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It has come to my attention that certain media companies are holding roundtable discussions on what to call people without proper legal documentation in this country. Most of these people carry fake identity credentials saying they are ‘liberal’ or even ‘progressive’ bloggers and writers.
Given that these people think it is liberal and even progressive to label certain marginalized groups against their wishes, we actually do not think the term liberal or progressive attached to these bloggers is accurate enough. It certainly carries a bias. We should try to come up with a name for this particular social group that is more neutral and reflective of their behavior.
“Illegal bloggers” is inaccurate. It is not yet illegal to label, categorize and castigate a marginalized group against their wishes. These bloggers can decidedly revert back to calling Blacks Negro, using Orientals for Asians, and fags for people in the LGBT community anytime it becomes politically convenient.
Brian-deficient and heart-deficient bloggers is also not too accurate. They have brains and hearts–they just don’t use them for the most part.
Cracker, honky, redneck, gringo bloggers denote a particular racial identity and while most of these bloggers are probably White, this behavior is certainly not limited to that group. Though I dare say, privilege is certainly part of the problem here.
Undocumented and unauthorized bloggers. Now that might be a fair term. Their ‘liberal’ or ‘progressiveness’ has not really been documented by our pro-migrant system of governance nor have we authorized their use of labels to denigrate us. Undocumented bloggers label Others without permission. They illegally cross several borders at once when they demean and dehumanize Others by mixing up nouns and adjectives. To top it off, they demand services like free education to ascertain what they are doing wrong! They must be sent back home immediately!
Too nativist? Alright, we can let them stay in our system and they can choose to self-identify, but they must assimilate according to our ways and follow the law of the land: No one is illegal.
Seriously, if you call people illegal, you are no progressive or liberal. Leave your card at the door before you exit.
I think I am done.
For now. They still don’t get it. However, fighting this involves a longer time period that I will ever allow myself, given I am Hasta LaVista from this place soon.
I also think people don’t realize that labelling immigrants as illegal involves the same hegemonic labeling process directed at minorities throughout history. That is what I meant when I compared it directly to slurring the African-American community or the LGBT community. And it is worse when immigrant students are labeled as ‘illegal students’ or ‘illegal immigrants’ because they certainly did not choose to be here. And when someone is undocumented because s/he is gay and cannot marry to adjust status due to discriminatory policies or someone is illegally denied paperwork by the system, that really throws a monkey wrench into the situation. No one can be illegal since if immigrants are illegal for breaking laws, then we should use the term for everyone who breaks the law. The bottom-line is, you don’t call a whole community of people anything without their permission. It doesn’t take a college degree to understand that.
60 minutes report
The Real News
NYTimes – The Death of Boubacar Bah
Sexual Assault at Immigrant Detention Centers
U.S. citizens sue U.S. government for illegal detention
Wealthy entrepeneur has given $50000 to support the Dream of students who are victims of circumstances beyond their control.
DREAM Act should become a reality for kids
Our view: Illegal-immigrant students should not pay for parents’ transgressions
Tucson, Arizona | Published: 09.21.2007
Congress may soon have the opportunity to stop the systematic punishment of illegal-immigrant children for the sins of their parents.
Sen. Richard Durbin, D-Ill., is planning to reintroduce the Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors Act as an amendment to a Pentagon spending bill that is being debated in Congress this week.
The DREAM Act, which was part of the comprehensive immigration-reform bill that failed this summer, would give the children of illegal immigrants a path toward citizenship if they attend college for at least two years or serve honorably in the military for at least two years.
The measure would be good for the United States, as it would boost student ranks in states like Arizona, where young illegal immigrants who want to attend college often cannot afford to because of state laws. The act would also encourage young illegal immigrants to pursue higher education or careers in the military.
The measure would be especially significant in Arizona because state voters last year approved Proposition 300, which requires illegal-immigrant students to pay out-of-state tuition rather than the more affordable in-state rate.
University tuition for students classified as in-state residents costs roughly $5,000 a year, while out-of-state tuition is more than three times higher at about $16,000 per year.
As we have stated on these pages previously, Proposition 300 created a mean-spirited law that unfairly punishes young adults who entered the country illegally but involuntarily.
The United States is a nation of laws, but children should not be punished for the actions of their parents.
Many illegal-immigrant students who are of college age came to this country as toddlers or grade-schoolers. The United States is the only country they know. For them, Mexico, to give one example, would be the foreign country, even though they might be Mexican citizens.
Proposition 300 viciously makes it harder for these students to become well-educated, taxpaying adults.
Some individuals and groups have stepped up to help illegal-immigrant students pursue college degrees.
Arizona State University President Michael Crow, for one, has earmarked funds from private donors to help about 200 illegal-immigrant students meet the higher tuition costs, the Arizona Republic reported.
However, state Treasurer Dean Martin, who as a legislator was the main proponent of Proposition 300, is asking for the Board of Regents to investigate whether Crow is following state law in assisting the students.
University of Arizona spokesman Johnny Cruz said six students affected by Proposition 300 are receiving more aid so that they can remain in school. UA President Robert Shelton said the money is coming from private donations.
Meanwhile, Tucson businessman Paul Lindsey has donated $50,000 to establish a scholarship fund that will help illegal-immigrant students attend Pima Community College.
A full, 15-credit-hour course load at Pima College costs about $700 for in-state students and about $3,500 for out-of-state students.
We applaud the efforts to help illegal-immigrant students who might otherwise not be able to earn college degrees and we are hopeful those private efforts expand.
However, Proposition 300 could be effectively negated if the DREAM Act is approved by Congress. We encourage Arizona’s senators and representatives to support Sen. Durbin’s amendment.
The United Negro College Fund has a slogan, “A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste.” That slogan should apply to young people of all races.