When my ancestors came here from Poland and Lithuania, they were desperate to shrug off their heritage. I heard stories told my my grandmother how important it was for these new immigrants to come here and be American. Oh sure, they lived with other expats in towns. We are used to China Town, Greek Town, Little Italy, Pole Town and others, and it certainly exists today. East Plano has pockets of Latinos, Asians, and Indians. Richardson has a large Asian population as is quite marked by the Asian grocers along Greenville Ave.
For my family, this honor to be an American was so important to them, my grandfather went through the expense of changing my family namesake from Danielczak to Daniels in a court of law.
As I was driving to the store this afternoon, I found myself behind a vehicle handily sporting their Mexican flag. In the heat of this illegal alien debate, I cannot help but feel as this was meant to be a slap in the face of Americans rather than a show of national pride.
I find this concerning because I cannot help but feel they are breeding hatred in a sort of us versus them mentality. When I raise my Polish flag, I also raise my American flag. I am Polish American since everyone seems to be some sort of hyphenation these days, but most important, I am an American and I would not dream of flying a Polish flag by itself. To do that makes the statement that I am of allegiance to Poland, which I am not.
To fly the Mexican flag by itself means they hold allegiance to Mexico, and I have a real problem with this. If you are on American soil to participate in all this great land has to offer, you should show some respect. Flying the Mexican flag alone shows you have none. Just like flying the Confederate flag alone. Even at Tea Party rallies you will see both the Tea Party flag and the American flag.
Watching that flag waving, sans any hint at an American flag on the opposite side of the vehicle as many people do, made me angry. And then it hit me. If I felt this way, I'm sure many others do too and I see nothing good coming from this.
It was pretty clear that the driver was being belligerent and I see this same belligerence in the La Raza folk who wave their Mexican flags and yell at us that they are the ultimate race, and that this Texas land is rightfully theirs, which it isn't. I see a hated brewing toward the Mexicans who wave their flags at Americans. I wonder, do they recognize just how much better their lives are now that they are on his land, our land? The land we all share in this Constitutional Republic? Without the fruits they garner in America, their families would be starving. So to raise that flag and shout Viva La Raza, they are uttering fighting words and they have taken up the fight for their Central American brethren only to flex their own Mexican muscle in our faces. Sadly, their hatred will bring it back upon them.
With all this hatred I see coming, do we really need protests here in Wylie? Since Congress passed MilCon-VA, the Veterans Appropriations act of 2015 which slates several armories in Texas to be closed, including ours in Wylie. Is it a far cry to imagine the feds sending these children to be housed there next year, should the armory actually close its doors? Will the need for space for these children hasten its closure? This is potentially a real problem for Wylie.
I implore Wylie's leaders to take action before their options are taken away from them by an unconstitutional president and a derelict Congress. There are options available to them and one is passing a resolution like that just passed this week in League City and Galveston County.
Below is the text from the resolution and we need to ask Wylie City Council to consider doing the same immediately:
A Resolution To Protect the Health, Safety, and Security of the Residents of Smith County Texas
Posted by Heidi Thiess 328.20pc on July 03, 2014 · Flag
RESOLUTION NO. 2014-_______
A RESOLUTION OF THE COUNTY OF Smith County TexasTO PROTECT THE HEALTH, SAFETY, AND SECURITY OF OUR CITIZENS AND COMMUNITY; AND PROVIDING FOR OTHER MATTERS RELATED TO THE SUBJECTWHEREAS, the citizens of Smith County, Texas recognize their duty as law-abiding citizens to act in accordance with the U.S. Constitution and the Texas Constitution, and agree that their right to life, liberty, and property shall not be infringed; andWHEREAS, the federal government has failed to protect the homeland in accordance with Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution, Texas has the right and obligation to protect its citizens in accordance with Article 1, Section 1 of the Texas Constitution:Freedom and Sovereignty of State. Texas is a free and independent State, subject only to the Constitution of the United States, and the maintenance of our free institutions and the perpetuity of the Union depend upon the preservation of the right of local self-government, unimpaired to all the States.And is supported by Article 1, Section 29 of the Texas Constitution:Provisions of Bill of Rights Excepted from Powers of Government; To Forever Remain Inviolate. To guard against transgressions of the high powers herein designated, we declare that everything in this (Texas) "Bill of Rights" is excepted out of the general powers of government, and shall forever remain inviolate, and all laws contrary thereto, or to the following provisions, shall be void.WHEREAS, the citizens of Smith County Texas are greatly concerned regarding the ongoing massive influx of illegal aliens seeking unauthorized entry to the United States; andWHEREAS, it is estimated that more than 90,000 minors will arrive in the United States during the 2014 fiscal year and an additional 145,000 illegal alien minors in 2015 fiscal year, with most expected to remain in Texas cities and communities; andWHEREAS, the leaders of Smith County question the impact that the sudden influx of school-age illegal minors will have on our Independent School Districts’ (ISD) educational funding, school resources, campus security, and health safety for our children; andWHEREAS, health advisories report that many illegal aliens suffering from diseases endemic in their countries of origin are being released into our communities; andWHEREAS, the federal government is actively seeking more locations within Texas towns and counties to accommodate the unprecedented overflow of illegal aliens and unaccompanied minors; andWHEREAS, the increasing volume of illegal aliens is already bankrupting some cities and counties in the State of Texas by overwhelming the local medical, educational, law enforcement, and judicial systems; andWHEREAS, members of dangerous transnational criminal organizations and radical Islamic terror groups continue to exploit the situation to infiltrate the United States for the purpose of establishing criminal activity, terror cells, and training operations within our homeland; andWHEREAS, without a secure border Texas cities and communities cannot protect the health and safety of their citizens;NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNTY OF SMITH, TEXAS, as follows:Section 1. That all agencies of the County of Smith County are instructed to refuse requests or directives by federal agencies to permit or establish any facility for the purposes of processing, housing, or detaining any illegal aliens, designated as “refugee” or otherwise.Section 2. We hereby appeal to our state legislators and elected officials for action and accountability to urgently address the continuing influx of illegal aliens across our border.Through State executive and legislative actions demand that the Federal government provide additional resources for new and/or existing Border Patrol checkpoints, and employ a contiguous physical barrier where strategically prudent.Demand the Texas State Legislature enhance state smuggling and human trafficking laws, and provide civil liability protections for Texan landowners against criminal trespassers.Demand the Texas State Legislature abolish any and all state-controlled or sponsored magnets that exacerbate the problem of rampant illegal immigration, such as (but not limited to): in-state tuition subsidies, welfare benefits, and free non-emergency health care for illegal aliens.Require the State to perform a cost/benefit analysis of the illegal alien presence and report that cost to Texas taxpayers and state agencies.Pass legislation to prohibit “sanctuary cities” which restrict law enforcement from determining the immigration status of detainees after the commission of a crime within our communities.Section 3. That civic responsibility demands that community and state leaders begin crisis planning immediately to address the unprecedented wave of foreign minor school age children that could be enrolled in Texas schools this summer; andSection 4. That the County of Smith County, State of Texas, calls on other communities and jurisdictions to join with us in this action by passing similar Resolutions.Section 5. That copies of this Resolution be immediately transmitted to the Governor of the State of Texas; the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Texas’ legislature; each individual legislator that represents our County in the State of Texas; the Commissioner’s Court of Smith County; and the Sheriff of Smith County.PASSED AND APPROVED on the _______ day of July, 2014.