Dan Sheehy Asks: “What Happened To American Priorities?”
The View From The Activist Front Lines,
by Brenda Walker]
I first met journalist
Dan Sheehy at a Santa Monica, CA coffee shop in
Although Sheehy didn`t know it at
the time, he was about to embark on a fascinating journey
into the complex and, for patriotic Americans, often
enraging world of immigration policy—U.S. style.
During our initial meeting, I
helped Sheehy take his first steps toward understanding
illegal immigration`s impact on America from a
And before his journey ended,
Sheehy would become, through a bizarre series of
coincidences, the improbable target of a
F.B.I. investigation that temporarily turned his
life upside down.
During the intervening two years,
Sheehy authored his new book
Fighting Immigration Anarchy: American Patriots Battle
to Save the Nation. (You can also
buy it through Amazon.com.)
Sheehy, once an assistant news
producer and writer for the NBC-TV affiliate in
Baltimore, later a business reporter for Aviation
Daily in Washington, D.C. and finally a corporate
communications manager, writer, and editor for United
Airlines and other companies, was slowly drawn into the
subject of immigration. The more he learned, the more he
wanted to know.
living in southern California, Sheehy told me that
he was slow to awaken to the reality that federal
immigration policies are directly responsible for much
deteriorating quality of life he had
observed around him for several years.
But once Sheehy began to grasp
immigration`s impact, he applied his journalistic skills
and understanding of corporate America to get to the
heart of the problem.
Sheehy quickly realized how
over-immigration is linked to most of society`s other
ills. His continuing study of immigration eventually led
him to the individuals he highlighted in his book.
Recently, I asked Sheehy why he
felt compelled to write his book. Was there any single
factor that motivated him?
there were several, and they tie together. After
9/11, I began to learn about immigration. Each time
I told my well-educated friends—in individual
discussions—what I learned, they disagreed with me or
even laughed at me.
`Illegal immigration doesn`t affect the environment.`
`They`re only coming here to work. The people at
church tell me they`re good people.`
`Aren`t we a nation of immigrants?`
frustrated me, and I wondered what I could do to make
them understand the truth."
Echoing my own findings on how the
mainstream media reports on immigration, Sheehy
also frustrated that hardly any of the many letters I
wrote to newspaper editors in L.A. and across the
country were published.
early 2003, I attended a standing-room only meeting of
CCIR in Orange County featuring guest speaker
Chris Simcox. It was only my second CCIR meeting. At
the Simcox meeting, I stood and watched the faces of
scores of regular Americans of all backgrounds. They
were concerned and angry.
listened to Simcox. I watched the faces. I had never
seen anything like this before. I thought, this is what
it must have been like in the years leading up to 1776
and then to the Revolutionary War.
thought, why hasn`t someone written a book about the
Americans fighting to save our country from the
illegal-alien invasion? This story needs to be told! I
Barb Coe`s words: `Until the U.S. controls
immigration, all else is a moot point, as it will no
book was going to be my giant letter to every newspaper
editor in America. If they weren`t going to publish my
letters and write the truth, I was going to write a
book. I wanted to expose the
The clincher, said Sheehy, was—
Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride rally at L.A. City
Hall in September 2003. I don`t remember exactly when,
but a few nights later, or a couple of weeks later, I
suddenly got out of bed at 3:30 in the morning and went
to my home office and began writing the first chapter. I
couldn`t stop writing. All of my anger, frustration, and
feelings came out. I wrote about what happened to my
beloved southern California. That day I made the
decision to write the book."
Some who have read Sheehy`s book
have compared it to John F. Kennedy`s
Profiles in Courage because its portrayal of
individuals who make a difference.
Sheehy himself must be included in
among those who make a difference. He told me that:
aside my life for almost two years—without income—to
share what I`ve learned with others, in hopes of helping
to save our nation and our quality of life from ruin.
Several times I thought about giving up, but couldn`t."
Essential reading within
Fighting Immigration Anarchy is Sheehy`s epilogue
that describes his encounters in July 2004 with the
F.B.I. at his family`s home in upstate New York and
in suburban Washington D.C.
I won`t spoil it for you by
relating the entire incredible story—apparently the
result of a malicious anonymous tip, exacerbated when
the F.B.I. saw Sheehy`s published criticism of Bush`s
Suffice it to say that Sheehy`s
experience included being asked by the F.B.I. if he had
nuclear bombs in the trunk of his car or if he was a
"threat to the president of the United States?"
The experience was so unsettling to
his family that Sheehy`s 87-year-old father asked one of
the agents, "Will I ever see my son again?"
Sheehy, a threat to no one, notes
with dismay that during the month he was interrogated,
- Glenn Spencer`s team, in an
wake up Washington, D.C., smuggled simulated
weapons of mass destruction across the Mexican
border, past the U.S. Border Patrol and into Tucson,
AZ into and out of Mexico. Spencer videotaped the
posted it on his website.
- Fourteen Syrians flew on a
Northwest Airlines flight from Detroit to Los
Alarmed by their
suspicious behavior, the pilot radioed ahead for
law-enforcement assistance. Of the 14, thirteen were
illegally in the U.S.
- Twenty-five Chechen
terrorists, suspected of having links to Islamic
entered the U.S. via Mexico.
Understandably, Sheehy concludes
Fighting Immigration Anarchy by wondering: “What
happened to American priorities?”
They have been, Sheehy writes,
"Our government leaders,"
Sheehy concludes, "refuse to control immigration.
Instead, they control law-abiding American citizens."
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.