Even Racially Diverse Miami Split on Immigration

The immigration debate has deep roots in Miami

By Anel Disla and Courtenay Tucker
|  Thursday, Jun 30, 2011  |  Updated 2:45 PM EDT
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Even Racially Diverse Miami Split on Immigration

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WASHINGTON - APRIL 10: Nine-year-old Jonathan Reyes-Yanes of Washington peeks through the flags of El Salvador, the United States and Honduras while joining the tens of thousands of demonstrators taking part in the National Day of Action for Immigrant Justice, or La Marcha, April 10, 2006 on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Protests, marches and rallies were held across the United States today as the issue of immigration rights and justice appears stalled in the U.S. Congress. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

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The Arizona Immigration Law has sparked some heated debate across the nation, including South Florida despite its diverse population.

A recent road sign hack on the Palmetto, by an unknown assailant, stated “No Latinos, No Tacos”. It didn’t take long to cause mixed reactions amongst drivers, it was not until 6 a.m. that Florida Highway Patrol noticed the message.

Comments posted on NBCMiami.com sprawled from one extreme to the next. Just see for yourself.

“Instead of ridiculing us Hispanics these anti-latin jerks should post on the highway a sign thanking Hispanics for building and helping to create this great nation we all live in.” - Andres

“GO ARIZONA AND GET ON BOARD FOR THE REST OF THE STATES AND PASS THE SAME LAWS ARIZONA HAS. IF THEY ARE NOT CITIZENS OF THE US SEND THEM HOME WHEREVER IT MAY BE!!!" – Gary Wood

But it didn’t stop there.

Zubi Advertising, a Miami Company took it upon themselves to be the first ones to put real Gringo Masks on the market. The true purpose of these masks were not to save drivers from “driving while Latinos,” but the company's satirical intentions were to “start a dialogue”, according to Michelle Zubizarreta.

Amongst readers who were bold enough to state their full government names, there was a strong consensus.

“So this is not supposed to be offensive? It didn't go unnoticed that the company feels the whites with blond hair are the ones they think are acceptable. I didn't see any blacks nor orientals depicted. I also didn't see any depictions of people of Hispanic descent whose skin color might now be as dark a brown.” – John Campbell.

NBCMiami followers on Twitter and Facebook saw the recent results of an NBC poll and the immigration dabate as a sign the racial divide is still strong in America.

As Lee Glick put it: “America’s racist roots are showing again!”

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