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Posted: 3/30/2006 9:00:12 AM EDT
¡Ask a Mexican!
By GUSTAVO ARELLANO
Thursday, April 14, 2005 - 12:00 am

Dear Mexican,

What is it about the word “illegal” that Mexicans don’t understand?

D.G.
Laguna Beach


Dear Gabacho,

Take your pick, D.G. Mexicans don’t understand the word “illegal” because: (A) when paying their gardeners, nannies, busboys and factory workers in cash (and forgetting to withhold payroll taxes), U.S. employers don’t seem to understand the word “illegal,” so why should Mexicans? (B) The Anglo-American trappers and traders whom you and I were taught to admire as tough, self-sufficient frontiersmen and pioneers were among the American Southwest’s first illegals. Who are you calling illegal, gabacho? (C) Presidente Bush’s proposal to offer amnesty and a guest-worker program to all illegal immigrants—a move designed to appease his supporters in the business community—means even Republicans don’t understand the word. (D) Whether they buy a fake passport or take a citizenship oath, Mexicans will never be more than wetbacks in the eyes of many Americans, so why bother applying for residency? (E) The Orange County Register stylebook reportedly requires its reporters to describe as “undocumented workers” the men and women you call “illegal.” (F) Little-known fact: the fragment of poetry on the Statue of Liberty (“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” etc.) does not, because of a French engraver’s error, include Emma Lazarus’ rarely cited footnote: “No Mexicans, please.” Fucking French. But the real answer is the word itself. “Illegal” is an English word; Mexicans speak Spanish—yet you never hear Mexicans whine that their bosses don’t understand such easy Spanish phrases as “pinche puto pendejo baboso,” do you?

Got a spicy question about Mexicans? Ask the Mexican at garellano@ocweekly.com.
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 9:12:39 AM EDT
Interesting.

I was under the impression that the ones here legally weren't too happy about the ones here illegally.Guess I'll have to ask more of them their opinions.
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 9:15:15 AM EDT
Dear Mexican:

Why do illegals feel they have any rights in our country, let alone the right to tell real americans what to do?
Link Posted: 3/30/2006 9:19:47 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/30/2006 9:22:27 AM EDT by brassburn]
By and large it's not illegals "telling Americans what to do". It is white activists and citizen activists of Mexican descent. Both are liberal/socialists that wish very much to use the Mexican population, legal or not, to further an agenda that has no place for America first/Libertarian/Constitionalist/Conservative/Republican/Middle of the Road Americans/non-democrat or liberal whites etc.

ETA: The enemy is within. Illegals are simply doing what we ALLOW them to do.

Fight the disease and the symptoms will be taken care of.

Link Posted: 3/30/2006 9:27:30 AM EDT
I'd ask why the Mexican government demands so much for illegals here, when they treat their own illegal immigrants so badly?
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