Dumb and Dumber: Reconquistas Redouble Losing Effort
Last week, two incidents reminded me of just how far
we in the immigration reform movement have come.
- My mailman stopped me to tell me that
VDARE.COM and sends FAXes through
NumbersUSA. Bob could hardly believe that, earlier in
the summer, we handily beat back two separate U.S. Senate
attempts to ram amnesty down our throats.
- And later in the week, I ran into Ed
at the local
irrigation canal while I was taking
my dogs for a swim. Ed was giddy over the successful
track record our side has established when we go
head-to-head against the
When you run into people in the middle of nowhere—like a corn
field through which the canals runs—who are unrestrained in
passion for bringing about true immigration reform, you know
we`ve come a long, long way from the days when any criticism of
federal immigration policy prompted
We`ve all put in long days and nights to get where we are.
But what`s helped us as much as anything is the staggering
stupidity and bullheadedness of our opponents.
Despite having sustained repeated humiliating defeats and
having encountered skyrocketing dissatisfaction with illegal
immigration among Americans, immigration enthusiasts keep to
their same old game plan of using assorted alien sob stories and
bombast from its leaders here (La
Raza`s Janet Murguia) and in Mexico (President
Felipe Calderon) in a futile attempt to win converts.
So far, nada—to the disappointment of
You may remember the so-called “Immigrant
Workers Freedom Ride“ in August 2003.
my column about the silly idea of illegal aliens boarding
buses at various points across the U.S. to arrive collectively
massive demonstration in
Flushing Meadows Park in
Queens, New York to demand amnesty, I predicted that it
And it did.
Congress was unimpressed and Americans got their ire up when
large groups of illegal aliens demanding benefits as of
For the amnesty crowd, that should have been a hint of things
Look at this “dream” (unedited so that the full flavor
comes out) told by
“When i came to the U.S from Mexico all i wanted was to
succeed and make a better life for me and my family. When i came
to this country i passed hard times looking for work and a place
to stay a few months later my wife and my two daughters came,
thanks to god they came safe and we were
united once again. we had a hard time looking for a place to
live and for work.
“my wife and i both started working in construction while we
left our children with babysitters. when my older daughter was
10, my wife was pregnant and we had twins a boy and a girl.
today my daughters are both attending school one is going to
start her very first year as a freshman in high school and the
other is going to 5th grade, and the twins are hopefully going
to start pre-school soon, my wife is a house mom and i have a
succesfull construction company and i
own two houses.
“the reason im writing this is because i think
we should keep families together and because i worked too
hard in this country to just let everything go. i dont know what
i would do if they seperated me from my children. right now we
just want to be legal here in the united states. we want our
family to be succesfull and stay together.”
This fairy story may move someone, somewhere to
tears. But the average American who reads it—like you and
What I understand is this: first Rivas came to the U.S.
illegally and then three more illegal aliens—his wife and two
daughters—joined him. Rivas` wife had two
anchor babies born at
taxpayer expense. Now two of his children are in
school at taxpayer expense and two more are about to
Calculating that it
costs the state about $7,000 per year for
K-12 education, that comes out to nearly $100,000 per kid
through 12th grade or a total education tab, assuming
they remain in school through their senior high school year, of
$400,000 for all four Rivas children. That aggregate sum is
free breakfasts and lunches and whatever other sundry
benefits that the Rivas family can milk out of the system.
Along the way, the story continues, Rivas built a successful
construction company and now owns two houses—all
accomplished as an illegal alien. But of course Rivas and his
wife`s initial jobs in construction
displaced two American workers.
In other words, while many Americans struggle to
keep their jobs and make
mortgage payments on a single dwelling, Rivas is enjoying
the fruits of his criminal entry into the U.S. and has prospered
to the extent that he owns two homes. Rivas is so flush that his
wife can be a “stay-at-home mom” while millions of
two-income families are working to pay the taxes that
As insulting as the Rivas story is, the final idiotic
indignity from the Open Borders fanatics is another stupid
failed immigration day rallies—don`t go
to work, don`t
stay out of school, etcetera, ad nauseum—the
Treason Lobbyists are calling for yet another protest. This
one will be held on September 12th—
a day when America
should still be grieving the lives lost in the terrorist
murders on the previous day, 2001.
Using as their role models
Elvira Arellano, the
aspiring peace and justice ambassador, and her illegitimate
Saul, the “Coalition
for Humane Immigrant Rights For Immigrants of Los Angeles”
has formed the “We
Are All Elvira and Saul Coalition“ and is calling for a
consumer boycott. [Immigration
Reform Coalitions Rejoin, Call For Consumer Boycott,
Associated Press, August 28, 2007]
I predict that, like all the other boycotts, the one planned
for September 12th will have no impact—except to
raise the temperatures of Americans already fed up and
Although I am not in the business of giving public relations
advice to the other side, I would suggest that stories like
Rivas` hurt rather than help its cause.
boycotts simply make serious minded people laugh at how
preposterous the reconquistas are.
As America has woken up to the immigration crisis, the
pro-illegal alien crowd has gone in reverse. It cannot get its
agenda through Congress and it cannot win support for its
cause—no matter how many
tearjerker stories it tells to the mainstream media or how
mindless, counter productive marches it organizes.
For our opponents, the simple truth is painful. No
intelligent arguments can be made for more immigration—or for
have to keep fighting, of course. But once, not that long
ago, the reconquistas counted on us giving up.
But they better get used to it. Things for them are only
going to get worse.
Joe Guzzardi [e-mail
him] is the Editor of VDARE.COM Letters to the Editor.
In addition, he is an English teacher at the Lodi Adult School and has
a weekly newspaper column since 1988. This column is exclusive