Memo From The Midwest, By Dave Gorak

Illegal In Illinois—The Treason Lobby Does

There`s no business like show
business—just ask Joshua Hoyt, executive director of

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

So impassioned is Hoyt
(e-mail him) about the need to grant another amnesty
to millions of

wage thieves
 living within our borders that he
participated in a demonstration he knew would get him
arrested.  And he was.

Surrounded by some of his
supporters who share the view that immigration laws
should apply to

except illegal aliens, Hoyt sat down during
rush hour in the middle of Chicago`s traffic-clogged
Michigan Avenue. Cheering him along including
Illinois state

Sen. Martin Sandoval

“I certainly deserved to
get arrested
,” said Hoyt, who was given 800
words by the

Chicago Tribune
to tell readers how he was trying to
draw attention to how hard life is for those who mock
U.S. law but now find the American dream elusive.  [I
went and got myself arrested
, By Joshua Hoyt,
Chicago Tribune,
June 25, 2004 (Pay

Hoyt`s self-serving account of
events also included a photo of himself looking directly
into the camera,

wearing a big smile and pumping a clenched fist into the

Like the smooth-talking snake oil
salesmen of long ago, Hoyt talks the talk about
improving the lives of “this nation`s working poor.” 
But if this were true, why then wasn`t he protesting
against what mass immigration is doing to our own

working poor
and the

lower middle class?

What`s become of their

“search for a better life”
as the result of the
unending torrent of cheap foreign labor? (And now, we
recently learned, Hispanics themselves have become
victims of our unmanageable immigration policy. 
According to the

Pew Hispanic Center
, Latino wages in the first
quarter fell nearly 4 percent from the same period a
year ago.)

"The American Dream is shattering,"

Arturo Sanchez
, a professor with the Graduate Center
for Planning and the Environment.  "Latino immigrant
workers do not have the same upward mobility that
immigrants of the past have had."

Although I have long been an
immigration reform activist in Chicagoland, Hoyt and I
have never met. But he told Tribune columnist
Eric Zorn early this year that I am “the darkest
and most humorless”
of his ideological foes.
(Read Zorn`s Jan. 13 column,

Immigration policy critic a force of one
kicked off an online debate between Hoyt and myself in

“Rhubarb Patch.”

I took Hoyt`s evaluation of my
personality as a compliment. I see no humor in Hoyt`s
connivance to aid

foreign governments
—above all, Mexico`s—in their
efforts to circumvent our immigration laws and undermine
our sovereignty. 

Hoyt`s ICIRR is not modest about
promoting itself as the state`s leading champion of
illegal aliens.  Last year it was active in pushing for
state tuition for illegals (enacted in spring 2003). But
it has twice failed to get the Illinois General Assembly
to approve bills that would award driver`s licenses to
the estimated 500,000 undocumented

living in Illinois.

Hoyt`s group also is very careful
about revealing to the outside world its activities that
might be at odds with its stated mission of protecting
the rights of (legal) immigrants and (legal) refugees.

Take, for example, the ICIRR`s
“immigration summit”
held Jan. 22 in suburban
Arlington Heights.  Among the invited (and paying)
attendees was a moderate Republican legislator, state

Rep. Paul Froehlich.

When Froehlich attempted to attend
a breakout session dealing with ICIRR`s efforts to
advance legalization legislation, he said one of Hoyt`s
henchmen asked him to leave the room (he did) because
his presence “might make some in the room nervous.”

Froehlich said he attended another
breakout session, during which one of the speakers said

Southwest should be returned to Mexico
because it

by the United States.

(Don`t feel too sorry for
Froehlich. He voted for the

failed driver`s license bill
in March because he
believes that Hispanics represent the

future of his party

The ICIRR is funded with the help
of a

greedy and unprincipled business community.
 Some of
Chicago`s largest corporations comprise the membership
of the

Donors Forum of Chicago
, which has given $100,000 to
ICIRR for its


Corporate funding for ICIRR is
Hoyt`s least favorite discussion topic. He has yet to
use his opportunity to get in the last word of our
online “Rhubarb Patch” debate. More than three
months have passed since I submitted my final
installment questioning him on where his money comes

But it appears that Hoyt has taken
the coward`s way out by walking away from my challenge.

I`m not surprised. By openly
supporting illegal immigration, Hoyt has already
abandoned millions of his hard-working fellow-Americans
in Illinois.

Gorak [
him] is the executive
director of the

Midwest Coalition to Reduce Immigration

in LaValle, WI. Read his VDARE.COM archive