February 12, 2003

IT MUST BE A NEOCON PLOT (via Paul Cella):

Santa Ana's parents revolt in favor of English (Daniel Weintraub, February 11, 2003, Sacramento Bee)
The recall from office of a school board member in a medium-size Southern California city wouldn't normally be big news. But the ouster last week of Santa Ana Unified School District's Nativo Lopez should send a signal to ethnic-enclave politicians across the state, if not the nation. [...]

The issue that finally caught up with him was bilingual education. He was an outspoken opponent of Proposition 227, the 1998 ballot measure that sought to eliminate bilingual education and to protect the rights of immigrant parents who wanted their children taught in English. After the measure passed, Lopez led an effort to persuade (some would say harass) Santa Ana parents to sign waivers that would allow the schools to continue to teach their children in Spanish.

The recall effort was started by parents at one Santa Ana school who were frustrated that they could not enroll their children in English-immersion classes. Children who were speaking English at home and didn't even know Spanish were being forced into classes taught mainly in Spanish.

The effort was joined by a group of parents from the north side of town opposed to the construction of a new school in their neighborhood. All seven members of the majority-Latino City Council endorsed the recall. Local business leaders and bilingual education opponent Ron Unz also joined the fight, eventually contributing more than $250,000 to the recall campaign. Lopez spent more than $150,000 on his campaign.

The results were stunning. Lopez got just 29 percent, while more than 70 percent of voters approved the measure to remove him from office. He was replaced by a white former City Council member. Predictably, Lopez blamed his defeat on racism. [...]

Arturo Lomeli, a Santa Ana dentist who was born in Mexico and who is president of the Downtown Business Association, told the Los Angeles Times that he voted for the recall because he was convinced that Lopez was trying to re-create Mexico in Santa Ana.

"You don't come to the United States and say, 'I'd like to live in a city that looks like Mexico.' ... You want nice things. You don't get them with a Nativo Lopez," Lomeli said.

And Mary Helen Milanes, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Mexico, told the Orange County Register that she opposed Lopez because of his separatist tendencies.

"I hate it when people say because he's a Latino, he's going to do things for Latinos," Milanes said. "I think they should be doing it for the community."

Boy, the folks at V-Dare must hate it when immigrants act like they actually came here to fit in. Posted by Orrin Judd at February 12, 2003 12:44 AM

And the strategists in Washington must hate it when Hispanics report that dislike mass immigration almost as much as everyone else.

Posted by: Paul Cella at February 12, 2003 1:05 AM

Hispanic "leaders" have been trying the same devisive garbage as black "leaders" for a very long time, and yet more and more hispanics are becoming assimilated. Our culture is richer for their participation and their lives are better. The only ones complaining are the ones who want to make a buck for themselves.

Posted by: NKR at February 12, 2003 2:36 AM


That's the point, isn't it? Most of us, transported back in time, would fight to keep our own ancestors out.

Posted by: oj at February 12, 2003 8:15 AM

The first thing we want to do when we climb into the lifeboat is pull up the ladder behind us.

Posted by: David Cohen at February 12, 2003 10:02 AM

One thing that is usually not mentioned in the Hispanic migration issue is their high inter-marriage rate with the locals. Guaranteed assimilation.

Most Hispanics are here for a better life and none that I know remotely wants to go back to Mexico or Guatemala.

Should we do a better job of controlling immigration? Sure, if only to provide better security. But whatever ails this country is not the fault of a Mexican bussing tables at the local greasy spoon.

Posted by: Dreadnought at February 12, 2003 10:34 AM

OJ and David: so what? Your "pull up the ladder" point is purely polemical: it does not address whether mass immigration is good policy or not. It merely impugns your opponents integrity or consistency.

Posted by: Paul Cella at February 12, 2003 11:34 PM

It's a good thing, just as it was when the Cella's and Judd's came here.

Posted by: oj at February 13, 2003 12:06 AM

I, along with the great majority of Americans, regard it as a very bad thing; and very unlike
previous waves of immigration.

My view is not overturned or even called into question because my ancestors were immigrants.

Posted by: Paul Cella at February 13, 2003 11:01 PM