To make things fair David M. Bresnahan has put together a list of demands that Mexico needs to implement to make things equal for those Americans who wish to become an "undocumented immigrant" in Mexico.
So, would you mind telling your buddy, President Vicente Fox, that I'm on my way over? Please let him know that I will be expecting the following:
Free medical care for my entire family.
English-speaking government bureaucrats for all services I might need, whether I use them or not.
All government forms need to be printed in English.
I want my kids to be taught by English-speaking teachers.
Schools need to include classes on American culture and history.
I want my kids to see the American flag flying on the top of the flag pole at their school with the Mexican flag flying lower down.
Please plan to feed my kids at school for both breakfast and lunch.
I will need a local Mexican driver's license so I can get easy access to government services.
I do not plan to have any car insurance, and I won't make any effort to learn local traffic laws.
In case one of the Mexican police officers does not get the memo from Pres. Fox to leave me alone, please be sure that all police officers speak English.
I plan to fly the U.S. flag from my house top, put flag decals on my car, and have a gigantic celebration on July 4th. I do not want any complaints or negative comments from the locals.
I would also like to have a nice job without paying any taxes, and don’t enforce any labor laws or tax laws.
Please tell all the people in the country to be extremely nice and never say a critical word about me, or about the strain I might place on the economy.
I know this is an easy request because you already do all these things for all the people who come to the U.S. from Mexico. I am sure that Pres. Fox won't mind returning the favor if you ask him nicely.
Actually, if you asked Fox to do all that while you had a wad of money in your hand, then he might say okay. You see, the Mexican government is "corrupt". I'm sure you know what that means, because you tried to make your point sound very educated. However, if you were educated on the topic you would know that the immigrants coming over are learning to be American and embracing this country for taking them in. I'm sure you don't know any Mexican Americans to base your opinion on, but trust me these people aren't trying to be anything other than American citizens and are adapting as fast as they can. By the way, why did you give demands for the Mexican president? Why not any leaders from any other country we have immigrants coming from? I think you need to broaden you perspective a little and look at this issue from every side.
Posted by: B on April 15, 2006 06:22 PM
As a Mexican-American I take exception to attacks on
Mr. David M. Bresnahan.
My parents from Mexico applied through proper US Immigration channels to get their green cards in the 1950's. I was born in California and graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. My parents paid their taxes like everyone else.
As an Engineer I developed software for Heads Up Displays in all US military jets and made numerous other contributions to the US high tech industry since 1980.
I have a broad perspective but illegal is illegal and no one has any excuse for not going through proper channels to get a green card.
My first wife was from Mexico and boy did I pay for that mistake; I was always broke! My second wife is from Taiwan and we are still going strong after 5 years this May 10, 2006 and well on our way to becoming millionaires by 2008.
Despite the fact my wife and I are both engineers, we both welcome with open arms all Mexican, Indian, Chinese, Japanese or any foreigner professional holding a Masters or Ph.D. degree into the United States of America under the H1B Visa program that should in fact be expanded from its current 65,000 to 115,000 per year. Please understand and acknowledge the ugly reality that America desperately needs highly educated workers to keep our US economy strong to support a strong military. Our tax revenues and national security depend on an educated workforce to pay our national debt, reverse our trade deficits, and baby boomers'
medicare costs all of which are already beginning to destroy America and the US dollar.
We already had passed an Immigration Reform law in 1986.
We need to enforce existing laws, not more legislation.
Lastly, the Mexican Consulate in San Jose, CA denied my application to become a Mexican citizen simply because my father's Mexican birth certificate was burned during the Mexican Revolution in 1918. I will try again in 2006 to prove my father was a Mexican national.
This is irrelevant, but my reason to become a US/Mexican citizen is to protect my ownership rights to property my sister and I own in Mexico.
When has Mexico granted citizenship to Americans?
Why can't Americans own property near the beach in Mexico?
Mexico has a double standard. Currently, real estate buyers don't even need a US green card; America is more than fair.
When has any Chinese, Indian, Vietnamese, European or other non-Mexican persons demonstrate in our US streets demanding
US rights? Anyone? The reason is Mexican blood including my own blood carries the gene of Hernando Cortez who plundered the Americas for Spain. Mexican blood does not carry the genes of The Pilgrims who planted the seeds of Freedom in America. England had the Magna Carta; Spain did not. I rest my case!
Posted by: Mike Flores on April 16, 2006 06:27 AM
Clarifying my position:
I share the views of David M. Bresnahan.
I am a Mexican-American but wish that the Mexican portion of the 11-20 million illegals be deported immediately.
I don't appreciate attacks against David M. Bresnahan.
I was the only Mexican-American Engineering student at Cal Poly SLO during the late 1980's. There were a few Whites, but most were Chinese or Indian. I was also assaulted by another Mexican perhaps Mexican-American on April 5, 2005.
Legal or not Mexicans rarely become Engineers or productive members of society. California's central valley Merced Community emergency room was packed full of Hispanics probably without insurance or even green cards.
I didn't vote for Governor Pete Wilson, but Mexican-Americans do more harm than good: crowded schools, bankrupting hospitals, graffiti, dirty bathrooms, etc.
I urge every concerned American to write or meet with his or her Congressman and vote these people out before their voting numbers multiply especially when Catholics fail to practice responsible birth control.
We won the Mexican-American War fair and square.
Mexico's culture and society would not have produced California's Silicon Valley, Las Vegas, Hoover Dam or Industrialists like Howard Hughes.
Posted by: Mike Flores on April 17, 2006 11:26 AM
First of all let me tell you something, with out immigrants the U.S would be nothing!Not only do they have a huge impact on the economy of the U.S they occupy jobs that most americans dont. Im an american and both of my parents are white, i apreciate the fruits i eat realizing that it was picked up by an immigrant with a saliry of six dollars an hour. Not enough for aching and sweating all day, dont you think? America is built on diversity and thats what makes it so powerful and beautiful. Not only this but they take jobs that dont pay low or dont require a college degree. If they werent to do this who would? becasue im sure and now that i've never seen a white person pick up grapes in Napa, California or a white person cotton in Fresno, California. So to who ever wrote this page, save your comments and open your eyes!
Posted by: Kelsey Lara on April 21, 2006 09:49 PM
"For an American citizen to vote as a German-American, an Irish-American, or an English-American, is to be a traitor to American institutions; and those hyphenated Americans who terrorize American politicians by threats of the foreign vote are engaged in treason to the American Republic." -- Theodore Roosevelt, 1915.
To Kelsey Lara- I grew up in the "suburbs" of Chicago. But back then it was mostly farmland with small independent farmers. That is where I used to get my fruits and vegetables. Because of greed all of those farms are now gone. Everyone wants to make more money. You can see this very easily now with Wal-Mart. First the farms and now any of the buisnesses that were left over from these small farming comunities. Back in the day, and I know you are not going to believe this- but a person could actually make a living working in a department store. The harvest was done by Americans, wether it be the families, or migrant workers. My mom is an american of Norwegian desent. Her family drove all over the midwest when she was a child. They didn't have health care and if they did go to school- it was english. There are people here illegally buying cars and even houses. Why? Money, someone has some money to make off of it. There are so many Americans who will never obtain the American dream as it is. Yes, we were built on diversity but back then we had one set of rules. What do you think will happen if we go to war and a draft is required? How many of these illegals will step up to the plate on that one. "Oh yes I have a drivers lisence, a new truck and a small modest house, but it is mine. Draft?? You can't draft me- I'm not even a citizen!" I found myself as an out of work teacher in Las Vegas about five years ago. I would go to Starbucks every night because I knew they threw away the pastries every night that were not purchased. After a week of eating pastries I broke down and went to get some food stamps. The only thing I qualified for was one weeks worth. The lady at the welfare office told me though that if I was Mexican and had some kids I would qualify for full food stamps, health care and even emergency cash. What a slap in the face that was- I had been working since I was 13 years old and this was all my country had to give back to me?? When is enough- enough?
Posted by: Mike Callahan on April 30, 2006 08:00 PM
To Mike Callahan- First of all, I find it offensive that you as well as the woman in the welfare office used the example of the "Mexican with kids", because not only is that a complete stereotype you don't know where the other people in that welfare office are coming from. If you are the type of teacher that would want to take food stamps away from children no matter who they are, then I am glad you weren't teaching any students. That may sound harsh, but your "Mexican with kids" reference was worse.
Futhermore, who are you speaking for when you say they wouldn't fight for this country if there was a draft? The real question should be- When these Mexican immigrants fight and die while defending our country in war, will America even acknowledge them?
My grandfather and his brother fought in World War II when they first came to this country and were not yet citizens. They weren't drafted, but they took upon themselves to inlist. They loved this country so much for giving them a chance at a better life that they were willing to sacrifice their own lives to protect the country that desperately wanted them to return to where they came from. My grandfather's brother died overseas while saving a group of American soldiers. He received no recognition while those soldiers all received medals for their bravery. He did not receive a military burial. He did not get a 21 gun salute. He did not have a flag at his funeral. If it wasn't for the other soldiers that fought beside in battle, our family never would have known what happened to him. The military said that since he was not an American citizen they had no record of him being inlisted. My grandfather was wounded in battle overseas. He was stabbed through the chest and passed out from the massive amount of blood he lost. When he regained conscienceness, he relized he was a prisoner in a small jail. The American military did not want to go back to get him when he was released. They said that since he was a Mexican and his country had no involvement in the war that the US government shouldn't have to bring him back into a country where he wasn't a citizen. After months of being held captive, he was finally flown back to his home. When he died many years later, the military also refused to give him a military burial even though he had been a US citizen for quite some time. Only because his wife and children had pictures and documents from him in the military, he got to be buried as a true veteran should be. After working as migrant farm workers since they were children, my father and all of my uncles fought in Vietnam, and each one of them had to defend their citizenship even though they were all born in this country.
I believe every person living in the US has their own battles to fight. I do not know where you, Mike Callahan, come from and what battles you have to fight, but do not assume that every illegal immigrant has an easy life with "all their kids". We are all striving for the American dream or the dream to be American.
Posted by: B on April 30, 2006 09:26 PM
For your information just because ONE illegal mexican ruins it for all doesnt mean we are ALL like that. We are ALL differnt in many ways. White people do dumb things. I know someone who is living off the governments money...they even paid for his penis pumper and he bragged about it! And you know what he is WHITE and uses your tax money to buy trashy things like that. i once heard that mexicans want to come over here make there OWN communties and speak there own language and do there OWN thing! What did YA WHITE people do? The same damn thing! Ya cam and kicked out the indians! What makes ya better than us? NOTHING!!! In GODS eyes we are ALL the same!!!
Posted by: Miss Cruz on May 4, 2006 02:54 PM
I appreciate hearing both sides. However, sloppy spelling
and bad grammar only detract from otherwise valid points.
In particular, a posting by Kelsey Lara.
Separately, Miss Cruz pointed out Indians being kicked out by Whites. May I mention this also happened before in California and in Mexico?
White Spaniards exploited Indians for their Gold, Silver and territory. An excerpt from link http://www.nps.gov/jeff/LewisClark2/Circa1804/WestwardExpansion/EarlyExplorers/CaliforniaMissions.htm
'Colonial settlement was developed under close cooperation between the military and the clergy. Sometimes, as in Mexico, the acquisition of territory was a military conquest, consolidated under the clergy and later given over to civil authority. In some areas, like California, the Indians were thought to be docile, so the clergy opened the frontier with only a military escort.'
Posted by: Mike Flores on May 7, 2006 12:10 PM
Im so SICK of the argument "they are willing to do the jobs americans wont do". Um, we americans have been surviving just fine for the last 100 years without cheap mexican labor. We do not need it. This is a relativly new labor development.
I would much rather pay $3.00 for a tomato than live in a state (CA) thats becoming more and more like Mexico every day. I do not want to hear Spanish every where I go, see their 10 latch key kids running around my neighborhood, or pay for their government assistance with my taxes.
Im tired of them getting free government assistance and then moving into the biggest house on the block with their 3 families, and actually driving 3 different brand new cadillacs, while using their food stamps. I wanna throw up. I have to send my kids to private school because the public schools are way over crowded with mexicans, did you know you dont even have to have a social security number to enroll in public school? Great home land security we have.
Posted by: J. Hill on September 23, 2006 06:43 PM
My mother is American, she is white and born in Washington D.C. my father is Mexican he is brown and born Mexico D.F.
I am brown, born in Manzanillo,Colima Mexico. Educated in Washington state since i was 6 months old, the schools name is Luis and Clark A very GOOD SCHOOL.
My story, i rejected citizenship twis why because i am unic i can make thousands of dollars in the course of 4 in morning till 9 in the morning and i am only 17 years old, i have experienced poverty and that was the best time in my life and in one month i will go to school in the army of Mexico to become an officer. you don't need to be American to have the American dream.
(HOO DEARS WINS)
I am the best of the A generation, the rest is gust spoiled brats in tv or trying to work for somebody thats their limit's my respects to the ones that try .
I wont to make Mexico a safer place were it can compit with the America in all aspects from the army to the economy , from the cardboard houses that i still see to corrupt goverment that this president is still blind to .
Mexico is changing im gust going to do it much faster, gust for us all.
(IF YOU WANT PIECE PREPER FOR WAR)
I'm gust going aganst corruption.