Posted on January 10, 2005

Gonzales Useless On Immigration, Quotas

Steve Sailer, VDARE, January 9, 2005


Gonzales saved racial quotas in the 2003 University of Michigan cases Grutter and Gratz by gelding the anti-affirmative action briefs written by Ted Olson — the truly tragic figure in this Administration.

As Howard Sutherland, VDARE’s legal expert, wrote:

According to Robert Novak and others, Olson’s original drafts did argue against any consideration of race, rejecting the current shibboleth that government has a “compelling interest” in the racial composition of student bodies. But between Olson and Bush stood White House counsel, former Texas Supreme Court Justice and certified Bushbuddy Alberto Gonzales. Gonzales supports affirmative action and quotas. He revised the briefs to laud diversity and emphasize government’s compelling interest in achieving it, excising any call to eliminate preferences other than explicit quotas. Olson apparently never got to make his case to the president — who apparently agrees with Gonzales anyway, in as far as he thinks about it at all.

Gonzales thus delivered a massive hint to Justice Sandra Day O’Connor that she should craft her Bakke-style pseudo-compromise preserving racial preferences. At VDARE, we call the incoherent result the “Michigan Mess.”

Moreover, Gonzales is so pro-illegal immigration that in his Senate testimony last week he used what I’ve called the “ultimate euphemism“ — that illegal aliens are “lawful citizens.”

That’s not a slip of the tongue. Gonzales has a relentless prejudice in favor of authoritarian lawlessness, which is why the President wants to make him the nation’s chief law enforcement officer. Here, for instance, are his semi-coherent thoughts from last Thursday’s hearing on enforcing the immigration laws:

Gonzales: “There is no requirement, of course, upon state and locals to enforce federal immigration laws. It is purely voluntary. In fact, of course, some states have prohibitions [against?]. They couldn’t, even if they wanted to. [They couldn’t what?] In some cases, the department, as I understand it, has entered into with state and local departments in terms of memorandums of understandings in order to enforce this [?]. I certainly am sensitive to the notion that some local law enforcement people don’t want to exercise this authority. Well, we’re not saying that they have to. If they want to they can assist in fighting the war on terror, that’s what this opinion allows us to do. Personally I would worry about a policy that permits someone, a local law enforcement official, to use this authority somehow as a club to harass uuhh they might be unlawful aliens but otherwise lawful citizens. [Emphasis added…!!] That would be troubling. That would be troubling to the President.”

The National Council of La Raza (i.e., “The Race”) has saluted Gonzales as a fellow-traveler in mestizo supremacist circles. According to WorldNetDaily (November 24, 2004):

“Alberto Gonzales served with distinction on the board of directors of one of NCLR’s oldest and most respected affiliates, the Association for the Advancement of Mexican Americans in Houston, Texas,” [Janet Murguia, NCLR executive director and chief operating officer] said. “Moreover, during his tenure as White House counsel, he has been one of the most accessible members of the White House staff to NCLR and other Hispanic organizations.” [NCLR Press Release]

There’s no doubt that if a white, or even an African-American, nominee for Attorney General was linked to a group that called itself “The Race,” he would be asked to distance himself from it.

The white American establishment, however, is condescendingly unaware of the very existence of the concept of mestizo supremacism — even though that has been the official ideology of the Mexican government since 1928.


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