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Citizen Reformers Control Immigration Debate
Immigration touches everything in this country...
[Patrick Mallon]

"Truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it and ignorance may deride it, but, in the end, there it is."
Winston Churchill

Preemptive concurrence that illegal immigration requires a "state of emergency," along the Arizona, New Mexico, and California borders with Mexico has come and gone, waiting to reignite with the next calamity.

Admitting that the wild-wild west condition along the nation's southern frontier is more flammable than formerly reported comes with caution. Based on history, one must be vigilant about recent comments and actions by Governor's Napolitano and Richardson, and California Assembly Speaker Fabian Nunez.

Nunez is all over the map, having since jetted off to Los Pinos, home of Mexico's Vicente Fox, to assure Fox that the state of emergency was merely a state of mind. The problem says Nunez, is that the U.S. "has no confidence (in Mexico) and doesn't treat it like a modern democracy."

Patrick Mallon - Columnist

Patrick Mallon is a freelance journalist and author of California Dictatorship: How Liberal Extremism Destroyed Gray Davis [read an excerpt]. His website is at and he can be contacted at [go to Mallon index]

California Dictatorship:
How Liberal Extremism Destroyed Gray Davis

by Patrick Mallon

The inside story of the people´s revolt against an unresponsive and unpopular chief executive.
[Order it at Amazon.] Read an excerpt

All three are uncompromising Democrats who see an opportunity with the citizens. They shouldn't waste energy trying to embarrass George Bush. The president has that covered with his dim-witted guest worker program, and the sneering attitude that hasn't changed since the days when he said as Texas governor: "Hell, if they'll cross Big Bend, we want 'em."

This brings us to the citizen reformers, an increasingly well-organized and on-message political force that is tired of having the facts and the truth thrown back in their faces by open-borders provocateurs and "activists" who make a living exploiting lawlessness, legal loopholes, and American generosity.

The challenge is multiplied by a shadow industry of insatiably greedy business and trade associations who deliver millions to corruptible politicians using well-connected lobbyists at all levels of government.

The citizens understand this connection, and the pretenders are angry.

Outside of wars and the infamous attacks of 9/11, no issue is more important than illegal immigration. This single subject affects all of planet earth because by default, everyone; that's American citizens, legal aliens, and the estimated 15-20 million illegal aliens, all want to be here. Millions more are on the way as our politicians continue to enthrall them with a buffet of taxpayer-funded freebies that resemble a carte du jour at a five-star resort.

To conclude that immigration affects everything in America is an understatement. Legal workers are required to report, file, and pay state and federal income taxes. Illegal workers are not.

To blame Mexico is to miss the bigger picture. While it is true that the 4,000-a-day/3 million-a-year tally of unauthorized entrants (Time Magazine, September 20, 2004) come across the southern border, thousands more come from China, Central American, and from numerous terrorist-sponsoring nations who are hostile to the United States.

To those who don't believe immediate reform is required to protect our future, consider that in the Texas border town of Nuevo Laredo, merely reporting the facts about the drug wars, the broken border, and the killing has been explicitly halted by the press.

According to Susana Hayward of Knight Ridder's Washington Bureau (08/09/05):

"A drug war is ripping apart northern Mexico, but you won't find many details about who's behind it in the local newspapers. Journalists - after their colleagues have been killed, kidnapped and threatened with death - have stopped investigating organized crime.

"It's the new trend of drug gangs: Journalists are warned, paid off or killed," said Daniel Rosas, the managing editor of the daily El Manana, the oldest newspaper in this border city south of Laredo, Texas. "Drug battles have become bloodier, and gangs have no code of ethics. They don't respect human life; why should they respect reporters?

Back in January when President Vicente Fox's Foreign Relations Department distributed 1.5 million copies of the pocket-size comic book titled "Guide for the Mexican Immigrant," his government essentially threw in the towel.

So where is the truth on illegal immigration? If it doesn't come from presidents and governors and assemblyman and mayors, maybe the fact is, that it comes from people, average citizens from both the United States and Mexico.

In the U.S., it may come from Minuteman founder Jim Gilchrist and a majority of Americans who want the border closed and immigration controlled and legal.

In Mexico, it comes from Braulio Munoz, a man who may represent half of Mexico's frustrated population of 140 million. An Associated Press column by Olga R, Rodriguez in January, 2005, reported:

"Braulio Munoz, an artisan from western Jalisco state, has tried twice in the past 13 days to cross the U.S. border illegally with his 18-year-old son. He said he hadn't seen the guide but doubted anything would discourage them from attempting a third swim across the Rio Grande.

"In Jalisco there isn't any work," said Munoz, 42. "God willing, we'll make it to the United States - even if they kick us out 15 times."

Widespread panic among immigration apologists is setting in, and all is not well in the GOP. Nationally, the Bush administration fumbles with an open-borders coalition called "Americans for Border and Economic Security."

In California, Governor Arnold tours the Blue Cop jeans factory in Vernon. There he absurdly proclaims that the state will push to enforce state and labor tax laws. Blue Cop employees are mostly illegal immigrants. "That's a different issue," says the governor.

Governor Bill Richardson should be commended for his August 12 declaration of a state of emergency along the Mexican border, and his public revelation that the border region has been "devastated by the ravage of terror and the terror of human smuggling, drug smuggling, kidnapping, murder, and destruction of property."

He should also be recognized for matching words with action when on August 26, he and Chihuahua State Gov. Jose Reyes Baeza agreed to bulldoze the Mexican village of Las Chepas, a notorious area for drug and human smuggling.

So, at what time have Americans witnessed our own government so wrong, and the people so right about an issue? Vietnam? Prohibition?

How will the citizen reformers succeed? Minuteman founder Jim Gilchrist said it best:

"If one single person steps over the line for their personal gratification, we are all stained with that irresponsible behavior and labeled forever as a fringe element that embarrasses all who are counting on us to make this historic statement," he said.

That's how the truth will prevail, because ultimately, this movement has nothing to do with racism.

It has everything to do with survival. CRO

Patrick Mallon is a political journalist and author of California Dictatorship: How Liberal Extremism Destroyed Gray Davis. [read an excerpt]. Patrick is a regular guest on talk radio programs throughout the state and nationally. His website is at and can be contacted at

copyright 2005 Patrick Mallon



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