A Buenos Aires Native Wonders What Would Happen If Argentina Were Our Southern Neighbor
February 22, 2010, 04:00 AM
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From: Alberto (e-mail him)

What if America`s south of the border neighbor were Argentina instead of Mexico?

Americans would never complain about immigration from the south  because Argentina is  97 percent white.

In the U.S., a Hispanic is perceived as brown Mexican or Central American with Aztec or Mayan roots, possibly a black from the Caribbean islands or any "mulatto`` that speaks Spanish.

That is why when Americans visit Argentina, they can`t believe their eyes and think somehow they took the wrong flight and landed in Europe.

All this because of the misconception and /or ignorance in the use of the term "Hispanic" to indicate a race that does not exist. Just because a people speak the same language does not mean they are of the same race.

Joe Guzzardi comments: We get this a lot—that if immigrants were white Europeans, we would be happy as clams. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am no more supportive of more immigrants from Sicily than I am from any other country. Immigration moratorium now!