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08/28/09 – A California
Hispanic Says Crimes Statistics Reflect Rising
Latino-On-Latino Violence

A Florida Reader Wonders Why Russians Are Considered The Only Marriage Scam Artists; etc.


Wanda de Jesus (

Re: Joe Guzzardi`s Column:

Russian Women For Sale—$31,500! (Sorry, Cash Only!)

Why are
marriage scams to gain a

U.S. green

and citizenship considered unique to Russians?

I live in

and my
daughter has already been twice offered $8,000 to enter
into a fake marriage.

One "proposal"
came from a Moroccan guy who is living in America
illegally (with his wife!). The second offer came from a

who just met my daughter.

Fake marriages
are common throughout


among virtually every ethnicity.

de Jesus, a Third-generation American, is a primary
school teacher in the Miami area. Her previous letters
about Miami mayor Manny Diaz and charity for illegal
aliens are




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A North Carolina Home Owner Says He Can`t Rent A Room In His House Without “Discrimination” Hassles

From:  Brian Van L. (e-mail

Re: Robert Weissberg`s Column:

Is The Affirmative Action Frankenstein On Its Last Legs?

wrote: "…job applicants with identical resumes are
named `Richard` or LaTishya…`"

I bought a
house near a university ten years ago with a plan to
rent out the extra two bedrooms to

college students

Imagine my surprise when I went to place an ad for my
rooms and discovered I can`t advertise for
"students". This, I was told, constitutes discrimination.

Nor can I run
an ad for male or female housemates or for people of a
certain age group and so forth. All those specifics

Even though my ad clearly stated that my rooms are in a
private home and are not commercial rental property,
none of that mattered.

the end, I got burned when I agreed to meet an applicant
who gave her name as
but who, in fact, was a young black woman
named Latoya who had learned the trick Weissberg
referred to about lying to people about her name.

My rental
situation soon turned messy. I consider myself fortunate
to have gotten out of without being sued or subjected to

civil rights complaint.

As the saying
goes, live and learn.

But I think
we`re way past the point of reason where the government
thinks it has a right to control who lives in my own
private home.

Van L. is state employee who specializes in computer

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A Reader Blames “Organized Jewry” For Minority-Based Programs; Robert Weissberg Replies

M.L. (

I just read
Weissberg`s column on the

action Frankenstein

Going by
Weissberg`s last name, I note that he conveniently
forgot to mention that we would have no problems with


if it wasn`t for

organized Jewry

knows the truth of this as well as anyone.



This is a deceptively important comment. Today`s
forceful, unabashed patriotic conservatism (or whatever
label one might use) cannot get out of first gear until
it loses its

anti-Semitic odor

To be sure, Jews still flock to the Left though it is
increasingly anti-Semitic. But

old political
habits die hard.

So, just when Jews

think it is safe

"go in there,"

i.e., join the Right, something like this shows up.

And I`m sure my Jewish friends will say,

"See, I told you
so, VDARE.COM is filled with Jew-haters, so why do you
even associate with them?"
If I had a nickel for
every time I was asked why I write for VDARE.COM or



are there, I would have at least a dollar.

What makes the anti-Semitism reflected in this letter so
frustrating is that it is impervious to reason, let
alone evidence.

It is pointless to note that countless non-Jews
vigorously pushed



Richard Nixon
or that many Jews abhor it. And that it`s equally
foolish to needlessly antagonize potential Jewish allies
with such rants.

an anti-Jewish is gene buried deeply in the conservative
DNA and it just periodically erupts. This inclination is
a disaster far beyond an ill-tempered comment.

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A Veteran DC Journalist Says We Have To Keep Pressure On For Rational Immigration Policies


Hal Burnett (

Re: Don Collins` Column:

Democrat Calls On All Progressive Americans: Ignore
Smears—Reform Immigration

As Collins
writes, the pressure for rationality on immigration and
population issues must continue.

I realize that
there`s already far too much on the federal government`s
plate, but population growth and rampant influxes of
immigration are unlikely to just go away until our
leaders pay serious attention and soon.

policy is a

political hot potato

that shows no signs whatsoever of cooling down.

Like Collins,
I`ve yet to see the immigration reform formula with
which I`m entirely satisfied or feel Congress would

Maybe I`m
willing to settle for half a loaf, if only I knew what
that would be.

While some
dispute whether it is practical to round up all illegal
aliens and

ship them back

to where they came from, my concern is that before too
long the immigration debate might turn into something
ugly in terms of racial/ethnic hatred, etc. If the U.S.
would only enforce laws already on the books, it would
be helpful.

The more I
think about the immigration problem, the more I`m
convinced that anything less than really clamping down
hard on the

"pull factor"

(employers) will work; it`s the only remedy I see.

The "push factor"
is hopeless so long as


are such an element in countries of origin.

And I mean
huge penalties on those companies that

hire illegal aliens
meaningful fines, removal of business licenses and the
long jail sentences.

But if the
U.S. fails to enforce immigration laws for political
reasons or misplaced humanitarian concerns, then we`re
leading with our chins — always dangerous.

I`m surprised
the discourse hasn`t already turned uglier.

But as the
national unemployment rate

nears double digits
I`m convinced that horrible internecine conflagrations
may ensue.

Burdett has been a newspaper reporter, political writer
and columnist and an editorial page editor for
newspapers in Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis. He
retired earlier this year as Vice President for
Communications of the

an international nonprofit organization headquartered in
Washington, DC. His previous letters about the wisdom of
a national ID card and keeping English as our national
language are




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