Sunday, May 14, 2006

Immigration Debate Is About Xenophobia

The xenophobia shown by at this Brooksville townhall meeting is saddening.


"Illegals . . . influence federal policy, laws and legislation that undermines our economy, lowers our standards of living and destroys the American dream,"


Another Canadian woman said immigrants "make her blood boil."

These statements were greeted by cheers.

This webpage does a good job dispelling myths about illegal immigrants.

Let's be honest. That vast majority that scream their heads off about immigration are racists. Lou Dobbs and Michelle Malkin have publicly supported the Minutemen.


Lawless, an original member of Chris Simcox's vigilante militia before it became the Minuteman Project in early 2005, detailed 11 suggestions for ways to harass and terrorize undocumented immigrants, including robbery and ''beating up illegals'' as they leave their work place, the report states. Martin, following Lawless' suggestions, posted her e-mail to a number of neo-Nazi bulletin boards.

Lawless suggested stealing money from any undocumented worker walking into a bank or check-cashing location. "Make every illegal alien feel the heat of being a person without status ... I hear the rednecks in the South are beating up illegals as the textile mills have closed. Use your imagination,'' Lawless wrote.


The article also reports that several neo-Nazis are current members of the Minutemen. Do you still think Dobbs and Malkin should be given media access to spout their views?

7 Comments:

At May 15, 2006 1:18 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's always whites spouting this anti-immigration rhetoric. There should be a 50-50 white-minority coverage on CNN. Dobbs should not be given so much airtime. I'm sick of all his ranting and he annoys the hell out of me. In the end, CNN is promoting racism. Malkin is just a tokenized shill for the right wing.

 
At May 15, 2006 4:16 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree it is about racism. Priority to one group of immigrants (Hispanic) over all other races, Black, Asian, white, is unfair. All immigrants should have to comply with our laws and the quotas should be equally divided.

 
At May 15, 2006 7:00 AM , Blogger TheMax said...

I think your generalizing based on the extreme here. Yes there are some who have racist motives for wanting to control immigration but I think the majority are just using this as an excuse for why their life is so disappointing. You don’t see the upper (income) classes getting all riled up here. These are the Wal-Mart shopping crowd that is struggling to get by and needs someone to blame. Last year it was the homosexuals and this year it’s the Mexicans.

 
At May 15, 2006 2:26 PM , Anonymous Evan said...

This isn't about immigrants and no one says it is. This is about illegal immigrants, who didn't wait in line and don't have Visas.

Whatever happened to the common sense notion of having some kind of control on the border?

Do you realize that you are calling everyone who wants any kind of police on the border a racist xenophobe?

Does that really make any sense to you?

Do you simply think there is no value in even having a border checkpoint?

If illegals can enter so easily you better believe all kinds of drugs are to and with drugs always come organized crime.

I like immigrants, lots of my friends are here on Visas, but that doesn't mean that we should leave the border wide open.

 
At May 15, 2006 2:31 PM , Blogger ANTONIO657 said...

the issue of Bush’s militarist foreign policy is connected with its equally reactionary domestic policy that has stimulated racism, xenophobia and repression against immigrant communities. George W. Bush, with his approval rating at an all-time low (29 percent according to a Friday poll released by the Wall Street Journal), has plans to militarize the U.S.-Mexican border. All sectors of society must reject the demonization and criminalization of immigrant communities and demand full legalization and full equality for all working people in the United States. Undocumented workers, having been driven from their homeland by the U.S. government’s so-called “free trade” policy, are being scapegoated. This is a trick. It is the old style divide-and-conquer tactic employed once again by the rich and powerful. At a time when millions of workers in the United States are losing their pensions and healthcare benefits, and watching their wages being slashed, there is a full scale campaign to blame low paid immigrant workers. Meanwhile, the 400 richest people in the United States, 374 of whom are billionaires, have a combined wealth of $1.1 trillion, larger than the gross domestic product of Canada and Spain, the 8th and 9th largest economies in world. While the U.S. government has worked hand in glove with the corporate and banking elites as they amass greater and greater fortunes, the same government is seeking to divert the anger of working people into a reactionary and racist anti-immigrant hysteria.

 
At May 15, 2006 2:31 PM , Blogger ANTONIO657 said...

the issue of Bush’s militarist foreign policy is connected with its equally reactionary domestic policy that has stimulated racism, xenophobia and repression against immigrant communities. George W. Bush, with his approval rating at an all-time low (29 percent according to a Friday poll released by the Wall Street Journal), has plans to militarize the U.S.-Mexican border. All sectors of society must reject the demonization and criminalization of immigrant communities and demand full legalization and full equality for all working people in the United States. Undocumented workers, having been driven from their homeland by the U.S. government’s so-called “free trade” policy, are being scapegoated. This is a trick. It is the old style divide-and-conquer tactic employed once again by the rich and powerful. At a time when millions of workers in the United States are losing their pensions and healthcare benefits, and watching their wages being slashed, there is a full scale campaign to blame low paid immigrant workers. Meanwhile, the 400 richest people in the United States, 374 of whom are billionaires, have a combined wealth of $1.1 trillion, larger than the gross domestic product of Canada and Spain, the 8th and 9th largest economies in world. While the U.S. government has worked hand in glove with the corporate and banking elites as they amass greater and greater fortunes, the same government is seeking to divert the anger of working people into a reactionary and racist anti-immigrant hysteria.

 
At May 17, 2006 12:00 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

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