Long Island, New York



August 8, 2000

On November 27, 1979, the Los Angeles Police Commission, following directions from the Los Angeles City Council, issued Special Order 40, prohibiting cooperation between the Los Angeles Police Department and the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). Special Order 40, in effect, created a sanctuary for illegal aliens in Los Angeles, a city that will soon have a Mexican majority.

In the 1996 Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act, Congress specifically prohibited restrictions between federal and local law enforcement. Still, Special Order 40 remains in effect. It is anarchy of the elected.

Many argue that immigration is a federal problem. When it comes to immigration law enforcement, the old adage, "all politics is local," rings true.

When illegal aliens began to appear on the streets of Farmingville citizens protested. When proposals were advanced to use taxpayer money to build a day labor center, they protested even louder. And, as is the nature of politicians, "when they feel the heat, they see the light." The day labor center was defeated.

Had there been citizens with "Long Island backbone" in 1979 Los Angeles, I am convinced we would not have the crisis of illegal immigration now facing President Bush.

Those who opposed the day labor center were called racists and hate mongers. Well-financed advocacy groups descended on Long Island in early July, hurling invectives - especially at me for my role in telling the people of Farmingville the Los Angeles story. (Am I a racist or a hater? As discovered by investigative reporters from across the country, there is no serious evidence to suggest this is so. In fact, my years of work with American Indians suggest something else entirely.)

This past weekend, Sachem Quality of Life (SQL) held a conference to answer these charges and claims. They called it "A Day of Truth in Farmingville."

A somewhat disappointing public attendance aside, "A Day of Truth in Farmingville," was a success. Concerned Americans and immigration reform leaders from across the country came to support SQL and its efforts. They did not come for sales, contacts or contracts. They did not come for fame or money; they came because they love their country. And they came despite claims of hate - claims I am convinced frightened many away.

They heard demographer and environmentalist, Dr. B. Meredith Burke, explain what I call, "Immigration Environmental Amplification." Because of our excessive use of energy and other raw materials, each migrant from the Third World amplifies his environmental impact upon crossing our borders. The world should not be demanding that we take in more Immigrants, it should be demanding that we take in fewer, Burke said.

Dr. Burke also pointed to a major error in the demographic assumptions Underlying the National Research Council's (NRC) report on the cost of immigration, a report that showed that Hispanic immigration, legal and illegal, was a net drain on American taxpayers. Hispanic fertility rates used by the NRC to project population trends were off by as much as 30% - a difference that has an exponential effect on population projections and related costs, Burke explained.

Dr. Virginia Abernethy of Vanderbilt University said that adult Mexican migrants cost U.S. taxpayers more than $55,000 over their lifetimes and that those entering as children cost much more. Abernethy explained that lower and middle classes bear the costs of immigration, whereas the "power elite" receives the benefits.

Participants included Blacks and Hispanics, doctors and lawyers, Jews and Catholics and university professors - hardly the stuff of a hate rally.

America is being balkanized and fractured by illegal immigration. We are becoming a land of haves and have nots, headed for serious social conflict

We are now entering a great debate over the issue of illegal immigration. In early September, President and Mexican president Fox will meet to finalize a plan to deal with Mexican migration. The fate of our nation hangs in the balance.

To the extent that the debate moves away from name calling and focuses on the facts and the interests of the people of the United States, we can in no small way thank some brave citizens of Suffolk county who stood for truth in the face of a withering campaign of condemnation.

Glenn Spencer

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