The U.S. should allow more Mexicans in legally
Dear Mexican: My father and mother were able to come to the United States because once the "yellow scare" was over, no one seemed to mind that Chinese were coming here by the boatload. Since my parents were given visas and green cards pretty easily, my father was able to get into school easily as well. This seems to be fairly prevalent among most of the Chinese, Taiwanese, Korean and Indian populace (aka the model minority groups). As a result, immigrants from China, Taiwan, Korea and India have been able to get an education here and prosper. Additionally, many of these immigrants have a pride for their home country (unlike what most of the anti-immigration crowd thinks, you're not the only ones who wave your home country's flag around). This resulted in a lot of newly educated Asian immigrants taking skills and expertise back to their home countries, which allowed those countries to build up. And since they now have job opportunities, better education systems and better living conditions overall, they are pumping out fewer immigrants.
So why doesn't the U.S. grant a greater number of Mexicans green cards, visas or college educations? It would stop all the whiners from saying "We'll all be speaking Spanish soon." If the States would allow more Mexicans in legally, then we'd have more Mexicans with actual opportunities in the States, which would mean Mexico would eventually benefit, and in turn would reduce the number of illegal immigrants coming to the U.S. You're a much better fact-finder than I am (and you reach a lot more people than I do), so I wonder if you could let some of those wall-building whiners know that billions spent on letting Mexicans in and helping them succeed now is a whole lot better in the long run than billions spent building a wall that doesn't work and then spending billions more to tear it down when we realize that the damn wall separates us from our neighbors and destroys ecosystems that keep America from turning into the Sahara.
Baby of Immigrants
Dear Chinita: Hear, hear all around. I'll just note that the right wants to keep Mexicans poor and illegal because it makes them that much easier to scapegoat and exploit. You rarely hear Know Nothings go after Indians, for instance (who by far get the largest share of high-tech visas: 64 percent compared to Mexico's puny 1.2 percent), because they'd go all Shiva on them with their money, education and ghost peppers.
CONFIDENTIAL TO: The young student at Claremont McKenna College who approached me after my recent speech there to fret about family members not liking her because she's not 100 percent Mexican. Don't pay attention to the haters. I know that the Mexican part of you feels obliged to hang out and respect family members because they're familia. Screw that. NEVER surround yourself with people who obsess about racial or cultural purity, because they're the ones whose futures are doomed in this multicultural reality of ours; they're going to end up whining as much as neo-Nazis. ALWAYS surround yourself with people who celebrate your diverse background. Stand strong, breathe deep, and repeat after me: ¡A LA CHINGADA CON HATERS!
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