Line in the sand

Billboard conservatives

Line in the sand:Thousands dead on September 11 weren't enough to move Congress to secure the nation's borders. A dangerous trek across miles of desert isn't enough to stop impoverished illegal immigrants heading northward in search of jobs.

What ever will we do about illegal immigration? Hey, Buzz knows! Let's put up a billboard!

Yeah, it doesn't sound like much of an idea to Buzz, either, but the people at Virginia-based GrassFire.org disagree. The conservative grassroots advocacy group is behind the new "Stop the Invasion" billboard on Interstate 35 at Inwood Road. The group raised enough money for the sign within 24 hours of first soliciting donations, communications director Ron De Jong says, and nearly all of it came from Texans.

So, are immigrants supposed to read the billboard, slap their foreheads and turn south? That's not the point, De Jong says. GrassFire.org plans to place more signs in other states that target specific legislators and urge voters to contact them. (GrassFire supports a border fence, opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants and favors making legal immigration easier, De Jong says.)

But what GrassFire really wants is for Congress to just do something about the border. "Just do it," De Jong says. "They're really good at talking about it."


While we're on the subject of unveilings, let's welcome Gustavo Arellano to the pages of the Dallas Observer. Arellano, a staff member at our sister paper the OC Weeklyin Orange County, California, writes "Ask a Mexican" (page 21),a wonderfully snarky column that explains Mexican culture to clueless gringos--no, sorry, the correct word is gabachos, according to Arellano's glossary of terms, which we'll publish this week on our Web site. (Apparently "pinche puto pendejo basoso" is not a special at our favorite Tex-Mex restaurant. Damn that waiter.)

The column started as a one-time gag with a made-up question at the OC Weekly, but Arellano immediately started getting real questions from readers, so it became a regular feature. Arellano says he smacks gabachos and Mexicans alike, when they deserve it, and the response has been about half-positive and half-outrage. He'll fit right in here.

Of course, Buzz had only one real question for Arellano: Is he looking to move into a certain columnist's space at one-third the salary?

He laughed. "All of you guys better watch out," he said.

He was kidding. We hope.

 
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