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.
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?