In Memory Of My Grandson: Reflections On Reclaiming Florida
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Mitt Romney, New Gingrich and Rick Santorum are now campaigning in my home state of Florida, where the GOP presidential primary will be held January 31. As usual, the Main Stream Media is fixating on the much-hyped Hispanic vote—for example, Newt Gingrich Looks For Latino Support In Bid For Florida Success, by Matthew Jaffe, ABC News, Jan. 28, 2012. It’s all too possible that one of the candidates will offer Florida’s first-term Senator Marco Rubio the Vice Presidential slot in return for his endorsement.

But Florida Hispanics are only 22% of the state’s population—and, testimony to the sheer size of Florida’s ongoing immigration disaster, a remarkable half of them are foreign-born, so many cannot be voting citizens. Over three-quarters of us Floridians are not Hispanics.

My modest proposal for any candidate actually interested in winning Florida Anglo support: speak out in favor of proposed Florida legislation (State Representative Gayle Harrell’s HB1315 and State Senator Thad Altman’s SB1638) mandating the use of E-Verify by Florida employers.

These identical bills, written with the advice of the Immigration Law Reform Institute’s Kris Kobach, architect of Arizona’s famous SB1070, were introduced January 6th. Hearings on them could be held any day.

The downside: supporting Florida’s state E-Verify Law will certainly outrage the usual selfish business interests—what has called the “Slave Power”—and also the leaders of the Hispanic Caucus, Cubans from Miami who have become the tail wagging the dog in Florida politics, bullying upstate Republicans by threatening to withhold “Hispanic votes” unless their demands are met.

The Miami-based group Citizens Of Dade United (of which I am vice president) has backed Florida state immigration enforcement bills for many years. But the Hispanic Caucus legislators have blocked them all.

Central to this unAmerican activity: Marco Rubio. In 2008, when he was Florida House Speaker, Rubio told his appointed Rules Chairman Rep. David Rivera and six Chairmen with bills in their committees to stall all six until the session ended.

All Chairmen followed Rubio’s orders. The session ended, killing the six House Bills, also killing 4 Senate Bills.

After the session ended, I recorded Rubio being asked on talk radio why he killed the 6 bills. Rubio said “the bills were not that important and we had other bills more important to pass”!

Watch State Rep Rivera (now another “Hispanic Republican” Congressman in Washington) defend illegals on the grounds that they pay (some ) taxes:


E-Verify bills were also killed in 2009 and 2010 by the Hispanic Caucus in alliance with the Open Borders Amnesty promoters.

Of course, Anglo Republicans are by no means free of blame. Thus in 2010, State Senate President Jeff Atwater (R.- Broward County, Fla.) appointed a Democrat Chairman and Democrat Vice Chair to hear the E-verify bill passed 112-0 by State Rep. Sandra Adams (now a U.S. Representative, FL-24) in committee. No Republican Senate President ever appoints a Democrat to be the Chairman of any Committee. This was a deliberate plot by Atwater to kill the bill. The Chairman stalled the bill without hearing it, and the session ended, killing the bill exactly as Marco Rubio had done the year before.

Similarly, in 2011, plantocrat State Senator JD Alexander (R-Lake Wales) played a key role in sabotaging the legislation.

And Governor Rick Scott, who campaigned against illegal immigration and who issued an executive order directing E-Verify use by state agencies, did very little in the end.

State House Judiciary Chairman William Snyder (R.–Stuart) and Rep. Gayle Harrell had put up a strong E-verify Bill. But the Hispanic Caucus blocked the bill again, using a method new to U.S. but pioneered by Nicaragua’s leftist Sandinista regime: the turbamob intimidation.

Hundreds of radical protesters—bused in by Florida Immigration, Inc, and We Are Florida!(sic)  projects financed in part by George Soros—screamed and marched in a circle with signs in the Tallahassee, Fla. State Capitol Rotunda, protesting against our E-verify bills.

They overran offices with noise, disturbances, protest signs, calling on legislators to block the E-verify bill. Our lobbyists trying to speak to legislative aides had to retreat to a rear office because protesters were listening to their private conversations.

The protesters terrified legislators. But they were permitted to scream and chant in the Capitol Rotunda without any action by the Capitol Police. If this same action occurred by non-Hispanic protesters, they would have been arrested!

One college student testified: “I am an illegal alien and proud of it!” He was learning to be…an immigration attorney!

Needless to say, ICE arrested none of these self-proclaimed illegals, although doing so would have sent a powerful message.

And, of course, other opponents spoke against the bill: the Florida Chamber of Commerce, ACLU, Florida Building Contractors, Associated Industries of Fla., Hotel & Restaurant Association, Florida Chamber of Hispanic Affairs…etc

Anitere Flores, Senate Judiciary Chairwoman, began each hearing on the bill by proclaiming that she was vehemently against any Arizona SB1070-type Immigration bill because it was “racist” and “anti-Hispanic”. Then she suppressed the bill through the usual unscrupulous parliamentary maneuvers.

Let me finish on a personal note. I am 86 years old. I have lived in Miami since 1936, apart from some years in the U.S. Marine Corps fighting the Japanese in the Pacific. Citizens of Dade United began in opposition to the arrival of 125,000 Mariel Cuban refugees, many of them straight from Castro’s jails, in 1980. I believe this influx destroyed Miami. It is not a coincidence that Miami was recently listed as the worst-run city in the nation by The Best and Worst Run Cities in America, January 5, 2012.

Miami was a paradise; it is now hell. My own grandson became so depressed while trying to get a job in Miami, because everywhere he went the invaders demanded that he must speak their Spanish language in the country he was born in, that he went into a state of deep depression, only coming out of his room at my house for meals.

A year ago, he stole my gun and shot himself in the head.

This article is dedicated to him.


Enos Schera (email him) is vice-president of Citizens of Dade United

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