(Old) News You Can Use, II: The Gifts Illegal Aliens Bear
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June 26, 2007, 12:04 AM
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There was a sensation last summer — at least among us old-timers on this subject — over a man-bites-dog article on illegal aliens in the Los Angeles Times. The astonishing aspect of the article ("6 + 4 = 1 Tenuous Existence," by Sam Quinones, July 28, 2006; recently moved to the Times`s pay archive but freely available, with some annotations and highlightings, here, ) was its depiction — in a human-interest story — of mass illegal immigration`s baleful burdens on American society.

Steve Sailer promptly and enthusiastically quoted the Times article`s juiciest passages here, adding plenty of background material and commentary. I won`t duplicate his effort.

But I will bring back for VDARE readers five paragraphs from the Times article`s secondary story (Read it to see what I mean!) that I`ve been using in talking with audiences of immigration naifs, including Congressional staff people.

"My" part of the Times article (The quoted paragraphs are from about 2/3 of the way to the end.) describes the experience of a woman who came to California illegally from Mexico but then somehow attained legal status later, probably from the 1986 IRCA law.

"[S]ister Alejandra was the first to leave. In Los Angeles, she and her husband were barely able to make ends meet. As in Mexico, `there was little work and it`s poorly paid,` she said.

"Eight years ago, she and her family moved to Kentucky, where a friend said there was more work and were fewer Mexican immigrants bidding down the wages for unskilled jobs.

[snip, omitting one paragraph]

"Today, the Magdalenos in Lexington earn more than they did in Los Angeles, in a city where the cost of living is lower. Kentucky is now their promised land, and they talk about California the way they used to talk about Mexico.

"`What we weren`t able to do in many years in California,` Alejandra said, `we`ve done quickly here.

"`We`re in a state where there`s nothing but Americans. The police control the streets. It`s clean, no gangs. California now resembles Mexico — everyone thinks like in Mexico. California`s broken.`"

I read aloud that final, juicy paragraph with loving deliberateness, sometimes rubbing it in a bit with my listeners: "And you want this coming to Ohio (or Tennessee, or North Dakota, etc.)??"It`s a tool for our side, folks! Please use it.