Gotta bookmark that one: "The Mexican has always been for open borders"
I think there is confusion with forgetting your heritage and identifying yourself as an American. My great-grandparents came from Italy. My great-grand mother was pregnant with my grandfather. When they settled outside of NYC in the 1920s. They celebrated their Italian heritage with other Italian Immigrants. However, my great-grand parents made sure their children realized they were Americans now. My great-grandparents punished my grandpa for speaking Italian in public. Not because they were ashamed of their heritage but because they realize to be successful in this country, their children needed to assimilate to their new home.
My great-grand parents and grandfather did keep their traditions alive. However, when my mother had me. I was taught about how my family came from Italy, but we did not identify as "Italian-Americans." This is just a natural occurrence when a family moves from one country to another. I love my heritage from both sides of my parents. However, I proudly identify as an American and love living in the US.
So be proud of your heritage. Pass down traditional food recipes. Tell your children where they come from and the hardships they endured to bring them to the US. However, do not identify as a "Mexican-American" "African-American" "Italian-American" "Irish-American" etc. There is not room from half Americans in this country. You are either 100% American or not. This division and putting Americans in different groups is what is killing our future.
Like one of the best Presidents we ever had some elegantly said,
"There is no room in this country for hyphenated Americanism. When I refer to hyphenated Americans, I do not refer to naturalized Americans. Some of the very best Americans I have ever known were naturalized Americans, Americans born abroad. But a hyphenated American is not an American at all … The one absolutely certain way of bringing this nation to ruin, of preventing all possibility of its continuing to be a nation at all, would be to permit it to become a tangle of squabbling nationalities, an intricate knot of German-Americans, Irish-Americans, English-Americans, French-Americans, Scandinavian-Americans or Italian-Americans, each preserving its separate nationality, each at heart feeling more sympathy with Europeans of that nationality, than with the other citizens of the American Republic … There is no such thing as a hyphenated American who is a good American. The only man who is a good American is the man who is an American and nothing else.
President Theodore Roosevelt
I have a brother in-law Rudy Marivas Moved from Old Nogales Hwy. and Canelo. His mother moved them "migrant" from there to a ranch working in California. Rudy said because of the prejudice. I asked I didn't see it Rudy oh yes when I came home and had great grades cousins and playmates ridiculed alienated him for not being part of the Heritage they behold. "not the right kind of Hispanic" So in California Trabuco Canyon and the ranch he was reared. He later joined the military and was stationed in Turkey with the missiles. The GI bill and he married attained his Doctorate degree in economics became San Francisco water bond manager later finance director of Anaheim raised 11 children and retired ant the age of 55. I asked him what he thought of his Hispanic devote catholic heritage that he holds dear. His response so many of my family have done so much to get me here I have been able to give so much to my family. I don't need anyone to tell me what my family did or who I am I do need my family but now they are only part Hispanic and I to am learning and having respect for what their families did to get here. It has not been one-sided anywhere.
"Outrage that those chiquitos are looking for refuge, and outright assholery from residents in Escondido, California, where residents protested long and loud over a proposal to turn a vacant viejitos home into a temporary housing facility for refugee kids."
It does not make these residents "assholes" because they are concerned with the Federal Government renting space for unaccompanied alien children. With how the Federal Government is handling this crisis, I would be pretty wary about what they exactly want to use the facility for.
"the current niños are dirty Salvadorans, and Guatemalans, and Mexicans who deserve misery and death back home."
Actually Mexican unaccompanied alien children and handed over to the Mexican consulate at the Port. It seems you might not understand the entire situation with this crisis along the border.
Here is the elephant in the room. This main reason why people are resistant to this huge influx of immigrants into the country. The US does not have enough unskilled or quickly learned middle class labor jobs to handle these new immigrants. Most of these new immigrants will have to go onto a social programs to survive, which are already broken systems. When we allowed influx of immigrants in the early 20th Century, we had a HUGE manufacturing base that allowed immigrants to get jobs. Seasonal jobs like in agriculture and the service industry can not absorb the thousands of illegal aliens pouring into our country.
Now legal residents in this country are fighting over low skilled service jobs. We have huge under-employment rate and millions that have given up looking for work. More and more people are turning to social welfare programs to get by in this nation. Our Middle Class is not growing like it was during the 20 Century. The Middle Class is shrinking. We do not have the jobs that provide good wages and benefits to absorb these people.
I do not blame illegal aliens for anything wrong in our country. They are just trying to have a better life. I blame the corporations that send millions of good paying jobs overseas to increase the bottom line. I blame our tax system that burdens small business while large corporations use tax loopholes their lobbyists pushed in Washington. I blame Wall Street instigating the idea of profit above all costs, including the welfare of our country. I blame the American People that rather get a cheap toaster made by slave wages in foreign country from big box store that does not even provide basic benefits to their workers than buy a American Made product that was produced by a American worker that received a middle class wage and benefits. We sold out our Middle Class for a cheap Chinese made toaster, a Honduran Made Shirt, a foreign built car, etc.
Before we allow millions of low skilled immigrants into our country. We need to fix our country and bring it back to having a strong Middle Class and job market we had before Washington sold out Main Street.
BUY LOCAL. BUY AMERICAN. I do not just these slogans. I live by them. The majority of my purchases are Made in the USA. I wish more people did the same. Maybe then we would have enough unskilled or labor jobs that we would need a increase demand for workers in this country.
This is one gabacho who'd favor nation building to slow immigration. But don't stop stereotyping or there wouldn't be an articls.
The difference between then and now is 30 years of uncontrolled immigration from Latin America and a bunch of Americans saying at 320 million, no mas. Besides, they keep saying it's all children, but I haven't seen any pictures of "women and children". Just more of the same 18-20 year old up here illegally looking for work like we've seen in the last 30 years.
Hey Tdh, a few skanky white women might slum around with wetbacks but we don't want those ones anyway. The hot green-eyed beauties stick to us sweet blue eyed sons of vikings and we treat them right.
Too bad those mexi women all turn fat and ugly after age 16 or we'd take them all. I'm sure they're sick of you insecure wannabe-macho vato boys. Maybe that's why you're so worried about stuff, eh?
This is not immigration control. This is outright fraud and decption of both central Americans and North Americans. It's just that we are footing all the bills while veterans lay dying.
Impeach the President!
What a waste of space =D
"but because the food is usually watered down to fit the taste buds of gabachos"
No stereotyping there. And, yes, yes it is.
Forget to mention when your parents, or elders, ask you something, you always answer with Si, Señora or Si, Señor (Yes, Mam, Yes, Sir or No Mam, No Sir.)
I always thought "Mande" sorta morphed in vernacular translation to "tell me" or "explain".
To me the word mande is a form of respect taught by your parents. What's wrong with that? Whether you abide by it-- "command me" is another thing.
Let's remember that Jaime Escalante was from Bolivia. He has a very reputable school named after him in Cochabamba.
" judging by the litters of kids Mexican women produce, more men take up the invitation than not.."
Since you brought it up, I think that's more a lack of birth control.
Exactly Lobo Blanco. We have a growing number of American citizens whose stupidity embarrasses me. Could there possibly be room for more?
Hey pindejo you sound just like a JOTO or a vieja ie."Hello"you my friend sure hell dont represent my race (chicano), your ugly to the bone ,you look more Idian then hispanic, and I know you sure hell don't know the spanish LANGUAGE. chingado como eres de feyo cabron!!
More mental illness.
"Matando güeros/Ricky Ramirez style"
Good to see you're letting your true feelings show through once in a while.
More lyrics from your favorite song:
Killing white boys - Long live the race!!!
Killing white boys - Like Pancho Villa!!!
Killing white boys - Satan takes care of you
Killing white boys - Killing white boys!!!
Machete in hand and hot native blood
Satanic force, looking for vengance
In the north we will take over
I agree that Gustavo often takes a thoughtful and interesting question, one that dares display a naiveté about Mexican and Mexican-American culture, and dances around it with humorous derision and wordplay rather than dig deeper into the matter. Humor is part of his stock in trade, but it's still possible to address the question with humor and jocularity instead of ignoring it, or fearing like actually answering the question will ruin the column with too much dour gravitas.
Not to be a killjoy, but in Tucson EVERYBODY I saw, regardless of race, ethnicity, creed or color, dragged his/her butt while crossing the street. I think it's just a Western thing where car culture takes precedence over pedestrian culture. People out West aren't used to traveling by foot, so they do it gingerly and with caution. (Just my tongue-in-cheek theory, anyway.) Remember "Walking in L.A." by Missing Persons? I think it applies to AZ too.
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