Los Angeles Times, the newspaper I receive
at home and possibly the most pro-open borders paper in
published an editorial on
2006, titled “Ready for 300 million.” The editorial celebrated the
coming “arrival of the 300 millionth living human inhabitant of the
States, projected by the U.S. Census Bureau
to occur in mid-October.” Note, now we are “inhabitants” of the
rather than citizens. The paper, owned by the Tribune Co., the big print and broadcast media
that “no camera is likely to record a more significant demographic milestone.”
I call 300 million a millstone, not a
Much of the editorial quoted from a Census Bureau news release. This is mostly
what big media companies do—quote from big-government news releases—instead of
being honest watchdogs exposing government waste, fraud, corruption, abuse of
power, and telling the American people about government-forced mass immigration
and its effects on us.
“In a news release this week, the bureau
offered several folksy factoids about how the
has changed as it has become more crowded,” the Times wrote. Isn’t that nice.
The paper admits that
“has become more crowded.” However, instead of pointing out why we’re “more
crowded” and how that has negatively impacted our quality of life, the Times
quoted “folksy factoids” from a government news release.
For example, the
Times wrote, in 1967
when our population was 200 million, “the rage was color TV. Increase the
population to 300 million and our affections turn to iPods, ‘American Idol,’
and cell phones.”
One “folksy factoid” from the Census Bureau
news release the
Times somehow omitted from its editorial was the number
of foreign-born people in
in 1967 vs. the number this year. In 1967, the bureau said, there were 9.7
million foreign-born people. They comprised 5 percent of the total population.
was the leading country of origin. This year, according to the release, there
are 34.3 million foreign-born people in
They comprise 12 percent of the total population, and
is the leading country of origin.
Now we’re getting somewhere.
Instead of being flippant about our population
explosion by describing what gadgets were popular in 1967 compared with today,
Los Angeles Times have told its readers how rapidly
has become Mexicanized because of the illegal-alien invasion and massive legal
immigration? Yes, but that doesn’t fit their agenda of open borders and
globalism. So I’ll have to tell you about
speedy descent from paradise to
Third World since the
mid-1960s when we were a nation of about 200 million.
was paradise for many people, including me. That was the year I moved to the
with my parents and brother. I was twelve years old. It also was the year
before Congress decided to open its door to mass immigration by amending the
Immigration and Nationality Act, eliminating quotas based on national origin
and introducing family reunification. Not that I knew anything about any
immigration act. I was more interested in riding my skateboard.
My dad had been transferred to a new aerospace company in
Park, which is located at the
western end of the sprawling
San Fernando Valley in
The Valley consisted of mostly middle-
class Americans at that time.
We bought a house in a new development in
Park near the rocky
and just a few miles from the pass leading into the
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”
was so peaceful that we didn’t lock our house or car doors.
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
to see movies at famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. And I remember us driving up
California to vacation
at one of our nation’s natural wonders, the
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,
New York, in 1968. I was heartbroken and
dreamed of returning to sunny
That day finally came twenty years later in 1988 when I left my position as
media relations manager for United Airlines in
and moved to the
Los Angeles area
to manage corporate communications for United’s Mileage Plus subsidiary. I was
thrilled to be returning to the
A Flood of
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
was impacted the most.
Millions of poor and uneducated people from south of the border, mostly
Mexicans, had flooded into
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 that Americans seemed to be
disappearing. In fact, they were disappearing. Thousands of native-born
Americans were leaving the
they grew up in was becoming another country,
and the quality of life was deteriorating.
Initially I did not comprehend all of the consequences. But as the years
passed, those consequences were becoming clearer as the
area increasingly resembled a Third-World
I was especially angry about illegal immigration because
it wasn’t fair to native-born American citizens or legal immigrants—not to
mention the fact that illegal immigration is simply illegal. I sometimes asked
friends, some of whom disagreed with my views, “Suppose the roles were reversed
and millions of poor Americans invaded
; how would Mexicans
feel, and what would they do?” However, I rarely expressed these common-sense
thoughts outside of my social circle 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, millions of Californians 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 Governor 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.
And what about the
I remember from my youth? It no longer exists. The once golden state is many
billions of dollars in debt. Most of the
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
In the 1960s, there were six million residents
Today that number has climbed to a staggering and unmanageable 10 million.
Between 1994 and 2004,
population jumped by more than five million people, bringing the total to more
than 36 million. Virtually 100 percent of the population growth for both
L.A. is from illegal aliens,
legal immigrants, and children born to them.
While local TV news anchors eagerly report on
the latest celebrity trial, cosmetic surgery procedure, or movie blockbuster,
Los Angeles area is crumbling
under the immigration-driven population explosion and importation of massive
poverty. The region has officially become
poverty capital and has the worst traffic in the nation. Housing costs are the
least affordable in the
The area has officially become the gang capital of the world, with at least
80,000 members. 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.
Public schools, hospitals, and jails in the
area 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.
Nevertheless, dozens of schools are being
built, at a cost of billions of dollars to taxpayers, to accommodate illegal
aliens and their children. Violence between Hispanics and American citizens
occurs regularly in the schools. 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. More than
two-thirds of the births are to illegal aliens, mostly Mexicans. Fifty-three
percent of the workers in
County aged sixteen and older can
barely read, write, or speak English. 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
region, 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 the taxpayers’ expense. It is becoming difficult to find
English-speaking stations on the radio among the many foreign-language
stations, mostly Spanish. Employers increasingly require job applicants to
speak Spanish in addition to English.
looks more like
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
of aliens are crammed into single-family homes and apartments. The Mexican flag
hangs from the front porches of many properties.
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
sprawl, like the rest of the region.
is no longer an American city. In the once pristine
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
As a result of these cataclysmic changes, I
feel like a stranger in my own country.
has become Mexifornia and
has become its capital.
Unfortunately, my factual description of how
the quality of life has deteriorated in the
area during the past 40 years because of the illegal-alien invasion and
unrestrained immigration will never appear in the op-ed section of the
Angeles Times. The elites at the paper, who know what’s best for us, would
rather tell their readers that color TV was the “rage” in 1967 and “our
affections” turned to iPods in 2006.
second-largest paper ended their editorial “Ready for 300 million” in this way:
“No information is available, however, about what ‘the rage’ will be in 2040,”
the paper wrote, “when the bureau projects a population of 400 million.
Biodegradable Black-Berrys? Super sunblock to combat global warming? Wait! We
know: predictions about where and when No. 400 million will be born.”
Now here’s my
prediction for the
Los Angeles Times in 2040. If we don’t secure our
borders, enforce our immigration laws, and significantly reduce legal
immigration now, the
Los Angeles Times will either be out of business
because all of the English-speaking people will have left the region, or it
will become a Spanish-language paper.
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