Ok, but I've seen my fair share of St Pats celebrations (of which most participants probably weren't even sober enough to hold a flag, granted) and Columbus day - without seeing any flags other than the US. Ditto my remark above. Plus, unless I'm mistaken, Hawaii is a US state. I too see them everywhere, flying underneath the US flag however. And again, we don't disagree with that part. This country is not called the "melting pot" without cause. But as proud as I am of my ethnic heritage, I am first and foremost an American, as was my parents, grandparents. And so are the overwhelming majority of the other (legal) immigrants. I visit many ethnic restraunts - never have a problem finding someone to take my order in English (although quite happy to receive the order in their native tongue, bein?). However, I have had occasional trouble in fast food restraunts in Florida having the person taking my order unable to speak or effectively understand english! I have seen many, many ethnic neighborhoods. The first generation, (old ones), struggle with english. But the kids, learn english. They often learn their native tongue as well, but they learn english, and the generations that follow. It is easy to spot the illegal aliens here, the children don't speak english. Its a colonial attitude by these new "immigrants". They whine and complain about the processes we have, but they don't seem interested in becoming a part of the US, just taking a piece of the US and creating their own little colony - and the rest of us have to bend over and come to them. All I'm saying is this flies in the face of generations of legit immigration by a great number of nationalities. Its not ethnic pride I'm talking about. Its ethnic exclusivism. Or are you saying saying that these illegal mexican "immigrants" are somehow inferior to the other immigrants that we must now somehow bend the rules to benefit them. I, personnaly, have never seen a US ballot printed in german, russian, chinese, ... I know of no pushes to teach basic school classes (like math) bilingually in french/english, vietnamese/english,... yet somehow we must do this for hispanics? No. A country has the rights to govern their bordors. There is no guaranteed right for anyone to come to America. But still the door is wide open - but certain procedures must be followed. And this is not land for the taking, we welcome citizens and people who want to encorporate into our society. If you're only showing up here for the paycheck, and everything else you live and breath is for the wonderful Mexican homeland, I say "beat it". I'm sure that will offend the liberal horde here, but that's my feeling. I welcome all who want to become a part of our society. But while retaining the ethnic heritage and richness thereof, one gives up the allegiance to the old homeland. They can become a part of the US, which means (among other things) learning to speak the dominant language here and to follow our laws - just like generations of immigrants before them,.... or then can beat a path back to their homeland and stay there, with help from wire fences and armed guards if necessary.