Saturday, October 10, 2009

Illegals and The Quality of Life - by James Robb, NumbersUSA


More of your Emails on Illegal Immigration and the Quality of Life

By James Robb, Monday, October 5, 2009, 5:04 PM EDT

Hello, NumbersUSA members. Jim here.

I've been reading through (and answering) emails you’ve sent me lately. Many members have shared heartbreaking and hair raising tales of out-of-control immigration. Especially illegal immigration. Thought I'd share a few of the 100–200 emails members send me every week.

From the "everything’s broken" department:

I live in California, and our state and all of the taxpayers are straining already to pay for free education for the children of illegals, aid to needy children, housing the criminals, and the many other costs to the State of California and its taxpayers.Life used to be so good in California! My income taxes have gone up the last few years; my property taxes have gone up, and we are already giving the illegals free health care at our emergency rooms.

Our hospitals are going bankrupt, and many are closing emergency rooms. We have had one of our major hospitals close. Citizens are losing many of the state services for lack of funds…We never had the gangs in California before the influx of so many illegals. So, California is already suffering! We don't need another handout for them.

-Mareta, California

Mareta, do you know that it's estimated that California pays $3 billion each year to educate illegal aliens? Over $370,000,000 for illegal aliens in prison? Over $486,000,000 for emergency services provided to illegal aliens?

Building on this theme, listen to what Anita of Texas has to say:

We knew our high schools were now massive lost schools. My high school, one of the top three wealthiest high schools in Houston, now has 110 languages spoken. They also have less than a 45% graduation rate now.My husband's [old] high school, in a nice close-in suburban area of Houston, has 105 cameras to provide security.

-Anita, Texas

It's sad to see how quickly areas can change. Perry of Ohio comments:

My wife had a decent job but it seems since Columbus, Ohio was ‘chosen’ by Bill Clinton to flood with 20,000+ of 'relocated' Somali [refugees] in the late 1990s, jobs are dicey here & she was laid off...we are in bad shape in this city!

–Perry, Ohio

I get a lot of letters from California members. A whole, whole lot. But surprisingly, NumbersUSA members as a group are not overrepresented in that state compared with others. (To be exact, only 12% of our NumbersUSA members come from California.)

Here's a refreshing word from a Salinas, California member who does not feel the need of illegal alien cheap labor:

I live in Salinas, CA. They call us the "salad bowl of the world" but I grow my own vegetables and fruits in my own back yard! I can my veggies and jam my fruit as well as freeze for a later time. I get thorns in my fingers from black berry picking but wouldn't dream of someone else doing this work for me. I work 8a-6p every day, and on the weekends we work in our yard. My spouse mows his own lawn, our children take care of themselves and I clean my own house! So, I personally do not need illegal immigrants picking our vegetables in the fields, and trying to make me reliant on their work!

We are the minority in our city and we have the worse gang warfare going on! Our school are over-crowded and some of the worst in California now due to the large immigrant population who cannot speak English! We've had 21 murders so far this year! Over 8% more than in the larger city of San Jose, CA. And Congressman Sam Farr caters more to the illegals than representing American citizens! What can I do now???

–Melanie, California

Melanie, I’ll tell you what I tell everyone. Keep on faxing. Keep on telephoning. And especially, keep the faith! Don’t ever give up!



No mercy for 'Savage'
Jonathan "Savage" Johnston, a 30-year-old Norteno gang member, wept in a San Francisco courtroom Friday at his sentencing hearing for the 2006 murder of a man he ordered killed in a case of mistaken identity.

Johnston's attorney, Brian Petersen, told Judge Jerome Benson that he was "begging for mercy here."

Probation was the appropriate sentence for Johnston's second-degree murder conviction, Petersen told the judge, noting that the defendant was not the person who stabbed 29-year-old Carlos Urzua to death and that he had no history of violence.

Johnston was with other gang members prowling for rivals when he spotted the unarmed Urzua as he was dropped off at his Alabama Street house at 3 a.m. on Nov. 25, 2006.

Johnston mistook Urzua for a rival and ordered his gang comrades to "get him." The other men promptly robbed, beat and stabbed Urzua, who happened to live near a gang rival of Johnston's but wasn't in a gang himself, police say.

"It's the ultimate urban nightmare, to be executed on your front porch,'' prosecutor Scot Clark said during a break in the hearing.

Johnston, in a statement, said only that he was sorry for the ''tragic loss." He did not take direct responsibility.

In the end, despite all the tears, pleading and begging, Benson ordered Johnston to be imprisoned for 15 years to life.

"This victim was as good as robbed, beaten up and stabbed to death as soon as the defendant's car had stopped,'' the judge said.

Benson had already sentenced the man convicted of first-degree murder in the killing, Royale LeBlanc, 22, to 28 years to life.

Read more:

EVANGELICALS Selling Out The American People For Illegals - by ROY BECK, NumbersUSA

EVANGELICALS: Your Leaders Endorsed Mass Amnesty Today (evangelical Christians OPPOSE amnesty!)

Date: 2009-10-09, 10:52AM PDT
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EVANGELICALS: Your Leaders Endorsed Mass Amnesty Today

By Roy Beck, Updated Thursday, October 8, 2009, 6:41 PM EDT

Leaders of most of the nation's evangelical Christians made a shocking endorsement of illegal-alien amnesty today in Senate testimony.

Their spokesman -- the head of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE) -- said high immigration is increasing membership in evangelical churches and is good for the economy.

Polls have shown that evangelical Christians in the pews are the MOST likely to OPPOSE amnesty. If you are one of them, you may want to contact your church leaders immediately.

The NAE phone number is: 202-789-1011 --- Fax number is 202-842-0392

The NAE email address is: and

Please be respectful and thoughtful in your comments to the NAE. I would suggest that only evangelical Christians make the contacts.


Rev. Leith Anderson, president of the NAE, was invited by Sen. Shumer (D-N.Y.) to testify in favor of the Senate immigration chairman's push to create amnesty legislation this fall.

Sen. Shumer asked Rev. Anderson if many of his colleagues agree with his support for legalizing 12-20 million illegal aliens and increasing the legal immigration far higher than the 1 million a year current level (the two key components of "comprehensive immigration reform").

Rev. Anderson answered that there was no dissent in adopting the pro-amnesty resolution on the 75-member NAE board of directors.

ZERO dissent!


Rev. Anderson described the NAE as:

. . . a network of 40 denominations comprising more than 45,000 local churches located in every congressional district and every state. The NAE membership also includes evangelical universities, seminaries, ministries, local congregations, and individuals.
Here is the list of the denominational members:

Notable among the members are:

Anglican Mission in America -- Phone: 843.237.0318 -- Fax: 843.237.4008 -- -- Chairman Charles H. Murphy III's Chief of Staff:
Assemblies of God -- Phone: 417-862-2781 -- Toll Free: 1-877-840-4800 -- Email:, General Superintendent, or from this page:
Brethren in Christ Church -- Phone: 717.697.2634 --
Christian Reformed Church in North America -- Phone: 616-241-1691 or 1-877-279-9994 ---- Fax: 616-224-0803 --- E-mail:
Church of God -- Phone: 765-648-2125 --Toll Free: 1-800-848-2464
Church of the Nazarene -- Phone: 913.577.0500 -- E-mail from this page:
Churches of Christ In Christian Union -- Phone: 740.474.8856 -- Email from this page:,com_contact/task,view/contact_id,8/Itemid,89/
Conservative Lutheran Association
Evangelical Assembly of Presbyterian Churches -- Email from this page
Evangelical Presbyterian Church -- Phone: 734-742-2020 - Fax: 734-742-2033 -- Email:
Evangelical Free Church of America -- Phone: 1-800-745-2202 -- Email:
Fellowship of Evangelical Churches -- Phone: 260-423-3649 -- Email:
Free Methodist Church of North America -- Phone: 317-244-3660 -- Toll Free: 1-800-342-5531 -- Email:
General Association of Regular Baptists -- Telephone: 1-888-588-1600 -- Fax: 847-843-3757 -- E-mail from this page:
International Church of the Foursquare Gospel -- Phone: 1-888-635-4234 -- Email from this page:
International Fellowship of Christian Assemblies -- Phone: 724-962-3501
International Pentecostal Church of Christ -- Phone: 740-852-4722 -- Email: General Overseer

International Pentecostal Holiness Church -- Phone: 405-787-7110 -- Email:
Presbyterian Church in America -- Telephone: 678-825-1000 -- Fax: 678-825-1001-- Email:
Primitive Methodist Church USA -- Phone: 215-675-2639 -- Email: Rev. Kerry R. Ritts, President
Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America -- Phone: 412-731-1177-- Email from this page:
The Brethren Church -- Phone: 419.289.1708
The Christian & Missionary Alliance -- Phone: 719-599-5999 -- Email:
The Evangelical Church -- Phone: 763-424-2589 -- Email:
The Salvation Army --- E-mail at: --- 703-299-8314 --- toll free 800-725-2769 --- fax 703-684-3478
The Vineyard, USA --- Phone: 281-313-8463 -- Fax: 281-313-8464 -- Email:
Transformation Ministries -- Phone: 626-915-7641 -- Toll Free: 1-800-299-3448 -- Email:
United Brethren in Christ -- Phone: 260-356-2312 -- Email from this page:
US Conference of the Mennonite Brethren Churches -- Phone: Midwest Office 316-558-8688 or Toll Free 1-800-257-0515, West Coast 661-412-4939 -- Emai: Executive Director, Ed Boschman
The Wesleyan Church Corporation -- Phone: 317-774-7900 -- Email:

If you have a connection with any of these denominations, you may want to contact them and ask if they really want to side with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Council of La Raza in flooding the country with millions more legal foreign workers while 15 million Americans are looking for a job but can't find one.

There is a good chance that even the leaders in your national church agencies are not really aware that their representative voted for a massive amnesty and increase in foreign worker importation.

Rev. Anderson is Senior Pastor of Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, Minn. It describes itself as non-denominational with some Baptist connections.


I would note that NumbersUSA and others have made requests to NAE for several years to present our moral arguments for less overall immigration to protect the stewardship of the nation's natural resources and to protect the nation's most vulnerable citizens. The NAE has resolutely refused to hear any voice but pro-amnesty voices, as far as we have been able to tell.

When you read Rev. Anderson's prepared testimony, you find much that is thoughtful, including:

Evangelicals do not condone law breaking. . . . Evangelicals believe that government is a gift of God for the common good. Borders are necessary for public order. We support intelligent enforcement of our nation's immigration laws as long as the enforcement measures are consistent with respect for human dignity, family values and sanctity of human life.
-- Evangelicals President

But then Rev. Anderson told Sen. Shumer that the Gospel requires that Christians be willing to forgive illegal aliens for breaking immigration laws which means that:

We believe that undocumented immigrants who have otherwise been law abiding members of our communities should be offered the opportunity to pay any taxes or penalties owed, and over time earn the right to become U.S. citizens and permanent residents. The process of redemption and restitution is core to Christian beliefs, as we were all once lost and redeemed through love of Jesus Christ.
-- Evangelicals President

Furthermore, the 75 national evangelical leaders agreed that immigration laws that have allowed legal immigration to soar from a traditional average of 250,000 a year to more than 1,000,000 a year are too strict and must be changed to allow many more foreign workers to enter.


The staff at NumbersUSA are members of the Evangelical, Catholic, Jewish, Mainline Protestant, Liberal Protestant and no religious faith. We all believe in ethical systems that say it is wrong to run an immigration policy that hammers down the weakest, poorest and unemployed members of our society while making it impossible to achieve environmental sustainability. It grieves our hearts to see evangelical leaders join national Jewish, Catholic, mainline Protestant and liberal Protestant leaders who have already fully endorsed amnesty and massive increases in foreign workers and U.S. population growth.

We have no doubt that all these national religious leaders have failed in their duties of fact-gathering and thoughtful analysis. They bring discredit on their religious faiths from their sloppiness in truth seeking and their lack of intellectual integrity.

We call on all NumbersUSA members of faith to point us to leaders in their own religious traditions who are open to discussing the full ethical issues involved in immigration.

The NAE's call for forgiveness seems to ignore the Gospel context of "go and sin no more."

We do not call for a policy that locks up and throws away the key on foreign citizens who have broken our immigration laws. Most of us are willing to let most illegal aliens return to their home countries under no penalty whatsoever.

But the NAE has proclaimed that our forgiveness of illegal aliens should allow them to keep the very things they broke the law to steal: U.S. jobs and access to U.S. infrastructure.

How many billions of people in the world would like to line up for that kind of forgiveness?

We have pled with the NAE leaders (as we have with leaders of all other faith traditions) to talk to them about how mercy shown by governments can easily create injustice against a society's weakest members. In general the Judeo-Christian scriptures call on individuals to show mercy but governments to provide justice.

When the government shows mercy, it allows people to break the rules. But if breaking the rules harms law-abiding members of society, that mercy creates an injustice against them.

I am especially devastated by the national evangelical leaders' callous disregard for the U-6 unemployment rate of nearly 20% -- job-seekers (active and recently discouraged) who cannot find any job or who have been forced into involuntary part-time work.

It is incredible to read Rev. Anderson's testimony talking about the failure in having enough immigration visas to fill the needs of the U.S. business community!

I am embarrassed for him and his 74 colleagues. I am sure they do not mean such inhumane treatment of their fellow Americans. And I am sure they dug themselves into this shameful hole with the most well-intentioned of shovels.

I suggest that the readers of this blog consider forgiveness toward these religious leaders while thoughtfully guiding them to see all the shades and complexities of the immigration issue to which they weren't exposed by the NAE staff and the open-borders lobby which led them to this pro-amnesty position.

ROY BECK is Founder & CEO of NumbersUSA. He was honored with dozens of religion journalism awards during the 1980s for national and international reporting on the intersection of Protestant churches and social issues. He is an active member of a Mainline Protestant congregation and 20-year leader of youth mission teams providing better housing for poor Americans.