Arizonans should not be judged disdainfully and from a distance by people whose closest contacts with Hispanics are with fine men and women who trim their lawns and put plates in front of them at restaurants, not with illegal immigrants passing through their back yards at 3 a.m.
There are 47 million Latinos in the United States. Will’s assumption that the only ones known to the readers he’s addressing are likely to be waiting tables or mowing lawns is quite bizarre–and a testament to how homogeneous his world must be.
Equally strange is the contrast he draws between the “fine” individuals his readers know and the presumably more sinister types found in Arizona backyards. Arizona is not the only state with many Latino residents, nor with numerous unauthorized immigrants. At the beginning of his column, Will mocks House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for representing San Francisco, but California has more undocumented workers per capita and eight times as many in total; shouldn’t he stop judging her disdainfully from a distance?