I'm waiting for the news to break on the huge impact of Mexican immigrant workers not doing any work today. In the meantime, those old Folger's Crystals commercials keep running through my head. You know the ones, where they switched some poor family's "other brand" coffee with Folgers and asked, "Let's see if they notice !" as if it were a live broadcast from a hidden camera. So, let's see if we notice anything different today.
I feel insensitive to their cause because every time I see a Mexican today I keep thinking to them, "Shouldn't you be at home or out protesting or something?"
I'll take it even further than that. Today I feel like I invited a bunch of homeless people over to my house, cooked them a nice hot meal (I'm saying hypothetically, as if I could cook), and had to listen to them complain the whole time about not enough cilantro and deal with them spitting in my face while I pour them a beer because they don't like Bud Light. But to tell you the truth, it's worse than that, because they weren't invited at all.
It doesn't bother me that illegal immigrants are here. Although cheap illegal labor is a drain on the overall economy, it allows small businesses to compete and could get my lawn mowed on the cheap. The only complaint and restriction I really have is that they need to respect our culture (not the other way around). This country is the United States of America, and if you want to come here, you need to learn to identify with the locals. That means you must speak American English, you must respect our customs and laws, and you must work toward obtaining legal citizenship. When you sing the National Anthem, you'll do it in English. You're not making a statement by singing it in Spanish, you're just being a disrespectful jerk and spitting on your host. And by God, if I see another American flag being flown upside-down beside a Mexican flag I'm going to flip out. It's like this is a silent invasion.
"There is no place for the hyphen in our citizenship... We are a nation, not a hodge-podge of foreign nationalities. We are a people, and not a polyglot boarding house."
- President Theodore Roosevelt, "The Square Deal"