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Best Of Week, Pt. VII: ‘Discourse on Illegal Immigration’ by Tiresias [hosted by Moses Scharbug III]

Bakersfield, CA, 01-01-2012 Su: Happy New Year’s Day, friends, I would like to inform you that we have had a programming change that was decided upon this past Sunday:  Stinkbug has decided to have Elvin C. McCardle come in NEXT week and this week will be devoted to a “best of” series while everyone except for me, Moses Scharbug III—your dedicated Assistant Editor—will be away on vacation.  I realize that most everyone is on vacation much of the time anyway but Stinkbug feels that the last week of the year will be low on the readership scale and that everyone will be away anyway.  So today, we are going to run a blog post that appeared earlier in the year on Thursday, November 25, 2010 on an event in the life of our mentor, Stinkbug, and I am sure you will enjoy it!


By Tiresias Helenus Grinikeodopuloposlus

This paper was written several years ago by Tiresias who had gone back to take all of the history, anthropology, and history courses due to a traumatic injury that placed him on permanent social security disability.  Due to a contracting a horrible illness in which the nerves have begun to break down, his culinary career was cut short.  He’s rather proud of this paper so we’re publishing it for your interest.

America has long been a beacon encouraging the huddled, the downtrodden, and the oppressed masses of Europe to immigrate here. The mythology is feelgood because we are generous in our philanthropy— all the "down-and-outers" you can find safe haven here among us. Furthermore, it makes our schoolchildren feel good about them because others could come here, prosper, and become "Americans" just like us. It creates a nice, little homily (or mantra) that is literally preached in grades "K thru 8," and politicians have forever decried it from soapboxes throughout the history of America: "Yes, we are a nation built upon immigrants and we welcome you (as a source of cheap labor)!

I have taken virtually every history course available at Bakersfield College—4 AB, 17 AB, 18 AB, 20 AB, 30 AB, B 33, B 15, B 25, B 36, B 2, Political Science B 1, B 3, and anthropology B 5—and have learned a great deal. I have had professors from one end of the political spectrum to the other and immigration of some sort has always been a topic in nearly every class. Yes, America is built upon the backs of immigrants but many times, the exchange between employer and employee is one sided and unfair. I contend that Mexicans in particular have been welcomed, deported, and taken advantage of and if one other of my other professors is correct— they are indigenous peoples who come with land.

When I grew up, the emphasis was on the "melting pot" of American culture—you put everything in the pot and apply heat and it will become one, homogenous goo. Professor Rosa Garza had a different outlook on the subject (History B 30 AB Summer 2003) which she referred to as the "tossed salad" view. In this case, you toss all of the ingredients in a salad bowl and none erases the other. Instead, you get a mixture in which, every flavor adds to the overall taste. I found this rather titillating because the philosophy behind the statement is challenging and well worth analysis. Whether it will influence me to lean in one direction over another, we shall see in the final analysis.

Historical Prelude:

The first immigrants came here to escape religious intolerance in Europe so that they in turn could practice intolerance here. Once established, later generations followed earlier ones in order to escape the poverty and despotism that was an everyday occurrence in their home countries. The adventurous and the disenchanted—all have come here seeking betterment. The Irish were the first to follow and in the intervening decades between 1780 and 1840, it is estimated that "1.75 million people left Ireland for Britain and America" (Buckler et al. 2003:776). These people moved into the great, smoky urban centers and took the jobs other Americans would no longer accept. Later ones left the ships from which they had escaped conflagration at home and were immediately "drafted" and marched to the front lines of America's Civil War.

In the history of America, the numbers swarming to our shores was phenomenal. Ellis Island was established in 1900 in the middle of New York Harbor to process this massive movement of people. Every day, it processed 5 thousand immigrants and in 1907, over one million applicants passed through its gates after having met the requirements of citizenship. One group after another came to America: Irish, Germans, English, and Scandinavians. The peoples of central, eastern, and southern Europe: Italians, Jews, Hungarians, Romanians, Armenians, and Russians sought the promise of freedom and hope and disgorged in droves (Cohen et al., 2002:599-601).

Immigrants originated elsewhere and I will suggest that some were already living here. In the intervening years "between 1848 and 1854, Chinese men numbering 45 thousand (but almost no Chinese women) arrived in California" (Cohen et al. 2002:400-1) to first take part in the great gold rush taking place in California in 1849 and in the 1860s, they found work on the transcontinental railroad that was under construction. The Central Pacific Railroad employed over ten thousand workers and of that number, ninety percent were Chinese (ibid).

California has any attracted millions of people and continues to do so with no end in sight. The climate throughout much of the state is beneficial to human success and the long growing season and reasonable winters has long attracted farmers, vintners, and ranchers. Urban centers sprawl across the state (Los Angeles, Bakersfield), as do small and unique townships (Solvang, Pebble Beach). The California coast is lined with wealthy and opulent communities (Santa Barbara, San Francisco) while forests and mountains abound. Even in times of financial recession or depression, work can generally be discovered here in California whereas elsewhere in the nation, people have had to abandon their roots to move westward.

The history of California is blemished in terms of race relations and in fact, many terrible and outright despicable acts of racism have taken place here. Up until the close of the nineteenth century, the murder of the state’s first inhabitants was practically condoned by government. March Third, 1860 saw between 80-100 men, women, and children of the Wiyot Tribe in Eureka murdered by "hooligans." The Keysville Massacre that took place on April 18, 1863 is another such example: Thirty-five members of a Tehachapi tribe were murdered in cold blood up in the Walker Basin area because "unknown individuals" were guilty of cattle rustling and the murder of several miners. To the officer in charge, Captain Moses McLaughlin, it mattered NOT whether the ones in custody were guilty— what condemned them to murder was the fact that they were Native Americans. Events such as these were plentiful[i] (Powers, Robert 17-March-1993. 6B).

Racism and murder do not stop there. After the Bear Flag Revolt in 1846 displaced the Mexican government, almost half of Mexico[ii] was ceded to the United States at the close of the disastrous Mexican-American War. Mexicans on either side of the border had legitimate concerns as to whether or not their circumstances would improve soon became disillusioned with the change in ownership, as violent acts committed against Mexicans were all too frequent. The parable that evolved around one famous bandit is one such point in a case.

The legend of Joaquin Murieta was based upon one man's reaction to crimes committed against him. Matt S. Meier and Feliciano Ribera tell us that "according to folklore that sprang up, Murieta was a peaceful Mexican miner whose claim was jumped by gold-greedy Anglos, who whipped him, hanged his brother, and raped his wife in his presence" (Meier, Ribera 1993:75). In time, Joaquin became "every Mexican highwayman" who was tracked down by Captain Harry Love and his rangers. All were caught and hanged or died resisting arrest. Yet, the "original" Joaquin was innocent but if the legend is true (as I knew it growing up), what recourse other than seeking revenge had the man? (Meier, Ribera 2003:76) (Bullough et al. 2002:212-3).

Racism against minorities has been commonplace in America since inception but in the Southwest in general and in California in particular, the Hispanic element has never been eradicated whereas the presence of the Native Americans was all but extinguished. Why would Hispanics choose to remain in a place that discriminated against them? Professor Rosa Garza in History B 30 AB explained that Mexican people feel indigenous to the land, that in order for us to accept their land, we have to accept them. It does not matter whether real estate was lost through the Mexican-American War or through financial necessity (The Gadsden Purchase 1853); their roots are embedded deep in the bedrock of North America.

Over the next seventy-to-eighty years, Mexico's northern neighbor fought three major wars and became an economic powerhouse. Unfortunately our neighbor to the south has experienced an economic downsizing after its ten year war for independence, descended further down the socio-economic ladder after having been mauled by the United States military and then suffered ten years of additional agony in the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920). So the long association between the United States and Mexico has been one that was anything but fraternal. As Mexicans flocked to the north to fill the growing demand for workers, America was happy to welcome them (provided certain requirements were met).

The Situation:

If the student is to understand the problem, he or she has first to look at the modern day situation. What are the factors that drive people from their homes? Professor Garza discussed the "push-pull" factors that continue to attract immigrants to the U.S. Mexico is little more than "North American Third World." Does that mean that we have no compassion? Hardly. Matthew P. Mackenzie tells us:

"Naturally, most people are sympathetic to the plight of poor people who have fled their homelands in search of a better life. Being sympathetic doesn't mean we should throw out our immigration laws, though, much less let the lawbreakers determine them for us" (Mackenzie 2004:12).

Wayne A. Cornelius (political science professor and director of the Center for Comparative Immigration Studies at UC San Diego) says that, "the U.S. Job market provides an irresistible magnet" (Cornelius 2005:3).

Corruption and nationalism conspire to keep the Mexican oil industry in the quagmire and with much of their other resources depleted by a long line of dictators such as Porfirio Díaz (who virtually sold everything to the highest bidder), Mexico has been left in precarious state of affairs. Industries and employers can be relocated there and still, the nation cannot break free from the malaise that holds it in its grip.

Minorities in general and Hispanics in particular have chafed at the duality practiced in American politics.

Mexicans are necessary to keep the apparatus of industry humming and likewise serve as scapegoats when required. They are tagged easily as criminals and could either be incarcerated or deported. They could be allowed across the Rio

Grande to work the fields of the southwest and then rounded up and expelled alongside their families and on many occasion, they were Chicanos. Hispanics have been played off against other immigrant groups such as Chinese, Japanese, Filipino, African-American, and white Americans displaced by the Great Depression and Dust Bowl (Bullough et al. 413; 439; 442) (Meier, Ribera 1993: 173-4). Professor Garza as well as Professors R. Beeman and Roberto Torres in History 18 AB discussed the futility of such a labor policy—it led not lead to endearment.

The Bracero Program began in 1942 when the Japanese had to be replaced in the fields of California and sent to internment camps in states farther east for their own well being. Mexicans found themselves in favor once more and in three different periods that took place between 1942-1948; 1948-1951; and from 1951-1964, they were heavily recruited for work in the fields. From a modest beginning of a quarter million participants, the program involved four and a half million people by its culmination in nineteen sixty-four (Meier, Ribera 1993:176-7).

The Bracero Program (Public Law 78) provided registration and documentation of all immigrant workers as well as allowing for a modicum of ease to cross back and forth across borders as one season concluded and another began. If the program worked so well, why was it discontinued? Cornelius tells us that it was canceled by 1964 "when it became too politically controversial in the U.S. (Furthermore) the young men and women migrating here today are mostly descendants of the workers who were welcomed in this country, three, four or five generations ago" (Cornelius 2005:3). By the early 1970s, all this would change.

California in the 1970s was faced with recession, unemployment, and rising energy costs. Employers searched for means to lower costs. Once more, Big Business looked to Mexico for salvation but immigration law stood in its way. Restrictions put into place by Washington post 1964 were very strict. Each nation in the Western Hemisphere was allowed no more than twenty thousand immigrants each into the U.S. each year (Meier, Ribera 1993:265). The only way to counter the law was to hire increasing numbers of undocumented workers and this coincided with the backlog that existed by 1980 of people seeking to immigrate here legally.

However, the backlog of people trying to get in has never gone down. Each year, more-and-more people attempt to immigrate legally. A recent article in the Los Angeles Times has said that the current waiting list is backed up by at least two years. Many of these people will become disenchanted and will attempt to immigrate illegally. What is worse is that an estimated 8-12 million will attempt to gain legal status should Bush continue with his proposed guest worker list (Kemper, Zaldivar 06-18-2004 A 18).

Once the proverbial dam cracked, it quickly became a flood. Let me share with the reader a little piece of my life's experience. I began cooking professionally in 1973 at the age of 17 on Bakersfield's once exciting restaurant row on Union Avenue. If Mexicans had not been working the strip that originated in the unpretentious eateries in Greenfield[iii] and ran all the way to the swank hotels such as the Bakersfield Inn, none would ever have been successful. The chic places like the Coach Light Inn on North Union to the Tam O'Shanter in La Cresta would all have failed. The truckstops on the Grapevine to Buck Owen's Boulevard to Milt's Ranch Inn up by Lerdo Highway would have folded without Mexicans. How can any industry that is so dependent upon its workers survive in today's world without a supply of cheap labor?

They Mexicans did the outside moil and the clean-up jobs and in time took over the dishwashing and pantry positions. At the time I began bussing tables in 1970, ninety percent of the executive, working, and sous chefs were all Chicanos and these were the people that taught me to cook. Granted, these men were citizens born and raised here but the majority of everyone else was Mexican citizens. An interesting note is that the relationship between Chicano and Mexican was not that fraternal and many times, the former intimidated the latter. Kern County was an interesting laboratory for interracial studies because it is the restaurant industry that unites workers from across social and economic boundaries.[iv]

Immigration policy in the United States at this time was dual in nature. On the periphery with Mexico, the Border Patrol made every effort to stop the flow of illegal aliens before they were able to get across but they also conducted raids deep into the interior of California. Before 1980, there was quite a few times when immigration officials hit the restaurants in which I worked. The frightened workers would scramble to escape but were generally caught and

deported. Some of them were able to come back and many times resumed the positions they had been snatched from. In addition, for those that returned, many did so within 10-14 days. What does this tell us about enforcement and vigilance?

Immigration Policy:

Immigration policy and its enforcement have undergone changes over the decades and under different administrations. Ronald Reagan signed into law the Immigration and Reform Act of 1986 that again continued the duality. On one hand, it reinforced the presence of the Border Patrol on our southern border and on the other created the "amnesty" program that made citizens of more than a million illegals. Many Americans, especially conservatives were upset by this because recession was followed by boom and the Mexican worker was a very visible sign as to how far American employers would stoop to keep down costs. Once Big Business saw a dramatic increase in profit (kudos to cheap labor), it would be hard to forego it again.

How many are living in the United States now? It depends upon whose figures one is willing to accept. Hyink and Provost quote INS figures from 1997 that estimate during the administration of President Bill Clinton, five million illegals were here throughout the country and two million of the previous number live here in California (Hyink, Provost 2003:232-3). Moreover, it is quite possible that these figures are conservative because INS officials have estimated that for every apprehended illegal, two more make it through. In addition, this "two-third's" figure is deceptive; what is the cost to America each year? Jack Treese writes:

"Illegal aliens cost taxpayers billions of dollars every year. Passing any legislation allowing illegal aliens to stay here without securing our borders just invites millions more to violate our laws and sovereignty. The next terror attack on our soil may well result from our porous borders" (Treese 2004:4).

It is fine to seek "cheap labor" in short-term economic controlling factors but what about long term? Again, a split endures in the politics of local, state, and national levels. Robert Longley manages U.S. Gov Info/Resources and in 2004, he estimated that the cost to California is enormous at roughly $10.5 billion each year. Furthermore, this takes into account the money that pays for their medical and healthcare costs; education for their children; and for the incarceration

of the illegals who are jailed within the penal system of the state. Finally, as if that is not enough, illegal immigrants cost EACH household per year approximately $1,183.00 (Longley 2004:1) (Smith 05-01-2005 M3). This is distressing—I am a citizen who is at the bottom in terms of economic prosperity and $1,183.00 would be a month's pay for me. Illegal immigrants should do better than me?

After the national election in 2000, President George W. Bush assumed office after having served as two-term governor of a border state, Texas. He enjoyed a good relationship with Mexican president, Vincente Fox, and was determined to extend that association into his presidential administration. Unfortunately for Bush (and Mexico), the terrorist attack of 9/11 put an end to that plan (Marek 2004:30). The United States had to respond to the danger posed by radical Islam and calls for increased border security took precedent over social engineering. Furthermore, a brand new agency, Homeland Security, was established and in time, Immigration and Naturalization (INS) was absorbed into it. In the presidential election of 2004, the issue of the border was again seen as essential to America is well being and like many of my fellow Americans, I stand there in slack-jawed puzzlement.

Once more, President Bush seeks to open the border and I can only ask why? Now, rather than the million plus illegal aliens under Ronald Reagan, and then the five million under Bill Clinton, the new number has become somewhere in the "8 million to 11 million" range (Marek 2004:30) (Kemper, Zaldivar 06/18/2004). Moreover, they would be applying for three year permits with the idea of possibly participating in a new "amnesty program." The electorate is beginning to hold back because massive numbers of illegals is causing the United States irreparable damage. Whether or not Bush is the actual culprit, nevertheless, the albatross dangles around his neck as newspaper editorialists attack him every chance they get:

"There are signs, however, that the administration effort is running into problems even as it begins" (Gaouette & Wallsten 2005:29).

What is the matter with our politicians? For one thing, the wrong things are said and are further misinterpreted; take for instance the mixed signals sent by the president:

"In Mexico [in regard to his three-year plan] that statement was widely interpreted to mean that once Mexican 

citizens cross illegally into the U.S. they would be able to stay and eventually gain permanent residence. Even though the legislation shows no sign of getting through Congress this year, a run to the border has begun" (Barlett, Steele 2004:52).

It would seem that the idea of American labor is on the ropes and in this time of downsizing and exporting American jobs overseas, we have become blind to the dangers that threaten us just outside the fire's glow. As Professor S Holmes has said in Political Science B 12, California has become a "service economy" and the illegals are doing the serving. I am going to share another life experience that I have undergone. The last job that I worked in California was at Seven Oaks Country Club. The entire day kitchen crew was Mexicans from Mexico as was some of the night crew. This was back in 2000-01 and at that time, a person doing the hiring had to be careful in the questions asked. On one hand, the employer was obligated to ask for records but at the same time could not question below the surface. What is the purpose of these contradictory policies?

After the election of 2000, the nation became polarized in its politics. The two major political parties—the Democrats and Republicans—are locked in a dance of total destruction. Suddenly the country that once managed to pull together has become unhinged over the war in Iraq, which sets a dangerous precedent for working together. Roles seem to have become reversed as Bush is the one clamoring for the unimpeded entry of Mexicans while the Democrats, traditionally the party favoring easy entry is fighting to block it. The president is receiving a cool response just as he does in everything else he champions. On the other side, Senator Edward M. Kennedy in conjunction with Arizona Republican Senator John McCain want to take it slower in the issuing of temporary permits as they go back to deterrence policies (Halloran 2005:23). The problem of immigration is further splintering an already divided electorate.

What is interesting about my experience is that I left California in 1989 after having worked at the Stockdale Country Club for nine years. By the time I left for Maui, I had been making close to $12.00 an hour, which was good for cooks and chefs back then. I returned to Bakersfield in 1999, and went to the Stockdale club and was told that the going wage began at $7.00 an hour and that no one there made more than $9.00. I was puzzled; I did not understand at first what the situation had become. What I discovered was bad for American cooks in Kern County—there was nothing that I

could do other than take the first position available.

Most independent restaurants had left town and in their place, chain restaurants had blossomed. Everywhere I went, wages were low and in many restaurants, benefits were nonexistent. I thought, "What is wrong" and when I uncovered the truth, I became distressed. Many of the cooks were Mexicans and I discovered that they all worked a combination of full-and-part time jobs and if enough divided up places in their part time positions, no insurance was necessary because they had it on their primary job. I took a position as the nighttime sous chef at Seven Oaks Country Club for ten dollars an hour and worked 10-11 hours a day with no overtime and the amount of work that was expected was imposing. It was devastating, and it was due to illegal immigration and I had no other choice but to take the position.

Statewide Concerns:

To understand California's problem, I had first to look at the problem from the national view. What does unrestricted entry into California mean to its citizens? California has always had an economic status greater than the other forty-nine states but that is gradually being chipped away. The system can only handle so much and my fear is that our state is at the breaking point. The governors of Arizona and New Mexico have recently declared their border areas to be in "states of emergency." Pressure has been mounting on Governor Swartzenegger to do the same but so far, he has held back from doing so (Alavarez 2005:1)

The social structure of the state can only consummate so many hits to its social services. The emergency rooms in state and county hospitals are being pushed to the brink as illegal immigrants avail them for help. In so doing, the costs are driven up for the citizens of California to say nothing of the wait times in seeking those services. That is estimated to set back the taxpayers by $1 billion a year. In addition to that, education for their children is another $1 billion per year and if that is not bad enough, Californians pay another half billion dollars a year housing Mexican and other foreign nationals in our prison system (Hyink, Provost 2003:233).

To demonstrate the goodness in the hearts of Californians, the taxpayers had only to look at the legislative action of ousted Democratic governor, Gray Davis. He signed edict that disallowed the children of illegal immigrants from being penalized by having to pay out-of-state tuition costs should they wish to take advantage of community colleges. Granted, they may have been the offspring of "stop-and-drop" births but affirmative action was "alive and well" in the Golden State (Hyink, Provost 2004:233).

Politics and Government in California lists another issue much worse than the preceding one and that was the issuance of driver's licenses to illegal aliens. The electorate in California has been suspect in many elections because we, too, have had deceased residents marking their "X's" on ballots at all levels of elections or have had others voting a plethora of times. The "Motor Voter"[v] program at the Department of Motor Vehicles has led to a climate of distrust. Of course, it is a convenient program but as far as keeping things "clean" in the state, the cynics in California saw danger. Insurance companies came out in support because they theorized it would bring down costs and immigrant groups were in favor because they saw a new way to slip illegals into the system (Hyink, Provost 2003:233-4).  

Therefore, Mexico's citizens realize their government has nothing to offer and the only way that they can improve their situation is to head north. The established pattern has been that as the United States has grown stronger, Mexico has wallowed in poverty and corruption. In recent times, we have heard the Mexican government advising its citizens on how to successfully cross the border in comic books and other publications. While they may vigorously protest the firestorm of criticism directed toward them, it is quite clear as to what it means; they want their people to continue crossing the border so that when amnesty is granted, the Mexican population in the United States will be allowed to become U.S. citizens.

Another concern is the amount of money that Mexican nationals send back to Mexico each year. When I was the chef at the now vanished Freddie's Top-of-the-Hill on Mount Vernon just above Height Street, I had three Mexican brothers working for me. One was named Mel; another was Gabby (Gabriel), and the third I cannot recall. Mel told me one day that each brother sent half of each paycheck home to their father. Interested, I inquired as to its purpose. Mel informed me that by the brothers rooming together with other illegals, they did "OK" in the U.S. and after ten years, each would return home. During that time, the father would build each son a home on multi-acreage plots and purchase livestock. When they returned home, they would live like kings.

Recently, others have voiced similar concerns. Hilda Marella Delgado writing for the Los Angeles Times on

Sunday, 01-May-2005 tells us just how bad the situation is. Last year, $10 billion was sent back to Mexico and President Vincente Fox used the money to fund close to fifteen hundred public works programs and other necessary improvements to the infrastructure of Mexico. Over three hundred cities had the benefit of receiving funds from the remittances provided by its citizens working in the United States. Schools, businesses, sewers, utilities, and paved roads are the windfall. That is $10 billion that leaves the United States economy each year and that is simply not right (Delgado 05-01-2005).

Delgado is frustrated by the loss of revenue. As a resident of Los Angeles, she sees the depletion of that income as a serious matter because she laments what it could do for her city. To send nothing home would be unfair and heartless but more should be kept here because the Mexican illegals live here, too. Illegals benefit from American healthcare and their children benefit in American schools. Many benefit from public assistance and aid programs and many other programs that American citizens pay for. Delgado says:

"Thousands of Mexican immigrants who live an underground existence could benefit at work and home if remittance money stayed here. A lot of doors could be opened with $10 billion" (Delgado 05-01-2005).

The administration is running into problems. People are beginning to be more vociferous about the president's policies concerning unchecked immigration. In American history, the Democrats have traditionally been the party that favored relaxed immigration policies and Massachusetts' senator Edward M. Kennedy was behind the 2002 Enhanced Border Security and Visa Entry Reform Act. However, the president announced in January the legislation that he wants passed that is a little enigmatic in its aims. The more ambiguous the program, the more it invites other plans at best and personal attacks at worst. Furthermore, everyone knows that President Bush would like to open the borders and this has the Republicans up in arms over his plan as conservatives should be. The Republicans want more enforcement and they want it now. Employers have to be held accountable just as Seven Oaks Country Club should be. The open use of illegals is a slap to the face of all that are concerned over this matter (Jacoby 05-01-05). Jacoby says:

"But the answer to the immigration problem must be a blend: sensible laws strictly enforced.

Now with both right and left engaged, lawmakers are more likely to craft a policy that gets that difficult balance right" (Jacoby 05-01-05).

What is interesting is the seesaw of immigration policies—they change from month to month and from week to week. The trouble is, is that American politics are schizophrenic. One day, the administration in power can say one thing to one group and something else to somebody else. An article in the Los Angeles Times, "Program to Return Illegal Immigrants to Expand" (Wednesday, August 11, 2004 by Kathleen Hennessey), claims that the U.S. government has a new plan, "expedited removal" is going to return all illegals, and not just Mexicans or Canadians will be held until they can be flown back to their countries of origin. The article says that in ten-month period, one million illegals were apprehended and of that number, 57,000 came from other countries not bordering our nation (Hennessey 08-11-2004).


A recent article in the Bakersfield Californian, "Immigration to U.S. Falls from 2000, Study Finds" claims that immigration has gone down from 1.6 million legal and illegal in 2000 to 1.2 million the study finds. Yet, concerning illegal immigration all that matters are the ones NOT in the study—the ones that make it through. This problem does not seem as if an answer will ever arise. The United States has been under assault since the turn of the twentieth century and the situation has only gotten worse. The politicians can spin it any way they wish, but it will never improve until the federal government begins to enforce existing laws prohibiting illegal immigration, things might improve. It appears obvious that if existing laws are not solving the problem, then more should be passed (and enforced). No nation has ever withstood unchecked immigration; after all by the time that Rome realized the danger it was in, it was too late to correct it. A variety of barbarian tribes had long intercourse with the Romans and had served as cavalry and other military posts. The danger came from within, as did its destruction.

What I have determined is that for whatever reason, Mr. Bush and the rest of the government has a reason to allow these immigrants in. They say that these people will take the jobs Americans do not want and that it will not affect our citizens. Yet, the illegals from Latin America displace American citizens. Practically every day, Hispanics leave their business cards or handwritten notes advertising gardening services, tree trimming, and housecleaning on my front porch and every day, I throw them out. Do I ask my gardener if he is legal? I am not yet prepared to make inquiry but I cannot do the work myself so one hundred bucks a month to keep the grass mowed and the trees trimmed is a deal for me.

The jobs that Chicanos once held have gone to illegals. African-Americans without upper middle class employment are shunted aside by illegals. Furthermore, employment for whites suffers as well. On the top end, we export jobs to India (and other nations) and at the bottom, the low paying jobs are being snapped up such as my example at Seven Oaks. If I did not face disability in three different areas, I hesitate to think of what my circumstances would be. My industry has gone to chain restaurants with little or no benefits, low wages, long hours, and for what? To make less than I did back in 1989? The only place left for well-paying culinary jobs is in Las Vegas which, I do not think I could handle.

What can be done? I am told that I am a reactionary by the people with whom I associate, but it matters not to me, what matter is the United States. America has to disengage from NAFTA and CAFTA, which does not benefit our nation in any way. Secondly, we have to enforce our border security with American military presence. We cannot allow this to continue. Third, the INS, and the Border Patrol have to be allowed to make sweeps deep within the heart of the nation and deport illegals and those who have overstayed their visas. Finally, we have to readjust our rules of citizenship—no one should be granted citizenship just because their mother gave birth at the border. This "stop and drop" has to end and Proposition 187, the "Save Our State" prop has to be enforced. All services other than extreme situations has to stop—the $1-1.5 billion that the state would reap has to be revived (Hyink, Provost 2004:43).

I recognize that these ideas are not politically correct but someone has to stand up and defend the country. All I ask for is a program that would allow us to document foreigners who come into the nation to work. If the War on Terror had not begun, I would be more liberal in my views but with the world in the situation it is, what has to happen before we wise up? Does Bakersfield have to be blown off the face of the earth before we make a stand? I think we have a date with Armageddon unless we wise up and pull together as one unified nation by first defending the border. Do we have to have another Pearl Harbor or worse yet, another 9/11 before we react to the danger? Alternatively, do we have to go the way of the Romans? If we do not defend our borders, we will.


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This is me when I was a university professor at one of California’s State Universities in the Southland back in the 1970’s.  I’ve been retired for the past 15 years and have been the assistant editor of the END since its first incarnation back in 2009.



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[i] History B 36 Lecture topic and accompanying information care of Dr. Bruce Meier.
[ii] Mexico lost almost half of its landmass to the United States: California, Texas, and the territories of Nevada, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico and later the Gadsden Purchase.
[iii] The strip was exciting back in those days. The Greenfield Coffee Shop and "Three Eggs Any Style" were the southern point of the strip and the traveler heading north up Union Avenue had a great deal to choose from. Maisson Jusseau's which is now the Golden West casino, the Casa Royale, the Royale Palms, Stuart Anderson's Black Angus Restaurant, Don's House of Fine Foods, the Koji Japanese Restaurant, Travelers, Sambo's, the Bakersfield Inn, and the Coachlight Inn culminated Union Avenue ONLY. The highway-heading northwest was the Golden State Highway, and Farmer John's, Milt's Coffee Shop, the Ranch Inn, and others rounded out the Old Highway 99. Pierce Road (Buck Owen's Boulevard) was the "murderer's row." Throughout Bakersfield, there were so many independent restaurants that the workforce required to staff all of them were incredible. That is one of the reasons the chefs at the Royale Palms taught me how to cook—the Royal Palms needed a graveyard cook.
[iv] The great chefs—Fabian, Henry Gutierrez, Sal Rivas, Sr. and Jr., Natcho, and many others who had learned the trade in the U.S. Navy during the Forties. The interplay between Chicano and Mexican was an interesting study and at first was so subtle as to not be noticeable. As time went by, I learned that the Chicanos controlled the relationship and were not averse to leaning on their illegals. That was how it was and had been that way for decade's back.
[v] The Motor Voter program is synonymous with illegality for many Californians. What is interesting to note is that the Motor Voter law is a federal as opposed to a state or local law (Hyink, Provost 2004:63)?


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