Victor Toro, Activist For Illegals, Revealed As An (Illegal) Immigrant Himself


[Previously by Lincoln Kahn:


Diversity Is Strength!
It`s Also…The Mexican Mafia
]

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.
His shocked

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,
2007]

Where is Toro from and how did he get here?

In
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

Salvador Allende.

Toro
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.

At
some point, though, he wound up living in Cuba. It was
there, in 1980, that his daughter was born.

But,
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country.(McCarran-Walter was repealed by the Immigration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.)

In
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
and received

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
those expressly

pro-Castro
Communist political activities in Chile,
something which could easily have learned by Googling.

Toro
was picked up by U.S. authorities during a routine
search for illegals as he boarded an Amtrak train near
the
Canadian border
in Rochester, New York. Of course,
he could have been caught at any time prior to this if
the

INS
and

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
the past.

Toro
is currently out on bail, but this hasn`t stopped him
from taking time out from his preparations for court to
appear alongside

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
Progressive Era.

Justly so. Consider this very brief list of foreign-born
America-haters and their accomplishments in undermining
faith in our society.


  • Niccolo
    Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti.

    These Italian-born anarchists became a cause
    celebre
    when

    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
    guilt, however.


  • Klaus
    Fuchs.

    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.


  • Herbert
    Marcuse.

     This

    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

    trained
    a

    generation of anti-American American academics,

    including Communist Party USA Vice-Presidential
    candidate and tenured radical Angela Davis.

Our
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.


Lincoln
Kahn (
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him) is a New York-based writer