Monday, July 11

"HOUSTON CHRONICLE" EDITORIAL ASSAILS MINUTEMEN

The "Houston Chronicle" (registration required) in an editorial this morning supporting patent lawlessness, assails the "Minutemen" and that organization's plans to come to Houston in October to document via video surveillance the legions of illegal aliens (The "HC" prefers the euphemistic term "undocumented workers") who loiter on street corners and in parking lots each day in the fourth largest city in the United States, as they look for work from employers who are knowingly breaking the law in hiring them. That this sort of thing goes on de facto in countless American cities across the land does not make it right de jure and the "Houston Chronicle's" editorial board has once again landed on the wrong side of the illegal alien issue.

Here's a snippet of an editorial that basically takes the position that if lawlessness is widespread and countenanced by government officials, the police department, and local industry, than it necessarily becomes a fait accompli and should be accepted, rather than challenged:

Exactly what the amateur filmmakers hope to accomplish, beyond getting news coverage, is difficult to fathom. In their well-publicized actions along the U.S.-Mexican border, the Minutemen had the support of local landowners angry over disruptive groups of immigrants invading their property. Their reception here likely will be very different. The cheap labor provided by undocumented workers in Houston and other cities is a fact of life, one embraced by most business interests and an issue few politicians care to tackle.

The editorial writer goes on to say that 400,000 illegal aliens residing in Houston must have legitimate opportunities to feed themselves and their families. Accordingly, if an illegal immigrant successfully breeches the Texas-Mexico border and reaches Houston (a "Sanctuary City," by the way) than he or she should be free and unfettered in openly seeking and gaining employment, and breaking the law!

This post from Diggers Realm cites a study by the Federation For Immigration Reform (FAIR) that pegs the annual cost to Texas' citizens of illegal immigration at a whopping $4.7 billion or the equivalent of $725 per household.

I have written on this subject before and will continue to do so. It's an outrage that the invasion continues across our porous borders and that the mindset exemplified in today's "Houston Chronicle" editorial prevails in so many cities. And do understand that the "safety net" of social and medical services provided illegal immigrants in this country, and at taxpayer's expense, is sufficient to allow Mexican illegals, as an example, to send home annual remittances totalling $10+ billion -- the second largest revenue stream in Mexico's economy.