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        My parents are hardcore Republicans. They were still very bitter about the election on Thanksgiving, and immigrants are one of their favorite scapegoats for All That Is Wrong With America. (It's a typical tactic on the right -- assign blame for a bad situation in inverse proportion to the amount of power that a particular individual or group has; ergo, our deficit is caused by food-stamp recipients, etc.)

        I mentioned, very casually and matter-of-factly, that Latinos come to America to find jobs they can't get at home. I never thought there was ANY controversy about THAT. But the reaction I got from my parents was telling -- "No, they don't mostly come for jobs -- that would involve work. They come for all the welfare benefits and stuff.")

        I was, frankly, quite stunned. They're massive consumers of Fox sewage, but I thought they had better critical thinking skills than that, and not to mention that the don't seem to see with their own eyes all the Hispanic service workers all around them. Even with all evidence around them to the contrary, they still cling to Fox alternative reality. (Oh, and our so-called welfare benefits suck anyway.)

       That's a lot of stereotyping to drill through. I don't see Latinos voting Republican for a long, long time as long as attitudes like these are the norm on the right...

       

    "Le ciel est bleu, l'enfer est rouge."

    by Buzzer on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 08:17:29 AM PST

    •  Too Bad They Don't Realize... (4+ / 0-)

      ...that there would be no Thanksgiving in the US if it wasn't for immigrants.

      That includes both the pilgrims (the original undocumented immigrants to this country) and the immigrants who processed the turkey for the meal and harvested the pumpkins for the pie -- work "real Americans" refuse to do.

      “I believe all Southern liberals come from the same starting point--race. Once you figure out they are lying to you about race, you start to question everything.” ― Molly Ivins

      by RoIn on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 08:36:05 AM PST

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    •  I had that same conversation with (1+ / 0-)
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      some houseguests a few years ago; people who knew better than the "lazy Latinos" meme, but incensed that those people were coming illegally to the USA to get welfare benefits and drive up taxes.

      Ironically, they were driving a car with expired, out-of-state license plates (they had tried to avoid paying California's high out-of-state car registration fees some years earlier and eventually had to pay several years worth, fees they could easily afford). And now they were in Southern California where there were, at the time, frequent daytime checkpoints intended to apprehend "illegals", impounding their cars.

      Said houseguests were astounded to learn that those "illegals" were not guilty of a felony crime, as they thought, but the lack of documentation was a civil matter not unlike their undocumented car. They learned a bit about driving around in fear of getting caught.

      By coincidence I had just finished reading Enrique's Journey, so was full of facts, figures, and true stories about immigrants' struggles to escape extreme poverty. And I probably used 'em all, insufferably.

      The sh*t those people [republicans] say just makes me weep for humanity! - Woody Harrelson

      by SoCalSal on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 10:54:56 AM PST

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      •  Thanks - haven't read Enrique's Journey (1+ / 0-)
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        will do!

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        by Denise Oliver Velez on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 12:20:36 PM PST

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        •  An excellent book, unforgettable, (1+ / 0-)
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          from a Pullitzer prize winning series published in the LA Times. A documentary has also been made of it, that I have not seen. I can't imagine that the documentary could include all the context and stats that are in the book.

          The sh*t those people [republicans] say just makes me weep for humanity! - Woody Harrelson

          by SoCalSal on Sun Dec 16, 2012 at 02:07:05 PM PST

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