I feel like such a failure when I renew my library books.
Yeah. I mean there’s a large number of Irish immigrants who come here illegally as well, but that’s hardly brought up in the issue because the language being used against immigration and for immigration reform almost always has a racial and ethnic undertone specifically towards latin@s.
Historically, though, this isn’t the case. Anti-immigration attitudes & legislation have been around for a loooooong time in ‘murica. There were quotas unfairly targeting southern Europeans, for example (http://www.dnalc.org/view/15433-Eugenics-race-discrimination-and-anti-immigration-laws-in-the-United-States-James-Watson.html). Right now, of course, anti-immigration policy and public sentiment are largely focused on Latinos, and race/ethnicity and language are major underlying factors.
We’re white people in America, and that means almost every aspect of the country we live in is geared toward us: 99 percent of books, television, film, magazines, and even porn, is made for us and represents us.