How about “National Hispanic Crime Prevention Awareness Month”?
Recently, our revered Joe Guzzardi
reported that we are now (September 15-October 15)
Hispanic Heritage Month—in the process stepping on
Italian American Heritage Month (September
immediate question was "is
he serious?" Joe assured me it was true, so I
moved on to "why."
decided to search for a listing of other organizations
that have a claim to the months of September or October.
I was irritated and embarrassed to discover that we also
- Invisible Chronic Illness Awareness (limited to
one celebratory week)
quirky happenchance led me to explore the possibility of
a new and, well, corollary awareness
National Hispanic Crime Prevention Month
sounds good to me.
I had to figure out what "Hispanic" means.
word "Hispanic" has always sounded like a
semantic smokescreen created to avoid any stigma
associated with "Mexican". The same type of
public relations strategy also changed
Black Panthers to "activists."
(No, I am not comparing the two).
looked to the U.S. Census bureau for the official
definition of "Hispanic."
term Hispanic, as
defined by the U.S. Census Bureau, refers to
Spanish-speaking people in the United States of any
My friend is half Russian, half Chinese born in Manila,
Philippines. Fluent in Spanish, she resides, legally, in
Portland, Oregon. By definition, she is Hispanic.
me, her mom would be offended by this; then express
regret that her daughter didn`t apply to Harvard.
official definition was too vague to design a control
group, so I searched the statistics of origin for
"Hispanics" living in the U.S.
of Hispanic-origin people living in the U.S. are from
Mexico. (14% are from
Is the estimated Hispanic population of the United States as of
July 1, 2003.
statistics course I took. But this doesn`t sound
there are roughly 40 million Hispanics living in the
United States. This is more than the seven largest
for crime prevention, I decided to search only the
crimes committed by Mexican
Illegal Aliens—not Mexicans in general (see
were a gazillion hits but, wait for it…the two words
"illegal aliens" showed the first seven results to be
news stories of recent, and I mean within the last
That`s pretty striking when you consider that Internet
search engines list results by relevance.
spin efforts of the happy-face
illegal-immigrant apologists who
dominate mainstream media (think Ruben Navarrette)
are being undermined by reality. The template
successful-illegal-alien anecdotage has been replaced
with the real story of
American law-enforcement failure.
are just a few:
month, Eustorgio Leonides Facundo, 25 of Sarasota,
Florida — An illegal alien charged with
strangling a prostitute and setting her body on
fire– has received 15 years in prison after pleading no
contest to manslaughter. (In
2001, Facundo was deported to Mexico after he served a
16-month sentence on burglary charges.)
Also last month, Luis Orellano-Montano was
detained near Nolia, Arizona. He had an active
Felony Warrant out for his arrest from Harris County,
Texas. The warrant was for a probation violation in
relation to Orellano`s conviction for "Sexual
Assault of a Child" in 1998. Texas was contacted
and extradition was confirmed.
Andres Miguel-Pedro was also
detained near Nolia, Arizona. He had an active
Felony Warrant out for his arrest from Hillsborough
County, Florida. The charge stipulated on the warrant
was "Sexual Assault".
Wait a minute. The
Ruben Navarrettes of today have long been painting an
entirely different picture of
illegal border-crossers. You know, the
oppressed family of five (or twelve) seeking a
new life in America.
Well, that picture might be a bit tarnished by
this statistic from the latest
Arizona border report:
"Since the beginning of the fiscal year (October 1,
2003) through Sept. 8 the Tucson Sector has arrested
12,535 illegal aliens with criminal records in the
United States. Of that number, 175 were for Sexual
Offenses. Of the criminal aliens arrested, 605 of
them had active warrants out for their arrest."
Eloy(AZ), Enterprise September 16, 2004
So this is what I have for the "awareness" part
of National Hispanic Crime Prevention Month:
the border and
round up the illegal aliens currently in the United
States and deport them. (And by deport I mean actually
take them into Mexico
before releasing them. Releasing them in San Diego just means
that the ex-INS relocated them to a nice beach
Utilize our military resources to guard the borders. (I
like the idea of attack dogs trained to smell and devour
sexual predators as well, but I shouldn`t` be greedy).
Hispanic heritage and their contribution to American
culture might be something worth celebrating, I don`t
know. I`m too concerned with what they have contributed
American culture by way of crime—starting with their
first: the crime of
Hispanics should realize (and some of them do) that
illegal immigration harms
If they support the effort to remedy this problem, they
won`t need a Hispanic Heritage awareness month.
They will easily be recognized as Americans…of
Hispanic descent, of course.
Bryanna Bevens [email
her] is a political consultant and former chief of staff
for a member of the California State Assembly.