by WH, Wed Apr 12, 2006 at 10:55:38 AM EDT
[Originally posted at Integral Options Cafe.]
Yesterday morning I posted a piece on the teachers and students who skipped school to march in the protests here in Tucson. I had two very impassioned replies from regular readers of my site -- from people I respect.
Immigration has become a very sensitive issue, especially here in Arizona where, as Erica mentions in her comment, many Mexican-Americans know how this land was stolen from Mexico much in the same way the U.S. stole so much land from the tribal peoples who had lived here for thousands of years.
There are no easy answers. We cannot deport 12 million people as Jon Kyl and John Cornyn would like to do, or build a big fence as Kyl has proposed. We cannot criminalize them as the House would like to do. We cannot charge them with criminal trespass as the AZ House wants to do.
So what do we do?
I think the first step is to take an honest -- and integral -- look at the situation to see what really is happening.