Linda Chavez offers "Hispanics and Hurricane Katrina". She was watching TV and looking for others of her race:
...Most are immigrants -- often illegal -- from Honduras and Mexico. Then, just when I thought they were nowhere to be found, I spotted a few Hispanic men in the television footage this week of crews cleaning up the debris... Wherever they went to escape the storm, they're back -- because there is work to be done, and they are eager to do dirty jobs that many others shun...
Well, Linda, perhaps those aren't Louisiana natives or even residents. Perhaps, oh I dunno, they're from Texas.
And, I wonder who might be those "many others" she's refering to. Now, clearly, those "many others" are not Hispanics. Which race would they be? Whites? Blacks? Asians? Asian-Pacific Islanders?
I wonder if these images will sink in with the anti-immigrant crowd that imagines that Mexicans come to the United States looking for a handout.
Wow, that's quite a load of straw she's got there. While abuse of public services is part of the opposition to illegal immigration, isn't there a whole lot more? Like, just as one example, corrupt corporations getting massively subsidized labor and ripping the rest of us off? Say, did you know that Linda Chavez is a signatory to the "Conservative" Statement of Principles on Immigration as well as a supporter of Bush's guest worker scheme?
My suspicion is that few of New Orleans' Hispanic immigrants -- especially the illegal ones -- stuck around for the hurricane to hit. Immigrants in general tend to have strong initiative and good coping skills.
Yes, they're so much better than the lazy natives. As for me, I suspect that many of New Orleans' illegal immigrants have no real ties to that city and got out because they had as much at stake as Linda Chavez does to Nanking. Then, they - as well as their co-workers from other states and from Mexico - came back to make a buck.
There will be plenty of jobs to go around, and, as always, immigrants will be among the first lining up to do them.
Unfortunately for Chavez, the American thing to do is to make sure that - one way or another - those jobs go to Americans. It's explicitly un-American to allow illegal aliens to underbid Americans for those jobs.
But, at least we know whose side Linda Chavez is on.
Immigration2005b · Wed, 09/21/2005 - 18:10 · Importance: 1