An Ex-Marine Meets Mexicans In North Carolina
When William S. Nick, Sr. moved from
Morgantown, West Virginia to Greensboro, North Carolina,
he received a rude awakening: more Mexican illegal aliens
than he had ever seen in his life.
not much of an issue in West Virginia. So I was quite
shocked," Nick said.
What troubles Nick is how the aliens
make such comfortable transition into mainstream America
despite being in clear violation of the law.
In 1994, Nick packed up for North
Carolina to find a better job. Prospects in West
Virginia, where he worked for West
Virginia University as an assistant in the Chemistry Department,
"The University is the biggest
employer in the state and I was barely making $20,000
even though I have a
college degree," he told me.
Greater opportunities, of course,
are the same reason aliens cross the Mexican-U.S border
north to the Tar Heel state.
The difference: Nick is entitled
gainfully employed in North Carolina because he is,
as he puts it,
natural-born American citizen."
Once relocated, Nick found a job
working as a computer technician. But he was laid off in
2001 just before the terrorist attacks. And, although
Nick has worked off and on since 2001, he cannot find a
"Even though I have seven I.T.
certifications, I can`t find
full time employment. One reason, I`m pretty sure, is
because I am 55-years old," he said.
No surprise that given the economic
hard times he is experiencing Nick, a former Marine and
Vietnam veteran, is livid about the benefits given to
"I am a
tax-paying Republican. I don`t want any more
illegal pregnant Mexican women getting their babies
delivered for free. Our baby cost thousands of dollars
when he was born. It is not fair that they should get
their babies delivered for free. I am tired of my tax
money being spent supporting law-breakers. It irks me
to no end to know that all these pregnant Mexicans are
coming to the US for a free ride. How is it they can get
brand-new SUVs and pickup trucks when they have no credit
and I just barely make enough money to pay our bills.
Yet, we see illegal Mexicans driving around in new
in a trailer court that used to be 50% white and 50%
black. Now it is 50% Mexican and the rest black and
white. One trailer can mean
One afternoon when Nick was
"The Mike Fenley Show" on WSJS radio, he learned the
ugly truth about how illegal aliens qualify for social
A caller who identified himself as
an employee in the North Carolina Department of Health
and Human Services told Fenley
sent a memo from Raleigh that told us to give illegal
aliens assistance in whatever they needed. Whatever their
circumstances, we were instructed to make the
full range of benefits available."
Nick`s other question—how aliens
qualify for brand new vehicles despite what appears to be
modest financial circumstances?—has been posed to me by
dozens of other readers.
To learn the answer, I called a
friend who works for one of the largest General Motors
dealerships in Northern California.
"Let`s face it," my friend
began, "Mexicans—illegal or not—represent a
huge market for car dealers. Weekends around here are
Cinco de Mayo. So everybody is working just a little
harder to make a sale. If a buyer is a couple of points
outside of the generally accepted financial ratios, we
ask for more down. If he is way outside, we ask for much
more down and a co-signer. The
banks are, in the parlance of the trade, `buying
deeper.` They will take a greater risk but the interest
rate goes up commensurately."
"Don`t forget," continued my
friend, "that there are still a substantial number of
people who would rather have a nice car than live in
better housing. And when someone wants to buy a fancy
car, we`re just not going to keep him away. We won`t do
against the rules but we will do
everything we can to close the sale."
This analysis may not be very
comforting to Nick or the rest of the immigration reform
movement. But the economic reality is that, partly
because they are
subsidized in many ways by the American taxpayer,
illegal immigrants are a huge consumer force. And that
represents another hurdle for us to clear.
At the end of our conversation, Nick
told me that he was "totally
unaware of illegal immigration" until he heard
that there are 12 million aliens in the US.
Now, Nick says, he has a bottom-line
demand of the government that he once served so well:
Both made enormous personal
sacrifices and took heavy heat for their immigration
reform positions. They lost, but they forged a path for
future North Carolina candidates.
When those candidates eventually succeed, as they
inevitably will, then Nick`s wishes will be realized.
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.