Alien Nation

It’s the pre-dawn, a light snow is falling, I’m all caffeinated and I have to be at work soon. No time to put it all together, so I throw out the things that wake me up early.

I’m wondering about the half dozen people who picketed Michelle Obama’s campaign appearance at CCRI this week with signs that said, ‘Stop Illegal Immigration’. Were they with the man who held the Ron Paul sign?

I’m thinking of a post I want to start called, ‘Why Don’t They Just Learn English?’ I see some of my elderly clients struggle, and partly succeed, or give up and accept a kind of segregation. It’s definitely harder when a person is old. Add a stroke, or trauma, and sometimes it’s not possible. But just throwing it out as a question, what are the barriers? Have any of our readers learned English as a second language? Want to comment?

A friend wrote a letter to the ProJo in defense of immigrants and received hate mail at his home.

We the taxpayers are funding a Great Wall of Texas. When Pres. George Bush first took office it actually looked like he was going to talk with Pres. Vincente Fox of Mexico and address the problem of the joblessness that drives people over the border in the first place. After Pres. Fox refused to join the ‘Coalition of the Willing’ things got frosty. Wouldn’t it be cheaper, and saner, for our next president to re-open communications and build a legal temporary worker system that is safe and open? Also, I’m worried about the Canadians. They’re so quiet. They must be up to something.

Lani Guinier’s remarks about ‘demonizing’ those we disagree with have a synchronicity with a number of articles about the revival of exorcism in the Catholic Church. What’s up with this? As an ex-Catholic, and a former Pentecostal, I could tell a few stories about exorcism. Been there, done that. Is this all part of a new wave of xenophobia? Has WWII taught us nothing?

Finally, for no particular reason, a heartwarming story, sort of…

Walter Adler was touched that Hassan Askari jumped to his aid while a group of thugs allegedly pummeled and taunted him and his three friends. So Adler has invited his new friend over to celebrate the Festival of Lights.

The two new pals – Adler, 23, with a broken nose and a fat lip, and Askari, 20, with two black eyes – broke bread together and laughed off the bruises the night after the fisticuffs.

“A random Muslim guy jumped in and helped a Jewish guy on Hanukkah – that’s a miracle,” said Adler, an honors student at Hunter College.

“He’s basically a hero. Hassan jumped in to help us.”

It all began when Adler, his girlfriend, Maria Parsheva, and two other pals boarded the subway at Canal Street bound for Brooklyn and someone in another group wished them “Merry Christmas.”

Adler and his pal Angelica Krischanovich responded: “Happy Hanukkah.”

Apparently, those were fighting words.

“They just came at us so fast. The first thing that came into my mind was, ‘Yeah, this is going to be violent,’ ” said Parsheva, 20.

Ten people were arrested in the underground attack on Friday night – including two men who have been arrested for race crimes before.

I saw a patient this week. She came here from Russia, she struggles with English, but she managed to say these words, “Thank you, America.� Crazy as we all are, I’d rather live here than anywhere else in the world.

2 thoughts on “Alien Nation

  1. “Illegal Immigrants” – anyone with disrepects the Federal Immigration and Nationality Act Section 8 USC 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv)(b)(iii) should be punished. While I do understand frustration with those that target “immigrants” – I do not condone the citizens advocacy groups like ACLU’s Director saying they have rights. Maybe folks don’t care that Rhode Island spent $400 Million last year on ILLEGALS – Not immigrants which are LEGAL CITIZENS or those with VISA’s. Rather, when I hear homeless shelters, Veteran’s benefits, welfare mom’s and children’s necessary benefits being slashed and some eliminated I am angered. I am angered that my BC/BS has skyrocketed because Women’s and Infant’s allegedly has 2 out of 5 babies being born to ILLEGALS. The braizeness of many of the criminal illegals that come here should be a lightening bolt to taxpayers.

    I have always been the first one to take in the stray dog or help giving to causes. How about the American middle classes cause? Oh, I forgot there is no middleman.

    Morals and ethics are “Old World Schooling”, taught to me by my LEGAL Immigrant family. Nancy’s explaination about why some don’t learn English is understandable with the smallest percentage – – but, like my great grandparents that came here, they wanted to become mainstream and not insult the culture. Just as I wouldn’t go over to Saudi and order Ham. We msut learn the basics when going abroad and the unwillingness to “try” is a red flag to me. It certainly would be more harmonious if we learned as much as we could about where we were…or is this the new world.

    What those hateful, disrespectful maggots did to those kids were hopefully not representative of of young college kids. It’s unfortunate there are modern day Archie Bunker’s running around out there.

    The overall point of all of what we all talk about is enforce the laws that are on the books. It must be frustrating to our men in blue who arrest these creeps and then because of our budgetary problems…they are let out early and not given the sentence severatity they deserve.

    You mentioned Canada. Canada sits and watches us with disgust. They have a wonderful program that when children commit an offense they are dealt with in an intervention type of way and there is a lot of family and theraputic attention. This has helped the system change “could be criminals”, because they make them feel accountable and face hard feelings. We in America face little and worry about the high expectations we put on money, jobs and how much better we are than our neighbor. Not emphasis added on our family and our community. Many parents are busy working 2 jobs and many claim ‘too tired” to get involved…and when you get involved it’s always more red tape and stress. But that’s life and unless we change our thinking – I am raising my children with fundamental expectations and high ethics which they will be even more lost than I feel.

  2. i’m not condoning breaking the law. but even lawbreakers do have human rights. when any group of people is considered to have none, terrible things happen, as history shows. the last time i saw the aclu in action, steve brown was defending american citizens. the fact that their parents were born in another country did not make them second class. some countries don’t give citizenship at birth and this creates social problems that we don’t have.
    but i appreciate your opinion. and my question ‘why don’t they just learn english?’ is an honest question. i was visiting an elderly lady, and she said that her parents came from russia and allowed the children to speak only english. other people are not assimilating, or gaining english competency. so i would like to know what the obstacles are. i could assume that they are all bad people who don’t care, but i think there are other explanations. i’d like to hear from people who learned english as a second language, or people who teach. it is a serious handicap to live here and not speak english.

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