Lovely, but I was born in L.A. and do not appreciate M-13 and the rest of the misogynist shit-for-brains gangsters - so I just don’t have that love-one-another BS for criminals thing happening for me. And I’m hardly a Tea Bagger..
Reply »|Report Abuse|#7210 hrs ago Being an immigrant I always had sympathy for people who tried to better their lives as I did. Recently my sympathy has decreased after I realize that the central-south american macho culture is very violent towards women and each other and the crime rate keeps soaring. There should be a path to legalization for those who are law abiding citizens, can work, learn English, integrate and contribute to society and evolve beyond macho values. There should be a definite path out of the country and back to their homes for those who commit crimes and fill up the courts, prisons, streets and ER. My insurance premiums has gone through the roof over the last years at Kaiser..it is like paying rent..and in the meantime Kaiser provides free services to a line up of people in San Rafael. I am all for people having medical care but we do not have a single payer plan, so those of us who pay, pay more and more, and those who have nothing get free emergency services they probably will never pay for. The next time my premium goes up, I will be one of those without insurance too.. The people who are fueling this are people who hire illegals because they are cheaper to hire and have no rights, so bosses do not have to worry about worker’s comp and all the laws that have been put in place to protect workers. This also undermines legal residents who need a living wage. I say, go after the people who hire. Most of my friends are unemployed, they may do jobs that illegals now do. Or hire your workers by sponsoring their citizenship which involves screening them, teaching them English and allowing them to work and pay taxes with a real social security numbers, what a concept ! I am sure some illegal workers do work most people would not do, and would be happy to be legal and pay taxes too.
Other concern is that latina women, legal or illegal have a high rate of domestic abuse reported or not. I speak fluent Spanish and talk to women and they are threatened and battered by their male relatives fairly often. Women Abused Services seem to hire a lot of bilingual workers for that reason. It is just part of the culture, so while the woman’s movement has worked hard for women’s rights, we take three steps back to the macho cultures of other less progressive countries. I just watched a documentary about Guatemala called Killer’s Paradise. It shows that it is an extremely violent country and women just get killed, raped every day without the police doing anything. Same thing for the drug cartels in Mexico. I do think we cannot look the other way while this wave of violence is spreading across the border. Our country is broke, and instead of fighting wars in foreign countries we should work hard to deal with our own backyard. Otherwise we will soon be like a third world country if we are not already.