quote:Originally posted by UppityNegress:
The most sensible stance for the Black collective would be to actively oppose illegal immigration, but so many of us are stuck on the notion that "if you're nonWhite, you are a brother in the struggle". Horseshit, I say! The enemy of my enemy is NOT my friend! Like Asians, the Mestizos will identify with the "oppressed people of color" line only long enought to gain numbers, influence and a hekping hand, and then it's THEM doing the discrimination.
UppityNegress, while your argument is logical it does not address the complexities of Black men and women being against immigration illegal or otherwise. We do not have to be anti-illegal or legal immigration if one simple thing happens; the enforcing of the laws that are already on the books that says companies will be fined if found hiring men and women who are not citizens of this country. So if any position should be taken by black men and women it should be that one!
Our problem is not illegal immigration; it is the consequences of illegal immigration that have laws in place to prevent them from happening. One of the ways in which one can look at the immigration issues with Mexican men and women migrating north for jobs is how this very phenomena was our reality some sixty years ago when Black folk were migrating from the south to the North for good factory jobs that paid well but as we moved north the salaries fail for those whites who were already in place because Black folk would work for cheaper wages mostly because of racism, and no company was paying us the same as white folk. Such is the case with Mexican men and women except they are entering the country illegally and the Companies that hire than are breaking the law also. So why go after the poor folk, go after the corporations and companies that are breaking the law. You can not stop people from entering this country illegally, it is impossible, there is not enough police to do so and the military is busy right now. So the only way to stop this problem is to stop them from having a reason to come here and that is by enforcing labor laws. Taking an anti-illegal immigration stand is useless and jingoistic and Black folk have no reason to be jingoistic!