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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