August 22, 2001
Perhaps one good result of President George W. Bush's toying with
the unpopular notion of granting amnesty to millions of illegal aliens
is that Americans are starting to have a frank debate about the
constitutional, cultural, social, language, moral, and economic
When people all over the world are standing in line to come to
America legally, how can we, in justice, put the illegals at the head
of the line, in front of all those who respected our laws?
If we grant amnesty to 3 million illegal aliens, doesn't that
really mean 15 times that number because of the much-abused section of
our law that allows a naturalized American to bring in all family
members? Every "regularized" illegal will have at least 15 relatives.
What about the surprising increase in the number of illegal aliens
after we were told that the 1986 amnesty of 3 million illegals would
cure the problem? After the 2000 census, the U.S. Census Bureau
originally said we have 6 million illegal aliens, then revised the
number to 9 million, while other researchers estimate 11 million -- a
population equal to 17 congressional districts.
Isn't California's energy crisis really due to the large increase
in its illegal population during a decade when no new power plants were
built? California now has about four million illegal aliens, so it's
no wonder that existing sources of power are not adequate.
What about abolishing foreign-language ballots as part of the
reforms suggested for our election laws? You are not supposed to vote
unless you are a citizen, and you can't become a naturalized citizen
unless you speak and write simple English words in ordinary usage.
What about the diseases now being brought in by aliens? We should
have a public discussion about the health danger and the cost of the
outbreaks of tuberculosis, West Nile virus, and other diseases brought
in by aliens.
Why did Congress increase the number of H-1B visas to 200,000 per
year, just as the high-tech industry was laying off thousands of
workers? Employers wants aliens with H-1B visas not only because they
can pay them less than U.S. technicians, but especially because the H-1B visas lock them into sticking with the sponsoring employer and
prevent them from job-hopping for better pay as Americans do.
Is tolerance of illegals just a ploy of agricultural corporations
and wealthy households that want to perpetuate a servant class of low-
wage, non-English-speaking immigrants unable to climb up the economic
ladder? And of Democrats who want to keep them dependent on government
benefits promised by the politicians?
When is the United States going to reject and repudiate the March
20, 1998 Mexican law that purports to reinstate Mexican nationality for
Mexican-Americans who have become naturalized U.S. citizens? Mexico
has issued tens of thousands of documents to Mexicans who had become
In order to be naturalized as a U.S. citizen, each applicant must
swear to "absolutely and entirely renounce all allegiance" to any
foreign state. But Mexico is openly telling Mexicans, in effect, to
cross their fingers behind their backs when they take that oath.
Illinois was shocked this month when Governor George Ryan
announced he wouldn't run for a second term. Former Governor Jim
Thompson explained the reason why in seven words: "the secretary of
state driver's license business."
Chicago newspapers were explicit in explaining what that meant.
Six children of Scott and Janet Willis were incinerated in a flash when
their minivan exploded as it ran over a metal tail-light assembly that
fell from a truck driven by Riccardo Guzman.
Guzman was an unqualified truck driver who had paid a bribe to get
a license from the Illinois Secretary of State's office when George
Ryan held that office. Because Guzman couldn't speak English, he
didn't understand the other truckers on the highway who warned him
about his dangling tail-light assembly.
Just this month, a Mexican truck driver, Fernando Guzman Ruiz,
spilled his chemical load on a Chicago expressway, sending 17 policemen
and firefighters to the hospital and requiring 1,500 residents to be
evacuated. After arriving in the U.S. illegally, he paid bribes to get
a birth certificate, Social Security card, and commercial driver's
Can we assimilate such large numbers of people who have no
experience with the Rule of Law? When Americans have a difference of
opinion about what the law requires, we ultimately settle it in a court
of law, but in Mexico, bribery is the customary way of doing business,
doing politics, and getting along day to day.
Bribes are the only "Rule of Law" some illegals know. They may
consider themselves legal because they paid off the "coyote" who guided
passage across the border and the crooks who provided fake I.D., Social
Security numbers and driver's licenses.
How much of the push for amnesty is being driven by the Republican
National Committee's foolish hope that it will win the Hispanic vote?
Yes, we welcome immigrants -- but only if they want to become
Americans, respect the Rule of Law, and learn to speak our language.