29 March 2006
It now appears than most of the protesters from the recent anti-immigration marches were mobilized through the Spanish language media. The report indicates that media hosts promoted the event nationally and even provided tips on how to protest. The result was stunning, although no surprise to students of Latin culture in the United States. Typically the Hispanic / Latin communities in every city represent tight knit, potent groups. As a youngster growing up in Tampa, Florida, I was witness, firsthand, to the clout wielded by these communities. It is a measure of strength to be admired and understood.
For the record, I am for a guest worker program with a pathway to citizenship. I am also in favor of strong penalties for employers and violators of immigration law. The risk falls into the category of health, economics and security. Assimilation is also an issue! Persons arriving in a foreign country have an obligation to learn and adapt to the prevailing culture, as well as influence it with their own experiences and values. The role of assimilation is critical to the success of our nation.