My good friend and new correspondent for SE Texas, Dick, has some thoughts on today's immigration protests:
No massive demonstrations protesting proposed immigration reforms are taking place here in Beaumont. That is not to say no showings of solidarity for the cause are taking place around Southeast Texas. Supposedly some demonstrations were held at the mall and at other places. Beaumont's Catholic Bishop, Curtis J. Guillory, also had called for a special mass today at St. Anthony church for people to pray for guidance for the nation's leaders on this issue. While those at mass were at it, I hope they prayed for the nation because of its leaders, not that I am big on the power of prayer.
But if not many are taking place in demonstrations today here in Beaumont and across Southeast Texas -- at least those in the Hispanic community -- it is because they are tearing off old shingles that Hurricane Rita blew to hell and are putting on new ones.
That is just figurative, of course. Not all Hispanics are roofers any more than all Republicans wear Sansabelt slacks. The point is that most roofers you see here are Hispanic and you see a lot of roofers because of Rita's wrath. Rita created a serious worker shortage here and I dare say that the roofing companies from Houston and Dallas and Florida that flocked to this area after the storm would not have been replacing roofs left and right without a predominantly brown labor pool.
And people here are like everywhere else (perhaps a bit more Yellow Dog Democrat than the rest of the state), they want the border to quit leaking people. But they also want their roofs to not leak.
So in the end, my fellow Southeast Texans may not feel secure with the border situation and the influx of illegal immigrants. But, by God, they are a whole lot drier.