Victor Toro, Activist For Illegals, Revealed As An (Illegal) Immigrant Himself
[Previously by Lincoln Kahn:
Victor Toro, who has spent the last two decades
promoting the rights of illegal aliens in the
Bronx, New York, was arrested on July 6th.
Guess what? It turns out that Toro himself was never
legally in the United States. He now faces deportation.
supporters have organized numerous rallies and
fundraisers to pay attorneys` fees and they`ve persuaded
The New York Times to run a sympathetic account
of his plight. [Longtime
Advocate for Immigrants Now Faces Deportation,
By Anthony Ramirez, New York Times, July 11,
Where is Toro from and how did he get here?
the early 1970`s Toro was one of the three founders of a
Chilean political party called the
MIR, or the Movement of the Revolutionary Left. Yes,
Toro was an avowed Communist and fervent admirer of
Fidel Castro who sought the overthrow of his
country`s elected democratic government. He stood even
further out on the left than
was forced into exile when Augusto Pinochet came to
power in a coup,
restored order and rebuilt the economy. In the years
that followed, Toro claims, he drifted about Europe.
some point, though, he wound up living in Cuba. It was
there, in 1980, that his daughter was born.
like so many extremists, it seems that Toro was in favor
of the revolution in principle but eager to enjoy the
fruits of capitalism in practice. So he
moved to the U.S. and set up a
storefront organization promoting radical agitation
in the Bronx. His presence in the Bronx, of course, not
only violated U.S. immigration laws, but was also almost
certainly a violation of the McCarran-Walter Act, which
barred political undesirables from entering the
country.(McCarran-Walter was repealed by the Immigration
Act Of 1990, after Toro settled in the US.)
the years that followed Toro concerned himself with
promoting far-left causes in the U.S. and leading
marches and rallies
against Pinochet. He also worked to help illegals
substantial grant aid to subsidize his work. An
internet search shows receipt of at least one
disbursement of $50,000 alone.
Throughout this time though, it appears that
he did not bother to master English. Consequently,
when Toro (who refused my repeated requests for an
interview) spoke to the
Newspaper of Record and posed for photos, his
Cuban-born daughter had to do the translating for him.
The Times then
returned the courtesy by not asking why Toro needed a
translator after more than
two decades in the U.S. Similarly, reporter Anthony
Ramirez failed to ask what Toro had been doing in Cuba
and neglected to
inform the paper`s readers of his involvement in
pro-Castro Communist political activities in Chile,
something which could easily have learned by Googling.
was picked up by U.S. authorities during a routine
search for illegals as he boarded an Amtrak train near
Canadian border in Rochester, New York. Of course,
he could have been caught at any time prior to this if
police simply had bothered to ask for the papers of
this non-English speaker before.
Notable, too, is the (all too routine) handling of the
case: Toro did not contest the accusation of being an
illegal, but he was released by a judge on his own
recognizance and could disappear once again at any
time—with the aid of the many illegals he`s assisted in
is currently out on bail, but this hasn`t stopped him
from taking time out from his preparations for court to
Cindy Sheehan as a speaker two weeks ago at a New
York anti-war rally.
Regardless, Toro`s case brings up a larger issue: the
large number of immigrants in America with openly
anti-democratic political views. Of late, the media
focus on radical aliens has shifted towards Islamists
who seek to create a world dominated by their faith and
ruled through sharia. But the problem of far-Left
agitators and spies appearing on our shores, if an older
problem, is a continuing one with deep roots.
Going back to the early 1900s, the arrival of Communist
aliens was one of the
main reasons for the immigration restrictions of the
Justly so. Consider this very brief list of foreign-born
America-haters and their accomplishments in undermining
faith in our society.
German-born leftist started a
"No Conscription" league to
interfere with World War I draft organizing,
which led to her eventual deportation. Years
had conspired with her lover Alexander Berkman
in an attempt to assassinate an American
Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti.
These Italian-born anarchists became a cause
leftists asserted that their convictions for
murdering a payroll clerk and watchman, (
Parmenter and Berardelli ) were spurred by
xenophobia. Ballistics tests have since proved their
This Jamaican-born Black Nationalist and
creator of the Back-to-Africa movement dressed
ridiculous fashion and
stole from his followers. But, in animating
anti-white hatred, he left a long-lasting and
unwelcome legacy greatly exacerbating the problem of
division among blacks and whites.
This physicist son of a
Lutheran pastor left Germany and went to work on
the Manhattan project—where he succeeded in passing
key atomic secrets
to the Soviets.
founder of the "Frankfurt School" of Marxist
political theory left Nazi Germany because of his
Jewish ancestry and radical politics and came to the
U.S. where he worked first for the O.S.S. and then
in a high position in the State Department. Leaving
in the midst of the "Red Scare", Marcuse
assumed faculty positions at
leading universities through which he
generation of anti-American American academics,
including Communist Party USA Vice-Presidential
candidate and tenured radical Angela Davis.
Trinidad, Carmichael rose to be the head of the
Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC)
which had been associated with
Martin Luther King, Jr.`s philosophy of
non-violent civil disobedience. But he moved the
organization away from King`s philosophy and
allied with the Black Panthers. He also
invented—and promoted—the concept of
"institutional racism", i.e. racism for
which there doesn`t have to be evidence, furthering
Garvey`s politics of resentment.
Guatemala, Guterriez is both one of the present
leaders of the radical
socialist group ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and
End Racism) and the pro-illegals group
Latino Movement USA. .
tradition of representative government flows out of the
unique history of the American nation. We are foolish to
assume that foreigners from the many parts of the globe
all come here with a common affection and regard for it.
him) is a New York-based writer