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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

FLOWER CAMPAIGN MAKES THE NY TIMES

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This morning's Times covers the flower protest and it sounds like it was a big success. USCIS received thousands of deliveries yesterday, according to the article and it sounds like the flowers were a big hit at the army hospital. Well done Immigration Voice!

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  1. steven's Avatar
    Actually there is another very good article and picture posted on Washington Post.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/07/10/AR2007071002055.html
  2. alex's Avatar
    Greg, all this coverage is very good but is there anything going to happen as a result of this? I'm afraid this is getting covered more because of the curiosity value, and the American public doesn't seem to distinguish very much between this protest and the marches of illegals in previous weeks.

    I first thought that the letters Zoe Lofgren wrote would have any effect but I haven't heard anything to confirm this yet. Are Chertoff and Rice under any obligation to respond to the letters, or are they just going to end up like numerous letters people write to the their representatives?
  3. paskal's Avatar
    the flower deliveries are continuing todaya nd tomorrow
    they are now being received by USCIS at Reagen Airport!!
    So did they set up a temp office with staff there? what a story :-)
  4. sudheer's Avatar
    This link covers all the media coverage for the flower compaign

    http://www.touchdownusa.org/floral/FloralProtest.html
  5. conchshell's Avatar
    Viceroy Lord Wavell and his assistants laughed when M.K. Gandhi told them that one day they will be forced to leave India. What they did not understood that they were not politicians, they were bureaucrats. When the political power behind peaceful civil disobedience was unleashed, a nation took shape, and what Gandhi told Wavell became a reality.

    Something similar repeated in United States recently when thousands of legal immigrants were given a cold shoulder, despite of their merit based claim for an American Green Card. They decided to apply Gandhian way of peaceful protest by sending thousands of flower bouquets to USCIS, an American agency responsible for immigration and citizenship. Instead of offering an apology, USCIS chief decided to again ignore the immigrants and simply issued a statement that the flowers will be forwarded to the injured service members recuperating at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Once again a bureaucrat miscalculated the power hidden behind a peaceful protest. Now the power behind flowers is becoming a media mainstream story. NY Times, Washington Post, Reuters, Yahoo News are a few to name. Bollywood, has recently issued a statement providing its full support to Immigration Voice, the non profit organization behind the flower campaign.
    An American way of fighting injustice "A law suit" is on its way, the usual rallies and demonstrations are about to begin. However, in America, its first time after Martin Luther King Jr., that someone has tried to apply Gandhi's way to fight injustice. It is yet not clear that what would be the outcome of this campaign, but there are rumours that USCIS is already discussing internally to reverse the discriminatory decision which caused this embarrassing flower campaign against them.

    Its amazing to witness that 60 years after Gandhi's demise, his ideology is still relevant. We are sure its gonna remain relevant till there are Lord Wavell's in this world. Lord Wavell's can momentarily laugh thinking that unorganized immigrants are helpless, but when the peaceful protest will demonstrate its political power, they surely will realize what Gandhi and Gandhian ways are all about.
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