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Monday, May 22, 2006


SAM SMITH - Whenever a new crisis develops in an election year and it's not nature's or the stock market's fault, the odds are pretty good that it's not a crisis.
Witness the sudden discovery of immigrants, a much more comfortable topic for some than Iraq, global warming, globalization, or runaway corporate greed.
The debate, however, has its bizarre aspects.  For example, the Texas Rangers, who should know, list their last serious concerns with Mexican terrorists as occurring nearly 100 years ago when "when authorities in McAllen, Texas, arrest Basilio Ramos, Jr. Ramos is carrying a copy of the Plan of San Diego, a revolutionary manifesto supposedly written and signed at the South Texas town of San Diego. It calls for the formation of a 'Liberating Army of Races and Peoples,' of Mexican Americans, African Americans, and Japanese, to 'free' the states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, and Colorado from United States. Versions of the plan call for the murder of all white citizens over 16 years of age. The goal is an independent republic, which might later seek annexation to Mexico.' Since then things have been pretty quiet, although some guerillas from another continent did considerable damage in 2001 by using the border crossing technique known as "buying airline tickets."
But it's not really about terrorism. It's about finding a scapegoat for America's increasing problems. What America's white elite is doing is just what its southern branch did under segregation: teach non-elite whites to blame their problems on a minority. It worked well then and it seems to be working now.
But those wishing to test the extent of the immigrant problem might want to conduct this quick test:
1. Has a Mexican ever fired or laid you off?
2. Was the plant you worked for until it was sent overseas been bought by Mexicans or is it still owned by the same people you used to work for?
3. Has a Mexican ever cut your pension or health benefits?  Outsourced your job to India?
4. How much does Latin America contribute to global warming and its results - such as bigger hurricanes and more tornados - compared with the United States?
5. Was Enron run by Mexicans? 
6. Are Mexicans responsible for NSA's spying you?
7. Do you think Mexicans or the pharmaceutical corporations are more responsible for high drug costs?
8. How much of the corruption in Washington has been instigated by the Mexicans?
9. Did the Mexicans' make us invade Iraq?
10. Are the Mexicans responsible for George bush being so dumb?
Chances are most your answers will be in the negative which is a clue to stop spending so much time worrying about immigration and turn your attention to something else.


At May 22, 2006 3:47 PM, Anonymous said...

Nice blog. I like and respect your points.

At May 22, 2006 4:40 PM, Anonymous said...

Beautiful. You don't really have a argument, so you just change the subject. Very well.

1.When was the last time a Mexican collected TANF, WIC, or SSI?

2. When was the last time a Mexican agreed to work for less than the minimum wage, thereby undermining the it?

3.When was the last time a Mexican teenager joined a gang?

4. When were the last time a Mexican was involved in drug smuggling?

5. When was the last time the Mexican government "militarized the border"?

6. When was the last time Mexicans decided to cram 5 families in a single family unit in Suburban Atlanta?

7. Was the Mexican government merely a hapless victims of the maquiladoras?

8. Was the Mexican government dragged kicking a screaming into NAFTA?

9. Is it the gringos fault the Mexican government is so corrupt?

10. Is it the CIA's fault that Zedillo was assasinated?

No "undocumented migration" between the two nations is not the root of all evil, but it comes with real costs that are being born by real people.

You have your head buried in the sand if you can't recognize this!

At May 22, 2006 5:38 PM, Anonymous said...

The Repugs are using this issue to breathe some life into their last functioning issues, namely hatred, fear and xenophobia. Demonizing those who only wish to become "us" is foolhardy.

But that doesn't mean that there are not serious problems with undocumented immigration. The US has not just the right, but the obligation to control immigration.

It is not useful to take an antithetical view to that of the neofascists simply because it is at an opposite pole.

The last couple of attempts at amnesty have not succeeded at resolving this problem. Adding another 190 million legal immigrants over the next 20 years is not a solution either.

No one yet has an answer for this problem, that won't make it worse. All concerned would be far better off if legislation were deferred a year, and a more rational plan developed.

At May 22, 2006 6:29 PM, Anonymous said...

About a month or two ago I posted this sad observation:

I remember the scapegoating of "illegals" during the last world war. Back then they called them "Jews."

Just for the record, I wasn't trying to give anyone any ideas, but the hate-wing brain trust has since proposed this:

"Not only will it work, but one can easily estimate how long it would
take. If it took the Germans less than four years to rid themselves of 6
million Jews, many of whom spoke German and were fully integrated into
German society, it couldn't possibly take more than eight years to
deport 12 million illegal aliens, many of whom don't speak English and
are not integrated into American society."
-American racist Vox Day

At May 22, 2006 11:28 PM, Root Cause: Overpopulation said...

Beautiful. You don't really have a argument, but you offer a sobering perspective by highlighting far more serious problems in America than illegal immigration.

At May 23, 2006 1:21 AM, Anonymous said...

Would it be a crime to yell out "tarjeta" in a crowded kitchen?
Or is this, too, another example of inappropriate speech in a public place?
Maybe that explains why so many undocumented workers are able to elude detection.
They are here because they are allowed to be here.
The issue is really how do we formalize what is already a de facto truth?
All that is important is that the net result be the continued suppression of universal wages.

At May 23, 2006 7:39 PM, Anonymous said...

4:40 annonymous seems to miss the point. The whole immigration thing was a changing of the subject to begin with. It's Karl Rove saying that in order to get everyone on the same page, we need to distract them from their real problems. Those tax cuts that are so in fashion now have done way more to pull money from your pocket and services from your community than anything the Mexicans do. And it seems ridiculous to blame someone so poor that they have to pack FIVE families into a SINGLE unit (funny math there, buddy)for your political problems. If you're that poor you have absolutely NO political leverage what-so-ever. But you do make an easy target and scapegoat.

And c'mon, the gangs comment? People have a right to assemble. Why not just use the rape statistic I've heard told lately. About how many illegals rape legitimate citizens, etc. Just get down and dirty if you're gonna do it.


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