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February, 2006

Immigration debate: Distract and divide

Below are excerpts from an editorial from the People's Tribune's sister publication, the Tribuno del Pueblo. For more information, call 773-486-3551 or visit www.tribunodelpueblo.org.

On December 16, 2005, by a vote 239-182, the House of Representatives passed the Border Protection Anti-Terrorism and Illegal Immigration Control Act. It proposes using military and local law enforcement to stop illegal entry to the U.S. It will require employers to verify the legal status of their workers. It authorizes the building of a fence along parts of the U.S.-Mexico border. To add insult to injury, the "unlawful" presence in the U.S. would become a felony instead of what it is now, a civil offense. The bill will now move to the Senate.

The standard of living for the poor continues to decline with widespread layoffs announced weekly and the continued loss of benefits and wages. Maintaining political control of the people without an economic foundation has become more difficult. The people of this country are beginning to see the truth behind the rulers' lies. They are beginning to see less and less people benefiting from this economy. Sensing a danger to their rule, the rulers continue to trot out "old tactics" to distract people's thinking and divide them using ignorance and fear, lest they direct their anger toward the real cause of their growing misery: the corporations that have taken control of the government. Immigration is one of those issues to distract and divide. They blame the undocumented immigrant for everything that is wrong in this country. If the US government really wanted to solve the problem, they would start with their own policies that have caused millions to immigrate to this country.

We have to reject all attempts to criminalize and marginalize human beings. It means we must stand up in their defense (our defense) when the immigration authorities, police, military or vigilante fascists attempt to impose the morality of the corporations on us.

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