Wednesday, April 5, 2006
By Brian Mosely

I have a question that some people are not going to like.
Why is it OK that thousands upon thousands of immigrant students can get away with walking out of class while waving a flag of a foreign country, but if a single kid that is a citizen of this nation wears a T-shirt or anything else bearing the Confederate flag, he or she is kicked out of school and labeled a racist?

Like I said; tough question. I mean, both groups are displaying pride in their particular heritage, right?

This came to mind as some of the photos from all the Hispanic protests from the past several days have come over the wires. Most of the major media have focused on the size of the gatherings and the immigration questions, but some of the messages borne by the protesters deserves closer examination and discussion.

While many papers across the country showed smiling faces and wide shots of the crowds, other photos have spread over the Internet like wildfire and are enraging those who see it. The most prominent one is a photo of a Mexican flag that was raised over the American flag, which was displayed upside down.

Also, a Houston high-school principal was disciplined after he flew a Mexican flag with his campus’ U.S. and state flags. If this was not upsetting enough for some, other images from the rallies had huge banners and signs saying "If you think I’m ‘illegal’ because I’m a Mexican, learn the true history because I’m in my HOMELAND," "We are Indigenous! The ONLY owners of this Continent!" and "All Europeans are Illegal!"

Another image had a fellow in a Che Guevara T-shirt holding a sign saying "Revelucion Es La Solucion."

I don’t think I need to translate that one. Coming here for a better life for your family is one thing, but making statements that border on foreign insurrection is quite another.

On Lou Dobbs’ show on CNN last Tuesday, he reported that Mexican media commentators see these current events as a reversal of their defeat in the Mexican-American War of 1848.

When commenting about the huge demonstrations in LA over the past few days, Alberto Tinoco of Televisa television network said, "With all due respect to Uncle Sam, this shows Los Angeles has never stopped being ours."

Or how about this statement made by Mexican President Ernesto Zedillo in Chicago on July 23, 1997: "I have proudly affirmed that the Mexican nation extends beyond the territory enclosed by its borders and that Mexican migrants are an important — a very important part — of this."

I also suggest you take a look at the Website www.mexica-movement.org to see how some see this immigration issue and then Google the phrase "La Reconquista." These points-of-view may disturb you.

Another situation which needs to be monitored is Mexico’s upcoming election. In July, that county could possibly elect a man named Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (known as AMLO) as their next president. According to Dick Morris in the New York Post, Lopez Obrador’s campaign is getting major help from Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, who is a firm ally of Cuba’s Fidel Castro.

With Venezuela and Mexico exporting about 4 million barrels of oil each day to the United States, more than one-third of our oil imports, this could be a huge problem for us, Morris writes. "Think we have security problems now …? Just wait until we have a 2,000-mile border with a chum of Chavez and Castro," he says.

Meanwhile Mexico’s current president, Vicente Fox, ruled out Friday using police to stop migrants on Mexico’s side of the border. He also remained optimistic that our Congress will approve a migration accord favorable to Mexico.

Here’s a fresh idea: How about America’s Congress approving a measure favorable to Americans for a change. Since recent polls show that around 75 percent of the public want illegal immigration laws enforced, members of that body and the government need to be reminded that they work for us, not the other way around.

Or maybe some politicians just want 11 million new voters.

My advice to any representative who is not decided on this issue is to listen to their constituents. This is rapidly approaching a flash point and if they listen to labor, lobbyists and immigrant special interest groups instead of the citizens of this country, they all may find themselves out of a job.

As for all that waving of the Mexican flag, can someone please explain why some folks take so much pride in a place they couldn’t wait to get away from and are seemingly terrified of being sent back to?

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