Your Vice President, Joseph Biden, presided over the swearing in of all the Hispanic members of the 113th Congress on January 3. There were 36 of them—a new record—so it was a joyful occasion. Hispanics, said Mr. Biden, are “the center of this nation’s future,” adding that “now the nation . . . understands the Hispanic community must be courted.”[Biden: Latinos 'the center of this nation's future', By Donovan Slack, POLITICO, January 3, 2013]
Senator Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey), who has devoted his career to filling the country with Hispanics, noted that “on Election Day, a new America, a diverse 21st century America showed us just how the political and demographic landscape has changed.”
But it was Mr. Biden who said it clearest. “The Hispanic community” he noted, will “take this country to a totally new place.” (Emphasis added).
He’s right about that. But we don’t want to go there.
“Hispanics” are of course an artificial construct of American politics—VDARE.com Editor Peter Brimelow called them "a strange anti-nation inside the United States" in Alien Nation. The term includes widely varying groups, not all of whom have much in common or even like each other, although the bulk (some 63%) are Mexican. But here are more of them in America all the time, and what’s in the pipeline is not promising.
No fewer than 53 percent of Hispanic girls get pregnant while they are teenagers—twice the national average. Hispanics are three times more likely than whites and twice as likely as blacks to drop out of high school. If they make it to 12th grade they read and do math, on average, at the level of the average white 8th grader. Hispanics are 19 times more likely than whites to be in criminal youth gangs.
But these are dry statistics. There are better indicators of the “totally new place” Joe Biden is eager to get to.
It was recently reported that the school district in Salinas, California, has decided to name a new elementary school after Tiburcio Vasquez, a 19th century bandit who stabbed his first policeman at age 14, and was eventually hanged for murder. Naming committee member Francisco Estrada says Vasquez was framed by racist whites and that he can be “sort of a hero to us.”
Thanks to Hispanics, we have a new record: the youngest person ever to face the possibility of life in prison. Cristian Fernandez of Florida was 12 when he beat his 2-year-old brother to death. He already had a long record of violence, so prosecutors charged him as an adult in order to put him away for good. The courts are still squabbling over what to do the ironically named Cristian.
Hispanics have novel ideas about government. Ninety-six-percent-Hispanic Maywood, California, had to fire all city employees when it became the first California city ever to lose its insurance. It had an official population of 29,000, but this grew to an estimated 45,000 when it decided to become an official haven for illegal immigrants. City government ran the place into the ground and missed so many payments that the California Joint Powers Insurance Authority stopped its coverage. Maywood fired all its employees, right down to school crossing guards. Neighboring towns took up the slack.
Mexicans take corruption to virtuoso levels. Edward “Eddie” Espinoza, the former mayor of Columbus, New Mexico, went to prison for four years for buying weapons and bullet-proof vests for Mexican drug gangs, and letting a city trustee, Blaz Gutierrez, smuggle them across the border in city vehicles.
In Sunland Park, New Mexico, the feds arrested 12 people, including mayor-elect Daniel Salinas, on voter fraud, extortion, blackmail, and theft of public funds. One way Mr. Salinas won votes was to set up his opponent, Geraldo Hernandez, with hired female entertainment and take covert pictures. Just before the election, a video surfaced of Mr. Hernandez enjoying a lap dance with a topless Mexican stripper. The Salinas faction reportedly used city money to pay the stripper.
A lot of teachers have helped students cheat on tests so schools would look for No Child Left Behind, but ex-school superintendent Lorenzo Garcia of El Paso, Texas, may be the first person to go jail for it. He had an elaborate scheme for shuffling students around different grades and classes so that only the best ones ever took the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills. Miraculous scores meant annual bonuses for him. But now he has to pay $180,000 in restitution and will spend 3-1/2 years in prison.
There are lurid tales of sex and drugs in Latin American prisons, and some of that is now drifting our way. The maximum security Federal Detention Center in downtown Miami now has a regular flow of pretty young Hispanic women in tight clothes. Officially, they are on the books in lawyers’ offices as “legal assistants,” so they have the right to consult with jailed clients, but they offer a different kind of service. “Everyone knows about it,” says a private investigator. “We call them the ‘little hoochie mamas’.”
The push is on to make our Hispanic commonwealth, Puerto Rico, the 51st state. But that may require cultural adjustment: it is virtually impossible to get Puerto Rican businesses to pay sales tax. Doctors and lawyers take fees in cash to avoid taxes.
That is why the just-defeated Governor, Luis Fortuno, had a plan to turn Puerto Ricans into collection agents. He required machines in all businesses, into which customers drop their sales receipts. The machines read the receipt and figures out how much tax the business owes. And how to persuade Puerto Ricans to process their receipts? Each one has a 10-digit lottery number on it for twice-weekly drawings for $1,000 or a car.
Despite their 45 percent illegitimacy rate, Hispanics have an unaccountable reputation for family values. Police in Surprise, Arizona, got a call from an 11-year-old boy saying that his mom, Christina Muniz, had packed her bags and was about to run out on him and his 6-year-old brother. When an officer arrived, she cursed the boys. She said she wanted to dump them, move to California, and become a stripper. When the older boy tried to hug her, she punched him in the stomach.
Another family got off to a rocky start when Joseph Manzanares of Commerce City, Colorado stormed into the Hollywood Video store where the mother of his son worked—they weren’t married, of course—and threatened to kill her. He knocked over video displays and a computer before police got him. He and his baby-momma had had an argument about which gang their 4-year-old would join when he grew up.
There was family trouble in southwest Florida, when 17-year-old Rachel Anne Hachero got angry when her mother refused to co-sign a car loan. When they got home, Miss Hachero pulled out a stolen gun, pistol-whipped mom, and threatened to kill her if she didn’t drive back to the car dealer and sign that loan. Mom managed to contact the police, but later refused to press charges because she didn’t want to ruin her girl’s college prospects. Miss Hachero had already been accepted by several Ivy League colleges.
But some Hispanic families do show remarkable togetherness. Fabien Losoya of Texas took his pregnant common-law wife and his two small stepsons with him to burgle a house. He put the 8-year-old to work as a “lookout,” and sure enough, when police arrived he was shouting, “Dad, the cops are here.”
Erika Santana of New York also stood by her man when she packed her 4-year-old and 5-month-old children—along with a loaded gun—into the getaway car she was driving for Hugo Lantigua.
Hispanics like to eat horse meat, and since there isn’t much on the market, Santiago Cabrera and Luis Cordero of Hieleah, Florida, started collecting it themselves. In 2009, horse fanciers in the Miami area found what was left of 17 of their pets, after they had been amateurishly butchered.
Yes, there will be a colorful times ahead if the Congressional Hispanic Caucus gets its way and the country goes gets yet another amnesty and yet more Hispanics.
The newly-sworn-in chairman of the caucus, Ruben Hinojosa, doesn’t like the fence we are building on the Mexican border. “I will continue to work to make sure that they [Department of Homeland Security] do not receive any more money from Congress for the project,” he says.
Mr. Hinojosa can turn anything into an appeal for amnesty. When an illegal-alien high school senior living in San Antonio committed suicide, Mr. Hinojosa made a speech to Congress claiming that his legal status drove him to his death, and that the DREAM Act would save lives. (It was later reported that the boy left an 11-page suicide note that didn’t mention immigration or the DREAM Act at all.
New Jersey’s Senator Menendez is pretty good at appeals for amnesty, too. The feds recently carted off one of his interns who was both an illegal alien and a registered sex offender. Mr. Menedez had the gall to claim this was exactly why we need amnesty—to bring illegals out of the shadows.
Illinois Congressman Luis ("I have only one loyalty and that's to the immigrant community”) Gutierrez, who for 20 years has made immigration “reform” his top issue, is so convinced that the new Congress is finally going to write an Amnesty bill that he has given up a senior position on the House Financial Services Committee to be a junior member of the Judiciary Committee. That’s where the bill would be written, and Mr. Gutierrez wants to make sure his finger prints are on it.
All this is typical. Hispanics will do whatever it takes to make the country more Hispanic.
But what’s in it for Joe Biden? Or, more importantly, for America patriots?