A viral email is an email message that is passed from person to person, almost like a virus. I’ll laugh at them when they reach me, but I very rarely pass them on. Today, I’ll make an exception, but the message will be posted here rather than in email. I have written about immigration before, both legal and illegal. If you don’t want to read all my previous articles, I’d suggest that you read my simple question about illegal immigration, and my write-up of troubles on the southern border.
Every copy I have found on the internet attributes this to a letter to the editor, but no one can identify the newspaper in question. It is also interesting to see the slight variations that are attached to the beginning and ending of the email. Here it is:
Recently large demonstrations have taken place across the country protesting the fact that Congress is finally addressing the issue of illegal immigration. Certain people are angry that the US might protect its own borders, might make it harder to sneak into this country and, once here, to stay indefinitely. Let me see if I correctly understand the thinking behind these protests.
Let’s say I break into your mobile home, manufactured office, or house. Let’s say that when you discover me in your house, you insist that I leave. But I say, “I’ve made all the beds and washed the dishes and did the laundry and swept the floors; I’ve done all the things you don’t like to do. I’m hard-working and honest (except for when I broke into your house).
According to the protesters, not only must you let me stay, you must add me to your family’s insurance plan, educate my kids, and provide other benefits to me and to my family (my husband will do your yard work because he too is hard-working and honest, except for that breaking in part).
If you try to call the police or force me out, I will call my friends who will picket your house carrying signs that proclaim my right to be there.
It’s only fair, after all, because you have a nicer house than I do, and I’m just trying to better myself. I’m hard-working and honest, um, except for well, you know.
And what a deal it is for me!! I live in your house, contributing only a fraction of the cost of my keep, and there is nothing you can do about it without being accused of selfishness, prejudice and being an anti-housebreaker. Oh yeah, and I want you to learn my language so you can communicate with me.”