Illegal Aliens? Not In Sharon Rockefeller`s Back Yard!

Bleeding-heart liberalism for thee, but not for me.
That is the expedient philosophy of the wealthy
Rockefeller family.

Last week, the Rockefeller rule was on full display
at a little-noticed hearing in Arlington County, Va.
There, Mrs. Sharon Percy Rockefeller vehemently objected
to one of the Left`s trendiest pet government projects:

publicly subsidized day labor centers
for illegal

Among the most vocal advocates and funders of these
illegal alien shelters? None other than the New York
City-based Rockefeller Foundation.

Last fall, a Rockefeller Foundation-funded day labor
site for

“undocumented workers”
opened in

Madison, Wisconsin.
Last summer,

Rockefeller Foundation-funded

David Bacon
published an article sympathetic to
illegal alien workers and critical of federal
enforcement of employer sanctions against companies
using illegal alien labor. In 1993, the Rockefeller
Foundation forked over $50,000 to the San Diego Museum
of Contemporary Art and Centro Cultural de la Raza for a
private-public “art” project that handed out $10 bills
to illegal aliens congregating at San Diego day labor

The Rockefeller Foundation is a pioneering
underwriter of illegal alien day labor. But the
Rockefellers` high-minded compassion ends at their own
front door.

About Mrs. Rockefeller: She is the wife of Sen. John
D. “Jay” Rockefeller IV (D-West
.), who is the son of John D. Rockefeller III, who
was the eldest son of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., founder
of the Rockefeller Foundation, whose legendary father
was the founder of

Standard Oil Company.
Mrs. Rockefeller is also the
chief executive officer of

, the leading PBS station in the Washington,
D.C., area—and broadcasting home to such signature
programs as

“The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

“Washington Week.”

The Arlington County, Va., day labor site will be
built adjacent to Mrs. Rockefeller`s WETA studios and
may take up nearly half the space of a county-owned
parking lot used by WETA employees.

An alarmed Mrs. Rockefeller lambasted a local county
board for approving the Arlington illegal alien day
labor center, which she said would create a “pretty
hostile environment”
for her workers and
high-profile guests (including some of the Beltway`s

illegal immigration apologists
). Mrs. Rockefeller
fears that Washington`s movers and shakers will be

to potential menaces who have been seen on
the streets brawling, leering, loitering, and otherwise
thumbing their noses at civil society.

"I don`t want the incidents to happen that will
probably happen,"
Rockefeller said. Joseph Bruns,
WETA`s chief operations officer, told the Washington
after the hearing that he and Rockefeller worry

female workers
"will feel rightly or wrongly
by the day laborers. [WETA
Accepts Decision On Day Laborers` Shelter
Elaine Rivera and Miya Wiseman, Washington Post,
August 2, 2003]

Can you imagine the field day the

open-borders lobby
would have if the wife of a

Republican senator
had made such public statements?

The fear, of course, is completely justified. Local
officials openly acknowledge that their $140,000
taxpayer-funded facility (complete with a

shaded pavilion and portable bathroom)
will attract
immigration outlaws looking for work. Male day laborers
of unknown immigration status and

unknown criminal histories
currently gather on a
corner one block from the planned new site. Driving by
on a typically busy afternoon this week, I counted more
than a dozen hanging around in the open.

Just down the road from this site is the Arlington
Department of Motor Vehicles, where several September 11
hijackers hooked up with

loitering illegal alien day laborers
to obtain

fraudulent photo identification.
Yet, local
government representatives, sworn to uphold the laws and
Constitution of the United States, are promising illegal
alien day labor site advocates that local police will
look the other way as Arlington`s

and visa-overstaying lawbreakers
break even more laws and make a mockery of homeland

No wonder Mrs. Rockefeller`s fine feathers are
ruffled. Instead of giving them shaded employment

Arlington police
should be giving them—and their
employers willing to illegally recruit, refer,
encourage, and harbor them—rides to


Across the country, from

Long Island
to Phoenix to

., law-abiding citizens have lodged similar
complaints against government-supported

illegal alien day labor sites
—which have increased
harassment, traffic, and crime in their neighborhoods.  

But unlike the Mrs. Rockefeller, average Americans
who voice such objection are labeled uncouth, hateful,

, xenophobic, and intolerant.

Such are the pampering advantages of blue blood over

Michelle Malkin [email
her] is author of

Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores

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