Mi Casa – Su Casa (My house, Your house)

What the U.S.A. gives … The U.S.A. takes away.

Sorry Amigo.

What is that old expression?  “You have to take the bitter with the sweet.”  Yeah, that is it.  What a scary life this must be.  Not long ago, at a Mexican drop-off bus stop, I observed this guy, standing there, alone, suitcase in his hand, looking around forlorn and somewhat confused.

Alone in a country, an alien, here uninvited, illegal, not speaking the language and no job.  Sends a shiver down my spine.  Recent statistics and media news say our Hispanic population has fallen on hard times, much like the rest of us.  The golden pot at the end of the rainbow has shut down and the yellow brick road has dried up.

Our South Of The Border friends are now finding out how it is to live in this country and what it is like to be unemployed.  Housing having shut down, more and more of them are finding employment here in this country, hard to find.  We could very well be headed backwards instead of forward (on this so-called recovery) it appears to be getting worse rather than getting better.

Might be like the “old days” when they all stood on the corner, a guy drives up, loads five or six in the pickup, and takes them to work.  It is my profound hope that this is not a precursor to even worse things to happen in the future as the situation continues to erode.

What politicians never seem to understand is that when people get hungry, they also get desperate, and this always leads to bad news.  Regardless if it is in this country or abroad, people on the brink, respond terribly when put in this position.

Unemployment in the U.S. is rising faster among Hispanic’s than the rest of the U.S. Population.  As the economy slows, it creates this thing called the ripple effect throughout the nation; you who are here uninvited, are now on the downside of it all.  Please make note of our Emergency Exits in Texas and Arizona.

America now has another hungry mouth to feed, and because of neglect, incompetence, sloth or greed, the cabinet is bare.  It could be time for all of you to load up and go home, but in all honesty, your prospects there are not all that rosy either.  I don’t have all the answers … sorry.

Poor Mexico … So far from God and so close to the United States.

The weakening job market, state and federal crackdowns on illegal immigrants have reduced the amount of money being sent home to Mexico, putting an added strain on things.  Millions of families depend on so-called remittance payments to the home base, and if the current trend continues, the effects will be felt on BOTH sides of the border.

If they have not been already.

Hispanic’s are at the bottom of the food chain in this country to begin with.  The latest static’s available on assimilation into the culture; rate them at the rock bottom.  This could be why most have a tendency to find it hard to blend in.

  • Canadians 53%
  • Philippines 49%
  • Cuba 43%
  • Korea 41%
  • Vietnam 41%
  • Various country of origin 28%
  • China 21%
  • El Salvador 18%
  • India 16%
  • Mexico 13%

All figures are 2006 (higher numbers represent more complete assimilation).

This could be why yesterday during a brief outing for supplies for the weekend; we didn’t hear all that many people speaking English. We are certainly turning into an interesting mix of folks these days aren’t we?  No place like home … And unfortunately, a lot of folks getting’ stuck between the two anymore, must be tough.

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4 thoughts on “Mi Casa – Su Casa (My house, Your house)

  1. Unlike the depression of the 1930’s, we will not see people willingly going hungry. It has been said that we are seven meals away from anarchy. After missing seven meals, people are hungry, frustrated, and tired of hearing the kids cry because of their empty bellies. At that point they will turn to dishonest acts and even violence. I’m not sure I would be any different. It’s just a fact of life.

    James! I went back in there and edited the mistake out. Mi Casa “SU” casa (not Si) and it is now fixed. I guess how smart you are concerning language skills has to be tied to where you happen to be standing, geographically speaking? Thanks for straightening me out, I got it now. DS

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  2. “…when they all stood on the corner, a guy drives up, loads five or six in the pickup, and takes them to work.”

    This a regular site in Houston. At many gas stations and at EVERY Home Depot in the city. They run up to your vehichle and beg for a job.

    The first time we were in Houston, I was flabbergasted by the amount of signage in the stores that was printed in Spanish first, and English second.

    When I was in the service I distinctly remembered that “I did not like being a foreigner” and that is how I felt standing in Houston. I knew it was America, but I did not feel at home.

    Unfortunately, as things south of the border erode, the problems north of the border, will get worse. People are hungry and as it is in Europe and here at home, they are going to come to where they can find some kind of relief.

    What I find sad is the fact, although the come here (some honestly and some not) they are being taken advantage of, almost to the point of slavery. And they are not coming alone, they are bringing the whole family north, and they have learned how to tweak the system to their advantage.

    Which we all pay for …….
    DS

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  3. The UK has also been swamped by Europeans in the last couple of years. It’s hard to walk through any town without hearing Polish and frequently I feel like a foreigner in my own country, surrounded by non English speaking newcomers.

    I don’t object to the different races – but I am only too aware of the strain they are putting on the UK system. Often one worker will bring an entire family, and require housing and benfits, and education and medical treatment – which the taxpayer has to provide. It is hard not to feel any resentment in the face of such a heavy tax burden.

    Unlike in the USA we do not have rules about people having private medical insurance – so someone here a day is entitled to any treatment they want. When so many British born and bred are waiting for life saving or life changing surgery – it is hard. Our NHS service is really overwhelmed. Many British people are being refused essential medication for cancer – because the NHS can’t afford to give them now.

    The influx of migrants is also putting a strain on our environment – masses more rubbish to be dealt with, overloaded utility systems, fewer jobs available (if any) for the British. I am a HR Manager – and sometimes when I advertise a job – I don’t get a single English-speaking applicant. The schools here are having to have translators in to cope with the amount of migrant children. There are so many difficulties.

    Migration is understandable – I am sympathetic – but it is crippling the UK. We need some sensible rules and procedures in place before we collapse under the weight of the comers-in.

    Sorry if these seems like a rant!

    No, you are doing just fine, that is what the comment form is for. No, quite the contrary, it sounds like geniuine concern to me. I was aware of immigration problems in Europe but thought it mainly was in France and other areas. You seem to face a lot of the same problems we are facing over here. Ours mainly from one race of people (or at least the majority of them are of one race of people) whereas, Europe and the UK are several races as I understand it.

    This was an interesting comment, and I sure do appreciate it, I would like to take it and make a post out of it sometime, kind of like, “the other shoe drops, other side of the coin” thing.

    We face many of the same obstacles and the word “strain” seems to always apply one way or the other. No easy solutions either.

    One thing for sure, politicians running off and sticking their heads in the sand and ignoring it will not bring anythng to the table in the future.

    Thank you so much for the great reply.

    DS

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  4. I am an immigrant. I came over to US when I was three> My father was a Holocaust survivor. He came here with nothing.
    He worked hard and was very frugal. He spent a lifetime in the sweatshops of the NYC garment industry. When he left NJ he sold our house and an apartment building and moved to MIami where he retired.(he would have been an hundred in two days)

    He had no handouts. There is always a way to make a living. I have no sympathy with people who use the system.

    There is a big problems with illegal immigrants but the truth is Americans need them for cheap labor(pick fruit, etc.)

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