By Rick Oltman, June 28, 2019
June 10th marked the 20-year anniversary of the first time that citizens and immigration reform activists from around the country had a chance to tell their immigration horror stories to our elected representatives and a national audience. They testified to Congress about their experiences and personal loss as a result of the lack of immigration enforcement and lax border security.
The hearing came about as the result of a meeting I had with a staffer on the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims, chaired by Lamar Smith (R-TX). He was lamenting about how the pro-illegal alien groups were constantly complaining about any effort to pass a new immigration law, or enforce the ones already on the books, and paraded so-called “victims” in the news.
I said to him, “Well, let’s get the victims of illegal immigration to tell their stories.” He looked at me seriously and asked, “Do you know any?” I responded back, “I know them all.” An exaggeration, of course, but I assured him that we would have an excellent lineup to testify if he could set up the hearing. And I politely insisted that I wanted it televised on C-SPAN. He agreed, and I made calls to many friends I had made across the country, working to get our immigration laws enforced.
The late Terry Anderson, the “Prisoner of South Central” (Los Angeles), testified in his trademark bib-overalls on how illegal immigration hurts Black Americans.
- A Texas rancher
- An Arizona citizen
- A California mother whose son had been killed by an illegal alien gang banger
- Two immigration reform activists
- A former schoolteacher and member of Black Americans for Family Values
The former schoolteacher was Ezola Foster, who had been harassed continuously since she raised the issue in her school about the negative impact that illegal immigration was having on her young (Black) students. In 2000 Pat Buchanan picked Ezola to be his Vice-Presidential running mate on the Reform Party ticket.
Congressman Smith told me personally that the testimonies of all those who spoke were some of the best he had ever seen or heard. A staffer for the subcommittee told me afterward that it was “the best committee hearing” she could remember in her 20-plus years of working in the House of Representatives. High praise, and well deserved.
Some of these brave souls are no longer with us. Those who are remain in the fight to protect our country, our culture, and our citizens from illegal alien criminals who are here because of decades of neglect – some would say criminal neglect – when it comes to immigration law enforcement and border security.
I have admired you all since the beginning of our work together on this issue. Your patriotism is well known and deeply respected by all who know of it.
To those who have since joined us in the fight, I thank you for all your efforts.
After two decades, the problems of illegal immigration have not been solved. More and more citizens have been victimized by illegal aliens. But gratefully, the American people are getting educated and the immigration issue is at the top of the polls when voters are asked what issues are most important to them.
We’re all looking forward to the next time the voters speak.
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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