1964, southern California was paradise for many people, including me. That was
the year I moved to the Golden State from Maryland with my parents and brother.
I was 12 years old. It also was the year before Congress decided to open
its door to mass immigration.
My dad had been
transferred to a new aerospace company in Canoga Park, which is located at the
western end of the sprawling San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles County. The
Valley was mostly middle-class Americans at that time.
We bought a
house in a new development in Canoga Park near the rocky Santa Susanna Mountains
and just a few miles from the pass leading into the Simi Valley. Many Hollywood
westerns were shot on those locations. Our small development was nearly
surrounded by orange groves, open spaces, and movie ranches, where TV series
such as “Lassie” were filmed.
Canoga Park was
so peaceful we didn’t lock our house or car doors. California schools, including
my junior high, were the envy of the nation. I remember learning to ride horses
with my dad at a ranch in nearby Chatsworth, a mostly rural area back then. I
remember our family driving on surface streets and freeways, where there was no
gridlock, to Hollywood to see movies at famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. And I
remember us driving up to central California to vacation at one of our nation’s
natural wonders, the Sequoia National Park. Those are some of my
But my dad lost
his job in layoffs at his company and we ended up moving back to our birthplace,
Binghamton, New York, in 1968. I was heartbroken and dreamed of returning to
sunny southern California.
finally came 20 years later in 1988 when I left my position as media relations
manager for United Airlines in Chicago and moved to the Los Angeles area to
manage corporate communications for United’s Mileage Plus subsidiary. I was
thrilled to be back in the Golden State.
A Flood of
However, southern California was
not the place I remembered fondly. Because of massive legal and illegal
immigration, the population was exploding. The immigration boom was also
occurring in other states, but California was impacted the most.
Millions of poor and uneducated people from south
of the border, mostly Mexicans, had flooded into California and other states to
seek jobs and take advantage of free social services. The nearly three million
illegal aliens amnestied by Congress and President Reagan in 1986 encouraged
millions more to come illegally. People also were pouring in from other parts of
I remember half joking with my buddies Bob and
Rico that Americans seemed to be disappearing. In fact, they were disappearing.
Thousands of native-born Americans were leaving the Golden State because the
California they grew up in was becoming another country, and the quality of life
Initially I did not comprehend all of the
consequences. But as the years passed, those consequences were becoming clearer
as the Los Angeles area increasingly resembled a Third World city.
especially angry about illegal immigration because it wasn’t fair to native-born
American citizens or legal immigrants. And illegal immigration is
sometimes asked friends, some of whom disagreed with my views, suppose the roles
were reversed and millions of poor Americans invaded Mexico. How would Mexicans
feel and what would they do? However, I rarely expressed these common-sense
thoughts out loud for fear of being called a racist, even though my concerns
were about the rule of law, the effects of overpopulation, and the American way
of life. “Political correctness,” a nice term for censorship, silenced many
Americans then as it does today.
In 1994, like
millions of other Californians, including majorities of whites, blacks, and
Asians, and 30 percent of Hispanics, I voted in favor of ballot measure
Proposition 187. The initiative would have denied most social services to
illegal aliens and eliminated a magnet for people to enter the state unlawfully.
The measure passed overwhelmingly. Then pro-illegal alien groups set out to
overturn the will of the voters through lawsuits and legal delays. Several years
later Gov. Gray Davis killed the proposition in a
backroom deal with open-borders politicians and organizations, angering
Californians. The proposition was never enacted, and the invasion and quality of
life continued to worsen.
By the late 1990s, Californians were increasingly
fed up with the immigrant tidal wave. In the worst affected areas, some stayed
home to escape the constant traffic gridlock or to avoid communication barriers
as foreign languages, mostly Spanish, were becoming more prevalent than English.
And, shockingly, many foreigners were arrogant toward Americans, with no regard
for American interests or culture.
Awakening After 9/11
However, it took the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, to fully awaken
Americans to an immigration crisis and our federal government’s failure to
protect us. Since the 9/11 hijackers broke U.S. immigration laws, the effects of
rising immigration and porous borders begged for our attention.2
Websites, talk-radio, cable TV shows, and books discussed the issues. Community
meetings focused on the problems. Here, I came to know the people featured in
this book, as well as many others in the growing movement fighting to end
illegal immigration, re-establish national borders and bring common sense back
knowledgeable and patriotic Americans exposed the root cause of symptoms
addressed in newspapers and news broadcasts: mass immigration. For years
Congress has been deliberately importing millions of foreigners legally and
illegally to drive down wages in America and gain new voters. Well-funded and
politically powerful pro-illegal-alien organizations in America gained political
influences. The Mexican activists’ agenda, led in part by U.S. elected
officials, sought to re-conquer the Southwestern United States for Mexico
through uncontrolled immigration. And, mega corporations aided the immigrant
flood to achieve the globalists’ goal of a new world order of erased borders,
increased corporate power, and decreased individual rights.
officials created this disaster, voted to provide numerous incentives that
encourage more immigration, favored aliens over American citizens, and taxed
citizens to pay for all of it. The media deceived Americans about immigration
and pushed the open-borders agenda. We were collectively duped and betrayed.
From Paradise to
And what about the California I
remember from my youth? It no longer exists. The once golden state is many
billions of dollars in debt. Most of the Los Angeles region has gone from
paradise to Third World and become a Mexican colony surrounded by affluent gated
communities. Much of this cultural transformation has occurred since 1988, two
years after the federal government’s ill-advised amnesty triggered a nonstop
flood of people mostly from Mexico.
In the 1960s, there were six million residents in
Los Angeles County. Today that number has climbed to a staggering and
unmanageable 10 million. California’s population jumped by more than five
million people between 1994 and 2004 to more than 36 million. Virtually 100
percent of the population growth for both California and L.A. is from illegal
aliens, legal immigrants, and children born to them.3
While local TV
news anchors eagerly report on the latest celebrity trial, cosmetic
surgery procedure, or movie blockbuster, the Los Angeles area is crumbling
the immigration-driven population explosion and importation of massive poverty.
The region has officially become America’s poverty capital4 and has
the worst traffic in the nation.5
Housing costs are
the least affordable in the U.S.6
area has officially become the gang capital of the world, with at least 80,000
gangsters terrorize neighborhoods and commit virtually all of the murders in the
Up to two-thirds of all fugitive felony warrants are for illegal aliens.8
Public schools, hospitals, and jails are overwhelmed, thus draining taxpayer
Schools have gone from best to worst in the nation, with more than 60 percent of
Hispanic students dropping out of high school, the highest of any group.9
Nevertheless, dozens of schools are being built, at a cost of billions of
dollars to taxpayers, to accommodate illegal aliens and their children.10
Violence between Hispanics and American citizens occurs regularly in the
bankrupt and close every few months
uninsured illegals use emergency rooms for everything from primary care to
birthing services and actual emergencies.12
two-thirds of the births are to illegal aliens, mostly Mexicans.13
Fifty-three percent of Los Angeles County workers aged 16 and older
barely read, write, or speak English.14
Thousands of aliens loiter on street corners and in parking lots every
day hoping for employers to pick them up and take them to work sites.
languages are spoken in the L.A. region,15 but Spanish is the
predominant foreign language. Signs in stores, gas stations, restaurants,
hospitals, and government offices are printed in Spanish as well as English.
Many highway billboards and ads on mass transit buses are completely in Spanish.
Voter ballots and state driving manuals are printed in multiple languages at
taxpayer expense. It is becoming increasingly difficult to find English-speaking
stations on the radio dial among the many foreign-language stations, mostly
Spanish. Employers increasingly require job applicants to speak Spanish in
addition to English.
Los Angeles looks
more like Mexico every day. In many areas of the region, discarded furniture and
trash are piled up in front of houses and apartment buildings. Mexicans push
carts on sidewalks selling food. Teenage Mexican mothers push baby carriages,
sometimes with one or more toddlers trotting alongside. Houses and storefronts
look like the ramshackle ones in Tijuana. Dozens of aliens are crammed into
single-family homes and apartments.
Mexican flag hangs from the front porches of many properties. Canoga
Park, where I lived safely as a teenager, is now home to some of the San
Fernando Valley’s most notorious Mexican gangs.
My junior high has
mostly Hispanic students. Chatsworth, the rural area where I learned to ride
horses with my dad, is now swallowed by the Los Angeles sprawl, like the rest of
the region. Hollywood is no longer an American city. In the once pristine
Sequoia National Park, where I vacationed in the 1960s, international drug
cartels have taken over large remote areas. The
criminal gangs grow marijuana and protect their fields with AK-47s, handguns,
and machetes, using illegal aliens from Mexico.16
As a result of
these cataclysmic changes, I feel like a stranger in my own country. California
has become Mexifornia and Los Angeles has become its capital.
Marxist Revolutionaries Rally
On Sept. 20, 2003, the
“Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride” rally started a trek across the nation from Los
Angeles City Hall. The event marked the send-off for “activists taking part in a
campaign based on the civil rights bus rides of the 1960s,” the Los Angeles
Times reported.17 L.A. was one of nine cities sending buses
filled with “immigrants” to Washington. “Supporters are calling for legalization
for the nation’s estimated 10 million illegal immigrants, a clear path for them
to become U.S. citizens and quicker procedures to reunify families,” the
Times said. In truth, organizers demanded much more, including driver’s
licenses, in-state tuition benefits, general public assistance, and open
Organizers said the campaign was supported by a
coalition of labor unions, religious groups, and civil rights activists. In
fact, the campaign was organized by many radical groups such as the Communist
Party USA, the Center for Marxist Education, the National Lawyers Guild (a legal
front for the Communist Party), the National Council of La Raza (a leftist
Hispanic lobby for “the race”), and MEChA (a group active on university and high
school campuses calling for a Hispanic homeland — “Aztlan” — made
up of our Southwestern states).18
Angeles Times called the spectacle a “boisterous crowd waving orange
balloons, American flags, and union banners.” But what I saw and heard that
morning at city hall with my friends Paul, a physicist, and Edward, a college
history instructor, was alarming. On the lawn of our government building were
hundreds of illegal aliens angrily demanding all the rights of American
citizens. Demonstrators were carrying flags of Mexico, banners calling for open
borders, and publications advocating socialism and communism.
featured a parade of opportunistic labor organizers, religious leaders, and
elected officials, including Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn and city council
members. While this scene was unfolding, dozens of L.A. police officers were
idly standing by in small groups quietly talking with one another. Our elected
officials and law officers, all paid by American taxpayers to enforce our laws
and protect us, were publicly aiding and abetting hundreds of criminal alien
invaders with Marxist overtures to overthrow the American government.
After Mayor Hahn and other
city officials spoke, Hispanic organizers screamed into the microphone in
Spanish, calling for “rights” for the “immigrants” and open borders. The
hundreds of invaders fervently chanted back in Spanish while pumping their fists
into the air. The noise was thunderous. It resembled a Hollywood portrayal of a
South American revolution. But this pro-communist revolutionary activity was
real and happening in the United States.
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