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Immigration Yes! - MEChA Fascism No! bumpersticker  


The immigration issue is a complex and emotion-laden one, with Americans justifiably outraged at the brazen anti-American attitudes displayed by illegal immigrants in the organized demonstrations of Spring 2006. Of growing concern too is the increasing resistance among immigrants to assimilate themselves into American culture - the "non-melting pot." Unreported and therefore unknown to most is that that resistance is part of a deeper malignancy: a Latinofascist movement calling itself "MEChA," (the Movimiento Estudiantil de Chicanos de Aztlan, or Student Movement of Aztlan Chicanos,) which has been a major instigator of anti-Americanism within the Hispanic immigrant community.

The mistake many have made is to confuse the issue of immigration itself with the problems that have accompanied it, to slide into a siege mentality, and to advocate a de facto police state that would ostensibly stop immigration by government force. Aside from being absurdly impractical - America's southern border alone is nearly 2,000 miles of desert wilderness - it is also philosophically mistaken. Pepperdine University economist George Reisman* and Ayn Rand Institute philosopher Harry Binswanger* deserve acknowledgment for being virtually the only two public voices who have identified the philosophical principles at stake in this.


1. Immigration:
Immigration is a vast benefit to a free nation and its people. Every immigrant who arrives in America is a potential Edison, Curie, Rachmaninoff, Gates, Wright, Hill or Franklin, and the cheap labor - which to many immigrants represents lucrative pay - allows businesses to produce cheaper products for all of us, ultimately raising the standard of living within the American market.

On a more fundamental, ethical level, this country belongs to each of us, not to the government nor to groups, and every individual possesses, as a birthright, the freedom to trade with others voluntarily without fear of interference from third parties. That is one of the central pillars of American freedom: the freedom to trade by mutual, voluntary choice.

That freedom to trade belongs to every individual, American-born or not. If an American citizen wants to hire a non-American for a mutually-agreed wage or to rent housing to a non-American for a mutually-agreed rent, it is no business of anyone else.

The job of the government - if it wishes to remain ethical - is to limit itself solely to the role of rights-protector as identified eloquently in our Declaration of Independence. In context of immigration that role is limited to screening immigrants for criminal background, communicable disease, and ties to terrorist and/or anti-American groups. The government does not have the authority to restrict trade between voluntary participants, to otherwise forbid the geographic migration of upstanding individuals, or to force American citizens to provide welfare for immigrants or other American citizens.

...which brings us to


2. Accompanying problems:
Again, every immigrant is a potential benefit to the rest of the society he enters. He only becomes a detriment when he latches himself onto the government dole - via direct welfare such as food stamps, through public education, through free medical care, through subsidized housing... to name a few - all of which are easily accessible even by illegal immigrants.

If the Welfare State were abolished - for everybody, immigrant and citizen alike - the immigration problem would evaporate instantly because the only ones who'd want to come here are people honestly interested in producing and achieving without sponging off of others. Immigration has become a problem because the government - most conspicuously the GOP "leadership" within it - has utterly betrayed the principles of Reaganism, has failed to abolish the welfare state and thereby end the irresistible lure of easy money. The chickens are merely coming home to roost.

A second, alarming aspect is something we saw brief glimpses of in the march held in Los Angeles on March 26, 2006.

There is a movement called, alternately, "MEChA" and "Nation of Aztlan," that considers the United States to be "occupied territory" belonging to the "indigenous people" of the Western Hemisphere. They basically plan on occupying the Southwestern U.S. with hordes of people sympathetic to their cause, then infiltrating political positions of power, then annexing the entire Western U.S. to Mexico, or more specifically turning it into a Latinos-only super-nation that they call "Aztlan." This movement is virulently racist, expressing violent hostility toward a.) anyone non-Hispanic in general and b.) caucasians in particular and c.) Jewish caucasians especially.

In the face of the backlash that occurred in the aftermath of the March 26 demonstration, organizers of subsequent marches hastily instructed participants to wave only American flags, and to leave the "MEChA/Aztlan" paraphernalia at home - on the assumption that the rest of us are stupid enough to be duped by window dressing.

A rather alarming fact is that this fascistic "MEChA" movement has chapters in literally dozens of college campuses across the United States.

This hidden undercurrent in Latino immigration must be exposed. It is incumbent on each of us to educate ourselves on that collectivist movement and its role in the immigrant community, and most importantly to educate our Congressional representation as to its presence - while demanding that the right to immigrate to America is not thrown out with the bathwater of potential attacks on American sovereignty.

It's a fine line, but we and our government must walk it. There is no other just option.


* Essential reading:

Immigration Plus Welfare State Equal Police State by George Reisman, Ph.D.;

Immigration Quotas vs. Individual Rights: The Moral and Practical Case for Open Immigration by Harry Binswanger;

The Road To Aztlan by David Orland;

The Anti-Defamation League's six-page background expose of the "Nation of Aztlan's" racist and overtly totalitarian advocacy.



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