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Bloggings: America's 2012 immigration battle is shaping up as an epic struggle between racism and cowardice. By Roger Algase

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A September 2 news story in the Washington Post "Illegal immigration is flashpoint for Republican White House hopefuls" makes it clear that any kind of reason or respect for facts about immigration policy has been thrown out the window by the leading Republican presidential candidates, to be replaced by the vilest anti-immigrant and anti-Latino demagoguery.


The leading Republican candidates appear to agree on three basic lies:


1) Obama, who has deported more than twice as many immigrants as the last Republican president, and, according to reports, more than any other president in US history in the same period, and who has made Orwellian police-state measures such as E-verify and "Secure Communities" into household words, is doing nothing to enforce the immigration laws;


2) Latino and other minority immigrants, legal and illegal, are creating unemployment and making the recession worse by taking jobs away from Americans, and


3) Latinos and other minorities, including US citizens, contribute nothing to our economy, but are a drain on our resources because they are unwilling to work and are dependent on welfare.


This latest WaPo article, like many others before it which have also tried to inject a few notes of reason and respect for fact into the immigration discussion,  is also accompanied by several hundred blog comments as of this writing, which will probably amount to several thousand by the time today's ID issue appears. All but a few of them are simply racist diatribes about how Latinos and other minority immigrants, legal and illegal, are allegedly destroying America.


In the face of a weak economy, it is clear how the battle lines for next year's presidential campaign will be drawn. On the one hand, there will be an open appeal to the worst kind of bigotry and hatred against immigrants, reminiscent not only of past episodes of hate directed against various unpopular minorities throughout US history, from the anti-Irish Know Nothing movement, to the Chinese exclusion laws,  the anti-semitic, anti-Italian and anti-Eastern European "national origin" quotas of the 1924 immigration law,  the internment of Japanese-Americans during WW2, and, of course, the racial segregation laws directed against American-American US citizens.


On the other hand, there will be a reponse by a weak, cowardly president along the lines of a pathetic: "but I really am trying to kick them out too - can't you give me at least a little credit for all the American families I have broken up, all the US citizen children left without one or both parents, and especially, the students brought here as children whom I am also (at least in some cases) trying to deport?"


Of course, neither approach will do anything whatsoever to create jobs or pull America out of recession. The only way to do that would be to liberalize the immigration laws to harness the spending and job creating power of America's fastest growing ethnic groups, Latinos and Asians, and to bring more young, educated, skilled workers and entrepreneurs to our shores (without gutting family reunion, which has always been at the heart of America's greatness as a nation of immigrants). But don't look for reason in this battle between prejudice and cowardice.


Instead, what we are likely to get, regardless of who wins next year's election, will be an unprecedented round of ethnic cleansing and exclusion in the form of multi-billion dollar border fences (supported by the Tea Party "small government" hypocrites), and internal racial persecution against Spanish-speaking and dark skinned immigrants and Americans alike that will bring back uncomfortable memories of the attempts to blame the Jews for Europe's economic problems in the run-up to Hitler and WW2. 


Is there any way to stop this descent into racist madness which began with the craven surrender to white bigotry by America's current president and Deporter in Chief, and is continuing any time one of the Republican presidential contenders opens his (or, in the case of Michele Bachmann, who is taking anti-immigtant hate to a new low, her) mouth? Only if members of America's Latino, Asian and other immigrant communities flex their muscles, speak out and start to make their political and economic presence felt. This could mean marches, demonstrations, economic boycotts, primary challenges (especially to you know whom in the White House) and a third party. 


Immigrants and their American citizen supporters can no longer sit on the sidelines in this battle. The sidelines may turn out one day soon to be on the opposite side of the Rio Grande. I wish all ID readers a happy Labor Day holiday weekend.


 


 


 

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  1. Pandora Bracelet's Avatar
    I recently came across your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my first comment. I don't know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I will keep visiting this blog very often.
  2. Roger Algase's Avatar
    Thank you for your comment. It is always good to know that someone agrees with me. There are many great opinion pieces and important news items in each issue of Immigration Daily, and I hope you will keep on enjoying reading this unique and valuable publication every single day.
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