Bob Turley (e-mail
Re: Brenda Walker`s
Million Dollar Mexican Moocher
Los Angeles Times reporter Anna Gorman (e-mail
her) probably did not choose the title for her
newspaper`s absurdly named
series, "Life in the Shadows" of which her
story about Van Nuys resident and illegal alien Ana
Puente is a part.[Immigration
Debate Hits Home for Liver Transplants, By Anna
Gorman, Los Angeles Times, April 13, 2008]
But it is preposterous
for the LAT to suggest that Puente is
"in the shadows". After all, Puente (or
someone in her family) called ICE to report that she is
in the US illegally and thus could qualify for full
Medi-Cal benefits because of the serious nature of
When and where does the
And, in an action that
I`m quite sure did not take place
"in the shadows", Puente spoke openly to Gorman
when she uttered this priceless gem:
"It doesn`t matter if I`m
undocumented. They should take care of me at UCLA
for the rest of my life because I`ve been there since I
was a baby."
As a Los Angeles
resident, I know (as does Gorman and the LAT)
that no illegal alien—and certainly not Puente— is "in
You see them walking
along the streets, driving their children to school,
hanging out at
day labor centers and waiting in clinics for a
variety of treatments.
I read the comments to
Gorman`s story—110 when I stopped. They were
overwhelmingly opposed to the system that favors illegal
aliens over many hard working Californians.
The Los Angeles
Times is a major cause of California`s disaster,
lobbying ceaselessly, as it does, for more
A few years ago the
paper did a series on the pitiful
Los Angeles Unified School District that it
published over a span of four or five weeks. Never once
was illegal immigration mentioned, as if it had
nothing to do with the woeful condition of
Like Walker, I`m a
disgusted) Democrat. And, also like Walker, I`m
pro-choice, pro-gay rights and pro-environmental causes,
but also 100 percent opposed to illegal immigration and
the anti-American entitlement attitudes it brings with
I recently bought a
Maine—as far away from California as I can get.
Once the Southland real
estate market improves and I can sell my existing home
for a reasonable price, you can
count me gone.
My most fervent wish
after I leave is to hear that California has fallen into
the Pacific Ocean.
My late, lamented
Golden State could have been saved with reasonable
enforcement laws and if our governors and Senators had
taken strong anti-illegal alien positions.
Instead, they have all
failed miserably. In the end, they deserve each other.
I could go on forever.
But why harp on the obvious?
Turley works for a large
California school district. His previous letters about "water-crazy"
Los Angeles and Somalis as the "perfect" meat
plant employees are
Peder Knudsen (e-mail
I am a
Norwegian Social Democrat with great reservations
about immigration, legal or otherwise.
However, may I respectfully make one point of
The economics of immigration is the most powerful
argument that can sway politicians toward our side. At
times VDARE.COM offers only the conservation viewpoint,
obscuring the fact that both sides of the immigration
argument may be of one mind.
Politicians, as well as the public, are most amiable
to inter-party cooperation when there is agreement on
both sides of the conservative/liberal divide in
This is how "conventional
wisdom" is born.
Therefore, it follows that
it would be a good idea to emphasize that the
mainstream consensus is that
low-skilled immigrants are a negative for the
overall economy – a statement that runs counter to all
the "we need immigrants to do the jobs Americans will
not do" that we so frequently hear.
As an example of this I
Paul Krugman, the liberal New York Times
columnist and respected scholar who admitted in
his speech to
Columbia University that such laborers have a
negative impact on the economy.
If we apply the
MainStream Media`s logic that since Krugman is a
liberal he therefore cannot be a racist, we have scored
an important point.
The danger for the immigration restrictionist
movement both in
Europe and America is that we are always derided as
right-wing bigots when, in fact, the left wing
agrees with us on at least one key economic issue.
come a long way in his
immigration realization over the last few years. He now
Robert Samuelson and
scattered other intellectuals—who acknowledge the
negative impact low-skilled, poorly educated illegal
aliens have on the overall economy.
Perhaps one day Krugman
will have influence on the
NY Times and