Immigration is the new blood that fuels economic renewal and vibrancy. It ensures that change, which is inevitable, will be met with the necessary interest and gusto that keeps a civilization evolving. Life is but a constant change and a pest in man’s quest for security in what is already known, acquired and taken for granted.
And so it seems the political life of most Americans is taken over by a “Do Nothing Congress” and overzealous State Legislatures enacting a flurry of never ending anti-immigrant laws; all of it overshadowed by the longest phoniest recession seen in perhaps a generation. At a time when more is needed, less is done. Trade unions are busted and made to look like it is the will of the people. It is not. Immigrant families, mostly people of color, are broken-up without mercy under what seems to be the law. It is not. American citizens are literally threatened with the unconstitutional denial of citizenship, while “show me your papers laws” proliferate.
Everyone knows and abhors it and yet no one speaks up as if it is someone else’s responsibility and not ours. More inhumane anti-immigrant measures are dreamt up for implementation as if ridding America of all immigrants will do anything to solve its current problems . . . ah! But ignorance is bliss; is it?
Hindsight is always 20/20 as Martin Nimoller found out in the last century when he declared:
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out — Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out — Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out — Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me — and there was no one left to speak for me.
Ask not for whom the bell tolls for they will be coming for you if you do not speak out on behalf of the immigrants . . . for we are all immigrants.
Aime M. Katambwe, Esq. 7/20/2011
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