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Political Activism and Illegal Immigration: Left of Center View

In a Democratic society, the only tool that oppressed people have to improve their situation is political activism. For African Americans to be treated equally they had to take to the streets and show by force of their will that they would not be denied. It was a long hard fight against many who said that they were not worthy of equal rights. Arguments abounded that they would somehow damage the society if they were integrated into it. Despite having African American relatives of his own, George Wallace during his 1963 inaugural address made the following statement. ďIt is very appropriate then that from this Cradle of the Confederacy, this very Heart of the Great Anglo-Saxon Southland, that today we sound the drum for freedom as have our generations of forebears before us done, time and time again through history. Let us rise to the call of freedom loving blood that is in us and send our answer to the tyranny that clanks its chains upon the South. In the name of the greatest people that have ever trod this earth, I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny . . . and I say . . . segregation today . . .segregation tomorrow . . . segregation forever.Ē His great fight for freedom was for the freedom to deny equality to other human beings. The tyranny he spoke of was the passing of laws to give people basic human dignity. The truth of the matter is that the real fighters for freedom were the very people he opposed.

Today the fight for freedom and equality is the fight of the immigrant. For whatever reason, many who come to America come here by unconventional means and despite their contributions are viewed as lesser than legal residents and even as a threat to America. So what recourse do they have? They are here to find the American dream. They want to have a better life for their families and to be treated as equals in our society. How can they obtain this if not by political action? If the oppressed do not take to the streets and stand up for their rights, they will always be oppressed. Just as in the time of George Wallace, those who speak of threats to our way of life while they justify their bigotry and hatred are the real opposition to equality. Just as it was with the Civil Rights movement in the sixties, this movement for equality will be a long fight but just as people celebrate the Civil Rights movement now history will deem this cause also to be just. One day the leaders of this movement will be seen as great champions of freedom and equality.


LJ Finstermore - World Citizen | E-mail Comments on this column.

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Last Week's View from the Left: Integrating Other Cultures Into the American Dream

Previous Weeks Views from the Left:
Employing Undocumented Workers
Bilingual Education
The Minutemen
Driver's Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants
Open Borders
Sanctuary Cities
Common Sense Laws
Rise & Fall
Outsourcing & Insourcing
English
Amnesty vs. Reality
Defining Immigration





Political Activism and Illegal Immigration: Right of Center View

It seems as if every time people decide they donít want to follow the laws, they take to the streets and start screaming about equality. Take for example the illegal immigrants marching up our streets carrying Mexican flags and saying that weíre oppressing them. How is it that weíre oppressing them when we didnít invite them here in the first place? I have heard some compare this fight with the Civil Rights movement in the sixties and frankly that just bothers me. This is an apples and oranges situation. In the sixties, you had American citizens fighting for the rights that other Americans had. These illegal immigrant activists are not Americans. They have not been oppressed in our country. They came here by breaking our laws and are essentially on the run from the law.

To begin to argue for illegal immigrant rights as a civil rights issue, you need to look at other fugitives from justice and decide what rights they have. Do we give escaped convicts the right to come and go as they please without harassment? What about bail jumpers? Do we scream racial profiling when cops bust down the door of a bail jumperís cousin because we got a tip they were there? Letís look at the actual reality of the situation for a minute here. These people came to this country illegally. By definition that makes them lawbreakers and as such they give up certain basic freedoms afforded to law-abiding citizens. This is not some great noble fight for freedom and equality. This is people trying to find ways to circumvent our laws for their own benefit. We are not oppressing people by them sneaking into our country. They make a choice to come here and then put themselves into positions of working for unscrupulous people that will only pay them a small amount of money to work.

The fight for equality for these people should be in their home countries. If they want to fight oppression, they need to organize in the places they come from and work for change there so that America isnít all that much better than where they come from. We have equal rights for our citizens and an overall fair system of government albeit with some significant flaws but those flaws do not include us being flawed in wanting to have established borders. This fight is less about equal rights and more about open borders which in a post 9/11 world just donít make sense.

Troy Wilson-Ripsom - Staff Writer | E-mail Comments on this column. | Visit Troy's blog at http://reform-america.blogspot.com | Visit Troy's MySpace page at www.myspace.com/reform_america

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Previous Weeks Views from the Right:
Employing Undocumented Workers
Bilingual Education
The Minutemen
Driver's Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants
Open Borders
Sanctuary Cities
Let's Get It Right This Time
Once Again Congress Fails
American Jobs
English Also vs. English Only
Amnesty
Defining Immigration

Do Elements Within the La Raza Movement Pose a Threat to America?

La Raza means literally ďThe RaceĒ in Spanish. The movement was formed in 1968 to promote the interests of the Mexican-American community. Like the NAACP and other affirmative-action minded organizations, La Raza has many members that are interested in being part of America and promoting equality for all Americans. The fundamental goals as stated by the movement are benign and represent the ideals of American diversity and cultural pride.

There is another movement affiliated with La Raza that has historically been more militant and still maintains documents within their organization that point to isolationistic views Read More

A Plan

The one major thing that seems to be lacking in the immigration debate is a real plan that addresses the legitimate concerns with illegal immigration. There are strong opinions on both sides and a lot of rhetoric but there isnít really any solid plan being promoted to address the illegal immigration issue in a way that is both fair and logical.

So, that being said here is my idea:Read More

Trucking Cross Borders

This is mainly a concern for the trucking business. If we allow these people to come into our country, bringing cargo that we in America have, and can supply, then we are saying that the American working people are not needed, and have lost all say to legally enforced DOT (Department of Transportation) laws.Read More



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