Dear Senator Rubio:
What an honor to call you “Senator” because you are one of us. I am sure your father and grandfather are sitting in Heaven looking down at all of us and enjoying every second of your accomplishment in your political life and sending their blessings for your near future endeavors.
Even though I don’t live in Florida, I, as a Republican, am one of your strongest supporters.
I do, however, have questions about the immigration reform. I firmly believe that illegal (oh, excuse me, undocumented) aliens need help, but do you really believe they are living in the shadows?
I encountered a Mexican lady outside Del Sol High School when President Obama visited Las Vegas recently. She was all excited saying that the reform was necessary because they can no longer live in the shadows. That lady was wearing a uniform from one of our hotels. As you can understand, I couldn’t help commenting on that: “You are living in the shadows, but you are working for a hotel earning a minimum of $14.00 an hour, which is more than many American citizens earn now. Many American citizens, born and raised in this country, are living on the streets, without a home or any other support for their children. Many of our veterans, who fought for our freedom and yours, when the Mexican government never supported our war for freedom, are now homeless. Can you explain that to me?”
Her response was: “This is our land and we are here to re-conquer it.”
Please, Senator, whatever happened to history? Is it possible that people learn less than a minimum of their own history? Don’t their history books teach that the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo called for the United States to pay $15 million to Mexico and pay off the claims of American citizens against Mexico up to $3.25 million? It gave the United States the Rio Grande boundary for Texas, and gave the United States ownership of California, and a large area comprising New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Utah, and parts of Wyoming and Colorado.
I can believe that six or seven people cross the border untraceable, but have you seen videos of thousands, one right after the other, crossing the border in front of the noses of Border Patrol Officers? It is a good thing I am only a columnist of a newspaper in the city of Las Vegas and not a public elected figure with power to subpoena the bank accounts of Border Patrol agents. Otherwise, I would demand to know who is paying whom.
Fine, I agree with you, Senator: a reform is needed; but can you tell us what is behind the reform? How are you planning to accommodate the American citizens? Do we need to believe that we are third class citizens so that the illegal (sorry, I made a mistake again, the undocumented) aliens have more opportunities than we do?
I am referring to Mexicans because they are the majority of minorities. We don’t need to worry about Salvadorians (second in the line in our state) because they clearly say “We don’t protest; we wait until Mexicans get their demands, and we go along with it.”
There are hundreds, if not thousands, of people waiting for years in their native countries for their visas to come to the United States legally.
They don’t even have an employment authorization yet (which they don’t actually need because the Culinary Union is employing them regardless of their legal status) and we are already hearing their complaints of how they are going to bring back the ones already being deported and how to bring over their mother, father, children and siblings.
Excuse me Senator, don’t you believe that the American citizens need a better life after four years of misery and probably another four more years of a devastation?
Please, Senator, I am not trying to be cynical, but are you saying we are better off if the borders are wide open so all the Mexicans can come here, work and continue sending their dollars to Mexico and we American citizens would move over and live peacefully on their hard earned dollars?
I am well aware that during your childhood you were very close to Mexicans and blacks in the Las Vegas community, and believe me I was very impressed when you visited Las Vegas and I saw you hug a black childhood friend, Aaron. Seeing you seeing and recognizing an old school friend with so much love touched me deeply.
Today, as a United States Senator, (since our Senator Harry Reid is totally useless) I believe you should be more concerned about the fate of all of us, United States citizens and the reform of our employment and economical situation, before you consider the fate of the Mexicans living in our land illegally.
Perly Viasmensky is the General Manager of the Las Vegas Tribune. She writes a weekly column in this newspaper. To contact Perly Viasmensky, email her at pviasmensky@lasvegas tribune.com.