Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Deportation Nightmare: Eduardo Caraballo, US Citizen Born In Puerto Rico, Detained As Illegal Immigrant

I remember saying to a friend recently - "This whole anti-immigrant era will blow up as soon as they try to deport a Puerto Rican to some Latin American country."

By trying to deport a Puerto Rican, who are all natural born citizens of the US and have been for almost 100 years, we expose the incredible flaws of the immigration system, and provide concrete evidence that these laws encourage profiling, intimidation and discrimination.

The only thing this gentleman had in common with an illegal immigrant was his brown skin and Spanish sounding name. That he even be suspected for being illegal is to admit profiling, that he be detained after providing legitimate "papers" is an obscene violation of civil liberties.

This flies in the face of those stubbornly naive or purposefully negligent arguments that enforcement-only policies only target the undocumented, and the rest of us should have nothing to fear. He WAS 3 DAYS INCARCERATED. Even 10 minutes is too long for any citizen, especially after producing evidence of citizenship. His "papers" were questioned because of his suspected ethnic makeup. A non-hispanic would not have been subject to the same scrutiny of verification. Luckily he had the foresight to call his congressman, but what of others who don't?

Every American should be appalled. This is a shame. A shame on those who pretend to defend freedom but allow a system to strip away the civil liberties of fellow citizens.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Fingering Illegal Immigrants for Black Jobless Crisis

You have a lot of valid points here. We agree that this country's immigration system needs to be reformed. We also agree that in the current system, some employers exploit people's status to pay them below fair wages, and force them to work under conditions that a citizen would not tolerate. What we must do is work together to ensure that all companies, regardless of who they employ, are following labor and wage laws. This should provide a level playing field for all people who want to work to compete in a fair, capitalist system.

I also agree that people, of all colors and ethnicities, should not tolerate discrimination in the workplace. Sometimes discrimination is not intentional, but can be a complete LACK of awareness as to the realities surrounding them. I once directly challenged a boss of mine as to why there were no African Americans working in our department. I doubt that my boss was actively excluding any one from working, but they were not taking an proactive role in looking for representative talent. It's that kind of awareness and courage to challenge decision makers that can help all of us.

We must guard against scapegoating each other for the lack of opportunity in the workplace. The Right would like nothing more than for Blacks and Latinos to be at each other's throats on this issue, and have us fight each other over the crumbs left on the table while they run away with the whole pie.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost