"I have always appreciated this country, and it really upsets me to hear about this law," said [middle class construction company employee Jesus Calva], who spoke briefly at last Tuesday's [Prince William County] hearing [about an anti-illegal immigration resolution]. Afterward, he strode outside, sat down on a curb and began to weep in frustration. "Even when I was illegal, I worked hard for everything I got, and I paid a lot of taxes," he said. "If they don't like us, why don't they just say so? I love my home, but I don't want to live in a place where I am hated."
Oh, no! The mean-spirited racist xenophobes have made him cry! Don't weep, Jesus! It's OK. Here, why don't we just open the borders so everyone of your same race can come here at will? Will that make it all better for you?
Plus, it will help all those businesses that Pamela Constable mentions earlier in her report, the ones run by those who - while hitherto shunning their lower-caste brethern - now realize that with immigration enforcement they'll lose money. At least they openly admit it's mostly about the money.
The affected businessmen include the owner of a real estate settlement company with a "mainly Latino clientele" (Jose Marinay), the owner of a variety store, and someone who "owns several cafes and clubs in Prince William" (Ruben Andrade). They've formed an unnamed coalition:
In August, a regional Latino business coalition was formed to seek subtler ways to fight anti-immigration measures, such as through personal lobbying and economic power. Coalition leaders said that it was hard to get some entrepreneurs involved but that more are being spurred to action by a mixture of self-interest, guilt and sympathy for those they once considered a lower class of immigrant... "This is definitely not business as usual. If people can't buy groceries, they can't buy cars or houses," said Marinay, a coalition official. Other members work in real estate, banking, entertainment and insurance. "We are a wealthy group, and we have invested millions in this region," he said. "Why can't we get these people off our backs? It's our own fault for not being united."
I guess "these people" refers to those U.S. citizens who support our laws, i.e., us.
The August 15 article "Businesses Vow to Fight Crackdown" by Nick Miroff and Krissah Williams (link) has more on the coalition, with most of their members supporting a boycott organized by Mexicanos Sin Fronteras. Unlike Constable's article, it's all about those businesses losing money.
If the Washington Post wanted to be a real news source - instead of just a propaganda rag for those who seek to indirectly profit from illegal activity - they'd discuss whether it's good public policy to encourage those who need illegal immigration to stay in business. Perhaps those business owners should be forced to look into above-board ways of making money.
Immigration2007b · Tue, 10/09/2007 - 07:55 · Importance: 1