a Negro infidel quest for freedom, justice and equality

Immigration Reform: Equity or Inequity

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 8:26 am

I told folks back when Arizona first broke news of its new immigration laws that many more states were just awaiting to witness the backlash and soon join solidarity with Arizona.  And now it has come to fruition!

Joining in solidarity with Arizona’s immigration law are Michigan, Florida, Texas,  Virginia, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Alabama, Nebraska and South Dakota.

I agree that many folks are down-right bigots towards any non-whites, many are bigots toward any non African American/Blacks, and some are bigots against any and all he/she considers subservient.  So, where do I fit in?  Well… certainly not in the bigot grouping.  I simply dislike Mexico’s hardline stance against Arizona’s law because Mexicos’s own immigration laws are much more egregious anti-immigrant laws.

Also having lived in border states and border cities, I have witnessed the challenges pertaining to border patrol and a myriad of effects upon the boarder city and state. Also, having lived in areas where random ID checks are standard procedure doesn’t make me think twice about ensuring that I carry proper ID at all times.  Therefore, I do support Arizona’s law.

Nevertheless, I’m not surprised that Virgina, Texas and other republican state governors have joined solidarity for the purpose to make this a see-how-the-president-Obama-is-anti-American field day.  And to this I unequivocally disagree.

This is what gets me mad:

Example.  If I were to travel to Mexico and remained without proper documentation, here’s what will happen under Mexican law:

1.   Illegal immigration is a felony, punishable by up to two years in prison.

2.   Immigrants who are deported and attempt to re-enter can be imprisoned for 10 years.

3.   Visa violators can be sentenced to six-year terms, and

4.   Mexicans who help illegal immigrants are considered criminals.

The law also says Mexico can deport foreigners who are deemed detrimental to “economic or national interests,” violate Mexican law, are not “physically or mentally healthy” or lack the “necessary funds for their sustenance” and for their dependents.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon wants US border reform to allow illegal workers to earn income in the US that will ultimately return to feed Mexico’s economy.  Also, Calderon denounced as “racial discrimination” an Arizona law giving state and local police the authority to arrest suspected illegal immigrants and vowed to use all means at his disposal to defend Mexican nationals against a law he called a “violation of human rights.”

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