So a page out of the anti-immigration reform movement’s playbook is some form of the following:
“What is someone broke into your house and stayed there. And ate your food, and had kids in your house, etc…”
I can not and will not speak for all of Latin America.
But I will take the liberty today to speak for some of el pueblo de México.
Here are three topics that you can start to research so as to better understand why Mexicans aren’t arbitrarily, “Breaking into your house.”
I’m not going to chew them up and spit them out into small bites for you. There’s already an incredible amount of solid information out there.
I’m a big believer that if this topic means something to you, (regardless of if you’re pro-immigration reform or anti-immigration reform,) then you need to go and educate yourself. Take ownership of your personal education on this issue.
1. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) – Who signed it? When was it signed? Why was it signed? Who came down from the mountains when NAFTA was signed, and why? What has happened to small farmers in Mexico since the signing of NAFTA? Has Mexico entered the “first world” as was promised upon the signing of NAFTA?
2. Neoliberalism – What is it? Is it good for the US? Is it good for Mexico?
3. US Citizenship and Immigration Services – Spend some time on their website here. Pretend that you are applying for permanent residency to the US, or that someone you love is applying for US permanent residency.
My recommendation would be to spend no less than 30 minutes in the site.Then look up the definition for institutionalized racism. See if you can make a connection between the two.
Once you’ve done all that, then I’d love to know if you think that undocumented Mexicans are still, “breaking into houses.”