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American Patriots Battle to Save the Nation
By Daniel Sheehy

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Chapter One

A Stranger in My
Own Country

In 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 memories.

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.

That day 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 Immigrants

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 the world.

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 was deteriorating.1

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.

I was especially angry about illegal immigration because it wasn’t fair to native-born American citizens or legal immigrants. And illegal immigration is illegal. I 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 to immigration.

These 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.

Our elected 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 Third World

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 under 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 The area has officially become the gang capital of the world, with at least 80,000 members.7 Illegal-alien gangsters terrorize neighborhoods and commit virtually all of the murders in the region. Up to two-thirds of all fugitive felony warrants are for illegal aliens.8 Public schools, hospitals, and jails are overwhelmed, thus draining taxpayer resources. 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 schools.11 Hospitals become bankrupt and close every few months because countless uninsured illegals use emergency rooms for everything from primary care to birthing services and actual emergencies.12 More than two-thirds of the births are to illegal aliens, mostly  Mexicans.13 Fifty-three percent of Los Angeles County workers aged 16 and older can 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.

Dozens of 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. The 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 borders.

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

The Los 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.

The rally 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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