"Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please." (Mark Twain)

Monday, April 10, 2006

The More You Know 

Apropos of today's massive rallies on behalf of immigrant rights (my own home town, lily-white as it is, managed to get more than 20,000 people in the streets), here's a data point for those who believe that undocumented aliens don't contribute - the first American soldier to die in Dick and Dubya's Excellent Invasion, Marine Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez, was himself an undocumented alien:
Born in Guatemala, Gutierrez held permanent U.S. resident status, which he obtained in 1999.

At 14, with his parents dead, Gutierrez followed the path of 700,000 of his countrymen to California. He made the 2,000-mile journey from his Guatemala City neighborhood without entry papers. He hopped 14 freight trains to get through Mexico. U.S. immigration authorities detained him.

Fernando Castillo, Guatemala’s consul general in Los Angeles, says the United States doesn’t deport Guatemalan minors who arrive without family. Gutierrez was made a ward of Los Angeles Juvenile Court. He was placed in a series of group homes and foster families. He learned English and finished high school.

When he reached 18, he got residency documents, Castillo said.

I read this startling fact at Eschaton, and found it interesting enough to inspire me to track down the article quoted above. Other pertinent facts from the same post - one in ten soldiers fighting in Iraq are immigrants (documented and undocumented), and one in twenty of the dead (i.e., over 100 fallen heroes) have been undocumented aliens.

But let's hear again how patriotic the Minutemen are, shall we?




Jose Gutierrez was one on the first who died in Iraq, but not the first. First four soldiers died day before Jose Gutierrez was killed.

The Department of Defense announced today the identities of four U.S. Marines killed in a CH-46E helicopter crash on March 20 in Kuwait. Killed were:

Maj. Jay Thomas Aubin, 36, of Waterville, Maine
Capt. Ryan Anthony Beaupre, 30, of Bloomington, Ill.
Cpl. Brian Matthew Kennedy, 25, of Houston, Texas
Staff Sgt. Kendall Damon Watersbey, 29, of Baltimore, Md


Therrel S. Childers and Jose Gutierrez were killed in action on March 21, 2003.

The Department of Defense announced today the identities of two U.S. Marines killed in action on March 21 in Southern Iraq. Killed were:
2nd Lt. Therrel S. Childers, 30, Harrison County, Miss.
Lance Cpl. Jose Gutierrez, 22, Los Angeles, Calif.

how about this:

Three Salvadoran immigrants living in Virginia, two illegally and one as a lawful permanent resident, were found guilty of helping four September 11 operatives use fraudulent documentation to obtain Virginia identification documents. In all, the five hijackers based their Virginia identification documents on the residency information of one bribed Salvadoran.

See http://www.9-11commission.gov/staff_statements/911_TerrTrav_Ch2.pdf
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