The First Illegals (or, Happy Columbus Day)

October 11th, 2010

A follow-up to Illegal Alien Nation (one of my best, I think, so please go back and read it if you haven’t already), in honor of Columbus Day, commemorating the first illegal immigrants. Also check out my earlier post on the GOP rejection of the Dream Act.


By some he’s loved, by some he’s hated.

Some say he shouldn’t be commemorated.


Personally, I don’t agree with Columbus’s demonization

Because he neglected to go through Native American immigration.


(I don’t believe the Devil made him do it,

Though from the Native American perspective, there’s something to it.)


But Chris as a symbol, though iconic,

Is also a little historically ironic.


Columbus was looking for something new

When he came to America in 1492.


The Europeans that followed strengthened their grip

And created their own (bloody) path to citizenship.


Should their descendents be repatriated,

And kicked out of the country they then created?


No, I don’t think they should…

Not that one practically even could.


But the same is true for the undocumented today,

Regardless of what anti-immigrant groups say.


(They want to make illegals children illegal by repealing the 14th Amendment,

Which would make all people illegal of European descent.)


Giving illegals a path to citizenship is the right thing to do.

Let’s let them become Americans too.


Progress on that would be the best form of commemoration.

Otherwise, we’ll remain an illegal alien nation.

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Here’s a comedy classic, the immortal Flip Wilson’s Christopher Columbus routine from the album Cowboys and Colored People. (I like the part about the Indians celebrating “Not Having Been Discovered” Day.)

 

Here’s the all-important discovery scene from the movie 1492: Conquest of Paradise, which also shows some of the downside of Columbus’s discovery.
 

Here’s your theme song for today, Christopher Columbus Song by David Polansky, along with a few more Columbus related songs.

 

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