From Andres Oppenheimer:
The rapid escalation of U.S. anti-immigration hysteria – fueled by ratings-hungry cable-television hotheads and leading Republican presidential hopefuls – is a dangerous trend: It may lead to a Latino intifada with the potential to rock this nation in the not-so-distant future.
If we are not careful, we may see something similar coming from the estimated 13 million undocumented immigrants in the United States, most of them Latino, who are increasingly vilified in the media, forced further into the underground by spineless politicians and not given any chance to legalize their status by a pusillanimous U.S. Congress.
We are creating an underclass of people who won’t leave this country and, realistically, can’t be deported. They and their children are living with no prospect of earning a legal status, no matter how hard they work for it. Many of them will become increasingly frustrated, angry, and some of them eventually may turn violent.
A couple of things I note right off the bat:
1. There is an absolute and utter refusal to recognize the majority American view that people who came here illegally don’t deserve any “path to citizenship” or amnesty or whatever you want to call it.
2. Villifying politicians who actually support this majority American view is perfectly fine.
3. Its Republican’s fault. Note that Republicans are called out as a party while only “politicans” are blamed for the current inability for illegals to flaunt our laws and just decide to stay here forever. (just what party is in charge of Congress? Was there a majority vote in either house for amnesty?)
4. Threats of racial violence are justified if a brown-skinned, Spanish-speaking minority is doing the threatening. However, actually enforcing laws is racist.
And that’s just the first few paragraphs. I leave it as an exercise for the intelligent to guess at the rest of this racist little polemic. Children of illegals are citizens, statistics from La Raza (perhaps the most racist Latino group), comparing illegal immigrants to people who get traffic tickets, calling everyone who opposes illegals racists, blah blah blah.
Honestly I didn’t try to review the whole thing here. I did send this idiot this email:
Date: Wed, 7 Nov 2007 14:31:49 -0700
Subject: Latino Intifada
I must say that your column points out the desperate need for the United States to secure its borders and to start working to find and expel those who have come here illegally. If, as you assert, there is a large group of people who have broken our laws to come here and WON’T leave, then we will need to start making them do so.
I believe that stopping the flow of new immigrants and actually enforcing the laws on employment verification will go a long way toward getting a handle on the problem. Of course, these law breakers will be assisted in every way by people like you who apparently wish to see America overrun and balkanized. Democrat politicians who think that pandering to illegals by giving them drivers licenses and welfare money will mean that they will get their votes (illegals who vote? who cares in this view) or at least their vocal support for more tax money to be taken from citizens and given to those who have broken our laws every single day.
I know that your efforts to undermine America and the society that we have worked and shed blood for over the last 200 years is something that you will continue to support. Also know that there are a lot of people who will oppose you with the same daily energy and effort. The reason you have to be so shrill is that you don’t have sole ownership of the media microphone any more. Which means that our views are actually being heard and represent a large part of America.
Yours in eternal opposition.