Friday, May 30, 2008

Gov Aaaanold mourns

A photo caught my eye this morning. It was California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger attending the funeral of a 17-year-old girl from Mexico. Maria Isabel Vasquez Jimenez died of heat exhaustion while working in a vineyard east of Stockton.

Maria was illegal. Maria was two months pregnant. She has become an icon for the United Farm Workers. Her coffin was even draped in a UFW flag. And Gov Schwarzenegger himself attended the funeral.

It brings to mind the official outcry from the White House when 14 illegal aliens died of dehydration and exposure while attempting to enter the United States in 2001:
For Immediate ReleaseOffice of the Press SecretaryMay 25, 2001
Statement by the Press Secretary

The President called Mexican President Vicente Fox this morning to express deep sadness and condolences to President Fox, and the Mexican people, over the horrible deaths of 14 Mexicans in the Arizona desert earlier this week.

The Presidents reaffirmed the importance of our ongoing efforts on border safety and migration, to ensure that tragic events such as this do not happen again. They noted we are making steady progress, and pledged both sides would work hard to carry this process forward.
(End of White House Statement)

But I don’t believe any governors attended these funerals:

Where’s the outcry regarding illegal aliens who kill citizens? What constitutes politically correct grief? Who speaks for the dead citizens? Apparently not the governors or the president.

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