May 14, 2006
Where do I begin? Do I inform you and educate you about
new immigration issues, or do I share some of the racist emails
I get about the hottest topic in the land so you can get a
feel for part of the dialogue in the streets. Gasoline prices
may be rising, but not faster than the hate levels of the
anti-Mexican crowd in America.
Let's start with the emails because as we say in the news
business, "if it bleeds, it leads." And these verbal
assaults cut to the bone on the immigration issue.
Some fellow I've never met sent me the following email, which
at first seemed more like a quick history lesson than a racist
diatribe, but he was just getting started. There are some
misspellings and capitalization mistakes, lots of them, but
hey, he's an ignorant racist redneck! Here goes the first
so you know......
In brief the Mexican Constitution states:
1. Immigrants and foreign visitors are banned from public
political discourse (we CANNOT let foreigners speak their
mind in our USA country).
2. Immigrants and foreiners are denied certain basic property
rights (we shouldn't rent to them here neither).
3. Immigrants are denied equal employment rights (save our
4. Immigrants and naturalized citizens will never be treated
as a real mexican citizen (and we'll never treat these wetbacks
5. Immigrants and naturalized citizens are not to be trusted
in public service (keep them Beaners away from my kids at
6. Immigrants and naturalized citizens may never become members
of the clergy (gays are bad enough, we don't need Mexicans
in the church pews).
7. Private citizens may make citizens arrest of law breakers
(i.e.illegal immigrants) and hand them over to the authorities
(pay me a reward, $100 bucks a head and I'll nail them).
8. Immigrants may be expelled from Mexico for any reason and
without due process (that's why I say we do here is drive
them back across the border).
Please tell me PEOPLE of the United States of "AMERICA",
are we deciding on the best future for American citizens or
for ILLEGAL ALIENS???? Stand up for your rights that George
Washington gave us.
Enforce our LAWS- recognize Criminal behavior. Dont let "US"
Americans down! Keep those dirty, filthy, rotten Mexicans
off our land forever."
Such hate! Is he just incredibly angry, mentally deficient,
or too stupid to be left unattended? The hour was late so
I replied and basically told him to get a life, that there
are many inconsistencies in how Mexico acts as opposed to
how the U.S. carries out its laws. It's unfortunate, but that's
life. I also suggested that he sounded like a White Supremacist
in his remarks. This was his next email reply, with more misspellings
and bad grammar. I have translated his lame efforts in Spanish
prosper in Mexico, sale it to "your" people.........
Haaaa! I knew it was you !!- So passionate- about your people!!!!
Well guess what?....So am I...The American People.... Tu Cabrones
(You bastards)...Ha...Tu culo muy flojo (Your butt is too
lazy) ...penche indio (Damned Indians)...perdedor racialmente
motivado!?! (Racially motivated loser!) I grew up around illegals
thats how I know...."TYPICAL" behavior!!!! You all
have guns and don't want to work. You steal everything from
us because we're rich and you're not.
Im for "AMERICANS" of all races and ethnicity, as
long as they're not Mexicans.....forget about what your parents
Did a white American bully you as a kid?.........if so, get
over it because you deserved it as an invader into our country.
Damn Criminal Advocates!!!!!!!!! Arghhhhgghghghhh!"
Gosh, for a second there, at the end, I had visions of Snoopy
as the Red Baron flying around in this guy's mind yelling
"Argh!" which is probably a better way to spell
it than Mr. Redneck.
I'm sharing this ridiculous diatribe with you because this
represents some, not all, of the anti-immigrant mentality
out there and I've got to believe that guys like this idiot
are calling our elected officials and trying to make an impact.
Obviously, if they sounded this demented, I hope they get
ignored. But sometimes, some young intern takes the call and
doesn't know any better and you begin to see why we get whacked-out
results from our politicians. They think people really feel
this way and hey, that's a potential vote for a re-election
It was now after midnight and I didn't want to duel any more
with this guy who apparently can't live in a changing environment
with people who don't look like he does, so I tried to be
cute and told him that AMERICA actually was an acronym where
each letter in the word "America" actually stands
for the first letter in Asians, Mexicans, Europeans, Russians,
Indians, Croatians, and Armenians. Get it? I figured he was
dumb enough to buy it since he didn't sound very educated.
This was his last reply, this time with punctuation errors:
"True colors = Red-White-Blue for The good old US of
Xaviers "People"= Red White "Green"...with
envy!!! and not welcome in our land."
Oh well, now you can see why it's such an ugly and tough fight
trying to resolve this issue. I've heard many of the anti-immigrant
protestors and a lot of them think just like this nut. Some
of the other emails were so bad, laced with profanities, that
I can't share them with you here.
We have to understand that despite all the rubbish this guy
is spitting out, you can not only see his anger and frustration,
but some really ugly passion. I usually like passion, but
misplaced passion and emotion, coupled with hate and anger,
and a huge dose of ignorance, is down right dangerous.
The media has come under attack for being too friendly to
the pro-immigrant marchers or not providing fair and balanced
coverage. I'm angry at the media because it is presenting
the recent marches and protests as an exclusive American hissy
fit about new arrivals from afar.
The truth is that this is a world-wide issue, with immigrants
in France, Germany and Great Britain taking to the streets
to condemn their mistreatment and demanding national recognition.
Closer to home, I want to share a news story that just broke
a couple of days ago about protesting immigrants. Please allow
me to share some selected paragraphs from an AP story by Shayna
Chabner in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
"Thousands of immigrants marched through
the streets, waving flags and chanting slogans demanding more
rights for undocumented foreigners." We are just workers,"
This wasn't Los Angeles, Chicago or Atlanta. It was Buenos
Aires, home to hundreds of thousands of Bolivians, many of
them undocumented, who slipped across the border from South
America's poorest country to find work in a richer country
Weeks before pro-migrant marches in the streets of U.S. cities,
Bolivians demonstrated in Argentina's capital last month to
demand better pay, working conditions and social services
after a fire in a textile factory killed six Bolivians.
In the United States, lawmakers are debating the fate of the
country's 11 million undocumented immigrants. But Argentina
quickly implemented a plan to improve conditions and legalize
within months tens of thousands of the 750,000 illegal immigrants
from Bolivia, Paraguay and Peru. Brazil, facing similar problems,
is implementing a similar solution. It is offering an amnesty
for Bolivians who entered the country before August 2005,
giving them a chance to become permanent residents.
Argentina's plan would extend to migrants most rights enjoyed
by Argentine citizens, while reducing black-market labor and
registering all migrants. Several thousand undocumented immigrants
have lined up to begin the legalization process, which will
give them better job security, pay and access to social services.
Lawmakers approved the plan late last year, but put implementation
on a fast track after the factory deaths.
"Argentina is a land of good will, and we want those
who come here to work to feel like they're ... helping to
build this country and this region into what we dream it could
be," President Nestor Kirchner told lawmakers. Once workers
meet identification requirements, they are granted two-year
residency cards and gain access to the same public services
as Argentines. After three years, they can seek permanent
Opponents of the legalization plans in both countries say
they will encourage more Bolivians to leave their country
and increase exploitation. But advocates say the migrants
have long streamed in without amnesties - and the new laws
will help protect them."
Wow, does that freak you or what? Our media acts like the
U.S. immigrant protests were unprecedented and now we know
better. We're a "Johnny-come-lately" to this party.
I know we're so much smarter and more powerful than Argentina,
but they more easily handled something that we cannot seem
to surround with our arms or brains. What a pity!
We tend to be so negative in this country at the wrong time.
I have often said that immigrants are so woven into our economic
fiber that we can't just ship millions of people back to their
original homelands. Yet, some people insist that is the only
solution to consider. I'm not pro-illegal immigration, I'm
just pro-pragmatic solution.
Please allow me to leave you with a quote from Shayna Chabner's
AP story that I quoted above. For me, it speaks to us working
hard to do the right thing, for the right reasons, for a more
permanent, thoughtful, reasonable, workable, and long-lasting
solution. It comes from Argentine President Nestor Kirchner
and he explains why the Argentine solution noted above is
will not help everyone, and change will not happen immediately,"
he said. "But over time, we hope things will improve
... even if it's only in our children's lifetime."
Life is too short to hate, and the problems in our America
are too great to ignore. Our history of rich diversity is
too precious to destroy, and ignorance of the law should not
be a free pass. However, taking all of this into account,
we are too intelligent and too productive a nation to lose
the opportunity to come up with a workable solution that enhances
our beautiful nation for generations to come.