to Do with Latinos?: Get Used to Them
03, 2017 "Information
Following Mr. Trump’s
kaleidosopically shifting policies isn’t easy.
He was going to declare China a currency
manipulator on day one, but didn’t, going to
impose a forty-five percent tariff on Chinese
goods but apparently won’t, was going to shift
the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem but
isn’t, going to tear up the Iran treaty but
hasn’t, going to end the wars but isn’t, and
going to rid the country of illegal aliens
within two years. Now it seems he has backed off
this too, and there is in the air the merest
Mass deportation was a loony idea to begin
years there have been said to be 11 million
illegals, a number having a suspicious
stability. Foes of immigration have put it at
thirteen or fourteen. Call it at least 12
million. To deport them in two years, Trump
would have to deport 500,000 a month. For
twenty-four months. To deport a tenth as many,
he would need to expel 50,000 a month.
man crazy? Does he just shoot from the lip on
crucial policies without thinking? Can’t do
arithmetic? Or lies in the normal manner of
promised expulsion would rank among history’s
most awful humanitarian disasters. Mexico could
not possibly absorb such a huge tsunami of
returnees. They would have nowhere to stay,
nothing to eat, no jobs.
The embittered anti-immigration people,
readers of sites like
not care. Screw the vile brown scum, rapists and
welfare parasites, murderers, drug peddlers,
low-IQ nasty unevolved human flatworms. The
bastards came illegally, so to hell with them.
But, I think, not enough of the country will buy
it. Stopping the influx will probably fly. The
Wall? Maybe, but I wouldn’t bet on it. We seem
to hear less about it. Criminals? Most would
favor deporting them.
twelve million? Or anything resembling it? For
many reasons, both charitable and
self-interested, too many groups aren’t up for
mass arrests and deportations. Not businessmen,
who want the cheap labor, nor the Democratic
Party that wants the votes, nor academia, nor
the media, nor sanctuary cities, nor many of the
young, nor liberals. Nor…California.
question is not whether it was a good idea to
encourage illegals to come. It wasn’t. The
question is not even whether it would be good
for the country to run them out. Doing it would
be too ugly to gain support from the public. Too
many illegals have been in the country for five,
ten, fifteen years, speak English, have
employers who value them, have children who are
citizens and sometimes do not speak Spanish.
Hispanic genii is out of the bottle. It is a
done deal. Trump can’t do much about it. Neither
can anyone else. Deporting a few hundred
thousand of 56 million would not make a dent. A
million would constitute less than two percent
of the Latino population.
event, running out the illegals would leave
44 million legal Latinos. Or, increasingly, sort
of Latinos. Is Rosa Gutierrez, nineteen, born
and raised in California, whose English she
speaks flawlessly–a Latina? Quite possibly she
has never been to Mexico. She thinks that she is
an American. Why isn’t she?
Rosa is pretty and feminine. If Pew is to be
believed, the intermarriage rate is at 26
percent. This horrifies white nationalists,
gratifies assimilationists, but neither horror
nor gratification is going to change things.
Will Rosa’s children, had in conjunction with
her husband Robert Williams, be Latinos? They
won’t think so. And you cannot deport American
the hostility, though expressed in practical
terms of lost jobs and so on, is in fact racial,
and therefor incurable. Many of the white
nationalists exhibit an almost effeminate
squeamishness at the thought of their precious
bodily essences being polluted by oozing dark
sludge. Well, as you will. There are reasons why
this view isn’t going to prevail. See below.
dark sludge. Young Anglo men may not see her
exactly that way.
huge numbers of Latinos are in the country, and
are not going to leave, the intelligent
question–yes, I know this is a political column,
but we can try a little eccentricity here–is:
Can they be part of America? Well, let’s see.
are approximately Christian, though like all
Christians they don’t always remember the pars
about adultery and fornication. They don’t do
terrorism. Brown Lives Matter doesn’t burn malls
and loot shoe stores, in part because it doesn’t
exist. They don’t genitally mutilate their
daughters, forbid them schooling, or make them
wear funny black bags. They do not yell
“Pancho-hu akbar” and stab people .An estimated
million Americans including your scribe live
amicably in Mexico. If it were such a horrible
experience, you might expect us to notice.
Wherever I have been in the US–LA, San Fran, New
York, San Antonio, Houston, Laredo, Chicago,
Washington–they have seemed integrated, working
in restaurants, doctrine’s offices, what have
you and both learning English and, often,
are down sides. While very few Mexicans are
involved in the drug trade, a high proportion of
those involved in the drug trade are Mexicans.
Another is that if government can turn them into
welfare dependents, it will.
the white nationalists can do, perhaps, is to
alienate white from brown and split the country
into three mutually hostile groups, white, black
and Latino. The constant disparagement of
Latinos by Trump and the anti-immigrant
enthusiasts appears aimed at just that.
Strictly speaking, Trump might respond that he
is not against Latin Americans but only against
criminals and illegals, but it certain sounds as
though he hates Mexicans. The racialist sites
post endless stories, not infrequently
dishonest, about Latino stupidity, crime,
shiftlessness, and vile behavior. Mexicans,
rightly or wrongly, conclude that they are
hated. This does not encourage
assimilation–assimilation being of course the
last thing that white nationalists want. To
endorse assimilation would be to grant
legitimacy to the assimilees.
attitude will prove unfortunate, since
assimilation is the only hope of not having the
United States become an ethnic disaster.
nationalists tend to believe, and obviously
hope, that Latin Americans are
genetically criminal and incapable of of
fitting into nations of the First World. This
allows a comforting faith that mixing should be
prevented at any cost. Yet those who have
traveled in the world will have seen
that economics, not genetics, is primary in
behavior. In particular, as people move into the
middle class, crime and fertility decline
sharply and interest in education rises.
so, here. The Mexican middle class is no more
violent than anyone else’s. (From which we
derive genetically fascinating conclusions.
Apparently the presence of a refrigerator and
indoor plumbing alter the genetic makeup of
those near them. Weird Kelvinator rays, one
supposes.) Another observation readily made
around the planet is that middle classes usually
get along well with each other. All of this
would suggest that encouraging immigrants to
move into the middle class might be a Real Good
Unfortunately an assimilated Mexican middle
class would intermarry vigorously with whites,
thus polluting our precious bodily essences.
Many of the anti-immigrants simply do not want
anything to do with any Mexican ever under any
circumstances. Thus they have no policy other
than getting rid of people most of whom cannot
be gotten rid of.
particular they furiously oppose amnesty for
illegals. This would be a rational position if
there were a possibility that Mr. Trump
could chase them out of the country–which
he can’t do in significant numbers, which would
mean many millions. At that point keeping them
illegal amounts to preventing their economic
rise and creating another permanent underclass.
what a swell idea.
Fred, a keyboard
mercenary with a disorganized past, has worked
on staff for Army Times, The Washingtonian,
Soldier of Fortune, Federal Computer Week, and
The Washington Times.