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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  1. Illegal Immigration is one of those gray areas. I know so many wonderful, hard wonirkg families that have come to America and have found a better life. Their immigration status keeps them fearful and even prevents them from becoming full contributing members of our great nation. Seems to me America is just one big melting pot of immigrants ! How many natural born US citizens have ancestors who were immigrants when they first came to this country? Unless you’re Native American the answer is all of us ! LOL

    • First, I would like to clarify that we are not an open borrdes group. Not that there is anything fundamentally wrong with the idea of open borrdes, but it is NOT what we advocate for. Also, I believe if you read what are are actually about, you would feel differently. I encourage you to look at the FIRM principles: 1. Provide a Path to Permanent Resident Status and Citizenship for All Members of Our Communities. Our immigration policy needs to be consistent with reality. Most immigrants are encouraged to come to the United States by economic forces they do not control. Immigrants bring prosperity to this country, yet many are kept in legal limbo. Legalization of the undocumented members of our communities would benefit both immigrants and their families and the U.S.-born, by raising the floor for all and providing all with equal labor protections. 2. Reunite Families and Reduce Immigration Backlogs. Family unity is a guiding principle in federal policy. Immigration reform will not be successful until we harmonize public policy with one of the main factors driving migration: family unity. Currently families are separated by visa waiting periods and processing delays that can last decades. Comprehensive immigration reform must strengthen the family preference system, by increasing the number of visas available both overall and within each category. In addition, the bars to re-entry must be eliminated, so that no one who is eligible for an immigrant visa is punished by being separated from their family for many years. 3. Provide Opportunities for Safe Future Migration and Maintain Worker Protections. 4. Any worker visa program must include provision for full labor rights (such as the right to organize and independent enforcement rights); the right to change jobs; and a path to permanent residence and citizenship. A regulated worker visa process must meet clearly defined labor market needs, and must not resemble current or historic temporary worker programs. The new system must create a legal and safe alternative for migrants, facilitate and enforce equal rights for all workers, and minimize the opportunities for abuse by unscrupulous employers and others. 5. Respect the Safety and Security of All in Immigration Law Enforcement. Immigration enforcement laws already in place are creating fear among immigrant and nonimmigrant communities alike. Ineffective and costly policies should not be expanded, but new alternatives and solutions should be sought. Fair enforcement practices are critical to rebuilding trust among immigrant communities and protecting the security of all. Any immigration law enforcement should be conducted with professionalism, accountability, and respect. Furthermore, there should be effective enforcement of laws against human trafficking, and a border strategy that emphasizes training, accountability and competency that rejects militarizing the border with Mexico. In all cases, immigration reform must respect clear boundaries between federal immigration enforcement, local law enforcement and the enforcement of labor laws. 6. Recognize Immigrants’ Full Humanity and Eliminate Barriers to Full Participation. Immigrants are more than just workers. Immigrants are neighbors, family members, students, members of our society, and an essential part of the future of the United States. Our immigration policies should provide immigrants with opportunities to learn English, naturalize, lead prosperous lives, engage in cultural expression, and receive equitable access to needed services and higher education. FIRM opposes unreasonable barriers to naturalization, including excessive fees, endless and discriminatory background checks, and grinding bureaucracy. 7. Restore Fundamental Civil Rights of Immigrants. Since September 11, 2001, selective and discriminatory implementation of sweeping law enforcement policies has not only failed to make us safer from future attacks, but undermined our security while eroding fundamental civil liberties. Failure to protect these fundamental rights goes against the core values of a democracy, and, therefore, the United States. For the benefit of everyone, and not just immigrants, these basic rights must be restored and protected. 8. Protect the Rights of Refugees and Asylees. The United States has always been viewed as a safe haven for those fleeing persecution. Yet, since September 11, 2001, significantly fewer refugees have been admitted. The U.S. government has an obligation to remove barriers to admission and save the lives of thousands of people across the world fleeing for their lives. In addition, our current policies treat many asylees unequally based on their country of origin. Our country must ensure fair and equal treatment of individuals and their family members seeking asylum, and end the inhumane detention and warehousing of asylum seekers. 9. Economic Justice. America’s immigration system plays an important and often under-recognized role in United States labor policy, opening doors to particular populations to serve the short and long-term needs of American industry. Under such a dynamic, immigrants can be pitted against native-born workers in a labor market under stress from general economic insecurity. We believe strongly in the solidarity of all workers, especially low wage workers. Any worker – immigrant or native born – vulnerable to exploitation threatens the standing of all workers. 10. No Criminalization. The United States has a long and revered immigrant past; however current immigration laws, which seek to criminalize future flows of immigrants and workers, undermine that history. Governments that selectively legislate certain groups of people as criminal in their behavior or appearance and limit access to government services and protections under this basis run the risk of creating abuse of authority and discrimination. Such abuse increases exponentially when factors of race, religion, national origin, and sexual orientation are involved. 11. Restore the number of refugees that enter the United States to pre 9-11 levels.Thank you.

    • Who`s fault is that then saying that the immtgranis have better works ethnic and skills ? Should give us more Training schemes then.What are they trying to say here that Brits don’t want a job but the Europeans do ? If they keep making all the companies close down then there be no jobs for anyone here in the UK never mind for Europeans people . All our big companies have been sold abroad .Stop selling US out & make instead of taking jobs.If we were You we`d` be sacked by now.

    • Come now, take a deep breath. Opposing iegllal immigration does not automatically equate with hatred of iegllal immigrants. One can certainly take the position that our immigration laws should be strictly enforced, while recognizing that most (not all!) of these immigrants are personally decent people trying to help their families out.But they should not break our laws to do so. Simple as that. Unless you know the hearts and attitudes of all the anti-immigration (really anti-ILLEGAL immigration) folks, you owe them the courtesy of not assuming bad intentions.

    • You’re absolutely right. My poiotisn doesn’t indicate otherwise, either. If you read the previous posts on the immigration issue in CT, you will see that I have repeatedly stated that I have no problem with cracking down on illegal immigrants. That’s the law and that’s the way it is.Some people view this as an attack on all immigrants and in some way, I can understand that too. Especially the part about Danbury banning volleyball outdoors, because it is an important part of the immigrant community.However, I do not endorse and quite frankly am repulsed by the rhetoric that the CT Citizens for Immigration Control engages in.

  2. To All,This to let you know that this web-site has begun to censor your conemmts if they don’t comport with their with ideologies. In fact I’ve noticed that they’ve done that to others as well.I posted the following comment several days ago and it was conveniently removed. As you’ll see, there’s nothing in it that’s inflammatory or derogative. It just runs counter to their mission of helping what they like to refer as undocumented immigrants or victims of ICE raids. Let’s call a spade a spade. They’re I-L-L-E-G-A-L A-L-I-E-N-S.I’ve notified Bill O’Reilly of the Fox News Network’s O’Reilly Factor to let him know. Perhaps FIRM will get some air time out of this. They’ll probably remove this one as well so you better read it quick!!!! **************The idea that our immigration laws were somehow designed to protect the United States against terrorists is a canard. Quite simply, our immigration laws were promulgated to prevent foreign nationals ( a nice way of saying “illegal aliens”) from immigrating to the United States without proper consent from the United States government. I repeat. OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS WERE PROMULGATED TO PREVENT FOREIGN NATIONALS FROM IMMIGRATING TO THE UNITED STATES WITHOUT PROPER CONSENT FROM THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT. If you don’t have permission from the United States government to be here- terrorist or otherwise, then you’re here illegally in violation of Federal Law. Indeed, the mere presence of illegal aliens in this country speaks volumes about the moral and ethical constitution of these individuals, not to mention their willingness (or unwillingness) to abide by the other laws and regulations of this Great Country. Simply put, they don’t care. If they did, we wouldn’t be on this web-site bantering this hotly-debated issue around. Believe me, I would much rather be in my wood shop making fine furniture. But I for one cannot let go of this and won’t until it’s resolved. And by that I don’t mean the reformation of our immigration laws. Here’s a few factiods: – The population of illegal aliens in the United States is currently estimated to be about 11 million people. You read that right- ELEVEN MILLION PEOPLE!- It is estimated that 57% are immigrants from Mexico, 24% are from other Latin American countries, 9% are from Asia, 6% are from Europe and Canada and 4% are from the rest of the world. In other words, 8 out of every 1o illegal aliens in this country are hispanic. You don’t need a calculator to figure out that equates to nearly 9 million hispanics are in this country illegally. You read that right- NEARLY NINE MILLION ILLEGAL ALIENS ARE HISPANICS!- Illegal aliens continue to outpace the number of legal immigrants- a trend that has held steady since the 1990s. – The majority of hispanics that are here illegally continue to concentrate in places with large communities of the same already exist. However, they are now settling in both urban and rural areas througout the rest of the country, thereby adding to the ever increasing economic burden of this country. And there seems to be no end in sight. To add fuel to the fire, now comes the Catholic Church that condones the continued illegal entry of hispanics into this country, then cries foul when our government enforces our immigration laws by deporting and/or incarcerating them. To that end, the notion that ICE raids of American businesses are tearing the families of illegal aliens apart is laughable. Hello! Did it ever occur to anyone that if these people weren’t here illegally to begin with, their familes wouldn’t be torn apart? Of course it did. But they conveniently side-step that part of the issue and attempt to tug at your soft side by playing on your sympathy.Indeed, this storyline is remarkably similar to one involving a former neighbor of mine that decided to start up an auto repair business in our neighborhood; this despite the fact that he was violating our neighborhood covenants, not to mention a city ordinance which forbid such businesses from being operated in residential areas. This guy thought that his neighbors were complacent and would tolerate his illegal activities. Well, he thought wrong. He was shut down quicker than a grease monkey removing lug nuts with an air ratchet.But here’s the kicker. Rather than accept the fact that what he did was illegal and disrespectful to his neighbors, he decided to turn it around and play the “You’re Not Being Very Neighborly” card. No one bought it and he moved out of the neighbohood within 2 years. The moral of the story: Stick to the facts and the issue at hand. Don’t let anyone- the illegal alien community, Catholic Church or even Auntie Em attempt to side-step the fact that what they’re doing is not only wrong, its illegal. I repeat: IT’S ILLEGAL. Accept it and move on.

    • I am not sure what website is referenced in the comment but on this blog, we will publish comments that are relevant to the article they are referencing. We will not publish comments on random subjects and the more clear and concise the comment, the better so others can go at it as well. Stay relevant and we will publish it, no matter who is saying it and no matter if we agree with it or not. We will not however give a forum to those we consider hateful of others. Ideas and more ideas please. Enjoy our blog!

      • It’s simple eomcnoics: Supply and Demand. If the gardener could get more money for his services, he would leave and find a better paying job. There isn’t a better job for him so he has to take what he can get. It’s somewhat comparable to accepting and denying job offers.Trust me, just let your dad do what he has to do. Don’t pay outta your picket but if you want to, be kind to the gardener. Offer a snack or a drink throughout the day. A smile goes a long way and you don’t have to speak the same language to appreciate generosity.

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