Thursday, November 23, 2006

Now Where Will The New Congress Lead Us

Since the elections are now over and the majority party has shifted, what will become of our efforts to restore the security of our homeland and the borders? With the Democratic party firmly entrenched in the house and senate, it will take our collective effort to push our cause. We cannot take the issue off the table. The new mindset will be to push the guest worker program forward as a way to settle this issue. We cannot surrender to this logic since it will only bring hordes of people into our already over taxed, over populated, degrading state.

The only thing we now have going for us is that the power of the veto still remains with us. The Democrats can pass the bills but cannot override a Presidential veto. Their numbers are not large enough to do so. That is why we must continue our efforts with a ferver not yet seen. We cannot capitulate.

Border Fence

Bush signs bill authorizing fence along Mexican border

WASHINGTON - President Bush signed into law Thursday a measure that authorizes 700 miles of new fencing along the southern border just as his party is trying to highlight immigration security in a handful of battleground congressional races.

Republican House leaders in particular are hoping that the bill-signing so close to the Nov. 7 election will help incumbent lawmakers in such states as Arizona, where the GOP has tried to make immigration a decisive issue.

"Democratic leaders in both the House and Senate opposed the Secure Fence Act, ignoring the demands of the American people for a secure border," Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., said minutes after the bill was signed. The measure passed the House 283 to 138 with 64 Democrats voting yes and 131 no. Six Republicans voted no.

Minority Whip Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., countered Hastert's statement. He called the new law "nothing more than a cynical, vain attempt by Republicans to try to show some accomplishment on border security where they can claim none."

Bush recited a list of border security steps taken by his administration, including increasing the number of border patrol agents, deploying thousands of National Guard troops to the border and adding new detention beds for illegal immigrants caught trying to cross into the U.S.

"Unfortunately, the United States has not been in complete control of its borders for decades and, therefore, illegal immigration has been on the rise," Bush said during the signing ceremony in the Roosevelt Room.

But even as he signed the measure, Bush made it clear that he hasn't given up on a broader overhaul of the nation's immigration policy.

He said the fence bill is "an important step in our nation's efforts to secure our borders."

But, he added, "we have more to do."

Bush reiterated his support for a plan to better help employers determine whether they are hiring legal workers and for a new guest worker program for future immigrant labor.

And he also said that the problem of the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants living in the United States must be solved, with a solution lying somewhere "between granting an automatic pass to citizenship for every illegal immigrant and a program of mass deportation."

The Secure Fence Act says the homeland security secretary "shall provide for least two layers of reinforced fencing, the installation of additional physical barriers, roads, lighting, cameras, and sensors." The bill specifies exactly where the fencing should be built.

"The same critics who didn't want to build the fence are trying to raise the specter that there's some way to get out of there after we detailed in iron-tight language where it's going to go," said Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., a key fighter for the border fence.

But a Sept. 29 letter from Hastert and Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist to key congressional committee leaders casts doubt on whether the fence will be built exactly where the law says it will.

The legislation, the letter says, "should require the Secretary of Homeland Security to put fencing and physical barriers in areas of high illegal entry into the United States, yet allow flexibility to use alternative physical infrastructure and technology when fencing is ineffective or impractical."

The homeland security appropriations bill calls for the establishment of "a security barrier along the border of the United States of fencing and vehicle barriers where practicable and other forms of tactical infrastructure." The appropriation bill includes $1.2 billion to carry that out.

"If you're going to do - and we need to - better security of our ports of entry, then you have to look at all of them," said Rep. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., who voted against the fence bill. "You have to look at the limited resources you have, and you have to be smarter about the whole system, not just one place to make a political point."

Homeland security officials believe they will be able to do some fencing and some alternative border control.

"There's no question that traditional fencing will be a key part of our strategy at the border," said homeland security spokesman Russ Knocke. But, Knocke added, "we are optimistic that we will also have some of the flexibility we need to move ahead with our overall strategy."

Estimates of how much the fence will cost range from $2 billion to $8 billion, with most experts saying that 700 miles of fencing would cost about $3.2 billion. The $1.2 billion, House officials say, was meant to be a down payment on the fence.

It's unclear whether DHS can first use the $1.2 billion for some of the "virtual fence" options that many in the administration prefer. And, if and when the money necessary is appropriated, there's no telling how many years it would take to get the fencing constructed.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Continued madness at border

Armed standoff along U.S. border. Police face Mexican military, smugglers
Daily Bulletin
http://www.dailybulletin.com/news/ci_3430815
Jan 24, 2006
Sara A. Carter and Kenneth Todd Ruiz

Mexican soldiers and civilian smugglers had an armed standoff with nearly 30 U.S. law enforcement officials on the Rio Grande in Texas on Monday afternoon, according to Texas police and the FBI. Mexican military Humvees were towing what appeared to be thousands of pounds of marijuana across the border into the United States, said Chief Deputy Mike Doyal, of the Hudspeth County Sheriff's Department.

Mexican Army troops had several mounted machine guns on the ground more than 200 yards inside the U.S. border -- near Neely's Crossing, about 50 miles east of El Paso -- when Border Patrol agents called for backup. Hudspeth County deputies and Texas Highway patrol officers arrived shortly afterward, Doyal said.

"It's been so bred into everyone not to start an international incident with Mexico that it's been going on for years," Doyal said. "When you're up against mounted machine guns, what can you do? Who wants to pull the trigger first? Certainly not us."

An FBI spokeswoman confirmed the incident happened at 2:15 p.m. Pacific Time.

"Bad guys in three vehicles ended up on the border," said Andrea Simmons, a spokeswoman with the FBI's El Paso office. "People with Humvees, who appeared to be with the Mexican Army, were involved with the three vehicles in getting them back across."

Simmons said the FBI was not involved and referred inquiries to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

ICE did not return calls seeking comment.

Doyal said deputies captured one vehicle in the incident, a Cadillac Escalade reportedly stolen from El Paso, and found 1,477 pounds of marijuana inside. The Mexican soldiers set fire to one of the Humvees stuck in the river, he said.

Doyal's deputies faced a similar incident on Nov. 17, when agents from the Fort Hancock border patrol station in Texas called the sheriff's department for backup after confronting more than six fully armed men dressed in Mexican military uniforms. The men -- who were carrying machine guns and driving military vehicles -- were trying to bring more than three tons of marijuana across the Rio Grande, Doyal said.

Doyal said such incidents are common at Neely's Crossing, which is near Fort Hancock, Texas, and across from the Mexican state of Chihuahua.

"It happens quite often here," he said.

Deputies and border patrol agents are not equipped for combat, he added.

"Our government has to do something," he said. "It's not the immigrants coming over for jobs we're worried about. It's the smugglers, Mexican military and the national threat to our borders that we're worried about."

Citing a Jan. 15 story in the Daily Bulletin, Reps. David Dreier, R-Glendora, and Duncan Hunter, R-San Diego, last week asked the House Judiciary Committee, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, the House Homeland Security Committee and the House International Relations Committee to investigate the incursions. The story focused on a Department of Homeland Security document reporting 216 incursions by Mexican soldiers during the past 10 years and a map with the seal of the president's Office of National Drug Control Policy, both of which were given to the newspaper.

Requests by Dreier, chairman of the House Rules Committee, and Hunter were made in jointly signed letters.

On Wednesday, Chertoff played down the reports of border incursions by the Mexican military. He suggested many of the incursions could have been mistakes, blaming bad navigation by military personnel or attributing the incursions to criminals dressed in military garb.

Mexican officials last week denied any incursions made by their military.

But border agents interviewed over the past year have discussed confrontations those they believe to be Mexican military personnel.

"We're sitting ducks," said a border agent speaking on condition of anonymity. "The government has our hands tied."

Monday, January 02, 2006

Welcome to the Jungle

Welcome To The Jungle - Animal Farm 2006

When George Orwell wrote his great opus, Animal Farm, much of the world, including England, lived in rural society, much closer to farming and livestock than is the case today. So it made sense to couch his allegory of government and politics with barnyard animals.

Today, the world is an altogether more, and paradoxically, less civilized place, so we're less connected to pigs, cows, horses, and chickens personally, while far more violent and undomesticated species seem like old friends.

So how to describe things in our modern condition? I can't pretend to be anything like the writer Orwell was, but certain things seem very clear at the moment.

Our opponents from the Open Borders Lobby have the reasoning capacity of baboons. Like baboons, they travel in packs. They chatter and clamor and invade space. When challenged, they show thier teeth. The hurl rocks, their own feces, and make a helluva racket. When left alone, they blanket any high ground they're left to inhabit with a cacophony that challenges sanity, raise prodigious broods of fellow baboons, and in their own minds, are masters of all they survey.

Only when faced with determined and fearsome opposition do they show something other than their teeth -- thier asses.

The bulk of the society is rather benign. They are the zebras, antelopes, and giraffes of most of our civilization. They meander, they chew grass, and they provide a rich variety of color and pattern without really bothering anyone. They don't challenge the baboons, because the baboons really don't matter much to them, and they prefer to live and let live for the most part.

Then there are those like us. The large cats. Leopards, cheetahs, and lions. Seemingly a terrible thing. All tooth and claws, blood dripping from their lips, the smell of death about them.

But without them, the entire landscape would soon be entirely baboons.

Because the cats keep the herds healthy. With more precision and ruthlessness than Charles Darwin could ever imagine, the cats prowl about, picking off the stupid, the lazy, the sick, and the weak in the herds. And quite literally, recycle them into the fastest, the smartest, and the strongest big cats. Day and night, in their every waking moment, they thin those from the herds who can't see, or hear, or move fast enough not to become, in the Latin term for the frailest species in the world - breakfast.

A system of all cats would soon starve. There'd be nothing to eat then but the chattering baboons, who when challenged by the big cats snarl, hurl rocks and feces, and eventually, when cornered, show their asses and run for the tall trees. Cats would stave on that diet.

But what the touchy feely Bambi-loving world forgets is that so would a system of no cats. Without the hunting cats, the herds would be sired by the fat, the weak, the lazy, the stupid, and soon overpopulate the area, then all die agonizing deaths from overgrazing while multiplying blind, crippled, weak offspring in droves. They need the predators to thin their ranks of those Nature has not endowed with the best attributes.

Thus the big cats provide a balance. Their fastest eat the herds' slowest, their brightest catch the herds' dumbest. Weak cats starve, and weak herd members get eaten. And the best hunters recycle all that substandard antelope and zebra flesh, turning them into the cute and fuzzy cubs, offspring of their best and brightest hunters. Both sides survive in glorious harmony, and both combined keep the baboons a small, chattering clump, living off to the sides near the trees lest they be trampled, or eaten.

The Open Borders Lobby is a pack of baboons. We are lions. And the idea of letting hordes of illegal aliens nest among us is a weak, stupid, blind idea that needs to be weeded out of the herd, forever.

Dinner, anyone?

-Aesop Mysleeve

Saturday, December 17, 2005

STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT ANNOUNCES A DRAMATIC INCREASE IN WHOOPING COUGH CASES IN CALIFORNIA

SACRAMENTO – Mirroring trends seen across the nation, California is experiencing a dramatic increase in the number of cases of pertussis, or whooping cough, Interim State Health Officer Dr. Howard Backer announced today. From January through August, four infants died from pertussis and 1,276 cases of the disease were reported. For the same period last year, two infants died from pertussis and 450 cases of the disease were reported. Moreover, the number of deaths and illnesses due to pertussis through August of this year has already surpassed the totals for all of last year, in which three infants died and 1,130 became ill. One third of this year’s cases occurred in infants less than 1 year of age and 80 percent were hospitalized.

"Pertussis is most severe in infants younger than 1 year," said Dr. Backer. "To be fully protected, babies must get their shots at 2, 4, 6, 12 and 15 months. The first 2-month dose may be given as early as six weeks after birth."

Pertussis is an infection of the respiratory tract caused by Bordetella pertussis bacteria that is spread when an infected individual coughs or sneezes. The first symptoms are similar to those of a common cold, such as runny nose, sneezing and dry cough. These symptoms are followed by severe coughing spells that may last for more than a minute and tend to occur at night. Between coughing spells, unvaccinated children tend to gasp for air with a characteristic "whooping" sound, hence the term "whooping cough." However, young infants, who are at highest risk for severe disease, older children and adults may not make this sound. Coughing spells may also cause the child to turn blue in the face or vomit. The cough often continues for several weeks or months.

"Infants may catch pertussis from teens and adults who were vaccinated as children, but whose immunity has worn off," said Dr. Backer. The childhood vaccine is given only until age 7.

"A new pertussis vaccine booster is now available for teens and adults," Backer added. "Also, parents should keep their newborn away from individuals suffering from coughs and colds. They should contact a physician when their child has a moderate to severe cough illness, especially if he or she experiences prolonged coughing spells, turns red or blue followed by vomiting or coughing occurs together with a whooping sound."

For more information about immunization requirements and vaccine-preventable diseases, parents should contact their child’s physician or local health department’s immunization program. Local health departments provide low-cost or free immunizations for children without health insurance.

Publishers note:

Why are we seeing such an increase? The massive influx of third world invaders who have braoght with them, diseases we had effectively defeated. This is a situation, as stated before on this blog, that all Americans should be outraged by. Not only do we have to absorb the cost of these squatters, but now, suffer thier plaques.

House Passes Immigration Bill to Tighten Border Security

Friday, December 16, 2005


WASHINGTON — The House acted Friday to stem the tide of illegal immigration by taking steps to tighten border controls and stop unlawful immigrants from getting jobs. But lawmakers left for next year the tougher issue of what to do with the 11 million undocumented people already in the country.

The House legislation, billed as a border protection, anti-terrorism and illegal immigration control act, includes such measures as enlisting military and local law enforcement help in stopping illegal entrants and requiring employers to verify the legal status of their workers. It authorizes the building of a fence along parts of the U.S.-Mexico border.

But it put off consideration of a guest worker program, which President Bush and many in Congress say must be part of a lasting solution to the illegal immigrant crisis.

The vote was 239-182, with opposition coming from Democrats and some Republicans upset by the exclusion of the guest worker issue and other Republicans wanting tougher border control measures.

One measure that Republican leaders wouldn't allow a vote on was a volatile proposal to deny citizenship to babies born in this country to illegal immigrants.

The issue next moves to the Senate, where Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., says he will bring up immigration legislation in February that will provide a framework for guest worker ideas.

Nobody is advocating the deportation of 11 million illegal immigrants, said Rep. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., sponsor of a guest worker measure. Without a temporary worker program, he said, "We simply won't enforce the law, and that's the dirty little secret here."

While many agree with Flake, there are wide differences on the details of a guest worker program. Some lawmakers would require those in the country illegally to leave before applying for such a program, arguing that counterproposals allowing those already here to seek legal status is equivalent to amnesty.

Bush has proposed that undocumented immigrants be allowed to get three-year work visas. They could extend those for an additional three years, but would then have to return to their home countries for a year to apply for a new work permit.

The House bill would beef up border security with the help of local law enforcement and military technology, impose tougher penalties for smuggling and re-entry, and end the "catch and release" policy for illegal non-Mexicans. It makes drunken driving convictions a deportable offense.

The bill makes unlawful presence in the United States, currently a civil offense, a felony. An amendment to reduce the crime from a felony to a misdemeanor was defeated, with many Democrats voting against the proposal in protest over subjecting people who have overstayed their visas to any criminal charges.

The House also voted 273-148 to end the diversity visa lottery program that's open to countries that send few immigrations to the United States. Opponents said it was susceptible to fraud and could be a way for terrorists to enter the country.

On Thursday, the House approved an amendment calling for construction of a fence in parts of California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

The most sweeping provision of the House bill would require all employers in the country, more than 7 million, to submit Social Security numbers and other information to a national data base to verify the legal status of workers.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups protested this provision as unworkable, while immigrant rights groups said some of the new penalties were draconian.

By making it a crime to be present in the country illegally, said the National Immigration Forum, foreign students who drop a class or high tech workers who lose jobs and take too long to find a new employer sponsor would be subject to arrest.

"A migratory reform that only addresses security will not resolve the bilateral immigration problem," Mexican President Vicente Fox's spokesman Ruben Aguilar said Friday. "It is indispensable to establish legal, secure and ordered migration. Our countrymen make an enormous contribution to the United States economy."

But sponsors, led by House Judiciary Committee Chairman James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis., and Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King, R-N.Y., insisted the bill was a needed step to restoring the integrity of U.S. borders and re-establishing respect for the law.

The White House said in a statement that it strongly supported the House bill, adding that it "remains committed to comprehensive immigration reform, including a temporary worker program that avoids amnesty."

Friday, December 09, 2005

Focus shifts

Conservative immigration groups shift focus to businesses allegedly hiring illegal workers
By PETER PRENGAMAN
ASSOCIATED PRESS
LAKE FOREST, Calif., Dec. 6 — The white van eases into a liquor store parking lot and is swarmed by 30 Hispanic day laborers who begin intense job negotiations with the driver. Within seconds, another wave of people descend on the van. Mostly white and middle aged, they snap pictures as they cite federal labor laws.


''If you hire illegal workers, we'll put your picture on the Internet,'' warns Robin Hvidston, a property manager who became an immigration activist after being alarmed by the number of Hispanics she saw in her Orange County community.
''I hire the legals,'' the driver, who later identifies himself as Iranian, replies in broken English.
''But these people are not legal,'' retorts protester Gerry Nance, handing the driver tax and employment eligibility forms. ''You must check all this to be sure.''
The driver shakes his head and drives off. The would-be workers return to the wall of the liquor store, disappointed but hopeful the protesters will leave so they can hook a day's worth of wages.
Frustrated by the federal government's response to illegal immigration and worried that undocumented workers are depressing wages, conservative immigration reform groups are broadening their focus from the U.S.-Mexico border to the workplace — in Southern California, Texas, Chicago, Virginia and elsewhere.
Their method: Take photos of construction bosses and anyone else picking up day laborers, then post the photos on Web sites (such as www.wehirealiens.com and www.operationshameonyou.org/), sometimes including home addresses and license plate numbers. They also turn their footage into immigration officials.
Their objective is twofold — shame businesses into not hiring undocumented workers and force the government to enforce immigration law.
''We knew we would need a two-pronged approach to force the government to deal with this issue,'' said Chris Simcox, a former school teacher who co-founded the Minutemen, which began civilian border patrols in Arizona a year ago and is now focusing on employers. ''Now we want to video tape, expose and embarrass the businesses breaking the law.''
The tactics anger business owners, who are threatening lawsuits.
''These are just a personal attacks and they are all false,'' said Elias Zepeda, accounts manager for Strong Terminators, a termite company in Downey, Calif. that appears on wehirealiens.com. ''That's why we are talking to lawyers.''
A dozen other businesses with pictures on such sites declined comment, though another owner who did talk briefly denied hiring illegal workers and said he was preparing a slander lawsuit against wehirealiens.com.
While immigration authorities have made efforts to strengthen border security by hiring thousands more agents, illegal workers are rarely picked up on the job, and businesses hiring them are almost never fined.
An average of 200 workers nationwide were arrested each week during the 1990s, dropping to about 8 a week by 2003, the last year of available data.
Conservatives alarmed by illegal immigration realize that going after businesses may be even more important than strengthening the border, said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Study, which favors less immigration and stricter enforcement.
''These startup groups suggest an increasing sophistication in the immigration debate,'' Krikorian said.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials evaluate the groups' phone tips and footage, but often their reports are not verifiable enough to prompt an investigation, said Bill Riley, ICE's chief of work site enforcement.
''We'll ask them, 'How do you know they are illegal?''' said Riley. ''If they say, 'They look foreign,' that obviously isn't enough.''
Though too early to judge their impact, camera-toting protesters do appear to limit the number of workers picked up on any given day.
During three hours at the recent morning protest organized by a group called the Fire Coalition in Lake Forest, an Orange County city 50 miles south of Los Angeles with a large Hispanic population, only one employer ignored the protesters and picked up a day laborer.
About a dozen construction company vehicles entered the parking lot, only to pull away quickly.
''Nobody gets work on the days they come,'' said Fernando Gomez, a day laborer who sipped coffee to keep warm. ''They (the protesters) don't let the bosses even come up to us, but you know their kids are not going to do this hard work.''
Gomez, 30, from Michoacan, Mexico, said he and most day laborers he knows came to the U.S. illegally.
''But someday we will be legal,'' he said. ''We just want to work. We didn't come to do anything bad to anybody.''
Drivers of some passing cars honked and gave words of encouragement to the protesters, while others unleashed vulgarities.
''Why don't you guys get a life,'' yelled a Hispanic man who pulled into the liquor store parking lot. ''It's Maria cleaning your toilet and Pedro doing the landscaping at your house. Accept it.''
The comments set off a screaming match between the man and two protesters.
Liquor store co-owner Joga Siph said a month ago he called the police on the protesters because they were blocking the store entrance. Protesters have since agreed to keep some distance.
''The workers don't bother us,'' said Siph. ''They come, buy something and wait outside a few hours for work.''
In Houston, a group called ''Operation Spotlight'' began protesting and taking pictures at day labor sites last month, forcing two sites to close temporarily.
In Herndon, Va., just outside Washington, D.C., members of the Herndon Minutemen have filed a suit against the town council for voting to set up a day labor site with public money. Taplin said the scheduled Dec. 19 site opening would give his group a clear target.
''All we have to do is just stand there with our cameras,'' said Taplin. ''Nobody is going to show up.''
A similar suit has been filed in Phoenix, with others planned in suburbs of Chicago and Washington, D.C., said Simcox of the Minutemen.
''It's a headache when these groups are filming and going to the cities to complain,'' said Victor Narro, project director of the UCLA Downtown Labor Center, a university affiliate that helps defend day laborers' rights. ''But they are part of today's immigration reality.''

Saturday, October 29, 2005

Ponder this for a bit

What Did We Ever Do Without Illegal Aliens?
by Mac Johnson
Oct 3, 2005


It is with unhappiness and great reservation that I recall for you the America of my youth. America in that time was a dysfunctional wasteland. Without masses of illegal aliens there to do the necessary work that no American will do, the place simply fell apart. Lawns went unmown for years at a time. The problem was so bad that children simply disappearing into their overgrown lawns became the third leading cause of childhood fatality for a time.

Also, there were no restaurants in those days. Without an illegal servant caste there to bus the tables, wash the dishes, cook the food, and take the orders, no restaurants were possible.

Even had a restaurateur managed to find a few Americans so desperate and unaware of their hallowed elite role in the world economy that they were willing to work in the food service industry, he would have had no food to serve. We all know that no American can pick an apple, or process a chicken, or pack even a single blueberry or peanut. Without the agricultural underclass, there was no food in those days.

Without an imported peasant population to care for us, we just sat listlessly in our dilapidated, un-painted homes hoping that one day some helpful pliant people would show up and do the jobs that no American will do.

Oh wait. That’s not what happened. All those jobs got done just fine back then -- before we had the army of illegal immigrants that I am told are absolutely essential to our “modern” globalized economy. How was this possible? Who did these thankless menial jobs for reasonable wages? Wait… It’s coming back to me. I know. I did them! My friends did them. Young Americans did them.

After school we worked at restaurants. In the summertime we cut grass. More than once, I was paid actual cash money to clean up construction debris -- at work sites where every worker was an American. And every one of those workers spoke English and supported a family (or a bass boat or a drinking problem) working at a job that few Americans can take today, because you often can no longer make enough money to support a family, or even a proper drinking problem.

My cousins worked the summers on nearby farms, an unthinkable thought today. What farmer would bother teaching or tolerating a fifteen year old American kid who might want Friday off and expects to go home and eat dinner with his family? It now seems a silly thought --when he can instead just drive down to the local illegal labor pool and hire a truckload of instant peons, who expect nothing more than low wages, paid well after dark.

I point out all this for two reasons. One is to illustrate how false the Big Lie of illegal immigration is. The Big Lie being, of course, the claim that illegal immigrants simply take jobs that no American is willing to do. I have lived through an age of modest immigration and I live now through an age of obscene uncontrolled illegal immigration -- and I have yet to see one vital job go undone.

The second reason I bring these points up is to illustrate that the effects of open borders are not simply economic; there are also cultural effects. Among these is the disappearance of entry-level jobs that would normally be offered to American youth. Such jobs have long been part of coming-of-age in America and have served an important role in introducing young people to the culture of employment long before they are graduated from school and enter their adult careers.

At the time, I regarded having to work in high school and college as one of the great crimes against humanity of my age. Like many teenagers, my interests lay elsewhere and my attitude was one of inexplicable entitlement. But looking back on it, these basic jobs were some of the great formative experiences of my life. I have many friends who recall their starter jobs similarly.

It was at these jobs that we learned punctuality, politeness and customer service, and the ability to deal with the occasionally rude or bullying customer. We learned that work really doesn’t do itself and putting it off accomplishes nothing. We learned too, that even “menial” work can be organized and done more efficiently if you think about it just a little. We discovered that promotions and firings were not exactly random events, but bore some relationship to our productivity, and in many cases, attitude. I learned that sometimes you should keep your mouth shut and just think to yourself. (Admittedly, it is a lesson I must occasionally relearn even now.)

But the most important thing we learned was independence. I can remember, very distinctly, at the age of sixteen, spreading out a stack of twenty-dollar bills on my bed and just looking at them. Nobody gave them to me. I earned them. They were owed to me. It was a remarkable feeling. So I just sat and looked at it all, smiling and tired. (I personally think direct deposit has been a disaster for the morale of corporate employees. There is something uplifting about holding a substantial wad of money in one’s happy little fist.)

Today, these entry-level jobs (and the lessons they teach) seem to be rapidly fading away in many parts of the country -- a trend that is spreading geographically every year. In many regions, lawns are cut by crews of immigrants methodically working their way through middle class neighborhoods, while the young walk aimlessly by or shoot baskets in the driveway. Throughout most of the country, restaurant kitchens are the exclusive purview of foreign adults. Even if an American kid were to end up in one, one wonders how much he could understand of the lingua franca of the service sector.

Likewise, few American kids clean, or pick, or plant anything anymore. Such jobs are seldom sought by or offered to anyone other than those assembled in illicit day labor queues.

America is rapidly becoming home to a new ethnic caste system. Certain jobs are now deemed below the members of the middle class at any point in their lives. An entire generation of middle class Americans is being raised with foreign nannies wiping their backsides, foreign landscapers mowing their lawns and raking their leaves, foreign cooks flipping their burgers, foreign hands harvesting their crops and digging their ditches.

In the midst of the battle over the economic and legal implications of Washington’s current abandonment of our borders (and its active sabotage of our immigration enforcement system), very few have thought to ask, “what are the cultural consequences of this new system of servants for the common man?”

There is a corrupting effect to having servants, and to never knowing either tiresome labor or the feeling of worth an adolescent gains from being paid to do necessary work.

Once before in American history we have had to ask such questions. Do we really want -- again -- to become a nation dependent upon abundant and cheap manual labor to maintain our standard of living and economy?

Cheap human labor is seldom really cheap. You can pay for it upfront, or you can pay for it a generation later. But you will pay for it. You will pay for it in the resentment of the children of the servants, who do not wish to follow their parent’s subservient path. And you will pay for it in the corruption of the children of the served.

A society of equals must serve itself. And a society that cannot serve itself must cultivate inequality.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Our Backs Against The Border - Arizona is America

Our Backs Against The Border - Arizona is America
By Erin Anderson

Posted August 24, 2005

With 3,000 illegal aliens crossing our valley every night, Cochise County, Arizona, is a community under siege. Many residents here—ranchers and farmers whose property hugs the Mexican border—alert the Border Patrol multiple times each day to groups sneaking across our lands into the United States. Most of us have been ambushed by illegals at one time or another. Traveling outdoors, we are often forced to carry a cell phone, a two-way radio, and a weapon for our own protection—in many places just to get from the kitchen to the barn door.

Home invasions, robberies, petty crime are frequent. After a mother and daughter were attacked en route to school one morning, sheriff's deputies began following some school buses as they made their rounds. But far more often, we are left to fend for ourselves. The chronically understaffed Border Patrol simply cannot respond to all the calls they receive, a fact not lost on the coyotes and smugglers, who break the law with impunity. Locals have resorted to their own version of 911 to cope. Every ranch and farmhouse has a two-way radio that links it to all others, an essential tool that has saved more than one life.

In our community, where thousands of illegals from every country in the world trespass across our land daily, the degradation has become an environmental disaster. Mountains of garbage litter the "lay-over sites"—places where the illegals wait for their next pick up. These sites are akin to open-air latrines, strewn amid the used toiletries, backpacks, travel documents (written in Spanish, Arabic and other languages), and discarded clothes are syringes, needles and empty pill bottles—alarming evidence that many of the illegal aliens coming through may be sick with communicable diseases or on narcotics.

Ranchers and park rangers must clean up these sites regularly to prevent livestock and wildlife from eating the refuse. Despite their best efforts it is all too common to see young calves or deer dead,
plastic bags still hanging from their mouths. Eating the plastic causes the animal to die an agonizing death due to impaction. One rancher lost his prize breeding bull this way. Cost: $3,000.

Illegals vandalize our equipment and pollute our water supply. Ranchers, hoping to prevent drainage of their water tanks, installed water spigots on the tanks marked "aqua aqui." Even so, spigots are frequently broken off—draining the tanks—or water pipes are cut to access the water. It can take days for a rancher or farmer to find a break and repair it. Water toughs are fouled with soap, toothpaste, and other unmentionables. Summer monsoon rains mix with the mountains of human feces, which drain into the arroyos and then into the underground water supply.

Fences are cut every night by illegal aliens and repaired every day by ranchers in an effort to maintain control of their herds. A rancher can repair the same fence in the same place three or four times in the same day. With gates left open livestock wonder onto roads into vehicle traffic and are killed. Or they wonder through the cut fences into Mexico. Cattle rustling is not uncommon. Each head is $1,000. Cattle that drift in from Mexico bring with them diseases that can infect a herd. Illegals can also bring in diseases….on the soles of their shoes. National security becomes a health issue.

Foot and vehicle traffic that come with illegal aliens so compact the ground that nothing can grow. Where there is grass, the coyotes will set decoy fires to draw attention away from their loads. Or the illegals, abandoned in the desert and eager to be found, will start grass fires to signal help. Ranchers do not so much raise cattle as they grow grass. Yet, under this relentless onslaught, our lands are
dying—and so is our way of life. I cannot live on my land because Border Patrol cannot guarantee my safety or their own. Last year, an off-duty Border Patrol agent responsible for patrolling our section of the border was murdered by Mexican drug smugglers who had just been released from the Cochise County jail the week before: they bashed his head in with boulders.

Despite numerous efforts of reaching out to our elected officials and media, nothing happened until the Minuteman Project this April. Suddenly everyone knows about my family's section of the border. The media poured in alongside Minutemen scrutinizing their every move. As a result, the world witnessed the volunteers, armed with only cell phones and binoculars, as they successfully secured the border—if only temporarily.

The Minuteman Project effectively eliminated the myth once and for all that the border could not be secured. It can be but we always knew that. How anyone could actually believe that the US military, the world's most professional, educated, and technologically advanced, could not secure its own borders was beyond me. Currently, it is being required to secure the borders of South Korea, Afghanistan, and Iraq. It only took a few gray haired retirees (the average age of the Minutemen was 55) to set the politicians and media straight.

The Minuteman Project succeeded in recruiting volunteers because illegal immigration had reached critical mass in Middle America. The thousands pouring across the border are showing up in suburbs and small towns hanging out at the Seven Elevens, street corners, fast food restaurants, construction sites, emergency rooms, schools, and day labor sites.

Illegal immigration does not affect the elites or the talking heads in Washington, DC. Its effects begin at the lower levels of our society with the unskilled laborers and works its way up until Middle Class America is now overwhelmed.

A few border counties in a couple of states have been declared states of emergency. Too little too late. These efforts are empty and only serve the political ambitions of the governors involved. In July two Border Patrol agents near Nogales, Arizona were mowed down by gunfire from high-powered weapons. It is rumored that one will be crippled for life and the other confined to a desk job. It will take more than a 'state of emergency' to prevent this from happening again. And it will.

Homeland security does not exist for us on the border, nor is American law the Law of the Land. It we speak out, our lives are threatened. Corruption knows no international boundary. The smuggler and coyote rule here with bribes and threats. If American law is exercised it is used against the American citizen. Currently, Roger Barnett, who has detained over 15,000 illegals on his ranch alone over the years is being sued by MALDEF on behalf of the illegals. One is suing him from Mexico because he cannot enter the US. If he did, he would be arrested on prior charges for drug smuggling.

The border region is becoming less like America and more like Mexico—a no man's land—it is becoming our version of Iraq.