The View from the Activist Front Lines: A Review of Fighting Immigration Anarchy

Dan Sheehy`s book is such a fascinating balance
between the personal and the political that it is
remarkable no one else has thought of writing it before.

Instead of relying on copious eye-glazing

to make its point, as many immigration
books do,

Fighting Immigration Anarchy
on American citizen-activists who have made a difference
in the struggle to maintain U.S. borders and

Many who have read the book have noted its similarity
in design to John F. Kennedy`s

Profiles in Courage.

The theme of

Fighting Immigration Anarchy
is how much

determined people
can do, even with limited
resources, to save the country. (Cover photo


Sheehy`s book is well researched and filled with
timely information, with extensive reference notes
backing up his positions.

I must declare my own connection with this project.

I met Dan a little before he decided to write the
book. Besides being an interested

provider throughout the process, I worked as
an editor on the book because I strongly believe in the

A "people" book about immigration is a
terrific idea, and corresponds with my own sense that

individual stories
are more compelling than an array
of factoids.

Sheehy`s balance of the personal narratives
supplemented by hard facts makes it downright painless
to absorb

immigration complexities
as he seamlessly blends the
two elements.

People familiar with the issue of immigration
moderation will recognize the names of the activists

Terry Anderson,

, Barbara

, Joe

, Glenn

, and Rep.

Tom Tancredo
. Their struggles are the backbone of
the book, with the need-to-know information interwoven
within the engaging human stories.

Sheehy lives in Los Angeles and has experienced
firsthand the

unprecedented Mexicanization
of that city. An

from his book describes how he saw the

idyllic American community
of his childhood turned
into the

capital of Aztlan

For Sheehy, the shock and outrage never wore off.

Many Americans glumly ask themselves, "What can
one little person do against the

powerful forces
that want unrestricted illegal
Fighting Immigration Anarchy
offers many answers, such as start an

immigration reduction group
(Barbara Coe),

utilize the Internet
to organize grassroots voters
to lobby

(Roy Beck) or

get on the radio
(Terry Anderson).

The message throughout Sheehy`s book is that ordinary
people with the grit to save the country can do
extraordinary things.

VDARE.COM readers will be happy to see a chapter
devoted to columnist Joe Guzzardi that particularly
concentrates on his

2003 close-the-borders campaign
to become the
California governor, back in the wild and wooly recall

(You may remember that Gov. Gray Davis pushed voters
already unhappy about the state budget deficit over the
edge with his

enthusiastic signature
on a bill granting drivers`
licenses to illegal aliens. The response was a

historic legal ejection
of a

sitting governor
that occurred only a few months
after his re-election. How sweet it was.)

As he does with his other major subjects, Sheehy uses
unique campaign
to inform readers about

California`s open-borders
devolution while telling
an entertaining yarn about a modern-day

Mr. Smith
who wants to go to


For background, Sheehy recounted the recent history
of California`s immigration blunders starting with the
Proposition 187 debacle. Prop. 187 had passed with a
substantial 59 percent majority. It would have
discontinued many public benefits to illegal aliens.


Gov. Davis

closed-door "mediation"
to destroy the
popular initiative.

Davis` unlawful 1999 scuttling of Proposition 187 set

budget trajectory
off a cliff. The state is still
reeling today. Assemblyman Ray Haynes

recently stated
, "Our budget deficit today is, by
and large, created by covering services for illegal


Governor Guzzardi
would have steered California away
from the budget precipice by tough enforcement, instead
of the girly-man measures advanced by the current

. But it`s tough to win in a

campaign against a movie sta
r. Ask

Jimmy Carter.

In addition to the election, we learn about Joe`s
varied past history as a Renaissance man  from his

early finance career

Merrill Lynch
and his small-venture start-up company
to running his own restaurants. His later adventures as

ESL teacher in Lodi
began in 1988 and have been the
fodder for many a

diverse column.

Another plus is the 38-page chapter written about
Rep. Tom Tancredo of Colorado. Sheehy has written the
longest essay published so far about the possible 2008
Presidential candidate.

Readers will appreciate a cohesive portrait of
Tancredo`s background and beliefs. The story of how the

one-time civics teacher
ran for public office is a
familiar tale of

to the unpleasant truth that the once
admirable goal of moderate levels of immigration has
created a destructive force surging out of control.

Sheehy also thoroughly covers Rep. Tancredo`s

reflections about multiculturalism

A particularly enjoyable aspect of Fighting
Immigration Anarchy
is how the voices of the
individual patriots come alive on the pages.

Readers hear at length the ideas of the subjects
expressed in their own words. The feeling of getting
acquainted with some remarkable people is a rewarding

For example, many long quotes from Rep. Tancredo`s

Special Order speeches
are included along with his
personal responses to Sheehy`s questions.

Some might quibble with the book`s California
emphasis. Three of the major subjects now reside in the
state and one, Glenn Spencer, moved from California to

in 2002. Many of the state`s important
battles are covered in detail, including

Proposition 187
and the

Save Our State

But the truth is that the rest of the country should
be paying far more attention to how rapidly California
has been Mexicanized. The political and cultural
conflict created by California`s speedy

from paradise to

third world
should be a wake-up call for all

Finally, the book manages an artful balance between
sounding the alarm that the hour is late, while
demonstrating on every page that resolute citizens can
and are fighting back  – and winning.

Brenda Walker


is a Northern California
writer who blogs daily on