Immigration remains a powerfully, contested and bitterly polarizing topic - but why? This segment - which you won't often get on mainstream and cable news - addresses precisely the myths and tribulations around the immigration discourse.
The white European immigrants who 1st came here also worked hard but stole the land and enslaved the Native indians and mexicans they found here. Some of them were our ancestors, who’ve conveniently forgotten these truths. Sadly, vulture capitalism, then & now, got most of its profits from cheap labor, slave or immigrant, and from freely raping mother earth, stealing her resources belonging to all.
Real immigration reform must take this history into account, and make reparations for the plundering of America & its people. The inconvenient truth is our government supported the overthrow of many Latin governments, including Nicaragua, San Salvador, Chile, etc, while it burdened Mexico and the rest with so called free trade agreements so capital could flow more freely than people. People are not illegal; such pirates actions are. That is why our immigration must factor these inequities in, and repair the damage they have done. We must not fine our hard working people who have been driven here largely by our policies and greed. They deserve honorable and quick paths to permanent residency, unless all they seek is temporary status, and a clear, fair path to citizenship. In the future, as we graying Americans compete with the rest of the world for good workers and tax payers to pay into our social programs, we may well have to offer them good housing & education, in addition to living wages, in order to compete. Or the whiners will feel the pain.
Wall Street are fined and prep walked for stealing our home values, crashing the economy, getting fat bonuses & bailouts, then see me.
shortcut immigration through “border committees” would be taking over the Federal role of Immigration ILLEGALLY. It is they who are illegals! Immigration benefits our country, our economy, our jobs.
Detaining and deportation benefits the corporate prison & related industries & politicians. Basta! Take back our country; we are one!
“…there has been a vicious mischaracterization of people of indigenous background in this country…if we’re basing the legitimacy of our conquest of the Southwest on the fact that we won a war and then took a bunch of people’s land then what’s to stop someone someday from saying ‘hey, we’re gonna carve a piece out of America, and if we can win a few victories, then we can call every red-blooded American here an illegal human being…there needs to be a lot more understanding of what actually is legal and what’s not legal and who made things legal and not legal…”
I believe the solution lies in charging a flat fee for those who do not otherwise qualify for a Permanent Resident visa. I would suggest $3,500 based on current human-smuggler rates.