Esther Cepeda: Don't Make Hasty Generalizations
"Sure, it's powerful and inspiring to hear the president pay tribute to immigrants' contributions to this country even as so many others ignore their work while pressuring people to self-deport. But a few parts of the Hispanic blogosphere got carried away and saw the [July 4th Naturalization] ceremony as a vindication of good, hardworking and patriotic illegal immigrants," says columnist Esther Cepeda. "The problem is that blurring the lines between legal and illegal immigrants, even if only to humanize the most dehumanized population in America, brings all immigrants down instead of lifting them all up. Trust me, no one reacts more strongly to being accused of being in this country illegally than the immigrant who is not."