||[Apr. 17th, 2006|05:00 pm]
Not over yet
^that's a link to an article people should see written by Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez is the author of The Dirty Girls Social Club and the upcoming Make Him Look Good,
i LOVED it.
here are the main points:
1 The words "immigrant" and "Hispanic" are not synonymous. The majority of Hispanics in the United States are not immigrants. According to 2004 census data, 60 percent of the more than 40 million Hispanics in this country were born here. Of the 40 percent who were born elsewhere, the majority are legal immigrants, not illegal.
2 Many immigrants are not Latino. There could be more than 100,000 Nigerians living in and around Houston. There are thousands of illegal Irish immigrants in and around Boston. China, India, South Korea and Canada are among the leading countries sending people here. Many illegal immigrants are college students and workers who choose to overstay their visas.
3 The United States has two international borders. Not one person who has come to the United States from Mexico has been publicly identified as a terrorist. Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh was from Pendleton, N.Y. Maybe we should build a wall around New York instead of across the southern border.
4 Enough about the flags, already. They're symbols of cultural pride, not national allegiance. T hink Irish flags on St. Patrick's Day, or Confederate flags over South Carolina. When newspapers ignorantly frame this debate in ethnic terms, people ignorantly respond with misplaced ethnic pride.
5 Language is not genetic. The Pew Hispanic Center shows that by the third generation, 100 percent of Latinos speak English as their first and often only language. This is the precise assimilation pattern for every other foreign-language immigrant group in this country. P.S. If you're so opposed to non-English words, you may speak the names of only 13 American states and almost no cities in the Southwest.
6 Hispanics like to remind you about America's Hispanic past not because we want to go back to it, but because we are sick of you assuming that all Latinos are immigrants. My family has been in New Mexico for seven generations. Bet I beat Lou Dobbs on that one.
7 Please stop sending e-mails saying things such as, "All you Hispanics should go home." I, like most Hispanics you see every day, am already home
okay that's all for now...
let me leave ya'll with this:
this immigration debate is between biggotry and greed. you have the white redneck minuteman who's all "this is our country, i'm a REAL american. go home, bastards" and then there is the capitalist rich white man saying "i need more profit and i make more money by exploiting these people so let them stay!"
neither of these men are fighting for justice. neither of them are fighting for what is morally right. neither of these men are worried about tearing families apart. and these men are the "ideal americans"?
i am ashamed to have an "american" title attached to "mexican" when americans are seen as ignorant, capitalist pigs.
it's people like these who disgrace mankind.
it's people like you who do nothing who disgrace yourselves.
these issues for which i feel very strongly about affect EVERYONE. if we don't all stand together, nothing will ever be accomplished. this is not just immigration crap. this is the issue of civil rights. this is a humanitarian issue.
these people, my dear friends, work their asses off each day so we can live as we do. EVERY SINGLE DAY without even a small thank you but instead only the fear of having to be deported, thrown in jail. and forget only supporting themselves on less than minimum wage which is ridiculous already. imagine supporting an ENTIRE FAMILY. risking their lives. it's not only 11.5 million "illegal" immigrants. it's WAY more than that. those 11 million were only the ones brave enough to be honest to a census...i imagine the real number is at least twice that much. the last time we deported 11 million people was to send them to gas chambers. is this really very different?