Remember? In [Jonathan] Swift’s satire, a traveler named Gulliver finds himself in Lilliput, surrounded by a race of people universally 1/12 his size. Though he wishes them no harm, and in fact is quite friendly toward the little people, his size intimidates them. So they conspire to get him drunk and lying on the ground—at which time they crawl all over him, staking him to the ground with countless little ropes. And when he comes to, he’s helpless.
You may not yet get the connection. But here are recent facts, revealed by none other than the Los Angeles Times, the truth teller in one of America’s unofficial “sanctuary cities” for illegal aliens.
# 40 percent of all workers in L.A. County (10.2 million people) are working for cash and not paying taxes. This is because they are predominantly illegal immigrants working without a green card.
# 95 percent of warrants for murder in Los Angeles are for illegal aliens.
# 75 percent of people on the most wanted list in Los Angeles are illegal aliens.
# Over 2/3 of all births in Los Angeles County are to illegal alien Mexicans on Medi-Cal, whose births were paid for by taxpayers.
# Nearly 35 percent of all inmates in California detention centers are Mexican nationals here illegally.
# Over 300,000 illegal aliens in Los Angeles County are living in garages.
# The FBI estimates half of all gang members in Los Angeles to be illegal aliens from south of the border.
# Nearly 60 percent of all occupants of HUD properties are illegal.
# 21 radio stations in L.A. are Spanish speaking.
# Of 10.2 million people in L.A. County, 5.1 million speak English, 3.9 million speak Spanish.
Add to those some more recent stats:
# Less than 2 percent of illegal aliens are picking our crops, but 29 percent are on welfare.
# Over 70 percent of the United States’ annual population growth (and over 90 percent of California, Florida, and New York) results from immigration.
# 29 percent of inmates in federal prisons are illegal aliens.
Are you beginning to see why I can’t get the story of Gulliver out of my mind?
Can’t we Americans, uniquely generous and welcoming and compassionate toward those less fortunate, see that our generosity is being horribly abused, that our economy is being overwhelmed, that whatever benefits might have derived from crop pickers and day laborers and kitchen workers have long since been washed away by an avalanche of the illiterate, the unskilled, the dependent, and the even the violent and criminal?
Can’t we see that, like the drowsy Gulliver, we must rouse ourselves—quickly and decisively—and tear away any restrictions to the observance of our laws? That regardless of any cost economically, near or long term, we must root out all who are here illegally, and insist that they become Americans the old-fashioned way, legally and responsibly? And if they’ve committed crimes, in addition to illegal entry in the first place, they be deported immediately, out of our prisons and off our taxpayer support, and never allowed to return?
Look, millions of us really care about a dad sneaking in to make money for his family, about a poor woman bringing a child for hospital care, about a responsible teen hoping for some kind of future. Question: How many can come move in to your house, at your personal expense? Isn’t there some kind of limit to what even caring people can shoulder, all at once? Responsible legislators can enact rules allowing for us, the overburdened taxpayers, to cooperate with foundations and pro bono medics to help the most needy without completely dissolving all laws and saying Come one, come all!