CAPS — Years ago, I was speaking with my friend Terry Anderson, who hosted a popular Los Angeles-based, Sunday night radio show that dealt exclusively with illegal immigration. “If you ain’t mad, you ain’t paying attention” was his tagline. Watch Terry’s two-part interview with CAPS here and here.
Toward the end of our conversation, Terry said: “It’s over for us.” What Terry meant was that California’s illegal immigrant population had grown so fast that the best interests of black Americans like him had, in the political scheme of things, become secondary to those of illegal immigrants.
In South Central, where Terry lived, evidence of illegal immigrants’ ever-growing presence – he called it the “vast influx” – was painfully obvious. As more illegal immigrants moved into the greater Los Angeles area, congressional districts that had elected black officials became Hispanic-dominated. U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters’ South Central 43rd Congressional District, for example, includes the Hispanic-majority cities of Gardena, Inglewood and Hawthorne. To get re-elected, Waters and others in Congress facing the same shifting demographic electorate prioritized Hispanic issues. Waters is good at getting re-elected; she’s been in the House for 25 years!
Terry died in 2010, a few years before Los Angeles County had more Latino residents than any other county nationwide. Rarely a day goes by that I don’t think of Terry fondly, and remember his valiant efforts to raise the awareness of his national audience about illegal immigration’s scourge. I miss Terry, but am comforted by knowing that at least he didn’t live long enough to have read last week’s scandalous story that the University of California Merced now has enrolled more illegal alien students than blacks. According to a Daily Wire headline story, during the spring of 2016, UC Merced provided 303 illegal immigrants with financial aid, teaching jobs and legal services. Black enrollment is 272. The story also notes that 48.5 percent of UC Merced’s student body is Hispanic.
The University of California is a land-grant college built to make higher education more widely available and more affordable for instate students, and has been funded by generations of California’s taxpayers that include Terry and his family. Illegal immigrants should not receive benefits from UC Merced or any other U.S. university unless similar benefits are provided to citizen students. From 8 U.S. Code § 1623, “an alien who is not lawfully present in the United States shall not be eligible on the basis of residence within a State… for any postsecondary education benefit unless a citizen or national of the United States is eligible for such a benefit.”
In Terry’s memory, let me make clear that I’ve been paying attention and that I am mad. To help spread what Terry called the “popular rage,” join the CAPS Action Alert team here to send free messages to the White House and Congress to insist that American interests must come first.