posted on Apr, 28 2006 @ 06:32 PM
Please, it has nothing to do with "equality for latinos". It has to do with the fact that people are illegally entering the United States.
They have pointed out possible long-term problems that might come to pass as a result of this, as well as short-term problems that are already
occuring. As for the fact that we are supposedly "promoting rascism" against Latinos the same as we "did blacks" in the past is ignorant; the
reason latinos think they are being targetted is because there are far, far greater numbers of illegal latino immigrants than any other race. It has
nothing to do with targetting them because we simply don't like them or think that they are inferior to other races and can't think for themselves
(as blacks were though of not too long ago). These people who are turning this into a massive battle of rascism don't seem to know about what is
going on. They act like we are being racially discriminative about the matter, but the fact is that if these laws are put into actions, illegal asian
immigrants will suffer from the same consequences as these latinos, as well as illegal white immigrants. Political leaders realize the problems with
these laws, such as the fact that the children of these illegal immigrants are for the most part, legal citizens of the United States, being born
here. You then must understand that these illegal immigrants have none of the rights that american citizens have; so you can't state that they are
being discriminated against because of their race.
The bottom line is it could have long-term problems for the United States, as well as short term ones. Political leaders are trying to deal with the
matter professionally, and not trying to focus on the fact of racial discrimination because that is not the matter at hand. Most of the people
protesting that I personally know have little idea of what they are even protesting for. The "wall" that has a possibility of being built along the
Mexican border is just one of the few things political leaders can think of to reduce illegal immigration from its greatest source; however, I doubt
that would do any good to slow it.
Don't think I'm being racially discriminative either. I am partially of Latin descent, and I also see the negativity that these laws could bring.
Illegal immigrants account for something like 5% of our entire workforce; I realize the disastrous effects that that could have on the American
economy; especially considering the type of jobs the majority of them have. I also realize that Mexico's economy relies on the billions of dollars
sent from illegal immigrants back home to their families every year, and the effects that might have on their economy as well.
I guess you could say I see most of the positives and negatives of these immigration policies; but I don't like it when people try to make it seem
like this is nothing more than a repitition of past events in which people were discriminated against; our political leaders are at least smart enough
to have more than a reason than that to pass such policies.
[edit on 28-4-2006 by Omniscient]