Recently, on Lou Dobbs Nightly News, I was watching Mayor Louis J. Barletta of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, the state where I grew up and where I still have strong roots, state his case for trying to keep illegal aliens from overrunning this small Northeast Pennsylvania city's tax supported services. He has been fighting to keep his city from be overrun and bankrupted by supplying these services (you know the kind we want as taxpayers–police, schools, etc.) from being overcome by the influx of illegal aliens. [Transcript of Lou Dobbs Show, December 26th 2006]
Son of legal immigrants whose hard work and belief in American values brought him and his family success, Mayor Barletta was elected and reelected to his present post. It's one that I presume makes him far less money that he could have earned running his family's businesses.
Barletta reported that a non-profit organization called the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) was putting 25 lawyers on this case to try to keep him from protecting his citizens and from keeping illegal aliens from overrunning his city. He noted, among many examples, that the cost of bilingual education in public schools in Hazleton was $500 in 2000, but had risen to over $1 million in 2005. Illegals were involved in murders and other felonies. This quiet hill town has been changed dramatically in just 5 years.
Imagine what effect this load of services is having around the nation in all the other Hazletons, many cities and towns which don't have Mayor Barletta's guts or foresight.
Time is of course on the side of illegal aliens and their promoters, the ethnic lobbies and the businesses that hire them and the Federal government officials who take the payoff to keep the borders open. Just keep ignoring the problem, crying about those poor innocents who come here to work hard, and pretty soon, like a person started on heroin, the habit of ignoring the law and foisting society's lesser jobs on slave labor is fatally ingrained.
In any given area of the nation, the presence of an overwhelming number of these aliens is just another excuse for growth. Who wants this growth? Why the building industry, the contractors, the people who basically hire these illegals and constantly keep complaining they can't get laborers to work on these projects. Question: At what price? Oh, you mean price is an object? Indeed.
Businesses hiring illegal aliens get away with murder while the individual taxpayers, the legal citizens in any area of the US—not just on our Southern border, for this problem is endemic to the entire nation-—are intimidated by the pressure and the presence of these massive numbers–at least 12 million, but more likely 20 million. And their elected officials cave at all levels.
Now we hear a new "comprehensive immigration reform bill" is coming up with full backing from Senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Ted Kennedy (D-MA), which the new Democratic Congress is dying to enact and send to a fanatical President to sign, enabling millions more to come here or stay here.
My question is: how can the average citizen win against this phalanx of power? I would also wonder where the ACLU, a legal powerhouse, gets its money, its ability to send 25 lawyers against poor little Hazleton. How would the ACLU be acting differently if it were actually funded by drug smugglers and the Mexican government (where these can be distinguished)? What motivates these ACLU lawyers to represent illegal alien interests over those of American citizens?
Hey, it's a job and it can't be outsourced. Yet.
We are selling our patrimony at bargain basement rate. Bush's vision of America is one that has 500 million citizens by 2050, a billion by 2100, a new cultural majority, a level of corruption which puts most of the power, as it is in Mexico and so many Latin countries, in the hands of oligarchs and despots.
But—I write as a Democrat and a longtime supporter of liberal causes—why does the ACLU share it?
Donald A. Collins [email him], is a freelance writer living in Washington DC and a former long time member of the board of FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform. His views are his own.