Can It Be? Are Our Newest Heroes Bill Richardson And Janet Napolitano?

Are governors

Bill Richardson
and

Janet Napolitano
sincere in their declarations that
New Mexico and Arizona are in an "emergency"
because of illegal aliens? That`s the question that is
on everyone`s mind.

My answer: WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES
IT MAKE?

Whether Richardson and Napolitano
are motivated by a sincere desire to protect their
embattled residents or whether the two governors, up for
re-election in 2006, are driven by a

devious Democratic Party
ploy to fulfill their

venal political ambition
is of no concern.(Email

Napolitano
and

Richardson
.)

It does not matter.

The important thing is that
Richardson and Napolitano have become firm critics of
lax border control and that they identify federal
non-enforcement of immigration law as the cause for the

economic
and

social havoc
in their states.  

Read their position papers here:

Richardson
,

Napolitano:

Consider that we now have the
governors of New Mexico and Arizona loudly declaring
that because of relentless illegal immigration, their
states are now under siege. How much sweeter for us that

Richardson
,—constantly puffing himself up as the

only "Hispanic" governor
—and

Napolitano
have been up until now visible, vocal
proponents of illegal immigration.

Both governors have large dossiers
of ugly pro-illegal alien statements and actions. Here
from dozens of examples are two:

"New Mexico is your home." "We
will protect you." "You have rights here."

"Viva la raza."

John Fund gave further examples in
his

recent Wall Street Journal column
trying to

alert Republicans
of the

danger
created by this Democratic stratagem.

But if you press me for an answer
about Richardson/Napolitano`s motivation, I`ll give them
the benefit of the doubt. I think

reality
has forced their hand.

Richardson and Napolitano must see
exactly what I as a resident of

California`s San Joaquin Valley see.

That is that the rate of illegal
immigration is so astonishing that the demographics of

cities
 and

entire counties
shift at wildfire like speed.

In the last decade, the

Hispanic population in Lodi has increased 125%.
A
week ago, I walked a one-mile radius around the

Lodi Adult School
where I have worked for

nearly twenty years.
In the late 1980s, it was a
solidly middle class neighborhood of mixed ethnicities.
Now it is Hispanic enclave where

English is rarely heard.
And the neighborhood is
made up of mostly

poor people
who rely, in varying degrees, on social
services.

The governors, who are witness to
the same trends in their states, have to come up with
the money to underwrite

alien populations
like Lodi`s. And finding the funds
is a growing challenge.

To understand just how pressing the
need is to immediately cut off illegal immigration, read
the ominous Pew

Hispanic Center report that found that nearly 50% of all
Mexicans want to live in the U.S.
 With no end in
sight, Richardson and Napolitano are compelled to act
now rather than later. Why wait?

An indirect benefit of Richardson/Napolitano`s
public catharsis might be to give courage to notorious
Republican immigration wafflers

Texas Governor Rick Perry
and

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger.
 They too
are up for re-election in 2006. Both did well among
Latino voters in their last elections. Hence, both
tiptoe around illegal immigration.

Perry and Schwarzenegger know the
score. But they have said that they are

not considering
a "state of emergency" declaration
at this time. Nevertheless, they have given abundant
clues that such an announcement might not be far off.
Conditions in

Texas
and

California
certainly warrant it.

In his May 2005 letter to
Congresswoman

Sheila Jackson Lee
taking her to task for

criticizing
the Minuteman Project, Perry wrote:

"…I
fully understand and can appreciate the frustration that
many Texans and others across the nation have with
illegal immigration, its potential impact on our
national security and the unacceptable burden it is
placing on taxpayers, and state and local criminal
justice, education, and health care systems." [Gov.
Perry Responds to Congresswoman Jackson Lee Concerning
the Minuteman Project
]

And Schwarzenegger, in a story
reported on San Diego`s News 10, speaking about possibly
declaring a state of emergency said:  

"We`re
talking about that right now. If we see a need for that,
we definitely will do the same thing. We all have talked
about the importance of really

securing the borders.

"It is
not just the flow of illegal immigrants that are coming
over here, but it is also the drug trafficking that is
going on, the violence that is going on on the borders
and the human trafficking. [
Governor
Considers Declaring Border Emergency
]

Schwarzenegger ended his remarks by
disingenuously and incorrectly claiming that there is no
need to declare a state of emergency at the moment since
"things are somewhat under control". However, his
comments about

drugs
,

violence
and

human trafficking
echo those of Richardson and
Napolitano.

Adding the voices of Republicans
Perry and

Schwarzenegger
to those of Democrats Richardson and
Napolitano is critical. Once prominent state leaders
from both parties speak out, then any suggestion that
illegal immigration is being used as a partisan or wedge
issue dies.

Rush Limbaugh said that Richardson
and Napolitano`s move on illegal immigration was an
effort

"simply for show"
by the Democrats to beat the

immigration brain-dead Republicans
to the punch. But
what would

Limbaugh
and the like-minded

Wall Street Journal
say if Perry and
Schwarzenegger declare emergencies?

Illegal immigration is a national
issue worthy of the full attention of Republicans and
Democrats alike. As Limbaugh said, noting that

illegal immigration
is the number one social issue
in the nation,

"The
American people are concerned about the fate and future
of the country."

In the meantime, while Perry and
Schwarzenegger ponder, I repeat that whether Richardson
and Napolitano are the real deal or phony baloneys, the
bottom line is all the same to us.

Their apparent conversion to our
side is the greatest triumph for the immigration reform
movement that I can remember.

Applaud Governors

Richardson
and

Napolitano
.

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.