That what an Hispanic mother was yelling at her five kids yesterday as I was shopping at my local grocery store. They were scattered throughout the aisles, as she was hauling a overloaded grocery cart towards the register. I live in south-central Florida where the white-painted converted school buses bring the families of the orange pickers to town to shop, as the area is preparing for picking the ripe golden fruit over the next several weeks. She and her children were among the group.
The family appeared to speak no English, as they needed help to check-out but paid in cash for the groceries. They obviously wore no sign indicating if they were legal or illegal entrants to the country, but the usual pattern is the orange grove owners have to use a large number of the illegal entrants to get the job done as the quota of legal pickers allowed is woefully inadequate. The local papers advertise for additional help but few jobs are filled by Americans, even in the face of high unemployment levels.
So the reality is that illegal immigrants are aqui or here and not someplace else. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illegal_immigration_to_the_United_States Various municipalities and states have had to deal with this reality which has resulted in sanctuary cities, social services of some kind especially health care, education and other “entitlements.” Many argue that the illegal immigrants pay their taxes so they are entitled. Others are vehement that the law breakers should be dealt with harshly. Many would observe that the 70% Hispanic vote for Democrats in the past election my have been the one factor that tipped the scales. The preponderance of Hispanics are in favor of a more moderate approach to the illegal immigration problem.
My own ancestry came across the border over 100 years ago, as a huge influx of French Canadians left their own country for greener pastures. They crossed the border without passport or regard to any quota, as there wasn't any. They filled jobs in factories that were sorely in need of labor at the time. Now they are all here, blended into our society, with little traces of the cultural differences they had when they immigrated. My family was French speaking but my parents insisted I learn English and participate fully in the American way of life. I have long left the Frenchville section of a New England city to blend into the fabric of America.
Right now the country is considering immigration reform. I hope the lawmakers will recognize the problem is not a theoretical one, where the strict interpretation of the law needs be enforced. The reality is that about 11 million so-called illegal immigrants are here. They are aqui. They are not going to go away quickly or quietly. So we have to deal with fact and not theory. Good luck with that.