- A recent letter arrived in my mailbox from a distraught
American over his personal crisis with illegal immigration in Wisconsin.
He wrote, "I am so sick of illegal aliens sucking the life out of
our country. Our taxes go up and up and who benefits? The aliens. Our hospitals
are overrun and our businesses ruined. I work in a factory and we employ
a large number of illegals. How do I know? I ask them. They aren't afraid
of being deported. Once they are here and have a job, they get their friends
and families jobs. A co-worker of mine said that the illegals aren't a
real problem, our country can absorb them. I told her the stories of crime
and pollution at the crossing areas in the southwest, she just said I was
making it up. I just don't know what to do, I just don't. Help us."
Do you remember Teddy Roosevelt and the Rough Riders in the Spanish/American
War? Do you remember Audie Murphy a real life hero from World War II? Do
you remember GI Joe slinging a rifle over his shoulders to protect America?
Do you remember that sailor giving a kiss to that nurse on the streets
of New York at the end of WW II?
That was their time; this is yours. It's time you take action on behalf
of your kids and the future of this country. It might be added that we
don't have much time to stop this invasion. The sooner you act and all
your friends, the sooner we control our borders. Pass this commentary to
all your friends with directions on how to take action.
Team America at www.teamamericapac.org issued ten reasons why America must
enforce its immigration laws. They started with the tenth reason and worked
up to the first. Why? Because the first nine support the most important
reason which you will find out. Mr. Ed Garrison brilliantly wrote them.
10. It's time to raise the American standard of living. The real minimum
wage has been declining for over a decade. Some advocate raising the minimum
wage--but this would raise the price of unskilled labor above its free-market
value. Mass unemployment would result.
Why has the market value of unskilled labor declined? For the same reason
that all prices move: supply and demand. It's hard to change the demand
side of the equation: You can't make anyone "need" an unskilled
worker who doesn't need one already. For years, however, we have been artificially
modifying the supply side by tolerating a massive influx of unskilled workers
across our borders. We can reverse the trend by enforcing immigration laws.
We won't need to raise the minimum wage. It will raise itself. Millions
of Americans will be lifted out of poverty, and millions more from the
lower middle class to prosperity.
9. We can immediately create millions of new jobs. Conservative estimates
place the number of illegal aliens in the U.S. at 10,000,000. Taking into
account minor children and the aged, that's still millions of people who
are flooding our labor force. Remove them, and opportunities will abound
There's a canard that says that illegals "take the jobs Americans
don't want." This is a fallacy! There's no job an American can't or
won't do for a living wage. It is a cruel joke on the American worker to
allow illegals to depress wages for many jobs below poverty level, and
then to mock Americans for being reluctant to participate in the poverty.
8. Breaking the law is crime. Lawbreakers are criminals. Out of deference
to the PC crowd, many like to use the term "undocumented workers"--as
if illegals were merely missing a piece of bureaucratic paperwork. By the
same logic, we can call a car thief an "undocumented driver."
Our immigration laws exist for good reasons: to protect our safety, our
national sovereignty, our standard of living, our health, and our culture.
Those who break them may "want a better life for themselves,"
but then again, so do all who enrich themselves by disregarding the law.
Many people who wish to immigrate honestly are waiting patiently. Granting
privileges like driver's licenses and social security cards to illegals
is a slap in the face to law-abiding citizens and immigrants alike. It's
like opening an express window to give titles and owner's cards to car
thieves, while making legitimate owners stand in line!
7. Open borders threaten our safety. Since the attacks of September 11,
2001, two things have become clear. First, we have enemies, and they are
vicious and without conscience. Second, our enemies obviously believe that
an attack from within is more feasible than an attack from without.
Even before the horrid events of September 11, our immigration laws had
the primary purpose of protecting us. The use of visas and passports allows
our government to monitor, and control who enters our country, and why.
Few illegal aliens are terrorists. But it only takes one! More importantly,
the creeping ideology of open borders--the (usually unspoken) belief that
treating foreigners who enter our country differently than we treat our
own citizens is somehow "discriminatory" or "racist"--is
creating a terrible dilemma: Either we cease to monitor the aliens (and
open ourselves up for even worse attacks), or we create the "equality"
of the police state by casting aside constitutional protections for citizens
and monitoring everyone. The more resolutely we protect our borders against
threats from without, the safer, and freer, we can live within them.
6. We're a nation of 300 million; the Third World population is in the
billions. Do the math.
Our country seems large, but its population is tiny compared to that of
the Third World. China and India alone have seven times our population.
For whatever reasons, our society has succeeded in creating immense wealth
where many others have created only poverty. An American welfare recipient
would still be "rich" by the standards of most of the world.
One can't blame the citizens of countries who produce much less wealth
per capita than we for wanting to reap the benefits our forefathers have
sown for us. But if we open the borders, our island of productivity and
prosperity will soon disappear beneath a flood of Third World squalor.
5. American culture is worth preserving. Culture is more than operas and
Shakespearian plays--it's the sum total of the customs, beliefs, artistic
creations, attitudes, goals, and norms that make a society what it is.
It is passed down, as a treasure, from grandparent to parent to child.
In other words, culture is what gives us our identity.
Some advocate "multiculturalism"--creating a society in which
multiple cultures exist side by side, and believe that "diversity"--having
as many cultures as possible, with none dominant-is desirable.
The majority of the media elite believes that we need more multiculturalism
and diversity; the majority of the population doesn't. Regardless of how
anyone stands on this issue, the fact is that our society is already multicultural
and diverse. Anyone who wishes to enjoy, and celebrate, the many cultures
now coexisting in America need only visit any American city.
By contrast, genuine American culture--the Founding Fathers, the story
of the pioneers and the winning of the West, the Pledge of Allegiance,
Columbus Day, the Bill of Rights--is under constant assault. Some of our
country's detractors vilify all that is traditionally American, while others
would reduce our traditions to one more example of quaint folklore beside
those of other nations.
Russian culture can be found in Russia, Mexican culture in Mexico, multiculturalism
in any major city... but where can one find American culture? Only in a
place where Americans treasure it, and lovingly transmit it from generation
to generation. Immigration laws should ensure that those who seek to live
permanently on American territory be willing to adopt and preserve its
culture. And they are useless unless they are enforced.
4. It's not your father's immigration. Previous generations romanticized
immigration. The images are still with us: Starry-eyed Irish, Italian,
Jewish, and Polish arrivees toting their bags and trunks onto shore at
Ellis Island... The tablet at the base of the Statue of Liberty exhorting
other nations to "Give me your tired, your poor..." The native-born
American learning to love pizza and bagels.
That was then. This is now.
Yes, there are still many people in foreign lands who harbor the "American
dream," and who seek to come here to realize it.
Millions of illegal aliens, however, have attitudes and motives very different
from those of the immigrants in the fading black-and-white photos of yesteryear.
It's not fashionable to speak the truth about this group. But the truth
must be spoken.
What makes this new breed of "immigrants" different? To begin
with, they're not "immigrating" at all--they're sneaking in.
They don't have an "American dream" of building this country;
rather, though still loyal to their home nations, they want to exploit
ours economically. Many even dream of taking over regions of our country,
and displacing us. There's already a word for this goal: Reconquista of
Aztlan. If the members of this group don't intend to return home, yet have
no loyalty to America, what should we call them? Certainly not "immigrants."
A 'colonist' is a better term. Today's colonists, like those of the past,
want to build enclaves on American soil from which they can expand their
own wealth and power, and that of their homeland, while drawing on the
resources that were created by the native population. How can we welcome
legitimate immigrants while keeping out colonists? By knowing who is coming
here, and why, and only admitting those whose presence is in our country's
best interests. In other words, by enforcing immigration laws.
3. It's an issue we can all come together on. Conservatives, traditionally,
aim to preserve the valuable legacy of the past, and to protect freedom
by limiting the power of government. Liberals seek to provide all citizens,
even the most disadvantaged, with the opportunity to realize their full
potential. Both have worthy goals, but often squabble over how to realize
Removing illegal aliens can give us the best of both worlds. We can preserve
our traditional culture. And without resorting to costly and intrusive
government programs, we can give our poor a genuine "hand up":
as the glut of cheap labor dries up, those at the bottom rung of the economic
ladder will suddenly find themselves able to climbhigher without ruinous
People of good will on the left and the right can only smile approvingly
as the free market provides our unskilled and uneducated with a decent
wage, and with a job market that welcomes instead of marginalizes them.
We can "live better than we did four years ago" and have a rebirth
of national pride, as President Reagan wanted for us. And we can have a
"New Deal" for our poor, a society where no American is left
out, which were the ideals of President Roosevelt.
At last, we can come together. That's what patriotism is all about.
2. We either face tough issues now, or tougher ones later. Immigration
issues are complex. We need a national debate--which, judging by the 2004
primary and general Presidential campaigns, isn't happening. Most Americans,
when confronted with the facts, will probably continue to want what they
want now: strict enforcement of our immigration laws.
It won't be easy. We'll have to find workable ways to deport illegal aliens
without creating unnecessary hardships for those who have broken our immigration
laws, and without creating severe dislocations for the unscrupulous employers
who have benefited from their presence. And, of course, we'll have to counter,
with quiet reason, the voices of those who scream "discrimination"
Some cringe at the challenges that await us.
These challenges, however, pale in comparison to those that future generations
will face if we fail to act. Imagine an overcrowded, impoverished America
with shrinking wages and expanding burdens on the social service system.
Imagine an America where millions of Americans have been driven out of
their neighborhoods by throngs of foreign colonists who neither speak our
language nor understand the culture that created American prosperity--but
who deeply resent the poverty that inevitably results from their own unwillingness,
or inabilty, to live as true Americans.
Will Americans be forced to tax away their own shriveling wealth, and to
transfer it to the aliens within our borders, if they wish to appease the
colonists' anger? Will the shrinking American middle class merge with the
alien underclass to form a new "peasant culture" while a tiny
American elite trembles behind the walls of heavily policed gated communities?
Or will full-scale cultural and racial war break out? None of these possibilities
is appealing. Nonetheless, a society is a reflection of the population
that comprises it. If we, as an advanced society with a low birthrate,
continue to import a
Third World population with a high birthrate, we will become a Third World
society, and will face the problems, which other Third World societies
face as well.
Isn't it better to face the issue of illegal immigration now--and to do
something about it?
... and the number one reason is:
1. We owe it to our kids and grandkids. Our children and grandchildren
will marvel at the digitized archives of the TV shows of the 1950s and
1960s. They'll see a prosperous, free, united America-- the envy of the
world, a place anyone would be happy and proud to call home. This, they'll
realize, was the legacy our grandparents and parents left us, the American
citizens of the early 21st century.
How will the America we leave to our children stack up against the America
our parents left to us? What will future generations think of us? Will
we be known as the preservers and expanders of the beautiful legacy, or
as its destroyers? By our actions or inactions, we're deciding which it
will be. Right now.
Garrison gave us the most powerful and compelling reasons I have seen for
each one of us to take actions for preserving our country. It behooves
each of you to use your computer, telephone, radio station, TV station,
letters to the editor of your newspaper and calls to every senator and
congressman every week relentlessly to gain national focus on this immigration
invasion. Democracy is not a spectator sport. This nation is in danger
of becoming a Third World nightmare with all the corruption, disease, illiteracy,
violence and balkanization known all over the world. We need a 10-year
moratorium on all immigration to catch our collective breath and we need
deportation of over 10 million illegal aliens in a slow and orderly fashion.
This is your nation and this is your time to take action.
- ### Frosty Wooldridge is a teacher, author and has bicycled
100,000 miles around the globe to see overpopulation up close and ugly.
Book due in late July: 'IMMIGRATION'S UNARMED INVASION: DEADLY CONSEQUENCES.'
Frosty Wooldridge is a Senior Writing Fellow for CAPS. www.teamamericapac.org
or www.frostywooldridge.com or www.numbersusa.com or www.securedbordersusa.com
- This extraordinary list of 10 reasons for enforcing U.S.
immigration laws published today in Michnews by Frosty Wooldridge. This
list is SO powerful and compelling it needs to be faxed to every member
of Congress until he or she 'gets' it that citizens of the United States
will fight for their country one way or the other, now or later, but they
will fight this invasion by immigration. "TOP TEN REASONS FOR ENFORCING
AMERICA'S IMMIGRATION LAWS" This far exceeds anything David Letterman
has done on his show in 20 years. This has to do with the presevation
of our country. 7/19/04