Tuesday, April 18, 2006

“Nothing Mexican on Cinco de Mayo”

I understand Bobs point but I don't see trying to hurt legal Mexican immigrants as being helpful. And besides, who in the Whiteville area can pass up San Jose's shrimp quesadilla? So while I support his feelings I can't support his tactic. Here is an excert from his post at BobGriggs.com

For example, I have finally reached the boiling point on illegal immigration. We are a nation of laws, including those that control how visitors can enter this country, how long they can stay and how they can become permanent citizens. I expect those visitors to obey the same laws that citizens are expected to follow; and I expect my government to enforce the law when those visitors choose to ignore it.

It’s bad enough when the invaders (and that’s what they are) sneak across the border by night, then hide in the undocumented crevices of society. It is quite another thing to then demand, by the light of day, that their lawlessness be excused. Such have been the marches staged across the nation and in my Capitol– thousands of lawbreakers protesting my representatives’ efforts to control our borders and stop the lawlessness.

It angers me when the interlopers so brazenly demand the protection of the same law that they flaunted with their very first steps on American soil. My blood boiled as I watched student illegals skip the classes that you and I paid for to protest that you and I aren’t doing enough. I fumed as I watched illegals, waving the Mexican flag, insist that I “treat them like Americans.”

The post is very well done and I recommend you check it out.


posted by David at 10:49 PM :: Permalink ::

Comments on "“Nothing Mexican on Cinco de Mayo”"

 

Blogger Stephanie said ... (19 April, 2006 02:10) : 

Thank you, that was inspirational.

 

Anonymous Bob Griggs said ... (19 April, 2006 16:12) : 

You raise a valid point; here's my thinking on this issue:

In the article, I note first and foremost that the most effective use of our personal resources is to support right-minded elected officials:

"...there is not much that we can do on a local level to combat the illegal immigration problem except support like-minded elected officials with our dollars and our votes."

I have been a community activist in Gwinnett County (GA) for about a decade. I also own a business that provides services to politicians and candidates. I have learned that, with them, "perception is reality." Because they are (legitimately) concerned about their re-election chances, they often act not on the most important issues but on what is PERCEIVED to be the most important TO THE VOTERS. In other words, if you want to accomplish something legislatively, the "buzz" on an issue is often more important than the issue itself.

Second, I have put a great deal of thought into the "politics of business." You may know that Gwinnett has been one of the fastest growing areas in the nation for over a decade. We now have the largest immigrant population in the state and maybe the southeast, with the possible exception of south Florida. In Gwinnett, growth and development is big business.... homebuilding is also the largest local industry to employ illegals.

It is true everywhere, I believe, that if you want to move an issue in a certain direction, you threaten the money associated with it. Frankly, I don't expect my boycott to harm any business to any significant degree, but if it creates OR ADDS TO the PERCEPTION that "we are mad as hell and won't take it anymore," then it may help move the politicians in the right direction.

Again, the purpose of my call is not to harm business, but to influence politicians.

I didn't write about my own efforts to date. For example, I chose to dine at my favorite Mexican restaurant the day after the big march in Atlanta. I go there often; the manager greeted me at the front door. Before we went in, my girlfriend and I asked, "Did you close yesterday for the march?" He replied that he did not, to which I responded that, if he had, I would have quit coming to his restaurant. I explained why.

I have also asked him in the past if he employed illegals. He said that he did not, but even if he does, I know that he's thinking twice about it now just because I asked.

It is a small thing to do, but if everyone was asking the same questions, ESPECIALLY of local business, we could move this issue in the right direction.

Thanks again for your insight.

 

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