Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano recently signed a bill into law which demands revoking the licenses of employers in the state who hire undocumented workers, even if the employers did not know of a workers’ undocumented status. The law is implicitly aimed at illegal Mexican immigrants.
Due to this action, Elias Bermudez, Founder and CEO of Inmigrantes sin Fronteras, a prominent organization that works to protect the rights of Latino immigrants, has called for Latinos and all concerned citizens to boycott the 2008 Super Bowl.
Additionally, he has called for a worker strike and a boycotting of Arizona businesses during the first week of February of 2008, when the Super Bowl will be played.
“Instead of telling the truth about our immigrant population and dispelling the myths, our politicians have allowed Spanish-speaking Americans to take it on the chin again. The lack of courage among our elected leaders here and in Washington, D.C., has created a situation in which America’s immigrants are treated as a detriment to our society instead of an asset. It’s another demonstration of the racist tendencies that our country has fallen prey to,” Bermudez said in his press release.
However, many white Americans, and many legal Latino American citizens, won’t pay much attention to his cries of foul play.
Arizona citizens have been voicing their frustration with illegal Mexican immigrant workers and people in general for years, and it has ended in the passage of a law designed to prevent business owners from “hiding” illegal Mexicans or paying them under the table.
In addition, white Americans very clearly appear to be growing fed up with the “playing of the race card”.
Arizona is one of the most heavily populated states by Mexican immigrants.
Americans all across the nation have decried the constant streaming in of illegal Mexican immigrants. They observe that the illegal immigrants typically avoid taxes by getting paid under the table, yet they are eligible to apply for most government benefits that would be denied to many American citizens, including naturalized Mexico-American citizens.
This journalist has spoken with numerous Americans of widely varying ages, the greater portion but not all of them white, from different parts of the nation including Arizona, who agree that illegal Mexican “workers” bring with them a seedy culture and sometimes violent tendencies. They feel that females in particular are at risk of violence from the illegal immigrants, who come from a culture of “machismo” and don’t always appreciate the “free spiritedness” of American women.
It has been well-publicized that naturalized Mexico-Americans are typically offended by what they see as a free ride being handed to people who don’t want to integrate into American culture, as they felt compelled to do, but just want to take advantage of Americans’ wealth and send it back home to Mexico.
The prevailing attitude among Americans appears to be that Mexican workers are welcomed-but only if they seek to become American citizens, and pay American taxes in return for their liberty and opportunity.
Sources of information:
Inmigrantes sin Fronteras (PR Newswire), “Key Hispanic American Leader in Arizona Calls for Boycott of 2008 NFL Super Bowl in Phoenix”