View From Lodi CA: Long List Of Conspirators In Maria Isabel Vasquez Jimenez`s Death

Maria Isabel Vasquez Jimenez
, the pregnant
17-year-old Mexican illegal alien laborer who died last
month while working in a Lodi

, has sparked a host of controversies.

The debate`s focus centers on who is to blame for the
sad death of this young girl.

Most of the attention correctly falls on Jimenez`s
employer, Merced Farm Labor, a contractor with a history

disregarding worker safety.

But the list of accomplices is long.

  • First comes

    , a country that steadfastly refuses to
    carry out the basic governmental responsibility of
    providing for its citizens.

Even though Mexico is one of the world`s

wealthiest nations
and home to the richest man in
the world,

Carlos Slim
, it

will not lift a finger
—or should I say

tax its elites?
—on behalf of its people.

Accordingly, with Mexico`s
blessing and encouragement,
the most desperate of
its populace seeks haven in the United States.

Unbelievably and without a critical word from the
U.S., two years ago Mexico issued

a comic book

Guide for the Mexican Migrant

helpful hints
about how to cross into America and
stay out of trouble once you arrive.

Mexican presidents, the unabashed hypocrites

Vicente Fox

Felipe Calderon
, have come to the U.S. to praise
alien workers as “heroes
and vital to our economy.

Is, I wonder, Jimenez one of Fox`s heroes?

  • Second on my list is President
    George W. Bush, a primary abettor of illegal

Since his first days in the White House, Bush has
repeatedly uttered such nonsense as “family

stop at the Rio Grande
” “America is

a nation of immigrants
,” and “immigrants do

Americans won`t do

Each statement grossly distorts the truth and is
interpreted in Mexico as an open invitation to come

Not only has Bush refused to secure the border, he

the outrageous jail sentence handed down
to Border Patrol agents

Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean
for pursuing a known
Mexican drug dealer.

As recently as a week ago, Bush

pulled the National Guard from the border
making it
easier yet to cross into the southwestern United States.

As an enormously popular

Hollywood movie star
, Schwarzenegger could have shifted the
state`s bitter argument about illegal immigration to a
higher plane by reinforcing the concept of obeying
immigration law.

Instead, Schwarzenegger fell in line with Bush by
endorsing amnesty. Any statement that encourages amnesty
welcomes illegal immigrants—come on over, you may get

For the last three years, you`ve seen them waving
their placards at illegal alien May Day protest marches:
human is illegal
!”—as if enforcing immigration
law were a statement about the human condition.

  • Fifth, the mainstream media
    which for twenty years has refused to report
    honestly on illegal immigration.

The phrase “undocumented worker” never existed
until the media coined it. And America`s debate is
not—as the media would have you believe—about
“immigrants and immigration”
but about illegal

As the media knows but ignores, an immigrant is
someone who enters the U.S through a port of entry with
a valid visa—not someone who
climbs over a wire fence
in the dark of night.

For as long as anyone can remember, America has laid
out the red carpet: Get to the U.S. and
claim an array

social services.
The statistical probability of

is infinitesimally small.

And in the last ten years, the U.S. has become even
more gracious to illegal immigrants—offering

home mortgages
, accepting transparently

fake identification
as valid work documents and
even, in some states issuing

driver`s licenses.

At the same time, obvious flaws in our immigration
system remain unchecked. Jimenez`s case brings to mind
the foolish

birthright citizenship
clause that would have
allowed her child to become an American citizen.

Birthright citizenship was

ended years ago
in most Western countries.

California has revoked Merced Farm Labor`s license.

[State to Revoke License Of Merced Farm Labor,

By Susan Ferriss, Sacramento Bee, June 5, 2008]

That`s not enough. I`d like to see the principals
sentenced to long jail terms and meaningful monetary

For those indirectly responsible, listed above, may
they come to their senses before more lives are
needlessly lost.

Joe Guzzardi [email
him], an instructor in English
at the Lodi Adult School, has been writing a weekly
column since 1988. It currently appears in the

Lodi News-Sentinel