I was listening to Radio Campesina 88.3 this morning on the drive in and there was a commercial that told callers to call Senator McCain's office and urge him to vote yes on the guest worker provisions of the Agriculture bill.
The commercial included the phrase "No importa su estado legal" That means "your legal status doesn't matter."
Spanish talk radio is famous for these campaigns. When I was chief of staff for the State Senate, Pete Rios was trying to build up pressure for his bill to give driver licenses to illegal aliens and the local Spanish stations were urging listeners to call the Senate President's office. We had no warning that we would be receiving thousands of calls from Spanish speakers and the traffic essentially shut down the Senate President's phones. That's not especially productive, but Rios and Radio Campesina probably thought it was funny.
We eventually re-routed the President's phone to someone who spoke Spanish and could handle the call traffic.
However, before we could make the transfer, we needed an interim solution. So I answered the President's phones. "La Migra. ¿En qué puedo servirle?" That means "Immigration Department, How may I help you."
Inevitably, there was a gasp, silence and then the line went dead.
I guess your legal status matters after all.