With the United States facing its biggest human rights challenge since the 1960s, the time seems propitious for solving the "illegal" immigrant situation that is further polarizng and dividing America. George W. Dumbya (with big-time assistance from his pal war-criminals and law-breakers Cheney, Rove, Rumsfeld, Powell, Rice, Wofowitz et al.) has divided our nation into near-warring red vs. blue camps. But it will take much compromise among our political "leaders" on both sides to resolve the undocumented immigrant dilemma.
Columnist Eugene Robinson has some cogent and clear recommendations for easing this about-to-explode crisis. His emphasis is, as everyone's should be, on the HUMAN element in this challenge.

Those 12 million or so undocumented people in our midst are NOT going to be deported; the U.S. will somehow accommodate them, as it's always done for immigrants. The legalities and fees and requirements for granting paths to citizenship must and will be worked out by the government.
Meanwhile, don't you think it's time we heard from the Muslims among us? Not on the subject of documentation or status of citizenship. But WHERE is their CONDEMNATION of the Afghani Islamists imams and ordinary citizens in urging death to Abdul Rahman for his choosing Christianity over Muhammadanism? Sixteen years ago!

And why haven't we heard from American Muslims criticism of the entire Islamist-supported terrorist community about its use of Muslim "law" for cheering and justifying violence and killing, of Muslims and "infidels" alike?
If American Muslims can't summon the courage and moral strength to speak out against the hatefull and blood-lusful intentions of the Irans, Saudi Arabias, Syrias, Libyas, and Pakistans of the world, I say let's pressure THEM to depart the U.S. and live among their fellow Muslims in those woeful societies! And let's let Latinos and other deserving seekers of U.S. dreams take their place! I have yet to hear any significant "I hate the Great Satan" crap from our on-board undocumented workers.
And a note on foreign policy: If George W. Chimp can't get tough with Putin and his Russian neocommies, let's hear no more from him about "democracy on the march." For, make no mistake, Russia under Bush's "good friend" Putin, is out to damage the United States any way it can. In fact, the former Soviet republics region is rapidly heating up to a pre-war confrontation!
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Decency to 'Those People'
By Eugene Robinson
Op-Ed Columnist
The Wsahington Post
Tuesday, March 28, 2006; A23
Half a million people poured into the streets of Los Angeles on Saturday to protest the various Republican-sponsored proposals in Congress that would demonize illegal immigrants. Hundreds marched yesterday in Detroit, which, last I checked, is nowhere near the Mexican border. Tens of thousands have demonstrated in Phoenix, Denver and other cities across the country. In every case, the crowds were mostly Latino.
We all know that Latinos are the nation's largest minority and that most of the people in those demonstrations either were born in the United States or are here legally. But we also know that at least some of those protesters had gone through the experience of crossing the border illegally under the tutelage of avaricious people-smugglers known as "coyotes." At least some had been here for months or years, working to send money home to their families, keeping their heads down, somehow managing to carve out lives for themselves and their children.

Who are they? After the demonstrations were over, where did they go? Are they so diabolically clever at hiding in plain sight? Or is it that the rest of us refuse to see them, because by seeing them we would have to acknowledge their humanity?
That willful blindness is why the debate on illegal immigration is so hypocritical. If we lump undocumented immigrants into an undifferentiated mass of Those People, we can avoid really looking at the immigrant experience. And we can convince ourselves that it is somehow different from the periodic waves of immigration that have shaped this nation that suddenly it is not an issue, or even a problem, but an urgent crisis.
There are an estimated 12 million immigrants in the United States illegally. That many people don't just fade into the woodwork. The fact is, we see undocumented immigrants every day.
Maybe they vacuum your office at night. Maybe they landscape your garden or clean your house or cook the food at your favorite restaurant. You probably don't know where they live. You probably don't know their children's names or where they go to school. You probably don't know what it was like for them to buy a car or even get a driver's license. You probably don't know where they get medical care.

If you did know these things about individual immigrants, whether they're from Mexico or El Salvador or China or Brazil, I think you would find the debate in Congress almost grotesque. Should we declare that they are all criminals? Should we make criminals of the people who give them jobs, too? Should we build a Berlin Wall along the border? It's possible to take such draconian measures against Those People but not against lovely Marta, who waxes your floors, or genial Juan, who tends your azaleas. So to side with the xenophobes, you have to know as little about Marta and Juan as possible.
In terms of realpolitik, the immigration issue is easy: If the Republican leadership in Congress wants to alienate Latino voters and drive them into the embrace of the Democratic Party, it's tempting to let them do it. But that means ignoring the reality that we're talking about individuals, not Those People. And it means abandoning the process of inflow, adaptation and renewal that has made this nation of immigrants so dynamic and resourceful.
I don't get many chances to say that George W. Bush is right, but I think he really understands the immigration issue on both the political and the personal level. His guest-worker program is a mess. Does he really expect millions of people to report for deportation? Won't employers have an incentive to exploit the guest workers when they know they will never have citizenship, and therefore will never have any political clout? But I do give the president credit for seeking a compromise that will quiet the nativists in his party and maybe buy some time for cooler heads to prevail.
Much better is the proposal by Sens. John McCain and Edward Kennedy that would declare what amounts to an amnesty for undocumented immigrants. They would both take issue with that characterization, because "amnesty" is a forbidden word, but that's what it would be "illegals" who reported to authorities would be able to stay in the country and eventually begin the process of seeking citizenship. It seems unlikely, though, that this reasonable plan will fly.

Whatever Congress does, 12 million people aren't going to pack up and go home overnight. They are here Marta and Juan, not Those People. We see them every day. Let's deal with them as fellow human beings.

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With the United States facing its biggest human rights challenge since the 1960s, the time seems propitious for solving the "illegal" immigrant situation that is further polarizng and dividing America. George W. Dumbya (with big-time assistance from his pal war-criminals and law-breakers Cheney, Rove, Rumsfeld, Powell, Rice, Wofowitz et al.) has divided our nation into near-warring red vs. blue camps. But it will take much compromise among our political "leaders" on both sides to resolve the undocumented immigrant dilemma.
Columnist Eugene Robinson has some cogent and clear recommendations for easing this about-to-explode crisis. His emphasis is, as everyone's should be, on the HUMAN element in this challenge.

Except that Americans aren't part of the HUMAN equation.

Those 12 million or so undocumented people in our midst are NOT going to be deported;
Why not?
the U.S. will somehow accommodate them,
Why?
as it's always
done for immigrants.
They aren't immigranrts. They're illegal aliens.
The legalities and fees and requirements for
granting paths to citizenship must and will be worked out by the government.
Against the will of most Americans.
With the United States facing its biggest human rights challenge since the 1960s, the time seems propitious for solving the ... paths to citizenship must and will be worked out by the government. Against the will of most Americans.

Nope. Against the will of 10% of the crackpot xenophobic morons. If th Hispanics were going to American Churches and weren't Roman Catholic in origin you and your nutso preachers would be screaming to send linosines to the border to pick them up.
The illegal immigrant crowd want us to believe that we will institute a police state. They want to paint this horrible picture in which 11 million Hispanics and Koreans are going to be herded into barb wire fence enclosures and put on a planes, trains and boats back to their old countries. That is not what this bill is about. This bill seeks to shut off aiding and abetting of illegals, so these people will find it less financially rewarding to live illegally among us. Then hopefully the will voluntarily return to their own countries where they will then be able to make a better living.
The illegal immigrant crowd want us to believe that we will institute a police state.

Instead, they want to imitate Mexico, a country in which everything works so wonderfully...

Jafo
With the United States facing its biggest human rights challenge ... out by the government. Against the will of most Americans.

Nope. Against the will of 10% of the crackpot xenophobic morons.

Evidently you aren't familiar with tjhe facts.
If th Hispanics were going to American Churches and weren't Roman Catholic in origin you and your nutso preachers would be screaming to send linosines to the border to pick them up.

I'm Roman Catholic in origin, actually. And, no, I don't care what religion these criminal illegal aliens might be. I only care that they're here in the millions, that they're parasites on the American nation, that they're colonists, and that they have no respect for Americans or for our laws.
Parasites huh?
O'Reilly and others on the crackpot
right failed to mention is that undocumented immigrants pay $1.5 billion in Medicaid taxes each year, along with another $7 billion in Social Security taxes.
The illegal immigrant crowd want us to believe that we will institute a police state. They want to paint this ... be herded into barb wire fence enclosures and put on a planes, trains and boats back to their old countries.

Actually, that sounds like a good idea.
That is not what this bill is about. This bill seeks to shut off aiding and abetting of illegals, so ... hopefully the will voluntarily return to their own countries where they will then be able to make a better living.

That's sensible, but why treat criminals so gently?
Arrest Bush. Make him an example.
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