A posting at the Movement Vision Lab blog brings to us the moving story of
Juan whose dreams of being an aerospace engineer have been dashed by the
cruelties of our immigration laws. The video on the page is less than two and a half minutes, is
worth watching. The same Movement Vision Lab also brings us a video contest
on immigration issues, with five finalists. The Movement Vision Lab deserves kudos for the videos linked to above.
What is the thing we ought to do about the problems that these videos so vividly describe? Our political leaders have chosen inaction over doing something about our immigration problem. The Republicans believe
that inaction will help them rile up a small but significant part of their base which is racist. Not to be outdone, the Democrats believe that inaction is great because it divides the Republicans and costs the Democrats nothing, since the immigrants victimized by such inaction cannot vote. We are blessed with some politicians, however, who have bravely tried when
they saw a chance. Republican Senator John Kyl and Democratic Senator Ted Kennedy tried to work on an ugly compromise that
pleased no one, but was nevertheless a courageous attempt at getting
something done, a far better strategy, in our opinion, than inaction. The bulk of the votes against enlightened immigration bills have come from the South. However, even there harbingers of hope
exist. Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina gallantly pursued CIR and
accurately labeled the anti-immigrationists in the Republican Party as
The anti-immigrationists mendaciously proclaim that they are only against
illegal immigration, but for legal immigration. We have yet to see one of
these liars support a bill to massively increase legal immigration (holding that one is pro-legal immigration while advocating cutting down legal immigration numbers is illogical and a fig leaf for the real reason). The anti-immigrationists are against immigrants period - both legal and illegal. The solution to the problems that the videos above highlight is to bring our immigration laws into the 21st century.
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KO's letter's exercise in schadenfreude over the hardships of foreign professionals due to lack of visas and its outrageous claim (04/01/08 ID) that the H-1B visa is an "un-American travesty" designed to bring in "cheap foreign labor" at the expense of well qualified Americans will certainly come as news to employers of some H-1B workers who are are receiving six figure salaries. It would also be interesting to meet at least a few of those allegedly "well qualified" Americans who, for example, have the fluency in Asian languages and business practices needed for American companies to be able to compete in the fastest growing part of the world, or to manage the hundreds, if not thousands, of US subsidiaries of overseas companies that are providing hundreds of thousands of jobs for US citizens. KO's letter is an ominous reminder that no matter how much we may debate the details of immigration policy and try to come up with rational solutions, public attitudes toward immigration are based to a large extent, not on reality or reason, but on paranoia, prejudice and pandering to the worst instincts of those who want to seal our borders against the rest of the world on which, like it or not, we depend on for our prosperity.
Roger Algase, Esq.
New York, NY
An email from a stranger leads me to a page of five finalists in a video contest on immigration in America (for Movement Vision Lab links, see ID comment above). The contestants' films lift my spirits. One talks of how we're a great nation because we're different. Another describes the human suffering of American children in the aftermath of a Feb. 2008 raid on a Van Nuys, California, printing supply company. A third shows, humorously but sadly, the perceptions that members of the public often have when visiting a USCIS district office, that of an agency afflicted with ineptitude and indifference, outdated technology, and chaotic file rooms, all covered with a false patina of concern. The fourth involves interviews of Americans living in a small border town who express sincere compassion for the plight of desperate migrants. The last, a student film, is an interview with Lady Liberty. The films are short; but the impression they leave you with is lasting. Take a look. You'll be touched, and glad you did.
Angelo A. Paparelli, Esq.
Robert Gittelson's letter (4/1/08 ID) truly does dwell in la la land in more ways than one. His letter still believes that using disparaging terms about logical, counter positions to his own is somehow persuasive,
or that whatever is good for his household or business interests is good
for all citizens or the country.
His letters claims to have hired
"citizen and non-citizen" workers but that he "does not use illegal
workers". While this is possible, too many do use illegals. His letters
enthusiasm for illegals does not result in, "...credibility in this
debate", but prejudice, blindness or deliberate ignoring of the larger
view. Excessive or corrupt influence of business interests at every
level of government is rampant. As Theodore Roosevelt said in 1906:
"Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government
owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people.
To destroy this invisible government, to befoul the unholy alliance
between corrupt business and corrupt politics is the first task of the
statesmanship of the day" ID's 3/31/08 article: "No Coyote Needed U.S.
Visas Still An Easy Ticket" details how the travel industry demanded lax
entry policies to increase visits and profits is only one example. It
is long past the time when the safety and concerns of citizens should be
prioritized over those with special interests or agendas. We need more
statesmen of the day.
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