|An Open Letter to Illegal Immigrants||Saturday, Jan 28, 2006|
If I were a Mexican stuck in Mexico, I, too, would grab a jug of aqua, stuff
fistfuls of tortillas into a bandana, then tie that knap sack onto the end of
a long stick and start my slog north for the Promised Land.
What would be the rationale for my exodus from Santa Ana land? Well, one big reason is the zero opportunity in Mexico. Mexico's economic future is about as bright as Leif Garrett's singing career. I'm talking there is nada for the average Jose. Look, Vicente Fox can only hire out so many pool boys, chefs, drivers, maids, migrant map makers and mistresses. For the rest of the national workforce . . . well, you're pretty much SOL: sure-outta-luck.
Eclipsing the economic disaster are two other reasons why, if I were a Mexican living in Mexico, I'd be putting the Sierra Madres in my rearview mirror and heading for Marfa: namely, Telemundo and Univision. Yes, if those were the only two channels I could watch on my black and white Philco after a 16-hour day of picking mangos in exchange for two chickens, I would walk through the desert for hundreds of miles, brave banditos, eat horny toads, drink mud, bake in the sun, swim the Rio Grande, scale the Big Bend mountains and wrestle pumas just to get away from that tacky entertainment and to get here to the States where I could enjoy Fox News and OLN. Therefore, as compassionate conservatives, we've got to cut these guys some slack. We, too, would want out of such a dysfunctional banana republic.
Now, having said that, let me address mi amigos that want to move into our amazing Land-O-Plenty: Would you mind immigrating legally and learning English? Because, you see, our legal citizens are getting increasingly fed up with your criminal relocation dreams. That's right. Our American buddies on the Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas borders are especially sick of . . .
Call us Americans fastidious, but we no likey the aforementioned; and the above is not causing us to take a shining to your desires to resettle here.
Let me help would-be Mexican immigrants understand exactly where we're coming from. Our nation's leniency regarding immigration has been used as a night stick to whup our own butt. Our nation's compassionate openness, plus the corrupt incompetence of the former INS, plus our government's greed for foreign capital equaled a rolled-out welcome mat for the 9/11 terrorists and other thieves and thugs who looked to use us while they attempted to destroy us. So excuse us, por favor, if we don't seem too giddy about receiving new guests into our home; we're still cleaning up after the last ones who tried to destroy the place.
Look, if you want to come here and visit, work or possibly live in the US of A, you must understand that it is a privilege. Be very clear on one fact: it is NOT a right. We don't have to do anything.
In addition, we want people who dream the American dream [once again, in English], who crave what we crave and who will approach us respectfully, legally and . . . if you don’t mind terribly . . . pardon my redundancy, in English.
And get this straight: our demand for a more stringent border has nothing— nothing!—to do with xenophobia. Rather, it is rooted in a love for our country. We like it here. We see it as a privilege and an honor to live here. And we want to make sure that when letting others join us in this privilege and honor, we are rewarding the credible who have waited, not the criminal who has manipulated. So, my advice is to immigrate correctly . . . do it right . . . and if you choose not to—don't think it unkind if you get tossed on your head right back to where you came from.
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