Tuesday, January 10


The "Houston Chronicle" -- the newspaper of America's fourth largest city -- has had a long-standing pro-immigration stance and works that agenda actively. Houston has 350,000 - 400,000 illegal aliens (the Chronicle would call them "undocumented immigrants") and they, and those who will join their swelling ranks, can look to the Chronicle's editorial board for continued support and advocacy.

That advocacy, however, takes a ludicrous turn in this morning's editorial -- a piece of rank sophism. The editorialist chooses to make a leap in logic on the basis that a "Stop The Invasion" rally across 20 cities last Saturday "fizzled" with scant turnout.

The surveys on attitudes about illegal immigration are appearing thick and fast — and are full of contradictions. But the drowsy rallies that were meant to be national uprisings seem to translate all these numbers into at least two truths. Most Americans don't seem interested in bullying ordinary workers to protest U.S. policies. Instead, they seem to be weighing compassion, common sense and economics, and demanding action from the proper source — their lawmakers.

This blog has reported previously on the growing unrest in the city of Houston over illegal aliens loitering on street corners and in parking lots looking for day jobs.

In this post I wrote:

Yes, most day laborers who congregate at sites in Houston and other American cities are illegal aliens and already lawbreakers for having breeched America's borders; but Houston is a so-called "Sanctuary City" and many big city newspapers are in favor of their local police forces passing the buck for enforcement of immigration law to federal authorities simply because they know federal authorities are overwhelmed by the sheer numbers (11+ million conservatively) of illegals afoot in the country. Newspapers kow-tow to Latino activist groups, just as police chiefs do. Meanwhile, criminal activity by illegal aliens is abetted and protected, as the Claremont Institute rightly reports, and the Chronicle's editorialist purposefully fails to illuminate.

And who cares if illegal aliens become "mistrustful" of police authorities -- they're here illegally, many are breaking other laws, they're a drain on local, state, and federal treasuries, they rent our social fabric, upend our educational systems, enervate our healthcare systems, and for that and more they have no business receiving any silk glove treatment from law enforcement agencies.

I find it interesting that the Chronicle finds such pregnant meaning in a rally that failed to draw expected numbers, yet has both attacked The Minutemen and dismissed the size and impact of this national organization. And just this past October, when The Minutemen were intent on coming to Houston to observe so-called "undocumented day laborers" (translation: illegal aliens) and to document their activity, the Houston Chronicle turned its editorial guns on these patriots. As I wrote then:

If a Minuteman volunteer is appropriately licensed to carry a concealed weapon under federal and state law and is, in fact, carrying a concealed weapon while participating in the Minutemen campaign in Houston in October, then why should such individuals be rousted by police officers to ensure that they are duly licensed? And if a reference to "rousting" is a presumption on my part, then kindly explain just how Lt. Robert Manzo and the Houston Police Department intend to ensure that Minutemen carrying concealed weapons are duly licensed? The "Houston Chronicle" conveniently neglected to cover that point.

Understand this: in a "Sanctuary City" such as Houston, police officers cannot stop a suspected illegal immigrant and ask to see personal identification and immigration documentation. That is strictly against the law. Only federal authorities can do that. Accordingly, America's fourth largest city is overrun with illegal immigrants and their informal day labor staging areas present a real problem for its citizens and particularly its legitimate businessmen.

Any number of national polls indicate what the Houston Chronicle refuses to acknowledge: a vast majority of Americans want their country's borders secured. They want the invasion stopped. And stopping border-jumpers requires no "nuance." It requires border fencing, surveillance technology, bolstered ranks of U.S. Border Patrol agents, and, perhaps, troops stationed along the border. And it requires what the Bush administration has steadfastly refused to do: to take a tougher position with the corrupt government of Mexico, which encourages border-jumping and feeds off of the remittances of Mexican nationals residing and working illegally in the United States.

The Houston Chronicle editorialist would do well to go back and read a well-done story by the Chronicle's own James Pinkerton and re-think how transparently credulity was stretched in today's editorial.

FOLLOW-UP: The Houston Chronicle is claiming most Americans want nuanced approaches to the illegal alien crisis in America. That's poppycock. Read this excerpt from a May 9, 2005, GAO (Government Accountability Office) report on the number of arrests of illegal aliens in this country and tell me "nuanced approaches" are needed for such criminality by a huge population (estimated at between 11 and 12 million) of illegal aliens afoot in the United States:

In our population study of 55,322 illegal aliens, we found that they were arrested at least a total of 459,614 times, averaging about 8 arrests per illegal alien. Nearly all had more than 1 arrest. Thirty-eight percent (about 21,000) had between 2 and 5 arrests, 32 percent (about 18,000) had between 6 and 10 arrests, and 26 percent (about 15,000) had 11 or more arrests. Most of the arrests occurred after 1990. They were arrested for a total of about 700,000 criminal offenses, averaging about 13 offenses per illegal alien. One arrest incident may include multiple offenses, a fact that explains why there are nearly one and half times more offenses than arrests. Almost all of these illegal aliens were arrested for more than 1 offense. Slightly more than half of the 55,322 illegal aliens had between 2 and 10 offenses. About 45 percent of all offenses were drug or immigration offenses. About 15 percent were property-related offenses such as burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and property damage. About 12 percent were for violent offenses such as murder, robbery, assault, and sex-related crimes. The balance was for such other offenses as traffic violations, including driving under the influence; fraud--including forgery and counterfeiting; weapons violations; and obstruction of justice. Eighty percent of all arrests occurred in three states--California, Texas, and Arizona. Specifically, about 58 percent of all arrests occurred in California, 14 percent in Texas, and 8 percent in Arizona.

FOLLOW-UP II: I'll grant you, it's just an example of one city in which this rally occurred, but here, I think, is a more balanced report from "The Journal News."

FOLLOW-UP III (01/11/06): Read this and tell me why "nuanced" approaches are needed, as the Houston Chronicle editorialist maintains, when Mexico's and Central America's diplomatic community are anything but nuanced in their ridiculous demands?