Nov 8, 2007, 8:16 AM
Post #6 of 8
I sort of follow this topic in the Tucson newspaper, for much the same reasons as Moisheh. I think I have also recently heard mention of this phenomenon on the national (USA) news. My ears perked up, though, because it seemed to bear out the opinion and theory I have that if communities (whether they be towns, cities, counties, states, or the entire country) were serious about ridding themselves of illegal immigrants about all they would need to do would be to remove the incentive those illegals have for coming to those communities: jobs. The illegals are, after all, breaking the law, but the people who facilitate that illegality seem complicite to me.
Having lived for a number of years in California within a 15 minute walk of a large Hispanic barrio where I loved to buy cheap, fresh vegetables and fruit, get my hair cut for under $10, and find wonderful authentic Mexican food, I knew that most of the other visitors and customers of those businesses, most of whom could not speak English, and certainly the majority of the people working there, were illegal. I went down there on a few occasions to hire day laborers to help me with my several moves. Elsewhere throughout the Bay Area, in virtually every restaurant I could get a peek, be it Vietnamese, Italian, Mexican, hamburger joint, virtually all the low level employees (cooks, servers, dishwashers) appeared to be Hispanic, and sorry, I assume they were illegals. And I know these same conditions exist throughout the Bay Area, all of California, to a very significant decree, and that if all of a sudden they were all magically removed and transported via magic wand back to their points of origin that much in California would come to a screeching halt.
Whether or not we, as individuals, think these people should be there or not, doesn't matter. Whether or not they have broken the law, which they obviously have, doesn't matter anymore. There are just too many of them. But any community that wants them gone ought to know how to do it and the community had better be ready to live without them and the services they render.
I think some smaller communities and some of the more radicalized communities (like those in Arizona) will do exactly what they are said to be doing now: drying up the jobs, apartments, and other aspects of living that make it possible and attractive to be in those communities. I doubt that large communities like LA and the Bay Area are ever going to do it. Partly because the powers that be there are too liberal minded to do it, but mostly because it would devastate the economy and disrupt the lives of the people who have come to depend on this source of cheap labor. Smalltown, AZ will get what it wants and so will LA. Most politicians in Washington, even those in Sacramento or Phoenix, don't care unless or until it begins to affect their re-electability.
I understand and appreciate what is at the bottom of Moisheh's question and comments. Who knows if any of this will come back to bite any of us living here in Mexico! Where will they all go and what will they do and how will that affect us? In my mind I imagine it will have little impact on us, but it certainly does increase the possibility of real disenchantment with things and persons gringo and there are almost certainly a few wingnuts among those returning who could react against any one of us. I think the chances of that are probably similar to those among illegals who get deported and then decide to take it out of the first gringo they see back here. Remote.