Yesterday's news of an immigration reform "compromise" rang out to me as more of a sell out than anything else. And I have to admit, anything that Senator Ted Kennedy is so jazzed up about gets me nervous by definition.
So, 12 million illegal aliens will soon be taking a step up the ladder of respect and recognition and ultimate citizenship. As Kennedy stated, it's time for them to step out of the shadows and into the sunlight.
As I routinely remind listeners to my show when this issue comes up, I am the product of LEGAL immigration from
They came here legally and by the book from DAY ONE. They didn't first break the law and then whine for forgiveness. They got here and received zero benefits. They asked for NOTHING but the opportunity to follow their hearts and their dreams and their passions for success.
I am sick to death, frankly, of all of these illegal alien parades, rallies, and protests. What is the common denominator at all of these events? Well, aside from law enforcement and border agents doing absolutely NOTHING, the central commonality is that these immigrants are always ASKING for something. Actually, they don't ask, they DEMAND! We want this, and that, and some of this, too! And we want it NOW!
My ancestors would have been EMBARASSED to stand in the middle of their city and whine about how poorly they were being treated. They didn't ask for a darned thing. They certainly would have felt SHAME if they were asking these things had they been ILLEGAL ALIENS! My grandfathers would have locked themselves in freezers before stepping onto the sidewalk and demanding things from the country they CHOSE to come to in order to better their lives. The only thing my family needed was the
The most maddening part is that
The saddest part is that people always like to question my ethnicity. I don't LOOK Mexican, after all. And people never believe my father is of Mexican ancestry because he doesn't look, sound, or act Latino enough for most people's tastes. My mother still has a Central American accent, but she legally votes in elections and ticks off
You don't listen to me as a Latino. You listen to me as an American. An American who is as concerned as you are about the future of OUR country. I wish the immigrants who are applauding the Bush-Capitol Hill immigration SHAM would take notice of families like mine and learn that there are right ways and wrong ways to approach anything.
Gilberto Escalante is a fisherman in the state of Sinaloa in
Where are all the immigrants that want us ALL to have a good life here...RIGHT HERE...in the greatest country on earth?
Maybe Latinos like me are the minority. Maybe all I can do is contact my elected officials (most of which were NOT elected by me or anyone I know) and tell them that it's not too late to have a change of heart on this issue.