Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Who REALLY has an immigration problem

Immigration debate is always on the front burner these days. In the USandA, and here in California particularly, the conversation is all about Latino immigrants, mostly Mexican. At the bottom line I think everybody should have to immigrate legally, but we are such hypocrites about this - needing and wanting cheap labor while chastising the people who come here to provide it - that I can't get very worked up about it. So much of our cushy lifestyle is based on somebody else doing the dirty work somewhere so maybe we should shut up and let people try to make their lives better.

No matter how you feel about immigration policy, it's undeniable that Latino culture and Anglo culture have been mingling for a couple of centuries here, and we have a lot more in common that we have differences. In that sense, I'm not too worried about how many Latinos come into the country anymore than I am concerned about how many Canadians or Italians or Irish come in. Wait, let me think about the Canadians for a second...hmmm...

But if you want to look at an immigration issue that is a real threat to the existing culture, check this out from

Mohammed will likely become the most popular name for baby boys in Britain by the end of the year, The Times reported on Wednesday, citing government data.

Though official records from the Office for National Statistics list the spelling Mohammed 23rd in its yearly analysis of the top 3,000 names given to children, when all the different spellings of the name are taken into account, it ranks second, only behind Jack, according to The Times.

Thomas was third with 5,921 names, with Joshua and Oliver rounding out the top five. According to The Times, if the growth of the name Mohammed continues -- it rose by 12 percent last year -- the name will take the top spot by the end of this year.

A similar situation exists in France, of course, and Italy, and I don't know how many other western European countries. Some people go so far as to say that the fundamental cultures of these countries may been overwhelmed within a generation.
So while it's not likely that Francisco next door will become my best buddy, it's also true that we will get along fine. We both want to make a living, take care of our families, have a decent car, watch a good game, fire up the barbecue and have a cold one on the weekend. If Mohammed moves in, we've got a long way to go to get to that point.

Now THAT is an immigration problem.

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