[Fwd: La Resistencia Denounces Bush's New Plan As a Trap to Track & Control Immigrants]
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* La Resistencia Denounces Bush's New Plan As a Trap to
Track and Control Immigrants*
Under the guise of immigration reform Bush announces his new proposal.
Clearly, it amounts to nothing more than a plan for more extreme
suffering and exploitation of immigrants trying to work in the U.S. It
is a plan to intensify repression, a plan to track and control. Is
there anything at all that is actually good about his proposal?
We've seen the "war on terrorism" used to usher in a whole package of
repressive laws and measures, such as the PATRIOT ACT and the new
"Department of Homeland Security" (repression) to oversee immigration
and other federal law enforcement. The Bush administration has put
immigrants in a status of feeling like 'America's most wanted'. With
immigrants more persecuted than ever, the Bush immigration
proposal suddenly promises /relief/ from having to live in the shadows
to the millions who live a fearful existence, while slaving for low
wages in America's most profitable industries.
But what kind of relief is it that's being offered? A close look reveals
that this temporary relief is really just the bait on a deadly hook.
Like the 'Special Registrations' of middle east and Muslim men last
year, this proposal is aimed at putting more people within easy reach of
the well-oiled "Homeland Security" machine of tracking, detention and
deportation. A few days ago, at a nationally televised "town meeting" in
San Diego, DHS head Tom Ridge pointed out that Bush's immigration
proposal was mainly aimed at strengthening the government's ability to
control the border and the immigrants who have crossed it.
Wayne Cornelius, Director of the Center for Comparative Immigration
Studies at UC San Diego, hit the nail on the head in a recent opinion
piece in the SD Union Tribune;
"Under Bush's proposal, even if a migrant worker succeeds in renewing
his initial three year visa for another three years, he could easily
reach the end of his legal working period in the United States before he
can obtain a green card. That would make him immediately deportable, and
the government would know exactly where to find him because of the
information provided in order to participate in the president's guest-
worker program. Such a migrant would be much more vulnerable to arrest
and deportation than if he had never applied for a temporary visa."
After witnessing all that has happened to immigrants since 9-11;
round-ups, "special registrations", indefinite and secret detentions,
massive deportations, and worse, should we even for a moment think that
it would be in the interest of our immigrant sisters and brothers to
give the U.S. government their names and addresses?
Bush's plan will give employers in this country access to use, abuse and
throw away millions of poor people who are forced to come from outside
this country's borders to survive and feed their families. Employers
will have even more control of immigrant workers, by holding their visas
and threatening them with deportation. This is a new bracero program.
It provides employers with cheap labor, and the power to deport these
workers who are without rights, back to the conditions from which they fled.
While Bush claims to be so concerned about the welfare of immigrants and
their ability to fulfill the so-called "American Dream", he announces at
the same time, that part of his plan is for the increased militarization
of the US-Mexico border. Total hypocrisy, coming from a government that
has never had a problem viciously enforcing a national border policy
that is directly responsible for the deaths of nearly 3000 immigrants
over the last 9 years!
La Resistencia joins with the other organizations and individuals who
are voicing opposition to Bush's proposed plan. In no way is any part
of this plan in the interests of our immigrant sisters and brothers!
1) People are driven from their homelands and come to the U.S. to survive.
2) All people have a right to survive regardless of legal status.
3) Being an immigrant is not a crime. Human life is more important than
4) People with legal status have the responsibility to defy and resist
unjust laws, struggle alongside our brothers and sisters who
have been deemed "illegal" and protect them.
Cotact the La Resistencia National Office
P.O. Box 2823
National Office: laresistencia@...
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