… AND SEE HOW FAR YOU WOULD GET
Forwarded by VAdm Harold Koenig USN (Ret) via BGen Bob Clements USAF (Ret)
Some interesting thoughts from a Californian:
Try driving around as a Gringo in Mexico with no liability insurance… and have an accident.
Enter Mexico illegally. Never mind immigration quotas, visas, international law, or any of that nonsense.
Once there, demand that the local government provide free medical care for you and your entire family.
Demand bilingual nurses and doctors.
Demand free bilingual local government forms, bulletins, etc.
Procreate abundantly. Deflect any criticism of this allegedly irresponsible reproductive behavior with, “It is a cultural United States thing. You would not understand, pal.”
Keep your American identity strong. Fly Old Glory from your rooftop, or proudly display it in your front window or on your car bumper.
Speak only English at home and in public and insist that your children do likewise.
Demand classes on American culture in the Mexican school system. Demand a local Mexican driver license. This will afford other legal rights and will go far to legitimize your unauthorized, illegal presence in Mexico.
Insist that local Mexican law enforcement teach English to all its officers.
Good luck! Because it will never happen… not in Mexico or any other country in the world… except right here in the United States… land of the naïve liberals.
(Also demand that Home Depots in Mexico put English signs on all of it's aisles… Chk6…Bob)
This article makes a very sound point about immigrants not assimilating to the country that they should be adopting, but rather insisting that the country make accommodations for them.
I wanted to write to you just to add that there are people in the U.S. of Latin-American/Spanish speaking decent, and even Spanish speaking people who immigrated here themselves, who feel the same sentiments expressed in this article - maybe not exactly the same sentiments - but they sure don't like all the nonsense going on.
My folks imigrated from Spanish speaking countries. That means my mom, dad, uncles, aunts, g-mas, g-pas, some cousins, etc. Except for my grandparents, who were too old to learn a new language when they came to America, everybody else learned English as well as they could.
If you ask anyone in my family what is their nationality they'll tell you they're American. Their English may not be spectacular, but they will tell you in ENGLISH that they are American. Only if you ask what is their descent will they tell you that they are Cuban, Peruvian, Colombian, etc.
As much as it bothers non-Spanish speaking Americans that people cross borders and then expect the treatment noted in this article, it DOUBLY bothers Americans of Spanish-speaking descent.
When a group of people immigrate here and work hard to get their piece of the pie and learn to speak English, and adopt the U.S. as their country, and then send sons and daughters into the U.S. military (myself and my cousin - USMC, my other two cousins - Navy, and I have another cousin who joined the Air Force, it is extremely irritating to hear that others come to the U.S. and expect all the catering and pandering and condescending that this article talks about.
I know plenty of people that immigrated to the U.S. legally from Mexico and other Latin-American countries who think it is repugnant that someone would arrive in the U.S. and not at least try to learn to speak English.
And if you want something funny to consider, think about this: A person like me - who is American but grew up in a household speaking Spanish and who speaks Spanish considerably more properly than the average uneducated person from a Latin-American Country - is considered as much of a “Gringo” in a Latin country as any American of non-Latin descent.