day before, a day he spent with President Obama, who had called the law “misdirected” and conjured up dark visions of impromptu arrests at ice cream parlors.

But, as you now know for a fact, the black-letter text of SB1070 specifically prohibits stand-alone racial profiling of the sort that both Obama and Calderón described. Arizona law enforcement is not a bastion of master-race anger; it’s a well-integrated Anglo/Latino cooperative effort. The proposed legislation is almost a mirror reflection of a seventy-year-old federal statute.

So neither Calderón nor Obama are worthy critics: their arguments are not well-reasoned nor are their arguments rooted in the truth. This begs the question, “Why are they saying such things?”

Each man has his own motivation; each has his own reasons to make common cause with the other. The political animal inside Barack Obama is driven be a desire to excite and frighten Latinos as much as possible in the hope that their votes will mitigate the anticipated decimation of Democrat candidates in the November elections. Felipe Calderón is motivated be the desire to maximize the flow of U.S. dollars from illegal aliens in America back to bank accounts in Mexico. These billions of dollars are Mexico’s second largest source of wealth, exceeded only by Pemex, Mexico’s state-owned petroleum monopoly. The Mexican government is so eager to enlarge the flow of dollars that it has stooped to publishing illustrated “how-to” guide books for distribution to Mexican citizens who are preparing to enter the United States illegally.

So both presidents Obama and Calderón stand exposed as self-interested race-baiting provocateurs and anything but honest critics. Perhaps we can look past Mexico’s deceitful president and explore the manner in which Mexico treats its illegal immigrants; perhaps we can become more excellent people by behaving exactly like our critics to the south. After all, Mexican president Felipe Calderón has accused the Arizona legislators of opening the door “to intolerance, hate discrimination and abuse of law enforcement.” So how do our way-more humane and civilized Mexican neighbors treat their immigrants, legal and illegal?

Mexican law empowers the Mexican government to exclude any and all foreigners who might alter “the equilibrium of the national demographics.” You know, anyone who looks or acts un-Mexican. Also unwelcome are those foreign undesirables who do not advance Mexico’s “economic or national interests” or are “not found to be physically or mentally healthy.”

Interesting stuff. Could our open borders be contributing to the sharp up-tick in those exotic diseases never before seen by most American doctors, as reported in the New York Times? Yes it could. It was always U.S. immigration policy to exclude persons with dangerous communicable diseases. Persons who landed at Ellis Island showing symptoms of dangerous disease were sent back to their countries of origin. Our current open borders eliminate even the possibility of spotting disease carrying immigrants.

Also unwelcome in Mexico is anyone who exhibits any “contempt against national sovereignty or security.” Wow. On our side of the border this perfectly describes La Raza (The Race) and the entire Reconquista movement that is advocating the notion that the entire American Southwest plus California is really part of Mexico. As one member of the radical group MeCha put it perfectly: “We believe that we have the right to be in this land . . . Aztlan is California! Aztlan is this country! This country was ours . . . We didn’t cross the borders. The borders crossed us . . . This country is bases on exploitation!” This trash talking was from a student at the University of San Francisco; we are hosting obnoxious jerks such as her. She proclaims her “right” to simply ignore the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, which established America’s southern border during the Polk administration; she denies the sovereignty of the United States. If we followed Mexico’s legislative lead, then this snotty little Latino princess and all her reconquistador amigos in the Latino re-conquest movement would be on the next available bus back to Monterrey.

Mexican law declares that every immigrant in Mexico must have a clean criminal history and must not be an economic burden on Mexican society. Meanwhile, violent paramilitary Latino gangs, such as MS13, roam the streets of America. Analysis of illegal aliens living in the United States has revealed that the typical illegal alien adult will, over his time spent in America, cost the citizens of America forty-thousand dollars. We would save ourselves a bundle by doing exactly what our Mexican critics are doing: excluding immigrants who will be a burden.

Anyone seeking Mexican citizenship must produce a birth certificate, must present a bank statement proving that he will not be a burden on the Mexican taxpayers, must pass a health examination and must demonstrate that he can provide for his own health care. Mexico wants to make certain that foreign-born moochers don’t bankrupt Mexican hospitals by just showing up at emergency rooms and demanding expensive medical treatments in the manner of millions of Mexicans who do exactly that at American hospitals. Mexico doesn’t have “sanctuary cities” where foreign nationals can apply for taxpayer-funded programs without being asked about their immigration status. In Mexico foreigners get asked hard questions.

Illegal entry into Mexico is a felony punishable be two years in a Mexican slammer and their slammers aren’t nearly as nice as the ones north of the border. A second offense after deportation will get you ten years in the slammer.

Every illegal alien in the United States needs phony documents, which fuels a thriving trade in identity theft. In Mexico, document fraud can result in imprisonment and so can marriage fraud.

Foreign nationals can be booted out of Mexico without due process. Mexican federal law dictates that every level of law enforcement must cooperate to enforce Mexican immigration law – including alien apprehension and deportation. The Mexican military plays an active role in immigration enforcement. Native-born Mexicans are at liberty to arrest any illegal alien and hand him over to the police. Would Felipe Calderón squawk if native-born Americans were empowered to arrest illegal aliens in Arizona? Of course he would! When the Minutemen went to the border with binoculars and radios to assist the border patrols by reporting illegal crossings from Mexico, President Calderón denounced the Minutemen as “immigrant hunting parties.”

Any visitor to Mexico who is not in possession of identification and proper documentation is subject to instantaneous arrest. Every foreigner is logged into Mexico’s National Catalog of Foreigners; every Mexican citizen is logged into the National Population Registry. Everyone is tracked; every citizen must carry an identity card.

All of these laws are provisions of Mexico’s Ley General de Población (General Law of the Population). Any foreigner who wants to agitate for “comprehensive immigration reform” had better keep his mouth shut because political activism by non-Mexicans is illegal in Mexico. Under Mexican law non-citizens cannot “in any way participate in the political affairs of the country.” Hold that thought in your mind while recalling the countless thousands of foreign nationals who have swelled American street demonstrations for “immigration reform.”

In late 2008, Mexico undertook the vigorous deportation of illegal Cuban immigrants. Abuses against Central American illegals along Mexico’s southern border are notorious. The Red Cross has condemned the rampant abuse and shakedown tactics of the Mexican police against undocumented Central Americans.

Our Lousy Mexican Neighbors

Mexican officials on both sides of the border are engaged in a continual interference with American national sovereignty. The millions of illegal aliens who radiate across America from Latino strongholds, such as Los Angeles, are not a natural occurrence. They are the economic shock troops of a Mexican economic policy that reaps Mexico sixteen billion dollars every year. The Mexican government vigorously facilitates the illegal intrusion of their citizens into the United States and, once they are here, makes every effort to normalize their status – all in disrespectful defiance of the American popular will.

Who may enter any country is a decision that is central to every nation’s identity. The fact that the Mexican government is making this decision for us without our consent is proof that the Mexicans are behaving like pigs. Mexican consulates across America are working in concert to contrive a backdoor amnesty for their legions of illegal economic tourists. It is Mexican governmental policy to discredit and subvert American immigration enforcement – an activity beyond the bounds of legitimate diplomacy.

In the wake of 9/11, when it dawned on former-president Vicente Fox’s bureaucrats that the anticipated George-Bush amnesty was on hold, the bureaucrats engineered their own synthetic amnesty which they anchored to a document called the matricula consular card.

The consulates of law-abiding nations have traditionally offered consular cards to their citizens as a form of registration so the consulate can assist if their citizens disappear. Unlike law-abiding nations, Mexico vigorously promotes its consular card as a way for Mexican illegal aliens to secure privileges that the United States reserves for legal residents. The Mexican consulates aggressively lobby banks and government officials to accept “matricula consular” cards as valid identification for the purpose of obtaining bank accounts, mortgage lending, taxpayer-funded benefits and driver’s licenses.

Only an illegal-alien Mexican would need a matricula consular card because legal aliens already possess the documentation needed to secure these privileges. Only illegal Mexicans snapped up the cards; the consulates have dispensed about five million cards since 2000. The Mexican consulate in Santa Ana, California, dispenses about 200 matriculas every day. Former Mexican foreign minister Jorge Castañeda made no effort to conceal his country’s program to subvert American sovereignty: “We are already giving instructions to our consulates that they begin propagating militant activities – if you will – in their communities.” In truth, “their communities” are our communities.

Mexico’s subversive policies have effectively terminated legal immigration from Mexico. In the past decade, fully eighty-percent of all Mexicans who crossed our southern border did so illegally. A special Mexican police force called Grupo Beta was established to protect illegal migrants from criminals and corrupt Mexican officials as the migrants headed northward. Grupo Beta maintains aid stations for Mexicans crossing through the desert; this elite force guides illegal migrants away from border areas that are being heavily patrolled on the American side.

Illegal border crossings now outnumber legal crossings. As the burdens of illegal status in the U.S. diminish, more Mexicans are encouraged to cross the border. Easy access to bank credit, checking accounts and official driver’s licenses is a big incentive for illegals to head north. Just for the record: the FBI opposes the use of matriculas as American identification because the Mexican consulates are so casual about to whom they give the cards. No one knows for certain if any matricula truly identifies the person presenting it.

The view northward from Los Pinos, the “Mexican White House,” is uniquely Mexican. According to former U.S. ambassador to Mexico Jeffery Davidow, the Mexicans believe that migration to the United States is a fundamental human right and that no law should impede this basic human right. It’s their face-saving rationale for exporting their poverty to the United States.

Going far outside their legitimate diplomatic role, Mexico’s consuls strive incessantly to undermine American border law and American sovereignty. Mexican consuls play an active and illegitimate role by fighting against every American legislative initiative to secure our borders and control the crushing cost of coping with an army of alien invaders.

The federal government’s indifference to uncontrolled immigration puts the financial burden of educating, medicating and incarcerating millions of foreign nationals on the backs of the American taxpayers. In 1994 Californians attempted to free themselves from this unjust tax enslavement by passing Proposition 187 which would have prohibited illegal aliens from living on welfare. But the very idea that illegal Mexican moochers would cease collecting the earnings of the Anglo taxpayers threw Mexico’s Los Angeles consulate bureaucrats into high gear coordinating with militant open-borders groups to defeat the will of California’s citizens. In short, Mexico was once again improperly meddling in the internal affairs of the United States. After a federal judge voided the citizens’ initiative in 1998, Los Angeles councilman (later mayor) Antonio Villaraigosa gave all credit for subverting Proposition 187 to Mexican president Ernesto Zedillo.

In late 2004 the Mexican consul general in Phoenix once again stepped outside accepted diplomatic bounds to meddle in American internal affairs. The Mexicans dispatched a flurry of press releases urging Hispanics to vote against Arizona’s Proposition 200 which merely reaffirmed the law requiring proof of citizenship before voting or receiving selected welfare benefits. After the law passed, Mexico’s foreign minister grandiosely postured about bringing Arizona to account in an international tribunal for the horrible human-rights violation of requiring proof of citizenship of citizens of the United States inside the United States. What business was this of any Mexican? Mexico’s foreign minister was clearly meddling in American internal affairs; he wanted to ensure that countless illegal Mexican tourists would continue to suck up the earnings from hard-working American citizen taxpayers; he wanted to ensure that dishonest Mexican citizens in America would continue to cast their dishonest votes in American elections against any proposition that would free the American taxpayers from the burden of supporting dishonest Mexicans.

In May of 2005 Congress passed the Real ID Act which tightened identification requirements for access to federally-controlled facilities such as commercial airliners. These heightened standards effectively invalidated the driver’s licenses that some states were issuing to illegal aliens. Predictably, Mexican politicians became indignant. Mexico’s interior minister Santiago Creel denounced our anti-terrorism legislation as “absurd”; he declared that asking people to truthfully identify themselves “is not understandable in light of any criteria.” The interior minister expressed concern that restricting the free movement of Mexico’s illegal migrants would harm the Mexican economy.

All of this noisy grandstanding by Mexican officials is in wild contrast to Mexico’s super-sensitivity to even a hint of criticism of its behavior toward aliens on its soil. For example, in 2002 a dozen American college students, all of whom were in Mexico legally, joined a citizens’ protest against a proposed airport in Mexico City. Mexican officials promptly deported all of them. Now imagine how these same Mexican officials would squawk if we promptly deported every illegal alien Mexican who showed up at a street demonstration in America waving a Mexican flag and demanding his imaginary “right” to all the privileges of American citizenship.

There are no limits to what Mexican officials consider meddling in their internal affairs. When New Mexico’s governor Bill Richardson declared a state of emergency in four counties bordering Mexico because of soaring violence by drug traffickers, city council members of Ciudad Juárez, in Mexico, denounced Gov. Richardson for interfering in Mexico’s domestic affairs.

Like an undisciplined child, the Mexican government obnoxiously pushes for whatever it can get away with. The Mexicans truly believe that what is theirs is theirs and what is ours is also theirs. They just can’t keep their greedy little hands off of American immigration policy and the earnings of the American taxpayers.

An Army of Invasion

Are we, the citizens of the United States, entitled to a nation of our choosing or must we accept a nation that is more to the liking of foreign nationals? Of course, the choice is ours alone and we need not explain or justify our choice to anyone; it is one of the natural gifts of sovereignty. It is in no way the business of foreign nationals, border-jumping interlopers, party crashers, unlawful economic tourists or any other pushy self-serving opportunists to tell Americans what their demographic mosaic should look like. The demographic future of America is a matter of concern to all Americans; that future should not be determined by a single ethnic or racial identity group with an aggressive race-focused agenda.

Consider two perspectives on American citizenship and decide which one will best preserve the distinctive character of our nation. The first quotation is from former President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt, which he put to paper three days before his death in 1917.

“We should insist that if the immigrant who comes here does in good faith become an American and assimilates himself to us he shall be treated on an exact equality with every one else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed or birthplace or origin.

“But this is predicated upon the man’s becoming in very fact an American and nothing but an American. If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn’t doing his part as an American. There can be no divided allegiance here . . . We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boardinghouse; and we have room for but one soul loyalty, and that is loyalty to the American people.”

This is not an unreasonable expectation of any genuine immigrant; anyone less committed to American citizenship is just an economic tourist. Roosevelt insisted that there was no room in America for “fifty-fifty allegiance” of the sort we have witnessed at street demonstrations by foreign-born upstarts waving the flags of foreign nations. In a speech he gave in 1917, Roosevelt declared that “It is our boast that we admit the immigrant to full fellowship and equality with the native-born. In return we demand that he shall share our undivided allegiance to the one flag which floats over all of us.”

Now compare Roosevelt’s patriotic sentiments with those of two contemporary Hispanic-American spokesmen. Xavier Hermosillo is a prominent businessman, the leader of an Hispanic activist group in Los Angeles and a talk-show host. Speaking confidently of the rising tide of Hispanic immigration, Hermosillo declared: “We will take over house by house, block by block. We may not overcome, but we will overwhelm.”

He’s describing an invasion. It’s a slap at Americans in general and American-born blacks in particular. It should be noted that the swollen labor pool caused by illegal Hispanic immigration depresses the earnings of lower-class American blacks by about eight percent, so illegal immigration is a really dirty deal for American blacks.

And then we have television celebrity and comedian George Lopez who brought Barack Obama’s theme of “change” to twelve hundred young voters at the University of Texas. Lopez excited applause when he declared, “It is the time of the Latino, your time to step up, your time to take this country over!!!” It gives the rest of us a deeper insight into the meaning of Obama’s drum-beat chant, “Si se puede!” (Yes we can!)

But why stop with these two second-rate American citizens. Charles Truxillo is a professor of Chicano studies at the University of New Mexico; he was born in Albuquerque and he believes that Hispanics will create a separate nation that will include what is now all of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas, plus the southern part of Colorado. “I may not live to see the Hispanic homeland,” he opines, “but by the end of the century my students’ kids will live in it, sovereign and free.”

Armando Navarro believes that such a secession is inevitable. Armando is a professor at the University of California; in his opinion, “One could argue that while Mexico lost the war of 1848, it will probably win it in the Twenty-first Century, in terms of the numbers. A secessionist movement is not something that you can put away and say it is never going to happen in the United States,” said the professor and “Hispanic activist.”

These are taxpayer-funded professors teaching reconquista ideology in American schools; they are propagandists for a campaign of slow-motion insurrection. Compare this to the social climate in Mexico where, until recently, even the American-born children of Mexican citizens were banned from Mexican schools because they were thought to be “too alien,” “too foreign,” “too un-Mexican” and a bad influence on the Native-born Mexican students.

Back in America, nearly every college campus in California has been colonized by a chapter of the Chicano Student Movement of Aztlan, better known by its Spanish acronym MEChA. The word Aztlan means “the bronze continent;” it’s a racial reference; it’s the nation that the bronze race is planning to carve out of the heart of the United States; their master plan is titled El Plan de Aztlan and it has nothing good to say about white people, who are disparaged as “the brutal gringo.” The word “gringo” is Spanish for gibberish; it is a vulgar reference to that incomprehensible language – English, the mother tongue of those inscrutable white people to the north. El Plan exhorts all Mexicans, which includes all naturalized Mexican-American citizens of the United States, to reclaim “the land of their birth” and “declare the independence of our mestizo nation.” Their motto is Par la Raza todo. Fuera de La Raza nada – “For the race, everything. For those not of the race, nothing.” This is a militant racist organization that has colonized most of the high schools in California. Is it any wonder that white people are taking their children out of California schools and fleeing the state? Is it any wonder that California is collapsing into financial ruin?

The racist activists of MEChA have sent their tentacles into neighboring Western states. The group’s mascot emblem is an eagle clutching an Incan battle ax in one claw and a lit stick of dynamite in the other claw. Their favorite slogan is Hasta la Victoria, siempre!” (Until victory, always!), which was the battle cry of Fidel Castro. Any white-boy racists who attempted a similar colonization of any Mexican school would be frog-marched to the U.S. border in a heartbeat.

Mexican intellectual Elena Poniatowska perfectly captured what is happening north of the border: “The people of the poor, the lice-ridden and the cucarachas [cockroaches] are advancing in the United States, a country that wants to speak Spanish because 33.4 million Hispanics impose their culture.

Yup. She said “impose their culture.” And she’s correct: their alien culture is an imposition; it is also an impertinence and an insult.

Señora Poniatowsha proclaimed that the Hispanic re-conquest of the United States “. . . fills me with jubilation, because Hispanics can have a growing force between Patagonia and Alaska.” Wow! Imagine it! Cinco de Mayo beer blasts on the Alaskan tundra! These are the fever dreams of Mexican radicals and Mexican politicians.

It is a long-standing policy of the Mexican government to encourage Mexicans inside the United States to remain loyal to Mexico above all else, including those Mexicans who are now “technically” naturalized American citizens. As former Mexican president Ernesto Zedillo remonstrated a group of Mexican-American politicians, “You’re Mexicans – Mexicans who live north of the border.”

That was in 1995. Two years later, the president of Mexico stood before the National Council of La Raza (The Race) and defiantly declared that “the Mexican nation extends beyond the territory enclosed by its borders” and that “Mexican migrants are an important – a very important part of this.”

The Mexican administration of Vicente Fox created the Instituto de los Mexicanos en el Exterior (The Institute of Mexicans Abroad) to promote “a more comprehensive approach” to encouraging allegiance to Mexico. One Instituto agent, American-born Juan Hernández, was formerly a professor at the University of Texas. Though technically an American citizen, his first allegiance is to Mexico. On ABC’s Nightline on June 7, 2001, this de facto Mexican declared, “I want the third generation, the seventh generation, I want them all to think ‘Mexico first.’” He clearly explained why Mexican immigrants are so unlike European immigrants – because the Mexicans “are going to keep one foot in Mexico” and because they “are not going to assimilate in the sense of dissolving into not being Mexican.”

Every political faction in Mexico shares the belief that the U.S.-Mexican border is illegitimate. This is what they were taught in Mexican schools. Mexican school children are taught that half of Mexico, including Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, California, most of Idaho, Oregon and Washington were stolen from Mexico.

A 2006 Zogby poll revealed that only 36 percent of Mexicans had a positive impression of Americans: 73% of Mexicans believed that Americans were racists and a mere 16% of Mexicans believed that Americans were honest people. No stratum of Mexican society respects American sovereignty; the best educated Mexicans are among the most disrespectful. The close proximity of Mexico makes Mexicans the least likely people on the planet to assimilate to American culture. For that reason alone, Latino immigration should be the most tightly regulated. It is not in our national interest to become a northern annex of the dysfunctional nation to our south, the one that exhorts its army of paupers to send money home to Mexico.

Conclusion

Mexican President Felipe Calderón used a rare state visit to the White House to denounce Arizona’s new anti-illegal-immigration law as “discriminatory.” President Obama played along. Calderón said Mexico will reject laws that “criminalize migration” even though the Arizona law only criminalizes crime. But then, Calderón doesn’t even recognize the U.S./Mexican border as the legitimate border of the United States. Before his departure, Calderón expressed support for the northward flow of Mexico’s poor: “Migration is a natural phenomenon and obeys the economic dynamic between the United States and Mexico. It’s a textbook case of a big economy that is capital intensive and a small economy that is labor intensive.”

Somehow Calderón never got around to explaining why Mexico has such an underdeveloped economy; for some reason he never mentioned that he is the president of a collapsing narco-state.

The Mexican government just issued a travel advisory warning Mexicans headed for Arizona that they might get arrested for “no reason.” It was pure political theater. Was it just a coincidence that the U.S. government had just issued a travel advisory warning Americans preparing to visit northern Mexico that they might get shot dead by the warring foot soldiers of feuding Mexican drug lords – for no reason. What’s happening in Mexico is not what it should be at this late date in history. Something in Mexican social development has stalled.

Here’s the crash course on Mexico: Two social groups in Mexico are now shaping that country’s social dynamic. One group is the Narcos, which includes everyone employed by any one of Mexico’s drug cartels. Their brazen turf wars challenge the Mexican state for control of Mexico’s towns and streets. The success of U.S. and Columbian efforts at drug interdiction has driven the drug trade northward out of Columbia and away from the Caribbean and into the spine of Mexico. Companies in Mexico now spend between one and three percent of earnings on security, up from only 0.5 percent in 2006. Profits are up for companies offering insurance, bulletproof vests, satellite positioning systems and automobile armoring.

The second defining social group in Mexico is composed of all those Mexicans who live off of Pemex, Mexico’s state-owned oil company, which bankrolls 40% of Mexico’s budget. Pemex subsidizes Mexico’s comfortably entrenched teachers’ unions, farmers’ unions, state employees, Mexico’s national electricity workers and all Pemex employees, to name only a few. This group vigorously opposes any effort to privatize any state-owned operation, or invite any foreign investment, or increase any domestic competition or bring any accountability to Mexican schools where tight union control has reduced Mexico’s public schools to some of the worst on the planet.

This second group encourages the growth of the Narcos by retarding the growth of a meritocratic middle class in Mexico. Such a middle class may yet save Mexico, but to exert its positive influence it must first burst through the burdensome crust of Mexico’s teachers’ unions, its power-company employees and its Pemex beneficiaries.

In the meantime, the drug lords strike deals with Mexican officials – in return for spheres of influence the drug lords agree to not embarrass the Mexican officials with too much flamboyant violence. The drug lords subcontract the assassination of their competitors to officers of the Mexican state police who then murder the competitors in designated “safe houses.” There are lots of safe houses” in Mexico.

None of this is a “natural phenomenon” as President Calderón would have us believe; it’s a warped dynamic resulting from the long-standing strangulation of healthy economic impulses by Mexico’s ruling socialists. One consequence of this unhealthy dynamic is the mass exodus of Mexico’s working poor.

Half of all illegal border crossings happen in Arizona, whose taxpayers are now soaked for over two billion dollars every year to educate and provide health benefits for Mexican border jumpers and their hoards of children. Shouldn’t Mexico be paying for the birth of Mexican babies? Or is this just another dimension of Mexico’s doctrine of the White Gringo’s Burden? The Mexicans have interpreted weak American border security as a virtual welcome mat.

To save Arizona from financial ruin, Arizona’s elected representatives passed SB1070, which is almost identical to an existing, seventy-year-old, federal statute. This law conforms to the Constitution’s Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable searches and seizures. Stopping anyone solely because of his appearance is specifically prohibited. However, a total lack of any valid U.S. identification rises to the level of “reasonable suspicion.” A ruling by the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals this year bolsters Arizona’s new law. In the case of Estrada v. Rhode Island, the court affirmed that the failure of an alien to possess valid alien registration was “probable cause” for state or local police to arrest that person for a federal misdemeanor or to detain the person until his status could be confirmed. SB1070 simply allows the police to detain people who have committed a misdemeanor in the officer’s presence. More to the point, this law insists that police officers stop ignoring suspects who are radiating all sorts of signals that they are in the United States in violation of U.S. immigration law. It’s the least we can do to preserve our national sovereignty, our culture and our dignity.

Thomas Clough
Copyright 2010
June 8, 2010