The ugly incident last week at Lodi's Lawrence Elementary School provides a telling insight into how things are in the wacky world of U.S. immigration.
About 40 Mexican parents demonstrated in front of the school, demanding (in Spanish) more bilingual aides and a Spanish-speaking school counselor.
The irate group followed up by submitting a petition (in Spanish) to L.U.S.D. Superintendent Bill Huyett claiming that the Lawrence staff violates the children's civil rights by telling them to speak English.
The petition concluded with this mind-numbing sentence:
"Finally, we demand that this district board assure that the administrators at Lawrence School consist of people who respond positively with the needs of Hispanic children and parents. We want an administration that respects our culture and language."
Let's get real. To begin with, the 325 Hispanic students, about half the total enrollment, get a free education with plenty of bilingual services. The Lawrence School principal, teachers and support staff are second to none in terms of their dedication to education.
To those parents who find the school lacking, may I suggest a private school? Or perhaps the school system in Mexico might be more to your liking?
If you are in the country illegally but partaking of taxpayer funded programs, then gratitude—not hostility—is the appropriate sentiment.
The truth is that many of these parents should, under the laws of the U. S., be deported.
Instead they are lobbying for more, more and more.
The law is very clear: according to the U.S. Code, Title 8, illegal aliens may be "physically expelled" at any time. To use the code's actual wording, such persons are subject to immediate "removal."
Some people find Title 8 excessively harsh. Among them are President George W. Bush and his minions. And because no one in municipal, state or federal government is interested in enforcing our existing laws, we have an increasingly bold, daring and demanding illegal alien population.
Immigration to the U.S. is a much graver problem today than it was prior to 9/11. If you haven't been paying attention to what is going on around you, then I suggest you start immediately.
KSFO radio talk show host Michael Savage coined a wonderful phrase to describe what America's rallying cry should be: Borders, Language, Culture.
At the moment, we're losing all three battles. A new report by Doctor Steven Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies (www.cis.org), "Immigration in 2002, A Snapshot," and based on statistics from the U.S. Census Population Survey, March 2002, revealed these alarming statistics about California:
If the U.S. government's goal is to add to an already substantial underclass, then we should continue on our current path—keep the borders open and give illegal aliens every possible loophole to stay in the U.S. once they reach American soil.
Speaking in Mexico City to reporters from Reforma and El Universal, the new U.S. Ambassador to Mexico, Tony Garza, announced that a "top priority" of the Bush administration is to grant "legalization" to Mexicans illegally in the U.S.
At Garza's nomination hearing, Senator Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) told the new Ambassador that the U.S. must "do a better job" of welcoming illegal aliens. What could Dodd have in mind: serving them breakfast in bed? [VDARE.COM note: Registration is required for this DallasNews link, but it may be worth it to see Senator Dodd say "we have been a tremendous beneficiary" of illegal immigration.
The Washington Times has confirmed (November 23) that the Bush administration is hot for amnesty. Bush persists with his outrageous plans despite a recent Zogby poll that found 77 percent of Americans surveyed believe the government is not doing enough to control the border and 56 percent thought efforts by Mr. Bush and Mr. Fox to consider amnesty for illegal aliens was a "bad or very bad idea."
But when Bush is in your corner, why shouldn't Mexico press forward? In Mexico's eyes, Americans are patsies.
Try to digest the audacity of Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castaneda who said that he had issued instructions to Mexican consulate offices in the U.S (63 offices according to the Department of Justice, not 47 as commonly quoted) to mobilize unions, churches, universities and Latino communities to demand amnesty.
Said Castaneda, "We are already giving instructions to our consulates that they begin propagating militant activities."
As revolting as I find Bush, in an odd way I hope he keeps it up. Every time he mentions amnesty—or regularization, earned legalization or whatever the euphemism of the day is—Americans become more firmly entrenched in their opposition. Naked defiance of the people's will is not conducive to re-election.
We've just had the last election wherein candidates will be able to dodge immigration. The issue has become so prominent that come 2004, the people will demand an open, candid discussion.
And the candidates better have answers.
Joe Guzzardi [email him], an instructor in English at the Lodi Adult School, has been writing a weekly column since 1988. It currently appears in the Lodi News-Sentinel.