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.