i live in a mexican part of town. the common qualm that most people have with mexicans, is that they "come in here, and work for such low pay,...and..," that is usually the jest. this coming from the same folks who drive luxury cars, own beautiful homes, but (i work at a grocery store) won't buy anything that is not on sale. the mexican people in this town are some of the most down to earth people i have ever met. they are very family oriented and seem to have a take-nothing-for-granted demeanor. they often possess the qualities that the dominant population of this town lacks. folks accuse these people of just wanting to "come over here and take advantage of our wealth and riches." i view that attitude as a reflection of their being too caught up in the wealth and riches that they identify with, which is one of America's general faults. immigration is anologous to an invasion, or a virus. a virus attacks the body where it is weak. the body is forced to gobble up the good, and shit out the bad. the virus itself is not the problem. the problem is the conflict between our body's workings, and the virus. once the virus is in our body, washing our hands, and taking vitamins will not work to prevent from happening what has already happened. it will only aid in ridding the body of what is bad, which is not specifically the virus. the virus that invades your body becomes a part of you forever. if an immigrant interacts with me in a more genuine way than my supposed friend, i would much rather see my supposed friend disposed of. that is the truth, it is not some pleasant fantasy that i indulge in that makes me feel like a true humanitarian. i trust my feelings concerning my interactions with all people, regardless of their ethnicity, more than i do research and evidence. "you can't trust anyone these days." yes, this is a common catch phrase used around here, that usually goes hand in hand with ignorant gossipers. people sit at the dinner table and tell stories about how they always make sure to lock their doors. these are often the same people that opperate with shady business dealings and would secretly love nothing more than the opportunity to run over an immigrant just to spite them. i understand that people feel this way. thats just the way it is. everything that happens is part of life's cycle. immigration happens, societies collapse. but, i know that when shit hits the fan, i hope that i am part of a group of genuine, trustworthy folks, regardless of their ethnic background, beliefs, and whatever else.