Opinion: Imagine a day without a Mexican
A New York City rally against Arizona's new immigration law in 2010.
March 2nd, 2012
11:12 AM ET

Opinion: Imagine a day without a Mexican

Editor's note: Charles Garcia is the CEO of Garcia Trujillo, a business focused on the Hispanic market, and the author of "Leadership Lessons of the White House Fellows." A native of Panama, he now lives in Florida. Follow him on Twitter @charlespgarcia. Lea este artículo en español/Read this article in Spanish.

By Charles Garcia, Special to CNN

(CNN) - One day, California wakes up and every single Latino has inexplicably disappeared. No business owner, doctor, nurse, soldier, teacher, entertainer, athlete or politician can be found. No bus driver, farm worker, cook, gardener or nanny. All gone. California - the ninth largest economy in the world - grinds to a halt because Latinos have vanished. Chaos and tragedy follow. This scenario is what Sergio Arau's satiric film, "A Day Without a Mexican," explores.

This modern-day fable provides a cautionary tale on the assumptions we make about the 11 million unauthorized immigrants who live and work in America every day.

Read Charles Garcia's full column

soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Doug

    As I sit here and look at the trash in my fat neighbors yard while the pitbulls run around it and the roosters crow, I can only wish it was every day.

    March 29, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Ashley.

    You're all disgusting for commenting with such ignorance. Realize what you're saying is quite racist and bigoted. Thank the Lord that not everyone holds that same opinion as you commenters do, else this world would be worse off than it is. Everyone is equal, and for you to hold yourself to a higher value than your fellow man is to allow hatred to grow.

    March 7, 2012 at 3:06 am | Report abuse |
  3. SueEllen

    Pray for a day without gays too

    March 7, 2012 at 1:51 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jeronima

    California – the ninth largest economy in the world , but broke !!!

    March 7, 2012 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  5. Jeronima

    Without mexicans? It will be fantastico!!!!!!!

    March 7, 2012 at 1:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. John Bowman

    What an idiotic concept, first not all Latinos are Mexican. Second, we did have an actual "Day without a Mexican" when they protested an immigration enforcement bill, and it was great! No traffic jams, lower crime, uncrowded school, we wish they would talk off every day!!

    March 3, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. AMERICA 1st

    The mexs serve a useful purpose for the USA during harvest season. then its time to go back to where they came from!

    March 3, 2012 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |