Past Features

May 4, 2012

Witness to Deceit
Americans had better pay attention
Glenn Spencer, American Border Patrol -- May 4, 2014   
Glenn Spencer
     Like most Americans I hadn't paid attention to the issue until the debate over illegal immigration hit the front pages in 1987. The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1987 - IRCA - granted amnesty to more than 3 million people. The law promised Americans that the border would be secured and the problem would be ended, once and for all. It wasn't.
I began to realize this as reports of border intrusions continued. I sent a donation to the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) and started paying closer attention to the issue. The more I learned, the more concerned I became.
I was pretty familiar with the Public Affairs library at UCLA, having helped my wife get her masters degree in library science at UCLA. As I recall, it was in 1990 that I dug up data on illegal border crossings from Mexico. I was stunned. Apprehensions of illegal aliens at our southern border were more than one million per year. Not only that - they were increasing, after having dropped after the passage of the IRCA law.
    I knew we were in trouble.
In early 1992 I retired and devoted full time to the issue of illegal immigration. I joined with Shirley Lertzman, who had just finished her eighth year on the L.A. County Grand Jury, to form a group called Voice of Citizens Together. Our goal was to educate our selves and others about the problem of illegal immigration.
With the help of talk show hosts George Putnam and Ray Briem (both now deceased) our group grew rapidly. We held monthly meetings with distinguished speakers that included the likes of L.A. County Supervisor Mike Antonovich and L.A Times book reviewer Jack Miles.
We held rallies to call attention to the problem. We supported Proposition 187, that was passed by the California voters by a wide margin in 1994.
In 1996 we held a rally on Wilshire Blvd. that ended up in a major riot.
We held other rallies that resulted in violence, after which the federal government refused to issue us a permit to use the grounds at the Wilshire Federal Building.
In the meantime, the power structure was moving to kill Proposition 187, which it did in 1999. You can read the history of this effort here.
    In 2002, having given up on any chance to save California, I moved to Arizona to focus on the border. I formed the American Border Patrol.
    After twelve years on the border I have concluded that the same forces that subverted California Proposition 187 are working to subvert any attempt to secure our borders.
I summarized this effort In a paper delivered to the GovSec West conference in Dallas last November. See video
    There is now a great push to grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens - without securing the border first.
    Many of the people that joined my on the front lines in California in 1992 are no longer with us, including Alan Nelson (former INS commissioner),
Harold Ezell, George Putnam, Ray Briem, Barbara Coe, and Terry Anderson. Terry's motto was: If you ain't mad, you ain't payin' attention.
As one of the surviving veteran's of the fight for California, I strongly suggest that the American people start paying attention.......