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Illegal Immigrants Flock to San Francisco

by Tex Bukkeis

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. — Undocumented immigrants have been arriving here in bus after bus, lured by the welcome of city officials.

When Mayor Gavin Newsom announced Tuesday a moratorium on official travel to Arizona, it was a clear signal that undocumented aliens would be welcome in the city by the Golden Gate Bridge.

"If Arizona doesn't want undocumented workers," Newsom said, "we'll take them. Practically everybody in this city is either an immigrant or a descendant of an immigrant, so we love immigrants and we will try our best to make sure they permanently move here."

Anticipating that many immigrants will lack resources as they arrive in the Bay Area, the city council announced Friday that it will provide free housing, a job, free food and free transportation to persons who can prove they are in the country in violation of federal law.

"Unfortunately, unemployed persons who are not illegal immigrants are already coming here to take advantage of our offer," said councilman Lou Z. Nett. "Some of them are even dying their hair black and pretending to talk in broken English. We have a meeting with law enforcement officials tomorrow to figure out ways to determine for certain who should be here and who is a U.S. citizen who should be deported from California."

Meanwhile, Greyhound Bus Line announced that it would provide a free service to the city by transporting to Arizona at no charge any U.S. citizen whom municipal officials want deported.

"We have lots of empty buses going back to Arizona to pick up people who want to come here," company spokesman Knox R. Sauxauff said at city hall. "We might as well give somebody a ride while we're at it."

As officials search for a solution, San Francisco Police Chief Bellows Moak said he has instructed his officers to demand that persons who ask for aid hand over their papers if police suspect they are U.S. citizens masquerading as undocumented aliens.

"These bums give up their rights when they try to take food, money, shelter and jobs that are meant for undocumented foreigners," he said.

Advocates for undocumented foreigners are demanding that the San Francisco Giants, as well as other major league baseball teams across the country, boycott the Arizona Diamondbacks.

"Major league teams rely on foreign workers," baseball historian Runyers Tyson I told "A large percentage of alien players come from the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Cuba and Puerto Rico. Without them, major and minor league teams would be forced to lower their standards and hire inferior Americans to staff their teams. Any bill that might prevent foreign ball players from working in the U.S. would have a disastrous result, preventing them from taking millions of American dollars to their home countries, reducing the trade deficit."

Tyson said baseball revenues would plummet if undocumented foreigners stopped attending games and watching them on TV.

"Most American citizens today prefer football and basketball over baseball," he said. "If it weren't for the loyal foreign fans who come here without papers, major league baseball would cease to exist. Therefore, to ensure their survival, professional baseball teams should boycott the Diamondbacks."

Arizona's tough new bill was designed to discourage illegal aliens from entering or staying in Arizona, said Pulyer Leyga, an outspoken proponent of the measure.

"We're already seeing Mexicans, Central Americans and even a few South Americans leave the state because of the bill, even though it doesn't go into effect until 90 days after the Legislature convenes," he said. "As the illegals leave, unemployment will go down, rent will become more affordable and crime rates will plummet. The only negative is that we might have to close some our courts and jails."

Juan Chorjaubs of Mexicans Against Documentation (MAD) said his greatest fear is that 21 other states are poised to pass equally tough measures. He said retaliatory boycotts also could harm California, Florida, New York and other states that welcome undocumented immigrants.

"Citizens from Utah, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Nevada, Colorado and Texas are beginning their own boycotts," he said. "They are cancelling vacation plans and business trips to the Golden State, the Empire State and the Sunshine State, where more than 10 million undocumented alien immigrants make their homes. Our worst fear is that such boycotts could be effective, and we would be forced to return to our home countries."

He urged undocumented workers to take their families to Sea World, Disney World, New York City and Disneyland in the next few months to counter the effects of a counterf boycotts.

Political consultant Ali R. Dailey said the Democratic Party must prevent anti-illegal immigrant sentiment from growing because its candidates must have Hispanic voters to replace millions of voters who have left the party in the past 16 months.

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"Illegal immigration is a crisis for our country. It is an open door for drugs, criminals, and potential terrorists to enter our country. It is straining our economy, adding costs to our judicial, health care and education systems." — Timothy Murphy

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