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Here’s the Face of the Immigration ‘Problem’


Umberto, left and his brother (right) official members of the The Mudflats crew, with Brian the Moose.

[Editors note: We sent Zach to the border to cover the story of the children immigrants, or as we call them refugees.]

I met Umberto in McAllen, Texas. He’s one of the immigrants that Fox News and the right have been claiming are bringing everything from pot to the plague across the southern border.

Truthfully, Umberto is one of the coolest kids I’ve ever met – and I didn’t understand a word he said to me. I’m currently working on getting everything translated. From the moment I met him, he was hamming it up for the camera, grabbing my mic and doing everything from soccer play by play to singing. He mocked me for my shameful lack of Spanish knowledge.

His family spent a week on the road from Central America to arrive in the border town of McAllen, Texas. From there, they’re headed to another Texas town to meet their grandmother.

I’ll have more about Umberto and his family in the coming days, but I just wanted take a moment and put a face to this issue. These are people who just want a better life from countries are being destroyed thanks to NAFTA, and CAFTA, and our need for drugs. So unless we want to remove a statue from the shores of Manhattan, we might want to stick to the pledge.

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…


Our newest production intern for The Mudflats, Spanish language




15 Responses to “Here’s the Face of the Immigration ‘Problem’”
  1. Cindy Gaguine says:

    And then we have people like Shane Holt, the face of Fox News! You can’t force feelings such as understanding and compassion on people like him.

    • mike from iowa says:

      Where are the Billy Goats Gruff when you need troll removal?

    • Alaska Pi says:

      shaneholt is all over Alaska news and blog sites spreading that peculiar flavor of stomach acid we see here.
      Pitiful and predictable.

      • mike from iowa says:

        Slightly OT. Was wondering if you ever heard of Stormfront and why Alaskans seemed to be enamored with white supremacy?Montana,Idaho,Oregon and Alaska are the most involved.

        • Alaska Pi says:

          I hadn’t heard of them until a recent NYT article . Yech.
          NYT article is haywire though- Alaska is NOT overwhelmingly looking round at some things- next time we get an open thread maybe I’ll know something I can share or someone else will.

          Go Umberto!!

  2. mike from iowa says:

    I vote we keep the Umbertos of the world and deport wingnut politicians,at least at a one to one ratio. Been my experience that wingnut pols are neither cute or fun to be around.

    • Alaska Pi says:

      I second that motion!

      • Zyxomma says:

        I third. Let’s take a vote … passed!!

        • Alaska Pi says:


          • mike from iowa says:

            Ain’t democracy great when it works like it is supposed to? I now nominate both Pi and Zyx as humanitarians of the world and for your prize you get fresh,new potatoes from my garden.Just dug the first one last night. Simply superb. Yum Yum. 🙂 🙂

  3. He is marvelous…!! And a treasure!

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