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Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Aye Caramba!

Mexicans are gonna get your Momma, your precious linguistic heritage, and job (in that order). When millions of Italians landed on the East coast at the turn of the 20th century they were the scourge of the earth. When the Irish invaded in the mid 19th century they inspired the "Know Nothing" party that burned catholic Churches and slums. No Irish need apply was a coda to most "Help Wanted" signs. As a percentage of the total population, both of these immigrant surges were roughly the same as the current Mexican influx, both legal and illegal. Statistics are hard to nail down exactly, but steamship passenger numbers are available.

I can make a cogent case that free and easy immigration is the sign of a great nation, and nativist paranoia is a sure sign of decline. The truth is that the fastest growing parts of the country are also the most polycultural, mostly new Spanish speaking migrants.

We dealt with the Irish gangs and Italian mafia, we will deal with the urban latino gangstas. So lock up Yo'Momma, take a course in Spanish, and hire a few of these hard working folk.

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