His name was Walter Polovchak and at 12 years of age, he was a child two years my senor living in Chicago. Like me, Walter enjoyed school , sports, McDonald’s and all things American. Also like me, Walter and I had the occasional mom issues. However, unlike me Walter was a citizen of the Soviet Union and his parents wanted him to leave Chicago and go back to the Ukraine where they were from. Not that my mother did not want to leave Chicago- she did and often spoke of moving to California where “everyone gets everything for free” she would tell me. California was warm and had movie stars, I was down with that. If mother ever summoned the ambition to actually move there (which she would not) I would have willingly followed her. Walter on the other hand was not willing to follow his parents back to the Ukraine. His sister was 18 at the time and decided to stay at a cousin’s house. Walter refused to go back with his parents and followed his sister. His parents called the Chicago Police Department which began a media and immigration frenzy.
With the Cold War in full effect, Americans were of course sympathetic to Walter’s case. I sided with him. Who would want to give up Happy Meals for a soup and bread line? Surprisingly my mother, who was normally quite anti-Russia, sided with Walter’s parents. “They are his parents,” she said. “They have the right to take the brat home…Why is America always getting in someone’s (a foreign county’s) business? We have enough people to take care of on our own…Then Russia will start a war and blow our asses up over some stupid kid.”
“But why would we send him back to a bad place?” I asked. After all in school they were teaching me that America was a melting pot and we take on the world’s problems. In my little head, America was everyone’s mother. Any good mother would not send her child out into the evil world or communism.
And like a good mother, America did not. Walter Polovchak was granted political asylum and the United States allowed the case to drag out for years until the boy became a man and the issue was moot. How convenient for Walter and the U.S. Walter now all grown up and a parent himself, is a documented legal citizen living the American Dream and has never regretted his decision to challenge his parents.
Score one for Capitalism under the Reagan Administration. America 1, Commies 0.
Let’s jump nearly two decades later to 1999, the Clinton Administration and Elian Gonzalez. You remember Elian right? The five year old boy from communist Cuba who’s mother and stepfather drowned in the Atlantic Ocean while attempting to illegally immigrate to the United States. Elian was found in the water hanging on for dear life, to an inner tube. U.S. Authorities placed Elian in Florida in the custody of parental relatives-Cuban American cousins of his biological father. Elian Gonzolez like Walter Polovchek became a political battle between America and Communism. With a liberal presidential administration, guess which side the U.S. was on?
America 1, “Commies” 1
Walter Polvechek’s case was gridlocked by Regan conservatives in order to give the boy time become 18. Preserving the American Dream against communism became the crux of the argument. By contrast, liberals moved quickly to send Elian back to Cuba within less than a year. Found in an inner tube in November 1999, back in Cuba by June of 2000. He was not granted political asylum. No one made the case that America the land of opportunity was better for the boy. When it comes to the fight against communism, liberals have a soft spot for Cuba. Che and Castro shirts are all the rage. In April 2009, Cuban president met U.S. Congressional Black Caucus, amidst conservative criticism. Why were we surprised when Janet Reno sent guards into the Miami house to take the 5 year old Cuban refugee by force? As far as I know, Elian Gonzalez is the only illegal immigrant that the liberals wanted to deport.
Consider the case of Republican gubernatorial candidate Meg Whitman (R-CA) and her undocumented former housekeeper Nicky Diaz Santillan. Diaz Santillan lied about being a U.S. citizen, possessed a fake drivers license, phony social security card. She worked for Ms. Whitman for nine years. When Meg found out Nicky was illegal, she fired her. Now Meg’s campaign for California state governor is in jeopardy because of how she did or did not solve a problem of an undocumented worker.
Meg Whitman did the right thing, however as compelling as the maid’s story was, I would have taken it a step further and reported the undocumented woman to the INS. That was Meg’s only mistake in my eyes, not being tough enough.
I blame the person that lied to her that should be in jail now and subsequently deported. Of course the liberals do not see it that way.
To politicize illegal immigration’s martyrs, does nothing for the actual fight against illegal immigrants – it actually helps it and liberals know that. Didn’t Barack Obama have an aunt, someplace in Boston that was here illegally? Republican’s thought the story would put a dent in the Obamabot choo-choo train to victory–it did not. The story went over the heads of liberal voters like Bill Ayers and Reverend Jeremiah Wright in eating waffles with Obama in drag. No one cared. There were no National Guards busting into her home to send her back. Is Obama’s aunt still here now? Of course she is, she has been granted asylum by the U.S. Courts , she unemployed and living in public housing on your tax dollars and talking…LOUDLY.
Armed with the knowledge and proof that Nicky Diaz Santillan is here illegally, do you think that the U.S. Department of Immigration under President Obama will move to have her deported? No– surely not because she is too profitable for them and their case for amnesty.
My guess is that you will not see Diaz Santillan leaving America any time soon. Instead Meg Whitman who obeyed the law when she learned that her maid was committing fraud and here illegally – is the villain. Winning for the Democrats is so important that they would jeopardize an undocumented worker’s livelihood and family just to politicize a non-story about someone finding out that their employee was illegal and firing them.
Exactly what message does it sends to us as Americans?
Nicky Diaz Santillan charges that Meg Whitman employed her as a housekeeper at $23 dollars an hour, for nearly a decade despite knowing that she was in the country illegally. Ummm, isn’t that what liberals want? For everyone to turn a blind eye to undocumented workers because we are “helping them” and as American’s we should have open borders without discrimination? Everyone should have a driver’s license and big bag Arizona is wrong to tighten immigration laws that are already FEDERAL LAW. How wrong to ask for citizenship papers…that is as un-American as water boarding …right?
Could it be that no one is truly interested in solving the problem of illegal immigration- until it benefits their political agenda?
Autographed Letter Signed,