Kate Who?

If there was any doubt in my mind that our overlords are dead-set on turning the American people against each other, it was disabused by several events over the last few weeks.

A few days ago, Jeh Johnson, the Secretary of Homeland Security appeared before Congress. The issue at hand was the Sanctuary City policy and the recent murder of Kathryn Steinle by an illegal alien in San Francisco.

Kate had been murdered by one Francisco Sanchez, a dangerous felon who had been deported no less than five times to his native Mexico. In spite of these multiple deportations, Sanchez managed to find his way back into the United States and was presently living in San Francisco, a so-called Sanctuary City. His reasoning was understandable given that Sanctuary Cities don’t cooperate with the Federal government by helping the latter arrest the illegal aliens residing there.

When asked about whether the Administration had contacted any members of Kate’s family, he couldn’t answer. It was clear from the look on his face that he didn’t even know what the Congressman who grilled him was talking about.

Contrast this with the horrible massacre of nine black Christians in Charleston on June 19. Or the killing of Michael Brown, a would-be killer who tried to murder a policeman in Ferguson, Missouri. Or Trayvon Martin, a young thug who was killed because he was beating George Zimmerman’s head on the concrete sidewalk.

You remember those, don’t you? The nine innocents in Charleston were murdered by the Confederate flag. That’s why it had to be taken down from the state capitol. And why The Dukes of Hazzard had to be taken off TV.

But do you remember all the cops that have recently been killed while in the line of duty over the last six months? Some of these cops were white, some were Latino and black. One was Chinese. But not a peep from the Department of Justice.

Like these policemen, Kate Steinle is a non-person. There was no rioting by angry whites; no marchers holding up signs that said “white lives matter.” And no representatives from the Administration went to her funeral. Not even a sympathy card. Why is that?

I think we know the answer.

The outlines of the Democrat election strategy are clearly in place. The only way the Democrats will win is by stoking fear and thus solidifying their hold over the coalition of the fringes. That means that only some lives matter. On cue, Rep Luis Guitterez (Despicable, Illinois) even went so far as to call her murder a “little thing.” In saying so, he gave up the game. We now know what the dirty little secret is, why the Democrats had to do nothing in this case and why they have done nothing to seal the border. And why they won’t do anything in the future.

Because they can’t. Otherwise the great rainbow coalition of the permanently aggrieved will cleave off color by color.

The question is why are the Republicans so skittish? These atrocities are tailor-made for a party that used to represent Main Street, Mom and apple pie. You know, normalcy. Except for Donald Trump, every other candidate is crawling into the fetal position, hoping that some cultural Marxist won’t notice them and call them racists. 2016 should be a big year for the GOP, instead they will continue to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

The reason of course is that both the Democrats (the Evil Party) and the Republicans (the Stupid Party) have a vested interest in allowing illegal aliens to come flooding from south of the border. The Democrats get ready-made votes and the Republican elites get cheap labor.

Everybody wins. Everyone except the American people. And Kate Steinle.

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Comments

  1. M. Stankovich says

    Mr. Michalopulos,

    As someone who worked for the UCSD Medical School in contract with the CA Dept. Corrections, exclusively during the two-term presidency of George W. Bush, I can tell you of sitting in an Orange County courtroom in 2009 in support of one of my colleagues, subpoenaed as a defense witness in the death penalty phase of an illegal immigrant, deported numerous times, who was convicted of two murders and two attempted murders. You would have never heard of the case because his victims were all gainfully employed illegal immigrants, one of whom had sold his girlfriend a used truck that broke down several weeks later. Not one of them, however, was an attractive, young white girl with a college education and a “bright future” ahead of her. CNN was apparently uninterested.

    You have a way of boiling down extraordinarily complex social & economic issues into snark. Without even touching the idea of the economic impact of, say, just the fresh fruit and vegetable industry in the State of CA, if the government were to actually inspect the growers and packagers requirement to “verify” documentation for worker’s eligibility in the US, to simply segregating out the economic effect of enforcing work eligibility in the City of San Diego – not the County, simply the limits of the city – would be devastating. Now move to Los Angeles. And now move to the Central Coast to where so much fresh produce is supplied to so many areas of the US. For several years, I drove from Monteray to Soledad and the Salinas Valley State Prison and Hospital, passing acre after acre of produce, and I can tell you it not white people picking strawberries for your desert or green beans for you dinner. It may not be true of Oklahoma, but illegal workers are the backbone of the CA economy; and if you enjoy fresh produce in your grocery, as St. Chavez said, you participate.

    Finally, I do not like the words of Rep Luis Guitterez any more than anyone else, but we are speaking of an anomaly – a horrible, unforgivable tragedy, but nevertheless, an anomaly. Would anyone have felt better if she had been shot a legal immigrant? Welcome to Chicago. I can’t tell you the number of patient medical records I opened in prison to find the special notation, “IRS HOLD,” which meant that 10-feet outside the gate, an IRS bus would transport them to a secure INS facility near the border. There they would sit in custody – at taxpayer expense – for an extended period of time because of their right to representation & a hearing before an IRS judge and a jammed court schedule (delays, delays, delays); if they claim mental illness, they are entitled to an examination, blah, blah, blah. but eventually they are driven across the border and dumped to the streets of Tijuana. And from what the inmates tell me, it’s just not that hard to get back (e.g. holes in the big fence that “La Migra” can’t keep up with, boats and floats around the end of the fence extending into the ocean, etc.). It’s a game both sides play, and after a while they know each other by name.

    I do not believe it is related to race or votes. It’s about the only matter important in American politics: $$$$

    • George Michalopulos says

      Dr S, I see no essential quarrel with your assessment as to what is at stake here and what I wrote. I could amplify on the criminality of a significant percentage of these illegal aliens but I felt I touched on it enough.

      However, your assessment about the economic impact of rounding up all the helots and sending them back to Central America reminds me of the what those in the Old South believed about their “peculiar institution,” does it not? Put another way, if we need these helots with their near-slave wages to make our economy run, then don’t we owe Jefferson Davis an apology?

      Yes, I’m being snarky, and no, I don’t favor –and have never favored–slavery.

      • It seems to me the 1965 Immigration Act, sponsored by Senator Hart and Rep. Celler, is where this begins. The act itself marked quite a departure from earlier immigration policies. It scrapped the quota system related to national origins and effectively opened the door to increased immigration from non-European and non-Christian countries. If one were cynical or more conspiracy minded, one might think that the current situation is simply cultural warfare by another name. I think the death of Kathryn Steinle strikes a chord for a few reasons: she was out enjoying a walk; she was not engaged in risky behavior; and, she seemed to have a bright future. These are the things presumably that we want for all of us: security, opportunity, the exercise of rational autonomy. The fact that the press isn’t interested in the murders of illegal aliens by illegal aliens makes perfect sense: we don’t associate important civic or national ideals and virtues with a life lived in the shadows of illegal status and low wage jobs. We may regret these stories of desperate exploited people but we don’t see a tragedy of promise, hope, and affirmation cut short by senselessness. Of course, this isn’t to say these murders are irrelevant — that aren’t. They say something about how we arrived at the latest point of conflict between labor and the money power, between national interests and globalism. I don’t know that anyone has undertaken a study of the question, but I’ve often wondered what role the Calles government and its persecution of the “Cristeros” in Mexico played in paving the way to the situation we have now.

        • M. Stankovich says

          Then let’s juxtapose a current, high-profile case in San Diego of a 56-year old white man parked on the side of the highway in a wreck of an RV, an eighth of a mile west of the exit for “College Avenue,” the main entrance to San Diego State University, with a high-power rifle and – thanks to God – a very poor shot, with every intention to inflict the “tragedy of promise, hope, and affirmation,” but only slightly injured three white students. He was just a “criminal” and the court appointed one of the finer, experienced pro bono attorneys in San Diego to represent him. Did anyone outside of SoCal hear about this case? Now imagine if he had been an illegal immigrant. This location is exactly 12 miles from the International Border with Mexico. Would this “say something about how we arrived at the latest point of conflict between labor and the money power, between national interests and globalism,” or, as my colleague from Ghana (via London) says, “the test of the pudding is in the tasting.”

          • Anecdotal evidence is problematic because, as in most cases, any generalizations one tries to draw from them tend to disappear at the level of other particulars. For instance, did anyone hear about the July 4th murder of a grandmother in Massachusetts, killed by two illegals that lived in the apartment above her? If the issue is some sort of Marxist analysis of power and race, the sword tends to cut both ways. The country is full of poor whites that are assigned mediocre to incompetent public defenders. These poor whites that fall into meth addiction and sometimes commit burglaries or armed robberies to support their habits, are sent to prison for years.

            On the other hand, as various news articles have indicated, illegals have committed the same sorts of crimes, or other serious offenses, and have been turned loose. One might argue that in the latter case, it’s an issue of ICE and policies that surround how to handle illegals who are arrested. Perhaps. Another way of viewing it is that in certain quarters, illegals have been used as part of an insurgency, if you will, that is intended to undermine or attack a dominant culture viewed with hatred and resentment. Consider the recent controversies surrounding the Pacific Education Group and its Marxist analyst of white privilege that school districts all across the country are adopting. I suppose it depends on how “paranoid” or cynical one is. If I remember right, in Solzhenitsyn’s “Gulag Archipelago,” he talks about how hardened criminals were release by the Bolsheviks early on to create chaos and terror among the people. The purpose was psychological: by releasing these elements on the people, they would become frightened and hopeless and thus, in the end, more pliable. I can’t help but see our open borders as a version of the same Soviet play book.

            The conflict between labor and the money power and that between nationalism and globalism is, in my view, the history of modern Mexico. The history and sources of power of the Calles government speak volumes. The fact that Woodrow Wilson decided to arm and fund Carranza, Villa, and Obregon helped betray the Mexican people. One might disagree, but from 1910 to the end of the Calles regime, it seems to me Washington and the money power was more interested in making sure its interests supplanted those of Catholic Spain in Mexico. There is no secret here that Freemasonic lodges operating out of Philadelphia and New Orleans, the former York, the latter Scottish Rite, were heavily involved in shaping what happened leading up to, and during, the Calles regime. Calles himself, while often spouting Marxist cant, was a 33rd degree Mason. Before Calles, there was Benito Juarez, a Mason as well, who was essentially put in power by the US after he entered into an agreement with James Buchanan. There is a pattern here (in my view): the money power uses various means to displace Christianity in order to gain unfettered access to labor. The money power doesn’t want nationalism, communal agriculture, tradition, or Catholicism or Orthodoxy. This is a big issue but that’s the backdrop to what you reference above.

    • pegleggreg says

      well said. you express the feelings of many of us

    • “You would have never heard of the case because his victims were all gainfully employed illegal immigrants, one of whom had sold his girlfriend a used truck that broke down several weeks later. Not one of them, however, was an attractive, young white girl with a college education and a “bright future” ahead of her. CNN was apparently uninterested.”

      A very good point.

    • Patrick Henry Reardon says

      You have a way of boiling down extraordinarily complex social & economic issues into snark

      A constant, sustained and invariable appeal to complexity appears to mean: “You jerks don’t have the education and expertise to address this matter.”

      • M. Stankovich says

        While this is obviously your own projection, on occasion the shoe does fit.

    • Mr Stankovich:
      Anyone who thinks this has nothing to do with destroying the two-party system is in for one hell of a surprise when it finally occurs to them that they no longer have a vote.

      • M. Stankovich says

        one,

        I obviously am not understanding your point and would ask you to clarify. When I said I did not believe the issue was “votes,” I was referring to the fact that, obviously, illegal immigrants – although they do qualify for a CA driver’s license (go figure) – cannot register to vote.

        While the Hispanic vote in CA is a significant, decisive block to secure, I believe that like the African American community, they are beginning to question the “benefit” of being considered a “given” or assured block of votes for the Democrats. In other words, they are beginning to question if the benefits are commensurate with delivering their votes as a group. African American leaders are openly suggesting that their loyalty is being taken for granted and are openly willing to at least listen to opposing positions willing to speak to their interests. This may well motivate the Hispanic community to do so as well.

  2. Michael Bauman says

    George the Republicans won’t protest because they are part of the same ruling elite. An elite that is becoming more fascist no matter what party label. Give up on the politics.

    • Older But WIser says

      “Only the Super-Rich Can Save Us Now.” (Ralph Nader, 7-speed Press, 2011. 500+ pages)

      It will make you think, especially if you can tell your nagging self to shut up and just read. It is a fantasy of sorts, and yet, revelations under every rock, insights into how things really do work, what is behind the headlines and the government /politician proclamations, and a magnificent structure for taking back our nation and our world.

      So many of the “issues” we carp about are mere distractions from the real, true, underlying, structural evils. I do not have Ralph Nader’s progressive trust in government, when all is said and done, but that does not take anything away from his insights and revelations and approach to solutions — maybe not his solutions, but his approach to them. Read it.

  3. Rymlianin says

    So, what do we do about the sociopathic murderers who are US citizens?

    • George Michalopulos says

      Punish them to the fullest extent that the law (and Scripture) allows. It does not follow however that because we have native miscreants who are creating mayhem that we should allow more in, especially if they’re illegally here.

      This not an anti-Hispanic screed. Look at the recent atrocity in Chattanooga. This was done by an “American” only in the technical sense. He was a Kuwaiti. Leaving aside the fact that we shed blood and treasure back in 1991 to liberate his country from the clutches of Saddam Hussein –and the rank ingratitude of his actions–are we really surprised. Look at Dr Nidal, the Army psychiatrist who murdered thirteen of his “countrymen” at Ft Hood. We really have to take a good, hard look at the type of people we let into this country. The 1965 Immigration Act opened the borders to all manner of people who don’t share (and probably never will share) our values.

      Case in point: a Chinese immigrant in NYC recently murdered his wife with a claw hammer because she cuckolded him. Let that soak in your mind for a minute. The liberals/progs came to his defense because they said that to deny him an outraged husband’s justice would denigrate his Asian cultural norms. And we can’t have that, can we? Because if we held him to the standards that are applied to Americans that would mean we would be exercising European cultural superiority. Which I guess is now the gravest possible sin according to these bozos.

      Cases like this abound, some not as horrific. Like the High School in California which was forced to take down the American flag on Cinqo de Mayo because it might (might!, mind you) offend Mexican-American students?

      Silly me, I thought we were all Americans.

      • The Chattanooga terrorist was not Kuwaiti. His family were Jordanian citizens living in Kuwait (like most residents of Gulf countries they were not citizens) and then immigrated to the US, so he had dual US-Jordanian citizenship.

        “The liberals/progs came to his defense because they said that to deny him an outraged husband’s justice would denigrate his Asian cultural norms.”

        Do you have any evidence of liberals coming to this guy’s defense???

        “This was done by an “American” only in the technical sense.” “I thought we were all Americans”

        Contradict yourself much? Some Americans are only “technical” Americans and others like you are the real ones? Who gets to decide that?

      • Nate Trost says

        George Michalopulos wrote
        Case in point: a Chinese immigrant in NYC recently murdered his wife with a claw hammer because she cuckolded him.

        You define recently to mean September, 1987?

        If you have to reach back almost 30 years for an anomalous, controversial case to try and make a point, it’s probably pretty weak.

        George Michalopulos wrote
        Silly me, I thought we were all Americans.

        Well, you might not be once President Trump revokes your citizenship under the Sedition Act of 1918 for expressing that the wrong side won at Gettysburg!

  4. George Michalopulos says

    Mike, I hear you. Politics is not what this is about except in the tangential sense that it touches upon the culture. As Christians we have a duty to Caesar and to repair the world in any way we can. If that means feeding just one beggar on the street or visiting one prisoner in jail, so be it. If it means lifting up an oppressed population within our own borders, even better. And preventing an invasion by a hostile power we are called to do that as well.

    And if it means calling our leaders Godless (as the OT prophets did), then we can’t shy away from that as well.

    We know that we have no abiding home in this world and we should never forget that. But we can’t ignore injustice just the same.

  5. Politics… show business for ugly people

  6. Bishop Tikhon (Fitzgerald) says

    I quit reading at “our overlords.”

  7. cynthia curran says

    You know George I don’t agree with San Francisco stand against deportation. I supported the development of Mexico since they now have 42 trade agreements and while the oil deal didn’t make it too well. They are fast becoming a hub for car manufacturing. Liberals don’t support Mexico developing higher wages or the development of the urban states like Baja. Many Mexicans would be better off going to Baja which is a lot cheaper to live than LA or San Francisco. However, conservatives have a double standard place like El Paso for easy also on a Mexican national that committed crimes and also opposed deportation but because El Paso is in Texas and not California, the right didn’t complain as much.

    • cynthia curran says

      Audi, the German company built cars in Mexico along with Japanese, American, Korean and so forth.

  8. Alec Haapala says

    Elite Democrats get a double bonus: more voters and cheap labor.

  9. Rymlianin says

    I have tired of the phony Democrat/Republican dichotomy. The truth is that they both work for the same oligarchs.
    For a refreshing take on this :http://souloftheeast.org/2013/02/01/dostoevsky-on-modern-conservatism/

  10. Harry Coin says

    Mr. Stankovich’s point about the extensive migrant/illegal labor in the ag. markets especially calls for an analysis of what the effect would be should they all leave the US. It would call for creditable, careful economic study. The results will determine whether those who eat food from there (almost everyone) is or is not gaining a benefit (it’s not an obvious answer, there’s domestic unemployment to consider; and even that’s not an obvious answer as if domestic labor is high enough, purchasing equipment to do the work starts to make sense– and we make most of that sort of thing here, those are jobs too, and better paying.) I’m betting that we, on balance, are gaining at a rate that would feel an appropriate annual fine — perhaps even higher than most might think appropriate.

    Is that number annually, divided by the number of illegal immigrants sufficient to pay such a legal fine as might be appropriate for flouting the laws we voted to enact?

    The larger ‘horn of the moral dilemma’ is to provide fairness to those who wish to come here, who have waited sometimes years to come legally following the process. I’m not aware of any proposed answer to that puzzle, and I see no just way to offer those who ‘jumped the line’ legal residence without also being and being seen to be fair to those who honor the laws we voted for.

    The beginnings of an answer might be along the lines of causing those who came illegally to pay an annual fine until such time as their legal entry would have been granted. Those who couldn’t or won’t pay but who nevertheless want to stay should have some sort of seasonal guest worker program that allows those who can show employment permission to stay until the employment ends, then be treated decently as they are sent back to the old country — by the employer. And, to offer those same terms to those whose applications are already on legal file from wherever else. Pay fines annually or be an invited guest worker — leading to citizenship at the time their permission would have been granted.

    • George Michalopulos says

      Lots of food for thought there.

      • Nate Trost says

        Hahahaha, suggesting fines for illegal workers making pitiful wages but not one hint of consequence for those that employ them? Somebody has been doing the old Thomas Jefferson on the portions of Scripture related to a workers wages.

        If Mr. Michalopulos were really serious, he’d be agitating for $250,000 dollar fines on an employer for a first infraction per illegal employed. Second violation 5 years mandatory Federal prison term for the employer.

        For all his vitriol and hyperbole about illegal immigration, funny how anything that would threaten his status as water carrier for crony capitalists and vested business interests isn’t on the agenda.

      • Nate Trost says

        Hahahaha, suggesting fines for illegal workers making pitiful wages but not one hint of consequence for those that employ them? Somebody has been doing the old Thomas Jefferson on the portions of Scripture related to a workers wages.

        If Mr. Michalopulos were really serious, he’d be agitating for $250,000 dollar fines on an employer for a first infraction per illegal employed. Second violation 5 years mandatory Federal prison term for the employer.

        For all his vitriol and hyperbole about illegal immigration, funny how anything that would threaten his status as water carrier for crony capitalists and vested business interests isn’t on the agenda.

        • George Michalopulos says

          No need for laughter. What I appreciated about Mr Coin’s suggestions was that they were an opening. I have no problem at all with punishing employers who –like the illegals they employ–are breaking the law.

          And no, I am not a “water carrier for crony capitalists.” Far from it.

          • Daniel E Fall says

            This is an employer problem. If your jobs are horrible and pay bad; don’t blame the employees and cry for migrants from another country you can willfuly abuse.

            Sorry-this is a rich man’s paradise with which we must not mess.

        • cynthia curran says

          <Not that high unless you are a major corporation. The majority of illegal immigrants are hired by a middle size construction company or a small landscaping company. A fine of 10,000 could work on these companies. Most jobs now done by people here illegality by the next decade can be done by robot, Maids, farm workers, cooks. In fact Japan has a hotel that is fully automated with a dinosaur receptionist at the front desk. Liberals need not worry about economics conditions Mexico is becoming more like Chile since it has 42 trade agreements with 42 nations and does Car manufacturing, Textile manufacturing, and aerospace. In Baja more Mexicans have an engineer degree than they do in Los Angeles. Its the poor rural areas like in the US which lacked jobs not the more urban sates like Sonora or Baja.

        • Harry Coin says

          Discussing how to improve matters is by its very nature a forward looking thing. Sharing thoughts of the past and current situation is worth the effort to write and to read if it includes thought about the way forward.

          Regarding the ‘why not fine the employers?’ thought. Because even the very very liberal governance of CA has found, when they get down to actually drafting the laws that do this: don’t and won’t — instead go the other way, acting to increase the illegal population by ‘sanctuary cities’ and so on. Why don’t those who have total control go do the things noted above to clamp down on “the man”? They’ve got all the political power to do it. Why didn’t they? For the same reason that when the D’s had total control a few years back in DC they did not enact changes to much except a health law that’s made a difference to a trace over 5% of the population, a quarter of which were already insured who lost their plan. What did that do to spiralling insurance rates? This year rates are on track to average going up something like three to five times even the highest estimates of inflation. Is the news ‘all bad’? No, a bit of the ‘true meaning’ of insurance was restored due to requiring acceptance of those who were sick at the time of enrollment. But at the same time true meaning of insurance was harmed because buying insurance only when sick is no less a violation of the spirit of insurance.

          So for those who have a long term ingrained habit of being suspicious of ‘the man’, and elect officials to govern who campaigned on those views, find out when they are in charge and are only among themselves, and have to actually BE the man, have to actually enact and decide and deliver the promises and have all the facts and all the power and all the control, well, I think the phrase is “Oh crap, this shit just got real”. Look at what happened in Greece– the party and people that were swinging for the fences against ‘the man’ recognized the policies they hated so much and campaigned against, once they were given control, they accepted as the best way forward available. I suppose it’s an example of “Only Nixon could go to China”.

          My best idea is this: We now have in the USA more Ph.D’s and MA’s and other university degree holders in every small-medium town and in every county in our country than ever we had in our history as a country. What every country that has suffered more has done despite those realities is increase the impact of ‘centers of power’, deny highly qualified people right there on the scene the chance to deploy and be accountable for where they live. How many university sociologists and psychologists and political scientists and economists and anthropologists and geographers do we have now? And their best answers to the social questions of the day have led to stickers on mall doors saying ‘no guns’ or more laws about guns, or, well whatever they are — look at Chicago, Detroit, our inner cities. We need to empower them and also hold them accountable. Is a person with a Ph.D in Santa Rosa less well trained than a person with the same background in Sacramento or Washington D.C or Peoria Illinois? Not a bit.

          I believe the winning strategy is to make every possible decision be managed at the most local level possible, including taxation and spending. The posturing of politics and the power of mass advertising and money flowing all into power centers, some of which gets back to the people taxed for it… goes down when people in a place who know their realities the best are able to decide and come together. The national government now has how many more tens of millions of people represented by the same number of senators and congressmen? The governors by how many more millions of people each? That’s the problem, too much going on too far away from the people affected by distant decisions. We’re upside down. National taxes are the highest, then state, then city– even for cities that are bigger than some entire states! This needs reassessment.

  11. cynthia curran says

    For Ag, they should changed the guest worker visas, the farmers don’t like the current one. I believe in a Computer E-verify card that can check worked vistas. Our work visa is no longer good, no job.As I mention illegal immigration from Mexico is the poorer rural states places like Baja and Sonora get less to the US since they have factory jobs.

  12. M. Stankovich says

    I would suggest some humorous food for thought: A Day Without a Mexican if we’re still allowed to watch movies without undo criticism:

    When a mysterious fog surrounds the boundaries of California, there is a communication breakdown and all the Mexicans disappear, affecting the economy and the state stops working, missing the Mexican workers and dwellers.

    Pretty dumb, actually, but you’ll get the idea. I’m sure it’s $.99 on Netflix…

    • George Michalopulos says

      It’s great piece of propaganda, well worth watching it. Unfortunately, the reductio ad absurdam of it is that its arguments are no different than those of the Antebellum South.

  13. M. Stankovich says

    Mr. Michalopulos,

    I cannot speak to this issue other than to what I have personally witnessed, and that is simply that these illegal immigrants do not appear to be taking jobs away from able-bodied, employment seeking Americans down on their luck and in need of employment. Two observations: at nearly every major intersection in the City of San Diego stand multiple individuals with cardboard signs that generally read,”Homeless veteran. Any donation will help. God bless!” To my eye they appear well-nourished, well-groomed, many have cigarets (which cost >$5 per pack), they will walk up and down the length of roadway medians in the hot sun from sun up until sun down soliciting handouts. At the same time, all over the city, at locations known to everyone except, apparently, the Border Patrol, illegal immigrants – young, old, and very old – gather at sun up, waiting for private contractors and average home owners who need day laborers & gardeners to pull into the parking lots, honk their horns and yell, “Travajo!” The fact is, if you or I wanted to make some money as day laborers planting drought-resistant desert plants in white people’s yards,, and were willing to show up at 5:30 am in the Home Depot parking lot with the illegals, we could find work tomorrow. And so could the “homeless vets.” And so could a lot of people who wanted “under-the-table” cash with a free lunch and free transportation to and from the job. But the point is: legitimate gardeners I know can’t find legitimate workers to come to work at 6:00 am 5-days a week at better than minimum wage! No one wants the job. The illegals are never sick, they’re never late or leave early, they don’t use drugs, they’re not criminals, they’re loyal, they don’t complain, they don’t expect benefits, and they’re grateful. AND, they’re just waiting, proudly, to become citizens. What’s wrong with this picture?

    • cynthia curran says

      Well, some of the Homeless need the willingness of the day laborers. Instead of spending time living in San Diego why not a work visa where they can cross on the US side and then return back to Mexico. Maybe, a government or a a private agreement to built up some of the infrastructure on the Mexican side. Housing is more simple pre-fab and now in China 3-d printed housing which would work good in Mexico along with 3-d print objects for pluming and so forth.

    • This is a good history of immigration policies in America-

      http://www.endillegalimmigration.com/History_of_Illegal_Immigration_in_US/

      You can see that farming jobs have been given to the Mexicans for a long time. I think Americans don’t even think of work in this way as we’ve not had an opportunity to really pursue it. Our kids couldn’t even do it because the Mexican will work cheaper, faster and longer hours. Our kids would be fired the first day. . . .

      • cynthia curran says

        Probably True, farm work become a latino job from the 1940’s to the present in certain western states because of the old bracero program.

  14. Ashley Nevins says

    Scott Nevins WHO?

  15. Ashley Nevins says

    Appreciated. May your heart find some peace in the demographic, corruption and cult implosion of your church in America. A corrupt, incompetent, irrelevant, abusive, cultic and dying state of church does not bring peace. Denial of why your church is in this state will not bring peace. Destruction does not bring peace unless it destroys what stops peace. The Orthodox do not have peace they have destruction that stops peace. You have my prayers.

    • Bishop Tikhon (Fitzgerald) says

      I recommend the Iranian poet Sa’di to Mr. A. Nevins. He wisely wrote: “Nothing is better for an ignorant person than silence, and if he knew that was the best thing for him, then he wouldn’t be ignorant.”

  16. M. Stankovich says

    Mr. Michalopulos,

    Under what terms of moderation are you allowing Mr. Nevins to continue to return and deliver these grossly offensive projections of his own unresolved issues unto the members of your forum? I do not see you as responsible for the loss of his son; I will certainly not accept responsibility for the loss of his son; and I find it shameful that he is openly allowed to blame the Orthodox Church for the loss of his son. He has received considerable, and in my estimation, sincere and heartfelt condolence & support from members of this forum, and I personally offered to connect him with professional help to process his loss. Yet, he uses this forum as his personal “whipping-boy” whenever the urge strikes him. I cannot speak for anyone else, but his heart will not “find peace” when he may ventilate here and avoid dealing with “Scott Neveins WHO” in a mature, responsible manner.

    • George Michalopulos says

      I will take your advice under consideration. It seems I’ve been too lenient with Mr Nevins, partly because of the tragic death of his son but also because I try to allow as much debate and criticism as possible. Thank you for your advice.

      • Sub-Deacon Gregory Varney says

        This is not debate. This is not discussion. This is demonic. I am sorry for his loss. May God give him wisdom and peace. It will however never come from rants like this.

  17. Rymlianin says

    I highly recommend an article by Father Steven Freeman : http://blogs.ancientfaith.com/glory2godforallthings/2015/07/27/begotten-of-the-father/