kyledeb: May 2008 Archives
I've got to wonder why the network allows Lou Dobbs to continue spewing false, inflammatory nonsense under the guise of objective journalism...I know that Dobbs brings in some serious ratings. And he is certainly entitled to his own opinion. But he is not entitled to his own facts.The part that's a first is that the comments are actually supportive, and the thread hasn't been overrun by nativists. We might win this fight yet. (sombrero tip to Greg Siskind).Joe Klein - Swampland (25 May 2008)
After several of the business leaders complained about the difficulty in obtaining temporary H1B visas for scientists and engineers, something the Senate immigration bill was supposed to address, Mr. McCain expressed regret the measure did not pass, calling it a personal “failure,” as well as one by the federal government.
“Senator Kennedy and I tried very hard to get immigration reform, a comprehensive plan, through the Congress of the United States,” he said. “It is a federal responsibility and because of our failure as a federal obligation, we’re seeing all these various conflicts and problems throughout our nation as different towns, cities, counties, whatever they are, implement different policies and different programs which makes things even worse and even more confusing.”
What a sad day. Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, who was elected with a wave of hope, has turned his back on migrants.
Governor Deval Patrick has decided against taking action to allow illegal immigrants to pay resident tuition and fees at state colleges and universities this fall, an administration official said yesterday, crushing advocates who were counting on the governor to deliver on a pledge to support the students.Maria Sacchetti - Boston Globe (22 May 2008)
This is a sad day for hundreds of migrant youth, whose only hope to go to college this year was crushed. What makes this an even harder pill to swallow is that Patrick is turning his back on a promise he made during his campaign.
We will have in-state tuition for undocumented aliens when I am governor.If these promises hadn't been made by Patrick, I'm sure immigrant communities and their allies would have though twice about supporting him. They certainly wouldn't have been out campaigning for him.Deval Patrick - WBZTV (4 April 2006)
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Title: Wrong! Wrong! Wrong!,With a toxic anti-migrant online climate I'll take all of support we can get. Needless to say, a link from one of the most prominent blogs on the web is more than significant support. Still I couldn't help but notice all the migrant hate in the comments.
THIS is unacceptable.Perez Hilton (14 May 2008)
The solution for increasing wages in the U.S. is not kicking every single migrant out, it is unionizing and collective bargaining. That's why most labor unions, like the AFL-CIO, are supportive of legalizing undocumented migrants. They know they can unionize undocumented migrants when they're legalized, and raise wages for everyone. In the meantime, they see the way U.S. immigration laws are being enforced as being counterproductive to labor. Raids are often used as a scare tactic, and employers are almost never punished for exploiting undocumented workers.
Picture from Reuters.
Matchstick thin limbs, swollen bellies, sunken eyes, buzzing flies, if you know what I'm talking about, chances are you are familiar with development pornography. It's a term critics use for some of the shocking images aid organizations exploit to encourage donations. These are images usually taken by "first world", white, photographers to portray "third world" problems. In fact, chances are these are the first images that pop up in your mind when you think of the entire continent of Africa.
It's part of a larger problem that I'm very familiar with. Though I report from Massachusetts for the Street Team, I was born and raised in Guatemala, a country that suffers from the worst malnutrition indicators in Latin America. Coming from that country, I find that most people I interact with on a daily basis have no concept of what it means to be an average person on this earth. About half of the world's population lives on less than $2 a day, but if you're reading this, it's going to be very difficult to conceptualize what that means. For example, way back in 2005, I wrote this for an Opinion Focus in the Harvard Crimson about Poverty about the simple ability to read and write:
NPK has been a giant at connecting human rights and migrant rights for sometime now. With the recent revelations about the horrible conditions that migrants are suffering from in detention, I'm starting to feel like people are finally making a connection between human rights and migrant rights. NPK has been a giant at making this connection since day one.
It may not be politically viable, I may be attacking allies in this post, but someone needs to say it. In the wake of shocking exposes in the New York Times, The Washington Post, and 60 Minutes, (h/t to Roberto Lovato for the links) it looks like there's actually some movement from the U.S. government to enact some pro-migrant, or better said, less anti-migrant federal legislation. Nina Bernstein and Julia Preston of the New York Times report in "Better Health Care Sought for Detained Immigrants".
I'm going to experiment with a new tool here on Citizen Orange, today. All of us should be out marching right now in support of migrant rights, not on our computers. That's why I'm going to be sending live May Day updates to Citizen Orange using my cell phone. You can join in, too:
Send a text message to 41411 with the words UPD CITIZENORANGE, followed by your message. It will updated live here on Citizen Orange, and it will be the start of what I hope will be a rapid mobile network in support of migrant rights. If others don't decide to update live at least you'll be hearing from me throughout the day.