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  •  My father was an illegal immigrant (11+ / 0-)

    In the 70's when INS caught him he was sold into slavery and had to escape from the farm he was working on.

    Even if Trader Joe's did implement these reasonable measures, thousands upon thousands of other employers would not.

    Will the workers complain? No not really, who would they complain to?

    This is why immigration needs to be fixed so there can be reasonable assurances that even the lowest jobs come with basic conditions that we would except in the USA.

    Didn't Abraham Lincoln have less experience than Barack Obama?

    by relikx on Mon Jun 23, 2008 at 03:28:05 PM PDT

    •  Immigration reform is critical. (5+ / 0-)

      Our local Progressive Democrats club had a fantastic speaker on immigration this past weekend. I am convinced that our immigration policy is so far out of the realm of reality that it's hard to believe more people aren't treated as horrifically as your father. There are many who live and suffer in the shadows, unfortunately. And few who care enough to stand up for them.

      I am very sorry to hear what happened to him. As Americans, we should all be ashamed that human rights go to the wayside for certain people. Somehow, not being a citizen means people can be exempted from basic humane treatment.

      •  I feel like we should be screaming in the streets (5+ / 0-)

        This whole issue is disturbing in the lack of dialogue and attention surrounding it.

        I literally feel like screaming from the rooftops sometimes.

        The lack of humanity is staggering and I cannot imagine calling myself a progressive, let alone a good and decent human being with ethics, if I did not actively work toward improving the conditions for immigrants.

        Outside the realm of reality is right.

        People need to start paying attention to this and understanding that it is flatly unjust, and they need to start acting.

        If it takes my entire life, I will not stop being active in this fight. This is for the dignity of human beings who are treated like subhumans and left to die in the sun so the rich can continue to get richer. Few issues strike me as more corrupt in contemporary American politics on U.S. soil.

        And the fact that many Democrats don't support immigration reform just makes me sad.

        ...on a good day I bowl a 19

        by mahakali overdrive on Mon Jun 23, 2008 at 06:21:52 PM PDT

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        •  Plenty here don't supporti (5+ / 0-)

          immigration reform. Having been involved in the immigration debate here at DKos for over two years, I have come to the conclusion that most here don't care, or want to deport everyone.

          •  Which is ridiculous (3+ / 0-)
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            but shows the ignorance that has been promoted about immigrant reform.

            True progressives understand that immigration is "the" issue here in the U.S. This is the neo-slave trade. This is race and class and corporate corruption.

            If people don't understand it, they need to question why other Democrats are concerned by it to such a degree that they will stand by it so staunchly. There is simply nothing but Republican values at the core of the anti-immigration debate, in both a humanitarian and an economic sense equally.

            I'm a whitish person of Jewish descent, but the racism disgusts me. If the racism doesn't disgust someone else, they can consider it from an economic perspective, since it is also problematic to any fiscal Democrat.

            ...on a good day I bowl a 19

            by mahakali overdrive on Mon Jun 23, 2008 at 06:45:07 PM PDT

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        •  Re: lack of support (1+ / 0-)
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          I think there is a real dearth of information to counter the common wisdom that "we have an immigration problem." The epiphany that I had last weekend was that I now don't think we have an immigration problem at all, I think we have a major policy problem and a human rights disaster.

          The fact that we have 12 million (or more) undocumented immigrants here now says that we have an economy that needs those workers. There are far more Americans now who are high-school educated than there ever were before, and they simply won't do agricultural work.

          I am now a believer that we need to go through a process of bringing the 12 million out of the shadows and giving amnesty to those who haven't engaged in criminal behavior. We must give them legal rights AND responsibilities and give them the opportunity to fully participate--including the benefit of citizenship and the importance of paying into our tax and social service system.

          I've always cared about this, and I've been disgusted by the rhetoric, but I think I finally really got it this past weekend. I think there is an awful lot of misinformation out there.

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