In 1996, when I was writing a weekly opinion column for an Arizona conservative newspaper (The Sonoran News), I penned the following three-part column on the invasion of cockroaches from the south. This post contains all three parts.
You’ll note that although 21 years have passed, little has changed.
At the request of Cave Creek property owners, Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office deputies under the command of Lt. Jim Miller, assisted by the sheriff’s posse and town marshal in October arrested 30 people for criminal trespass, 25 of whom were discovered to be illegal aliens. The illegals were held for immigration authorities and the others released and ordered by a judge to appear in court. Within days, several were re-arrested on identical charges.
Illegal aliens every morning brazenly congregate along Cave Creek Road waiting for work. Some find it; some do not. Many who don’t camp in washes, culverts and buildings. Unemployed, they become a problem. A crime problem.
A Lilliputian faction with a consuming penchant for drama, for months bombarded and continues to besiege Cave Creek’s council with bogus claims of unchecked crime. To foster its “We need a private police force” agenda, the clique cited rampant “gang violence” (actually only several incidents — one an altercation between two schoolgirls), “numerous thefts and burglaries” (believed by police to be largely the handiwork of one person) and an alleged sexual assault (later proven to be false and a family related incident).
Much of Cave Creek’s “crime wave” and “drug epidemic” is attributable to criminally active ILLEGAL ALIENS — not as asserted by the troublemakers, a lack of police patrol or enforcement. As for the alleged “drug problem,” after the mischief-makers repeatedly griped through rehearsed monologues that Cave Creek is drug-laden, Lt. Miller advertised a telephone number to anonymously report such activity. How many calls did the constant complainers make to report the “drug problem?” NONE!
Regarding allegations of “gang violence,” Arizona Dept. of Public Safety Capt. David Gonzales, in charge of a gang task force said, “The numbers (of gang members) have been fueled by an influx of ILLEGAL ALIENS that compromise many of the gangs.”
Rancorous cries of racism reverberated when Californians voted to deny handouts to illegal aliens. California’s Proposition 187 was in response to a raid on its treasury and was motivated by self-protection and self-preservation — not racism! Immigration advocates deceptively claim that a similar initiative is unnecessary here because Arizona law prohibits illegals from receiving most services. That is a bald-faced lie! Arizona taxpayers in 1995 paid $420 million to sustain 155,000 illegal aliens — numbers that increase daily!
Arizona’s Supreme Court has ruled that counties (YOU!) must reimburse hospitals for treating illegal aliens and granted them other taxpayer-financed benefits. Although the county hospital operated $68 million in the red, Supervisor Mary Rose Girardo Wilcox, a Hispanic in whose district a large number of illegals are purported to live (and perhaps even vote), irresponsibly demanded more spending. And, Gov. Symington lied when he said, “We offer only emergency room treatment to illegal aliens.” In truth, the average cost to the Arizona taxpayer for IN-PATIENT HOSPITALIZATION of an illegal alien is $4,700. Tens of thousands using counterfeit documents annually defraud Arizona of health care and social services costing $17 million!
Illegal aliens cross the border in throngs because in Mexico the annual per capita income is $2,150; in Vietnam, $215; in Haiti, $380. We encourage them to come by providing free schooling, medical care and sustenance. We ask nothing in return, giving them little incentive to become productive American citizens. But this is not about Mexico or Vietnam or Haiti. It’s about the notion that if you get in, you’ll acquire a lifetime free ride.
Many ardent defenders of illegal immigrant “rights” benefit from their labor — paying minuscule wages, taking advantage, confident they will not protest. Our Constitution grants no “immigrant rights” whatsoever! The alleged “rights” are bestowed by convoluted interpretations of law by jurists, lawyers and immigration advocates, who write, instead of interpret law!
In June, when Arizona INS (Immigration and Naturalization Service) agents arrested and deported 500 illegal alien workers, THEY MADE NO EMPLOYER ARRESTS! Three thousand others fled their jobs and vanished when INS made inquiries. If penalties for hiring illegal aliens were enforced, these jobs would be filled by Arizonans!
President Clinton basked in self-praise when he signed the Brady Bill, requiring background checks for those purchasing handguns. Clinton and Congress find it acceptable to mandate background checks for American citizens but when someone urges similar checks to identify criminal aliens, it’s called “racist.” Also branded as racist are efforts to establish “English Only” laws. Why is it “racist” to compel immigrants to learn English, helping them to adapt, saving millions in education costs?
The Border Patrol apprehends an ever-increasing number of illegals, DOUBLING THE COUNT EACH YEAR! How many penetrate the border undetected? Although more than four million live in the U.S. and 400,000 enter yearly, immigration authorities, hamstrung by the Clinton administration, until this (election) year deported only 40,000.
Most of the Marielitos President Carter hurriedly admitted were criminals or mentally ill. Learning nothing from that misadventure and hungry for votes, Clinton on April 1, 1994, ordered the INS to STOP checking immigrants’ fingerprints and BLOCKED raids to apprehend and deport illegal aliens. Most recently he ordered officials to expedite the swearing-in of naturalized citizens WITHOUT CHECKING FOR CRIMINAL RECORDS!
Spending millions, we incarcerate illegals at three times the rate of citizens. More than 25 percent of federal inmates are non-U.S. citizens from 120 countries. And yet, in Tempe, Arizona, Mexican demonstrators protested arrests of illegal aliens saying, “A police officer’s job is to serve and protect, not harass and deport.” It’s also his job to apprehend lawbreakers, INCLUDING AND ESPECIALLY illegal aliens who commit crimes!
On May 2, 1995, Clinton ordered that more than 20,000 illegal alien Cubans held at Guantanamo Bay be permitted to enter the country. Most had no trade or profession and after admission, vanished into enclaves mirroring Cuban communities, creating subsets within our society.
More than 80 percent of all LEGAL immigrants are admitted without reference to education or employment — and less than five percent have needed skills! Many do not speak English. How can they assimilate? How many, like Carter’s Marielitos, become a timeless burden on U.S. taxpayers?
We broadcast an unmistakable message to the world’s population: Get in by whatever means and we’ll accept, house and care for you. Come and get your “pot of gold.” By encouraging and rewarding illegal immigration, we mock those who patiently wait and arduously toil to become American citizens.
In Durham, North Carolina, because no one bothered to check his identification, a 14-year-old registered to vote. In Takoma Park, Maryland, and in Chicago, stupid American voters gave NON CITIZENS the right to vote in local elections. This is precisely what vote-conscious President Clinton had in mind when he signed the nefarious “Motor Voter” bill. That dreadful law enables illegal aliens, non-citizens and other unqualified people to register to vote!
In border towns, MEXICAN CITIZENS and the children they bore in the U.S., (anchor babies) every month retrieve from post office boxes, U.S. government checks. They collect SSI (Supplemental Security Income), Aid to Dependent Children, food stamps and unemployment benefits, totaling as much as $2,566 a month — TAX FREE — while millions of working Arizonans and Americans struggle to survive on half! While Congress debates penalizing the elderly and imposes new and increased taxes on Americans, it recklessly distributes millions to non-residents, inviting more to come.
Immigration law paints a shocking portrait of government gone awry.
Fifteen programs are available to non-citizen immigrants, enabling fifty-five percent of Chinese seniors in California to collect welfare.
Sixty-three percent of the births in publicly funded Los Angeles hospitals (two-thirds of all births) are to ILLEGALS — whose children immediately become eligible for welfare.
Ten years ago, less than one percent of the students in the Phoenix Union High School District studied English as a second language — today, 20 percent!
A Supreme Court decision requires us to educate illegal aliens in more than 80 languages. A Tempe city attorney recently advised the high school district to admit two MEXICAN NATIONAL children brought here by their mother, with an admitted single purpose: to attend school. What happens if 100 such children arrive? 1,000? 10,000? Compulsory education of non-citizens at public expense, many who are illegal aliens, is preposterous.
The State of Arizona incarcerates nearly 2,500 non-U.S. citizens of which 2,300 ARE MEXICAN NATIONALS — annually costing taxpayers nearly $419 million!
During the past 20 years, immigrants and their descendants accounted for more than half the U.S. population growth. More than 1 million Haitians live here — one-sixth the population of Haiti! Immigration is expected to rise by 41 percent this year, to nearly 900,000 — at a cost approaching $100 billion.
Of 67,000 illegal immigrants deported in 1996, 37,000 — 55 percent — were criminals.
The number of immigrants receiving federal welfare has risen more than 14 percent EACH YEAR since 1985. Non-citizens (12 percent of the recipients) account for 30 percent of the growth in welfare since 1986.
The number of non-citizen welfare applicants has tripled since 1982, and immigrants represent one-third of all recipients of SSI. Appallingly, ONLY ONE IN EVERY 1,000 SUCH PERSONS EVER LEAVES WELFARE — draining $25 billion a year from our treasury. Why do we no longer require sponsorship, accountability and financial responsibility?
The population of the town of Haverstraw, New York, is 30,000. Of those, only 9,500 are U.S. citizens. Authorities estimate that more than 10,000 illegal aliens live there!
Testimony before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee: “Today’s illegal aliens, in most cases are carrying narcotics. The Drug Enforcement Administration estimates that 70 percent of cocaine and 50 percent of marijuana available in the U.S. comes across the Mexican border.”
INS in November refused to renew a work visa for a British subject who came here, started a business and employed 400 Americans. How many jobless aliens did INS that day, permanently admit to the country?
In a mind-boggling, insensate decision, the U.S. Fourth Circuit (the nation’s most conservative) ruled in September that, AN ILLEGAL ALIEN CAN SUE FOR JOB DISCRIMINATION! The court in my opinion took leave of its senses when it further proclaimed that a company can be sued for failing to hire an alien, EVEN THOUGH IT WOULD HAVE BEEN ILLEGAL FOR IT TO DO SO!
When in 1868, the 14th Amendment to the Constitution granted citizenship to anyone born on U.S. soil, no one foresaw the explosion of illegal immigration or senseless judicial meddling. We must through a constitutional amendment, stop the immigration invasion by restricting entitlements, welfare and education to American citizens — and citizenship, to children born of parents at least one of whom is an American citizen. If we continue to extend these benefits to the world’s population, we will bring the world’s population to our shores.
Legal and illegal immigration deleteriously affect us all — and it’s time our outrageously liberal immigration policies, deceptively masked as humanitarian efforts, were revealed as the vote-getting shams they are.
This politically incorrect exposé has revealed but a tiny part of the politically correct problem. Notwithstanding the dogmatic cries of racism, we must end the extravagant giveaways if we are to survive as a nation. They are overwhelming our ability to provide for America.
Well, that’s about it, except to restate that despite the passing of 21 years NOT A DAMNED THING HAS CHANGED!]
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