Saturday, May 12, 2007

[They] Swarm into our Settlements! ... Why Should [we] Become a Colony of Aliens?

The citizens of Farmers Branch, Texas, are going to the polls Saturday to vote on legislation that would make it illegal to rent to illegal immigrants. The penalty, a $500/day fine, would put any landlord out of business in no time. (The idea that someone should come up with legislation that fines landlords $500/day for providing inadequate or substandard housing to ANYONE is apparently lost somewhere in outer space.) The story in today's WaPo notes that the town was all anglo in the 1970s, but now has a large latin population. [the horror, the horror?]

So some of the population has decided they're tired of waiting for the Federal Govt. to do something (although I'm not clear on just what they expect the government to do - no doubt they're looking for one of those mass deportation ideas that float around from time to time in the bowl before getting flushed to the sewer of brain dead, racist ideas).

I'm sorry, speaking of brain dead ideas - this one is joining about 90 cities or counties that have considered similar legislation (i.e., punishing landlords or businesses). The Hazelton, Penn. law is waiting for a federal judge to determine if it's constitutional. Hopefully we'll get a sensible ruling on that and put a stop to this silliness.

But as for putting a stop to the inanity of racism? That's a long-lived tradition in this country, one that my ancestors knew firsthand. The title of this post? Well it's from none other than founding father Benjamin Franklin, who said that in response to folks like some of my father's ancestors who immigrated to Pennsylvania from Germany in the 1700s.

Why? Well, not only did these new immigrants not speak English, Franklin argued that the non-English immigrants were not purely white. He maintained that the Germans, Russians, and Swedes were of a swarthy complexity. In Franklin's view, only the Saxons and the English constituted the principal body of white people on the face of the earth.

So for all of those folks down in Farmer's Branch whose can NOT trace their ancestery to Native Americans or the English -- be careful, we may be coming for you next. ;)

NOTE: Franklin's full quote
Why should the Palatine boors be suffered to swarm into our settlements and, by herding together, establish their language and manners to the exclusion of ours? Why should Pennsylvania, founded by the English, become a colony of aliens, who will shortly be so numerous as to Germanize us, instead of our Anglifying them?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You apparently have not done much research on this first hand. The topic here is illegal not hispanic. These people refuse to speak english which is a major criteria for becoming a citizen. They live two or more families in single family dwellings, they block the roadways with six to ten cars at each house they reside in. They are responible for the majority of the crime in this community and are not welcome here. The legal hispanics here are members of my family and are also included in a group I refer to as friends, they are productive members of this community, not welfare leaches sucking the wealth from this and other communities they reside in.
Most importantly these people do not respect our way of life and opt to force their beliefs and language on us, try to go to Mexico and live the same life there that you do here --It won't happen. We are in America why should I press 1 for english, this should not be an option!!!
You should stay in your liberal minded house gaurding your precious possesions, because they will come and get them, their culture teaches that if you have left it unattended you must not want it any more. This is written anonymously only because I do not have a google id and have been so infuriated so much by your post that I am not willing to take the time to get one. Watch your back as it is you they will end up getting.

4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, sometimes you have to go hunting for proof that makes your point, and sometimes it just walks right up and lays itself out for all to see.

I've got nothing to add to anonymous (ah yes, the courage of ones convictions) here other than thank you for so clearly making my point.

7:26 PM  
Blogger moville said...

i wonder if anonymous has ever been in a place where he didn't understand the language. i doubt he would be prattling on about people "refusing" to speak english if he had. there are whole areas of new york city that don't speak a word of english--brighton beach being one example--because people have no means of learning english and/or are terrified to venture out into the larger culture. when i did a seminar on new york city history a few years ago, people who worked in ESL repeatedly reminded us that the waiting list for free or low-cost english courses is...FIVE YEARS LONG.
the other point i'd make is that if i had to live in a hellhole like mexico, or for that matter russia, i would move heaven and earth to get here and hang on as long as i possibly could, english or no english. it's a no brainer.

7:47 PM  
Blogger jodmeister said...

If they are cracking down on illegal immigrants, then I say bravo to Farmers Branch. Why should the U.S. give legal rights to people who did not follow immigration laws, who did not apply for visas or green cards get the same rights as legal immigrants and U.S. citizens? I know I'd be plenty ticked if I were an immigrant, followed all the laws to be in the U.S. legally yet let's say my neighbor lived here and did not go through the same process but he had my same "rights."

With that said, if ALL Hispanics are being denied housing due to this law in Farmers Branch, then that IS racism and a definite problem.

Illegal immigrants are here w/o legal documentation thus they are breaking the law. I will gladly support and welcome immigrants who followed the law to come to the U.S. and would willingly learn about the culture they left behind. I would like to know how legal immigrants feel about this subject.

If you want to talk about a stupid approach to immigration, let's talk about "The Wall." Now that is the dumbest idea ever. If they want to solve the immigration problem, then find a way to allow more people to be here legally. Up the quota of immigrants and lower the cost of applying for visas/green cards.

9:40 PM  
Blogger moville said...

i wouldn't be crazy at all about amnesty if i were trying to do things the right way, as so many russians are. but the practical problems of ascertaining everyone's legality in farmers' branch or anywhere else are just staggering. are we going to send the g-men into every workplace, demanding IDs, arresting scofflaws and them herding them into waiting vans for deportation? are we going to send them house to house, maybe, on search missions? with the buses outside? geo will estimated that it would take 35,000 buses, bumper to bumper from the canadian border to mexico, to handle the deportees. and the whole picture makes me queasy.
i don't see how we can avoid legalizing the people who are already here, as distasteful as that sounds.

12:12 AM  
Blogger jodmeister said...

No, deportation is not the answer as they will return a week later. Illegal immigration is like the drug trade as both will never be completely controlled. I believe landlords and employers who harbor illegal immigrants should be fined as motivation NOT to harbor them but put in place some kind of program that allows landlords/employers to vouch for them as a legal way to stay. What that would look like, I don't know. I agree that brute squads going door-to-door looking for those to violate the codes isn't the answer either.

I still feel bad for those who put out the $$ to come here legally. I also feel bad that some people pay big bucks to be illegally smuggled into this country. That should be money spent to come to the U.S. legally. On the flip side, I don't like the fact that my tax dollars are supporting welfare, healthcare and education for people who are in this country illegally. Allow them the means to become legal citizens and hold landlords/employers accountable for making sure they rent to/hire legal immigrants. Accountability and legality are the key terms.

1:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have many problems with this time of legislation. But even if I didn't, I don't know how fair & enforceable it is. The legislation makes every day citizens (landlords, rental companies) responsible for determining who is/isn't legal. A rats nest that even the federal govt. doesn't do that well. Is the only way a regular citizen is going to have to make sure they don't get caught up in major fines is going to be -- not rent to Latinos legal or not?

10:39 AM  

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