Keeping Immigrants Out of America

Politicians do dumb things.  Like restricting family sponsorship as a means of immigration (via Sheezlebub at Pandagon):

Angry Asian Man has a post up about a particularly odious proposal that echoes the Chinese Exclusion Act. If it was introduced as a bill and passed as a law, it would take away the right of legal immigrants to sponsor relatives to come here. This is how many Asian families come here.

I get the whole “but they are entering the country illegally!” argument when it gets thrown up in defense of some of the wilder anti-immigration policies and proposals.  I disagree, but at least the opposition is trying to make an argument.

How is this anything but purely anti-immigrant?  Its like the entire Republican party took a vacation from writing real laws, and decided there were just too many legal immigrants.

From the article:

The document containing “a set of principles” for immigration reform drafted by key Republican Congressional representatives was circulated in Washington last week.

Advocates also criticize the penalty fees proposed by the draft White House plan, which would require undocumented immigrants to pay $3,500 fines and other fees every three years in order to stay in the United States.

Oh.  Ok.  No documents?  No problem! (you are rich, right?).  Kind of goes along with the whole uneven approach to immigration this country has been taking.  America seems to be fine with making money off immigrants, just not the whole “letting them stay here” part of it.
From the post (emphasis mine):

I realize it’s not even a bill introduced into Congress yet, however, we need to make our displeasure known before that happens. As these things pick up steam, they get harder to oppose.

You can get the White House number, or send an email, at the Asian American Justice Center site.

Let’s oppose this nonsense before it gains any traction at all.


Citizen Eyes and Voices

Starting off a post with an iconic reference to one of my favorite rhetoricians can’t help but usher in the awesome.

Nezua does not dissapoint:  This Camera Kills Fascists:

FROM RODNEY KING TO MISTER MACACA TO UCLA cops tasering students to the cold-blooded shooting of Elio Carrion to PuppetBush’s Seven Minutes of Inaction as well as countless other examples—video has brought us the truth that the ruling class and their Ganglords (la chota) and all their agents work so hard to keep from our awareness.

When it comes to real fascism there is always an attack on the flow of information.  Like the restriction of photos of coffins from the war in Iraq.  Or the political activities of the current administration:

Democrats say evidence suggests the RNC e-mail system was used for political and government policy matters in violation of federal record preservation and disclosure rules.

In addition, Democrats point to a handful of e-mails obtained through ongoing inquiries suggesting the system may have been used to conceal such activities as contacts with lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who was convicted on bribery charges and is now in prison for fraud.

Democratic congressional investigators are beginning to demand access to this RNC-White House communications system, which was used not only by Rove’s office but by several top officials elsewhere in the White House.

To expose ugly truths and remind us of sacred obligations directly counter the fascist offensive.  This provides another more sinister view of efforts to bring anti-rational beliefs like creationism into the schools, and to defund and vilify public schools.  There is a strong political motive for creating a nation of ignorant consumers, and doing everything one can to stop a nation of intelligent and critical citizens from emerging.

What can we do?  Keep talking!  You are a machine that kills fascists!

Start a political debate at work.  Don’t be afraid of your own views and hold them up proudly.  Talk to people about their political beliefs.  Ask.  Then listen.  Just getting someone to admit they care about a single issue is an incredible victory.  Speak when you are not spoken to.  Whether we are in the right place with a camera or in the wrong place with nothing but our voice, we can fight back.

How do we kill fascists?  By spreading information where it is restricted, bullied, and buried under fear and ignorance.  The light of reason can be like water.  With our help it can illuminate the darkest valleys and descend to the deepest reaches.  There is nothing we cannot reveal.