Sunday, June 24, 2007

Undocumented

I went to hear Olga Vives from NOW speak about comprehensive immigration reform that takes women and children into account. The crowd that attended was a well meaning group of white women with large eyes and who knew just about nothing about the issue. I realized that they were still stuck on using the word "illegal!" And so for clarification:

Actions are "illegal", people aren't.
People can be without papers, "undocumented", coming here because of harsh economic circumstances at home. Don't dehumanize people.


If you want to read a few blogs about immigration, I recommend:

Lucky White Girl and Born in the U.S.A.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

M, thank you for reframing that particular debate! I feel like I'm constantly saying that down here in the Southwest...it seems that dehumanizing people is what makes it so easy not to see their pain and our part in it. Pass it on!

A

Anonymous said...

Unless of course,

illegal is used in the Usual deragatory reference to

low income working poor [including white]

lower income working poor [including white]

and most Specifically,

HOMELESS working or HOMELESS not able to work poor

[majority who are white]

then its not just fine and dandy to call them

illegals and every other name in the book

its also fine to Demonize them,

Spit on them,

and Criminalize them.

Ah,

but you will NEVER SEE protests, on THEIR BEHALF,

former homeless, FED UP WITH AMERICA

HYPOCRISY

as for the undocumented workers, valid points on both sides of the issue,

try and work and live in Mexico [unless of course, you are RICH then they welcome you with open ars,

but try to work and live in ANY COUNTRY OF THE WOLRD WITHOUT DOCUMENTATION,

OH, WHICH, YOU CAN'T EVEN 'GET' DOCUMENTATION

and they have NOT A PROBLEM WITH CALLING YOU ILLEGAL THERE.

its just a tad ironic, thats all,

as for womyn/children,

well, they won't get Too much into that, might cut into the whole

trafficking industry...[god forbid if we dared to Challenge That]

it would be a good time, at these platforms,

to bring up, the rise in Violence against the womyn in Guateamala...

and the trafficking of womyn from Mexico, forced to work as sex slaves from TX to New Jersey

[and the Russian Brides that are also, trafficked womyn many of them]

but dare really and i mean Really push for Womyn's rights in many of these pro-immigrant platforts [of many whom are adament misogynist machismo--and i speak as ex-Catholic, who KNOWS the culture]

and its like, addressing why we shouldn't tolerate FGMs in migrant communities in America/West--

there needs to be MORE THAN JUST A SLIGHT

'INCLUSION FOR AN AGENDA' OF WOMYN AND CHILDREN...

WAY MORE.