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Houston, Texas

     Cathie Adams agrees with Diana Hull:
     "Diana Hull's criticism of Houston's illegal alien influence is replicated in Texas' two other major cities, Dallas and San Antonio. Dallas' social services are overburdened by them. And the only San Antonio daily newspaper is dubbed Northern Mexico City News!
     Another aspect of the illegal aliens' influence is the effect of the motor-voter bill in the Texas legislature. While most Americans think that Hispanics are pro-family and pro-life, those elected to the state legislature are aggressive proponents of the opposite views. And if a member of the House Hispanic caucus gets out of line, the straying member is surrounded by his peers and quickly brought into line. They vote as radically as the Democrat Platform on all social as well as economic issues.
     Governor George W. Bush has been persuaded by them, but the influence has not been reciprocal. Some Hispanics voted for Bush because he spoke their language, but more voted for him because he gave them legislatively what they wanted: a holiday and a highway dedicated to Caesar Chavez. He also supports bi-lingual education and is mute about the tremendous numbers illegally crossing Texas' border. Since the largest group of uninsured children are Hispanics, they benefited the most when he signed into law the first installment of Hillary Clinton's health care agenda called Texas Healthy Kids Corporation.
     When illegal aliens are allowed the U.S. Constitutional right to vote, not only is American civil policy impacted, it is only a short while until foreign policies are impacted as well."

     My comment: We should distinguish between legal and illegal immigrants, and, within the legal group, there are those who make a valuable contribution to American life. Our caretakers are a couple from Tonga. He is training to become a Methodist preacher, she is a trained nurse's assistant and a marvelous person.
     A legal immigrant from El Salvador just came to fix our TV. He was a student at the University of El Salvador, but it closed down because of the civil war. We had a fascinating conversation. Proud of being from El Salvador, he has not become an American citizen (his children have), but he has little faith in the Salvadorean government. He admires the government of Costa Rica because of its stress on education. He praises the Jesuits of the Universidad Centroamericana who were killed by the military. He would make a splendid U.S. citizen.

Ronald Hilton - 12/9/99