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Kow-towing to the Minutemen
by Anthony Moss Tuesday, May. 16, 2006 at 6:32 AM

In a prime-time speech Monday, May 16, Bush outlined his "plan" for border security. This comes just months after the Minutemen demanded Bush to authorize the National Guard's presence to secure the border.

Many of the undocumented workers who come up through Mexico from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador have no choice. Many don't speak Spanish. There is nothing that is theirs, no land, no rights, no freedom. They risk life and limb to come here, not for a better life, but because if they don't their families will starve unless they get the money that the workers send back. Wholemarket slave labor in the name of the bottom line.

Now, with the militarization of the border, these workers will not have a chance. If they cannot work down there, if they get displaced by subsidized farms and maquiladoras, then their families will put in far greater danger than any of the Minutemen or Tancredo would like you to believe.

I wonder what Tancredo would think if he were deported? Or maybe he should spend a few weeks as a migrant worker under NAFTA. He just might appreciate the struggle of the Other Mexico and the Other Central America. But I doubt it.

Myopic visions of security that come from those states and lawmakers who aren't on the border with any country give no pretext of protection, oversight, accountability, or civilian participation. If border security becomes privatized, prisons being run by the likes of Halliburton, then there will be no way to account for those who do cross and are caught. Conservatives and Neo-cons keep saying that the U.S. is a state of law, that the rule of law must be respected. I ask those lawmakers, what rule of law, what state can a migrant worker respect when he or she is forced out by the economic policies of those states?

The more this administration tightens the border, the more people it will kill. The workers will be forced to find even more dangerous routes to cross.

This isn't about border security. It's about securing the status quo. Clearly, the displaced, the poor, the workers, those below, mean nothing to the administration of this nation.

From the Other Albuquerque, Anthony Moss

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by Legal Tuesday, May. 16, 2006 at 8:56 AM

No choice?! Why don't they enter this country like the legal immigrants. My wife did it. She is an English-speaking, legal U.S. citizen and a registered republican. Why is it that the Mexicans cannot figure out how to enter legally.

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Re: Legal
by Anthony Moss Tuesday, May. 16, 2006 at 7:29 PM

The reason that most can't do it legally is because they do not have the money, resources or the time to be sitting on a waiting list. The answer lies in your own question. No choice but to migrate or die. What would YOU choose to support your family?

This is often a question posed by those above "Why don't they do it legally?" The lie is that they come here seeking a better life. The truth is that they don't have a choice. For those below, it's migrate, or die because they get forced of lands, the factories close, or they get sold as human cattle in the name of the bottom line. The ones with the blindfolds think it's just that easy to become legal. It's not. And any worker will tell you that.

Most people do not understand the pressure that these people are under. They work as slaves in maquiladoras so we can buy cheap clothes. They get shot by caciques. They get sent away when a farm or a factory closes.They risk life and limb to get here, because that's where the work is.

Most people think it's that easy. Like pushing a button. But it's not. Many of those workers aren't even Mexican. They come from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador. They speak only Yucatec, or Nahuatl, or Tzapotec, or Tzeltal, or K'ich'e.

As I said in the story. There is NOTHING that is theirs, only their clothes, only their pride, only their spirit. But most Americans don't even understand THAT.

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Re: Paperwork
by Anthony Moss Tuesday, May. 16, 2006 at 7:48 PM

If you want sources on this, I suggest you look at these articles here. Simply stating that these immigrants must adhere to the rule of law while ignoring the human struggle behind it is to be ignorant of what drives that struggle.

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stfu spic mutts
by white jacket Sunday, Sep. 03, 2006 at 12:49 PM

Shut the fuck up you dumb ugly spic mongrel mutts. Stop jabbering like monkeys and just go back to your shithole homeland Mexico. That's right, back to cactusland, cactusniggers. Back to the land of child-molesting mariachis and dog-faced Mexican whores with crab-infested cunts like your ugly mutt mother.

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