Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Your P.I.S.S. report for August 30th

Now that mother-of-the-year Elvira Arellano has been deported back to Mexico, the pro-illegal sob stories have been filling the über-PC San Francisco Chronicle.

First up is a wonderful little sob-story by the 'Horatio Alger' of illegal immigrants - the Chron's own Tyche Hendricks. In an article called "Illegal immigrants choice: work underground or leave," Hendricks documents the heartbreaking story of "Jorge S." - a grocery clerk in an East Bay city.

Jorge S., an East Bay grocery store clerk, worries about his family's future if the Bush administration follows through with its declaration this month to crack down on employers who fail to verify the legal status of their workers.

"Everyone at the store is worried about it. We're all in the same boat," said Jorge, 53, who invented a Social Security number to get hired eight years ago and would not give his last name for fear of losing his job. "I'd be in a very difficult situation if I lose my job."

Oh, boo hooo! Another character Tyche introduces to us is Sylvia Esperanza...

Peninsula resident Silvia Esparza, 44, said she already finds life as an undocumented immigrant pretty tough. She lives with a perpetual fear of being deported, has no driver's license and no possibility of establishing credit. Though she has lived in the Bay Area for 17 years and works for a mail-order cleaning products company, she said she would give it up and return to Mexico if she lost her job over a no-match letter.

"I would go back to my country, but that's because I don't have the problem of having my children here," said Esparza, who sent her four kids to live with her parents in Baja California several years ago to protect them from the influence of American gangs. "I'm a hard worker, so I know I could survive. But I don't know if my kids would be able to continue their education. I've put the two oldest through university."

Hmmmm... let's see.... she's lived in America for 17 years, and - though the article doesn't say it explicitly - is working with fraudulent papers. Why else would she be worried about a no-match letter? And isn't it a little bit telling that, after 17 years, she still refers to Mexico as "my country?" Why am I not feeling any sympathy???

And now, let's bring in the "experts"....

The hotly debated question in Washington is which to tackle first. The Bush administration heightened its focus on enforcement after Congress failed this summer, for the second consecutive year, to reach an agreement on reworking the nation's immigration laws.

But Westlye and others say the administration is putting the cart before the horse. Mark Silverman, a staff attorney at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center in San Francisco, believes the government must first legalize unauthorized immigrants and create a way for future foreign workers to come lawfully.

"Then you can say we're going to ... enforce the laws against hiring undocumented workers really strictly," he said.

This is the laughable argument we hear time and time again from the pro-illegal advocates... just make everyone on earth legal - and then go after the illegals.

Fucking amazing.

P.S. - the article generated over 200 comments, almost all of which were saying what I've been saying for years... that the Chronicle is completely one-sided in its coverage of immigration, and needs to honestly discuss the problems of illegal immigration, and not just say "illegal aliens can do no wrong."

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