In 2004, I wrote about a Christmas trip to New York where, at my favorite Italian restaurant Patsy's, I was served by a Polish waitress. She was a nice kid but almost certainly in the U.S. illegally. According to her, she came to the U.S. on a tourist visa to join her husband. That was quicker, she explained, than applying for a legal K-3 visa.
To say that the incident ruined my evening would be too strong. But I couldn't really shake it. And I couldn't help but wonder: are there no Italians in New York who would like to rake in the mega tips from the expense account crowd at Patsy's?
Sadly, I scratched Patsy's from my list of restaurants that I will patronize on future trips.
Now a similar off-putting incident has occurred. A remake of 3:10 to Yuma was released last week, starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale. The original, a wonderful yarn about a murdering outlaw taken to the train where he will be transported to trial, featuring the underrated stars Glenn Ford, Van Heflin and Felicia Farr is one of my favorites (although not quite good enough to make my top ten list of best westerns—read my list here).
If I was free of immigration concerns—but who is these days?—I would have been first in line to buy a ticket.
Instead, I thought: "Yuma, Yuma…isn't that the Arizona city where President George W. Bush went in April to deliver his pack of lies in support of what he loves to call 'comprehensive immigration reform'?"
And, my busy mind continued: "Isn't Yuma in the gerrymandered 7th congressional district represented by reconquista/ MEChista Raúl Grijalva?"
The sad answers, of course, are "Yes" and "Yes."
Excerpts: (read the entire speech here)
Congressman Grijalva, a Democrat, didn't attend Bush's insulting speech. And he wasn't one of the 14 people Bush thanked during his canned comments. But I'm sure Bush admires Grijalva's passion for open borders.
This is what Washington D.C. touts as bipartisan—a Republican and a Democrat who share the mutual goal of abolishing America through immigration.
Grijalva, no surprise, reaffirmed his MEChista perspective as recently as August when he endorsed the piecemeal approach to amnesty now being pushed by the White House after the defeat of the "comprehensive" approach this summer.
At an "immigration round table," Grijalva tediously spoke out in favor of the much denounced Dream Act, a guest worker plan and a fast path to citizenship for illegal aliens. [Grijalva Says Immigration Reform Not Dead, By Cesar Neyoy, Yuma Sun, August 24, 2007]
Like Grijalva, Bush— despite his devastating "Comprehensive Immigration Reform" defeat late this spring, a real grass-roots vote of no-confidence—refuses to give up.
On August 10, Bush announced that his Cabinet, with special input from his two right hand bag men on immigration Commerce Secretary Carlos Gutierrez and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, have developed a "fact sheet" to "improve border security and immigration within existing law."
The twenty-six point "fact sheet" makes fascinating reading—most especially for its use, thirty-six times, of the verb "will" and for its amazingly vague language.
Bush makes so many promises—but, at this point in his Presidency, has so little time!
Aside to the President: how about issuing a "fact sheet" when you can outline your accomplishments in the past tense?
For example point number 11: "In The Coming Months, The Administration Will Publish A Regulation That Will Reduce The Number Of Documents That Employers Must Accept To Confirm The Identity And Work Eligibility Of Their Employees."
Change that to: "Yesterday, the administration published a regulation…." and your poll numbers might go up.
The "fact sheet" provisions are truly scary. Each of you will have the ones that offend you the most but let me direct you to mine.
Under the subsection titled "Assimilation" are the last two points.
Odd, although I have been an ESL instructor for twenty years, I haven't received the notification. Perhaps I'm out of the loop for key memos from school administrators—but I doubt it since I'm the senior staff instructor.
What is possible is to establish basic computer skills and slowly merge into low-level English language programs. But as for learning civics and American history online—forget it.
In August, I wrote that Bush is America's worst president ever. Few readers challenged me.
Because of his stubborn, non-stop efforts to end American sovereignty, Bush is also the most frightening president ever.
Bush's quest to abolish America ends when the 44th president is sworn in…and not a day before.
Put Bush on the "3:10 to Yuma" to face a jury for his crimes against America.
Joe Guzzardi [e-mail him] is the Editor of VDARE.COM Letters to the Editor. In addition, he is an English teacher at the Lodi Adult School and has been writing a weekly newspaper column since 1988. This column is exclusive to VDARE.COM.