Our Letters Editor, Joe Guzzardi, Is Bemused By Hispanic Immigrants` Sense Of Entitlement
Letters Editor at VDARE.COM occasionally provides me
with much needed comic relief from the depressing
subject of immigration. Of course, the writers are
rarely trying to be funny.
Nonetheless, I have to laugh when I read tirades from incensed
Hispanic readers demanding that we get out of their way so that
take over the country.
one such letter from
Gabriel Rocha on May 2nd. He wrote to several
VDARE.COM contributors calling us “frightened” and “clowns“.
He predicted that Hispanics “are not going anywhere” and
suggested that we gringos “learn some Spanish.”
gratuitously referred to “hard-working” Hispanics in the
U.S. as “enthusiastic” and “savvy.”
civil exchange among us followed. What it boils down to is this:
Rocha describes himself as a hard-working, law-abiding,
tax-paying homeowner from Mexico who has raised bilingual,
himself as an example of how wonderful immigration can be, Rocha
wants to know what is wrong with
legal immigration and why we oppose it.
“VDARE.COM has published
articles that oppose ALL
immigration into the US. Could you (or someone at VDARE.COM)
tell me just exactly what is wrong or flawed about
the process, which I have followed, diligently and lawfully,
to become a
naturalized US citizen?
“Still looking for an
leading with your chin! Rocha has challenged me on a subject
about which I could—and perhaps one day will—write a book.
But for now
I am limited—more or less—to 1,000 words. So I`ll answer Rocha`s
question about what is wrong with legal immigration by
summarizing some its most egregious flaws.
with a broad perspective. Since the
Immigration Act of 1965, which politicians
falsely promised would not change America`s demographics,
legal and illegal immigration has added, give or take,
50 million people to our population.
number population increase and the children born to those
immigrants is the leading cause of
overcrowding in our cities, on our roads and in our schools
and hospitals. In general over-immigration has led to a
diminished quality of life for many Americans.
fatal flaw in U.S. immigration policy—again broadly— is that we
no guiding principles. If you were to ask any of the 100
some of whom are right now negotiating the country`s future
behind locked doors, to explain what our long-term immigration
objectives are, they would reply in gobbledygook.
I`ll cite a
good example by using one of the worst features of current U.S.
immigration policy. Through “chain migration” (more
delicately referred to by the politically correct as “family
reunification“), senior citizens or disabled individuals can
Supplement Security Income (S.S.I.) immediately upon their
mind that many who
ultimately collect public funds have neither a U.S. work
nor speak English. To rational thinkers like those of us at
VDARE.COM., it is insane to immediately lead legal immigrants to
want to argue that this is a good thing? End chain migration
now, I say!
inequity is the non-immigrant visa system and the virtually
automatic change of status that follows for anyone who asks for
“Non-immigrants“ often become legal residents once
their temporary visas expire. Remember the old immigration
policy chestnut that
nothing is more permanent than a temporary resident.
parties can learn just how unsound and hurtful the visa system
is by reading the Center for Immigration Studies 2002 report
“How Have Terrorists Entered the U.S?”
analyzes through 2002 the immigration status of all 48
Muslim terrorists who had been charged with, convicted of or
admitted to being terrorists. One-third were on temporary visas,
mainly tourists; one third were legal immigrants; a quarter
were illegal aliens. Three others had asylum applications
pending…another major immigration scam.
issues visas for a specific purpose. We fulfill our part of the
bargain by letting foreigners into the country. They must keep
their end by leaving when their time is up.
change of status should be allowed.
follow immigration matters know that the U.S. has perhaps the
most generous policy in the world. We allow, without any
consideration if it benefits us or not, up to one million people
annually. Add to that the visa over-stayers and the illegal
aliens and the total approaches two million.
rarely do we hear words of gratitude from those same immigrants.
I`m drawing now from
my own personal experiences as an English as a Second
Language instructor. I can count on one hand the numbers of
times that students have expressed a true sense of appreciation
of the honor that it is to be in the US, to be given the
opportunity to raise and educate their children here and to
ultimately become U.S. citizens
unaware that the jobs they may hold might be
taking away employment from native-born Americans. In fact,
many have a sense of entitlement that bemuses me.
apparently is an exception. But in one of our e-mail exchanges I
if he maintained dual citizenship. I didn`t receive a reply;
perhaps he missed the mail. But no one who deliberately
maintains citizenship in another country can claim true
allegiance to the U. S.
to suggest that America becomes even more liberal in its
immigration policy because of his individual success is sheer
If he had
best interests at heart as well as those of his family, he
would be on the same page as VDARE.COM in supporting a dramatic
reduction in legal immigration.
Hispanic immigrants unquestionably do share Rocha`s sense of
the years at VDARE.COM, we have head from a gratifying number of
Hispanic immigrants who do have America`s best interests at
heart—and who can see that our current immigration policy is a
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