imcsf.indymedia.orgsan francisco bay area indymedia
About Us Contact Us Subscribe Calendar Publish
white themeblack themered themetheme help



printable version - email this article

View article without comments

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

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

add your comments


Paperwork
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.

add your comments


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.

add your comments


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.

http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?SectionID=59&ItemID=9905

http://www.zmag.org/content/showarticle.cfm?ItemID=10184

add your comments


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.

add your comments


IMC Network: www.indymedia.org Projects print radio satellite tv video Africa ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq nigeria south africa Canada hamilton maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg East Asia burma jakarta japan manila qc Europe alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol bulgaria croatia cyprus estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege lille madrid malta marseille nantes netherlands nice norway oost-vlaanderen paris/île-de-france poland portugal romania russia scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia west vlaanderen Latin America argentina bolivia brasil chiapas chile chile sur colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso Oceania adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne oceania perth qc sydney South Asia india mumbai United States arizona arkansas atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado danbury, ct dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk idaho ithaca kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma omaha philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca seattle tallahassee-red hills tampa bay tennessee united states urbana-champaign utah vermont virginia beach western mass worcester West Asia armenia beirut israel palestine ukraine Topics biotech Process discussion fbi/legal updates indymedia faq mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer

2000-2003 New Mexico IMC. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the New Mexico IMC. Running sf-active v0.9.2 Disclaimer | Privacy