A decisive test of Hispanics’ patriotism
The main objection to the new law in Arizona appears to be that it will lead to “racial profiling,” in which any person who looks Hispanic will be singled out by police officers and asked for proof of legal residency. Since there must already be “lawful contact” between an officer and an individual before such an inquiry may be made, most such inquiries will probably take place during traffic stops. Officers will not be able to walk up to anyone on the street and ask for his ID.
Arizona’s current population is approximately 6.2 million, with 30 percent, or 1.86 million, being Hispanic. It is estimated that there are 460,000 illegal aliens in the state. Virtually all of those illegal aliens are Mexican or other Hispanic. This means that 25.5 percent of the Hispanic residents of Arizona are illegal aliens. Now, if you were a U.S. citizen or legal resident who had come originally from Mexico or whose parents had come from Mexico, and you were living in a state in which there had been a huge Mexican/Hispanic illegal alien invasion so that one quarter of the Hispanics in the state were illegals, and if you cared about America and were loyal to America and wanted to demonstrate your loyalty to America, how would you react to a law intended to stop this illegal alien invasion by removing the illegal aliens or encouraging them to leave on their own? You would welcome this law. You would recognize that because the illegal alien invasion was entirely Hispanic, legal Hispanic residents or citizens might be occasionally asked for their driver’s license as proof of legal residency, but that this was a very small price to pay for stopping this illegal alien invasion. If a police officer during a traffic stop asked you for your driver’s license (which an officer would do anyway), you would welcome this and you would be eager to cooperate, because you want to help the state end the invasion. You would be proud and happy to be living in a civilized country that defends its sovereignty and borders and enforces the rule of law.
But that has not been the response of the organized Hispanic/Mexican community in the U.S. Instead, the Hispanics are treating Arizona as a criminal, racist state that deserves to be punished.
What does this tell us? It tells us that Hispanics as an organized community (there are of course many individual exceptions, but they are not expressing themselves publicly as an organized commmunity and so don’t count politically) are not loyal to the United States. It tells us that they identify with illegal aliens from their native or ancestral country more than they identify with the United States, and that they regard Americans as racists if they undertake the most minimal measures to stop an illegal alien invasion. It tells us that Hispanics are hostile to the United States.
In a sane America, as distinct from the insane, alien-centric America in which we actually live, the object of obloquy would not be the State of Arizona for passing this law, but the Hispanics who are demonizing Arizona for passing it. There would be a flow of newspaper columns and TV commentaries questioning the loyalty of Hispanics who seem to support an illegal alien invasion by their co-ethnics, and pointing to the insanity of an immigration policy that had allowed into the United States a vast population that seems hostile to the United States. Of course there hasn’t been a single such column or TV commentary. There has, however, been a ceaseless flow of statements condemning Arizona as Nazi-like for initiating minimal measures to stop the illegal alien invasion.
Mark Jaws writes:
I agree with you about “politically organized Hispanic America.” The La Raza and MEChA crowd is first and foremost “Latino,” and American second (or even third).LA replies:
Then it still comes to the same thing. For whatever reasons—PC, lack of funding, racial loyalty—the Hispanic commuty is constituted such that there is no significant public organized voice representing Hispanics that supports the measures needed to stop the illegal alien invasion.James N. writes:
I agree with you completely regarding the fact that the primary loyalty of Hispanic legal immigrants (and, to a lesser degree, Hispanic citizens) is to their illegal brothers and sisters, and not to the State of Arizona nor the US.Allan Wall writes:
Regarding the Arizona law as a test of Hispanics’ patriotism, you are right on the money. If they are patriotic they would support the law, which in any case is likely to cause very little inconvenience to a legal, assimilated Hispanic. Really, I think it’s all about the power—Hispanics’ collective veto power over the National Question. Here’s my article at Vdare on the Arizona thing.Hannon writes:
Mark Jaws mentions the group “Don’t Speak for Me” in his comment. Their website shows the most recent press release as being from August, 2007.LA replies:
I don’t know anything about the group, but August 2007 was two months after the 2007 version of comprehensivie reform died for a second and last time in the Senate, and the issue has not been on the front burner nationally since then. Maybe they will return to the fray now.Paul K. writes:
It occurs to me that if McCain wins his primary battle he will return to the Senate as an even more dangerous enemy of America. If there is anything McCain despises, it is conservatism, and being forced to repudiate his signature political position in order to kowtow to conservative voters must be an unbearable humiliation. His consuming pride, which he calls his honor, will only be appeased if he can betray his conservative base at the earliest opportunity, as he has done so many times before.V. writes:
Just a reflection: I guess the problem with Hispanics that sympathize with the USA is that they do not put as much weight on their Hispanic identity as Hispanics that identify primarily as … Hispanic. Hence, they are not very likely to organize as, or to speak up in the capacity of being Hispanic.James P. writes:
You say, with respect to the AZ law,Alan Wall writes:
You know, if present trends continue, by 2100 the U.S. will have a Hispanic majority and this whole question will be moot. That is, unless people wake up first.Kathlene M. writes:
I find it interesting that the White House’s justice department plans to challenge the Arizona law based on its potential for abuse. “Arizona’s new law is subject to potential abuse, Holder told a news conference. The law—which takes effect this summer—allows police to question anyone about their immigration status if they have reason to suspect they are in the country illegally, and makes it a state crime if they are. ”Paul Nachman writes:
As with Allan Wall’s article, you might see my VDARE blog entry as relevant to your Hispanics discussion.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at April 28, 2010 07:31 AM | Send