Immigration Advocates Criticize DOJ's New Deportation Rules As An Opaque Attack on Due Process https://lawandcrime.com/immigration/immigration-advocates-criticize-dojs-new-deportation-rules-as-an-opaque-attack-on-due-process/
Needs more lawn hearts. pic.twitter.com/yKilb2ujir— Caitlin Johnstone ⏳ (@caitoz) February 25, 2021
THIS is what a human rights violation looks like. pic.twitter.com/2fyqIBj9Hb— Abolitionist (@womenbaseball1) February 25, 2021
Kids In Cages Need More Lawn Hearts
by C. A. Matthews
Migrant children without parents or adult sponsors are being held in locked "facilities" in Texas. Essentially, these places are prisons since children's camps don't usually lock up their campers to prevent any contact from the outside world. No, this isn't an old news story that happened under Trump's neglectful eye. This is same activity still happening under the auspices of the current neglectful regime.
The more things change, the more they remain the same (if not grow worse).
I realize many of you are holding out hope that visas will be granted to family members to come and claim these kids as soon as possible. But if our history gives us any clues, we know this isn't going happen--Biden's "promise" or not. How do we know this? Because this is not the first time America hasn't open its arms to embrace those who are suffering from the affects of war, poverty, and persecution.
One thing that has stayed with me after taking my first course to become an accredited immigration advocate is that US immigration law hasn't changed much since it was first laid out in the 1920s. The first US immigration laws and quotas were created to stop the influx of "genetically inferior races" from such scummy places like Sicily and Eastern Europe. One hundred years later, it is still perfectly legal to discriminate against immigrants based solely on their place of origin via our quota system. (Too bad if that country is made up of mostly black and brown peoples who don't practice a religion we like, but those are the breaks.)
Of course, there were some immigration laws made before the 20th century. The most famous was the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. This law was meant to stop the "invasion" of California, which began in the 1870s by Chinese laborers who came to help build our country's railroad system. We thanked these Chinese immigrants for all their hard work with low wages and forbidding them to become naturalized citizens until 1943. We further went on to perfect our treatment of Asian-Americans by interring Japanese-Americans in prison camps during World War II when FDR signed Executive Order 9066.
War and economics makes racial discrimination necessary, after all.
The next time you buy take-out burgers or chicken, don't forget to give thanks for all the predominantly Central American migrant farm and food processing workers who butcher and process all those dead cows and birds for you to chow down on. Don't forget to give thanks for all those ill-treated Chinese railroad workers who built the infrastructure that allows the meat processors to ship meat across the country to your local restaurant, too.
Another amazing fact I've learned from my immigration studies is that the US doesn't take in the most refugees in the world like we've been led to believe. We're actually way down the list--we don't even make the top ten. Our neighbor to the north, Canada, outdoes us in accepting refugees and immigrants. Believe it or not (and many won't believe it), the US is not being flooded with immigrants, but give the climate catastrophe and the rising oceans some time and then…?
Most people displaced from their homelands by natural disasters, wars, persecutions, etc., end up living next door. For instance, Venezuelans have flooded into Colombia by the millions and Syrians… Well, those Syrians we haven't bombed this past week have migrated to the neighboring countries of Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon.
The US has blockaded Venezuela and bombed Syria, yet we don't open our arms wide to accept all the people we've hurt who are fleeing troubles exacerbated by our actions. Quite the opposite. We've created bans to prevent them from coming here. We've begrudged helping out the UN when it comes to assisting these refugees, too, by not paying our full dues.
For those who were expecting Biden to enact a "kindler, gentler" immigration policy with the "kids in cages" being set freed (or not being locked up in the first place), it's time to stop fooling yourself. US immigration policy hasn't fundamentally changed in over a hundred years. It's not going to be changed by the looks of things coming (or rather not coming) out of this White House, either. The Biden administration has accepted many contributions from the various corporations of the military-industrial complex as well as the private immigration detention center lobbyists, so why would Biden change immigration and war-making policies that make him and his friends rich?
Locking up predominantly poor and non-white human beings is what America does best. Take a good hard look at our prison-industrial complex and how it mimics slavery. Obviously, we're not ready to change our ways. Why should we change when locking up people helps to create a slave class of prison workers forced to work for little or nothing? Immigration laws that create more free labor make capitalists wealthier. Non-billionaires don't have much say so in the matter. The Citizens United Supreme Court ruling proves this to be the case.
In the coming months, be ready for the suppression of immigration horrors and drone bombing stories by the corporate media. Anyone who doesn't think that cut-out hearts placed on the White House lawn cures a vast variety of societal ills is, of course, suspect.
That makes me one of the most "suspicious" characters around. I believe protecting human rights is far more important than fatuous news stories about rich neoliberals pretending to care about anyone other than themselves as they install fake candy hearts in DC and continue to lock up kids in cages. I think history will bear me out on this, too.
"The Biden administration is instead trying to sell us an image of a kinder, gentler imprisonment." -- Moustafa Bayoumi
Biden Is Locking Up Migrant Children. Will the World Still Care with Trump Gone? https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/feb/24/biden-is-locking-up-migrant-children-will-the-world-still-care-with-trump-gone
More Than 700 Unaccompanied Migrant Children Being Held At US Border https://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/318-66/68002-more-than-700-unaccompanied-migrant-children-being-held-at-us-border-says-report
First Migrant Facility For Children Opens Under Biden https://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/318-66/67966-first-migrant-facility-for-children-opens-under-biden
Why Biden's ICE Is Still Deporting People https://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/67823-why-bidens-ice-is-still-deporting-people
New Claims of Migrant Abuse As ICE Continue Deportations
The US Immigration System Treats Workers As Disposable https://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/68048-the-us-immigration-system-treats-workers-as-disposable
Biden Jeopardizes Nuclear Talks With Iran By Bombing Militias in Syria https://truthout.org/video/biden-jeopardizes-nuclear-talks-with-iran-by-bombing-militias-in-syria/