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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Employer Of Illegal Alien Murder Suspect Arrested And The Immigration Mess

It's news stories like this that don't get reported enough in Old Media. Apparently, Old Media newsreaders are more interested in being politically correct rather than giving their audiences a full picture of the news.

Here's what happened: An illegal named Juan Leonardo Quintero allegedly shot and killed a Houston police officer, Rodney Johnson, back in September of 2006. Quintero is charged with capital murder for the crime.

But wait until you read about Quintero's employer, Robert Lane Camp. According to the Houston Chronicle:

Court documents show that Robert Lane Camp, 47, went to considerable lengths to help Juan Leonardo Quintero and keep him on the job at his Deer Park landscaping company before the September 2006 killing of officer Rodney Johnson.

In August 1998, Camp posted a $10,000 bond for Quintero after he was jailed on an indecency with a child charge and hired an attorney to defend him. After the worker was deported in May 1999, Camp sent him money in Mexico and later bought him a plane ticket from Phoenix to Houston after Quintero re-entered through Arizona illegally, according to an affidavit by an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent. Camp then purchased a house in Houston and rented it to Quintero.

All of this to get cheap, tax-free labor from an illegal alien.

How much was it worth to Camp? So far, it was worth a child's innocence and possibly the life of a police officer.

Any more questions on why we need to crack down on illegals and those who employ them?

You can access the complete article on-line here:

Employer Of Murder Suspect Arrested
James Pinkerton and Diane Schiller
The Houston Chronicle
January 10, 2008

And Victor David Hanson looks at the illegal immigrant issue more closely in his latest column. From Pimetime Politics:

Some time ago, supporters of open borders lost the debate. The majority of Americans want them closed — now! They ignore the tired slurs like "anti-immigrant," "racist," "protectionist" and "nativist." And noisy May Day parades with Mexican flags and heated rhetoric from the National Council of La Raza ("The Race") only turn more people off.

It doesn’t do any good, either, for a Mexico City functionary to cry about how mean we are to want a secure border with Mexico. Most Americans also tuned that out long ago.

They know instead that Mexico cares mostly about sending north those it won't or can't feed and house — so it can skim off from them billions in remittances once they arrive in the United States.

Mexico City, of course, could reform the country's laws and economy whenever it wants. But it changes only enough to draw in tourists or Americans looking to buy vacation homes, not to better the lives of millions of its mestizo poor in the heartland.


Nowadays, worry about illegal immigration is just as likely to mean that African Americans are terrified of racist alien gangs in Los Angeles. Asian Americans are frustrated that their relatives with college degrees wait years to emigrate legally, while thousands without high-school diplomas to the south simply break the law to enter the United States.

And many Mexican Americans are probably tired of being expected to defend the indefensible of foreign nationals breaking immigration laws simply because they may share an ethnic heritage with illegal aliens.

Clearly, this is more than just an economic issue. It touches the very fabric of our society and theatens to rip it to shreds.

But ultimately, the issue will hurt the Dems more than the GOP.

Hanson goes on:

To the extent Democratic candidates ignore illegal immigration, or demonize those who worry over hundreds of thousands of new illegal aliens each year, or talk of guest workers and amnesty before they mention closing the borders, it is a losing issue that could alienate millions of voters.

Democratic candidates can't really claim that redneck racists are rushing to the border to clash with poor campesinos just crossing to better their lives, because many poor Democrats also resent how illegal labor drives down their own wages. It is mostly the American poor and middle class who worry about the sudden influx of thousands who don’t speak English and often need public assistance.

I don't agree with Hanson on his assertion that mass deportation won't work. It will, if we simultaneously go after the businesses who knowingly employ illegal aliens in order to cheat on taxes and labor costs. But, he did do a good job of showing how deep and complex the problem has become.

You can access the complete article on-line here:

The Messy Politics Of Illegal Immigration
Victor David Hanson
Primetime Politics
January 10, 2008

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