James Studdard is an attorney and owns property in Oaxaca, Mexico, but can’t live there due to Mexico’s strict immigration policies. He may be reached, if absolutely necessary, at

From California, where a movement has been ongoing to make Spanish the official language, to Georgia, that ranks 4th as the most popular state for newly arrived Hispanics and 3rd in the fastest growing rate of Latino buying power (10.9 billion a year spent here), attitudes are changing. Suddenly, it is in political vogue to deport all the illegal aliens back to his or her fatherland.
Did this rush to purge the country of visa-less people just happen at this particular session of the collective legislatures in the U.S? How long have we known that there were 40 million Hispanics in the U.S? President Bush One knew it; Clinton knew it; and Bush The Second inherited it. What now, approaching the era of Trump, is driving the suddenly urgent call to purge ourselves of millions of people?
Is it cheap labor which, ostensibly at least, robs Americans of their jobs?Is it class warfare between minority ethnic competitors? There is a labor phenomenon known as the sub-unemployment strata, specifically; there are groups of persons in the American proletariat who refuse to work at certain jobs, either because of their attitudes towards menial labor or the low pay. That vacuum is now being filled by their counterpart ethnic groups (Hispanics principally) which leads to skewed unemployment figures among the other minorities. The solution to overcoming the economic assumptions inherent within the sub-unemployment strata is not easily attainable, so we, as frustrated Americans, looking for a quick fix, rush to condemn a whole people, a scapegoat as it were, for our relaxed work ethic.
Millions of undocumented Hispanics, et al, have entered the U.S. by way of the Rio Grande or over (or around) the fence. We allowed it to happen over many years of political smugness, band aid solutions, and legislative three card tricks, which, through smoke and mirrors, masked the immigration problem. Well, they are here; they’re angry and demand the same sort of amnesty we gave to draft dodgers back in the 60’s and 70’s, who after all, were lawbreakers.
I suppose it is alright for our country to ignore for years (and still ignoring it) the enormous trade deficits between the U.S. with China and Japan. I suppose it’s alright for a Toyota to be built by Japanese laborers earning five dollars a day, because, well, we have the United Auto Workers union who will bully American manufacturers into paying 25 dollars an hour to connect all the same nuts, bolts, and widgets. Why don’t we just tell the Japanese and the Chinese to hold up on any further shipments of goods; sort of a “level the playing field” moratorium. Does one have to look too far to understand why Ford is threatening to expatriate to other digs? So finally now, it hits home. This threat to our job security is not across the big pond or in some obscure sweat shop in Bogotá; it is here, in McDonalds; Wal-Mart; construction sites; on the roofs; in the yards, and in your face.
So go ahead and demand their exodus. Tell them to get outta town, and take their 635 billion dollars a year of buying power with them, and oh yeah, while you’re ridding us of these Hispanic workers, don’t forget to replace them from the sub unemployment strata. Good luck with that. But you can easily recognize them. They are the fat, self indulgent, entitlement oriented types who will be hanging out at the mall, checking out their mailbox, panhandling in front of your favorite restaurant or you can find some in the convenience store buying those scratchoffs. Meanwhile, the Latinos, whistle while they work (where you used to work), and hum a happy tune like “No te preocupes, hace allegre” (don’t worry, be happy). Yeah. And speaking of happy: HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!