What started as a drip turned into a trickle and
is now a flood. Here in McMinnville, TN we are known as the nursery
capital of the world. Five years ago, the illegal immigrants coming
here to work were young hard working men in their teens and twenties.
They lived six or more in a trailer or apartment designed for two
which wore the building down. The biggest problems at that time
were public intoxication, driving without a license or insurance,
and an occasional fight. A coyote (a man who brought
them across the boarder) would charge around a thousand dollars
to get them here.
Most of these immigrants are here illegally. They
use fake ID to obtain work and claim large number of non existent
dependents to avoid withholding tax. They are able to work for less
money because they live with three or four times as many people.
They drive without license or insurance until they have an accident
and then they disappear back to Mexico or some other American city,
leaving the victims of the accident with hugh medical bills and
a disability. They are the primary cause of teen pregnancy with
our children. And, in addition to the three and four children they
have here, they sometimes have a family back in Mexico. Many bring
drugs across the boarder as a "good faith" gesture to
the coyote. And, when the white people complain they're
told that the Mexicans are doing work that the Americans won't do
(at those wages because of the difference in living conditions).
Then, about two years ago we began seeing slightly
older men with wives and sometimes children as well as the younger
men. The problem with over crowding in basically three apartment
complexes and four traitor courts continued along with the above
mention problems. However, there also became a need to provide medical
care, education, and language classes for the few who were willing
to learn. In the beginning they stay to themselves. It was rare
to see them other than where they worked and the Mexican Store.
Now we were starting to see them in Walmart.
Now, there is an outstanding Mexican Food Section
and Music Section in Walmart. The illegals coming in now have a
"harder" more aggressive look. We still have all the above
problems, and we have many young teenage girls with baby and pregnancies
because of the cultural acceptance of earlier sexual activity in
Mexico. We have knife attacks and shooting. And, we have a Mexican
population of nearly 25% of the total population.
Culture Clash is not just an academic term. Our
American Culture is colliding with the Mexican Culture. More and
more signs say bilingual applicants shown preference. Illegal Immigration
is a parasite on our economy. According to the Money Transfer Industry,
Mexicans and Mexican-Americans will send over 9 billion dollars
back to Mexico. I have heard estimates of 6 million illegal immigrants.
The situation is summed up in an expression I heard
on the CB Radio,"You don't like the Spanish, you better move
to Canada, cause we"re coming NORTH.