Anne Richards, former governor of Texas, once said that George Bush Sr was born with a silver foot in his mouth. Blindingly wealthy Donald Trump seems to have the same problem when he characterizes Mexican immigrants as rapists. Our friends in Texas are going crazy over the suggestion that the border be closed. For one thing, there’s a popular golf course in Eagle Pass that is on both sides of it, so what happens there?
There is a flow of immigrants from Mexico to the US, and in particular Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California, that is time-honored in its tradition. The first generation that arrives barely speak English. They work as pickers, gardeners, maids and so forth.
When they become a little more assimilated, you will find them working as mechanics, store managers and so forth. Then the next generation is doing much more distinguished things, acting in politics, joining the professions, becoming enterpeneurs and otherwise excelling.
Of course there’s a dark side. Nobody is disputing that. But the average Mexican immigrant simply is not part of it. They are just like anybody else, focused on that great American tomorrow, and their high expectations about their part in it. To dismiss them all as rapists is loathsome.