Bill Bunch, a small-business owner said “It smacks of racism and it smacks of pandering. You’re using these people as pawns for your own political gain.”
I serve on the Board of the S.C.
Exactly what is fair and just in this land of immigrants? Discrimination and injustices against the “shanty Irish” or the Chinese “yellow peril” because of their race and ethnicity was certainly not fair or just. Over 400 years ago people from Europe migrated to what is now the
A consensus of historians agree that indigenous people, also known as Native Americans or Indians, were in the Americas at least 10,000 years before the European Christopher Columbus “di
When the Spanish arrived in the
It was cheaper to work Indians to death and replace them than keep them alive. In
As a descendant of Choctaw Indians I despise the nationalistic and historically blind rhetoric we hear about immigration.
European conquest of Mexican Native Americans exemplifies such blindness. European Americans under the flag of the
Hard-working Mexicans in the
The best solution to the immigration question is Comprehensive Immigration Reform legislation at the federal level that will:
Provide a path to permanent resident status and citizenship for all members of our communities;
Reunite families and reduce immigration backlogs;
Secure the border in a humane way;
And provide rights to all workers in the
Such Comprehensive Immigration Reform legislation must also be enforced primarily by the federal government. The Arizona and proposed South Carolina laws, in practice, will take even more resources away from state and local law enforcement who need to focus on apprehending real criminals who steal and commit violent crimes rather than on poor and peaceful working people who harvest our crops, construct our homes and do service work for our travel and hospitality industry.
A fair and just