posted on May, 15 2010 @ 04:35 PM
This American can tell the difference between illegal immigration and the drug war. Also, let me critique the statement that they want to change the
official language of the nation to Spanish. In order to change an official language, you need one to start with and the US has NO OFFICIAL LANGUAGE.
Some states have an official language (English) or more than one de facto official languages (Spanish in NM, French in LA).
No offense, because the OP makes some valid points. But he (she?) nor others should not conflate two different issues, nor should any of us think that
attacking the illegals themselves will solve the problem - it most likely will make it worse.
Illegals are not as statistically likely to commit crime as native born Americans. That being said, as I've mentioned before here, the second
generation has a tendency to feel pulled from both directions, not satisfying the status quo of either pole.
Second generation Mexican Americans suffer from "ni de alli ni de alla" (English: "neither from here nor from there") syndrome. They don't speak
Spanish well - if at all, they don't wear the traditional clothes, they create their own social space that is neither of their parents culture nor
necessarily the average American's identity.
Second generation Haitian Americans in South Florida suffer from something similar. They don't totally associate with African-Americans, but the fact
that innercity, poverty-induced criminality is part of the culture, they take it wholly as their own. It's not like mainstream America will have
This could also be attributed to the Pakistani man who tried to bomb Times Square. I was listening to a Pakistani-American sociologist (or
Anthropologist) on NPR. He discussed this type of cultural mixing and what it does to the individual. Some do not relate to either culture and lash
out for their own unique identity. Others feel pressured to take sides. For the Pakistani-American who tried to do an act of terror, this is very
similar to Mexican-Americans who wave the Mexican flag at rallies over immigration, such as AZ's SB 1070. Clearly, to them, white America will not
have them as whole partners in society, so they "lash out" and assume the opposing identity - the Mexican identity.
This is not unique to America nor this moment in time. In WWII and post-WWII era Brazil there was a group of fundamentalist Japanese immigrants who
would not accept the loss of the Japanese (keeping in mind that Brazil had the highest rate of Japanese immigration in the Americas). A terrorist
group called Shindo Renmei reacted out of this non-acceptance space created by lack of social cohesion.
All in all, the pride witnessed in an ethnic group is a direct reaction to some sort of prejudicial treatment of that group by the whole. Profile and
demean illegals at your own peril. They are here now and to deal with them the way SB 1070 wants to will push the "LEGALS" in the group to side with
their illegal brethren. I'm not in the mood to see ethnic warfare here, it will tear our society apart.
I'm sure that the same fears felt today were felt by those who saw the masses of Irish, Italian, German, Jewish, Polish, Ukrainian, and Chinese
immigrants in the late 1800s. As far as I can tell from my own ethnic heritage, the Irish and Italians did a good job of not only assimilating, but
also losing the language of their ancestors (I had to take Italian in school to learn it). Based on my Mexican- and Haitian-American friends, I would
say that you do NOT have to worry about Spanish or Creole taking over any more than those in the 1800s did about Italian, German, Russian, Yiddish or
what-have-you. Moot point.