Friday, October 26, 2007

Immigrants Targeted for Crime in Wake of Anti-Immigrant Hysteria in Virginia

We recently (and here) reported on the immigration law passed in Prince William County. Latinos were particularly upset by the law's unanimous passage.  As has been seen in the past, the anti-immigrant agitation for the law has had negative collateral effects on the immigrant -- lawful and undocumented -- community.  The Washington Post reports that robbers have targeted immigrants for crime.  This unfortunately is not surprising.  My bet is that we will see an increase in the number of hate crimes against Latina/os and reports of discrimination against Latina/os in the wake of the passage of the Prince William County law.  Sadly, it is as predictible as the sun rising in the morning.


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I am a Chinese immigrant who used to work for immigration law firms. Instead of calling efforts to curb illegal immigration "hysteria," legal residents of diverse backgrounds truly concerned about racial harmony should heed the following:

U.S.-born Juan Armando Roque de Lara published an article on 2/10/04 which was posted on" . In that article, he wrote: "Jewry and its control of the United States government is the true enemy of Aztlan ... our Ultimate Enemy is the jew..."

In 1999, Principal Norman Berman was reported in the L.A. Times as beaten "unconscious" by Latino men who told him: "We don't want you here any more, white principal..."

On 10/2/2001,Congressman Howard Berman was quoted in the L.A. Times in response to a lawsuit by MALDEF (Mexican American Legal Defense & Educational Fund) which claimed that the redistricting in California favored keeping white incumbents in power. Here is Berman's quote: "For 30 years in public office, I have not merely voted for, but have led the legislative battles to enact issues of importance to the Latino community. I guess for MALDEF, it's more about skin color and ethnicity than the philosophy and the quality of representation."

On 7/7/06, Mexican American professor Armando Navarro, who has worked closely with the Mexican government to fight measures to secure our borders, was quoted in the Los Angeles Times as saying, "A new majority is forming. Everything will change. The White House will be within our reach…"

According to the 2000 Census, the U.S. population had increased by about 13 percent since 1990, but people who identified themselves as Mexican had grown by 53 percent. A number of Mexican activists have stated publicly: "This land [American Southwest] is our land. It is stolen land."

If another amnesty is granted, millions of legalized aliens will become potential voters. They could add within years tens of millions of additional U.S. and foreign-born relatives to the U.S. who could become potential voters (and who will consume energy, need education, health care, welfare, etc. that any taxes that most will pay will not cover due to their low incomes). Mexico has fought all U.S. measures to secure our borders and has actively encouraged illegal migration to the U.S. Although many Mexican Americans are patriotic, during last year's massive demonstrations, many protesters waved Mexican flags and pressured the U.S. with demands identical to Mexico's. In 1997, Ernest Zedillo, then-president of Mexico, declared in Chicago: “I have proudly affirmed that the Mexican nation extends beyond the territory enclosed by its borders and that Mexican migrants are an important -- a very important -- part of it." What is Mexico's real agenda?

Here is my article published on 2/9/06 in Harvard Law School's Record, "Examine Mexico's Real Intent Before Reforming Immigration,"

Here is my article which was published in the winter of 2004 entitled, "Mexican Immigration and Its Potential Impact on the Political Future of the United States,"

Latin America has 37 billionnaires. Mexican citizen Carlos Slim has replaced Bill Gates as the world's #1 richest person! Why shouldn't leaders in Latin America and other parts of the world work on improving life for their own citizens?

Do open border advocates really want the U.S. to become another Latin America or India, places that many Asian and Hispanic Americans or their ancestry have left???

Yeh Ling-Ling

Posted by: Yeh Ling-Ling | Oct 26, 2007 10:12:22 AM

Professor, it seems that you missed a paragraph from your Washington Post article. You are practicing the same disinformation tactics that you've accused Lou Dobbs of doing.

I quote your article: "Despite their brutality, the robberies are not necessarily motivated by ethnic bigotry, authorities say. Rather, they are typically crimes of opportunity. While the majority of the perpetrators have been identified as black men, Latinos and whites have also been charged in some cases, authorities said."

Good for you Ye Ling-Ling, it's about time that honest legal immigrants spoke out against the current lawlessness promoted by immigration lawyers.

Posted by: Horace | Oct 26, 2007 3:46:11 PM

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