Migrant Emancipation: November 2007 Archives

(Picture of severe wearing of the teeth, or attrition, from smile-dr.com)

Anti-migrant advocates have been tremendously successful at labeling everything amnesty and then pushing an anti-amnesty agenda.  It's always easier to organize against something than it is to organize in favor of something.  With that in mind I've decided it's time pro-migrant advocates come up with their own anti-agenda: anti-attrition.

Attrition sounds innocent enough.  It's a clinical term.  An anti-attrition rallying cry might not seem very appealing at first.  But the same could have been said for amnesty.  Amnesty essentially means forgiveness.  If anti-migrant advocates were able to make amnesty a bad word in a God-fearing, Jesus-loving nation, then it can't be hard to do the same thing with attrition. 

What does attrition through enforcement mean?  Believe it or not, unlike amnesty, attrition through enforcement is something that leading anti-migrant organizations actually advocate for.  A dry definition of the term attrition is to wear something down, like a rock, through constant rubbing or friction.  But when applied to humans attrition has all sorts of horrible connotations.  Dictionary.com provides this definition:

A wearing down or weakening of resistance, esp. as a result of continuous pressure or harassment
To engage in attrition warfare is to wear down your enemy to the "point of collapse".  If these connotations haven't gotten you riled up yet, they should.

Disappointment In New York

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New York state governor Eliot Spitzer has abandoned his plan to allow undocumented immigrants to apply for driver's licenses.  After previously expressing sympathy for his plan, Hillary Clinton now opposes the idea, while Barack Obama continues to support it. 

Not only is this a setback for New Yorkers who were hoping for safer roads and greater accountability for undocumented people, and a let down for migrants who want to drive legally, but this looks bad for the Democrats, and adds one more reason to be disappointed in Hillary.

Out From Under the Trees

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Angelo Mancuso is seeking support for his new documentary on migrant agricultural workers, American Harvest.  Cast your vote and help this movie get a wider distribution!

Hat tip to Tomás at HispanicTips.com.

Bob Dylan - The Times They Are A-Changin'

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won't come again
And don't speak too soon
For the wheel's still in spin
And there's no tellin' who
That it's namin'.
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin'.
    - Lyrics
I never thought I'd see the day when I could safely say that the pollsters, the pundits, and the establishment democrat bloggers would turn toward the light of migrant justice.  That day has come and it only affirms one of the Doctor Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.'s most hopeful themes.

The arc of the moral universe is long but it bends toward justice
    - Doctor Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.

(Peter Pereira / New Bedford Standard-Times)

I can safely say that this is the saddest story I've had to tell of an individual suffering from U.S. immigration policy.

I've written story after story about the suffering of individuals. No matter how much suffering migrants go through U.S. citizens just seem not to care, in effect, if not intent. Anti-migrant advocates actively ridicule dead migrants, and most progressives do nothing about it.

The New Bedford Standard-Times (please counter the hate people are spewing on this article) just published a story on the death of Ricardo Gomez Garcia.  He left an autistic child and his wife behind after the horror of New Bedford.  After fighting for five months in detention to stay in the U.S. he was deported back to Guatemala, where he made the choice to try and re-enter the U.S. again.  He met up with his family after the harrowing journey that I know so well, and fell ill.  After just 24 hours with his family, he died.

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