Sunday, October 2


Much has been made in the mainstream media and in the left-of-center blogosphere of New Orleans' ethnicity and its largely poor black population. Indeed, the purported failure (owing to clear MSM-generated distortions of fact) of FEMA and the Bush Administration in the early days following the catastrophic landfall of Katrina and the Crescent City's subsequent levee breaks has been deemed a consequence of racism, pure and simple, or, at best, the president's indifference to the needs of the poor. Propaganda, to be sure; but propaganda fanned by the likes of Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and New Orleans' own Ray Nagin, and propaganda that has translated into a peristent perception in the minds of scores of black people that the president's heart is hard as stone when it comes to them.

Now comes the federal largess -- as much an over-reaction to the insidious post-Katrina race-baiting, as the unprecedented evacuation of 2.7 million people in the Galveston-Houston area was a Katrina-induced knee-jerk in the face of Rita's forecasted landfall on America's 4th largest city. Billions and billions of federal dollars will funnel into devastated New Orleans and instead of those Gulf Coast Katrina victims dispossesed of homes and livelihoods sharing in that windfall, Mexican nationals will lead an invasion of illegal aliens (from within and outside of the United States) into that city to benefit from Washington's unchecked spending and, in the process, entirely change the demographics and unique culture of that city, turning it into a smaller mirror-image of Los Angeles.

President Bush will pace this because he's anything but a fiscal conservative, because he's a decent man who is naturally sensitive to the outlandish claims that he is a racist, and because during the five years he's occupied the White House he has not done a thing about the porous borders issue and remains obstinately in favor of amnesty for illegals, liberal Guest Worker programs, and looking the other way from Mexico's determined effort to export its poor, its illiterate, its unhealthy, and even much of its criminal element, because it refuses in all of its notorious corruption to help its hapless, preferring instead to benefit from the billions and billions of dollars its citizens remit back to it each year from the United States.

Think I'm over-exaggerating? Then read this piece by Gregory Rodriguez in today's online edition of the "Houston Chronicle" (registration required) and found on the first page of its "Outlook" section in Sunday's print edition!

Writes Gregory Rodriguez presciently:

No matter what all the politicians and activists want, African-Americans and impoverished white Cajuns will not be first in line to rebuild the Katrina-ravaged Gulf Coast and New Orleans. Latino immigrants, many of them undocumented, will. And when they're done, they're going to stay, making New Orleans look like Los Angeles. It's the federal government that will have made the transformation possible, further exposing the hollowness of the immigration debate.

President Bush has promised that Washington will pick up the greater part of the cost for "one of the largest reconstruction efforts the world has ever seen." To that end, he suspended provisions of the Davis-Bacon Act that would have required government contractors to pay prevailing wages in Louisiana and devastated parts of Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. And the Department of Homeland Security has temporarily suspended sanctioning employers who hire workers who cannot document their citizenship. The idea is to benefit Americans who may have lost everything in the hurricane, but the main effect will be to let contractors hire illegal immigrants.

Mexican and Central American laborers are already arriving in southeastern Louisiana. One construction firm based in Metairie, La., sent a foreman to Houston to round up 150 workers willing to do cleanup work for $15 an hour, more than twice their wages in Texas. The men — most of whom are undocumented, according to news accounts — live outside New Orleans in mobile homes without running water and electricity. The foreman expects them to stay "until there's no more work" but "there's going to be a lot of construction jobs for a really long time."

The upshot:

It is not the first time that hurricanes and other natural disasters have triggered population movements. In 1998, Hurricane Mitch slammed into Central America, sending waves of migrants northward. The 2001 earthquakes in El Salvador produced similar shifts. The effects of Hurricane Andrew may better foretell New Orleans' future. The 1992 storm displaced 250,000 residents in southeast Florida. The construction boom that followed attracted large numbers of Latin American immigrants, who rebuilt towns such as Homestead, whose Latino population has increased by 50 percent since then.

And to think Jesse Jackson was proposing a Black-Hispanic coalition not too many months ago after a trip to Mexico City. Blacks won't rebuild the Gulf Coast. Illegal aliens will and "El Plan de Aztlan" will continue unimpeded and, in fact, accelerated. Mardis Gras will become Cinco de Mayo. The governors of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama will likely, in time, be facing the same kinds of illegal alien-induced crises that the governors of New Mexico, Arizona, and California are presently facing.