Remember when we first explored Arizona's Bill 1070? We talked about whether or not we would like something this far reaching in the great State of Texas. Representative Debbie Riddle is now becoming known as one of the first politicians in our state to begin composing a document similar to Arizona's. I checked her out on Face book and Twitter; she doesn't look like an old white racist lady. She looks smart and neat, and maybe just a little tired of the drama coming from "hyphenated" Americans (her words, not mine)! http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100430/ap_on_go_pr_wh/us_immigration_politics
Mexican Americans, and anyone else from another country that wants to stay here, should carefully consider my advice:
- Don't go marching around Austin with your flag from your home country.
- Wear pants that fit.
- Don't even pretend you are affiliated with any gang or drug type people.
- Respect everything USA.
- Get a job that pays a real wage, and don't undercut your American counterpart.
- Learn the English Language.
- Spend most of your money right here in Texas.
- Get ready to produce credible paperwork, not stolen.
- Start an honest immigration process.
- Don't think America, or its citizens, are beholden to anyone.
Obama kicked immigration reform to the curb today. http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100430/ap_on_go_pr_wh/us_immigration_politics
Now all undocumented workers have something serious to worry about. The chances are that immigration reform will not come soon enough to save everyone who lives here without legal immigration papers. Many other states are going to begin legislation that mirrors Arizona's. I doubt if Obama condones the Arizona law, but I don't think he is completely against protecting the border. I believe he is extremely offended by the attitudes, the drug war, the terroristic threats, and that he is concerned for the safety of our nation.
We all miss the Old Mexico of several decades past. We miss the people. What happened to them?
I expect Debbie Riddle to take a lot of heat in the next few weeks. I bet she will get a truckload of hateful mail. But I am not convinced she is doing the wrong thing. We only have to look at the news to see the horrific violence right across the river. We don't want that to happen here. We are tight on jobs, funds, patience, and long on nostalgia and emotion. We are American citizens who are still in love with our ideas and our potential. We can't save everyone who needs saving. We can't even save some of our own. So, I ask again, "Do we want something like this in Texas?"