Every once in a while, one of my VDARE.com articles really strikes a raw nerve with Mr. and Mrs. America—as happened with my June, 2003 report on the Treason Lobby's penchant for gun-control as well as open borders. [06/28/03 - The Treason Lobby Wants To Grab Your Guns. Wonder Why?] The gun-grabbing story still stands as my all-time e-mail generator.
But judging from the ol' mailbag, my December 20, 2004 story It's STILL The Immigration Benefit Fraud, Stupid! – a report on the unresolved problem of the wide-open door of immigration benefit fraud at the Department of Homeland Security's Citizenship and Immigration Services [CIS] division, a follow-up to my March 20 2002 IT'S THE FRAUD, STUPID!—is going to rank right up there in volume, if not intensity, with the JTF story.
Here's a sampling from my e-mail bag:
From a VDARE.com reader:
"Just read your article of 12/20/04. It should be read by all members of Congress."
[Dear reader: Please forward!]
From a VDARE.com whistleblower:
"CIS may actually uncover and deny a benefit due to fraud, everything ends there. Under current 'priorities,' special agents no longer arrest or process those aliens who committed the fraud. Many offices no longer even have a fraud unit to track down, arrest and deport the perpetrators, unless it's a large scale Middle Eastern ring.
"I doubt that many people understand that benefit fraud is everything from people fraudulently using a birth certificate, Filipinos who marry a USC [United States citizen], divorce, then marry their real wives to immigrate them, marriage fraud, voter fraud, etc."
(Which proves the point just made by my VDARE.com colleague Joe Guzzardi in his article Time To End The Marriage Visa Racket.)
From Ground Zero in Occupied America:
12/21/04 – "IF THIS [Bush Amnesty] GOES THROUGH, YOU ARE GOING TO SEE ANOTHER AMERICAN/MEXICAN WAR. PEOPLE ARE FED UP. I LIVE IN ARIZONA AND WE ARE SO FED UP HERE, SO PROP 200 PASSED! IT EVEN PASSED BY MEXICANS [naturalized citizens and their descendants] THAT ARE LEGALLY HERE. ILLEGALS DEPRESS OUR WAGES AND ARE TAKING ALL JOBS….
I WISH ALL THE ILLEGALS WOULD GO AND VISIT BUSH ON HIS RANCH IN TEXAS. THEN MAYBE HE WOULD UNDERSTAND..."
And this is the killer—also from Ground Zero, an eye-witness account of what can happen if you don't live on a ranch:
"I can't believe there is a website for this issue! I am one fed up American citizen! My husband and I purchased a house and found out that the innocent looking homeless man living in someone's yard next to us was an illegal alien that sold drugs. There was so much traffic on our little cul-de-sac we couldn't get in or out some days. He and his 'customers' would urinate/defecate right in the middle of the yard with no fence right in front of the neighborhood residents, including children.
"It took me two years to get this man out of here and to stop the nonsense. But none cared that he was an illegal alien.
"I searched and tried every venue I could think of. Finally, I called and reported the owner of the property to the city, claiming she had an illegal dwelling on her property. He lived in a little trailer that attached to the rear end of an unregistered car which I'm sure was also uninsured – WHICH he drove drunk in nearly every single day.
"The city told the owner to have this man leave the property several times but she did not like being told what to do. I spoke with her several times and told her he was a drug dealer and she wouldn't believe me for anything even though he had a criminal record for it. He had 15 goats that lived on this property as well. It smelled to high heaven around here – not to mention the flies!
"I was afraid to let my children play outside and they were afraid of this man and the people that came to buy drugs from him. We pay a lot for our mortgage and we pay taxes and we were afraid to be in our own yard!!!!
"He is finally gone but now there are two other neighbors that moved in that are illegal that sell drugs and trash up the street. They have old beat up non-registered cars they park wherever they feel like. They block our mailbox and trashcans and many days we don't receive our own mail and many times the trash truck cannot reach our cans to empty them.
"They each have built little 'shacks' in their backyards for all the people that don't fit inside the house. This brings down our property values and these people don't care about keeping our street safe or clean. There are beer cans/bottles all over and trash everywhere. They drive drunk and in unregistered and uninsured vehicles.
"I'm so sick of it!
"I love my house and all I can think of is how much I want to move away from all of this! This is my country and my neighborhood and I don't even want to be here!
"I looked today for a way to turn them in but of course all I found were resources for the illegal aliens to help themselves! Gee thanks!"
Welcome to America in 2005—as told through heartbreaking e-messages-in-a-bottle that you won't find in the Establishment Media.