The Mexican Comfort Zone

North of the border, but not drinking vino with "elites"

Q. Dear Mexican: U.S. citizens are sick and tired of the fact that for more than 40 years, Latin American elites have lived like monarchs because they pimp their poor to American businesses for cheap labor that American taxpayers are forced to subsidize with health care, food, housing, education, etc.—costing taxpayers trillions of dollars annually. It's way past the time for our government to tell Latin American–government elites to end their caste system and take care of their own people; we refuse to continue this travesty. It would be beautiful to see Latin American people given the opportunity to have a good life in their home country instead of leaving their families and risking their lives to become part of the lower class in the U.S.A.! Why do you support this modern-day slavery? —Please Remember Americans Vent Damn Always

A. Dear PRAVDA: Chingao, where to begin? Let's start with labels—this is a Mexican!, not a Latin American! Questioners: Por favor remember this small detail: If you send me questions about Latinos, I'll forward them to Carlos Mencia so he can duh-duh-duh them to death. Next up are your lies. For one, even the Federation for American Immigration Reform, one of the pre-eminent Know Nothing think tanks and an organization predisposed to project worst-case scenarios, estimates "the annual net cost of illegal immigrants (after subtracting their tax payments) to the American taxpayer is likely to be more than $45 billion"—a lot of dinero, but hardly the trillions you claim. And Latin American elites have lived like monarchs since . . . well, forever—that's why they're elites, silly! Ever heard of the Monroe Doctrine? Read up on it, and spare me your interventionist pendejadas. Drop the class-warrior rhetoric—you sound like a Chicano-studies major, except whinier and with less logic. Finally, your slavery question begs la pregunta: Is our present peculiar institution, as insane as it is on both sides, slavery? Not in the Mexican's book: Illegals have free will to leave this country (except in a couple of cases; visit ciw-online.org for more details about true tragedies in the fields) but they don't, because of America's unquenched thirst for higher profits and cheaper costs—and if this smacks of Marxist drivel, then I suggest you tune into Lou Dobbs Tonight for more of it.


Q. While at an art gallery, a female friend seemed to shrivel at the sight of people sipping wine in huge glasses. She leaned over and whispered, "I am so out of my Mexican comfort zone." Is she just crazy or is there some logic behind her statement? Please enlighten us. —Brownie Bourgie

A. Dear Wab: What's with the whiners this week? I've heard your amiga's line muchos times from assimilated Mexicans in different situations—university classrooms, the workplace, new neighborhoods—and my response is always the same: Get over yourselves. Yes, Mexicans are going to places we've rarely visited in a non-janitorial situation, but that's a cause for celebration, not brown guilt. Stride with pride, o pioneers! If you don't feel comfortable surrounded by gabachos, leave or smuggle in a couple of cousins to get the fiesta started. And if it makes your friend feel any better, Brown Bourgie, those gabachos that freaked her out so probably also hyperventilated at the thought of a non-peon wab in their midst.


Q. Love your wit and witticisms! If I weren't already engaged to a muy guapo mexicano, I'd tell you " pa'tras! " How is it that you always manage to one-up your readers? — Call Me

A. Dear Call Me: I get the last word. Plus, daily doses of Chocomil.

 
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