Aaron747 & DeltaSFO:
First of all, I'm the first to laugh at that "modified" picture. I'm a white guy and know and laugh at every "cracker" joke there is. Second, if you're going to do THAT, then do it right: Bakersfield is an agricultural and "trucking" town, so your choice of city is a bit suspect. Now had you chosen-say Barstow or Hemet, then that would've been priceless.
Third: Congratulations. You just shot yourself in the foot. While talking out of one side of your ass, you brand me for posting a "blatantly racist" picture, then, out of the other side, you turn around and do the very same thing.
Even I have never managed to destroy my credibility on an issue that quickly before.
Never met one white person who works harder than a Mexican immigrant. Those guys bust their asses for $10/hour and you have the gall to make fun of them. This is America friend, you're as free to leave as they are to move here.
That may or may not be true, but again, what does that have to do with the topic at hand? Being a hard worker does not negate the need to come here within the letter of the law. And that's right. This is America, where
I was born. I've been here for 30 years.
YEARS. Most of these clowns have been here a lot less than that. Let
THEM go somewhere else, or, as I said, work your way up the socioeconomic ladder the right way, just like the rest of us do.
Sometimes is takes a little more effort than that. You do reazlie that an illegal immigrant is risking death just to cross some land so he MIGHT look forward to a better life don't you? How bout having to learn a new language on the fly? Did you ever risk your life for a CHANCE to work hard?
Oh cry me a river. Can you hear the fiddle playing?
These heart tugging tales of terror and ambition never seem to amaze me. But again, that is
THEIR problem, and not mine. If they are fleeing their homeland because of conditions over there, again that's
THEIR PROBLEM AND NOT MINE.
The blatant hypocrisy again here is mind boggling. The rest of the world bitches and moans about the USA sticking its nose in everyones affairs, but the minute some destitute schmuck comes over here, it is our duty to "embrace" them. I guess it's ok not to go trodding over the world, but the minute something gets dumped in our lap, we have a moral obligation to support them.
Matt D... and who the hell buses your table and washes the dishes when you go to a restaurant? Who trims the landscaping and cuts the grass? Who watches your kids? Who cleans the bathrooms and waxes the floors at restaurants, office buildings, and airports? Who picks the fruit and vegetables you eat? Yes, that's right, Matt... Mexican-Americans! They do the menial jobs (and many have two or three jobs) that you and I and other gringoes won't do.
The first group: Almost always, high school kids who are usually working their first job. The second group: Usually folks here on a Visa, or at least having a Green Card.
The third group: Does not apply; I don't have any kids. But most people I know have FAMILY watching over kids, not some stranger with an unknown or questionable background.
Let's get something straight here. I'm not picking on Mexicans per se. I'm picking on
PEOPLE WHO ENTER THE COUNTRY ILLEGALLY AND THEN DEVELOP AN
ENTITLEMENT ATTITIUDE. Do you see the difference, or do I have to pick you up by the nose and rub your face in it? You're right. A lot of them do have two or three jobs and do jobs that most
But again, what does that have to do with the issue of coming here legally, and circumventing our laws just because "it's the compassionate thing to do"?
Mexican immigrants, legal or not, are busting their collective asses to make life better for themselves and their familes.
So lets reward the illegal ones by granting them all of the
PRIVILEDGES normally reserved for citizens. And while we're at it, let's PUNISH the citizens by taxing them more and more to support these people "who only want a better life". Lets raise the insurance premiums that citizens pay because you know goddamm well that once these illegals hit the road, they aren't going to be buying it. Not only can't they afford it, but again "they are only trying to make a better life for themselves." The insurance companies, not being stupid, are going to have no choice but to raise premiums because of the addition of 5 million uninsured motorists on the road.
You hit the nail squarely on the head.