Thursday, April 10, 2008

There is nothing right about a law that prevents...

...this man from being my neighbour.
The couple talked about the decision for him to return to Mexico in the office of their immigration attorney, Mira Mdivani, shortly before Marquez left last month.

"You don't feel safe in the streets. You don't feel safe anywhere because of a lot of things going on right now," he said. "The police pull you over for no reason."

"I want to be free, to go wherever I want to go and not be scared. In the long run, it will be worth it. We can have a better life and we won't be scared anymore," Marquez said.

When he was in the United States, he worked at construction jobs, doing everything from picking up trash to cleaning sewers and provided about two-thirds of the household income.
Sure, deport people right back home if they cause a problem, and be quick about it. But this guy didn't "cause a problem".

I'm not so afraid of bad people that I think it's better this guy be forced back to slum; that solution just increases the number of the bad creeps' victims.

In the meantime, because it's just false advertising, might as well take the Statue of Liberty down.
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me.
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.

1 comment:

Mike said...

Damn straight.

I suspect there is a lot of none-to-subtle racism involved in a lot of this nativist BS.

But then we live an a world of fear, where letting your 9-year-old ride the subway in one of the safest cities in the US get you onto the Today Show and harangued by some mealy mouthed "parenting expert"...