Approximately 1000 Mexican day laborers have come to work in Farmingville, Long Island, a hamlet of 15,000. The Sachem Quality of Life Organization was founded by residents concerned about this influx. On August 4, the SQLO sponsored a symposium titled “A Day of Truth.” Turnout was low—about 100 people.
The trial of two white supremacists accused of assaulting two Mexican workers and the Bush administration’s talk of amnesty for illegal immigrants formed a backdrop. Glenn Spencer, director of American Patrol, an organization the Southern Poverty Law Center labels a “hate group,” was the main attraction. What follows are excerpts from interviews with key members of the growing anti-immigrant movement.
Margaret Bianculli-Dyber, president, SQLO
We always had a few day laborers in Farmingville. In the spring of ’98 I came out of my house; there were hundreds of men on the corner. I called the police. I said, “There are hundreds of men standing on the corner. Send a patrol car.” They said, “You mean the Mexicans waiting for work? We’re not sending a car. You’re a racist.” I didn’t even know they were Mexicans.
I went to a civic meeting—400 residents from Farmingville—and we were told by our elected officials, “There’s nothing wrong. Everything the Mexicans are doing is legal.” So seven of us got together to exchange info. Marianne [a neighbor] sat down at her computer and typed in the word immigration, and up popped all the organizations working on this. She called me, practically shouting, “Margaret, we’re not the only ones.” We contacted FAIR [Federation for American Immigration Reform]. That’s how we met Glenn Spencer. That’s when we began to network and branch out. [Glenn told us] the enemy is our own government.
My husband works for a large food-distribution warehouse—he’s a forklift operator. Traditionally, they make 20-something dollars an hour. My husband makes $12 an hour. Labor is so plentiful for [the company], they say, “I can just replace you and get El Salvadorans for $6 or $7 an hour.” Now this company made $1 billion in profits last year. They have 300 El Salvadorans working there. Because of a plentiful supply of cheap labor, my husband’s wages are held down, and I have to work.
Now, because of all the Mexicans, my property values have fallen $18,000 in four years. So I can’t afford to sell my house for a profit and move away.
Ray Wysolmierski, spokesperson, SQLO
The reason this is such an important meeting is a few brave men and women do what they have to do out of a sense of duty, like General MacArthur. In spite of being called racists, you have to look at this crowd as so many heroes, and you do not have a lot of heroes. Otherwise they would not give out medals for heroism.
I’m not going to call them undocumented. They are illegal. You don’t like the word? They are illegal. Illegal is criminal. The core problem is the state of mind all over the country. Not located in any one place—it’s located in the minds of people who have bought into political correctness, which is another word for psychological terrorism.
If the Mexicans come here and have a baby, it’s called an anchor baby. What is happening is our goodwill and tolerance and love are being used against us. Everybody knows the American people are kind and just. If you have a baby here, [and] you use the baby as a magnet to stay here, you’re polluting—to use a word popular 25 years ago, you’re creating “populution.”
You’ve heard about the [dual] citizenships? My god, two illegals come here, have children in America, force themselves upon the population, and then insist [on their right]—when they want to go on vacation—to go back home to Mexico and live like kings. And then to come back when they want to and make some more money and go back. The whole thing is insane. If they continue to come and have families and grow, we’ll no longer exist as the United States of America.
Dave Drew, member, SQLO
When the framers designed the constitution, they put in an answer for every problem. The only reason we won’t succeed is if we quit—if we don’t employ the tools given by the founding fathers.
Success would be the removal of all illegal aliens—deportation. Some say, “There are millions of illegal aliens. That’s a big job to deport.” Is it really? How many planes and cars are on the road as we speak? Not that big a deal to deport a couple million people. Farmingville is a one-day job, that’s Farmingville! If the INS wanted to do it, they’d come in in the morning with buses, with document people, remove them all, repatriate them. One-day job. Farmingville would be restored.
First you enter the country illegally, then you work off the books—that’s another illegality. You can pretty much do what you want. We’ve had rape and murder. Why not break the law? Once you start, you’ve got to keep going.
Let’s talk about the hiring hall. They start with a hiring hall, now they’re going to want benefits, now they’re gonna want to bring their wife, education for their children. You collapse the entire society. It is not socialism or communism here. We want to reap the benefits of our own work. Not to pay for illegal immigrants.
George Washington did not run to Mexico when King George was oppressing him; he stood and fought. But everyone around the world runs to America. Wrong answer! Fix things in your own house.
Glenn Spencer, director, American Patrol
I produced a video. [In it,] Bill King, former chief U.S. Border Patrol agent, he says, “If we have another general amnesty it will eventually cover half of Mexico.” If you have 30 million uneducated people who suddenly qualify for welfare, 30 million at $10,000 each, that’s $300 billion. Amnesty is the end of U.S. as a sovereign nation.
In L.A., day laborers, so-called, have taken over entire unions. It begins with day labor and moves into a national security threat. Their long-term plan is to return the Southwest, especially California, to the jurisdiction of Mexico without firing a single shot. The day laborers have been taught—actually given comic books—in Mexico that say you have to come here, it is your right to come here. They will tell you they are here to work, but they are here to recapture what is theirs.
Once they move in and take the day-labor jobs, then they take the drywall jobs, carpentry, rough concrete, OK? All menial low-wage jobs—all gone. Unions will grow in power. Then they’ll take the clerks’ jobs. It begins with day labor and moves up the food chain, and it gets pretty high.
I did not come out to Farmingville—they invited me to come. I tell them, “You’re facing the gravest threat of your lifetime—to be folded into the global village.” That’s what’s going on.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on August 7, 2001