Thursday, February 26, 2009
Dear Pocha: This was the question I fished out of your ramble: “Why do you use the term ‘illegal immigrant’ in your column, when it’s such a hateful term?” I use it to make a point: It’s the most moderate term to describe those millions of folks who live in this country in violation of immigration law. Know Nothings love to use “illegal alien” because it allows them to describe Mexicans as an invading menace. To avoid using “illegal” implies that something is shameful about the word and their status, and we should all therefore avoid using it. Not this Mexican.I’m engaged to a Mexican who doesn’t have papers, but I’m an American. For two years, he supported me while I was a stay-at-home mom. Recently, he’s been unable to work because his working permit expired, so I got a good job and started supporting the family. To me, he is doing the best thing he could for his family by being a stay-at-home dad. Why is it that his familia can’t be just as supportive about it? Since I started working, they haven’t stopped nagging about him not being the man of the house, and letting a woman support him. If he doesn’t have a problem with it, why should they care? --Chulo, I’m Home!
Dear Gabacha: Your problem is all in your man’s family and not a Mexican thing, since a gabacho solely supporting us is as big a Mexican wet dream as retaking over the southwest United States and Guatemala for good.