There was a sensation last summer — at least among us old-timers on this subject — over a man-bites-dog article on illegal aliens in the Los Angeles Times
. The astonishing aspect of the article ("6 + 4 = 1 Tenuous Existence
," by Sam Quinones, July 28, 2006; recently moved to the Times
`s pay archive but freely available, with some annotations and highlightings, here
, ) was its depiction — in a human-interest story — of mass illegal immigration`s baleful burdens on American society.Steve Sailer
promptly and enthusiastically quoted the Times
article`s juiciest passages here
, adding plenty of background material and commentary. I won`t duplicate his effort.
But I will
bring back for VDARE readers five paragraphs from the Times
story (Read it
to see what I mean!) that I`ve been using in talking
with audiences of immigration naifs, including Congressional staff people."My"
part of the Times
article (The quoted paragraphs are from about 2/3 of the way to the end.) describes the experience of a woman who came to California illegally from Mexico but then somehow attained legal status later, probably from the 1986 IRCA law.
"[S]ister Alejandra was the first to leave. In Los Angeles, she and her husband were barely able to make ends meet. As in Mexico, `there was little work and it`s poorly paid,` she said."Eight years ago, she and her family moved to Kentucky, where a friend said there was more work and were fewer Mexican immigrants bidding down the wages for unskilled jobs.[snip, omitting one paragraph]"Today, the Magdalenos in Lexington earn more than they did in Los Angeles, in a city where the cost of living is lower. Kentucky is now their promised land, and they talk about California the way they used to talk about Mexico. "`What we weren`t able to do in many years in California,` Alejandra said, `we`ve done quickly here."`We`re in a state where there`s nothing but Americans. The police control the streets. It`s clean, no gangs. California now resembles Mexico â€” everyone thinks like in Mexico. California`s broken.`"
I read aloud that final, juicy paragraph with loving deliberateness, sometimes rubbing it in a bit with my listeners: "And you want this coming to Ohio (or Tennessee, or North Dakota, etc.)??"
It`s a tool for our side, folks! Please use it.