5/12/2005 - NEO - CON munists on Border issues...and should there be an "American Union" like the "European Union" to end illegal immigration??? NO - it's to UN-racists !!
- Date: Thu, 12 May 2005 09:45:23 -0700 (PDT)
From: Blazingstar <changingworks@...>
Subject: Neo-con fascism wrapped in racism
MODNOTE: Fascio-racist neo-cons and their liberal counterparts should not be permitted, to
establish, control and regulate the "immigration debate." The best action humanitarians
(non-racists) can take against this fascio-racist movement is to actively support, promote and work toward the establishment of an American Union (AU), basically modelled after the European Union (EU), wherein citizens of all member-nations can live, work and travel freely from member-nation to member-nation throughout the Americas.
To participate in the "legal vs. illegal immigration" debate is to promote the fascio-racist neo-con agenda aimed at exploiting, impoverishing and oppressing La Raza even more.
La Raza does not want its gente to be forced to violate immigration law, La Raza wants U.S. laws, rules and regulations changed, to permit Latinas and Latinos, to live, work and travel freely, up and down the Americas much like Europeans live, work and travel throughout the European Union.
Neo-cons want an apartheid regime in the White House that permits the minority
(European-Americans) to treat the majority in the Americas (La Raza) as inferior people, much like Pretoria treated Africa's Black majority under apartheid. Their liberal counterparts may not
want White apartheid per se, but the do want Aryan-American supremacy over La Raza -- and over all other people of color -- maintained and preserved for their own ethnocentric purposes.
"Liberty, equality and justice for all" will not
exist in the U.S. until these basic human rights
are guaranteed to all people in the Americas, not
just to Aryan-Americans and their European
buddies in the upper classes.
For example, Chicanas, Chicanos and other
full-fledged U.S. citizens of color are still
treated like second-class citizens in our own
country, while Europeans who visit the U.S. are
often treated like royalty, or at least as equals
Why are European visitors and immigrants treated
so much better than U.S. citizens of color by
most Anglo-Americans and the U.S. government? And
why are European visitors and immigrants
preferred over American visitors and immigrants
from Mexico, Central and South America, and from
outlying territories like Haiti?
Today's U.S. immigration policies and practices
take all this obvious Aryan-American racism into
account. This racism has been woven into
immigration law, to ensure White supremacy
throughout the Americas for so long as the rivers
The Minutemaid "legal vs. illegal immigration"
rhetoric incorporates this institutionalized
racism into every word, dot and tittle spewed out
for public consumption, as if being a "true
American" means being a stone-cold racist.
Humanitarians need to transcend this racist
paradigm, by advocating for an American Union
throughout the Americas. There will be no
liberty, equality or justice for anyone until
there is liberty, equality and justice for all.
Neo-Con Logic at the Border
A Too Convenient Crisis?
......... by Greg Moses May 12, 2005
Texas Civil Rights Review
At first, I wasn�t sure whether Gov.
Schwarzenegger was caught winging it when he
praised border vigilantes as good citizens
patching up bad government. But as he repeated
the account in Sunday's interview with Chris
Wallace, I began to suspect that all these signs
are beginning to take the appearance of a
coherent political strategy.
Between all the lines of nonsense posted by
xenophobic dupes of the neo-con regime, there are
two suggestions that crop up in internet
discussion which hint at broad policy objectives:
send the national guard to the border and get a
work permit system going.
Since the national guard suggestion is often
accompanied by anti-terrorist rhetoric, the
logical model feels like neo-cons coming home to
roost. Militarize the borderland in the name of
national security (with infrastructure projects
outsourced to buddy contractors?).
And capture the cheap labor coming North in a
regime of temp workers who will be thoroughly
fingerprinted and photographed. Just as prisoners
are often the ones made to build prisons, I have
visions of Mexican workers building their own
Maybe I�m just being paranoid, but this whipped
up border crisis when viewed in light of
"spontaneous" suggestions coming from "concerned
citizens" is beginning to look like a PR pincer,
easing us all in the direction of a militarized
and "secure" (get the word right Arnold!)
interface between USA and global South. Not only
do we have Bracero on steroids for Mexicans, but
we also get new reasons to draft Yankees into
A November review of immigration politics written
by David Bacon connects dots of a steady
political drive toward the "guest worker" idea.
It is the policy most favored by corporate
players, and they have worked for five years at
getting the program ready for Congress to
Paradoxically, says Bacon, the experience of
immigrants suggests that a Bracero program of
guest permits would actually disempower migrants
by making them more exploitable than even today's
Yet critics who argue that illegal immigration
serves corporate interests don't go on to say
that legalizing this immigration through a system
of guest permits would be even better for the
corporate interests involved.
Under a work-permit program, immigrants would be
attached to designated corporate sponsors and not
be allowed to place their labor into competition
with other employers. A troublesome worker under
Bracero supervision is not only fired, but
deported. And with corporate power unified over
work permits, the rogue companies who try to
freelance with undocumented workers will be more
likely to face eager immigration raids.
Yet the logic of the anti-terrorism rhetoric that
we find growing up around the border issue in the
aftermath of the Minuteman Project finds its
satisfaction in a completely permitted and
identified workforce. "At least we will know who
they are and where they are going," is the
Note how the anti-terror justification for
vigilante action is more recently highlighted in
key quotes concerning Minuteman plans to patrol
the Canadian border. Up North, the scattershot
racism of the anti-Mexican rhetoric will not
interfere so much with the needed anti-terrorist
Minutemen standing at the Northern border of the
USA can catch nationalities with which the
Canadians play a little too freely. Here we have
the pinpoint racism of the War on Terrorism
In a word, if we just look at the public logics
that are playing out, it appears that national
opinion in the USA is being corralled toward a
work permit scheme with accompanying
militarization of the border:
"WALLACE: But there are thousands of miles.
"SCHWARZENEGGER: So what? That's what you do when
you have a huge country. If you have thousands of
miles and thousands of cities in America and they
all have to be patrolled.
"We have the money to do it. It's not a lack of
money. When we can afford the war in Iraq, we can
afford to control our own borders."
If there is still time to hit a switch on this
juggernaut, the first thing to do is speak of the
paradoxical intensification of corporate power
over labor that will result from a work permit
program. Yes, corporations benefit from illegal
immigration, but why do they still prefer
After that, Bacon's November analysis points to
developments in international law that should
address the rights of an increasingly mobile
workforce around the world.
If the relationship between labor and employers
is to be centered for rational strategy, then
human rights of Mexican labor in the USA must be
a vanguard struggle. Therefore Bacon's address to
developing nations in the following paragraph
should be taken to heart by progressive activists
in the USA:
"Developing countries do, however, have an
alternative framework for protecting the rights
and status of this migrant population. The UN�s
International Convention on the Protection of the
Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of
Their Families proposes an alternative framework
for dealing with migration. It supports the right
of family reunification, establishes equality of
treatment with citizens of the host country, and
prohibits collective deportation.
Both sending and receiving countries are
responsible for protecting migrants, and retain
the right to determine who is admitted to their
territories, and who has the right to work. The
Convention recognizes the global scale and
permanence of migration, and starts by protecting
the rights of migrants themselves."
In the end, the lesson is old as dirt. If we do
not insist on treating migrating workers as free
companions who deserve human rights, then soon
enough the corporations will have made Braceros
of us all. Deportee or draftee? Never say you
didn't have a choice.
Greg Moses is editor of the Texas Civil Rights
Review and author of Revolution of Conscience:
Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Philosophy of
Nonviolence. His chapter on Civil Rights under
Clinton and Bush appears in Dime's Worth of
Difference, edited by Alexander Cockburn and
Jeffrey St. Clair.
"There can be no freedom or democracy without liberty, equality and
justice for all."
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