Illegal Alien Walkout A Washout

Last week, some of my English as a
Second Language [ESL]
students at the Lodi Adult School announced that they
were participating in the December 12th Great
Latino Economic Boycott

protest the repeal
of SB 60.

“Teacher, we will not be in
school tomorrow. We have to demand our rights,”

And with that he handed me a sheet
printed in Spanish (translation provided by VDARE.COM)
titled “Save the Driver`s Licenses for Immigrants.”
Under the title in bold print were the steps illegal
aliens were encouraged to take: don`t go to work, don`t
send your

children to school
, don`t buy anything, etc.

Then at the bottom of the flyer:
“Let`s show the

new Governor
and the

Republican Party
that the

economy of California
needs Latinos. Unite and be
part of the solution.”

For the few seconds, I looked at the
students and they looked back at me.

Finally, someone asked, “What do
you think?”

And I told them that they are
responsible for their own decisions: Es cosa suya.”
Attendance in the class is voluntary. If they
chose not to attend for any reason, that`s their

But interestingly, until their
misguided proclamation, I had no idea who among my
students is an illegal alien. California law prohibits
teachers from

asking about legal status
. And since I respect the
law—unlike some I could name—I make no inquiries.

To be honest, it is better for me
not to know. I prefer to assume that in the crazy, mixed
up world of

immigration law
, the students have found

some loophole
to become legal residents.

But now because of the Great Latino
Boycott, the cards are face up.

I have no idea what my students—or
any one else involved in this latest circus—thought a
demonstration would achieve. The

Lodi Adult School
goes on with or without Latinos. We
have students from

, India and the Philippines. They couldn`t
care less about Latino issues.

The great news for immigration
reformers: the Great Latino Economic Boycott was a total

In fact, I can`t imagine what could
have been more helpful. The protest received front-page
coverage—a bonanza for immigration reform since, like the

Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride
, it raises awareness
(and ire) among fed-up citizens.

But the most important point is that
the strike had no impact. Even Mexicans didn`t

show up at the protests.


Mexican population
is 13,000.   About 100 came

“out of the shadows”
to march in the makeshift
protest. And as if to ensure that the Great Latino
Boycott generated the maximum amount of ill will, many
malcontents kept their kids—already struggling—home.

Trust me; this is more great news.
Teachers and school administrators have had a bellyful.

non-English speaking
students—mostly from Mexico—have

the schools. They make providing decent
educations nearly impossible.

(Worth noting too: it`s

against the law

keep a child from class
for other than family
emergency or medical reasons. But of course no Great
Latino Boycotter has been charged. Why should this law
count more than all the other immigration and employment
laws that have already been broken?)

Finally and amazingly (NOT!), many
children submitted the identical excuse Monday morning:
“My child was absent because he was defending the

rights of Mexicans.”
What a coincidence that so
many similarly-worded notes were passed from parent to

The Great Latino Boycott`s economic
impact was a big fat zero, too. An informal survey of
Mexican-owned businesses in Lodi indicated that about 75%
remained open. At Food-4-Less, one of Lodi`s major
employers, I asked a cashier if she expected any no-shows
among Hispanic employees. “No,” she replied,

and everyone needs the money.”


Nativo Lopez
, president of the

Mexican American Political Association
  and the
driving force behind the Great Latino Boycott, duped my
politically-naive students. He influenced them to use
their children as pawns to advance his ethnic identity

But my student`s eagerness to back
the Great Latino Boycott proves what I have often

: only citizenship will appease illegal

What the students don`t realize is
that—even without a driver`s license—they have a great
deal. Although they entered the United States illegally,
they have never had to worry about being deported. And,

talk of amnesty
rampant, their green card—and an

automatic path to citizenship
—may not be far behind.

The students attend language classes
free of charge. Once they master basic English, they get
job training—also free. If their training is successful,
an American might be displaced.

Unlimited family freebies are
available for the taking—K-12 education for children,

medical care
, subsidized


welfare benefits
await anyone who can put his hand

And don`t forget the biggest perk of
all— precious

American citizenship

any child born
in the United States.

But now, despite everything, they
claim a driver`s license is a “MUST”!

Get out your hankies—illegal aliens
need a license to drive their

kids to the park
and to take their sickly abuelos
to the


Okay; some might buy insurance and
use licenses for valid reasons. But others—rarely
mentioned by the

Los Angeles Times
–would not buy insurance

. They would use their newly acquired licenses
to rent a car and drive a load of marijuana to

Writing critically about my students
is tough for me.

But they truly believe that they
deserve—yes, deserve—licenses. Not having one is, in
their mind, “injusto.”

To them, Governor

(!!!) “doesn`t like immigrants.”

I like my students and wish them
well. Long ago, I learned to distinguish between the
individuals and the issue.

But like most

enlightened Californians
, I yearn for immigration

My conclusion: Score the Great
Latino Boycott as one for our team.

And, although I am not usually in
the habit of aiding our opposition by giving advice, I`m
making an exception in the spirit of Christmas. (Not



Nativo Lopez
: tell your charges to leave their

Mexican flags
at home. Waving them up and down the
street and chanting in Spanish hurts you.

California, you may not have
noticed, is still the United States of America.

American patriots intend to keep it
that way.

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.