Philip Cummings (who is
African-American, a relevant factor here), stole the
credit card information from 30,000 clients of Long
Island`s Teledata. He sold this information to a “mostly
Nigerian” crime ring in New York.
The “Nigerian con-man” is another
ethnic stereotype with a lot of truth in it. That`s
why you keep getting those emails offering to share
ill-gotten loot in exchange for your bank account
details. David Simcox wrote
as 100,000 Nigerians are now in the United States.
Nearly half of them originally entered the United States
with nonimmigrant (temporary) foreign student visas.
Citing Nigerian sources, U.S. law enforcement officials
estimate that 75 to 90 percent of them have been
involved in an impressive and innovative variety of
fraud schemes, often using extensive Nigerian networks
across the country.
But Philip Cummings? With a name
like that, surely he must be an American
African-American – rather than an African
Well, it turns out that he too, is
an immigrant. But not from Nigeria.
According to the U.K. paper The
Scotsman, he`s a “Briton.” (See
“Briton on $2.7m fraud charge,” by David Cox,
November 28, 2002)
A change in attitudes may be
happening on the subject of free education for illegal
aliens. The Attorney General of Virginia has told
colleges and universities not to enroll illegals, and to
report them to the authorities. In one case, [Illegal
Immigrants Still Being Enrolled at NVCC by Peter
Whoriskey, Washington Post, November 29] a
community college is still enrolling illegals. But at
least it`s charging them out-of-state tuition.
not trying to
open our doors to terrorists or people who were
sneak across our borders,` said Max L. Bassett, vice
president of academic and student services at NVCC. `We
are trying to serve
residents who have been here for many years.`"
Apparently, the decision to admit
illegals in 1989 was caused by an earlier legal problem.
“In 1989, according to
Bassett, the college denied admission to undocumented
students. But then a valedictorian from a Northern
Virginia high school, a longtime resident who was
undocumented, applied. She was denied admission and a
“After consulting with
the attorney general`s office then, the college soon
after abandoned its prohibition on undocumented
students. The undocumented high school valedictorian was
“`We were advised that it
was more defensible from a legal perspective to admit
this person rather than deny this person,` Bassett said.
He noted that times have changed.”
Times have changed, although the
Bush administration doesn`t seem to want to change with
At least universities are legally
able to refuse illegals. Public schools aren`t allowed
to because of the U.S. Supreme Court`s ruling in
Plyler vs. Doe.
Justice Brennan wrote that denying
free education to the children of illegal aliens would
impose a “lifetime hardship on a discrete class of
children not accountable for their disabling status.”
Of course, this would only be true
if they spent their entire lives in the United States.
What if they went home?
Confederate soldier, by the mores of his age and ours,
deserved not a hallowed resting place at the end of his
days but a reservation at the end of the gallows”
“Indeed, the race
problems that wrack America to this day are due largely
to the fact that the Confederacy was not thoroughly
destroyed, its leaders and soldiers executed and their
lands given to the landless freed slaves.”
1.4 million men
served in the Confederate Army. Executing all of
them would have been unprecedented.
Erin O`Connor`s blog
it wonderful how readily the fight against racism
becomes indistinguishable from the worst sorts of
supremacist thinking? How quickly the demand for
tolerance and inclusion becomes a call for
Apparently what inspired Farley was
the dispute over Vanderbilt`s
decision to change the name of
Confederate Memorial Hall despite the fact that it
was paid for by the
United Daughters of the Confederacy when it was
donated in 1935.
Farley`s article has produced a
“backlash.” People made more
1,000 phone calls and e-mails and demanded that
professor Jonathan Farley be fired in the weeks since
Farley`s essay appeared in The Tennessean.“
Farley is himself the child of West
Indian immigrants – an example of the fresh perspectives
that immigration brings.
ABC News reports (December 2) a
statement by the pope under the headline “Pope
Asks Catholics to Welcome Immigrants | Pope John
Paul II Denounces Racism, Xenophobia and the `Terrible
Crime` of Human Trafficking”
However, the headline could have
been different if the reporter`s focus had changed a
Tells Immigrants To Obey The Law
same time, the pope said immigrants must "honor the
countries which receive them," respecting the laws,
culture and traditions.
warns of immigration related prostitution crisis
pope lamented that the most vulnerable immigrants,
especially women and children, are often victims of "the
terrible crime of human trafficking."
condemns “reconquista” movement
in the recent past we have witnessed tragic instances of
forced movements of peoples for ethnic and
nationalistic pretension, which have added untold
misery to the lives of targeted groups," John Paul said.
Of course, the Catholic Church is a
big factor in American immigrationist politics (see
my article on
Catholic Bishops And Immigration). But open
immigration is not actually an article of the
Catholic faith, as Pat Buchanan and Chilton
Williamson could tell you. For a perspective on this,
and on the virtue of prudence as it applies to
nation-states faced with massive immigration (like
Italy), we suggest that the Holy Father should read
St. Augustine and the National Question.
The appointment of “Iran-Contra
Figure” Elliot Abrams to a member of the National
Security Council gives me an excuse to mention that
we`re posting a number of older Brimelow pieces in his
archive. So, for example, when you hear people who
should know better
referring to Abrams as a
felon, you can refer to Peter Brimelow`s 1992
story on Abrams` persecution by Lawrence Walsh, with
insights into the last days of the Reagan
administration, and the Buchanan-Podhoretz quarrel.
But make sure to check the date
when you`re reading archived articles. When Peter
referred to the “conservative movement`s one chance
to escape from the Bush catastrophe” it`s not the
Bush catastrophe you`re thinking of.
December 04, 2002