If you didn’t know, I’m Mexican.
I’m the daughter of immigrants. My grandfathers were both part of the Bracero Program. My family came here like many other immigrant families to work. Now, my parents and grandparents are all naturalized citizens. They vote, are active in their communities, pay taxes and do all that good stuff. Whether they emigrated with or without the necessary documentation or overstayed a visa is irrelevant to me.
I’ve stayed away from blogging about the Minutemen in Arizona and the dumb controversy over a billboard primarily because I don’t have the time to contribute to the discussion. The issue of undocumented immigration is so complex, that it would take me a long time to write about how immigrants contribute to the economy, why they emigrate, the trials they face trying to cross, how the militarization of the border has contributed to the deaths of many men and women, how difficult it is to change your immigration status, and the challenges children and teens face as they seek an education.
I can’t be quiet anymore. Would you be quiet if you read such a comment?
Youíre a retard. The minutemen are doing an excellent job. Like we need another wetback making their way into the country only to drain LAís system even more, closing down hospitals and committing crimes. Heck, why donít we just open up the entire border and let them all in. Who needs separate countries anyway?
With such comments, it makes me wonder if some people are opposed to undocumented immigration because they are fundamentally opposed to breaking the law or if it comes out of racist beliefs against Mexicans and Central Americans.
I don’t really care if you’re upset about the status of immigration in this country. People from all sides of the debate know that something is wrong. Yet, as I mentioned earlier, the issue is incredibly complex.
If you want to intelligently debate the issue and find solutions, don’t start by calling people wetbacks.