Friday, July 16, 2010

An Immigrant's Trip to Arizona

In retelling his naturalized mother's experience on a trip to Arizona "An Immigrant's Trip to Arizona, July 10, 2010", Hector Tobar tries to pull at our heart strings. His conclusion is that Arizona "Doesn't sound like a bad place to visit — if you don't mind carrying a passport."

Is that the big deal? That a naturalized citizen should be required to carry a passport or other document? I suppose driving my car around is nice, as long as I don't mind carrying my driver license (and proof of insurance ). And by the way, if I forget them and I'm driving, I feel scared.

Hector should tell his mother that instead of feeling sad because of the new Arizona law, she should feel sad for all the people who immigrated here legally, and who waited so long, being disrespected by those who feel they don't need to follow any "stinkin' U.S. laws".

Tell her I feel sad because I am considered a racist for wanting people to come to my country legally. Tell her I feel sad because we are not allowed to be a sovereign country. And last, but not least, tell her I'm sad that she had to leave the country of her birth. It is sad when your own country does not look out for it's own citizens and allows it to become so unbearable people will risk their lives to leave. I know exactly how she feels and so do the Arizonians.

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