View From Lodi CA: Long List Of Conspirators In Maria Isabel Vasquez Jimenez`s Death
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
Mexico, a country that steadfastly refuses to
carry out the basic governmental responsibility of
providing for its citizens.
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 titled
Guide for the Mexican Migrant, with
helpful hints about how to cross into America and
stay out of trouble once you arrive.
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
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.
- The third culprit is
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, highly visible
at Jimenez`s funeral and making the same old
predictable promises about reform. [Must
make sure this never happens again` Governor,
By Ross Farrow, Lodi News-Sentinel
May 29, 2008]
As an enormously popular
Hollywood movie star/legal
immigrant, Schwarzenegger could have shifted the
state`s bitter argument about illegal immigration to a
higher plane by reinforcing the concept of obeying
Instead, Schwarzenegger fell in line with Bush by
endorsing amnesty. Any statement that encourages amnesty
welcomes illegal immigrants—come on over, you may get
- Fourth, the Mexican ethnic
identity organizations and Washington D.C. lobbyists
La Raza and
League of United Latin American Citizens who
feign compassion for Mexicans but are only concerned
about protecting their six figure salaries.
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.
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
At the same time, obvious flaws in our immigration
system remain unchecked. Jimenez`s case brings to mind
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