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Link Between Civil Rights and Immigration Highlighted by 50th Anniversary of March on

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Most Americans are too young to remember watching Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream speech when it was nationally televised 50 years ago. I was just a baby when Dr. King was murdered in 1968 just a few miles away from where I am typing this blog post. The awful event that took place in downtown Memphis is commemorated every year at the inspiring National Civil Rights Museum which is housed in the shell of the Lorraine Motel where the assassination took place.

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In 2006, I liveblogged from an immigration rally appropriately held at the National Civil Rights Museum. It was most appropriate as immigrants today want to be participants in the "Dream" Dr. King described in his speech. Indeed, it is most appropriate that the DREAM Act and the DREAM activists lead to comparisons.

And many immigration activists have been participating in the events being held this week commemorating the March. Congressman John Lewis, the only speaker from the 1963 March still alive today, directly drew the link:

"It doesn't make sense that millions of our people are living in the shadows," said Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., who was a speaker at the 1963 event. "Bring them out into the light and set them on the path to citizenship."

The point is that more groups have joined the civil rights struggle in recent years - women, gays, immigrants. African Americans still are fighting, but they are now joined by a much broader coalition and immigrants having a seat at the table is indeed a positive development.

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  1. Jack2's Avatar
    Apparently the right demanded is for every person in the world to reside in this country and that any attempt to deny that is unjust. National sovereignty is passe--who cares if the citizens do not want unlimited immigration? It's not for them to say. We have a moral obligation to let whoever and however many show up stay forever. Oh, and citizenship is demanded too--at least by the Democratic Party.
  2. George Chell's Avatar
    Jack2:

    If you want your sovereignty dont run up the debt with other nations, dont intervene in other nations, dont be a world policeman and dont violate the sovereignty of other countries. You arguing about sovereignty is like a homeowner nose deep in debt arguing the house belongs to him and not his creditors and the Bank. A nation nose deep in debt has no sovereignty and no rights to soevereignty. Debtors dont have a say.
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