Labor Daze

Modern-day slavery, or a good deal?

Dear Mexican: USA citizens are sick and tired that for more than forty years, Latin American elites have lived like monarchs because they pimp their poor to American businesses for cheap labor that American taxpayers have been forced to subsidize with health care, food, housing, education and so forth, costing taxpayers trillions of dollars annually. Meanwhile, our infrastructure, education and health-care systems have deteriorated because our government spent our tax dollars supporting Latin America's poor citizens. It's way past time for our government to tell Latin American government elites to end their caste system and take care of their own people; we refuse to continue the travesty. It would be beautiful to see Latin American people given the opportunity to have a good life in their home country rather than leave their families and risk their lives to become part of the underclass in the USA! Why do you support this modern-day slavery?
Please Remember Americans Vent Damn Always

Dear PRAVDA: Chingado, where to begin? Even the Federation for American Immigration Reform, one of the pre-eminent Know Nothing think tanks and an organization predisposed to project worst-case scenarios, estimates that "the annual net cost of illegal immigrants (after subtracting their tax payments) to the American taxpayer is likely to be more than $45 billion" — a lot of dinero, but hardly the trillions you claim. And Latin American elites have lived like monarchs since...well, forever — that's why they're elites, silly! Ever heard of the Monroe Doctrine? Read up on it, and spare me your interventionist pendejadas. Also, drop the class-warrior rhetoric. You sound like a Chicano Studies major, except whinier and with less logic. Finally, your slavery question prompts la pregunta: Is our present peculiar institution, as insane as it is for both sides, slavery? Not in the Mexican's book: Illegals have free will to leave this country (except in a couple of cases; visit ciw-online.org for more details about true tragedies in the fields), but don't due to America's unquenched thirst for higher profits and cheaper costs. And if this smacks of Marxist drivel, then I suggest you tune in to Lou Dobbs tonight for more of it.

Dear Mexican: While at an art gallery, a female friend seemed to shrivel at the sight of people sipping wine in huge glasses. She leaned over and whispered, "I am so out of my Mexican comfort zone." Is she just crazy or is there some logic behind her statement? Please enlighten us.
Brownie Bourgie

Dear Wab: What's with the whiners this week? I've heard your amiga's line muchos times from assimilated Mexicans in different situations — university classrooms, workplaces, new neighborhoods — and my response is always the same: Get over yourselves. Yes, Mexicans are going places we've rarely visited in a non-janitorial situation, but that's a cause for celebration, not brown guilt. Stride with pride, o pioneers! If you don't feel comfortable surrounded by gabachos, leave or smuggle in a couple of cousins to get the fiesta started. And if it makes your friend feel any better, Brown Bourgie, those gabachos who freaked her out so probably also hyperventilated at the thought of a non-peon wab in their midst.

 
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