Tuesday, March 28

The Challenge of Being an Immigrant Talking About Illegal Immigration

A reader said it well.
I was just searching for information on this whole La Raza movement and happened on your blog. I'm 24 an Immigrant from Colombia, I've been in the US for 15 years. I'm now a citizen.

And I have no idea how to feel or what to think about this whole issue? I feel conflicted, being pulled in every direction. I spent all of Sunday researching this whole Aztlan fiasco, and frankly their 'cause' seem to me to be comical in principle and unrealistic. I mean, more than half of their supporters who are under the age of 20 are their most vocal and probably cannot carry a conversation in Spanish, yet they want to reclaim their land for Mexico? I just do not understand it. I also stumbled across this photo with Arafat yesterday and in the page they were comparing their struggle with that of the Palestinians. Again I do not understand the correlation.

Also who ever is in charge of these protest for the love of God, pass out American Flags. They are losing support every time someone tunes in to the news with an open mind about immigration and they see downtown LA in a sea of Mexican Flags.

Just wanted to know your thoughts on the issue, and how you deal with it mentally as a Hispanic. It's hard for me to make an argument for let's say the Guest worker program with someone who just saw a bunch of Latinos waving Mexican flags, saying this is my land you get out and then dropping "Por La Raza Todo, Fuera de La Raza Nada". I can only call them a fringe group so many times.

Sorry for rambling on your Blog.
The individual issues may be clear cut, but they are interrelated, and that makes it challenging. There is border security. There is the need to reduce incentives and enforce current immigration law. There is economic and labor issues--with many opposing views. Then, there is the millions of real human lives at stake. Regardless of where you stand, those are real people.

What do I think? Of these, I am sure: I think the law must be enforced. I think the border must be secured, and if a fence is what it takes, then go for it. I think law-abiding people should be able to enter the country legally and safely. But, thats not all of it. But there is only so much time...