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Private Screening of “A Day Without A Mexican” for Arnold Schwarzenegger?

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California’s actor governor knows all about film screenings. After his latest off the cuff and out of control quip:

“Close the borders. Close the borders in California, and all across Mexico and the United States. Because I think it is just unfair to have all of those people coming across, and to have the borders open the way it is. We in California have to still finish the border. That is the key thing — to have borders and to keep the law, enforce the law.” Schwarzenegger told hundreds of newspaper publishers at the Newspaper Association of America convention at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco.

Arnold needs to arrange a private screening of Sergio Arau and Yareli Arizmendi’s film – “A Day Without A Mexican”.
In an interview with Bija Gutoff on the Apple Final Cut Pro site Sergio explains the genesis of the film:

“I was waiting for my car to be washed, and this guy handed me a tip,” says Sergio Arau. “In a restaurant someone heard me speaking Spanish and asked me to bring water. I’d say to myself, ‘Do I look like I work here?’”

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Yareli Arizmendi and Sergio Arau

A well-known journalist, cartoonist, animator, musician and film and video director in Mexico City, Arau was used to being viewed as a serious professional. So it was a shock to discover how little his resume counted in the U.S.

“What happened?” asks Arau. “I had a long career before I came here, and because I didn’t speak English, for the first time in my life I was a minority. No one knew or cared about the work I had done. What’s worse, they didn’t even see me.”

As an immigrant, Arnold Schwarzenegger should realize the unwarranted and destructive nature of his comments. Close off immigration from Mexico, Central and South America and California will grind to a halt. Take a break Arnold. Grab a bowl of popcorn. Screen “A Day Without A Mexican”. Get ready to laugh and learn a few things. Remember Arnold; it’s that other newly elected German-speaking guy who thinks he is infallible.

a day without a mexican

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  • RedTard

    How dare Arnold suggest we enforce our laws!

  • WTF

    Speaking of illegal stuff crossing the borders…. this is your brain after steroids.

    The Guv’ner can say anything he wishes. Until there is a socio-economic change in any country, state, whatever… south of our border… migration will always be an issue.

    I know, let’s ensure they are only Christians who cross the borders… sort of a test to ensure some kind of personality baseline…. after all, common riff-raff shouldn’t be accessing our system…

    But seriously folks…. as soon as money, welfare systems, public systems start degrading to a point that citizens can not be guaranteed help… then the immigration policy will change.

    Any politician who advocates open borders are more than welcome to house the immigrants or have them camp out on his/her property as long as need be. Then we’ll see a tidal shift. For the present, the great colander we call a border, and the repercussions of that wholly inadequate line in the sand… is on the backs of the middle and lower class of citizens, because their benefits and programs are bearing the brunt of overextension by illegal immigrants. Period.

  • Virtus

    This is funny:
    I know, let’s ensure they are only Christians who cross the borders… sort of a test to ensure some kind of personality baseline…. after all, common riff-raff shouldn’t be accessing our system…

    As if the largest religion in Mexico isn’t Catholicism (Read: Christianity).

    Way to be way off the mark in your quest to seek out and find religious discrimination where it doesn’t lie…

    “What happened?” asks Arau. “I had a long career before I came here, and because I didn’t speak English, for the first time in my life I was a minority. No one knew or cared about the work I had done. What’s worse, they didn’t even see me.”

    What do you want? If I go to Russia or Mexico or somewhere and don’t speak the language, I can’t expect to all of a sudden be famous because of what I did in my own country; why is this guy special?

    We cut down on illegal immigration from nearly every other country…why can’t we enforce illegal immigration laws from Mexico?

    People try to make a “racism” argument, but visa and illegal immigration laws are enforced much more strictly in Europe than even Mexico…

  • Chris

    Of course, leave it to a dimwit to totally take his comments out of context.

    I’m SURE that’s what Arnold meant, to close the borders to all immigrants. Has it crossed your mind that we have thousands upon thousands of illegal immigrants coming in to our country every year?

    Maybe he meant those people?

    Wait, no maybe, HE DID YOU MORON.

    The illegals are costing us more than they are helping.

    CLOSE THE BORDERS to ILLEGAL immigration. Come here the legal way if you want to.

  • sydney

    Virtus,

    I don’t think anyone is suggesting that America doesnt have a right to prevent illegal immigration.

    I think the issue is that fear and ignorance are more common factors driving the push to crack down on illegal immigration. There needs to be some intellignet dialouge on the issue. The Terminator, unfortunately, is incapable, or unwilling to provide it.

    Having said this, I do think that this post fails to make a clear point. I’m not convinced that there is a relationship between The Terminator’s comments and the subtle racisim that Mr. Arau expererienced. Perhaps it is this; REducing the issue to such simplistic terms, as The terminator has done, creates a climate in which people people are developing prejudices about mexican people? I don’t know…

  • http://paperfrigate.blogspot.com DrPat

    Hey, sydney, we elected him. Please quit calling him “The Terminator” and give him his proper title.

    “The Governator”

  • sydney

    I apologize.

    I forgot that he was elected. Isn’t that unbelievable? It really is… yet, in America, it’s somehow not surprising. I mean, American politicians, really are, ACTORS at heart .

  • WTF

    “As if the largest religion in Mexico isn’t Catholicism” — Did that statement of mine, actually sound serious? That wasn’t the intent… I was sure the the subsequent paragraph starting with…

    “But seriously” would have been a clue…

    Alas Vitris, is another knee jerk reactionary to anything regarding “religionism” of which the Catholics are probably at the top of the “religionism” heap… therefore…

    Virtus… I claim you HEALED in the name of Jesus… now go forth and make disiples of men, as you were instructed to do by Jesus Christ himself.