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    •  Thank you. This is a tremendously important issue (1+ / 0-)
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      and it largely flies under the radar. The cruelty and lack of humanity we continue to show towards undocumented immigrants, who are only doing what any one of us would do if we found ourselves deprived of our livelihoods and unable to put food on the table, is stunning and heart rending.

      It's absolutely worth mentioning that not only has there not yet been meaningful reform of the detention system, but a strongly related issue, and another campaign promise, have also been totally ignored: the renegotiation of NAFTA. Very few people understand the total devastation of the generations old system of family farming that was destroyed overnight in Mexico when we (the U.S., or more correctly Monsanto) suddenly dumped huge quantities of government subsidized corn on the Mexican market at below market value as a result of NAFTA. Millions of proud and hard working campesinos suddenly found themselves literally starving.

      So, if we are ever going to fix immigration, we have to also address the root causes of the massive dislocations brought about by our own corporate dominated and tremendously exploitative policies.

      And thanks for the work you and your colleagues are doing at the NLRC.

      "But there is so much more to do." - Barack Obama, Nov. 4, 2008

      by flitedocnm on Fri Aug 06, 2010 at 10:01:59 AM PDT

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      •  Very discouraging that (0+ / 0-)

        this diary did not seem to catch much attention here. Please don't be discouraged. Try again some time, perhaps with a zippier title... This really is an important issue, not only for the detainees, but because the current policy sends a very unfortunate message about the moral compass and the priorities of this administration. We should not let this drop off the radar scope. Thanks again.

        "But there is so much more to do." - Barack Obama, Nov. 4, 2008

        by flitedocnm on Fri Aug 06, 2010 at 02:32:29 PM PDT

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