Monday, November 14, 2011


THIS  post has been aging for quite some time.  I was once one of them migrants in the US Army, 6 in the south and 16 months in Deutschland plus half me life, 6 decades, in  the north east of  USA.

Puerto Rico is a USA territory  and the inhabitants citizens of that country.  Please keep that in mind while reading. Our migration to America the Beautiful is not illegal, even if we are treated as any other illegal Spanish speaker migrant in some contexts and situations, the transition is somejuat easier.

Migration in Europe has its characteristics, peculiarities making it somejuat different than the flow from Mexico to USA, but the same in most.  If you do a little research, you will find that almost one third of USA was once Mexico.  In essence, Mexicans without documents are illegals on what  used to be their own country, like apartheid was once a rule, that needs no elaboration.

My stance on illegal migrants is simple.  If they look 'for a better future' for their families,  a job and getting it, even if working for peanuts, keep their families at home. Get your job, money and go back. Do not bring spouse, children, mother, father, cousins, nephews and everyjuan else to the country tolerating your presence. and  That should be a rule in  any country, from my  perspective.

Puerto Rico has been invaded twice in the last 60 years, with some interesting results. Cubans were mostly white, educated, entrepreneurs, while Dominicans are black, not educated nor creating jobs, as the first did at one time.  The majority of the first group left town to la SAUESERA in 
Florida, while the others will remain, causing known problems in  housing, education, crime, integration just like any other uninvited guests imposing their presence upon you.

NOW that I have warmed up, lets take vegetation.  Look for  similarities between weeds and migrants, stretch that imagination. The problems they both create are evident.  I hope it is not just my perception or imagination. At any rate, dissents are welcome.

Organisms 'in the wrong place' are a familiar challenge in  the modern world.  Beings of all kinds move from one culture to another, creating problems of adjustment on both sides, and sometimes new opportunities, too.  Weeds are part of this great company of outsiders, who appear where they are not always welcome.  It would be wrong to make glib comparisons between our attitudes towards displaced plants and displaced humans, or to assume, for instance, that an entirely justified concern about invasive plants stems from a kind of botanical xenophobia.  Weeds cause trouble in a quite objective sense, and our reactions to and treatment of them are often entirely rational.  Nevertheless, the shape of our cultural response to them is familiar.  The archetypal weed is the mistrusted intruder.

It takes up space and resources that by rights belong to the indigenous inhabitants. Its vulgarity makes it the vegetable equivalent of the 'the great unwashed'.  Its frequently alien origins  and almost always alien ways test the limits of our tolerance. Do we show forbearance and try to accommodate it?  Or  strive to stop it migrating from its original wild home into our cultivated enclaves?  The familiar conundrums of multiculturalism echo in weed ecology too.

to be continued 

taken from
Richard Mabey
Harper Collins Publishers 

Any comment is some criteria pretty please with sugar on top... 


  1. And yet what kind of role model do we offer them? We don't take care of what we have, what little is left that's not covered with concrete, asphalt or some crappy lawn that looks like astroturf.

  2. Natives in any context, do not have to provide role modeling,for illegal immigrants. The latter have to learn by imitation, in this context you are correct, in general, you are mistaken,since nojuan invited them to come and stay, bringing the whole fucking extended family later.


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