From: [Name Withheld]
Re: Joe Guzzardi's Column: With Senators Like Melquiades Martinez—The Cuban Half Of Hagel-Martinez—Who Needs Traitors?
Based on a recent personal experience, I am quite sure that his mother, who has lived in the U.S. since the late 1960s, does not have even basic English conversational skills.
Here's how I found out.
A group of Florida activists planned to hold a demonstration protesting S.2611 outside of Martinez's exclusive Baldwin Park residence. (By the way, Florida's other Senator, Bill Nelson, also lives in pricey Baldwin Park.)
We are very angry at Martinez about S.2611. Martinez promised to hold Town Hall meetings so that constituents would have a chance to express themselves but he never did.
Nor did Martinez make appearances on local talk radio where listeners could call in. In fact, he appeared only one show for a brief puffball-interview.
However, an aide in his Washington, D.C. office that Martinez did met with Chief Executive Officers and 7th graders!
To find Martinez's exact address, I went to the Orange County Florida property appraiser's site. I discovered that Martinez owns two homes. One he purchased for his mother.
Wanting to make sure that we scheduled our event at the right place, I called and asked the woman who answered, in English, if she spoke English.
She replied "un poco." Then, realizing that English was a struggle for her, I switched to Spanish to inquire "Es este la residencia del Senator Mel Martinez?"
After she replied, "No" we continued our brief conversation in Spanish.
I later learned from a well-placed source that the woman is Martinez's mother.
Mrs. Martinez is an elderly woman, so it is possible that under difference circumstances she may be more willing to engage people in English. But I got the distinct impression that she was uncomfortable with our language.
When you add in El Sentinel, El Nuevo Dia, Telemundo and Univision, it's no longer necessary to speak English to get by.
Americans, thanks to the likes of Senator Martinez, have become second-class citizens in Florida.
Listen, how many of us do you figure there are out there?
By "us" I mean, how many Americans are out there that want enforcement of borders and our interior as well as sanctions on employers who hire illegal aliens?
Compare that number to the number of Americans who want all those things for illegal aliens.
What's the ratio…about 10-1?
According to Jenny, she knew America was in trouble when she heard President Clinton announce at a Super Bowl that all people who come to the United States from day one are as American as the Americans who have lived here all their lives.
From: Wayne Goodfellow [e-mail him]
Re: Joe Guzzardi's Column: Joe Feels Even Better About Immigration Bill
I agree with Guzzardi that the Bush-Kennedy-McCain amnesty bill S.2611 is dead.
The open border lobby is a powerful force but the one thing it does not have on its side is truth and that ultimately will lead to its demise.
The first battle may be won but the longer war that will shake Western Civilization to its foundations has just started and is therefore far from over.
In this regard, the quote below from a speech by Sir Winston Churchill given at the Lord Mayor's Luncheon, Mansion House, London, November 10, 1942, during the height of World War II, seems appropriate:
"This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning."
Goodfellow is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Ottawa and a senior research scientist at Natural Resources Canada, a department of the federal government.
Read his previous letter here.
From: Vito Danelli [e-mail him]
My nightmare scenario about S.2611:
After the congressional elections are over, President Bush will use his constitutional authority (Article II Section 3 says in part that the President "may, on extraordinary Occasions, convene both Houses, or either of them, and in Case of Disagreement between them, with Respect to the Time of Adjournment, he may adjourn them to such Time as he shall think proper") to hold a special session of Congress for the specific purpose of passing his "Comprehensive Immigration Reform".
President Clinton convened a similar Congressional session after the 1994 mid-term elections to pass the World Trade Organization legislation.
There will be much arm-twisting, patronage payoffs, and all the rest of what goes on in the cloakrooms. After the late night affirmative vote, there will be a press conference declaring this a "victory for the American people."
The President has too much at stake in his immigration legislation. From the early days of his administration, he talked about a "temporary guest worker program". The events of 9/11 put his plan on the back burner. A lame-duck session of a Republican-controlled Congress will be his final chance to pass it.
This will also be a face-saving device for Mr. Bush, too. Just think:a President proposes a major policy initiative in a national televised address, campaigns around the country for it, and couldn't get it passed by his own party's leadership?
In a parliamentary system, there would be a vote of no confidence and calls for a new election.
I hope I'm completely wrong about this, but we have the 1994 Clinton/World Trade Organization precedent to consider.
Danelli is a computer consultant who was a delegate for Pat Buchanan at the 2000 Reform Party convention.
From: Herbert Gamble Davila [e-mail him]
Joe Guzzardi asked:
"How far would you drive this summer to participate in an immigration reform forum chaired by a Congressman you knew would not only give you his ear but might actually do something about your grievances once he returned to Washington?"
We will go to the end of the earth if we have to. You can count on that. Here in California, we are not going to rest until every illegal alien in our country is removed and deported.
We won't stop until every Senator, every House Representative, every state governor and every city mayor who is amnesty happy, North American Union loving, open borders intoxicated and illegal alien crazy is removed from office.
We are not going to rest and we are not going to ignore illegal immigration. We will not allow the illegal aliens to come here, spit in our faces, take advantage of our good will and demand to be citizens while at the same time invading our country for the purposes of colonizing and retaking the southwest.
We have had enough. Since the illegal aliens marched on our streets waving Mexican and Communist flags while calling us "RACIST", my friends, my family and I have vowed to fight this to the end.
We will spread the word to each American citizen until they open their eyes and wake up. We will not relent. We will never give up.
Gamble Davila, a software engineer who earned his degree at California State University at Northridge, is a native Californian. His mother is from Puerto Rico.
From: John Ellis [e-mail him]
First of all, support an immigration control candidate that has some chance of winning and who ideally has won political office in the past.
You are unlikely to get the voting public to elect a single issue immigration control activist for an important office like the US Congress especially if he is running on an obscure 3rd party ticket
Brian Bilbray was a very successful mayor of Chula Vista, CA. which is near the U.S./Mexico border. Bilbray had also been a Congressman.
Bilbray is a smart, efficient fund-raiser and was surrounded by a loyal staff of supporters. Stopping illegal immigration was Bilbray's number one issue but not his only one.
Second, be a loyal, hard-working volunteer. Understand that you are a foot solider, not a general calling the shots.
Be honest with the candidate and the campaign managers - you are volunteering because of his strong position against illegal immigration.
But don't be a single-issue fanatic. Follow instructions, follow the campaign manager's script and try to resist your urges to take over and educate everyone about the immigration crisis. This topic is overwhelming for most people. You're a volunteer, so do good door-to- door work.
Third, present immigration control as part of a broad, positive program.
I found ending illegal immigration an easy sell in San Diego.
And it is going to be a good sell in all parts of America—who likes Al Qaeda terrorists or Central American drug gangs? But, the best way to reach the hearts and minds of voters is to present your candidate - i.e. your Brian Bilbray—as a good, common sense American who is on their side.
If elected, your immigration control candidate will "be on their side" on all issues, including immigration control.
Fourth, manage and contain the conservative primary challenger.
On the "Bilbray for Congress" campaign, we faced many well- financed (mostly using their own money) Conservative/Religious Right challengers in the Republican primary.
These types of candidates are a major hassle for an immigration control activist.
They are not focused on immigration and can easily destroy your choice by painting him as radical.
Treat religious challengers and those in their camp with fairness and respect.
Then after you win the primary meet with the responsible leaders from their church and convince them that they need to support you just as you would have supported them.
Please volunteer. November is right around the corner and the time for winning is now.
I wish you all as much success as we in the Bilbray campaign had.