Report From Occupied Indiana: Mexican Consul Bullies American Patriots

by Dave Gorak:

Dave Gorak Contemplates “Latino Clout” in Illinois


Who can forget the

of former Mexican Foreign Minister

Jorge “the whole enchilada” Castaneda
 when he said,
"We are already giving instructions to our
consulates that they begin propagating militant
activities." [Houston
November 23. 2002]

Castaneda meant that in addition to
their normal duties, Mexican officials had the green
light to stick their noses into local politics (a
violation of Article 55 of the 1963 Vienna Convention on
Consular Relations
) and to work with grassroots
“immigrant rights” groups to promote amnesty.

Other common tactics of Mexicans in
positions of authority in the US included showing up at
city council meetings with large numbers of illegal
aliens to pressure

spineless local officials
into accepting the bogus

matricula consular.

In Chicago, they even went so far
as to whine and stamp their feet when in

late 2002
the old INS arrested about

25 illegal
workers at both of

major airports.

But worst of all, they publicly
humiliated Mexican nationals living here who, shall we
say, do not share Vicente Fox`s goal of subverting our
immigration laws and trashing our national sovereignty.

One such "traitor" is Esther Tapia
Barber, who has lived in

since 1997 after arriving legally from
Mexico to marry retired police officer Bob Barber. From
the beginning Esther was active in Indianapolis` Mexican
community. She played a leading role in organizing the
city`s Mexican Independence Day Parade and

Cinco de Mayo

But her standing in the community
plunged when her husband decided in 2003 that he had had
enough of illegal immigration and founded

Americans for Legal Immigration
(ALI). One of
Barber`s first acts was to threaten to sue the late

Gov. O`Bannon
if the Indiana Bureau of Motor
Vehicles accepted the matricula as a primary ID.

I first met the Barbers at the

Midwest Immigration Summit
held Nov. 1 in
Indianapolis and cosponsored by ALI and

. It was there I learned of the efforts to
intimidate Esther and isolate her from the city`s
Mexican community.

According to Esther, a
representative of Mexican Consul Sergio Aguilera Beteta
him) called the managers of the Crown Hill Cemetery,
which was hosting the Nov. 2

Day of the Dead Festival,
and "instructed"
them to ask Esther to stay away from this event where
she planned to sell her handmade paper flowers. The
cemetery`s management ignored Beteta`s request because
the festival was open to the public and being held in a
community cemetery. Following the advice of FAIR`s
Midwest Field Director, Susan Tully (e-mail
her), Esther attended the event accompanied by two

During the event Beteta confronted
Esther and, according to both eye-witnesses, said,
“Aren`t you ashamed to show your face at this
celebration, when your husband has been slandering
Mexico and the Mexican people?”

Beteta`s behavior toward Esther,
said Susan Talevska (e-mail
her), “was rude and embarrassing. His tone of
voice was strict, admonishing, and very critical of her.
It was very inappropriate to do this at a social event.”

(When you get right down to it,
there really was no appropriate time or place to do this
unless you believe, as does Beteta, that a
representative of a foreign government has the right to
enter an American city and badger residents living there

On November 3, Ricardo Gambetta (e-mail
him), director of Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson`s (e-mail
him) “Latino Affairs Commission,” continued the
assault on the Barbers during his appearance at a local
Hispanic radio station (WEDJ-FM). He suggested that the
Barbers` “anti-immigrant” agenda was comparable
to those of other “extremist” groups, including the
American Nazis who had met in the city several weeks

Esther, who expects to become a
U.S. citizen this year, said she has offered to resign
from several Mexican cultural organizations. She told me
“I feel the coldness at those meetings where
people once were friendly.”
(She has written to
Vicente Fox and the State Department to protest Beteta`s

and is awaiting replies.)

Despite the ongoing war of words
and two recent incidents in which her husband`s car
windows were shot out during the night, Esther is
resolute in defending her husband`s activism:

“They are accusing him of trying to destroy the bridges
between the Mexican community and other residents of
this city, and this is not true. I respect his decision
to defend his country.”

The tension between Beteta and
Gambetta and the Barbers is not the result of poor
communication. On the contrary, Beteta, along with
hundreds of other city officials, including Mayor
Peterson and law enforcement personnel, was invited to
attend our immigration summit. None of the “decision
Bob hoped would attend bothered to show
their faces. In fact, Esther says Beteta told her the
day before that he didn`t want to “give
credibility to people who have an anti-immigrant

So Beteta has twice missed
opportunities to make his views heard to the widest
possible audience: once at the immigration summit and a
second time by refusing to return my phone calls or
answer my e-mail.

A final note: Although nobody at
our meeting wore white sheets and hoods, the
Indianapolis Star
saw fit Nov. 9 to run a lengthy
letter from Manuel Gonzalez, president of what appears
to be a defunct

Indiana Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
, in which he
referred to our movement as “a new brand of KKK
whose purpose is to create fear and separation in a
peaceful community.”

I wonder if Gonzalez, had he
attended our meeting, would have had the cojones
to say that to the faces of three of our speakers:

Peter Gadiel
, whose son died in the World Trade
Center; Rep. John Hostettler (R-IN), chairman of the
House Subcommittee on Immigration; and Brian Perryman,
who retired last year as the INS` Chicago district

Gorak [
him] is the executive
director of the

Midwest Coalition to Reduce Immigration

in LaValle, WI. Read his VDARE.COM archive