Now that I have taken the opportunity to inform myself on the issues of Reconquista, etc. (which I never really would have been aware of without the marches/demonstrations--thank you) , my opinion or position on the matter has 'hardened' quite a bit (as you may have noticed in previous posts). It has changed so much that I am considering publishing the following as a T-Shirt. I know, the design may be lacking but the message IS clear--particularly for incumbents looking to maintain their seats [and the status quo] in Congress this fall. Here it is, for those that are interested:
I should say, before any accusations fly: I am positively not against anyone of any ethnicity, period. I am positively for the sovereignty of my nation (The United States of America) and it's (legal--as if there was any other kind) citizenry; and, their sovereign (there's that word again) RIGHT to govern themselves. Certainly Mexican Nationals (among all others) would agree, considering their own (extremely strict) immigration policies. With regards to the "Never Forget 9/11" message on the T-Shirt: It should be noted that there is a definitive connection between our lax immigration policies (and/or lack thereof) and the 9/11 tragedy, as Ms. Malkin makes perfectly clear in this video. Congress forgot somehow.
Here are key points from the PDF article linked above on Mexico's own policies. Mexico as a sovereign nation certainly has the right to implement these laws whether I agree with them or not, here they are:
- Immigrants and foreign visitors are banned from public political discourse.
- Immigrants and foreigners are denied certain basic property rights.
- Immigrants are denied equal employment rights.
- Immigrants and naturalized citizens will never be treated as real Mexican citizens.
- Immigrants and naturalized citizens are not to be trusted in public service.
- Immigrants and naturalized citizens may never become members of the clergy.
- Private citizens may make citizens arrests of lawbreakers (i.e., illegal immigrants) and hand them to the authorities.
- Immigrants may be expelled from Mexico for any reason and without due process.
Members of Congress, Mr. President, with all due respect: I am not alone on this issue...
Updated 19 May 2006: Minor edits for clarity.