Ask a Mexican on Wrought-Iron Fences and the Meaning of "Illegal"

Dear Readers: The Mexican doesn't want to take this week off but has to because it's his mother periódico's Best Of issue and the Mexican is tasked with eating a thousand tacos in the search for the best one in Orange. I'll return next week, more panzón than ever — in the meanwhile, enjoy these oldies-but-goodies. And remember: ¡A la chingada con Alabama!

What's up with all the elaborate wrought-iron fences in the Mexican parts of town? It almost seems like everyone is trying to outdo each other with these amazing displays of metallurgy. Is it just another way to try to protect the cars parked on the lawn and keep the livestock from wandering off, or is it a pathway to instant respect and envy among the neighbors?
WHrought Iron to Envy (WHITE) Guy

This is a question that fascinates even sociologists. At a 2005 seminar called "The Latinization of American Culture," UCLA professor David Hayes-Bautista showed pictures of wrought-iron fences to describe what gabachos can expect when Mexicans move into their neighborhoods. But you can find the answer on the United States-Mexico border: fences. Miles and miles of American-made fences. Triple-layered. Jagged. Deadly. That's our introduction to American society when we illegally enter los Estados Unidos. All Mexicans want to assimilate, so fences are usually the first thing we erect once we buy a casa: pointy, menacing bars wrapped with organic barbed wire like bougainvilleas or roses to keep the damn Mexicans at bay. And still — as evidenced by the lemons stolen from my front lawn every night — Mexicans jump them.

What is it about the word "illegal" that Mexicans don't understand?
D.G.

Take your pick. Mexicans don't understand the word "illegal" because: (A) When paying their gardeners, nannies, busboys, and factory workers in cash (and forgetting to withhold payroll taxes), U.S. employers don't seem to understand the word "illegal," so why should Mexicans? (B) The Anglo-American trappers and traders whom you and I were taught to admire as tough, self-sufficient frontiersmen and pioneers were among the American Southwest's first illegals. Who are you calling illegal, gabacho? (C) Presidente Bush's proposal to offer amnesty and a guest-worker program during his administration to all illegal immigrants — a move designed to appease his supporters in the business community — means even Republicans don't understand the word. (D) Whether they buy a fake passport or take a citizenship oath, Mexicans will never be more than wetbacks in the eyes of many Americans, so why bother applying for residency? (E) The Society of Professional Journalists just passed a resolution asking newspapers to require its reporters to describe as "undocumented workers" the men and women you call "illegal." (F) Little-known fact: The fragment of poetry on the Statue of Liberty ("Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free," etc.) does not, because of a French engraver's error, include Emma Lazarus' rarely cited footnote: "No Mexicans, please." Fucking French. But the real answer is the word itself. "Illegal" is an English word; Mexicans speak Spanish — yet you never hear Mexicans whine that their bosses don't understand such easy Spanish phrases as "pinche puto pendejo baboso," do you?

 
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norahedward
norahedward

I really enjoyed this post but was wondering if you had any advice for those who use Typepad as their blog platform? Thanks! wrought iron doors

Punkinnk
Punkinnk

why is it we americans need to ask a mexican shuoldnt we be asking an american??

Pat
Pat

If you are a proponent of the "innocent until proven guilty" what about the fact that arrest does NOT mean conviction, consider that in the "john" senario

Pat
Pat

So that means that you are better than the Hatian's that sometimes travel over 100's of miles of open shark-infested waters to get here, or how about the Cubans average 90 mile trip on tire tubes lashed to plans, bathtubs, motor cars on handmade barges, Get a visa, I need one to trave/workl in your country. The cost of a visa is around $6,000.00 you pay a smuggler what $10-12,000.00. They will be eligible for food stamps, medical care, etc.. due to the migrant nature of their jobs.

Lanny Gilbert
Lanny Gilbert

("Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free," etc.) More Like Give Me Food Stamps, Free Housing, Free Medical and Free Schooling. I get paid in cash, don't pay taxes, drive with no insurance, and I produce an American Baby every 9 months. Thank You America, We Love Your Tax Dollars. And We Proudly Look Forward To MexiAmerica.

Ron
Ron

the illegal mexican,,,,,and our illegal courts and obama...this is why we have such a problem, just enforce the laws., and problem will dissappear.. .....toss them in jail if they work here, that is what they deserve, criminals

Dumoudan
Dumoudan

Let us resolve this issue once and for all by doing what is right.Should immigrants who chose to go through the normal immigration process and those who cross the border illegally be treated the same? How is that fair and just to one and all?

BROKE
BROKE

Seriously? Talk about a racist article. This should be removed for being a waste of internet space.

Real American
Real American

How do we get this crap off yahoo .? WE really dont give a s**t what the illegals idiots have to say anyway.............most of them cant even fart in english let alone give us an an intelligent answer to anything...............go back home and quit living off our country our country economy would go back up if we werent supporting ur stupid asses

Dumoudan
Dumoudan

Ask a Mexican when he / she plans to return to Mexico to legally apply for a work visa to legally enter the US?Where in Mexico is Nicky Diaz Santillan? She was deported right?

Pat
Pat

If the information is correct it is NOT a criminal act to publish personal information. Police logs do it to "johns" all the time, just to embarass and humilate them, and that is malicous intent. If you are here illegally you ARE a criminal period!! That IS what ILLEGAL means. If you use MY IDENITY YOU STOLE IT. That is a criminal act (illegal) Are you starting to get it pendejo!

Dumoudan
Dumoudan

If the 12,000,000 plus illegal immigrants had a political leaning towards the conservative republicans would the pro illegal immigrants group still help with amnesty? I don't think so.

deliverer
deliverer

This to inform you of a person living and working in the United States illegally.The names that this person assumes are as follows: Gabriela Sanchez (her niece), Karla P. Durazo (her aunt), Patty Durazo (her sister),Julieta Sanchez (her aunt), Patty/Patricia Sanchez (her sister/her niece) Rocio Sanchez (her sister), Mayra Viramontes (her cousin), Karen Durazo (her cousin),Kenya Durazo (her cousin), Karina Sanchez (her cousin). All of the names assumed by her can be substantiated through her facebook account which is under the name Gabby Sanchez. Her Employer (who is married to Elona Shaw) whom she is having an affair with is: Dr. Larry Stark 3201 W. Peoria Ave # A-100 Phoenix, AZ 85029. Her assumed Social Security # is her Aunt's Soc. Sec. # 611-32-7757 (Karla P.Durazo) who actually lives in California. The birthdates used May 17, 1968 & March 26, 1972 etc... She drives a pathfinder with AZ lic. # AHT4587. Her address is: 2220 W. Mission Ln. #1095 Phoenix, AZ 85017 SRP Acct # 919-863-000 Her Phone #602-628-3116 (All compliments of Dr. Larry Stark including Breast implants, plastic surgery, Full Medical & Dental, Gym membership etc...). This young woman makes it easier for other illegals to obtain medications including narcotics and evade citizenship tests through the Doctors office that she works in. Also supplying them with false identification and documentation. I am very concerned about the illegal activities (Document Fraud, Identity Theft,Conducting crimes in America) that she is involved in. Why is she still here??? Why hasn't she been sent back to Mexico???

Concerned Citizen

Dumoudan
Dumoudan

All Illegal aliens should be allowed to apply for work permits but only while they are outside the United States in their home countries. This type of program (guest workers) has worked very well for many years in economically successful places such as Switzerland, Singapore to name a few. Once their work visa expires they must immediately leave the country. If the females become prgnant, they are immediately returned to their home country. commit any violation of ANY law (even "J" walking) and they are deported. If they attempt to re-enter the US illegaly, they are automatically placed on a list of permanently banned from entry into the US. Are you with us?Just enforce the Immigration Laws and treat all people who want to enter the US fairly. Don't show preference to those that entered illegally. Justice for all?

A J
A J

For the fence question: All 3rd world countries have fences and gates to keep people out, the chinese usually like Chrome as it goes well with feng shui beliefs, it's really proably only in america and Canada that any stranger can walk up to the front door, or park their car in your lawn, everywhere else it's closed and private, even in England.

Euro
Euro

Your name should be real asshole. Your the type of person that makes our countrg dumb do us a favor and type your dumb ass comments some where else

Euro
Euro

Ok according to your crazy comment im a criminal now what? ? What are you gonna do? Please quit wrighting shit that we already know it looks bad on you

Guest
Guest

People that are arrested forfeit the right to privacies when they are arrested not when they are suspected you know that whole innocent till proven guilty thing we have in this "great" country of ours it’s not accused then guilty till proven innocent all we know is that deliverer is accusing this women I would like to know why? Maybe she’s the good doctor’s wife and is making shit up or twisting it who fucken knows? I really don't care if she has a problem she should go to the cops and let them do their job not pull some teenager bull shit on a public forum. And my identity was stolen and I'm grateful they cleaned up my credit. God I love those illegals is there anything that can't do?

Euro
Euro

You never know dude. If the republicans pass in inmigration reform all those people becoming citizens would vote for republicans it makes sense to me everybody wants power so its a good way to get 12 million new voters lol. Why do you think most of the soldiers are republicans well cuz they used to get raises but since we got obama theh havent got shit

Iluv400z
Iluv400z

I would like to report a crime here is America this dumb fuck deliever does not seem to understand the word illegal it is illegal to post someone’s private information on public websites: If you are posting the information with malicious intent, or to expose the person to harm or ridicule, you may be subject to prosecution under invasion of privacy laws.What part of illegal do you not inderstand?

Euro
Euro

Your a lier...

Euro
Euro

Dude. You are boring. . Quit being a patriot and be a real american. . Share your country with the ones that are worth shareing it with. .not all illegals are what you think they are. . A visa means your happines? Hmmm not good

Euro
Euro

And you point is ?

Euro
Euro

Yea become legal

Dumoudan
Dumoudan

Should immigrants who chose to go through the normal immigration process and those who cross the boreder illegally be treated the same? How is that fair and just to one and all?

Euro
Euro

It is not fair. But thats where the human part comes. . Most of them cross the DESERT to be here now imagin how bad theh wanted to be here. . They dont have a visa not because they didnt wanted but because they couldnt affort it. . Now I go 100% for inmigration reform but those illegals becaming citizens wont be eligible for goverment benefits they can work travel do whatever they want. . But no walfare or food stamps you know. . Man look at all those freaking refugees FUCK they bring them here they give them food, place to live , money school for the whole family how does thst sound for FAIR ?

 
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