It's not the "law", it's racism.

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Sebastien De La Cruz
npr.org

Twitter can be a blast and a half or it can be a nightmare. It was indeed the latter that reared its ugly head right after 11 year old Sebastien De La Cruz sang the national anthem at Game 3, NBA Finals in San Antonio.

De La Cruz, a prodigy of sorts, is an American born in Texas. As he was dressed in traditional Mariachi gear and is clearly of Latino origin, his appearance set of a slew of racist tweets. Like "this li'l Mexican snuck into the country 4 hours ago" or "can't believe they have the nerve to have that beaner sing the national anthem" among others.  The most amazing of the lot came from Congressman Joe Heck's (R-NV) son. Heck has apologized for his 16 year old's behavior.

Let's cut the crap, shall we? More likely than not, Heck's kid learned this spew in his house. Just as the other Tweeters probably did as well. And let's keep cutting said crap--the only people fooled by the idea that "we aren't racists when we rave about illegal immigration, we just believe in the law" are the ones that believe their own lies.

The ravers are the same people that sent out those Tweets. As has been stated before, Boston in the 1980's was awash in Irish undocumenteds and no one said a thing, Chicago and its Slavic population, ditto. Nope, "illegal immigration" as issue is pure bullshit--these same "real Americans" have no problem patronizing restaurants with undocumented workers washing dishes and bussing tables--but they go slugnutty at the idea of the same people's kids going to the same schools as theirs. 

Nearly one of every seven Americans is Latino. The kid sang great and the Spurs had him back. Get over it already, K?

 

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Posted by Guest on Jun. 15, 2013 @ 12:12 am

First - stop paying attention to tweets like they're news. They're no more significant or news than the comments on this page. Anyone can make them and anyone does and sure there will be some ugly ones and picking on a kid is always a dirty cheap shot. Racism is a terrible thing. I grew up white in the South and demonstrated for civil rights in the 1960s when nobody I knew was doing that. I married an Indian woman while a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Fiji Islands in 1970 and had that then-majority population on my butt for doing so. (Yes, non-whites can be racist.)

But pulling the race card and waving it like a flag to say that illegal immigration is just racism is pure bullshit. I think most of us who are concerned about illegal immigration are concerned about the magnitude of it, the ethics of it, the costs to our government (meaning us) and the tax avoidance. It's totally unfair that millions of immigrants jump through hoops to do it legally, while others just skip the whole process. And it isn't racist to say that the level of street crime and violence brought by illegal immigrants is significantly higher than that of the general population, in part because of the drug cartels. It just happens to be true.

To pick some isolated cases like some Irish in Boston and Slavs in Chicago versus over ten million throughout the country from south of the border is ridiculous and inaccurate. Personally I don't care where they come from. But I hate pulling the race card and saying it's only about racism when it's clearly not.

But they are here and we need some sort of government solution to the situation. Unfortunately, the crazies in Congress can't get it together.

Deal with the primary issues and don't try to distract us with politically correct red flags.

Posted by WillfromSF on Jun. 15, 2013 @ 6:45 am

First - stop paying attention to tweets like they're news. They're no more significant or news than the comments on this page. Anyone can make them and anyone does and sure there will be some ugly ones and picking on a kid is always a dirty cheap shot. Racism is a terrible thing. I grew up white in the South and demonstrated for civil rights in the 1960s when nobody I knew was doing that. I married an Indian woman while a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Fiji Islands in 1970 and had that then-majority population on my butt for doing so. (Yes, non-whites can be racist.)

But pulling the race card and waving it like a flag to say that illegal immigration is just racism is pure bullshit. I think most of us who are concerned about illegal immigration are concerned about the magnitude of it, the ethics of it, the costs to our government (meaning us) and the tax avoidance. It's totally unfair that millions of immigrants jump through hoops to do it legally, while others just skip the whole process. And it isn't racist to say that the level of street crime and violence brought by illegal immigrants is significantly higher than that of the general population, in part because of the drug cartels. It just happens to be true.

To pick some isolated cases like some Irish in Boston and Slavs in Chicago versus over ten million throughout the country from south of the border is ridiculous and inaccurate. Personally I don't care where they come from. But I hate pulling the race card and saying it's only about racism when it's clearly not.

But they are here and we need some sort of government solution to the situation. Unfortunately, the crazies in Congress can't get it together.

Deal with the primary issues and don't try to distract us with politically correct red flags.

Posted by WillfromSF on Jun. 15, 2013 @ 6:47 am

The immigration bill before the senate is rightly viewed as "amnesty", because it removes the sanction of deportation and thereafter provides most illegal aliens with legal status while imposeing no more than a small fine of $2000 for this precious benefit. The aliens thus experience no legal "punishment" in the true sense of this word. Additionally, many republicans remember the promises of 1986 and do not have confidence that the various enforcement provisions of the law are strong enough or that sufficient appropriations will be provided to fully fund these provisions over the long haul.

My suggestion to correct these two problems involves a plea bargain. To get legal status, Illegal aliens would appear in court, and under oath would explain how they came to america and how they have lived since that time. They will confess that they have broken various immigration and employment laws, and acknowledge that their violations subject them to deportation and explain any mitigating circumstances that entitle them to clemency. They would then swear that they have committed no other crimes and beg the court for a lesser sentence. If the judge finds their testimony to be credible, he will then offer them a bargain: Clemency for their violations in exchange for pleading guilty to a single pro-forma charge of "illegal presence". They will then serve a ten year term of provisional legal status, pay a small fine of $2000, and forfeit any possibility of getting SS benefits for the remainder of their lives. After ten years they will be eligible to get into the line for a green card and citizenship and will be elidgible for all public benefits except social security.

Finally, the SS taxes collected from persons that accept this bargain, will be placed in a special "immigration enforcement trust fund". The amount should be in excess of $7 billion per annum. These funds will be used to pay for enforcement measures to insure that the experience of 1986 is not repeated.

Posted by hacimo on Jun. 15, 2013 @ 10:18 am

We must treat every citizen or any sort of people coming from different countries a fair judgement. Respect is really important in order to unite and prevent racism and bullying to gain peace.

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