The June 7 Washington Post front paged a story that tried to pretty up the social dysfunction resulting from mass immigration from the Third World to the First.
The initial subject is Mexican Lupe Avalos who joined up with the local volunteer fire department in a Oklahoma panhandle town. Guymon (population 11,545) has been rapidly hispanicized since the opening of a meat-packing plant in 1996. Avalos’ friends can’t understand why he wants to spend time with white Americans at the firehouse, so it seems the principle of assimilation to the values and culture of the United States looks pretty much dead.
As usual, the great majority of foreigners come for the money and free stuff, period.
The American town has flipped to become majority Hispanic in just two decades, and not all of the foreign residents are legal. The Post thinks the locals are not sufficiently embracing the secular religion of Diversity, and the paper characterized the cultural shift as “fraught.”
Fire chiefs look to growing Latino population to rescue the languishing small-town firehouse, Herald-News (Joliet, Illinois), By Tim Craig, The Washington Post, June 6, 2018
GUYMON, Okla. – Three months into the job, Lupe Avalos still hears from the skeptics.
His twin brother and Latino friends wonder why a 20-year-old man born in Mexico decided to volunteer for one of the oldest, clubbiest small-town traditions – the American firehouse.
“They are like, ‘Oh, you are over there being white again with your firefighter friends,’ ” said Avalos, who was born in Mexico and brought to the United States by his parents when he was 4 years old. “But I like it, and I’m learning a lot of new things by getting involved in the community.”
This town in the center of Oklahoma’s panhandle has seen a huge demographic shift, flipping from majority-white to majority-Hispanic in the span of two decades. It’s a transformation reflected across many parts of America, one that is reshaping core community institutions, including those that provide the most critical services.
The traditional firehouse is feeling particularly pressured as the population of young white men it typically relied on for staffing declines and it struggles to connect with a burgeoning immigrant community. The dynamic has left firehouses short-staffed and Latino communities underserved.
From 1984 through 2015, the number of volunteer firefighters dipped nearly 10 percent to about 815,000, even as calls to fire departments nearly tripled, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
Now, community leaders across the country are rethinking firehouse cultures as they try to recruit more first- and second-generation immigrants.
“Communities that need help, they are reaching out to their neighbors, and their neighbors are changing,” said Rob Leonard of the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York.
The cultural shift has been fraught at times.
Following is a little story of illegal alien values: the mother of an unlawful family died when she received no medical attention after a heart attack because the family feared being deported.
Wait, weren’t we told that Mexicans have family values in abundance? Apparently not, which brings into question whether admitting millions of Third Worlder aliens is good idea, when some won’t even protect a mother.
Jesus Uribe, a career firefighter in Guymon of Mexican descent, recalls when a Hispanic neighbor knocked on his door late one September night.
“Can you come help? My wife died,” the man said.
Uribe rushed next door and discovered the woman had suffered an apparent heart attack hours earlier. Her four children – two of whom were teenagers with cellphones – had been home at the time but never called for help. They worried it would trigger a response from immigration officials, Uribe said.
“He came to me,” said Uribe, 29, “but only because . . . if someone found his wife dead at his house, he feared he was going to get deported and all of his kids were going to be in the system.”