"Is the illegal immigrants issue really thinly disguised racism, akin to the undisguised racism of the "English Only" folks?"
I don't think its about racism when legal Americans, see others here illegally, taking advantage of our systems, and promoting terrorisum.....it's not about racism, illigals are simply unjust and unfair to those who came here legally and went through our system and have now become working members of the community. Would you allow someone into your home you didn't know, to sleep there, and go into your refigerator, sit down at your table, wear your cloths, take showers, wash their cloths and not give you a red cent toward any expenses? That is what its like...and it breeds resentment, dislike, distrust...b/c in plain english, they are stealing from us...robbing us blind and becoming chaotic. Now we have a world full of people who have no respect for the laws or the privacy and land of another.
No, it is not about racism, it is simply about us standing back and watching other breaking the law, and it being excused, it's like a slap in the face, and some people take it way more seriously and personally then others, and you cannot blame them. A law is a law....period.
Not to menton, illegals can vote, have rights to protest, and did nothing to become a working member of the U.S.
They don't pay taxes, they recieve free medical attention, and they will run to the emergency room with their kids who have colds for treatment and they don't pay for it. It is not fair to other Americans who do pull their load, yanno?
Then they send all the money they are making back to their countries??????? Think about it? I don't believe many people have problems with immigration, it is illegal immigration, no matter what name you give it, is breaking the law, and a law is a law, it has to be, otherwise, all else becomes chaotic...and the ripple effect of this is going to be very difficult to swallow.