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Posted on 03/24/2004 1:10:39 PM PST by Tailgunner Joe
It breaks my heart to see whats happening here, lamented 47-year-old Utah native Alex Segura to THE NEW AMERICAN. For more than 10 years, Segura resided in California, watching in disbelief as large portions of that state were effectively reclaimed by Mexico through rampant illegal immigration. Now Im seeing the same thing happening here, he observes. We see very militant people, allied with the Mexican government, and supported by political leaders in this country, ignoring our borders and defying our laws.
For Segura, a third-generation American of Mexican ancestry, La Reconquista (the re-conquest of the American Southwest, or Aztlan, by Mexico) has offered more than a few ironies. When we were living in San Clemente, my then-teenage son tried to get a job at one of the local restaurants, he recounts. There were some very well-paying jobs in the area, but almost all of them were at restaurants owned by illegal aliens. In order to work there, my son was expected, in essence, to become a Mexican. On several occasions he came home very discouraged after being told that he wasnt Mexican enough for a would-be employer, who in many instances was here illegally.
After moving back to Utah, it just amazed me to learn that illegal immigrants could get drivers licenses, Segura continues. This started back in 1999, and I simply couldnt figure out how that happened. And in Ogden and Salt Lake City I began to notice many of the same things I had seen back in California, such as large groups of illegal immigrant men just loitering around. Many of them are genuinely interested in working and are willing to work hard. But many others end up committing serious crimes, in addition to the crime they committed by violating our immigration laws. In California, the unchecked tide of illegals had led to overburdened classrooms, hospitals, and jails and Segura began to notice similar symptoms afflicting Utah as well.
Segura points out that many, if not most, of the people from my background here support our laws and want to see them respected. I know many Hispanic Utahns, people who were born here or came here legally, who desperately want to get immigration under control. The very visible activities of the illegal alien lobby here tend to put law-abiding Hispanics in a very bad light. And some of them [the law-abiding Latino citizens] have been intimidated by militants, including agents of the Mexican government.
After moving back to Utah several years ago, Segura founded a grass-roots activist group called the Utah League of Citizens for Immigration Reform. The great-grandson of Mexicans who legally immigrated to the United States, and the son of a Mexican-American who enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, Segura is proud of his heritage. This is why he was amazed when the Mexican government publicly accused him and his allies of inciting hatred against Mexicans.
Their supposed offense was to support House Bill 109 (HB 109), a measure making it more difficult for illegal aliens to obtain drivers licenses in Utah. Thanks to opposition from the Republican Partys leadership and the direct intervention of the Mexican government, HB 109 was defeated. Remarkable as it is on its face, this episode is all the more valuable as a case study of the increasing brazenness with which the Mexican government is interfering in U.S. politics as part of a campaign of demographic warfare against our country.
HB 109 would have required an applicant for a state drivers license to have a Social Security number or other proof of legal residence. This would counteract a key element of the Mexican governments ongoing campaign to entrench illegal immigrants in this country by issuing matricula consular cards a nonsecure, easily counterfeited document issued by Mexican consulates to Mexicans without regard to their immigration status. (Segura himself, who has never lived in Mexico, learned he could obtain one with little difficulty.)
In 1999, Utah became the first state to accept the matricula cards for the purpose of issuing drivers licenses. Since then, thanks to pressure from both Mexico and Washington, many other state and municipal governments have begun to accept the spurious Mexican document as a legitimate identification, allowing countless illegal aliens to embed themselves in this country and tap into various welfare programs (such as Medicaid and Food Stamps).
On February 26, the Mexican consul general in Salt Lake City, Patricia Deluera, called a press conference at the state Capitol to condemn the measure. I am very concerned that the relationship between Utah and Mexico will be damaged if HB 109 succeeds, she declared. This bill promotes hatred against the Mexican people. Delueras comments were echoed by Joe Reyna, who was identified by the Associated Press as a foreign adviser to President Vicente Fox of Mexico. Specifically targeting a group called Utahns For Immigration Reform and Enforcement (UFIRE), Reyna pronounced: This group [has] one objective in mind, and one only to promote hatred against the Mexican people living in the state of Utah.
UFIRE founder Matt Throckmorton, a former state legislator who is running for Congress against Chris Cannon (R-Utah), describes the groups objectives quite differently. We dont hate anybody, and dont promote hatred in any form, he told THE NEW AMERICAN. It shouldnt be considered hateful or even controversial for a group of law-abiding citizens, including many from a Hispanic background, to defend the integrity of our laws and borders. And its outrageous not to mention a violation of diplomatic procedures for the consulate of a foreign nation to interfere in our states political process, and vilify Utah citizens who are working to see that our laws are respected.
Particularly galling to Throckmorton and many other Utah immigration reform activists is the role played by Joe Reyna. In addition to being an adviser to Mexicos Institute for Mexicans Abroad an official cabinet-level body established by Fox Reyna is a prominent leader in Utahs Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Last fall, he was appointed deputy mayor of Ogden, Utahs fourth-largest city and home to a large and growing Mexican population.
Ogden is currently the only Utah city to have a deputy mayor, and almost certainly the only one to have hired an agent of the Mexican government. This individual, who draws a salary from Utah citizens, is acting on behalf of a foreign government and publicly defaming those of us seeking to uphold our state and national laws, states Throckmorton. Interestingly, Reyna was one of only 40 Hispanic leaders invited to attend the Washington announcement of George W. Bushs proposed illegal alien amnesty, reported the January 8 Deseret Morning News.
Also in attendance at the announcement was Representative Cannon, one of the Houses most outspoken amnesty supporters and an advocate of political and economic convergence with Mexico. Toward that end, Cannon helped create the U.S.-Mexico Political Caucus in March 2003. We love immigrants in Utah, gushed Rep. Cannon at a June 6, 2002 gathering of the Mexican-American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), a foundation-funded radical group. And we dont oftentimes make the distinction between legal and illegal. In fact I think Utah was the first state in the country to legislate the ability to get a drivers license based on the matricula consular [card] and of that I am proud. Rep. Cannon was on hand to receive MALDEFs Excellence in Leadership Award.
Representative Cannon is commonly perceived to be the Bush administrations point man on immigration, Matt Throckmorton (who is, recall, running against Cannon) told THE NEW AMERICAN. Cannon is considered to be politically secure, since he represents the most Republican district in what may be the most Republican state in the country. I believe that the White House is using Cannon to advance its open borders agenda out of the belief that he can do so without causing adverse political repercussions for the party. Throckmorton asserts that Cannons office was deeply involved in derailing HB 109.
Complicating matters in the torpedoing of HB 109 were the Mexican governments complaints aired to the states most prominent church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (commonly known as the LDS Church, or the Mormon Church). Mexican officials claimed that an activist from UFIRE had insinuated LDS Church support for HB 109. Members of a Latino task force, concerned about the churchs position on the legislation, [met with] officials from the LDS Church to ask the states most powerful institution to take a stand against proposed legislation that could prohibit the use of a Mexican identification card in Utah, reported the February 26 Salt Lake Tribune.
LDS church spokesman George Monsivais attended the February 26 press conference to give the churchs official position. At the conference, the church issued a public statement that it doesnt want to be part of the debate over a bill the Mexican government says is blatant discrimination, reported Salt Lakes KSL-TV. The church repeated its oft-stated caution to members that they should never infer that the church endorses their personal political positions, stated the February 27 Deseret Morning News. Monsivais also stated that the church is investigating complaints [that] Utahns For Immigration Reform and Enforcement are citing church teachings as apparent justification for their political purposes.
We did have one board member make some unwise statements implying more than was justified, UFIRE leader Throckmorton told THE NEW AMERICAN. Its true that LDS doctrine affirms the need to uphold and sustain the law, and we believe that this includes immigration laws. But as a group we never sought to involve the church in this debate.
The Utah media characterized the churchs politically neutral position as harming the bill. For example, the March 4 Deseret Morning News opined, What life the [bill] did have may have been taken [on February 26] when The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in a public statement, took no position on the bill and warned UFIRE representatives not to imply otherwise. The measure died in committee despite being supported by the overwhelming majority of Utahns.
The death of HB 109 prompted an exultant celebration on the part of the states illegal alien lobby. What started out as a call to action on Spanish language radio, became a concerted and noticeable lobbying effort by the Hispanic community that was capped off by an impromptu 10:30 p.m. rally in the Capitol Rotunda just as the House adjourned, reported the paper. The rally was punctuated by boisterous cheers from the hundreds of Hispanics.... Alex Segura, who was on hand to witness the rally, added one critical detail: Many of those gathered in the Rotunda were waving Mexican flags and chanting Viva Mexico!
The defeat of HB 109 in Utah was a critical victory for Mexico in its campaign of demographic warfare against our nation. Utah, remember, was the first state to allow illegal aliens to use matricula cards to obtain drivers licenses. Had Utah reversed course on this issue, its likely that other states would have followed suit. And Utah is just one of numerous states to witness such brazen, unabashed political meddling by the Mexican government and occasional harassment of immigration reform activists.
Several years ago, Teodoro Maus, then Mexican consul-general in Atlanta, joined with local Hispanic activists in demanding the resignation of Norman Bingham, chairman of the Cobb County (Georgia) Board of Education. His supposed offense was making some admittedly intemperate remarks about uneducated illegal aliens working in the local construction industry. Bingham kept his position but was forced to issue a two-page formal apology. Maus also demanded and received an apology from a local radio talk-show host who had suggested militarizing the border between the U.S. and Mexico; attacked a city ordinance in Smyrna requiring that all commercial signs be written in English; demanded that illegal Mexican immigrants be issued drivers licenses; and agitated against the declaration of English as the states official language.
The office of Sergio Aguilera Beteta, Mexican consul-general in Indianapolis, has publicly humiliated Mexican nationals here who do not share Vicente Foxs goal of subverting our immigration laws and trashing our national sovereignty, reports Dave Gorak of the Midwest Coalition to Reduce Immigration. One such traitor is Esther Tapia Barber, who has lived in Indianapolis since 1997 after arriving legally from Mexico to marry retired police officer Bob Barber.
Mrs. Barber is active in her local Mexican-American community. She and her husband are strong advocates of reforming our immigration system. Like millions of others who obey our laws and patiently work through our naturalization system, she has found herself pushed to the back of the queue by illegal aliens and their allies. Last November, Esther learned that a representative of consul-general Aguilera had contacted a local cemetery and instructed them to dis-invite her from the annual Day of the Dead Festival, a Mexican cultural event at which she had intended to sell home-made merchandise.
To their credit, cemetery officials ignored that arrogant request, and Esther attended in the company of two friends. During the event, the consul-general himself confronted Esther in person and (according to an eyewitness account) spat out the following malediction: Arent you ashamed to show your face at this celebration, when your husband has been slandering Mexico and the Mexican people? During an interview on a Hispanic radio program a few days later, Ricardo Gambetta, director of the Indianapolis Latino Affairs Commission, publicly denounced the Barbers as anti-Mexican bigots.
Esther Barber, who expects to become an American citizen this year, has written to Vicente Fox and the State Department to protest [the consul-generals] conduct, reports Gorak. But the Fox regime is more interested in subverting our laws than in reining in its rogue diplomats and the State Department has shown no interest in impeding Mexicos subversive campaign.
Since January of last year, Mexicos consular offices across the U.S. have issued roughly 1.4 million identification cards known as matriculas consulares to its nationals in the U.S., mostly undocumented immigrants who dont have access to other ID, reported the October 3 Wall Street Journal. More than 1,000 local police departments recognize the cards, and in more than a dozen states they can be used to get drivers licenses. Seeing immigrants as a potential new market, roughly 280 financial institutions in the U.S. accept the matricula to open bank accounts.
Last July, responding to congressional concerns, the Treasury Department opened a period of public comment on banking rules allowing use of the matricula; negative comments immediately outpaced positive ones by more than a two-to-one ratio. However, behind the scenes, the Mexican government itself did a lot of work to support the card, mobilizing the Mexican immigrant community in the U.S. to push for a favorable decision, noted the Journal.
That campaign drawing heavily on groups such as MALDEF, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and the National Immigration Law Center was coordinated by the Institute for Mexicans Abroad (IME). They have done a masterful job, quietly and methodically, admitted Congressman Elton Gallegly (R-Calif.), an outspoken opponent of the matricula cards, who estimates that Mexico spent millions of dollars in its lobbying efforts.
Mexico is mounting an even larger effort on behalf of George W. Bushs amnesty proposal. The Mexican government is lobbying U.S. lawmakers and civic leaders for amnesty or guest-worker status for millions of illegal aliens now in the United States, working through a coalition of U.S.-based immigration rights associations, Mexican-American organizations and grass-roots Hispanic groups, reported the March 4 Washington Times. Spearheading this campaign once again is the IME.
The IME is composed mainly of Mexican-Americans residing in this country. The body claims a mandate to represent the interests of Mexicans and Mexican-Americans residing here both legal and illegal immigrants, as well as legal resident aliens, naturalized citizens, and even native-born Americans of Mexican ancestry. Each individual selected for the IME, noted the November 25, 2002 Chicago Tribune, becomes a formal part of President Vicente Foxs government.
On several occasions, both Fox and his predecessor, Ernesto Zedillo, have referred to a Mexican nation extending beyond that countrys northern border. Speaking at a 1994 convention of the National Council of La Raza (a foundation-funded radical Hispanic lobby), Zedillo declared, you are Mexicans too, you just live in the United States. On another occasion, Zedillo denounced attempts by the United States to enforce our immigration laws, insisting that we will not tolerate foreign forces dictating laws to Mexicans. In a similar vein, Fox and his administration have repeatedly referred to a population of 23 million Mexicans living in the U.S. a figure that includes U.S.-born Mexican-American citizens.
The Mexican government has been similarly brazen in forging links with radical Hispanic lobbies and other street-level militants, thereby creating a classic fifth column in our nation:
An Ongoing Invasion
By any rational reckoning, Mexico is conducting an invasion, occupation and colonization of our country, with the complicity of our own government.
A peaceful mass of people carries out slowly and patiently an unstoppable invasion, the most important in human history, wrote columnist Carlos Loret de Mola for Mexico Citys Excelsior newspaper in 1982. You cannot give me a similar example of such a large migratory wave by an ant-like multitude, stubborn, unarmed, and carried on in the face of the most powerful and best-armed nation on earth.... [Neither] barbed-wire fences, nor aggressive border guards, nor campaigns, nor laws, nor police raids against the undocumented, have stopped this movement of the masses that is unprecedented in any part of the world.According to Loret, the migrant invasion seems to be slowly returning [the southwestern United States] to the jurisdiction of Mexico without the firing of a single shot, nor requiring the least diplomatic action, by means of a steady, spontaneous, and uninterrupted occupation.
When Loret published those words 22 years ago, few reasonable people could have imagined the transformation that has since taken place in the U.S. Southwest. Its doubtful that many observers could have anticipated the 1986 amnesty that entrenched millions of illegal aliens in our nation, and opened the doors to millions more. For that matter, its most unlikely that anyone could have foreseen the day when the Mexican government would be able to demand that a state legislature continue to grant drivers licenses and other benefits to illegal aliens, as it just did in Utah.
The invasion and occupation of America by Mexico (to use Lorets provocative but correct terminology) is hardly spontaneous. It is supported and encouraged by the Mexican government and passively abetted by our own.
I have proudly affirmed that the Mexican nation extends beyond the territory enclosed by its borders, declared then-Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo at a 1997 conference of La Raza. We have recognized that the Mexican population is 100 million in Mexico and the 23 million who live in the United States, asserted Juan Hernandez, the dual national who was the first chief of the IME, in a 2001 interview. We are a united nation.
There are several million Mexican people in the United States, Hernandez commented in an interview with HispanicOnline. These individuals need to be legalized, they need to be able to come home and see their families and not have to cross a dangerous border.... (Emphasis added.)
The ongoing immigration invasion is gradually eradicating the border while creating a Mexican nation within our nation. And the U.S. government, instead of thwarting these developments, is actually encouraging the invasion from the South. Take, for just one example, the following statement made by President George W. Bush on August 24, 2001:
There are people in Mexico who have got children who are worried about where they are going to get their next meal from. And they are going to come to the United States, if they think they can make money here. Thats a simple fact. And theyre willing to walk across miles of desert to do work that some Americans wont do. And weve got to respect that, it seems like to me, and treat those people with respect.
On January 7 of this year, President Bush proposed his amnesty program (which, he claimed, was not amnesty) to grant legal status, as temporary workers, to the millions of undocumented [read: illegal] men and women now employed in the United States, and to those in foreign countries who seek to participate in the program and have been offered employment here. Not surprisingly, Bushs proposal caused an immediate increase in the flood of illegals who cross our borders every day.
Speaking at his Crawford, Texas, ranch during a March 6 joint press conference with Vicente Fox, Mr. Bush described the U.S. and Mexico as partners in building a safer, more democratic and more prosperous hemisphere. He even praised cooperation between Mexico and American border and law enforcement as if the Mexican government shared the desire of most Americans to restore our nations borders.
The cruel reality is that the Bush and Fox administrations are indeed partners: They seek the amalgamation of our nations as part of a long-term design to create a hemisphere-wide superstate modeled on the European Union.* This is why the same Bush administration that was willing to wage a pre-emptive war against an entirely hypothetical threat from distant Iraq is permitting and even encouraging Mexico to continue its campaign of demographic warfare and cultural subversion against us.
So, anyone who
doesn't believe this must be
Since border crossing apprehensions are down 40 percent under Bush I will take this mongering with a grain of salt.
For real welfare abuse, check the Utah/Mormon stats...whew!
What are you smoking? Apprehensions are down under the Bush administration because Bush quit enforcing the laws. At this time US citizens can place the blame squarely on Bush's shoulders for our failings in this farce.
My guess is that if Bush loses the coming election it will be principally do to his policy on immigration. Bush's January 9 policy is simply obscene and the US public knows it. It weakens his credibility on all other issues.
I take it you don't reside in the United States and don't follow US domestic news closely.
This is puzzling since you appear to be a Republican loyalist ( a strictly US domestic phenomena) who is "working" a conservative, US, political forum.
May I suggest that you be prepared to suffer a few slings and arrows if you choose to tread on the opposition's turf.
In fact, why not stop ANY police officer in just about any jurisdiction and ask him/her what happens when they stop illegals and call the Immigration and Naturalization Service.
Do you not read anything but Bush re-election ads?
There is none so blind as him who will not see.
Rep. Cannon was on hand to receive MALDEF's "Excellence in
Leadership Butt Smooching Award."
Bush did not cause the decrease in apprehensions, Al Quada did.
Apprehensions were up 7% in Bush's first 9 months, then 9/11 happened and people got scared and did not come to the US. As that fear eases, the number will increase again.
No new immigration enforcement policy went into effect until 09/11/2002. By then, apprehensions were already down 25%. We had another large drop in 2002 and only a 3% drop in 2003. Ill bet 2004 shows an increase.
Most of the new policies went into effect in 2003, and that is the year that the decreased nearly stopped.
Also, just because apprehensions are down, does not necessarily mean there is also a decrease in illegal border crossing. Apprehensions are just the only semi reliable means of estimating illegal entries.
Even if we assume that a percent decrease in apprehensions means and equal percent decrease in illegal entries then we can also assume that the apprehension ratio is the same and approximately 2.7 million illegals still got past the Border Patrol in 2003.
Under Bushs watch, there have been 4,714,270 apprehensions. Being nice, Ill use a 33% apprehension rate.
Approximately 9,428,540 illegal aliens have snuck into the US under Bushs watch.
I don't mind a Republican shill on this forum as long as you're clearly identified to newbies and every time you promote the party line, newcomers will be reminded of the agenda that you represent.
Enjoy the next 7 months on FreeRepublic:)
Bush no more enforces the immigration laws then Clinton did. The President does not enforce immigration law, he appoints people who will. His first appointment, Zigler, was a complete and under failure, Bonner is much better, but has to run things through Asa Hutchinson and Ridge, both idiots in my book.
No, apprehensions are down because of 9/11. Illegal aliens feared they would be thought of as terrorists. As that fear ebbs, the apprehensions will increase. 2004 will be that year.
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