Born in 1930 and 1934 (in Hungary and Iran) and moving to the United States in 1956 and 1958, two immigrants are at the heart of a massive flow of money into groups intent on forcing a vote this autumn to grant amnesty to 12 million or more illegal aliens.
Is there something just a little unseemly about immigrants using their good fortune to try to radically change the country that adopted them?
The Soros Foundations Network and Carnegie Corporation are two of the key money sources backing all the groups that are insisting on a giant amnesty for illegal aliens this year.
Both are led by immigrants who apparently like America so much that they will spare no expense in changing it as rapidly as possible through immigration.
I get a call from at least one news reporter a day asking what we are going to do to stop what looks to the journalists to be an invevitable vote this autumn on a giant amnesty.
To each one, I say that it makes no political sense at all to vote to give 7 million illegal-alien foreign workers permanent access to U.S. jobs while 12 million Americans are trying to find a job and can't find one (and 8 million more have had to settle for part-time jobs).
But the reporters respond back that the pro-amnesty groups have so much money that they believe they can force the vote.
How much money?
Peter Wallsten of the Los Angeles Times interviewed a large number of the pro-amnesty leaders and wrote this:
To bolster their cause, advocates are planning an $18-million media and grass-roots campaign for the fall. The funding is coming primarily from liberal foundations, including one founded by billionaire activist George Soros.
Soros was born in Hungary in 1930. He moved to New York City in 1956.
Amassing billions as an international financier, he spends profusely on projects to open the United States to residency for the rest of the world.
Another foundation committing millions to the pro-amnesty effort is the Carnegie Corporation which has made rewards for illegal immigration one of its top projects. Carnegie openly touts its decision to be a central organizing leader to pull foundations together in a consortium to ensure amnesty and increased future immigration.
The open-borders leadership was begun at Carnegie under its new president, Vartan Gregorian.
Gregorian was born in Iran of Armenian parents in 1934 and received his secondary education in Lebanon.
He moved to the United States in 1958 (two years after Soros) to study at Stanford and apparently never left.
Now, they exercise control over incredible fortunes, and they are using that control to promote their agendas of massive U.S. population growth and a globalized U.S. labor market.
Not all immigrants treat their adopting country like Gregorian and Soros do.
NumbersUSA is proud of all of our members who are themselves immigrants (or children, spouses and parents of immigrants) and who join us in insisting that immigration policies be run in the national interest in ways that do not harm the people already living in the United States.
The question is whether enough of the people of America (native-born and foreign-born) love their country enough to stand up and fight for it as hard as Gregorian and Soros intend to fight to overwhelm it with out-of-control immigration.
ROY BECK is Founder & CEO of NumbersUSA
Updated: Tue, Apr 7th 2009 @ 10:50am EDT