Yet another reason to question what country California's loyalties are with

Kathy - posted on 05/07/2010 ( 18 moms have responded )

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Do American citizens have the right to express pride in their country by wearing the American flag public? Not in California they don’t. KNTV reports: (here is the youtube link to the news story: )

On any other day at Live Oak High School in Morgan Hill, Daniel Galli and his four friends would not even be noticed for wearing T-shirts with the American flag. But Cinco de Mayo is not any typical day especially on a campus with a large Mexican American student population.

Galli says he and his friends were sitting at a table during brunch break when the vice principal asked two of the boys to remove American flag bandannas that they wearing on their heads and for the others to turn their American flag T-shirts inside out. When they refused, the boys were ordered to go to the principal’s office.

“I think they should apologize cause it is a Mexican Heritage Day,” Annicia Nunez, a Live Oak High student, said. “We don’t deserve to be get disrespected like that. We wouldn’t do that on Fourth of July.”

What country is Morgan Hill in again? When Americans celebrate St. Patricks Day or Columbus Day, don’t we always see American flags flying right along side Irish and Italian ones? Why are the Mexican Americans at Live Oak High so insulted by the flag of the country that they live in? Do they not consider themselves Americans first?

The mother of one of the offending flag wearers gets it: “There will not be an apology. Matthew is part Hispanic. He is an American.” How many Californians consider themselves American these days? Heritage’s Israel Ortega wrote last week:

If there’s one thing Americans agree on, it’s that the United States is a nation of immigrants. Virtually everyone came from somewhere at some time. Even more important, though, is the fact that, after they arrived, they became Americans.

Sure, some people hyphenate. One can be African-American, Chinese-American or Italian-American, but there’s an “American” in there somewhere. This country was built by immigrants who understood they were indeed building something valuable. They assimilated to their new land.

The United States can’t afford to promote the creation of a group of second-class citizens who receive government-funded Spanish-speaking programs and services that serve only to further suppress economic progress among recent arrivals.

As the contentious debate nears, we should underscore the importance of ensuring that all freedom-loving people who come to the U.S. legally should be able to become Americans, regardless of race and creed.

Hispanic-Americans find themselves at an important crossroads of our country’s history, similar to the German and the Irish of the mid-19th century, who were confronted with the choice of gradually assimilating to the United States or hanging on to the allegiances of the old country.

Rather than politicize the debate, Hispanic leaders should seize the opportunity to reaffirm the virtues of equality, freedom and the pursuit of happiness. They’re living in the greatest country on the face of the earth. It’s time to help make it even better.

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Carol - posted on 05/18/2010

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I did a Cinco de Mayo Celebration for the group of Au Pairs I coordinate and one of them is Mexican. She said loud and clear that they don't celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Mexico. If you ask more of these Mexican/Americans, they don't even now what Cinco de Mayo is. No Mexican Heritage. They won a battle against the French on that particular day, to later get their behinds kicked. Yes it's pride, but no Mexican, in Mexico celebrates this. What the heck, again, this is what I'm saying, for other reasons they want to be Americans (to collect benefits, etc), but don't wear American Flags. I'm actually going to JC Penny and getting all kinds of Arizona clothing for me and the children and I'll get nice American flag other stuff. Enough is enough. Also, these students should really read their history. The US helped them to get out of that mess. I am a proud LEGAL IMMIGRANT who has respected the rules, now I'm an American citizen and so proud of it.

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Judith - posted on 05/24/2010

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Totally agree. I am also incensed that the Democrats in Congress gave the Mexican President a standing ovation when he denounced Arizona's proposed new law...Which, by the way, mirrors U.S. law. Personally I feel that Mexico should revise their immigration laws before they attack ours. So what if Texas, Arizona and California were once part of Spain/Mexico. They have not been for a verry long time, give it up already.

Gina - posted on 05/24/2010

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I proudly wear my flag shirt on the 4th of July along with my kids. This is ridiculous..... seriously!

Carol - posted on 05/24/2010

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I agree, if you don't like this country, if you don't like the flag, if you don't like the constitution, just LEAVE (we'll see what country takes you illegally though).

Athena - posted on 05/23/2010

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For those out there that find the American flag offensive should leave this country and not come back.

Caryn - posted on 05/21/2010

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My mom was naturalized a looooong time ago LOL! I'm guessing maybe back then you weren't allowed more than one copy.

Gianina - posted on 05/21/2010

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It's always best to request two or three 'stamped' approved documents. Just in case it gets lost or misplaced.
I requested 2 copies of my documents when had my green card. One was kept in a safe-deposit.

Caryn - posted on 05/21/2010

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BTW loved Ortega's response. No one seems willing to point out that allowing immigrants the ease of not having to assimilate is actually handicapping them. They can't move beyond the borders of the neighborhoods that they live in because they have never learned the language. I've seen this in Miami, the people who live in Little Havana and have only had to speak Spanish (because everyone in LH can speak it) can't move beyond its borders. It's even more ridiculous because most of the time in order to get a job in this area most times, you need to be able to speak Spanish. So they are being insulated from both sides.

Caryn - posted on 05/21/2010

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Carol you are so right! This stupid holiday was promoted in the US by beer brewers to get people out drinking. It makes me laugh to see these kids of Mexican extraction who don't even know what it is or what it means to actual Mexicans.

Gianina, my mom is also a naturalized American and several years ago she lost her naturalization papers. The INS is so inept, it took her a couple of years to get a new copy and even then she actually had to write to her Senator to get anything done! Having something like this on her license would sure have been helpful.

Millie - posted on 05/18/2010

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I COMPLETELY AGREE! This is the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA..........IF YOU COME HERE LEGALLY, YOU SHOULD ADAPT, NOT US ADAPT!!!!!

Sharon - posted on 05/17/2010

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Love America. Love Mexico. Who cares? The point is that these boys live in the United States so they can wear whatever Countries flag they want too, on any day they want to. This is the craziest thing I have read in a long time!! Shame on the Assistant Principal, and hooray to the boys who understand their constitution!!!

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You know if they do a national id, thats another way for the government to get more money. They will require the thing but at what fee? Bravo to the kids to stand up for the country.

Virginia - posted on 05/11/2010

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Wasn't that supossed to be the point of the national ID? No one but a citizen or legal resident could get one. It really irks me all the illegals driving. They can't obey 1 law so we're going to assume they obey all the driving laws which are in ENGLISH not spanish/another non english language?

Diane - posted on 05/10/2010

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Well I am sure people outside the state would protest that too. They probably think that we don't even need drivers licenses. LOL

Gianina - posted on 05/10/2010

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You're in AZ, Diane... is this something to pass to your legislators?? It would be a good starting point. However, I'm sure that has been suggested, but wonder???..what happen to that 'suggestion'.

Gianina - posted on 05/09/2010

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BRAVO !!!! I wear my flag everywhere... because I love this country. I came to this country 100% legal. I worked my butt off to follow every law that was given to me. Many years, I carried my 'green card' because that is what they told me. Now that I am a citizen, I wondered 'hey, where does it say that I am a citizen?" There should be an 'American citizen' written on every Drivers Licenses or ID.

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