Let’s Face It

So apparently, Dora the Explorer has become the face of the current immigration debate. Something about the “ambiguous” nature of her U.S. citizenship. That’s right, a fictitious character from an animated children’s TV show where the plot centers around the aforementioned main character and her adventures with a pet monkey and a talking backpack, (including catching the ice-cream truck before it leaves, and making it home on time before a rainstorm). Yes, I can totally see the relevance of episodes titled “Bugga, Bugga,” and “Hic-Boom-Ohhh,” to the new law in Arizona, SB 1070, wherein a person is “presumed to not be an alien who is unlawfully present in the United States’ if he or she presents any of the following four forms of identification: (a) a valid Arizona driver license; (b) a valid Arizona nonoperating identification license; (c) a valid tribal enrollment card or other tribal identification; or (d) any valid federal, state, or local government-issued identification, if the issuer requires proof of legal presence in the United States as a condition of issuance.” The fact that a 7 year-old cartoon is somehow at the crux of several discussions concerning U.S. policies and legislation is beyond absurd. Um, what’s next, is Spongebob going to be the face of the BP oil spill in the Gulf because he lives in “a pineapple under the sea”? Should we be expecting an exclusive interview with the Little Mermaid on “60 Minutes” soon? Will the President of the United States hold a meeting with Aquaman and Captain Planet to get their “expert opinions” on the situation? (He’d probably benefit more from their advice than what he’s getting now, anyway.) But let’s face it: these discussions, however immature they may be, are not too far from what we hear coming from our leaders and so-called professionals. Hmmm. . .

To be continued. . .



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