Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Across the United States, a grassroots backlash against illegal immigration is building

Paul Magnusson:

Hudson (N.H.) police Chief Richard E. Gendron says he has nothing against immigration but warns that "if you want to come to this country, come in the front door." Otherwise, he vows, illegal aliens caught in his town of 25,000 will be charged with criminal trespass.

Gendron's officers have done just that, intercepting three Mexicans and four Brazilians on their way to restaurant and landscaping jobs; during traffic stops, they admitted to being in the U.S. illegally. As Gendron awaits a mid-July court test of his novel legal approach, he's fielding laudatory calls and e-mails, including praise from state legislators.

New Hampshire is part of a fast-spreading grassroots backlash whose message to Washington is simple: Seal the borders from illegal immigration, or we'll take matters into our own hands. The outcry has reached all the way to President George W. Bush, who was warned recently by House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Tex.) to pull back from the Administration's goal of providing guest worker status to undocumented workers in the U.S. Instead, DeLay told reporters after an early June legislative strategy session, "we have to be very clear...about protecting our borders before we start talking about immigration" reform. The White House is now looking to highlight strict enforcement rather than its amnesty plan.

A shift in the rhetoric may not be enough, however. Across the country, local officials are howling over the use of scarce tax dollars to provide health care, education, welfare, and other benefits for illegals. In Danbury, Conn., Mayor Mark Boughton has called for the state police to begin arresting illegal aliens. Immigration foes in Colorado are trying to place a measure on the 2006 ballot similar to Arizona's Proposition 200 in 2004 that cut off some state aid, including welfare benefits, to illegals. In Idaho, Canyon County Commissioner Robert Vasquez proposes to sue local businesses under federal anti-racketeering laws if they hire undocumented workers. And on May 26, Mayor Alan Autry of Fresno, Calif., proposed a two-year moratorium on all immigration, saying: "The jails are overflowing with people we don't even know, and the hospitals are packed with people using the ER as their primary doctor, putting those hospitals near bankruptcy."

Mexican American takes on illegal immigrants

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At 4:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Next up: a "grassroots backlash" against legal immigration, which if unchecked, will still this century turn the US into a majority non-white nation.

But perhaps this will require a more ethnically centered national identity, i.e. a sense of pride in America's demographic heritage as a white, Christian nation, a feeling that this is something worth preserving, and which 'til now has more or less been taken for granted, which it clearly cannot be anymore. But it may be already too late.

We will see.

In any case, one step at a time I guess.

At 7:18 AM, Blogger hoss_tagge said...

Agree that the backlash goes beyond just "illegal" immigration. The key issue here is not whether the current immigration tidal wave is "legal" or "illegal" (although that's not irrelevant), the issue is, like it always has been, THE NUMBERS. 40,000-50,000 immigrants to the U.S. per year can be pretty easily assimilated. But not over 1 million.

Honest debate will also focus on the cultural background and educational levels of immigrants. Easier to assimilate Scandinavians and Germans than it is to assimilate Ethiopians or Nigerians or Bolivians.

The U.S. really needs a time out from all immigration, for several years, to begin an assimiliation process that has gone to pieces.

At 1:35 AM, Anonymous Scott G said...

As a local law enf. officer near Wash DC., i know firsthand that there is no 'victimless' crime with illegal residents. Im a 2nd generation american. My family waited patiently to emigrate legally. In order to make it here, illegals use yur SS# or mine.. it makes a credit nightmare. Often, when they get sick they show up at the hosiptals with no insurance. They can't be turned away, by fed law.

After 9-11, most states tightened rules for obtaining driver licenses. What do illegals do now? They just dont get one or take the training. I find cab drivers, bus drivers, who have never set foot in a US DMV. The screening in some localities is backlogged 6 months for crim background and MV checks. Did you know that if the US can't arrange for deportation of criminal illegals in about 60 days, they are released basck into the US population unless they are prosecuted and convicted here? Countries like Russia, Ukraine, and some african nations won't accept their criminals back. Our homes and our borders need to be protected.

At 9:30 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Our homes and our borders need to be protected.

If only our politicians understood that fact.

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