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What Immigrants Must Learn from the Black Civil Rights Movement

Immigration Blues by Mumia Abu-Jamal
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"Asylum, Amnesty and Justice denied" our kind (See, "Breaking Sea Chains")

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Illegal Haitian Migration: Growing Concern To Bahamas, Dominican Republic By Quincy Parker. the
Bahamas Jounal, April 12, 2006

 

What Immigrants Must Learn from the Black Civil Rights Movement.....And Soon

 

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Immigration Blues by Mumia Abu-Jamal

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" Immigration Blues" rec. 4-2-06

IMMIGRATION BLUES
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[Col. Writ. 4/2/06] Copyright 2006 Mumia Abu-Jamal


Now, as polls show growing disenchantment with both political parties, the issue of immigration is raised once again, as politicians seek to stir the pot of social resentment.

Voices are raised, tempers are frayed, proposals are launched, and the destinies of millions are apparently held in limbo.

But, in numbers not seen for generations, mostly Mexican-born (or related) families pound the pavements in protest, demanding amnesty for the millions who live and work, in the most thankless jobs, here in the U.S.

The immigration "discussion" masks deeper currents in American life, of those who dread the approaching dawn when those who number the nation's majority are brown, instead of white.

As the government and the servile corporate media hawked fear to trap the nation into the Iraq War, so now fear is once again merchandised for political gain. The perpetual fear of the foreign Other, the fear of Spanish-speaking people, who are called 'criminal' for daring to cross the Rio Grande, to inhabit the lands stolen from their ancestors!

The truth of the matter is that it is highly unlikely that over 11 million men, women, and children will be returned to Mexican territory. That's because businesses, especially those engaged in agriculture, would virtually go out of business, if their immigrant-based work-force up and disappeared.

But, like most people, many Latino immigrants are involved in other businesses and industries in U.S. life. Guess who's doing the lion's share of the work to actually re-build New Orleans? (In case you've not guessed, let me just say it - It ain't FEMA!).

With the exception of Native Americans (as in so-called 'Indians'), and African-Americans, every person in the U.S. today is a descendant of a willing immigrant (OK, strict historians will object that many poor whites, especially in the Southern states, were sent to George and Maryland as indentured servants, as part of a penal sentence).

But, the point is clear. Immigration was consciously used to craft the U.S. as a white nation. For centuries, certain racial groups, like Chinese, for example, were specifically excluded by law from citizenship (like their Mexican counterparts, many Asians were needed in the building of this country as cheap labor).

As law professor Ian F. Haney-Lopez has shown in his book, *White by Law: The Legal Construction of Race* (N.Y.:NYU Press, 1996), American courts and legislatures have consistently defined 'citizens' as 'whites', and over the course of centuries, millions of people were denied entry to the US, or even if allowed in denied citizenship, because they were not 'white.' In 1882, Haney-Lopez explains, the U.S. Congress passed the Chinese Exclusion Act, which barred Chinese workers for a decade. In 1884, the Act was expanded to bar all Chinese people, and shortly thereafter an indefinite ban was implemented. State and federal court decisions banned Syrians, Asian-Indians, Palestinians, mixed-race people, and multitudes of others on the basis of insufficient whiteness!

That ugly history may be reborn in this latest 'battle' over Mexican immigration. Political storms have a way of giving way to political hurricanes, that even those who planned them cannot control.

Several years ago, a right-wing politician in California tried to ride the anti-immigrant train to the White House. This man was Pete Wilson, and his playing with fire left him politically burnt. Angry Hispanics in Cali sent him, and some of his colleagues in the Republican Party, into retirement.

But, this era of politicians, trying to create an issue that protects them from the falling numbers of the incumbent Bush Administration, look at Wilson's fate as ancient history.

Perhaps the recent demonstrations, massive in their size, vociferous in their spirit, have given them pause.

Time will tell.

The political entity that truly befriends this growing segment of the US population will have tapped into a powerful social force.

Don't expect it to be either the Republicans or the Democrats.Copyright 2006 Mumia Abu-Jamal

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justice." - Mumia Abu-Jamal

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"And the Atlantic waves rattle on for more, obsessed with the taste of Africa's blood. it closes in,......the Atlantic rattles on for more, obsessed with the taste of Mocha blood ever since Africa's Middle Passage's mud. it closes in, blasting our ruby flood to pieces, or to bougie blue. (Breaking Sea Chains - http://www.margueritelaurent.com/writings/breakingchains_1.html )

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Illegal Haitian Migration: Growing Concern To Bahamas, Dominican Republic By Quincy Parker
April 12, 2006, The Bahamas Journal,

http://www.jonesbahamas.com/?c=45&a=8434

The Dominican Republic joins the Bahamas in anticipating the inauguration of Haitian president-elect Rene Preval later this year; the Dominican Foreign Minister also wants to talk about controlling the inflow of illegal Haitian immigrants.

Foreign Minister Carlos Morales Troncoso told a Dominican newspaper recently that the illegal migration of Haitians across the border is his nation’s most pressing issue, and that regularizing the status of the illegal Haitian migrants already living in the Dominican Republic is also a high priority.

The Bahamas Foreign Affairs Minister Fred Mitchell met recently with Mr. Preval in New York, and was, in his words, "cautiously optimistic" about possible improvements in stability in Haiti once Mr. Preval is inaugurated.

Financial Services and Investments Minister Vincent Peet told the Journal during his tenure as Minister of Labour and Immigration that Mr. Preval’s election, particularly the international acceptance of the manner in which it was carried out, improves chances of ratification of a bilateral agreement hammered out between the Bahamas government and Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s administration, before Mr. Aristide left office.

Although Minister Mitchell was unwilling to go into the details of his meeting with Mr. Preval as they related to bi-lateral matters, he said he thought Mr. Preval was "looking forward to working with The Bahamas on resolving whatever issues [need to be addressed]."

According to Dominican Foreign Minister Morales, as soon after Mr. Preval’s inauguration as possible, a Dominican-Haitian Bilateral Commission will meet to take up the issues of immigration, border security, trade and investments, and environmental concerns.

Human rights activists have also accused the Dominican Republic of violating the Haitian immigrants’ human rights, much as similar activists have accused the Bahamas in the wake of a roundup of Haitian migrants on Friday.

Of those accusations, Minister Morales told El Caribe – a Dominican paper – that "there are serious NGOs (non-governmental organizations) but there are also shyster NGOs." According to Minister Morales, it is these "shyster" NGOs that are denouncing the Dominican Republic, in order to justify the funds they receive.

The foreign minister admitted that sometimes incidents occur in isolated communities, "like in all countries," but chalked that up in part to the large amount of Haitian immigrants who reside in that country.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) recently estimated that there are more than half a million undocumented Haitians in the Dominican Republic, not counting Dominicans of Haitian parentage.


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May 18, 2006 FreeHaitiMovement
See, Haiti's Elections Failed Rural Voters

* HLLN call for investigation of electoral fraud to dilute the People's Feb. 7th vote - Some of the factors to be investigated:

There were fewer than 800 polling stations for the 2006 election, with no stations in Site Soley and the poorest areas, where President Aristide and President Préval's supporters live, compared with 12,000 polling stations in 2000 when the International Community wasn't in charge of Haiti's government and Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) as they are with the imposed Boca Raton regime.

Even without campaigning because of the coup d'etat repression and for fear of being thrown in jail to join the other Lavalas political prisoners, President Preval won by a clear LANDSLIDE, garnering four/five times more votes than the Coup D'etat candidates supported by the International Community - the next highest per cent reported after Préval was 12.8%. And, that’s not taking into consideration the burnt dumpster ballots, and blank-ballot stuffing which, if these were not a factor, could only increase Renè Préval’s proportion and reduce his coup d'etat opponents percentages.

HLLN insists on a full investigation into the Internationally-run and financed 2006 Haiti election, including discovering exactly where the ballots found in the dumpster came from? Why was the truck carrying the ballots to the dumpster for burning HIRED by the UN/MINUSTHA forces in charge of keeping ballots safe and secure? If these sorts of allegations were made in any other country about the UN representatives, if thousands of ballots found in a dumpster while the ballot-counting process was still ongoing had happen in the US, France or Canada, you’d expect an investigation? Why not the double standard? Why not the same respect for an election in Haiti, especially given the totally illegal bi-centennial Coup d'etat that preceded the Feb. 7th elections, especially in light of the fact the UN Security Council which refused to send help to Haiti's elected government BEFORE to coup, sent help to uphold the coup detat regime after President Aristide was flown out of Haiti under military pressure from France, Canada and the US!

The world owes the innocent Haitian people more respect for their sovereignty and the international community which trivialized Haitian democracy and justice, at its whim, shares a grave responsibility for the more than 20,000 dead since the coup and for the current attempt, by Jacques Bernard, CEP executive director and, Reginald Boulos (OAS-financed printer of Haiti's ballots and key coup d'etat player), et al, to rig the 2006 parliamentary elections by summarily excluding the Lavalas and L'espwa candidates from the second rounds.

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