|Latino gang graffiti spotted in Crete, behind the former CarQuest store.|
Here you won't read about seven gay marriages in Douglas County or other issues that divide the nation over 2% of the population. That won't change no matter how many e-mails or nasty comments we get from those who put rainbow flags on their vacuous Facebook posts or from young people still living with their parents -- or off their parents.
Instead, today we focus again on illegal immigration and its negative impact on our county and country. We do this because we believe burying our collective heads in the sand is not only unwise, but dangerous.
In 2008, this blog took on the Crete News editor over the issue of illegal immigration and the additional crime it has brought to our county. Back then, the Crete News editor disputed our analysis that showed nearly 40% of the stops and arrests by local law enforcement involved individuals with Hispanic surnames. They included those charged with using stolen identities, as well as a habitual criminal who was booked on felony charges of committing terrorist threats.
What has happened in Crete since 2008? One estimate given to this blog says approximately 40% of the white residents residing in Crete in 2005 are no longer there. Some have passed on, but many more have moved away.
The point of this post is not only to recall our point-counterpoint with the Crete News, but to keep our readers focused on the bigger picture. Illegal immigration (and legal) is impacting every corner of our nation –- not just Saline County. Consider these statistics from around the country according to a nationally syndicated columnist:
- Immigrants admitted before 1970 made more money, bought more houses and were more educated than Americans. The post-Kennedy immigrants are astronomically less-educated, poorer and more likely to be on welfare than the native population.
- Although America is admitting more immigrants, they are coming from fewer countries than they did before 1970. The country is becoming less "diverse," but a lot poorer and a lot more Latin.
- America has already taken in one-fourth of Mexico's entire population.
- In 1970, there were almost no Nigerian immigrants in the United States. Our country is now home to more Nigerians than any country in the world except Nigeria.
- The government refuses to tell us how many prisoners in the United States are immigrants. That information is not available anywhere. But the ancillary facts suggest that the number is astronomical.
- There are more foreign inmates in New York state prisons from Mexico than from the entire continent of Europe.
- In some areas of America, law enforcement authorities have given up on prosecuting statutory rape cases against Mexican men in their 30s who impregnate 12- and 13-year-old girls, after repeatedly encountering parents who view their little girls' pregnancies as a "blessing." (Sex with girls as young as 12 years old is legal in 31 of the 32 states of Mexico.)
- The same North Carolina newspapers that gave flood-the-zone coverage to a rape that never happened at a Duke lacrosse party completely ignore real rapes happening right under their noses, being committed against children by immigrants providing cheap labor to the state's farming and meat-packing industries.
- Since 2004, Mexican gangs have beheaded at least a half-dozen people in the United States.
- Mexican drug cartels -- not ISIS -- pioneered the practice of posting videotaped beheadings online.
- An alleged "ISIS" beheading video making the rounds in 2014 was actually a Mexican beheading video from 2010.
If you would like to report illegal aliens, please call Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at 1-866-DHS-2ICE (347-2423). They will need to know names, locations (either work place or residence) and any other specific information you can provide.
Despite the current administration's inaction on illegal immigration enforcement, they must follow the law, eventually. Keep calling.
If you are a legal resident of this country and are paying taxes, it's your right.