First and foremost, I'd like to thank Xpress for printing the July 6 article on immigration and education [“Stymied”]. I found it to be informative. I'd also like to ask Miss Ginocchio-Silva to perhaps reconsider the kind of education she will get in our state's system, if we can infer anything from the anti-immigrant sentiments included in the article. Perhaps we should start with privilege, whose derivation is “private law,” a different set of rules for an elite group, originally used to describe the law of feudal nobility.
To hear an idealistic and hardworking woman like Silva derided as “privileged” by white Americans whose forebears depopulated this country, after immigrating, is galling and historically ignorant. Should Silva be forced to return to Honduras after a right-wing coup supported by Obama? Why are all these immigrants here? Could it be that major companies in collusion with government forces impoverished Latin America and imported an extralegal workforce in order to drive down the wages of less-recent immigrants and secure “free” markets for their subsidized goods in foreign countries? I wonder if Silva's detractors study on computers manufactured in Chinese suicide factories operated by American businesses or enjoy designer clothes at low, low prices made by people who look shockingly similar to Silva and her parents? We've overthrown more than one country over the cost of bananas.
I say, admit Silva; her intelligence will no doubt raise the bar. Surely there are people out there who would see her turned over to Halliburton's private immigration prison system and many more that would like to see anyone who looks like her deported, despite the fact that your article points out that four-fifths of our Hispanic population is legally in the country. I wonder if they read that far.
To be sure, our privileges in America are deteriorating, but it is not because of immigrants, teachers or unions. It is due to corporate oligarchs pouring acid on our democratic institutions, generation after generation. As privileged Americans, it would be easy for us to cast blame on the immigrants for showing up and taking all those high-paying roofing and dishwashing jobs from legal, “native” Americans, but then we'll just be fighting the war our masters want us to fight: the poor versus the poor. Miss Ginocchio-Silva, you have an ally in me.
— Martin Ramsey