You don't have to actually see the movie A Day Without A Mexican to imagine how horrible this film is. This 2004 released film by director Sergio Arau is poorly directed, and acted, but most importantly the script is horrible. I usually don't like mockumentaries anyways but what was a random DVD rental a year or so ago was about 100 minutes of bizarre torture.
But my reason for posting is because I have read a few places (like here in the Denver Post) about how May 1, 2006 is scheduled to be a "Day Without A Latino." To help "Americans" see how essential Latino's are to our everyday life.
And I've got to wonder...has this really been refuted. When recent legistlation has been discussed about the serious issue of illegal immigration politicians are generally interested in the voice of the Latino community, largely because it is so large, and increasingly growing. Immigration issues are a difficult topic because some people benefit and some people are hurt by illegals.
I think illegal immigrants from Mexico and other Latin American countries will continue to enter with very little ability by the government to stop them, BUT I think this legislation with guest workers actually has more chances of opening and allowing greater immigration of people from countries like India and Pakistan, because they will be able to come in for cheaper wages legally.
Anyways...We'll see how May 1st turns out, but if it is anything like the movie that tries to hard to raise awareness of the Latin contribution, it will fall flat and be uninspiring. Events like this create divisions more than unification.
Side note: The original tagline for the film was "On May 14 there will be no Mexicans in California." It would have been funny if the organizers of this event would have pushed the date back to line up with the date in the movie.
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