Teddy Roosevelt said it best in a speech in 1907:
"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American.... There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language.. And we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."
So I got home the other day and realized that my apartment was kind of messy and I didn't really feel like taking the effort to clean it up. I decided to drive around and look for a new place to live, and I found a decent home where a nice Mexican family lived.
I walked in the front door, and they stopped what they were doing, wondering what I was up to. I told them to mind their own business. The couch looked pretty comfortable so I laid on down, changed the TV from Telemundo to an English channel. The mother started yelling at me in Spanish, so I had to tell her "Lady, I don't speak spanish and am not going to bother learning it, you need to learn English if you're going to communicate with me". I have a feeling she could piece together what I meant.
I informed the family that I was hungry, and they looked puzzled, which confused me, they didn't expct ME to pay for my own dinner did they? I have a family to support back at my old apartment, where I send my money... geez, the nerve of some people.
So I got up from the couch to use the bathroom, and unfortunately, twisted my ankle badly, and had to be rushed to the hospital, no problem, I'll wait around till I get some help. So I got all nice and fixed up, and all was going well for about a month till my new hosts received a bill in the mail for my Ambulance ride and the Hospital visit, and they flew off the deep end, told me they wouldn't pay for my hospital visit, or my food any more, and were even thinking of changing the locks.
They said all this in Spanish, which was really irritating because I thought i was pretty clear that I wasn't about to learn their language. I and the other 11 families I invited to live in their home all agree, that family is a bunch of inhospitable racists.
As a legal and naturalized citizen of the US (my parents came from Asia 40 years ago), I think it is high time we had a law that addresses this issue.
We cannot have any system where people take from our society and do not put back into it - this includes not only taxes but participation in society as a whole to make it better. If you are here illegally then your offspring should not be granted rights and benefits afforded to citizens.
While we are at it we should make English the only recognized legal language in the country. We should embrace and support different cultures/practices but having taxpayers money spent on items like bi-lingual ballots, signs, dcouments etc makes no sense. What unifies and defines countries are things like a common language. Our common language is English.
Also just granting amnesty to those that are here illegally only creates more incentives for more illegals to come into the country as they know one day they too will be granted amnesty. Obama was correct when he said that we needed a comprehensive plan to address the whole illegal immigrant issue - I am glad to see this one measure gaining some traction as its long overdo.
Congrats to the states for taking the initiative as our dysfunctional 'so called leaders' in Congress bicker and fight all day and then they run around and raise money and campaign to get re-elected. Its no wonder nothing ever gets done by those clowns.
While growing up during the 60's-70's in North Texas, about half my friends I went to school with were of Latin descent. We were all working class families and would spend time cooking out and going camping and fishing with each other. We respected their cultural heritage and they respected ours. Ours moms would swap favorite dishes, theirs handed down from old Mexico, ours handed down from the old South. Most of these families had roots in Texas going back one hundred years or more, they would proudly call themselves Americans and felt honored to consider themselves Texans. There was no bellowing " I'm Mexican- You Owe Me!!!" Mr. Martinez lived next door and I did not understand why he so vehemently detested in his own words "Those damn wet backs". He was a working class tax payer and saw what the future held. After living on the south Texas border and being subjected to blatant racism and the You Owe Me culture with its imbeded dependence on welfare, I now realize Mr Martinez was justified in his ire. His forefathers fought on the side of the Texas army to escape the tyranny, oppression and corruption of the Mexican government. They were tired of having their land and livestock taken from them by force at the hands of the Mexican Army. If all of you haters of the "gringos" really want to return California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas back over to Mexico, ask youself this: who is going to pay the taxes to support you? The rich Chelangos in Monterrey and Mexico City? I think Not!
-Various discussions regarding the immigration problems in the U.S., pulled from various sources.