On April 24 a letter to the editor from Dagoberto Barrera made my whole family here in Browns-ville wonder
if we Latinos have too many enemies within our own ranks. Señor Barrera does not like the idea of more Mexicans coming to the USA, and blames those who have arrived as the primary cause of all our ills.
I have seen many pregnant women in Brownsville and I’m sure some might fit the description given in Señor Barrera’s letter. But he fails to understand what is happening and will continue to happen regardless of official immigration policies.
Mexico and the USA will sooner or later become one “confederation” or even “nation,” and both sides of the border will be better off because of it. Eventually there will be no borders between us. Europe has united and has the Euro for currency.
Those running Mexico don’t want us to unite because Mexico, where the richest man in the world lives, does not want to pay our types of taxes on property and income, nor do they want American-style democracy. But we will be united one way and the other.
The fact that Mr. Barrera has been able to express himself in English and has learned to think like an Anglo KKK member is proof that the new immigrants will become assimilated Americans, but not necessarily the right kind.
I’m not a Mexican-American. I’m an American-Mexican. I was born in Veracruz, Mexico, where I spent the first 15 years of my life with my Anglo-American father. His grandfather was Jewish-American and grandmother Irish-American. I spoke nothing but Spanish in Mexico and learned from school there that “Todos somos Mexicanos.”
Here I’m taught that “We are all Americans.” I was raised a Catholic, as my mother and father are both Catholics. Now I live with my Puerto Rican uncle who’s a Muslim and my Veracruz-born naturalized U.S. citizen aunt, who just follows the moral teachings of all religions that we should help our neighbor.
I’m a student at Veterans Memorial High School here in Brownsville, and from across the street we see every day the border fence as a constant reminder that there are many, unfortunately, in the USA, who think like Dagoberto Barrera.
What we have to do sooner or later is tear down that wall and have no borders between Mexico and the USA.
My father, a native of Philadelphia, lived in Mexico as an illegal alien for years until he married my mother and adjusted his immigration status. I was born with dual citizenship (Mexican and U.S.), and have love for illegals who live on both sides of the borders.
Let’s follow the teachings of our religions and stop looking down at our neighbors just because they might need more than we do. We should thank God that not all of us are as poor as some are, and at the same time we should be Good Samaritans.
Andy Fisher lives in Brownsville.