November 18, 2005, - 12:47 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
This week, in the continuing border crisis:
* Border Patrol Agents Indicted: Two Border Patrol agents in Vermont were indicted for setting a drug dealer suspect free, after they found 60 pounds of marijuana on him/her, then lied about it in their reports, claiming they found the pot abandoned. More on the story here. (I know a lot of Border Patrol agents, who are hard-working, patriotic men. These two don’t reflect on the rest.)
* Update on the latest Wal-Mart Illegal Alien raid by ICE Agents: 120 illegal alien Wal-Mart contractors arrested, yesterday (Gee, I’m sure NO-ONE at Wal-Mart knew they were illegal, right?!).
* OUTRAGE–Special Sneakers to Ease Sneaking Over the Border: New York designer Judy Werthein is giving away, free, a special set of sneakers to illegal aliens before they cross into the U.S.–TO MAKE THEIR ILLEGAL ENTRY EASIER!
I can’t portray the outrage and absurdity better than the AP article did, so I post the key excerpts below, with some of my questions/comments in bold CAPS:
“SAN DIEGO–The high-top sneakers [called “Brincos”] cost $215 at a San Diego boutique, but the designer is giving them away to migrants before they cross to this side of the U.S.-Mexico border.
These are no ordinary shoes. A compass and flashlight dangle from one shoelace. The pocket in the tongue is for money or pain relievers. A rough map of the border region is printed on a removable insole.
[DS: HOW CUTE!]
They are red, white and green, the colors of the Mexican flag. On the back ankle, a drawing of Mexico’s patron saint of migrants.”
[DS: GEE, AND I THOUGHT OUR FLAG WAS RED, WHITE, AND BLUE. SILLY ME. JUDY WERTHEIN KNOWS BETTER WHAT COUNTRY WE’RE IN.]
“On recent evening in Tijuana, after giving away 50 pairs at a migrant shelter, Werthein waved the insole and pointed to Interstate 8, the main road between San Diego and Phoenix.
“This blue line is where you want to go,” Werthein, 38, said in Spanish.
[DS: NICE, SHE’S BI-LINGUAL. SHE SHOULD LEARN ARABIC, GIVE OUT SNEAKERS AT THE DETROIT-WINDSOR BORDER, TOO. SWIMSUITS FOR THOSE WILLING TO SWIM THE DETROIT RIVER AT NIGHT. THROW IN DESIGNER PADDLES FOR CANOES, TOO, WHILE SHE’S AT IT.]
“Good luck! You’re all very courageous,” she told the cheering crowd of about 50 men huddled in a recreation room after dinner.
[DS: COURAGEOUS?! SINCE WHEN IS IT COURAGEOUS TO INVADE A COUNTRY, ENTER ILLEGALLY, BREAK ITS LAWS, AND STEAL ITS BENEFITS FROM TAXPAYERS. I KNOW COURAGE. THAT AIN’T IT. ATTENTION MINUTE MEN: TIME TO MAKE A CITIZEN’S ARREST OF THIS SLEAZY WOMAN, JUDY WERTHEIN.]
“Werthein has concluded that shoes are a border crosser’s most important garment.
“The main problem that people have when they’re crossing is their feet,” Werthein. “If people are going to cross anyway, at least this will make it safer.”
[DS: NO, IDIOTA, THE MAIN PROBLEM IS THAT THEY ARE INVADING OUR COUNTRY!]
Benefactors put up $40,000 for the project; Werthein gets a $5,000 stipend, plus expenses.
[DS: WHO ARE THESE BENEFACTORS? ARREST THEM, TOO. ARE THEY GETTING TAX DEDUCTIONS FOR THIS? BET THEY ARE.]
Across the border, several curious migrants waiting for sunset along a cement river basin approached Werthein as she took white shoe boxes out of a sport utility vehicle. One man already wore a dirty pair of Brincos. Another, Felipe de Jesus Olivar Canto, slipped into a size 11 and said he would use them instead of his black leather shoes.
“These are much more comfortable for hiking,” said Olivar Canto. He said he was heading for $6.75-an-hour work installing doors and windows in Santa Ana, about 90 miles north of border. “The ones I have are more dressy.”
[DS: WOULDN’T WANT TO DIRTY THOSE DRESS SHOES WHEN YOU’RE DOING THE ILLEGAL CHA CHA INTO THE STATES, WOULD WE? NEED THEM CLEAN AND SPOTLESS FOR THE BENEFITS OFFICE.]
From there, Werthein went to Casa del Migrante, a Tijuana shelter that will receive a share of the proceeds from Brincos sold in the United States.
“Does it have a sensor to alert us to the Border Patrol?” joked Javier Lopez, 33, who said he had a $10-an-hour job hanging drywall waiting for him in Denver.
[DS: HA-HA, FUNNY. CAN’T SAY I BLAME THEM FOR LAUGHING AT US. IN OTHER COUNTRIES, MS. WERTHEIN WOULD HAVE ALREADY BEEN BEHEADED, OR IN JAIL AT THE VERY LEAST.]
To research the best design over two years, Werthein interviewed shoe designers, migrants, aid workers, even an immigrant smuggler. She joined the Mexican government’s Grupo Beta migrant-aid society on long border hikes. She heard from a Salvadoran woman in Tijuana who said she was kidnapped and raped by her smuggler.
[DS: ALL THAT RESEARCH AND NO RAPE KIT. DAMN, NO LIST OF IMMIGRATION LAWYERS AND BUSINESS CARD FROM THE SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER EITHER. WHAT’S A GIRL TO DO?]
Based on those interviews, she added a pocket–migrants told her they were often robbed. She also added the flashlight–many cross at night.
Some get lost–hence, the compass and map.
“If you get lost,” she told the men at the shelter, “just go north.”
“I wouldn’t wear them and I wouldn’t want my husband to wear them,” said Blends browser Antonieta LaRussa, 28. “But the cause is awesome. There’s so much opposition to immigration. She’s looking at it from the other side of the fence and asking why.”
[DS: THE CAUSE IS “AWESOME?!” HUH? GOOD QUESTION–WHY WOULD WE WANT TO PROTECT OUR BORDERS? THAT’S REALLY DUMB. I THINK THERE’S A HOUSE OWNED BY MR. & MRS. LARUSSA READY FOR OCCUPANCY BY “IMMIGRANTS.”]
Read more on this idiocy here.
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