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The short history of the Western Hemisphere is as follows: North America was colonized by Anglo-Celts, Central and South America by "Hispanics." Up north, two centuries of constitutional evolution and economic growth; down south, coups, corruption, generalissimos and presidents-for-life. None of us can know the future. It may be that Charles Krauthammer is correct that Hispanics are natural Republicans merely pining for amnesty, a Hallmark Cinco de Mayo card and a mariachi band at the inaugural ball. Or it may be that, in defiance of Dr. Krauthammer, Grover Norquist and Little Mary Sunshine, demographics is destiny and, absent assimilationist incentives this country no longer imposes, a Latin-American population will wind up living in a Latin-American society. Don't take it from a right-wing bigot like me, take it from The New York Times. In 2009, Jason DeParle filed a story about suburban Maryland, in which he helpfully explained the municipality of Langley Park to Times readers:

"Now nearly two-thirds Latino and foreign-born, it has the aesthetics of suburban sprawl and the aura of Central America. Laundromats double as money-transfer stores. Jobless men drink and sleep in the sun. There is no city government, few community leaders and little community."
Golly. You'd almost get the impression that Mr. DeParle thinks that laundromats doubling as money-transfer stores, jobless men drinking and sleeping in the sun, and dysfunctional government are somehow characteristic of Central America. That sounds awfully judgmental for a Times man, no?

Republicans think they're importing hardworking immigrants who want a shot at the American Dream; the Democrats think they're importing clients for Big Government. The Left is right: Just under 60 percent of immigrants receive some form of welfare. I see the recent Republican proposals for some form of amnesty contain all sorts of supposed safeguards against gaming the system, including a $525 application fee for each stage of the legalization process. On my own recent visit to a U.S. Immigration office, I was interested to be told that, as a matter of policy, the Obama administration is now rubber-stamping all "fee waiver" requests for "exceptional hardship" filed by members of approved identity groups. And so it will go for all those GOP safeguards. While Canada and Australia compete for high-skilled immigrants, America fast-tracks an unskilled welfare class of such economic benefit to their new homeland they can't even afford a couple of hundred bucks for the necessary paperwork.

It's hardly their fault. If you were told you could walk into a First World nation and access free education, free health care, free services in your own language, and have someone else pay your entrance fee, why wouldn't you? So, yes, Republicans should "moderate" their tone toward immigrants, and de-moderate their attitude to the Dems who suckered the GOP all too predictably. Decades of faintheartedness toward some of the most destabilizing features of any society, including bilingualism (take it from a semi-Belgian Canadian), have brought the party to its date with destiny. Or as Peggy Lee sang long ago in a lost land, "Mañana is soon enough for me."
I dunno.
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Nails it as usual.
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Republicans think they're importing hardworking immigrants who want a shot at the American Dream; the Democrats think they're importing clients for Big Government.

It really is a dichtomy. Around here, there are hispanics at every level of business, though many are in the lower eschelons - maids, janitors, construction go-fers. They there are the ones who hang out along the road, waiting for someone to offer them pay (off the record usually) for grunt work - digging, carrying bricks, rock, etc. Most of them ,though, spend the day chatting with their frined s and drinking coffe - at least I hope it's coffee.

arrete - played recorder for an elementary school today. I couldn't figure out what race/ethnic group the kids were, except for the blonds. Otherwise they were all mixed up, and acted like any other kid as far as I could tell. Meaning the girls (most of them) were trying to be good and the boys were punching each other when the teacher wasn't looking. We finished with Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer which totally revved the kids up. Our job was done. Heh.
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My mother's old boss - the former superintendent of schools is Hispanic. His parents were field hands in TX. He wanted more and worked his tail off to do something with his life.

A popular juvenile court judge here is Hispanic. Similar story. Parents were uneducated common laborers, and now their baby boy is a highly respected member of the community.

Like most things, there are exceptions to Steyn's picture. I feel that the biggest problem is that they come to America and can safely remain in the barrio for generations and never have to become assimilated Americans.

I have met quite a few third or fourth generation Hispanics that speak no Spanish and they live in CA and TX. One of the guys was a yard hand at the truck transport company I worked at. I saw something in Spanish and assumed that he could translate it for me. He apparently is tired of people making that assumption and he answered me crossly.

The problem is the sheer numbers of them, not that they are Hispanics which differing cultural values. Even in Dearborn, I met guys who were Muslim in name only.

Owing to cultural sensitivities, I seldom got to speak with the women outside of when they tended the counter of the establishment I bought something at. Can't gleen much about them merely picking up your dry cleaning or buying stuff at the local Kroger.
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You think dems give a rat's behind about these illegal immigrants? Hell no! They offer free stuff - they want voters for their party - so they can obtain and stay in power. Let's take up Rush's offer to give amnesty to all illegals in return for them not being able to vote for 25 years. The dems will no longer cry crocodile tears and gush compassion for these poor, huddled masses they so desparately want us to believe that they do. Their lust for power over others and their envy of successful people from whom they want revenge is what motivates these low-lifes.
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