Martin Esqivel-Hernandez was deported back to Mexico this week. This is really awful and sad. There are no words that can be used to describe the loss this is for his children, his wife, his friends, and the community at large.
Immigration is incredibly complicated, with many push and full factors intricately linked to a capitalist system, which demands cheap and free labor to thrive. (You can read about some of those issues on Cafe Con Leche's post about sanctuary cities.) Intersecting the issue of immigration are the concepts of land ownership, land use and borders, which when put into a historical context displays a long legacy of colonialism, slavery, and exploitation.
Below are five questions for people to answer if they find themselves thinking they don't like immigration or immigrants. These are not the only questions to ask yourself when analyzing this topic, but they are a good place to start.
Five questions for people who say they don't like immigration.
Directions: Read & answer these five questions. If you do not know the answer, google it.
- Who made The United States of America arbitrators of this land? Follow up question: Who decided where the borders would be between the United States and Mexico?
- Did you know there were already people living on this land before the Europeans came? Follow up info: Many of the people that are called "illegal aliens" [undocumented immigrants] are descendants of these native people.
- Have you read about the history between the United States of America and Mexico? You can read Cafe Con Leche's blog post on this history by clicking here.
- Do you know how much food, goods, and services would cost were it not for an unseen "illegal" workforce performing much of the labor?
- How does USA foreign policy effect immigration? Follow up question: Do you know what USA Foreign policy has been since the late 1800's?
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