View From Lodi, CA: War Abroad, Surrender At Home

Nineteen months have passed since

9/11
. Despite the

magnitude
of that tragedy, the U.S. still hasn`t
taken a firm hold on the pitfalls created by

lax immigration policies
.

Shortly after the 2001 terrorist attacks, political
analysts predicted that the U.S. would tighten its
immigration laws and make major strides toward slowing
the flow of human traffic across the

northern
and

southern
borders.

That was a logical expectation. But, as I have
written

before
, throw logic out the window when dealing with
immigration.

The latest I.N.S. statistics show that approximately
one million legal and another one million illegal aliens
enter the U.S. annually. That`s a powerful number of
people coming into the country—especially if you don`t
know what their intentions are.

Some are probably terrorists.  U.S. Senator Jon Kyl
(R-ARIZ) said

last week
at a Phoenix news conference: "It`s
hard to imagine terrorists not trying to come in through
this southern border. We have every reason to believe
that they have done so."

Proponents of mass immigration are not deterred by
the possibility of terrorists crossing at will. They
still argue—using infuriating vagaries—that more is
better.

Here is one of their favorites: “they just come to
work and make a better life for their families.”

You could say that Alejandro Rios, Marco Estrada and
Marco Martinez just “came to work.”  But their
profession is

cooking methamphetamine
right here in lovable,
livable Lodi.

Last week in a bust about two blocks from the Lodi
Adult School, local police seized meth with a potential
street value of $1 million.

Rios, Estrada and Martinez – all illegally in the
U.S. from Mexico – are being

held without bail.

[Joe
Note To VDARE.COM readers:

If you r-e-a-l-l-y want to stretch the "work and
family" point, you might say that 22-year-old Hector Majarro Frausto
had "family"
on his mind when he

kidnapped

11-year-old Dana Pevia and transported her to Mexico.
Now 15, Pevia is back in North Carolina with the two
children Frausto fathered.]

None of these four
criminals is a typical illegal alien. But they are
examples of how far wrong things can go when 10 million
people are in the U.S. illegally.

While our borders remain
open illegal aliens, through their lobbyists,

insist
on and more services. You read correctly -
insist.

And again, feeble arguments support their outrageous
demands.

Take, for example, the Mexican

matricula consular
card. The matricula`s “new”
version came out a year ago. Since then, more one
million illegal residents from Mexico have received
matriculas.

Mexico insists—for reasons that suit its own purposes
– that the U.S. recognize the matricula as valid I.D.
The card allows aliens to open bank accounts, reduces
their risk of deportation and paves the way for state
and local services.

[Joe note to VDARE.COM
readers #2:
An
amazing example of Mexican creativity has just crossed
my desk. The Riverside Press-Enterprise reports that
according to San Bernardino Mexican consulate Carlos I.
Giralt-Cabrales, Mexicans need matricula cards so that -
they will not be mistaken for Arabs! This, according to
Giralt-Cabrales, will protect Mexicans from mistakenly
being victimized in the anti-Arab environment. The story
has the very politically incorrect subtitle,

"Cards Provide Peace of Mind for Immigrants Fearful of
Being Mistaken for Arabs."

Honestly, these guys should write sit-coms!]

One clear fact remains: the matricula is not a
secure document. Any Mexican national with $28 can get
one, no questions asked. The documents used to obtain
the card – Mexican birth certificates, for example – are
not crosschecked against computer data files in Mexico.
The issuing consulate offices rely instead on the
“expertise” of the authenticating staff.

Another big push is for in-state tuition rates for
illegal aliens. Illinois, Washington, Oklahoma, Florida,
Oregon and Kansas are lining up behind

New York,


Utah
,

Texas
and

California
to cut tuition rates.

Massive whining accompanies the plea that “these
children are really Americans,” “they are

here to stay
” and “it is in your best interest that
these `young people` get the best possible education.”

Never mind that taxpayers have already funded a

K-12 education
for these “young people.”

And why doesn`t anyone ever point out that these
students could return Mexico—where they are citizens—to
attend the highly respected

Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico?

Finally, the incessant yammering for

driver`s licenses
for illegal aliens proves we`re
not serious about national security. Since all of the 19
hijackers had licenses or state-issued I.D., logic—that
elusive component—would dictate that no bill proposing
licenses for illegals would have a chance.

Alas, such is not the case. Last week in California,
the Senate

Transportation
Committee

passed
by a 7-3 vote S.B. 60 that would give
licenses without background checks to all illegal
aliens. Fifteen other states have similar legislation
pending.

Guess what will happen if you testify in opposition
to driver`s licenses for illegal aliens? People like
State

Senator Nell Soto
(D-Ontario) will shout you down
and call your position “blatantly racist.”

We live in an upside down world. The U.S. is in a
full-out war against

terrorism
in Iraq. Many Americans have made the
ultimate sacrifice.

But we don`t have enough

political will
at home to take the simplest step for
greater security.

If there is anything on the political horizon that
trumps accommodating illegal aliens, please let me know
what it is.

Joe Guzzardi [email
him], an instructor in English
at the Lodi Adult School, has been writing a weekly
column since 1988. It currently appears in the


Lodi News-Sentinel
.