Based on their numerical presence in the U.S. armed forces, Latinos are over represented on the list of those killed in action. The Pentagon figures also show that Latinos represent 17.5 percent of soldiers in ground-combat positions, even though they are just 12% of the U.S. population.
While Latino soldiers are dying thousands of miles away in order to defend our freedoms, and a higher percentage of our young men have stepped up to protect this country, we back home are doing our best to terrorize Latino immigrants.
And if that's not enough to make decent Americans burn with anger, how about this gem: One of the first deaths recorded after the March 2003 invasion of Iraq was that of Marine Cpl. Jose Gutierrez, a 22-year-old native of Guatemala who was not a U.S. citizen.
While I applaud President Bush's executive order to lift the label of "illegal" off of the memory of those fallen soldiers without papers, it is equally wrong to dehumanize people back home by labelling them as "illegals" and terrorizing them simply because they're seeking to provide the labor that American nationals and American companies demand.
We will look back on this period in American history as one of national shame.
Thanks to Hispanic Tips for this bit of unfortunate news.