by amde, Sun Apr 27, 2008 at 05:08:11 PM EDT
Alright so most of the diaries aren't to my liking today, so I decided to write my own. I'd like to address some of the huge concerns that all border towns and maybe a town near you might be facing.
Lawmakers are determined to halt illegal immigration, and I would support some kind of reasonable and responsible type of reform that is humane and fosters good relationships between Mexico and the US but the fact is there hasn't been any suggested.
I fear, the Republican Party is damaging race relationships, cultural ties, and harmony that border-towns and other communities have tried so hard to foster....
Then comes this:
via the El Paso Times
By not stopping illegal immigration, he said, elected leaders are allowing "multiculturalism to prevail and flourish."
"We are a nation of laws, and if we continue on this path, we will lose the great republic that our forefathers gave to us," Berman said.
State Rep. Dan Flynn, R-Van, said anti-immigration measures were not targeted at Hispanics, but were meant to ensure national security. "We're not just talking about Mexico. We have a concern about all the folks coming over our southern border.".
So wait...by not stopping illegal immigration we are allowing multiculturalism to prevail? I thought Multiculturalism was a good thing?
Oh......(now I get it).......no I lied......................I still don't get it.
Kathleen Campbell Walker, lawyer with Brown McCarroll in El Paso and president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association argues that
Texas lawmakers should expect a surge of lawsuits and a departure of businesses if they adopt measures like Oklahoma did.
"You're going to have racial profiling; you're going to have proliferation of discrimination," she said. "Do we really want to go back to an era like the civil-rights era?"
No Kathleen, I don't want to go back to that era.
Well maybe this man can clarify
"They'll destroy the culture of the country," he said of undocumented immigrants.
Lenderman said Texas lawmakers should follow Oklahoma's example.
"Tell them 'you're not welcome here,' " he said.
Alright...hmm that's a great way to foster good community relations with our sister town Mr. Lenderman.
To my observation, the only people leading this type of ignorant dialogue are rich, white, Republican Senators and Reps., which for the most part have never been down to a border town to reach out to the communities. Who is really pushing these agendas and attitudes?
It was a REPUBLICAN who said, "tear down this wall" when referring to the Berlin Wall and now the republicans are building a new one.
If we are trying to secure our borders why not build a wall between US and Canada? Or along the coast of Florida, to protect against the Cubans? Will this wall help us in the long run, just like the Berlin Wall did or the French `Maginot Line' (the French built the wall to keep out German forces but the German forces just flew over it instead)?
I am doubtful that it will, but I am certain that the relations between the US and Mexico will not improve.
I would like to quote Felipe de Ortego y Gasca, who said:
"Democracy is a process not a product."