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  • Tuesday, March 28, 2006

    The confusing results of heartless rhetoric

    From the Daytona Beach News Journal via Common Dreams:

    In 1995, Jose Gutierrez was a 14-year-old orphan in Guatemala when he decided to do what 700,000 other Guatemalans had done -- enter the United States illegally. Two thousand miles and 14 freight trains later, Gutierrez crossed the border. He was promptly arrested by the Border Patrol. Being a minor and without a family, he was spared deportation and turned over to California's welfare system. He spent the next four years in foster homes, learning English, attending and graduating high school, getting his medical needs taken care of by the public-health system. As the lexicon of neo-flag-wavers would put it, Gutierrez was freeloading on the American taxpayer.

    When he turned 18, Gutierrez got himself a green card. He planned to be an architect. Not quite having the means yet, in 2002 he joined the Marines. A year later he found himself shipping off to Kuwait. And in the first hours on the first day of the Iraq invasion, he was killed on the outskirts of Umm Qasr, just inside the Iraqi border. He was the first of 2,322 Americans (so far) to be killed in the war. He is, as the lexicon of neo-flag-wavers likes to say, a hero, a patriot, among America's finest.

    So. Which is it? Freeloader? Illegal immigrant? Criminal? Or hero?


    At 3/28/2006 11:30:00 pm, Blogger Yak40 said...

    He had a "green card" therefore he was a LEGAL immigrant.

    The way the media routinely lumps both legal and illegal immigrants together is very annoying. Legal immigrants follow the existing law, illegals expect all the rewards while flouting the law (same as UK).

    At 3/28/2006 11:32:00 pm, Blogger DJEB said...

    "As the lexicon of neo-flag-wavers would put it, Gutierrez was freeloading on the American taxpayer."

    At 3/28/2006 11:33:00 pm, Blogger DJEB said...

    Gutierrez was NOT following existing laws when he entered the country, now was he.

    At 3/29/2006 09:01:00 am, Blogger Jez said...

    Neither a hero nor a freeloader. Just a human being. Let's hope it doesn't become necessary to go off to kill Arabs so as to become a true American, eh?

    Yak, how legal were the first invaders of America? I have the feeling, you just make the difference between 'legal' and 'illegal', because the government wants you to. So, you choose to believe the government. What makes you think the government is more truthful than the media? What makes you think 'existing law' is fair? Oh yeah, of course:it's fair to you, so that's all that matters, eh?

    At 3/29/2006 09:07:00 am, Blogger Truth Seeker said...

    Oh, very interesting juxtapositions there djeb. I'm sure that article would get the rabid right rather confused as to how they should react. As Jez has said, Gutierrez is just a human being.

    At 3/29/2006 04:29:00 pm, Blogger DJEB said...

    Jez, let's not get snarky, ok?


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