Monday, October 24


This morning's edition of the "Houston Chronicle" (registration required for online edition) publishes a story by Edward Hegstrom designed to tug at our heartstrings over the plight of an illegal alien -- a Mexican national who sustained a severe, on-the-job injury, as a teenager while working here in Texas following the first time he jumped the border, subsequently returning to his homeland only to find no government-provided help whatsoever, and who has now returned illegally to the States a second time and, through the auspices of the Chronicle, is seeking public or privately-funded, long-term medical care -- i.e., healthcare "free" to him.

There is no mention whatsoever in the article that, having been smuggled illegally into the States a second time, Everardo Perez, now 23, is a felon; there is no mention whatsoever in the article whether his employer at the time of his injury in 1998, Trees of Texas (still in business in Spring Branch, Texas), was cited by federal authorities for having hired an illegal alien (which is against the law); nor is there any mention, although Perez's current residence is known, that ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) agents will be knocking on his door.

Pérez said he returned to his home in central Mexico after the accident because that was home. But he soon learned there was little public health care there.

Because Mexican health plans are tied to employment, immigrant workers who return injured typically find they have to pay for their own care.

His father borrowed money from relatives to pay health bills. They sold their little home and moved to an even smaller house, which they describe as having corrugated metal walls. He lived with his mother and two siblings.

A doctor in Mexico said it might be possible for Pérez to walk with the right treatment, and he clings to that hope. Having not graduated from high school, he doesn't know what he could do unless he can learn to walk.

Desperate, Pérez and his father eventually decided to bring him back to Texas, a difficult journey complicated even more by his medical condition.

"I risked my life coming here because I don't have anything there," he said.

The family paid friends of friends to smuggle him across the border. Pérez was taken to Matamoros, loaded into an inner tube and then brought across the Rio Grande to Texas.

The two coyotes, or human smugglers, then wheeled him across the South Texas desert, lifting him out of his wheelchair to cross fences.

"It was ugly," Pérez said. "There were branches, rocks" His wheelchair was seriously damaged in the crossing, and now needs repairs, he said.

Unable to get health care

The crossing took two days. He arrived in Houston at the end of September, staying with his father in the two-bedroom Spring Branch apartment they share with four others.

Friends have pitched in to buy some basic supplies, but Pérez has been unable to get medical care.

His father took him to a doctor last week, but he was told he needs a Gold Card, the program offered to those needing free or subsidized medical care through the Harris County Hospital District. Francisco Pérez called Mexico to ask to have his son's birth certificate mailed north.

That's as good an example of the "broad social safety net provided illegals," that I wrote about yesterday, as you'll find. It's all about American taxpayers subsidizing so-called "cheap labor." It's all about the Clinton Administration and the Bush administration ensuring a plentiful supply of undocumented, low-wage workers for American industry and agriculture, while sending the bill for their education, healthcare, infrastructure, and police protection (and even prison confinement) to you and to me -- to taxpayers. Everardo Perez had no business being here in Texas in 1998, no right to be employed by an American company (nor did an American company have a right to employ him), and damn sure shouldn't be back here again in 2005, a second border jumping episode, which qualifies him for status as a felon.

Everardo Perez is paralyized from falling out of a tree and that is tragic; but so was the paralysis that Christopher Reeve sustained after a fall from a horse; and worse still are the countless examples of paralysis and severe injury sustained by American military men and women in combat who populate veterans' hospitals. It is human to be touched by such tragedies and to grieve for the afflicted. And it is charitable and good-hearted to help the less fortunate, and no nation's people on the face of the earth are more inclined this way than we Americans. But, the United States, regardless of its riches and economic strength, cannot possibly be all things to all people of all countries.

I don't regard Edward Hegstrom's piece as a "human interest story." I regard it as an integral link in an ongoing propaganda campaign being waged by the Houston Chronicle and other open borders' apologists in the liberal mainstream media who, in putting a human face on the illegal alien problem, are trying to attach an inhumane face to those of us calling for the president and the Congress to develop a backbone in putting a stop to the invasion across our southern border -- an invasion that has resulted in, by conservative estimates, a population of 11+ million illegal aliens afoot in our land and an additional 10,000/day brazenly jumping our border with Mexico. It is the preferred gambit to paint illegal aliens as poor, hapless, desperate people in search of a better life for themselves and their families in our land and, most importantly, and what a canard it is, willing to do the work that Americans refuse to do.

It's an ironic justaposition that the Houston Chronicle ran this story on October 16th about how wealthy Latin Americans are buying up choice property and homes in the Houston area (a metropolitan area, I should add, with 350,000 to 400,000 illegals living here) and how one Mexican national has decided, weary as she is of Mexico's crime and violence, to make her permanent home here in a Royal Oaks Country Club neighborhood.

Security concerns and economic instability in many nations south of the U.S.-Mexico border are driving many Latin Americans to scoop up real estate in the United States, with cities such as Miami, New York and Houston among the most popular markets for foreign investors.

Though some Latin Americans prefer to buy condominiums in Miami for the city's beaches or in New York for its designer boutiques, Houston is a hot destination because of its affordable real estate market, upscale shops, respected Medical Center and proximity to their native countries.

With so many airlines connecting to Latin American cities, Houston is popular with investors who want to spend the weekend in their vacation homes in the Bayou City.

And with Mexico's heated presidential election less than a year away, many in that nation's upper class are searching for secure investments. They fear that if former Mexico City Mayor Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador wins, he could enact policies that would threaten their pocketbooks.

I've heard it described countless times by wealthy Mexican nationals that there are at least three, likely four, levels of chronic poverty in Mexico, the least of which is infinitely more abject than anything we would find here in the United States. The wealthy ride the backs of the poor there and the corrupt Mexican government encourages and guides the emmigration of its poor, sick, and lawless to the United States in order to grow its second largest source of revenue -- billions of dollars in remittances from illegals working in our country -- and to mitigate the costs of tending to its poor, which it is uninterested in helping. We get 9+ million Mexican illegals and the burdensome costs to accomodate them; Mexico gets $13+ billion in annual remittances.

If Everardo Perez can ride an inner tube and a wheelchair to enter the United States illegally, then he can ride the cushioned seat of a commercial jetliner back to Mexico, where the wealthy elite buying up vacation homes in Houston, New York, and Miami can provide the necessary tax dollars for his rehabilitation. Presidente Vicente Fox ought to be looking out for his people, rather than giving them "How To Guides" on illegally entering the United States. And, final point: 45.8 million American citizens are without any healthcare coverage and we're supposed to coddle Everardo Perez and fund his medical care and long-term rehab?

Wake up, America; we're being raped and pillaged by Mexico. And our government seems paralyzed to stop it.