Migrant Emancipation: January 2008 Archives

Changeseeker's post reminded me of this the other day.

For Christmas my mother gave me this book compiled by Steve Coffman entitled Founders v. Bush: a Comparison in Quotations of the Policies and Politics of the Founding Fathers and George W. Bush.  In all honesty, the book isn't very good (sorry mom!).  It strings together quotations that I think are unrelated and unfair.  Just to give people the quotations I'm going to cite are contrasted with two of Bush's quotes under the header "Importance of Union" (p. 3):

GEORGE W. BUSH: "I'm a uniter, not a divider."
-Interview with David Horowitz for Salon.com, May 6, 1999

GEORGE W. BUSH: "I care what 51 percent of the people think of me"
-To Oprah Winfrey, September 20, 2000, quoted by Salon.com
Then to my surprise, in the same section, I get blown out of the water by these quotes from George Washington that have startling relevance in the fight for migrant emancipation.

GEORGE WASHINGTON: "The bosom of America is open to receive not only the opulent and respectable stranger, but the oppressed and persecuted of all nations and religions, whom we shall welcome to a participation of all our rights and privileges, if by decency and propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment."
-Address to the Members of the Volunteer Association and the Other Inhabitants of the Kingdom of Ireland Who Have Lately Arrived in the City of New York, December 2, 1783

Short Blog Round-Up

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Rather than comment on these two entries, I just thought I'd point people to them because they deserve to be read.

I've been meaning to write something on how the prison industry in the U.S. has looked to migrant detention for growth and profits, but I don't think there's a better person that could have taken this on than XP.  I'll certainly be linking back to his post a whole lot.

Also, Renata Avila of Global Voices recently put together an excellent post on migrants.  Yes, she mentioned Citizen Orange but rather than read the small part of the post she dedicates to me check out what some other Guatemalans are saying.  Beautiful stuff.

happy New Year!

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Let's make 2008 a better year than 2007 turned out to be for migrants and their families in the U.S. and elsewhere.  Fash has some good New Year's resolutions for migrants and their allies over at the Open Borders Lobby.  Check them out

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