- A border war between the United States and Mexico
happen any day," a California activist warned at a weekend conference
- "We have on our hands a Mexican border civil war
that could happen tomorrow," said Glenn Spencer of Voices of Citizens
Together, a Los Angeles-based group that supports stronger enforcement
of immigration laws. "I think it's a matter of time."
- Detailing statements by Mexican-American leaders
"reconquista" ã the reclaiming by Mexico of territory
that the United States captured in the 1800s ã Mr. Spencer said
millions of illegal immigrants flooding into California and other states
in the Southwest are the foot soldiers of this movement.
- "The American people are going to be
Mr. Spencer told the two-day American Renaissance conference at the Hyatt
Dulles Hotel in Herndon. "They have no idea what they are facing.
... Anything could happen."
- The flood of illegal Mexican immigrants has transformed
southern California, Mr. Spencer said. He cited the San Fernando Valley
area near Los Angeles, which was 24 percent Hispanic in 1992, but is now
52 percent Hispanic.
- While the U.S. Hispanic population is growing, so is
anti-American sentiment in Mexico, where Mr. Spencer said "I love
Osama bin Laden" T-shirts were popular after the September 11
- Southern California's powerful labor unions, Mr. Spencer
said in his Saturday speech, are now controlled by Mexican-American leaders
who have hinted at a general strike if Washington does not meet their
for amnesty for illegal immigrants. Hispanic activists turned out more
than 100,000 marchers to protest Proposition 187, the California ballot
initiative limiting benefits for illegals that passed in 1994.
- With hundreds of Mexicans illegally crossing the United
States' southwest border daily, Mr. Spencer said, conflict between the
U.S. Border Patrol and Mexican authorities could touch off strikes,
and riots by Hispanic militants in the United States ã a combination
border war and civil war that "could happen any day," he
- Mr. Spencer, former host of the "American
radio program, has chronicled the problems caused by illegal immigration
in a series of video documentaries called "The Conquest of
as well as on a Web site, www.americanpatrol.com.
- Founded in 1992, Voices of Citizens Together at first
approached immigration as an economic issue, Mr. Spencer said.
- "Illegal immigration is essentially creating a Third
World nation in Southern California," he said. Los Angeles has been
called "the nation's poverty capital" and California has
worst public schools in the nation," Mr. Spencer said, adding that
the state is facing a $20 billion budget deficit.
- But the responses of Mexican-American militants to
187, including their claims to California as "Aztlan" ã
an independent Hispanic territory ã alarmed Mr. Spencer. "I
was stunned by what they were saying. ... We weren't just importing
we were importing revolution."
- The answer, he said, is simple: "We have to deport
everyone in the United States who is here illegally."
- President Bush, however, is reportedly considering
legal residency to Mexicans residing here illegally.
- "It is stunning to me that the president of the
United States could propose amnesty for 11 million illegal
Mr. Spencer said.