I did not get the boycott memo

Maybe my Latin-Hispanic card got revoked and I did not even know, I had to wait until the news told me about this May 1st boycott thing. Maybe it is because my friends know that I am not the protesting kind of guy, especially for a cause that I don’t respect or quite frankly understand.

Our country has a lot of issues. If you want to pick a cause to fight for, why not fight to end poverty. Why not fight for the inequality that was rubbed in all of our faces during the Katrina disaster. I’ll tell you why not, because we are sheep. We have become followers of causes that we don’t even begin to understand.

Let me break the immigrant issue down for you. ILLEGAL immigrants want equal rights. They do not want to be looked as criminals, even thought they are breaking the law by entering this country illegally. They want a quick route to citizenship, the same citizenship that took me over 15 years to obtain the legal way. The U.S. does not have a good relationship with Mexico when it comes to immigration. There is no workers program that would allow Mexicans to come here and have a clear path to citizenship. The reality of the situation is that we have a neighbor that with a fail economy it’s bleeding its most valuable resource. It’s people.

I am not even going to address the people that are saying that California is part of Mexico. If we are going to call on history about ownership of land, the Native Americans are the only ones that even have any kind of argument here. Do you really want the Mexican government to take over U.S. territory? What are they doing right now for their people?

I am all for pride. I am all for Mexican pride… but there comes a point where you have to understand that being proud of your culture does not mean that it should override law and logic. I am proud of being Colombian, but that is not going to make me want to support drug traffic.

I do support the cause of someone doing everything in their power to take care of their family. I also know that the jobs that are being performed by illegal immigrants right now are not ones that have a line of people that want to do them. However I am prepared to pay what a strawberry is supposed to cost if picked by a legal immigrant or a citizen of our country.

I have a personal experience that I will share with you. I was hit head on during a heavy snowstorm on a side street. My cars front end was destroyed and the driver and passenger of the other car hit the windshield because they were not wearing sit belts. After making sure that everyone was ok, thank God their cuts were just minor; I called the cops to file a report. When the Police got there, they made me sit in the back of the squad while they talked to the driver of the other car. That has been my first and only time in the back of a police car. The cop and his partner came and told me that they were sorry but the driver of the other car did not have insurance, he did not even have a valid license.

Someone that was undocumented and had no business driving in this country hit my car. I was left to deal with the damages to my vehicle and the guy’s punishment was that he would never be able to get a drivers license unless he paid for my damagers. We all know that if he did not have a license to begin with, why would he even bother now.

While this incident did leave a bad taste in my mouth, I still understand and respect the desire of so many people to come to this country and live and work. It does make me mad that they do not follow proper channels, break the law and overall disregard our society. Now we have people walking out of their jobs to protest about the inequalities. I hope that their attempts do not make Hispanics the target of even more hate.

I am not boycotting anything. In fact I urge everyone to go to work and not observe this movement. People need to understand the issues that they are fighting for and what they are going to be able to accomplish with their efforts. This movement is not going to help anything. Sure it might illustrate the buying power of Hispanics in this country, or their impact on some cities with a high concentration of Hispanics. But then what? Whose cries are going to be heard? Whose demands would be met?

If it was up to me, I would get another holiday out of this deal. May first is the International Workers Day and an actual holiday all over the world. We need more national holidays for sure.

I have felt like an outsider since I moved to the U.S. I am sure my position on this subject is not going to make me new friends in the community. I am sorry but I love America, I love the dream that I fight for every single day and I wish people would try to fight just as hard instead of waiting for a favor or a handout.

**** Update

For all of you making it seem like illegal immigration is no big deal answer me this.

A poor person breaks into your house, maybe an open window. They sit in your couch, watch your TV, make themselves a sandwich and then take a nap in your bed. To be honest, before they took a nap, the vacuumed and washed the dishes, not just the ones they use but all the dirty ones. When you come home to find them there, they tell you, hey I am poor and hungry. Can I be your roommate?

Would you call the police and get them out of your house, or just give them amnesty and let them become your roommate without knowing who they are?

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26 comments on “I did not get the boycott memo

  1. Pal,…. with your sell-out mentality, its no wonder your “Latin_Hispanic card” got “revoked” You trully dont understand the cause. And you are comparing drug trafficking with having right in this country. That’s a very stupid cor omparisson. And if you were really “down” with Mexican Pride
    or “down” with colombian pride, You would at least show a little respect and keep your mouth shut. All You are doing is showing that there is in fact, sell- outs, like like Yourself trying to show that we are not united. As a Mexican-American proud of both of my cultures I will support the boycott, yet I’am have adviced my boss and he understands and respects my decision. I wonder what kind of ship You run when You dont even support your people. Or are You not like Us? Who are you like?
    and dont forget about supporting all My Brown Brothers that have died fighting for this country in Iraq, Vietnam Etc…
    Have any “down Colombians” died fighting for The United States of America?

  2. i understand what you saying. i guess lots of people feel different about it. do you think things will get harder for people that wants to emigrate to the states legally
    now? peace bro.
    and we got a holiday here in my country as part of mayday celebrations.

  3. That could be one of the many adverse effects. Demonstrations like this IMHO divide people instead of uniting them… they end up gaining opposers instead of supporters.

  4. Ok,

    That was quick. I wondered how long it would take for someone to call me a “Sell-out”

    This is not the first time, or probably the last that someone will call me a sell out for not supporting a cause that I don’t believe. Comparing drug trafficking with illegal immigration is actually a very valid point Mr R. A lot of drug trafficking is done through the borders of this country because they are not protected properly.

    I do not support the “brown” cause because you, and many others are fighting blindly for a cause that in the end will do nothing for you. Register to vote if you are a citizen, if not then find a way to do it legally and try to not act like just because I don’t believe in “your cause” I am a “sell out.” I do support my own people, but I am not going to support the idea of making it easy for people to come to this country illegally. Bring me an intelligent, clear “cause” and I will support it.

    Now, people losing their lives in wars have nothing to do with this issue, unless you mean that by being in the military as a legal resident you can get your citizenship a lot faster.

  5. I agree with you about the “Demonstrations like this IMHO divide people instead of uniting them” except that the boycott day thing is doing more to unite communities than not.

    People, for years and years, have looked at any hispanic person they pass on the street and assume they’re here illegally. The stereotypes are what is dividing people. Having communities of thousands upon thousands take to the streets to have their voices heard is a uniting thing.

    It’s definitely possible to go through the motions, as many do, and become a citizen upon arriving to America… but that in and of itself doesn’t make the immigration policy as it currently stands a perfect system. Many die-hard “America does no wrong” people refuse to consider that an American system/policy is faulty and is causing adverse problems.

    I’m really sorry to hear about that accident and am glad you’re okay from it. But I’d wager to say that more US citizens drive when they shouldn’t (Drunk, w/o license, etc) than the illegal immigrants that are here. Being a citizen doens’t make you a better, safer, more responsible driver.

  6. I’m with you there Daniel. I brought up that situation to show that despite the bad experience I had, I do not have anything against legal immigrants. I agree that our legislature needs to improve… but I believe that we have bigger fish to fry than immigration law, specially if what is being saught is automatic amnesty.

  7. You are NOT a sell out! I am Latino as well Logtar, and more specifically, I am Mexican/American. My parents were born and raised in Mexico then immigrated over when they were very young. My mother’s story is very interesting, but that is for another time. I was born here in the United States, I am an American.

    Sometimes I do get some crap from my “friends” (bah!) about not subscribing to the ideology of the Raza, but what can I tell them that they would honestly listen too. I know my own people and we are many beautiful things, but we are also very stubborn. As Latinos, you know that we are also very focused as a whole, I just wish narrow mindedness wasn’t part of that equation, but it is. We are a very close, tight knit culture who come together regardless whether it is a bad or good situation so what is happening today doesn’t surprise me one bit.

    I just believe this was not the proper way to champion their cause. The media will spin this in so many directions that the average American will not understand or relate to their perspectives and the vast majority will conclude something negative about the whole situation. I love my culture, and I love my country, but I WILL NOT PENALIZE MY COUNTRY because someone wants me to! I am an American; I am not a sell out. I love Mexico, I go into the country 2 to 3 times a year to see family because it’s important to me, but I will not “walk out of my job” because people want a fast track to becoming an American Citizen. And not when they have groups that promote hate sponsoring and walking with them (M.E.C.H.A).

  8. Keep in mind this “Day Without An Immigrant” boycott is a one-day thing. It’s not an endless boycott. It’s penalizing (for lack of a better word) economies for one day, to demostrate to people who have blinders on how much of an impact these people have.

    Months of rain on end (Northern California), warehouse accidents & fires, and so forth leave a larger economical footprint than these one-day boycotts likely will.

    The great thing is you don’t HAVE to march in the streets or boycott. People who are immigrants, illegal or otherwise, who don’t agree with the movement are not sell-outs. And it demonstrates one’s narrow-mindedness to call them such.

  9. Hey if you don’t believe in it then you have every right not to boycott and demonstrate. Sell out? No. Just a person not wasting their time and energy on something they don’t support. I understand what they are trying to do…it’s kind of like that movie A Day Without A Mexican, or something along those lines but I’m sure there would’ve been a better way to get their point across.

  10. It seems to me that “demonstrating” how much impact illegal aliens have on local economies is a little like mobsters “demonstrating” how rough things would be if they removed their “protection” from your little store.

    Basically people are saying we’re here illegally but we’ve insinuated ourselves so deftly if we left your economy would collapse. So you better pay up– er, lay off the heat.

    It’s a protection racket.

  11. Blame the media for blowing this whole situation out of proportion as they always do. It’s so funny how people take ideas to the extreme and insist that’s how the fathers of the nation intended. We will always be called an immigrant nation. However, so many people have come to this country the right way and still get accused because of those who abuse this open arm policy. Someone needs to go to these rallies and pass out pamphlets how to leagally enter our country. Even write it in Spanish so there is no confusion. It’s human nature to want instant gratification.

  12. I’ll be the first to admit that I do not know the ins-and-outs of all the newly errupted immigration laws.

    What I do know is that, even though I understand why illegal immigrants come here, I think a lot of the responcibility falls on the people hiring them. I, too, would gladly pay the cost of a strawberry picked by a citizen/legal immigrant. I also think that something should be done to make becoming a citizen easier, but I don’t think we should be bullied into allowing thousands of illegal immigrants citizenship based on them wanting it.

  13. I wish people would try to fight just as hard instead of waiting for a favor or a handout.

    In reality Logtar, most immigrants (as you used to be) somehow get here to the U.S. because of connections their parents have or because they got money. I doubt that having connections or being rich constitutes “working hard”. I could give you a millions ways in which poor people work harder than any rich person (or middle class person for that matter), and technically, if a person that works hard should get into the U.S., then what the hell do you think these Mexicans are doing, having a siesta?

    The REALITY is that if you’ve got connections, money or BOTH, you’re going to be a U.S. citizen. It’s as simple as that. And what about the poor who ALSO want the American dream? Oh no, their not WORTHY of coming to our country, right? F^&* that sh$t. That’s a bunch of conservative rhetoric that is completely discriminatory about who DESERVES to be an American citizen.

  14. April,

    You are wrong. I am not RICH, I did not have “connections” and it took a lot of hard work to come into this country. If you read what I wrote carefully you will see that I am not saying that poor people should not have an opportunity to move up, I am saying that the people that protest, most of them anyway have no clue what they are fighting for.

    If you truly think that I because a U.S. citizen purely because of connections you are sadly mistaken. As a matter of fact I had an even harder time that even my family, but that is a story onto itself.

    Illegal immigrants are in most cases hard workers, but what are they doing for our economy? Sure some pay rent which in turn will become taxes. They also buy food and other goods that are taxed. But they do not pay income taxes and then use public services that are becoming harder and harder to get for the people that are paying for it. It is a matter of fairness, not a matter of social class.

    Even though I am a citizen now, I am still an immigrant. I am not a natural born citizen and the difference between an illegal immigrant and me is that I came here legally. I pay taxes; I learned the language and want to build a future for my family in this country. Some illegal immigrants could care less about America as a country and come here to better their lives in Mexico. This topic is one that is very close to me because I have been surrounded by it since I moved here. I have seen the good and the bad, and believe me most of the people protesting today do not have a clue about what they are fighting for or what they are going to accomplish.

    I would love for all illegal immigrants to get worker visas and better opportunities to become citizens, but I believe that they need to get back to the end of the line, or meet a certain criteria. If Mexico failed them, I don’t want the US to fail them too… but all I want in return is respect for this country and its laws.

    One-day boycotts simply don’t work. I just pray that this does not polarize this issue any further.

  15. You know, of all the people with a valid opinion on this matter… you top the list.

    John, you are the true definition of the American Dream. And anytime I think about what that means, you always come to my mind. Always. I was born here and I do well here for myself. But you, my friend, are the proof that it can happen to anybody.

    The illegal immigration issue doesn’t really bother me. However, when I try to think about it from your point of view, I think I would be pissed off. It’s taken you the majority of your life to get where you are. You have worked hard and have succeeded in doing everything the legal way. You’ve never taken any shortcuts to become the successful person that you are and I respect that. And thoughtout the struggle, you have had to face the misguided judgments that you were just another lazy Mexican. I would think that it would be a huge slap in your face to say that those illegal immigrants should just be given the citizenship that you worked so hard and waited so long to receive.

    I am proud of you. You are the person you are and have the respect that you do because you worked so hard for them. The value comes from working hard. There is no respect when something is just handed over to you without the experience.

  16. Finally, we had all the illegal aliens from our major cities parading in one place. And yet, nobody thought of rounding them all up in a big net and taking them back across the border? It can’t get any easier than that!!! That’s an INS wet dream!!!

  17. Comparing peaceful demonstration of society’s dependence upon the very people they despise to a mob-run protection racket, seems like a foolish analogy.

    Like it or not, society has made itself dependent upon immigrants, migrant workers and anyone else who chooses to do the jobs most of us turn our noses up at. Their demonstration is nothing underhanded. Unless you consider handing people who seem to think these illegals are worthless, lazy, welfare sucking, criminals a dose of reality. If that were the case, why would people be angry at them for killing the economy for a day? If they do nothing to contribute to the well-being of this country, what does it matter to us citizens if they decide to just not work today?

    Curious, perhaps what has most people flustered is knowing that their fellow citizens are showing support for the illegal immigrants.

  18. My ancestors came to America from England in the 1600s. My great great great grandfather fought in the American Revolution that initiated this country. His descendents created the farmland that feeds us still by felling trees and draining swamps in a primitive wilderness. In every generation they reaffirmed the spiritual values and civic responsibility that, beyond all materialism and consumerism, define the true American dream. My cousins still farm the land, and the dream is still very fresh in my heart.

    But I believe that anyone who has the same willingness to work, the same personal sense of responsibility, and above all the understanding that the American dream is about human rights and not about consumer goods, and who goes through the legal process for becoming a citizen, is every bit as American as my family and every bit as entitled and every bit as welcome. To you who have come here legallly I say you are of the same spirit and the same hope as my family — only as circumstances would have it you just happened to come four hundred years later. You are most welcome in this country, my fellow American.

  19. Something about the “my people had to do it the hard way” position strikes me as a poor approach to this subject. If the process has been broken (it takes 10 or more years to properly obtain residency), and people seek to correct the process (make it take some reasonable amount of time to ensure that we aren’t letting plague-carrying mass-murderers in), is that an additional wrong against the people that went through the process while it was broken? You aren’t going to get those 15 years back, whether the enforcement policies or laws change. Why should some family in Colombia today not be handled better than your family was, lo those many years ago?

    And happy International Workers Day, everybody. 120 years ago a general strike was called in Chicago to demand an eight-hour workday. There should be folks marching in solidarity and pride in the streets. Today a lot of them just happen to be carrying the wrong signs.

  20. Burrowowl,

    I am all for fixing what is broken… but automatic amnesty is not that. If the system can be fixed I would be the first one supporting it… but there are bigger fish to fry, like for example fixing minimun wages in this country. I am just saying that we need to worry about bigger things, and illegal immigrants wanting to just be put to the front of the line is not fair.

  21. This is a well thought out, reasoned and intellignet piece. I wish a local paper would pick it up and run it…yes, it’s that good.

  22. I believe all illegal immigrants in this country who are working hard and trying to better themselves should become legal residents of the US. Why not? They should not be classified as criminals because although they are coming to this country illegally, they do not mean any harm. I agree with Daniel when he says that being a citizen doesn’t make you a more responsible driver. You say you are all for the pride, yet you don’t seem very proud of being Columbian. Why are you spreading so much hate??? My father is from Colombia and my mother is from Mexico and I DID support the march and the boycott on May 1st. We are finally standing up for what we believe, whatever the cause is. You are wrong when you say, it is unintelligent and useless because although it did not achieve anything immediately, it did send a message. We were tens of thousands of people marching in many places of this country with the US flag, wearing white and screaming that we want peace and equal rights for all illegal immigrants, not just Hispanic. I was born in this country, therefore I am American. But, I am also Columbian and Mexican. My parents, siblings and family are all legal residents of the US, therefore, I did not march for them, I marched for my friends who cannot apply for the FAFSA and cannot apply for a number or scholarships because they are illegal, but they have so much passion for getting an education and although they can still go to a good university, they cannot work in the are of specialty they worked so hard to specialize in. So I march for them because they deserve an equal opportunity at an education, in a country they love and cherish, as I do. That is what is all about. Viva La Raza, hoy y siempre!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. “They should not be classified as criminals because although they are coming to this country illegally, they do not mean any harm. ” said by Cindy previously.

    HUH? When you do something illegally, its called a crime. You don’t walk into someones home, but very nicely tell them you are going to be staying with them, their own healthcare coverage will have to cover you, screw the cost, because you worked really hard to get to this point so you deserve. Since you treat everyone equally in your home, you must treat me as well, it doesn’t matter that I just walked into you home with out knocking. But, I want to be here, I deserve to be here so you have no say. Oh and we need to change some rules in this house, because I want to stay here forever. I do work really hard and I do things no one else does. Of course, if I didn’t come here illegally and get paid under the table, someone else in the house might have a job. I am going to fly my Mexican flag to, cause I just love that country. HMM…why am I here again? You all need to learn Spanish now, because I am here.
    I could go on and on.
    My husband is Panamanian, served in Our Marine forces for 4 years then 2 years later became a citizen by going threw the proper lines. It took his sister 12 years to finally become a citizen. You have to go through the right channels no matter how long it takes. You have no rights until you do. Your opinion does not matter because you chose to come here ILLEGALLY, which yes means you committed a crime, therefore you are a criminal. Just because you want it badly and have good intentions doesn’t make it change. Go threw the right channels, become legal, then you have a right to vote, you have a right to boycott, and you have a right to parade in the streets carrying your American Flag.

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