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
    he reads

    and sends FAXes through

    . 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

    open-borders lobby

When you run into people in the middle of nowhere—like a corn
field through which the canals runs—who are unrestrained in

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
at a

massive demonstration

Flushing Meadows Park

Queens, New York
to demand amnesty, I predicted that it
would bomb.

And it did.

Congress was unimpressed and Americans got their ire up when
they saw

large groups of illegal aliens
demanding benefits as of

For the amnesty crowd, that should have been a hint of things
to come.

But the message sailed over their heads. In 2007, when

reconsidered amnesty
, the pro-alien lobbyists—forgetting
their failed bus adventure— took to the road again, this time on


Thus was born the Dream
Across America Tour
, in which illegals traveled

railroad cars
to Washington D.C. to tell their

tales of woe

Look at this “dream” (unedited so that the full flavor
comes out) told by

Alfredo Rivas

“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

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 house

“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

. But the average American who reads it—like you and
me—is enraged.

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

at taxpayer expense and two more are about to

enter pre-school

Calculating that it

the state about $7,000 per year for

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
exclusive of

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

two American workers.

In other words, while many Americans struggle to

keep their jobs
and make

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
support them.

As insulting as the Rivas story is, the final idiotic
indignity from the Open Borders fanatics is another stupid
demonstration. .

Despite multiple

failed immigration day rallies
—don`t go

to work,

buy anything

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

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

, 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]

CHIRLA, you should know, is a

tax-exempt 501(c) (3)
organization. (e-mail


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.


simply make serious minded people laugh at how
preposterous the reconquistas are.

If a handful of

want to march with

, let them do it. And if they truly feel that not
buying a loaf of

helps their movement, so be it. Don`t buy bread.

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
amnesty for



have to keep fighting
, of course. But once, not that long
ago, the reconquistas counted on us giving up.

Now it is clear to them that our resolve has intensified and

momentum is increasing
. That`s put our enemies

on the defensive,
a position in which they are

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
been writing
a weekly newspaper column since 1988. This column is exclusive