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Minutemen--The Battle to Secure America's Borders.

Minutemen--The Battle to Secure America's Borders, by Jim Gilchrist and Jerome R. Corsi, Ph.D., 375 pp, hardback, $25.95, ISBN-13: 978-0977898411, Torrance, Calif., World Ahead Publishing, 2006.

This book by Jim Gilchrist, founder of the Minuteman Project, and Jerome Corsi, coauthor of Unfit for Command, documents the significant harm to our country from the illegal alien invasion, and reasons why our government doesn't want to stop it.

The Minutemen are a group of citizen volunteers who do not engage in confrontations, apprehension, or detainment of illegal aliens, but position themselves along U.S. borders to observe and report unlawful activity to the understaffed U.S. Border Patrol. The Minutemen have been maligned, even by President Bush, who referred to them as "vigilantes."

They estimate that there are up to 30 million illegal aliens in this country. By 2025 there could be 100 million. The authors ask how our country of 300 million can assimilate such an enormous number of poor, uneducated, and predominantly Spanish-speaking people who have broken our laws and remain loyal to their nations of origin.

Just as American colonial essayist Thomas Paine, in his essay Common Sense, made the case for our nation's birth, I think this book makes the case on how to prevent its death. The authors believe that our country is slated for demolition. The radical Left, economic globalists including President George W. Bush, and some prominent members of the Roman Catholic Church have the common agenda of eliminating our national borders. This would transform our nation into a Third World country or the "North American Union," an amalgamation of Mexico, the United States, and Canada. The authors say the liberal media and politicians pander to Hispanics because they're the largest activist minority group in this country. The authors attack the propaganda that Americans should accept these illegals as benign, hard-working people who "do the jobs that Americans won't do." Using a "Trojan Horse" analogy, they state that we are also allowing entrance to terrorists, murderers, rapists, international gang members, and drug traffickers, who sneak in with those hard workers.

We also are exposed to infectious diseases that had been rare or eradicated in this country, such as multi-drug resistant tuberculosis, Hansen's disease, polio, dengue fever, and Chagas disease.

Illegal workers accept slave wages--still more than they would earn at home--creating a "21st-century slave trade" that undermines wages of our own working poor. Uneducated, impoverished, and unassimilated, they become an enormous burden on our social services, hospitals, schools, and prisons.

Without addressing this impact of illegal immigration, it appears to be futile to try to solve any major U.S. domestic problem, such as homeland security, poverty, rising costs of medical services, the "uninsured," illegal drugs, increasing taxes, the national debt, violent crime, expanding prison populations, and crowded, failing public schools. No politician should be allowed to pretend to have solutions for these domestic problems without addressing the real crisis: our open borders and lack of immigration law enforcement. No employer can justify hiring illegal aliens as cheap labor for selfish economic gain, the authors maintain, when the taxpayers have to subsidize an unlimited influx of poor illegal aliens.

The book discusses many facets of the illegal alien issue that are rarely, if ever, addressed by the national media. These include: the concept of Aztlan, the mythical homeland of the Aztec people, which includes a large chunk of the U.S.; Reconquista, the movement to reclaim part of the U.S. for Mexico; matricular consular cards, Mexican identification cards for illegal aliens in the U. S.; and dual citizenship, whereby Mexicans who become U.S. citizens retain their Mexican citizenship and can vote in Mexican elections.

Other topics include chain migration; Social Security "no match" letters, which inform employers about fraudulent Social Security numbers used by employees; and the misinterpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment that results in "anchor babies." Impediments to law enforcement include sanctuary cities and sanctuary laws that prohibit police from determining someone's immigration status. The U.S. crime problem is exacerbated by the MS-13 gang, a violent international Hispanic gang that has infiltrated 34 states. The economic impact of illegals is magnified by EMTALA (the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act), which bankrupts hospitals by requiring them to provide free medical care.

Mexico has great economic resources. For example, the Cantrell oil field, the second-largest oil-producing field in the world, belongs to Mexico.

According to the authors, some of the organizations that facilitate illegal aliens in the U.S. are La Raza ("The Race"), Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA, a group of Chicano Nationalists), the Ford Foundation, the Mexican American Legal Foundation (MALDEF), the National Immigration Law Center, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), George Soros's Open Society Institute, and the Southern Poverty Law Center, along with other left-wing, anti-American organizations. According to a chapter about Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles, the cardinal reportedly thinks charity for Mexico's poor should begin with their illegal immigration to the U.S., since apparently they are not the responsibility of the Mexican government.

The authors make it clear that any new laws or regulations concerning "amnesty," a "pathway to citizenship," or "guest worker" programs put forth in a "comprehensive immigration bill," would only stimulate production of more fake documents and identity theft. They believe such proposals will further increase the flow of illegal aliens who will stay and never go back, since nothing, as usual, will be done to secure the borders or enforce new or old immigration laws.

To borrow from Thomas Pain's Common Sense--in which he said, "A government which cannot preserve the peace, is no government at all"--I would sum up the message of the book in this way: a government that cannot secure our borders and enforce our laws is no government at all. Or, to quote President Reagan, "A nation without borders is not a nation."

Elizabeth Kamenar, M.D.

Mountaintop, Pa.
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Author:Kamenar, Elizabeth
Publication:Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons
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Date:Mar 22, 2007
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