Thursday, May 19


I know, I know: the headline of this post is a rhetorical question. It's just that when I read Leo W. Banks' column in the Wall Street Journal's "OpinionJournal" this morning and his chilling description of life for Americans in the "Tuscon Sector" of Arizona, where wave after wave of illegal immigrants ruthlessly impact property, people, and a way of life, well than it just becomes even harder to digest Jesse Jackson's showboating visit to the presidential palace in Mexico City to confer with President Bush's bosom buddy, Vicente Fox.

Jesse is quoted as dramatically saying, following his one hour tete-a-tete with Senior Fox:

We cannot afford to have Mexican-Americans as pawns and blacks as scapegoats. We must not let this degenerate into divisiveness and violence.
Violence? What's Jesse implying here (or threatening)? Is this atavistic civil rights leader of a bygone era -- a self-styled leader invariably in search of a cause with some traction -- whose middle initial ought to be "E" for "Extortion" suggesting ominously that Detroit is going to go up in smoke or El Monte become more of a criminal-infested hellhole than it already is because of the ill-chosen words of the imperious El Presidente?

If he wants to take a hard run at the Nobel Peace Prize then perhaps Mr. Jackson ought to head to the Tuscon Sector of Arizona rather than becoming chummy with Fox. Here's an example of what he'd find, according to Leo Banks:

How bad is it? In the Tucson Sector alone in January 2005, the Border Patrol arrested 35,704 people, seized 34,864 pounds of marijuana, and impounded 557 smuggling vehicles. In one month. High-speed chases and accidents on our back-roads are now common. Residents know to stay off certain roads at night because the smugglers--of people and drugs--own them, and if you're not careful they'll come around a bend at 100 mph and run you into a ditch or worse.

In some hilltop spots near Douglas, you can unfold a lawn chair, crack open a Schlitz and watch the invasion happen. As dusk falls, they come, hundreds of headlights from Mexican cabs streaming north, each filled to the windows with soon-to-be illegals. Are they good folks? Are they carrying biological agents? We have no idea. They could be the worst terrorists and thugs. If that sounds alarmist, consider that some ranchers have found Muslim prayer rugs and Arabic dictionaries on their property. And the feds confirm that the ultraviolent Mara Salvatrucha street gang is using Arizona as a gateway into this country.

No, Jesse won't end up on the right side of the porous borders/immigration reform issue -- not in any way that will come to some good in this country. No, he'd rather work on building a political coalition between American blacks and illegal aliens from Mexico -- infusing his so-called Rainbow Coalition with millions of undocumented Mexicans. And if I know Jesse, he's also eyeballing the billions of dollars sent back to Mexico annually in remittances and wondering how he can somehow tap into that cash stream and wet his beak.

Don't you just love his allusion to possible violence and his self-aggrandizing, self-described role as peacemaker? If he was truly concerned about violence he'd recognize for starters what the MS-13 street gang's impact is in this country and just how it has funneled its way into more than 30 cities in America. But then Jesse has always looked at criminal gangs in a more utilitarian light, using them for leverage, rather than identifying them as an appropriate target of law enforcement.

I hope the real-deal Black leadership in this country decries Jesse's grandstanding for what it is and, just as our president should, comes to its senses about the implications of a virtual open borders' policy in this country -- what it means, first and foremost, from a Homeland Security perspective, as well as from the way in which it rents the nation's social fabric and depletes its treasure.