Fortress Amerika - Day 184!
The city of Farmers Branch, Texas is about to pass a ban on illegal immigrants. You want to work in Farmers Branch? Have your passport ready. You want to live in Farmers Branch? Make sure you have your birth certificate.
Why am I the only one scared by this? Since this is Texas, we "know" who the illegals are supposed to be: brown skinned people. No one is looking for illegal Canadians! So the only way that business owners and rental property owners have to determine who might be illegal is to judge by the color of their skin! Some Hispanic families in Texas can trace their ancestry back to before the Alamo. But because they have brown skin, we are going to treat them like they are illegal. That, dear readers, is pure and simple racism.
"...everybody is bilingual," said Susie Hart, who grew up in Farmers Branch, during a recent demonstration outside Farmers Branch City Hall. In Texas, the road signs are in English. In Louisiana, down in Acadiana, the street signs are in English and French. Would Susie Hart be complaining about bilingualism in Lousiana? Here in Fredericksburg, Texas, which was founded by German immigrants, if I were to greet her with the traditional, "Wie Geht's?" would she be offended? If she went to dinner at Prejean's Restaurant in Lafayette, Lousiana, and the hostess said, "Bon soir," would she be complaining that everyone was bilingual? NO! The person who said "Wie Geht's?" or "Bon soir" would be white, and Susie wouldn't have a fucking problem with it! But if she walked into a Mexican restaurant, and someone said, "Hola," she'd be on the phone to INS!
And, let us hope she never, ever visits Hawaii! The signs in English and Japanese would drive her nuts!
UPDATE! The Farmers Branch City Council decided that illegal aliens can work in Farmers Branch but can't live there. They exempted business owners from the ordinance. Imagine my surprise. I bet every restaurant owner went to the City Council and said, "I can't afford to hire American Patriots at my restaurant. They want too much money!" Big Business wins again!
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