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Roger Gitlin: The Mexican president has real chutzpah

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Posted: May 22, 2010 2:20 p.m.
Updated: May 23, 2010 4:55 a.m.
"Chutzpah" is a Yiddish word that defies any English translation.

About the closest definition one could compare to chutzpah is the most extreme form of unmitigated gall. "Display of blatant nerve" falls way short of the word chutzpah.

When I was growing up, I asked my parents to explain the word chutzpah to me. "Roger, if a child kills his mother, then kills his father, then throws himself at the mercy of the court, claiming he's an orphan, that chutzpah," they said.

I understood the word then.

Last week, Mexican President Felipe Calderon, with White House approval and invitation, addressed Congress and displayed arguably the most outrageous form of chutzpah I‘ve every heard. The president of Mexico proceeded to scold Americans on their ill-perceived intolerance to "immigrants."

In particular, Calderon was highly critical of Arizona's Senate Bill 1070 which effectuates this summer. The chutzpah continued when the Mexican president said he "could not remain indifferent in the face of Arizona's new immigration enforcement law," which president Calderon said violated "human rights of immigrants."

What chutzpah!

Chutzpah abounded in the halls of our Capitol as the barking seals on the left applauded the Mexican leader when he strongly denounced the Arizona legislation. Prominent among those hypocrites was America's No. 1 purveyor of chutzpah, America's numero uno apologist - President Barack Obama.

The war on the middle class continues.

Attorney General Eric Holder displayed more chutzpah when he publicly admitted he had not read SB1070, yet he was prepared to legally challenge it in federal court. When asked if he read the law, Holder stated with sublime chutzpah, "I glanced at it." Wow, a glance from America's top law enforcement official. That's quite an honor.

Homeland Security Director (and former Arizona governor) Janet Napolitano displayed more chutzpah when she said she had not read the bill, yet she was microwave quick to condemn it.

Napolitano is about as blatant a hypocrite as they come. As governor of Arizona, she pleaded with the federal government to assist the state financially in its struggle to deal with the illegal immigrant invasion. But as Homeland Security director, she ignores and marginalizes Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's plea for help. What chutzpah!

Obama revealed his true persona when he blatantly displayed his contempt for law-enforcement offcials by publicly stating Arizona's new law could be easily abused by police. I hope every law-enforcement officer is listening to this. It sounds like we need another beer summit.

These people are unembarrassable.

The fact of the matter is the Arizona bill merely mirrors current federal law (which the Obama regime conveniently fails to enforce). It permits law enforcement to do its sworn job upon arresting someone who has committed a crime.

If illegal immigrants broke no laws, law enforcement would have no cause to ask the obvious: "Are you a legal resident of the United States of America? Do you have permission to be in the United States? Do you have legal permission to work (a green card)?"

If an arrestee cannot provide any valid proof of identification, a driver's license or green card, those arrested are subject to deportation. That's federal law.

The Mexican president is beyond ludicrous when he condemns Arizona's policy, when the Mexican government itself is draconian in its treatment of anyone who dare enter its country illegally.

If you enter Mexico illegally, you are subject to major harassment and penalties in fines of about $470, and non-citizens are subject to an additional $400 fine for overstaying a visa.

An illegal immigrant in Mexico may be subjected to a prison sentence of up to two years.

No free health insurance, the ability to support oneself, no free education and no property ownership are just a few examples of Mexican hypocrisy on immigration.

Mexico is infamous for its corruption. If you are arrested in Mexico, you better have a rich uncle to rescue you.

Yet the pot calls the kettle black.

The truth is, it's all about money. Mexico exports its impoverished, a gullible American government foots the bill and if anyone dares to complain, like Arizona, the catcalls on the left drown you out.

Here are the numbers: Illegal immigrants in the United States sent home $21 billion in 2009, the second largest industry in Mexico following petroleum. No taxes paid, no punishment - no consequences for those who break American law.

Illegal immigrants cost Arizonans $2.7 billion last year.

Fully 70 percent of America supports the Arizona legislation. So go ahead, sanctuary cities Los Angeles, San Francisco and ideologues on the left. You will lose. America has wised up to your lies and fraud.

Simply stated, Americans don't trust our government, and it's all because our government refuses to do its job: secure the border - now!
Calderon, mind your own business. Clean up you own backyard and while you're at it, clean up the horrendous trash dump your citizens left in the Sonoran Desert, as millions of your poorest illegally entered the United States.

What chutzpah!

Roger Gitlin is a teacher and founding member of the Santa Clarita Valley Independent Minutemen. He can be reached at His column reflects his own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.


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