I think it’s time for me to comment on the previous post, “Enchiladas, Margaritas and Illegal Immigration,” this time as a writer.
As Greg Levin says in his comment on that post, I took a “creative risk.” The risk was that some people would not read beyond the first paragraph. This would cause one side to think I am completely in agreement with them and the other side to think I am completely bigoted. Both of these first impressions would be completely wrong, as you would see by reading all 440 words.
My main goal was to show the ambivalence of the American people towards illegal immigration by personifying it in myself. I try to give discerning readers a hint of this ambivalence in the first paragraph by contrasting the major issue of illegal immigration with the petty issues of littering and pressing “1” for English.
In the second paragraph, continuing the imagined discussion with illegal immigrants, I come to the realization that all of my feelings are not negative. Then, in the third paragraph I reveal my confused feelings with the “reprehensible, disgusting lawbreakers with adorable children” declaration and by saying I would do as they have done if in their shoes.
In the last paragraph I contrast the stereotypical symbols of Mexican culture, “enchiladas and margaritas,” with a very beautiful piece of classical music by Mexican composer Manuel Ponce.
These were my intentions and writing devices.