A Vietnam Veteran (Democrat) Says Sonia Sotomayor Will Advocate For More Special Privileges For Illegal Aliens; etc.
Paul (e-mail him)
As an example, let me tell you about what has happened
packing industry as a result of illegal
immigration. I worked at a nationally-known meat packing plant when I returned
Vietnam and the wages I earned there helped to pay
for my B.S. degree in economics at the
University of Wisconsin.
My sister and brother-in-law worked at the plant for
many years. My brother-in-law was also a
union steward at the
plant, deeply involved in union politics.
Back in the 1970s, the plant employed
several thousand people on all three shifts,
many of whom were black Americans. In fact, I worked
with and became friends with several University of
Wisconsin football players who went to the NFL but never
made it past their team`s final cut of the season.
The plant provided jobs that paid well. The
work was hard, but a person could earn a comfortable
working at the plant.
This is no longer the case. What remains of the plant is
now almost exclusively staffed with immigrants from
Mexico and Central America
who will work for a fraction of what American citizens
were being paid, and who are also afraid to stand up for
their rights when
labor or safety standards are violated.
What has happened to the plant is
common across the country. Was the
Civil Rights revolution of the 1960s fought so that
black Americans that were made could be undercut by
corporate and political pandering to the
illegal alien lobby?
Working class Americans like my old
colleagues and myself suffer the most from illegal
immigration. American citizens, both
black and white, should receive priority over
non-citizens in employment, education and all the other
avenues that lead to success.
In closing I should point out that I am not a right-wing
xenophobe. My Democratic family has
strong union ties. My father was butcher and also a
union steward who eventually became a union business
Although I have earned a degree in economics with
graduate credits and now work for an insurance company,
I still have my union card with the
Amalgamated Meat Cutters and Butcher Workmen
of the AFL-CIO and continue to follow union politics
Paul`s previous letter
about worthless Republican presidential candidates is
Ned Garver (e-mail
Re: An American-Mexican Mom`s Column:
An American Contemplates The “Path To Citizenship” In
Like the American-Mexican Mom, I found
the road to
working in Mexico almost impossible to navigate.
I worked under a tourist visa for
three months and could legally renew it for three more
months. During that six- month period, our Mexican and
American attorneys worked on my behalf to secure a
permanent work visa granted to a person for a specific
job called an
FM2 or FM 3
lucrativa—“Lucrativa” as in
Foreign residents who work in Mexico
are required to have them. They are to be
all times in addition to your U.S. passport.
To apply for the FM3 work permit I
needed to submit the following notarized originals:
my birth certificate for (as well as my wife`s), our
marriage certificate, high school transcripts with proof
of graduation, college transcripts for every university
I attended as well as proof of graduation, two letters
of recommendation from supervisors for whom I had worked
at least two years, a letter from the St. Louis
Chief of Police stating I had I had no arrest record
or outstanding warrants in the US and was "a
citizen in good standing,” Finally, I had to
write a letter about myself that clearly stated why
there was no Mexican citizen with
my skills and why my skills are important to Mexico.
As if that wasn`t enough, all of
the above were in English that had to be translated into
Spanish and be certified as legal translations with our
signatures again notarized.
In the end, we had a folder about
1.5 inches thick with English on the left side and
Spanish on the right.
Once these documents were
completed, my wife and I spent several hours accompanied
by a Mexican lawyer touring Mexican government office
locations and being photographed and fingerprinted
At each location we received
instructions on regulations regarding Mexican taxes,
housing, and criminal law, with a reminder that we were
obligated to follow these laws.
We paid out $4,000 in
and bribes to complete the process. Only when this
step was complete could we legally bring in our
household goods that were held by US customs in Laredo
Texas. This added more costly fees.
not buy a home and were forced to rent at very high
rates and under contract and in compliance with Mexican
We were required to get a Mexican
driver`s license. This was an amazing process. My
company arranged for the Mexican licensing agency to
come to our corporate headquarters with their camera,
fingerprinting equipment and laminating machine.
Surprisingly, we did not take a
written or road test. The only instruction we received
was never give
policeman your license if stopped, but to hold it
against the inside window away from his grasp. If the
policeman got his hands on it you would
have to pay ransom to get it back.
Leaving Mexico involved the same
process but in reverse. We had to surrender our “lucrativas”
and, before our personal belongings were released to
customs, to certify that we left no debts behind or had
any pending unresolved legal matters.
Dear Mr. Cleburne,
This is my final note to you and VDARE.com. I
have become fed up of the constant vitriol and hatred
spewed on your site by you and the other authors. I do
understand many of the concerns that
Americans have and I do hope they are addressed and
resolved in the future. However, by demonizing and
vilifying a population of an entire nation, you have
trivialized your own issues. And I know very well
that you do not really care what a "brown" person thinks
about your site but I guess I wanted to pour my heart
Guess what, you`ll be extremely surprised to know that
even though I am Indian, I do understand the concept of
free speech. So I visited your site to understand your
points of view and get the reasoning behind the vitriol.
However, it seems no matter what, you have an inherent
hatred for anything non-white so objective thinking is
not on the agenda for VDARE.com.
Thanks a lot for totally demonizing and vilifying my
fellow country people in the eyes of the world. I
know we have flaws but then who doesn`t. Even America
wasn`t in the best of conditions just 60 years after
independence and it came to a point where it is today
after much effort and hard work and it took a lot of
Good luck to you and your site.
I was saddened to get this.
previous letter, World Citizen appeared to be trying to
be reasonable, and
replied, I actually like Indians.
Free Speech is an absolute value, not to be
suspended because of impatience.