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La ropa sucia se lava en casa

Fix your own mess before you criticize, Mr. Calderon!

By Edie J. Adler
Published on LatinoLA: May 23, 2010


La ropa sucia se lava en casa


This column is dedicated to one of my nieces, who lives in Mexico City, and who has been sharing her life with her fianc?® for the last several years. They have a little boy together; he takes care of the child while my niece goes to work.

Everyone in the family likes this man, and for all intents and purposes, they are married; they will probably spend the rest of their lives together. You may be wondering why he still is her fianc?® instead of her husband.

It just so happens that this man is in Mexico illegally; he's originally from Cuba, and the Mexican government won't allow him to be a legal foreign resident in Mexico. He and my niece cannot get married, and he is not allowed to work; not even to support his Mexican family! If he were caught, he would immediately be deported back to Cuba. No chance for political asylum. Neither my niece, nor their child can sponsor him.

That is how illegal immigrants are treated in Mexico. That is one of the reasons as a Mexican, I am truly embarrassed and mortified at the nerve of the Mexican president, Felipe Calderon, to stand before Congress and criticize Arizona. As an American, I am embarrassed and mortified that our illustrious president and our Congress not only allowed him to do so, but gave him a standing ovation! That's like having guests for dinner, one of them criticizes my rule of no meat in the house, and Neal cheering them on! That would be the day! It seems to me we're living in an upside down world.

Let me tell you, I really have mixed feelings about illegal immigration. I don't like it and I do not condone it. I particularly don't like it when illegal immigrants want to impose their ways. What part or "illegal" don't you understand? On the other hand, having grown up in Mexico, and witnessing firsthand the poverty and despair of many people, I completely understand why some people would feel coming here is their only hope. This is after all the land of opportunity!

There is a lot of misinformation about the recently passed law in Arizona. People think that it allows the authorities to arbitrarily ask anyone who looks Latino for his or her papers. That is absolutely not the case! In fact the law prohibits such discrimination. What the law does is enforce the existing Federal law; if you are caught doing something you should not be doing in the first place, then the police can ask for your papers. What's wrong with that? If you're not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about; whether you're here legally or not! I also understand there are always a few bad apples who abuse their authority.

That said, I have to point out the obvious: Latinos come here to work. As far as I know, they have not tried to blow themselves up and anyone around at any time.

If we are really going to go the "racial profiling" route, how about we start with those who want to kill us?

The so-called "religion of peace" keeps producing people who in the name of Allah want to kill every man, woman and child who do not share their views and ways of lifetalk about taking God's name in vain!

But back to Arizona; there are a lot of decent people there. Why would you want to punish them by boycotting their state? If you do not agree with what the politicians are doing, the best way to send them a message is with your vote. November is just around the corner!

COMMENT 1:

The problem with the Arizona law is that it allows police to stop people when the have probable suspicion that a person is committing a crime.

Since being illegal in Arizona is a crime and if you dress a certain way, look a certain way or speak a certain way, the Police could have probable suspicion that you are an illegal.

Yes Mexican Immigration laws are a disaster. I have had three kids brought in from El Salvador and the greatest concern was crossing Mexico. (One of the kids is now a Corpsman in Afghanistan assigned to the Marines).

But two wrongs -- two inhuman immigration policies -- don't equal a right.

I am a Cuban American Citizen. I have grandkids that are blond and blue eyed but at the same time I have 5 half Mexican grandkids and three Guatemalan grandkids. I don't want my grandkids to be second class citizens.

Boycott Arizona say no to SB 1070.

Alberto Marrero Salas.

COMMENT 2:

Response to La ropa sucia se lava en casa

First of all it angers me that some of those who call themselves Mexican are not at all Mexican becuase a true Mexican never hates him or her self. First of all Mexico in 2008 reformed its immigration laws. Please read the
following link for the facts and details.

Next Mexicans come to the land of opportunity because of the exploits in their own homelands courtesy of the land of opportunity. NAFTA is a great example which overnight exploited, used for greed, the Mexican labor and it continues now.

The part of illegal that I do not understand is the part where it is used on human beings. The powerful "men of good faith" who use God's name in vain, call humans "illegals", and profit from them are the decendents of those who were truly here illegally. Just like you said, the dirty clothes are washed at home, and in America many in power have very filthy clothes. You are also correct that there are many decent people in Arizona.

Many of those decent people are students, workers, families, and others who will soon feel what the Jews felt in occupied Nazi Germany, and asked, "Papers Now". I do not understand your point in associating terrorist with immigrants. In that case there are also many peaceful Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, and other people of other faiths in our mulit-cultural nation who do not prejudge others. We also have seen Christian terrorist who kill men, women, and children. We have seen terrorist in robes who prey on children and who also take God's name in vain. Just like you said, the dirty clothes are washed at home, and in America many in power have very filthy clothes. You have the deep compassion for your niece's Cuban fiance in Mexico. Now multiply that feeling by over 12 million, and you will want justice and compassion for all your fellow human beings no matter their immigration status, creed, and nationality.

Lupe Ramos

COMMENT 3:

One observation about racial profiling: have you noticed how easy it is to confuse one of the followers of the "religion of peace" with a Latino? Just saying....

Olga R. L??pez

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About Edie J. Adler:
Edie J., author of "My Yiddishe Grandma" is a public speaker, voice over artist and regular contributor to LatinoLA.com. She and husband Neal live in Valley Glen with their 5 dogs, 4 cats, 3 noisy birds, 2 frogs, 2 turtles, and one tiny snail.
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