Saturday, January 8, 2011

Race Against Time

According to a 2008 U.S. Census Bureau study, Hispanics now account for about 15 percent of the U.S. population. By 2050, one in three U.S. residents will be Latino.  This sent some State lawmakers scrambling for legislation to change the course of evolution.

A Reuters news article reported that "lawmakers from Pennsylvania, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Georgia and Arizona unveiled at a press conference a legal model they said would be pushed by state legislators in up to 40 states to deny birthright citizenship to children of illegal immigrants -- a right anchored in the 14th amendment to the Constitution." They say their reason is that they do not want to reward a wrong behavior.

I do not mean to judge these American lawmakers for I surely would not want to see my own country be taken over by other people. However, how can they go against the very Constitution that they are ready to protect with their own lives? Besides, their forefathers were immigrants themselves who happened to come before everybody else, before boundaries were drawn.

I don't know what else to say, except that my childhood image of America is slowly fading away.  I remember being a voracious reader of my mother's collection of Reader's Digest that introduced me to a great American illustrator. Growing up during Martial Law days, I looked up to the Americans for their seemingly kind nature as depicted in this Norman Rockwell's painting of a policeman and stowaway kid in an ice cream parlor. 

Nowadays, it seems that they are becoming more like Lee Kwan Yew of Singapore.  He became concerned about the Malays and the Indians overtaking the Chinese population in Singapore. That is why he put some legislation in place to make sure that the mix remains at 75% Chinese, 15% Malay and 10% Indian. 

It sounds more like a non-violent form of ethnic cleansing, if you were to ask me.


  1. 'a non-violent form of ethnic cleansing' - well said Cordi....
    America IS America because of the children and the children's children of immigrants - legal or is this potpourri of races that has made the country what it is...shame on these legislators....

  2. Hello Jojo, thank you for sharing your thoughts on this issue. I believe that America needs to focus more on how to distribute their resources better, starting with Wall Street, and to make their immigration laws fair and just.