Patriotic Hispanics

In March, I spent a few days at
King`s Beach on the north shore of Lake Tahoe. Within my
first hour, it was obvious that the hamlet of 5,000
people had been overwhelmed with

Hispanics
.

And sure enough, the census data

confirmed
my suspicions: the Hispanic population of
King`s Beach is now nearly 50%.

Wherever you go around Lake Tahoe—at
the lake, in the casinos, on the streets—Mexican
influence dominates.

Once again, I heard the old
explanation: Mexicans are drawn to Lake Tahoe by the
booming

construction trade
and the gaming expansion.

In reply, I pointed out that

Americans
are willing, as we always have been, to

build houses
,

deal cards
and

wait tables at plush hotels.

But as I considered the

exploding numbers of Mexicans
nationwide—so many of
them

illegal aliens
—one thought kept returning to me.

Logically, the guy crossing the

US-Mexico border
at this very instant is the same guy
who should go directly to an Internet café, log onto

http://www.numbersusa.com/fax
to demand that illegal
immigration end. That most recently arrived alien is the
one who will have to slug it out for scarce jobs or
dwindling social services. He doesn`t need more
competition.

The next best thing to slam the
brakes on the growing Mexican invasion: Hispanics whose
allegiance is to the United States

get up front and vocal.

And, happily, there are indeed a
growing number of furious Hispanics who devote hours on
end to fighting illegal immigration. Among them are

 

Lupe
Moreno, Chair, Orange County


Republican National Hispanic Assembly
and her sister
Angie Morfin, Chair, Monterey County Republican Hispanic
Assembly.

In April 2003, the sisters drove 450
miles to Sacramento to go

head-to-head
with State Senator

Gil Cedillo
regarding the illegal alien driver`s
license bill,
SB 60.
Their arguments (“I really think I creamed
him,”
Moreno told me) helped defeat the bill.

Lupe continued:

“A lot
of the radicals try to bind us all together. I am an
American before I am anything else. They think there is
nothing wrong with people breaking America`s laws. They
think that illegal aliens have the same rights as

all Americans.
They tell illegal aliens to fight for
their rights. I say send illegal aliens to their

homelands.
Stop this nonsense now.

 “I have
being talking to a lot of American Hispanics/Latinos who
have always loved America like I do.

 “They
ask me, `Lupe, what is the matter with our government
that it lets all these illegal aliens in. Why are they
not doing anything? How has this happened? What can we do
to fix this mess?`

 “I tell
them to stand up and be counted. Tell these illegals they
are

breaking America`s laws.
I tell them to complain, let
our elected officials know that we are mad and concerned
about the government not doing anything about illegal
immigration.

 “My
sister and I are working hard to help stop the
destruction of this great Nation. Other American
Latino/Hispanics are getting on board.

 “Where
are our leaders who should be leading and protecting our
nation? This unlawfulness cannot continue or this Great
Nation will not stand.”

  Alex Segura, Utah
Activist and founder of


Utah League of Citizens for Immigration Reform

Segura, a third generation
Mexican-American, is the great-grandson of Mexicans who
(legally) immigrated to the United States, and the son of
a Mexican-American who enlisted in the U.S. Air Force.
Segura, proud of his heritage, was amazed when the

Mexican government
publicly accused him and his
immigration reform allies of

inciting hatred
against Mexicans.

Noted Segura, who recently returned
to

his native Utah
after seeing how illegal immigration
has

devastated California,

“Many,
if not most, of the people from my background here
support our laws and want to see them respected. I know
many Hispanic Utahns, people who were born here or came
here legally, who desperately want to get immigration
under control. The very visible activities of the illegal
alien lobby here tend to put law-abiding Hispanics in a
very bad light. And some of them
[the law-abiding
Hispanic citizens] have been intimidated by militants,
including

agents of the Mexican government
.” (Stealth
Invasion
, by William Norman Grigg)

 

Haydee
Pavia, Activist and member, California Coalition for
Immigration Reform

Born in

South America
, Haydee came to the US (legally) with
her parents in 1965. When I asked Haydee how she viewed
the current illegal immigration problem, she told me


“American Hispanics, those of Mexican descent in
particular, suffer more than anybody else because of
illegal immigration. They have to compete for jobs with
illegals and

their wage and work standards
have been lowered
because of

illegal alien labor
. They are even discriminated
against at work because they speak little or no Spanish.
In school, bilingual education, lower academic standards,
Mexican culture and loyalty to Mexico are pushed on their
children.

“I find
that illegal immigration is a slap in the face to those
of us who came to the U.S. according to the law."

  Ellen
Gallegos, Activist, New Mexico

I have known Ellen through e-mail
correspondence since I began writing for VDARE.COM in
2001.

Ellen wrote me that:

“I read
your articles and finally someone is speaking the truth
about this invasion. I agree with everything you have
written. I am an

American with Mexican heritage,
but first and
foremost I am a PROUD AMERICAN. I do all I can to support
and donate to those who put and protect America and its
citizens first.”

About New Mexico Governor Bill
Richardson, often mentioned as a possible Democratic
Vice-Presidential candidate, mostly because of his

Hispanic heritage
, Ellen said:

“I think
that all he does for illegal aliens is wrong like giving
them

driver`s licenses and benefits
. He should put the

American citizens
of New Mexico and America first,
instead of

criminals
who want to destroy our country.”

The comments made by Lupe Moreno,
Alex Segura, Haydee Pavia and Ellen Gallegos are repeated
many times over in the

mail
I get each week.

The growing support of patriotic
Hispanics is a big plus as we go forward with our battle
for common sense in federal immigration policy.

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.