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Monday, April 26, 2010

Illegal Aliens?

Illegal aliens are big in the news these days. Arizona has just passed a law that makes it look more red-necked than Oklahoma. Police can stop anyone who "looks like an illegal alien" for a search of papers.

What does an illegal alien look like?

Wonder what Geronimo thought? Or chief Joseph? Or the Navajo? Or Sequoyah and the Cherokees on the Trail of Tears? Come to think of it, Oklahoma is a state celebrating illegal aliens... "Sooners."

 Maybe we should go further back. I'm sure  the English thought that about William the Conqueror, the Angles of  the Saxons, and before that, the Gauls probably thought the same about the Romans. Apparently, the Canaanites had the same impression of  the Hebrews.

The United States grabbed a huge portion of the southwest from Mexico after the Mexican War. Today most of those state's, including The Republic of Texas, have Latino majorities that are growing.

When are we going to understand...you can't keep people out.

Illegal aliens are all around us. Look in the mirror.

1 comment:

  1. I wholeheartedly agree with you! Though I would appreciate immigrants going through the legal channels to come to this country, I understand the frustration and heartache involved. Just think, how long did you stand in line the last time you went to DMV? Now, think how long it takes to enter this country legally?

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