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
statistics to make its point, as many immigration
Fighting Immigration Anarchy focuses
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.
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
opinion 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
Sheehy`s balance of the personal narratives
supplemented by hard facts makes it downright painless
immigration complexities as he seamlessly blends the
People familiar with the issue of immigration
moderation will recognize the names of the activists
Terry Anderson, Roy
Spencer, 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
unprecedented Mexicanization of that city. An
excerpt from his book describes how he saw the
idyllic American community of his childhood turned
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
immigration?" Fighting Immigration Anarchy
offers many answers, such as start an
immigration reduction group (Barbara Coe),
utilize the Internet to organize grassroots voters
Congress (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
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.
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
Governator. But it`s tough to win in a
campaign against a movie star. Ask
In addition to the election, we learn about Joe`s
varied past history as a Renaissance man from his
early finance career at
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 Vdare.com 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
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
awakening 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
Arizona in 2002. Many of the state`s important
battles are covered in detail, including
Proposition 187 and the
Save Our State initiative.
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
descent 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.