Let’s call it what it is.

They are racists.

I’m angry that nobody in the media is talking about the racist undertone that clearly accompanies the anti-immigration argument. They talk about building walls, deportation, taking the law into their own hands. And in their argument they expose their ignorance by assuming that all Mexican immigrants are unskilled, uneducated, burdens that came to America for a free ride.

When was the last time you saw a Hispanic person standing on the street corner begging for money? Personally, I’ve only seen them standing out there selling fruit or flowers…working toward becoming productive, lawful citizens.

And the fact that this debate is so focused on Mexican immigrants is frightening, and proves that the anti-immigration argument is a racially charged one. Where is all the outrage for illegal immigrants that come from China?

Here is a portion of a letter to the editors of the Orange County Register written by Phillip Campa of Newport Beach:

I am a naturalized citizen who attended Monday’s downtown L.A. boycott rally. I came to this country as an illegal alien and lived a life in the shadows for years.

There are those who say illegals “cut in” the line and break the laws; such people are ignorant to the facts.

I was young, poverty stricken and unemployed, so I did not qualify for the “line.” Laws must be changed to allow poverty-stricken and unemployed people a way to enter legally.

[OC Register]

  2 comments for “Let’s call it what it is.

  1. Mike
    May 3, 2006 at 1:28 pm

    I agree. I was telling some friends of mine that there is a certain xenophobia associated with immigration. I dont see minute men lined up on the Canadian borders with guns in their waistbands.

  2. May 3, 2006 at 9:31 pm

    Amen

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