Is the federal government preparing the ground for another illegal alien amnesty by cultivating Spanish-speaking illegal aliens?
Secretario Ridge and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are taking great pains to make sure that Spanish-speakers in the United States are safe from terrorist attack—especially illegal aliens, Green Card holders and naturalized senior citizens.
(Don't confuse it with the plastic injection-molding company at Listo.com!)
Who exactly is the Secretario trying to reach with Listo.gov?
That's increasingly possible, but still rare.
And most naturalized American citizens should have no use for the site either. They are supposed to have demonstrated English fluency as a condition for their naturalization. (The sole exceptions to this English language requirement are for long-time "Lawful Permanent Resident" (LPR) aliens over age 50. [PDF — page 26])
The only other Spanish-speakers who might need Listo.gov: other lawful resident aliens—and of course, their very unlawful alien counterparts, who might someday get a Green Card too.
Spanish-speaking illegal aliens and Lawful Permanent Residents are not a legal voting constituency in the United States. So why Listo.gov?
It can't be because this group really needs to be told something in Spanish. Otherwise, why was Listo.gov first posted over two years after September 11, 2001?
My guess: given the recent and past amnesty musings by the Secretario, Listo.gov is a sign that the Bush Administration is stepping up its campaign to cultivate what it expects will be a new crop of future voters.
Today's Listo.gov readers could be tomorrow's amnesty-created Lawful Permanent Residents and, ultimately, U.S. citizens.