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Read the following two stories, and look at the language used in both and tell me it's not a racist issue.

The first story deals with the subject of illegal Irish in the U.S. It talks about how the U.S. wants to make sure it doesn't " penalise the so-called "undocumented Irish"" and how "they want to regulate so that people aren't taken advantage of".
When it's Irishman, they're "so-called undocumented", but when it's a Mexican, they're "illegal aliens" - no "so-called" or "alleged" added to that.

The second story deals with the immigration debate and cracking down on jobs that usually tend to hire illegal Hispanics. It talks about "tougher border controls" and how opponents did not want to pass a bill that amounted to "amnesty for law breakers".
When dealing directly with the business that tend to hire illegal Hispanics, we're talking about "law breakers" - there's no "so-called" or "alleged" in front of that.

Not that I'm saying that the plight of the illegal Irish isn't one that should be fought for as is the plight of all illegal immigrants, but let's just take a look at the way things are handled when it comes to these two distinct ethnic groups:
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On a side note, due to this recent crackdown, my mom just told me that my father's job just lost all of its workers aside from him, my uncle and my brother, since they were the only citizens working as laborers. If the contractor doesn't find guys to replace them soon, he may lose the bid and my dad, brother and uncle would subsequently lose their jobs. Seeing as how the the last three days in Dallas, TX have hit between 102-104 degrees, I'm willing to bet everything that there aren't many legal workers that are willing to take the places of all the guys that were fired because of their illegal status.
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Hola a todos, mi nombre es Oscar y ando posteando desde aqui de Monterrey... oigan que no les de miedo postear en español!! es una comunidad para mexicanos no? animo raza!!

Hoy Toy:: curious curious
La Rola:: Jesper Kyd - Dark Studio??

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Me tope con unos comentarios que hizo Jessica Alba aserca de que no se considera Mexicana. Que opinan? Latina arrepentida? O si se vale decir que uno no es Mexicano si no crecieron hablando Español/ las tradiciones?

"I've got cousins galore. Mexicans just spread all their seeds. And the women just pop them out."

"My grandfather was the only Mexican at his college, the only Hispanic person at work and the only one at the all-white country club. He tried to forget his Mexican roots, because he never wanted his kids to be made to feel different in America. He and my grandmother didn't speak Spanish to their children. Now, as a third-generation American I feel as I have finally cut loose."

"My whole life, when I was growing up, not one race has ever accepted me, ... So I never felt connected or attached to any race specifically. I had a very American upbringing, I feel American, and I don't speak Spanish. So, to say that I'm a Latin actress, OK, but it's not fitting; it would be insincere."

"My grandfather was the only one in our family to go to college. He made a choice not to speak Spanish in the house. He didn't want his kids to be different."

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Hello there... I'm a mexican who lives in Mexico. I'm proud to be mexican and even more to live here in Mexico perhaps all the problems we have here... but all countries, all cities, all families and homes ... everything and everybody has problems too. The thing is... always think what we can do to resolve those problems and what we can do for our country to make it better...

So if everybody want's to talk about Mexico, about our traditions and the way we live here... I'll be more than happy to talk :-)

Hoy Toy:: energetic energetic

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Does anybody know of any Mexican news podcasts?

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If you're in the L.A. area please attend - if not, please repost and get the word out. WE CAN NOT LET THIS TYPE OF BRUTALITY CONTINUE TO HAPPEN! This is a blatant violation of our right of freedom to assemble.

Press Conference in Downtown Los Angeles

Multiple Organizations to DENOUNCE the POLICE BRUTALITY AFTER THE MAY DAY March at Macarthur Park!
May 2, 2007

Union Del Barrio and the Frente Contra las Redadas (Front Against the Raids), a coalition of over 40 Latino, Asian, White and African-American community and student organizations will denounce the brutal and RACIST POLICY BRUTALITY against unarmed defenseless families

This Coalition is comprised of the following organizations: the American Friends Service Committee-San Diego, African People's Socialist Party, Alianza Nueva Nacion, Assoc. of Raza Educators, Barrio Defense Committee (San Jose), Brown Berets de South Central, Bus Riders Union, Chapinas Unidas, Comite de Mujeres Patricia Marin, Comite Pro Democracia en Mexico, Committee on Raza Rights (Oxnard), Coordinadora Estudiantil de la Raza, Danza Azteca Cuatemoc, FIOB (Frente Indigena de Organizaciones Binacionales), FMLN- Los Angeles (Frente Farabundo Marti de Liberación Nacional), Guatemalan Social Network for Justice and Peace, Homies Unidos, MEChA de Santee, Movimiento de Liberación Nacional, NICANA (Nicaraguan American National Assoc.), Puerto Rican Alliance, Raza Graduate Student Assoc. of UCLA, Raza Rights Coalition- San Diego, School of the America’s Watch-LA, South Asian Network, Somos Raza, Union Del Barrio

The central objectives will be:
1) To publicly DENOUNCE the racist police attacks against migrant families
2) To publicly announce a new HOTLINE phone number that the public can call to report a raid.

Contact: Ron Gochez mexicanotucla@aol.com (email for phone #)

What: Organizations to DENOUNCE POLICE BRUTALITY at May Day March

150 N. Los Angeles St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012

When: Wednesday, May 2, 2007
Time: 5:00 P.M.
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For those who havn't read this yet I thought it was pretty funny enough to share. Anyone have plans for Cinco de Mayo coming up?

You have ever been hit by a chancla.

You grew up scared by something called "El Cucuy."

Others tell you to stop screaming when you are really just talking.

You light a candle on the night of the Lotto drawing.

You use your lips to point something out.

You constantly refer to cereal as "con fleis".

Your paisa uncle drinks "boot-lite"

Your mother yells at the top of her lungs to call you to dinner even if it's a one bedroom apartment.

You can dance ranchera, cumbia or salsa without music.

You use "manteca" (lard) instead of olive oil and can't figure out why your butt is getting bigger.

You call your sneakers "tenees".

You have at least thirty cousins.

You can't imagine anyone not liking spicy food.

You are in a 5-passenger car with 7 people in it and a person shouting "subanse, todavia caben".

Whenever you feel under the weather, you compulsively dab on some "Vics" vapor rub all over your chest and inside your nostrils.

Your mom packs your "lonchera" everyday.

You or someone you know uses "Tres Flores" in their hair.

Tamales, champurrado, posole and menudo are must haves on Thanksgiving.

There is more Budweiser than punch at little Juanito's birthday party.

There is at least one member in your family name Maria, Guadalupe, Juan, Jose, or Jesus.

Everyone still thinks Cesar Chavez is the best boxer even if he lost against Oscar De La Hoya.

You've gone to the Pulgamarket every weekend for years.

You step into a house that has all those little figurines taking up every inch of space on/under the TV.

You have a porcelain cat, dog, Buddha, or elephant in your living room.

You have plastic slipcovers on your sofas.

You swear "Choco Mil" is the same as Slim Fast and try to lose weight by drinking it.

You have a drunk uncle/aunt.

You're still afraid to open that umbrella in your house.

You not only know who Don Francisco from Sabado Gigante is, but you tell people he's your tio.

Your mother, tia or hermana's hair is blackcherry, "Sun in" red or a burgundy that would make Celia Cruz jealous.

You always try to find out what town another fellow Latino's family is from.

You have ever had to "beepiar" a friend on their pager.

You wear your Sunday best to do laundry at the laundrymat and go grocery shopping.

You have told your kid not to walk the floor barefoot or they'll catch a cold.

You go to a wedding or Quiencienera, gossip about how bad the comida is, but be the first to take a plato to go.

You have a bottle of Tapatio in your purse.

Your cousins are delinquents / hootchies.

You have a chola in your barrio named "La Flaca" who's bigger than a house.

You think Cristina trumps Oprah any day.

You have a cousin named "Guero" who's darker than night.

You know a chola named "La Shy Girl" who is loud and obnoxious.

You need to point out how much something you just bought cost.

You go to a white friends house for dinner and don't understand the concept of sitting at a table.

La Rola:: mötley crüe - live wire

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I've been doing research for a novel about illegal immigration. I have a vague idea of the way most people get over. However, I can't seem to find the missing piece...

What are some common routes that people take? What cities do they start from in Mexico, and what U.S. cities do they end up in?

I'm most interested in the Texas and Arizona border, but any information would be appreciated.

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