Immigrants and Illegals

Posted by on April 12, 2006

Today I was once again called a Racist.テつ The last time wasn’t so much a verbal labelling as an implied labelling.テつ A Legal Immigrant who worked her way through school achieving a PhD in Library Science and now serving in a senior technical position for a “University” told me she had corrected herself about me by thinking, “Well, I know how he is”.テつ I had mistakenly referred to one individual(an ethnic Indian) by the name of another individual(an ethnic Pakistani).テつ She told me her thought process which was, “He thinks that just because their names are different to him he thinks they’re all the same”.テつ Well, honey, you were wrong…and revealed your own ignorance in the process.

The lad who did the labelling today is just as bad.テつ He is a native of this Country but holds dual citizenship with Britain.テつ He labelled me “racist” because of my immigration position.テつ Fancy that!テつ Because I respect the laws of my country I’m a racist!テつ Huh…テつ Guess I should find some white sheets now.テつ Wonder if I’m related to Robert Byrd…hmmm…

Since I am one of the resident Racists, can someone help me understand myself?

1) When did the illegal immigration issue become a race issue? テつ Which
rightwing nutjob first stepped on his crank and started that? テつ I’m
certain that leftwing saints out there would never play the race card

2) Since when does respecting my country’s laws make me a racist? テつ If
I *STOP* respecting my country’s laws would I stop being a racist? テつ It
would surely fix my financial problems.

3) and finally, what gives Central American folks the right to demand
something that LEGAL IMMIGRANTS from the same region have to struggle for?

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6 Responses to “Immigrants and Illegals”

  1. Da' King Rat Says:

    Man, I thought *I* could poke the bear…

    Dude, I know you don’t want to hear this, but we’re all, every one of us in our little group, a bit racist to some degree. Even liberal blue state moi. I don’t like it. I don’t mean to be. I don’t portray it outwardly. But it happens. Pisses me off to no end, but it happens. If we’re all honest w/ ourselves, we’d recognize it.

    But in the grand scheme of things, I think you let your bear get poked with a really big liberal stick. Relax.

  2. Elle Says:

    Look, you’re not going to like this, but everyone has prejudices. Everyone has their little intolerances, and everyone’s got a line that they can’t cross. I’ll man up and admit that there are certain ethnicities that I probably wouldn’t date. Does that make me racist? Maybe. Definitely xenophobic. But the whole illegal-immigration debate has had for its figurehead the Mexican migrant worker. If you stand against illegal immigration, you can and may be perceived as racist or xenophobic.

    And for the record? This legal immigrant says to let the temporary guest worker program pass. Simplify the byzantine structure of immigration to the US and make it easier for folks who just want to do an honest day’s work and raise up their kids right, whether they’re picking strawberries or leading a surgery team.

  3. pilgrim Says:

    Okay, first off…I KNOW and fully understand that we all have our racist tendencies. I was raised in an INCREDIBLY racist home and remember the day that I started to question things myself.

    It’s not the charge the set me off but the discussion that LED to the charge. The illegal immigration debate isn’t a racial debate, it’s a social policy debate. To toss out the race card just muddies the waters and makes the REAL WORK that much harder to get done.

    Honestly, I’m not that much opposed to the original senate bill from Senator Spectre. I think that’s the best we’re gonna come up with that everyone has a shot at agreeing to. I don’t like the fact that we are allowing criminals to remain here while they percolate through the rest of the conditions but…King Rat…that’s a concession I’ll make because the rest of the plan is pretty solid. It allowed those who are illegal to make good and provides a way for them to become US Citizens.

    What the Senate ultimately had was pandering at it’s best and a complete waste of anyone’s time.

  4. pilgrim Says:

    Oh…and welcome aboard Elle. 沽 Didn’t know you wasted your time here. 沽

  5. SingleMind Says:

    Simplify the byzantine structure of immigration to the US and make it easier for folks who just want to do an honest dayテ「竄ャ邃「s work and raise up their kids right, whether theyテ「竄ャ邃「re picking strawberries or leading a surgery team.

    Better yet, quit subsidizing strawberry farmers.

  6. Confessions of a Pilgrim » May Day “Boycott” Says:

    […] Okay fine, we don’t shoot them but we certainly don’t concern ourselves with that whole “civil rights” crap being rammed down our throats either. Because I demand that our laws are followed does NOT make me a racist, Conrad. The thought that these people can flagrantly celebrate their illegal actions frustrates me to no end. Who has the authority to arrest these criminals? If no one, then we are all in a world of hurt. […]

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