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Pelosi's Stake in Illegal Immigration By: Joseph Klein
FrontPageMagazine.com | Monday, October 30, 2006


The Minuteman Project, founded by Jim Gilchrist (who is also the co-author of the book Minutemen: The Battle to Secure America’s Borders), is made up of citizen volunteers who watch our border with Mexico and report illegal entry to the border patrol.  For performing that thankless task in full compliance with the law, Gilchrist and his colleagues have been falsely maligned as fascists, racists, and even murderers.  They have been driven off the speaker’s platform at Columbia University and vilified by Leftist politicians and their handmaidens in the liberal press.

 

So it was no surprise that the mainstream media chose to ignore a recent press release, issued by his publisher, in which Gilchrist asked the question about Nancy Pelosi’s ethics that should be on the minds of every law-abiding American – including those immigrants who are following the law to become citizens here the proper way: “Do we really need a House Speaker whose every action is calculated to enhance her own financial interests, instead of focusing on how porous borders will affect the security of everyday American citizens?” 

 

Gilchrist did not stop there.  He demanded an investigation into Pelosi’s “economic stake in just the kind of illegal alien exploitation that we deplore in Minutemen.”  But you would never know it from the liberal media, who - while ignoring this demand - have had no compunctions in calling for Speaker Hastert’s head in the wake of the Foley page controversy.

  

Gilchrist was reacting to my report several weeks ago in FrontPage Magazine that Pelosi – who owns non-union vineyards in Napa Valley where grape-picking depends chiefly on the availability of cheap foreign labor – is doing everything she can to help open the floodgates to more illegal immigration.  And she wants the American taxpayers to pay their way.  As even more proof of this than I previously reported, Pelosi does not want employers like her to be required to pay the cost of illegal aliens’ hospital care.  She voted against a bill that would make employers liable for the reimbursements if an undocumented employee seeks medical attention.  And she voted in favor of rewarding illegal aliens from Mexico with Social Security benefits.

 

At the same time, Pelosi has led the Democratic opposition to any effective border controls or documentation requirements.  She opposed the Secure Fence Act of 2006, signed into law by President Bush, and voted against final passage of a border security and enforcement bill in 2005 which required that all businesses must use an electronic system to check if all new hires have the legal right to work in this country.  She voted against a bill to bar drivers' licenses for illegal aliens in 2005.  This year she opposed legislation requiring presentation of a legitimate government-issued photo ID to prove eligibility to vote, claiming that “there is little evidence anywhere in the country of a significant problem with non-citizen voters.”  She is dead wrong.  For example, an accused terrorist by the name of Nuradin Abdi was just recently reported to have illegally registered to vote at the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.  Nuradin Abdi was indicted earlier this year as part of a conspiracy to blow up the Columbus Mall.

 

How many other terrorist suspects may have slipped through the system because Leftists like Pelosi oppose any meaningful screens?  Instead she continues to advocate our recognition of the flimsy, non-validated ID card that the Mexican consulates provide to illegal aliens before they cross over our border, called the “matricula consular”, which gives them phony documentation to set up bank accounts, apply for jobs, obtain social benefits, board airplanes, identify themselves to police, enter buildings that require IDs, obtain drivers’ licenses and then perhaps use those drivers’ licenses to try to illegally register to vote in our elections.  

 

Pelosi also believes in giving sanctuary to illegal aliens.  She opposed legislation to deny federal homeland security funding to state and local governments who refuse to share information they learn about an individual's immigration status with Federal immigration authorities.  Pelosi’s hometown of San Francisco is one of the sanctuary cities she voted to protect for the benefit of illegal aliens.  Pelosi even voted against strengthening our immigration law with regard to the deportability of alien terrorists.

 

Jim Gilchrist cut to the chase with this devastating observation that the mainstream media does not want you to read:

"As we’ve shown again and again in ‘Minutemen,’ the Democrats aren’t just hypocrites, but are working actively to subvert our legislative system to their own ends. Their only goal is votes, votes and more votes, no matter where they come from, no matter if they’re cast legally, no matter whether the person casting them is dead, alive, a citizen or an illegal alien."

Pelosi sees Jim Gilchrist’s Minutemen Project as a threat to her pro-illegal alien agenda.  More illegal aliens mean more votes for the Democrats and more grape-pickers for Napa Valley vineyards like hers.  So she even voted against a measure that would have cut off the use of U.S. taxpayers’ funds to tip off illegal aliens as to where the Minutemen citizen patrols may be located!   She obviously wants to see the Minutemen put out of business – permanently.  She can count on the liberal press to distort the work of the Minutemen and to keep out of the public eye Gilchrist’s pointed questions about her motivations for helping illegal aliens during the run-up to the mid-term elections that may make her the next Speaker of the House.  

 

Gilchrist, of course, is accustomed to being vilified and prevented by the Left from getting his message out.   In early October, he was prevented from finishing his speech at the "Minutemen Forum" sponsored by the Columbia College Republicans.  Gilchrist had spoken for just a few minutes and managed to utter the words “I love the First Amendment” when a group of radical protestors took the stage and interrupted him, displaying a big banner saying "There are no illegals."    More protestors then stormed the stage.  Chaos erupted and the audience members who had come to hear Gilchrist speak never got the chance, which was precisely the protestors’ objective.  As reported online by the staff of Columbia’s undergraduate newspaper, “a mosh pit of triumphal students and community members danced and chanted outside, "Asian, Black, Brown and White, we smashed the Minutemen tonight!"  They also put out a statement declaring:

 

            The Minutemen are not a legitimate voice in the debate on immigration. They are a racist, armed militia who have declared open hunting season on immigrants, causing countless hate crimes and over 3000 deaths on the border. Why should exploitative corporations have free passes between nations, but individual people not? No human being is illegal.”  (Emphasis added)

 

We have come to the point in this country where a bunch of radical protestors get to decide who is and who is not a legitimate voice in the debate on as critical a public policy issue as immigration.   Such Leftists think that migration in a borderless world is a basic human right.  They want no barriers, no guards, and no proof of lawful residency.    They certainly do not want the Minutemen watching the border and reporting illegal entry to the authorities. 

 

Leftist slogans like “no human being is illegal” are red herrings.  It is not the human being who is illegal; it is what the human being does that may be illegal.   One’s conduct is the test, not simply who one is.  Immigrants who follow our rules are welcome here.  Those who do not abide by our laws have no right to be here.  A person who breaks into your house without your permission does not deserve room, board and a job as a reward, even if the intruder may be much poorer than you.   He has broken the law and deserves to be punished for what he has done.  Our country’s boundaries and rules for entry and residency similarly define who is permitted to be here and how we choose to protect ourselves.  We are a land of immigrants, but we are also a land of laws with certain core values.  Those seeking to enter our country and remain here must learn to accommodate to our laws and values, not the other way around.  That is the way prior generations of immigrants did it, including those who passed through Ellis Island.  Why should the law be thrown aside now?

 

What we are witnessing is a frontal challenge to our nation’s sovereignty.  Mexico’s Foreign Secretary wants to drag us before the United Nations for intending to build a fence on our side of the border with our money to keep out aliens who seek to enter our country illegally.  They will probably get a sympathetic ear as some UN bureaucrats believe there should be no such thing as “illegal” immigrants in the first place.  For the first time in our history, Americans are being asked to cede the right to decide how we define ourselves as a nation and protect our own borders to a globalist governance body.  Will Pelosi lead her liberal loyalists as House Speaker to support the UN against America’s right to control its own borders?  Do we really want to risk finding out?

It is high time, as Jim Gilchrist demanded in the press release ignored by the mainstream media, that Pelosi come clean under oath as to her personal stake in the illegal immigration issue before she can do even more damage as House Speaker.

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