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Why Not Allow These Mexican Kids to Live Here?

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Dear
Mexican:
Magdalena has worked for me many years—15, to be
exact. She came over as a
mojada with her two
little girls when they were four and six. The girls went to school
but only until middle school because they are undocumented; they
can’t get a job or a bank account or a driver’s license for the same
reason. One of them is almost thirty and has three kids; somehow she
manages to work regularly. The other one has been sitting in jail for
nearly two years because she hung out with the wrong cholo crowd in
her neighborhood. Never shot anyone, never killed anyone, no record,
no papers, no school, no money, no car; she didn’t want to clean
homes like her mom. What is she supposed to do in Mexico, where
they’d consider her a
pocha and where she knows
no one? What can she do here as an undocumented American? She came
with her mom, grew up here, and her main language is English. Of
course, Obama has taken a small step to keep Mexis voting for him in
November, but at least it is recognition that the problem exists. Why
not just allow these kids to live here, pay taxes, and be a part of
the social fabric?
Que chingadera, como diríamos en
México…–
Good Gabacha


Dear
Gabacha: Although your question is problematic (you didn’t tell me
what the jailed sister is up for and you should be more judgmental of
your worker for letting her girls drop out of school as teenagers—for
crying out loud, you have DREAMers getting advanced degrees, and if
they can do it, Magdalena’s hijas could have, as well), you
also brought up an inadvertent point that should give pause to those
Know Nothings who want immediate deportations of all illegals. During
the 1980s and 1990s, the United States government deported young
Central American illegal immigrants who had joined the gang life.
What did they do? They started gang chapters in their home countries,
which connected with their cliquas up here, and turned a local
problem into a transnational nightmare, with nearly 80,000 such gang
members in Central America alone, according to a 2006 study by the
USAID Bureau for Latin American and Caribbean Affairs Office of
Regional Sustainable Development. The same thing happened in Mexico,
except those deported cholos usually ended up in the services of the
drug cartels—and we know what’s happened there. Mass deportations
of all illegal immigrants is much like Mitt Romney: seemingly
plausible in paper, but a nightmare if it in fact happens.


I’m
a small woman, certainly too small to be pushing my car down the
street towards a gas station when it breaks down, as it frequently
does. My fellow Americans, driving new, big-ass-wheeled trucks
wearing their faux gangsta apparel, appear to think I am doing this
to piss them off and slow them down because their response is to honk
and scream at me. It is those gallant men in their beat-up vehicles
(often packed with gardening equipment) from south of the border who
pull over, jump out and lend me a
mano. What’s
up with that?–
Pequeña
y Agradecida


Dear
Dear Petite, Grateful Gabacha: You know why—because Mexicans, since
the beginning of time, are AWESOME. Except for new president Enrique
Peña Nieto, of course—pinche puto pendejo baboso.


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