[Recently by Dave
GOP Immigration Idiocy In Illinois]
Twenty-six Midwestern communities will soon receive
will receive a total of $5 million in grant awards from
, a private foundation independent
from the Knight-Ridder newspaper business.
In total, the Knight Foundation will fund seven
immigration related projects for an aggregate of $13.5
Knight calls its largess "Immigration Integration
Details of the individual cities receiving funding
and more specifics of the Knight Foundation`s plans are
Background on the initiative,
statistics for those cities are here:
Statistics on Immigration in Select Knight Communities
dreamed of creating "a
more perfect union
," it`s a safe bet their blueprint
for the new republic didn`t call for suspending the rule
of law to cater to
But don`t tell that to the Knight Foundation.
The foundation apparently thinks that illegal aliens
and those who
on their behalf deserve special treatment.
(See the 2003 Knight Foundation annual report for proof:
2003 annual report
According to foundation President
Hodding Carter III,
the founders did more than just
Declaration of Independence
; they "made clear and left open
the possibility that constant change would be required
to improve upon their work."
Such change, Carter says, includes "unexpected
like the "great
flood of immigration of the past 20 years."
Knight made its plan for improving America public in
October when it launched its
"Immigrant Integration Initiative,"
the goal of
which is to "help those who can`t help themselves"
and "incorporate the new Americans into the
There is no question that Carter`s (e-mail
him) bastardization of the ideas on which our government
rests would be anathema to
James Madison & Co
., who had some pretty strong
views about the responsibilities of citizenship, the
rule of law, and most importantly, the necessity of
preventing foreign governments from
meddling in American politics.
But the Knight Foundation wants to financially
support the meddlers. In additional to grants awarded to
individual cities, the foundation It will further award
$8 million in grants among several
The National Council of La Raza
($1.25 million) and
National Immigration Forum
($1.75 million), both of
which make no attempt to hide their disdain for our
immigration laws while demanding
"dignity and respect"
for the millions of
illegal workers who come here to
steal jobs and wages from our own working poor.
Knight operatives, naturally, aren`t very keen about
discussing this aspect of the program.
When I questioned Larry "Bud" Meyer, Knight`s Vice
President of Communications about why Knight would fund
radical left-wing groups,
he made it clear he wasn`t
fond of my inquiry.
"Many Americans would
disagree with you,"
said Meyer (email@example.com
who apparently is unaware of the numerous
public opinion polls
that say the exact opposite.
did Meyer appreciate my asking whether the $1.8 billion
foundation differentiated between legal immigrants and
illegal aliens. Meyer refused to answer.
I tried another approach:"Do you think it important that the rule of law be
I asked"That is a hypothetical question,"
As David Letterman often asks during his monologue, "What?
Finally, Meyer offered a weak explanation for the
Knight`s decision to bankroll the illegal alien agenda:
"Not to integrate these
newcomers would endanger our communities. We want to
turn a negative into a positive," he said
But as I asked myself, "What`s positive about
rewarding people who have broken the law and ultimately
encouraging others to do the same? Doesn`t such
recklessness also endanger our society?"
A few days later, after Meyer learned I had been
poking around behind his back by trying to contact
Vivian Neal (firstname.lastname@example.org
Knight`s Midwest representative, he e-mailed the
following canned response to my main question:
"Knight`s funding in the
field of immigrant integration is focused on addressing
the challenges that communities are facing regarding
immigration and how to ensure that those who are here,
working hard and paying taxes, can become productive
citizens. Knight`s funding of NCLR (La Raza) and other
groups is centered on how to make sure those who are
here become active, engaged Americans."
(Memo to Meyer: You
have much to learn if you and your Knight cohorts
believe that a group calling itself
"The Race" is concerned about becoming
"active, engaged Americans.")
As to how the 26 communities will use their Knight
grants, Meyer said specifics of the new programs
wouldn`t be known until next year.
But in the hope that those in
who will be getting funding might be
willing to offer at least a clue or two, I called the
offices of Mary Jacobus (e-mail
her), the publisher of the The News-Sentinel
who chairs the city`s Community Advisory Committee, and
Denise Porter-Ross (e-mail
her) the city`s public information office. Neither
returned my calls.
It will be interesting to watch how Knight`s
philanthropy will advance the concept of a
"more perfect union"
in a society increasingly
willing to suspend the rule of law in order to
special interests. Dave
him] is the executive
director of the
Midwest Coalition to Reduce Immigration
in LaValle, WI. Read his VDARE.COM archive
The views expressed here are his, and they do not
necessarily reflect those held by members of his
organization or its board of advisors. Or, for that