Rossputin gets exercised about illegal immigration
Following is a comment I received on my posting a couple days ago about Mexicana Airlines claming "Los Angeles is now ours", and my increasingly irate response to it...
Author: It is a beautiful day to be a Chicano.
Criminals. Parasites. Wetbacks. Aliens. These are just a few of the several names used on this site in a vain attempt to humiliate and vilify ALL Mexicans, legal or not. Many of the complaints on this page lack substance, but they flood with racism, arrogance and stupidity.
True, I am an American citizen, born on American soil, but it is Mexican blood that runs through my veins. I will not deny my heritage simply because people like those who have posted ridiculous accounts, or rather petty complaints, think "white is right." I will not forfeit my chance to learn my parents native language simply to satisfy your ethnocentric views.
Granted, I will also not deny that this land has given my family many opportunities. Had my parents stayed in Mexico, there is a great chance I would never have made it to the University of Notre Dame; nonetheless, it is the strong traditional Mexican values that instilled the strength in my parents to send all six of their children to college despite economic and social difficulties.
It is those generations which have begun to assimilate, almost all citizens, who have become the so called gangsters, drug dealers, etc. of this society. However, they are truly the victims, America has taught them to forget their heritage and we are left with children who grow up learning to hate themselves based on the color of their skin or the pronunciation of their last name. They are lost in this country, and being the recipients of an unequal distribution of education, they are forced to fight your wars, clean your house, pick, cook and serve your food.
The United States has not enforced tighter immigration laws because it recognizes the true economic benefits of the undocumented. Those of you who hold misconceptions and consider us burdens to this country are not fully informed and should learn the facts.
Your words are tainted with hatred and fear. You tell us we are less, but this resentment stems from the fact that you KNOW we are more. Like cowards, you fear anything new because it threatens your xenophobic reversed American ideals. I dare you to be civilized, become educated and come to the table with better offerings.
And my response....(I got angrier by the paragraph as I wrote this....)
I agree with you that there are some participants in this discussion, including comments on my blog, which are tainted with hatred and fear.
However, I would also submit that not all people who disapprove of the current state of affairs and the recent behavior of illegal immigrants are hateful or fearful.
I'll take myself as an example. I am pro-immigrant...legal immigrant. I think we should massively increase the number of legal foreign workers at all skill levels. I recognize that this country is a country of immigrants (including my great-grandparents) and that immigrants made us great.
But comments like your suggestion that the 2nd-generation Mexican-Americans are "victims" are ridiculous. America did not teach them to forget their heritage, nor does America ask such things of immigrants. The Mexican immigrants have no fundamental reason that the outcome of their immigration experience must be different from every other group that immigrated here in the past 150 years.
And yet the outcome is different. Other groups came here to be American first, while maintaining pride and greater or lesser degrees of language and custom from their originating culture. Most of these groups assimilated well, encouraged their children to learn English and get an eduction.
Second-generation Mexicans do indeed seem to be the heart of many crime and social problems in some major urban areas...but by definition they are not illegal aliens. They may be criminals for other reasons...as you say, gangs, drugs, etc. But they are American citizens. However, their allegiance, as well as the allegiance to many new illegal immigrants is clearly and overtly to Mexico first.
So, in another posting, I believe I used the word "parasite" to describe some of these people...and I do not apologize for the use of that word in that context. People who are here to live off our welfare system and our health care system while intending only to bleed the country as best they can while maintaining their allegiance to another country...whether Mexico or anywhere else...are parasites.
I did not and do not say that all illegal aliens are parasites, nor all Mexican-Americans. That term is reserved for those who come here with the intention of taking everything they can while contributing as little as possible in terms of being a productive part of society (legal or otherwise).
As for an "unequal distribution of education", I can't say I care at all...there is no right to education, particularly for non-citizens, and particularly for non-citizens who consider themselves first and foremost citizens of some other country forever. Similarly, there is no right to health care. The sooner that the country realizes that, the better off we'll all be.
Maybe your family found education important, but if you look at education statistics the proportion of hispanic kids who drop out of school is absolutely astounding. Even if I did think that educating everyone was government's responsibility (which I don't), why should we waste money on people who will take a few years of school and then leave? Better not to have them in school in the first place. You were lucky to have good and strong parents. It seems that much of the Hispanic community does not have such good fortune. Your community better start taking more responsibility, emphasizing much better parenting, if you want your next generation not to end up as 50% of the prison population and having a justifiable public stigma against it.
As for "forced to fight your wars, clean your house, pick, cook and serve your food", that is pure horseshit. Go find me one Mexican...or a Pakistani or Nigerian or Mongolian...immigrant to the USA who is FORCED to do anything. Immigrants come here for opportunity and most find that the opportunity to do something that you apparently think is beneath them is well worth the effort and better than what they could do in their home countries. If they don't like the opportunity, they can leave.
The more that people talk like you do, demanding non-existent rights for non-citizens, the more you encourage people like me who have always been very pro-immigrant to reconsider our positions. Who the hell are you to demand that I pay taxes to support anybody, but particularly people who are here illegally, often pay no taxes themselves, vote in elections in other countries, refuse to learn English or attempt to integrate, and treat their hosts with contempt.
The more I think about what you are saying, the more I think your views are fairly representative of the illegal alien community (despite your being American)...and the more angry I get. I am probably a good barometer of what the actions of (mostly hispanic) immigrants lately are doing to American public opinion.
Yes, immigrants (including illegals) do bring substantial economic benefit to the USA, but illegals impose incredibly large costs as well. These costs have to stop. I tell you now: I am willing to let illegal aliens be turned away from hospitals in order to get the message out that health care is NOT free and is NOT a right. I will almost certainly vote for a Colorado ballot measure which I expect to see in November to deny taxpayer-funded services to illegal immigrants. My sympathy for illegal immigrants will probably not recover until I see a grass-roots movement among Hispanics to encourage integration and a desire to become, at some point, Americans first and Mexicans second.
What do you mean "come to the table with better offerings"? This is the USA, not some province of Mexico. If illegal immigrants (and criminal legal immigrants or citizens) want to stay here and stay free, THEY need to come to US with "better offerings". The burden of justification is not on me to prove why illegal aliens shouldn't be allowed to bleed our taxpayers through welfare enrollment and bankrupting hospitals. The burden is on immigrants to demonstrate at least a plausible likelihood of their becoming productive participants in American society and their interest in doing so.
You may think that the discussion is picking on Hispanics, but like it or not that is where the problem lies. If it were the Tibetans or Sri Lankans or Andorrans or Azerbaijanis, I would be slamming them too. The issue is not racist, hateful, or anti-Mexican. It is anti-abuse-of-the-USA by the group that happens to be the prime abuser. So get over your self-righteous tone. It is you who are the racist in this case.
Yes, I'm getting angrier by the moment...but it has nothing to do with hatred or fear or cowardice. It's the anger of being abused and taken for granted by those to whom our country provides opportunity. America is not here to serve you or to be an outlet for Mexico to dump their poor or to provide health care and education for anyone who claims it. The "offering" is already too good. Instead of demanding "better offerings", immigrants should be telling America what they can offer to make the country better for us all, or at least how they are offering us something better than what a leech offers my leg. Otherwise, they should just stay away. My pocket is not available for them to pick.
[In case it wasn't obvious, I found your suggestion of "better offerings" outrageous, ridiculous, and sadly typical of the rhetoric from the Hispanic community lately. It is language that will, in the short term, doom any likely progress for Hispanic immigration or integration in the USA. You claim to be American, but your words demonstrate that it means nothing to you. How easily you forget that it would be impossible to have the opportunities you have or even to criticize the government as you do anywhere else. It's time for you to get your priorities straight. What do you have to offer other than demands that I pay for the education of Mexicans so that you can then claim that I am forcing them to do something?)
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