A Day without Mexican Consul General Ruben Beltran

In an interview about his foolish and insulting new movie,
Day without a Mexican
Director and native
Mexican Sergio Arau said he wants to “make the
invisible visible. It`s like a car. If you take away a
tire, you will notice." [Reel
grim look at U.S. life without Mexican workers
Daily News May 16, 2004 By Tamer El-Ghobashy]

The premise for Arau`s film—labeled a “comedy” by the

Internet Movie Database
—is that if all the Mexicans
in California took a hike, the state would grind to a

What Arau should have titled his
movie is “A Day without [a certain kind] of Mexican”dishwashers,
fruit pickers and


If all the

manual laborers
—most of them hired illegally—were to
vanish as a group, there would of course be a temporary

But if the illegal aliens were

(or encouraged to

deport themselves
) in an orderly manner—say at the
rate at which they arrive, about 1,000 a day—then the
California economy would carry on just fine, thank you
very much.

A more important point about Arau`s
mindless movie: he did not portray California without the
many Mexicans who drain our social services and disrupt

quality of life
. For further details, read my
VDARE.COM friend and colleague

James Fulford`s
commentary on A Day Without A
It On!

Neither did Arau include the many

agitators and subversives
living the high and mighty
life in California while they blatantly promote

Mexico`s agenda.

But I`ll play along with Arau (with
a twist or two of my own) by imagining a highly visible
Mexican vanishing.

Accordingly, I offer “A Day
without Ruben Beltran.”

In March 2004 Beltran, the

Mexican consul-general in Los Angeles
, kicked off his
career by announcing that the government of Mexico had
entered into an agreement with the Los Angeles Unified
School District to form “a joint outreach program
targeting Spanish-speaking families.” (Mexico
Joins Hands with LAUSD
, Los Angeles Daily News,
March 17 2004)

Among the
things Beltran pledges to do is increase the number of
Spanish-language books it donates to the district and
develop more campus-based community plazas made up of
computer banks and homework stations. Mexican companies
will be sponsors.

Finally, the
“agreement” promises that Mexico will work with
the LAUSD to build a pool of potential credentialed
Spanish-speaking teachers in Mexico who will come to Los
Angeles over the next few years.

The Mexican Consulate recently gave
1,200 Spanish-language books to the Glendale Unified
School District of Los Angeles County. Titles include
"Estado de Mexico"
[The State of Mexico] and "Ciencias
[Natural Sciences] -suggesting Mexico is
assuming some pretty basic responsibilities. [GUSD
gets gifts from Mexico
By Gary Moskowitz,
Glendale News-Press
, May 27, 2004][VDARE.com
note: Of course, history books imported from Mexico will

teach history
from the anti-American point of view.
This is not only subversive, but displaces

native-born leftist historians
who are just as
anti-American as anyone in Mexico.

Naturally, all of this touchy-feely
stuff is done under the guise of “We must help the

Said Beltran,
“We want to lower the

dropout rate
[23.6%] in three or four years. We want
to produce a better environment (for) the Mexican
children here.”

really loves to pile on the insults. To suggest that the

California Department of Education
needs Mexico to
“produce a better environment”
for learning takes the

An LAUSD teacher, who asked to
remain anonymous, tells me:

LAUSD, and the U.S. for that matter, had any guts at all
we`d be asking Mexico why, with their so-called academic
expertise, so many of the illegal Mexican adults and
children flooding into our country are

barely literate
in their native language. The
underperformance of Hispanics in L.A. schools is a
symptom of their lack of participation in the educational
process. This is compounded by the district`s social
promotion policy…The District will continue to go the
politically correct route by treating the symptom (no
basic academic skills) by `working with Mexico` rather
than addressing the cause of the problem… Addressing
these realities is the kind of thing that will get a
politician or school administrator tarred and feathered.”

And when I
contacted retired LAUSD teacher Betty Cordoba about
Beltran`s meddling, here is what she told me:

“I am
absolutely appalled…we have a CA State Department of
Education and a syllabus of study formulated for LAUSD
schools. There is such a plethora of expenses related to
illegal immigrants that it seems to me to be extremely
brazen for a foreign consulate to be advising any of our
state educational systems..”

Cordoba, who during her career as an
LAUSD educator was a Master Teacher, a demonstration
teacher and an in-service teacher, concluded:

“I hope
this practice will soon be put to an end.  It should be. 
If more American citizens knew about this, I am sure
there would be a large outcry!  Please notice I have a
Spanish surname. I am anti-illegal immigrant, not
anti-legal immigrant, at all.”

The Imperial Valley Press
recently published the first two parts of a three-part
series that compares Mexico`s disgraceful public school
system to K-12 education offered in the U.S. In Mexico,
the wealthy children are given all the advantages. (In
Mexico, Education Carries a High Price Tag
; 5/29/2004
and In
Mexico, Wealth Defines the Level of Education

If Beltran really wants to
“produce a better environment”
Mexican children
, then let him return to Mexico where
the children really need help!

Mexico is short on

government officials
with his degree of compassion.

And not to worry—we`ll get along
just fine in California without Ruben Beltran.

Joe Guzzardi [email
him], an instructor in English at the Lodi
Adult School, has been writing a weekly newspaper column
since 1988. This column is exclusive to VDARE.COM.