Immigration has boiled over as a hot topic once again in North America. Today, thousands of immigrants formed a line more than a mile long as they marched across the Brooklyn Bridge, demonstrating against possible immigration reform in Congress. The demonstrators, most from Latin America, waved the flags of over a dozen countries.
“We came to say that we’re here,” George Criollo, who arrived in New York a decade ago from Cuenca, Ecuador, told the AP. “We have to speak, legal or illegal. We have to speak about this issue.”
The US Senate is debating immigration policy and looking alter it by both tightening border security and creating a new guest worker program that would offer legal status to the estimated 11 million undocumented workers in the United States. The House passed a bill late last year that would crack down on illegal immigration and contained no provision for a guest worker program.
“I want a comprehensive bill,” Bush said at a joint news conference with Mexican President Vicente Fox and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper yestreday. Meeting in Cancun, Mexico, the three leaders agreed to a coordinated effort to modernize border security, build on their substantial trade ties and prepare for a possible bird flu pandemic.
We have been debating immigration policy for some time:
Supporting Illegal Immigration Is NOT Christian
Christian support of illegal immigrants is dangerous to both the security, and economic stability of the United States.
Posted to Politics by Jinger Jarrett on May 25, 2006 04:14 PM
Borderline Immigration Policy
We slap the army uniform on , implant the chip, and he/she goes from security threat to security asset.
Posted to Politics by Chancelucky on May 23, 2006 01:01 PM
Immigration: Lawless Employers Pickpocket America
“Do this! Do that! Hurry up! There’s just no good help any more.” Imagine you could go through life surrounded by indentured servants on whom you depended, yet to whom you never had to say, “Please” or “Thank you.” In the cartoon…
Posted to Politics by Nicholas Stix on May 23, 2006 07:34 AM
Immigrant Foods Threaten America
In this nation of immigrants, there is some worry that foreigners threaten our security, language, culture, and our very nature as a uniquely “American Culture.” Blogcritics has been full of the ongoing debates and unfolding government actions in Congress. Here…
Posted to Culture by Howard Dratch on May 23, 2006 03:08 AM
Dubbya’s May Sweeps: Can Bush’s Immigration Reform Speech Pull Him Out of the Ratings Doldrums?
Despite a cherry primetime spot, Bush flops in the ratings.
Posted to Politics by Ray Ellis on May 16, 2006 10:16 PM
Bush Offers a Rational Plan for Immigration and Border Security
Confirming many of us in our belief that President Bush is at heart a rational moderate, tonight he outlined a plan for immigration which addresses the nation’s border security concerns, our need for immigrant labor, and our tradition of welcoming…
Posted to Politics by Dave Nalle on May 16, 2006 03:24 AM
Primetime Tactics – Bush And His Conservative Dues
Well, tonight at 8 p.m., President Bush will officially cave to his more conservative brethren and call for a new deployment of yet more National Guard troops. And on primetime television no less. This call is to send some 8000…
Posted to Politics by Paul Jordan, Sr. on May 15, 2006 07:01 PM
GOP in Danger of Tipping Point on Immigration
The GOP is running a terrible risk if anything like amnesty becomes law this year.
Posted to Politics by Drew McKissick on May 15, 2006 05:31 PM
Illegal Human Beings on the March
The Gathering Storm Was May 1 America’s version of Hitler in the Rhineland? On March 7, 1936, Hitler illegally marched into the Rhineland at the head of his then ragtag Reichsarmee (Imperial Army). The Rhineland had been permanently demilitarized by the…
Posted to Politics by Nicholas Stix on May 8, 2006 10:16 AM
With all the hubbub of late regarding illegal immigration there is one group whose silence is astounding. The population of the United States is presently around 300 million. It is projected to double in the next fifty to…
Posted to Politics by John Conlin on May 8, 2006 10:05 AM
Si Se Puede: Amnesty For The Immigrants
You wanna build a wall along the southern border? Fine, but make sure it gets built behind the Minutemen. And as soon as it’s done, chuck Michelle Malkin, Lou Dobbs, Hugh Hewitt and Pat Buchanan over the top.
Posted to Politics by Steven Hart on May 4, 2006 01:38 PM
Hypocrigration: America — Home of the Free, the Brave, and the Hypocritical
The hypocrisy in this country over immigration has gone haywire! I am insanely furious over the “have my cake and eat it too” craze concerning the viability of Guest Worker legislation in this country. I live in Atlanta…
Posted to Politics by DaLilah on May 2, 2006 01:42 PM
Why Illegal Immigrants Come To America
Millions of people come to this country because America is addicted to cheap labor.
Posted to Politics by Logtar on May 2, 2006 01:12 PM
Immigration: A Child-Like Belief in the Rule of Law
Those of you who travel abroad and frequent bars, pubs, and get drunk with the locals, as does Poldark Maximus, can identify with this one – the frequent comment that most Americans are largely naive about the sordid ways of…
Posted to Politics by Poldark Maximus on May 2, 2006 12:38 PM
A Day Without Immigrants: New Jersey
I live in an urban area within New Jersey in the New York City Greater Metropolitan Area. My city has a majority black population, but there are ever-increasing numbers of Latinos living here and opening businesses. There’s also…
Posted to Culture by Jackie on May 1, 2006 08:11 PM
Nationwide Immigrant Boycott: Diary of a Bystander
8 am — While the weekend reports on television told us that the Los Angeles rally would be to the west of us, the Los Angeles Times reported this morning that the first rally is on Broadway leading to the…
Posted to Culture by Justene Adamec on May 1, 2006 05:45 PM
American-Canadian Relations: The Carrot And The Stick
Uh, oh. We’re in trouble again. Yep, just when you’ve been told how everything is so nice-nice between Ottawa and Washington, along comes a Bush Administration report saying that Canada is home to Islamic terrorist cells due to our…
Posted to Politics by Richard Marcus on May 1, 2006 05:05 PM
Poor Whites and Blacks Plotting to Take Mexican Jobs on May Day?
Business Week Online says, Immigrant advocacy groups have organized a general boycott for May 1, hoping to show the country how important they are. What if all the poor and unemployed whites and blacks show up at all the jobs the…
Posted to Culture by Cherryl Aldave on May 1, 2006 06:06 AM
Laws…? We Don’t Need No Stinking Laws
Illegal immigrants take to the streets on Monday, “Uno de Mayo”, in a “walk out” to demonstrate their value to American society and in support of their cutting in line for a quick amnesty. Cutting ahead of…
Posted to Politics by Z.Z. Bachman on May 1, 2006 04:43 AM
Mob Rule for Democracy?
Pro-immigrant activists say they will “shut down” major cities to demand amnesty for millions of illegal aliens, according to a report in Reuters. Already troubling comparisons have been made to the civil rights movement of the 1960s. Let’s make…
Posted to Politics by Mark Adams on April 29, 2006 11:00 AM
Reconquista: Taking Back The American Southwest
What if there was a reconquista, and Americans didn’t notice until it was too late? It was all moving along quite swimmingly before the recent immigration rallies when most Americans wouldn’t have known a reconquista from a chimichanga. …
Posted to Politics by Greg Strange on April 28, 2006 03:55 PM
Satire: Attack of the Killer Immigrants
They’re coming! Protect your family from the swarms before it’s too late!
Posted to Culture by Pete Blackwell on April 19, 2006 09:44 AM
A Fence Sitter’s Take On Illegal Immigration
The problem is not the cost, the number of immigrants, or the immigrants themselves. It’s that it is uncontrolled.
Posted to Politics by Sean Aqui on April 17, 2006 02:25 PM
Musings on Religion in Politics, Immigration, and Gay Marriage
How is it that prayer in public schools or at any government function constitutes a violation of the “establishment” clause of the Constitution today?
Posted to Politics by Drew McKissick on April 13, 2006 03:07 PM
Fundamental Shift Toward Illegal Immigrants In the Works?
Forces seem aligned for a major change in U.S. immigration policy.
Posted to Politics by Eric Olsen on April 12, 2006 10:52 AM
Crossing The Border
Coming as I do from a family of refugees from Bangladesh displaced by partition and settled in India for a couple of generations, immigration legal, illegal, enforced or by choice is always of interest to me. My ancestors were driven…
Posted to Politics by Heartcrossings on April 11, 2006 01:49 AM
Illegal Immigration – Stop the Silliness
Deal with the reality of illegals in the country and work towards slowing the flood. They’re two different issues.
Posted to Politics by John Conlin on April 6, 2006 01:54 PM
A Solution to Illegal Immigration?
An attempt to arrive at a compromise on immigration.
Posted to Politics by John Bambenek on April 6, 2006 10:02 AM
Immigration And Integration
A pictoral history of resistance.
Posted to Culture by diana hartman on April 5, 2006 09:54 AM
I made the mistake of driving with a friend through downtown Phoenix last Tuesday afternoon. There I was, the “designated white guy”, surrounded by hundreds of cars filled with Mexican flag-waving Latino youths. Street traffic was moving slower than the DREAM…
Posted to Politics by Pete Petrisko on April 4, 2006 02:32 AM
Senate Arrogance on Immigration
What is happening in the Senate on the immigration issue is arrogance. Plain and simple, old-fashioned, “we know better than you do” arrogance. In the face of overwhelming public opposition to virtually every facet of the McCain/Kennedy Senate…
Posted to Politics by Drew McKissick on April 3, 2006 08:03 PM
Immigrants not Felons
A few miles from my home in Oceanside, every summer, it is harvest time in the strawberry fields. From sunrise to sunset, you can see the brown people picking thousands of strawberries in the hot noonday sun, backbreaking work…
Posted to Politics by Candye Kane on April 3, 2006 05:58 PM
Immigration, Globalization, and Oxymorons
Borders are becoming obsolete, the world grows smaller, and too many people use immigration fears to deny inevitable change.
Posted to Politics by Margaret Romao Toigo on April 2, 2006 08:02 PM
Reflections on the LA Immigration Protests
On March 25, a huge number of people showed up in downtown Los Angeles to draw attention to illegal immigration. What sort of attention did they draw? The estimated half million people who were there paid attention. From the…
Posted to Politics by Murphy on April 2, 2006 12:04 PM
We are At War and I Don’t Mean in Iraq
I just watched a video taken directly from the Latino demonstrations in numerous cities across AMERICA in March and April 2006. The leaders of these demonstrations, if you want to call them that, are clearly telling the people to go…
Posted to Politics by Bob Greenspan on April 1, 2006 03:39 PM
Illegal Immigration: Should the Punishment Fit the Crime?
Is crossing a border to earn a living so unforgivable the punishment should be imprisonment or exile? Is that the response of a rational nation?
Posted to Politics by Dave Nalle on April 1, 2006 04:25 AM
The Immigration Fixation
Immigrants want stability so let’s give them that.
Posted to Politics by Samuel James on April 1, 2006 01:36 AM
Immigration: Do The Numbers Fit?
Consult a higher authority when it comes to immigration decisions.
Posted to Culture by Barbara Payne on March 30, 2006 07:25 PM
Failing Immigration Policies
The new immigration bill of the United States has the same deadly flaws already experienced in the EU.
Posted to Politics by Sampsa on March 28, 2006 08:47 PM
La Reconquista Takes to the Streets To Regain Mexico’s Stolen Lands
Way back in 1847 we fought a war with Mexico, and General Winfield “Old Fuss and Feathers” Scott and the redoubtable General Zachary Taylor won handily. We conquered the country, and their government went into exile….
Posted to Politics by Dave Nalle on March 27, 2006 02:30 PM
McCain Goes Hunting the Establishment
Someone needs to check John McCain for a hunting license. He’s been prowling the Republican establishment for the past few years, hunting for those he can convince to join his budding bid for President. Lately, McCain has been…
Posted to Politics by Drew McKissick on March 23, 2006 12:29 PM
Interview with Jeff Latas, Democrat for Congress In Arizona’s CD8
Jeff Latas is a Democratic candidate for Congress in Arizona’s CD8. What will probably catch people’s notice about Jeff is that he is…
Posted to Politics by Michael D. Bryan on March 21, 2006 02:11 AM
Interview with Francine Shacter, Democrat for Congress in AZ CD8
Meet Congresswoman Mom. It’s not her chosen campaign slogan, but I think it sums up Francine Shacter’s iconoclastic campaign for Congress in Arizona’s 8th District pretty well. When asked, Francine chose as her (purely provisional) slogan, “I…
Posted to Politics by Michael D. Bryan on March 11, 2006 10:13 AM
The Challenges of Multiculturalism
What is the price of open immigration and is it better or worse than a more restrictive alternative?
Posted to Politics by AlbertaLIfe on March 6, 2006 06:24 PM
Immigration’s Evil Side
An innocent man is trapped for two months in Immigration hell while the Immigration goons try to void a judge’s ruling.
Posted to Politics by Mark Schannon on February 25, 2006 04:11 PM
Why Europe Has Less Success Integrating Muslims Than North America
Recently a friend made an interesting observation about the whole Muhammad cartoon kerfuffle. He pointed out that while several European papers have published the cartoons, relatively few have in the US and Canada. Of course the Internet is…
Posted to Culture by Akeel Shah on February 14, 2006 07:27 PM
What is an American?
The debate in Congress over how to approach immigration issues varies from an attack on ‘aliens’ and the audacity they have to invade our country to a discussion on how to accomodate guest workers once they are here. An article…
Posted to Politics by Taylor Kirk on February 9, 2006 05:22 PM
Movie Review: Dirty Pretty Things
A picture that has the potential to stir-up new notions on immigration and the muscle to sock you in the stomach.
Posted to Video by Brandon Valentine on February 3, 2006 06:15 PM
Mexico Invades the United States
Just after the release of the news that there have been over 200 unauthorized border crossings unto US soil by the Mexican military, it appears that people dressed as Mexican military provided armed cover for drug dealers fleeing Texas…
Posted to Politics by John Bambenek on January 24, 2006 07:58 PM
Canadian Politicians Don’t Understand Immigration Trends
While the future of Canada and many other western countries depend on immgration, do they really understand the market trends?
Posted to Politics by Vijay Sappani on January 21, 2006 05:53 PM
Bikini News Busting Out
Maybe it reflects a collective frosty cry from the bowels of the zeitgeist for winter to be on its way sooner rather than later, or something as prosaic as the marketing cycle, but whatever the impetus, the bikini gods are…
Posted to Culture by Eric Olsen on January 18, 2006 11:21 PM
Should America Stop Immigration?
Is immigration more harmful than it is helpful?
Posted to Politics by Joe Johaneman on January 8, 2006 07:26 PM
The Immigration Debate – Part II
Although it’s not always obvious, the general purpose of the laws of any nation is to serve the best interests of the nation in question. In the case of the United States, it is becoming more widely understood and…
Posted to Politics by Drew McKissick on December 21, 2005 02:05 PM
Rethinking the Border Wall With Mexico, Call It a “Welcome Wall”
Mexico’s President, Vicente Fox, has called American plans to extend the security fence along the Mexican border, “Shameful.” According to BBC, Fox condemned the proposal saying it is too focused on securing the border and does not acknowledge the…
Posted to Politics by Bird of Paradise on December 20, 2005 08:48 PM
Travels with The Department of Homeland Security and INS
I’ve debated writing this article for months, or maybe even a year now, and yet… and yet… when it comes to the truth, and by truth I mean ultimate Truth, there is nothing written here that is not true with…
Posted to Culture by Sadi Ranson-Polizzotti on December 17, 2005 12:21 AM
The Immigration Debate: Part 1
The immigration issue is a lot like Social Security. It’s an issue that until recently most politicians of both parties paid very little attention to other than tinkering around policy edges and offering occasional election year lip service. …
Posted to Politics by Drew McKissick on December 13, 2005 03:32 PM
The Southwest Conference on Illegal Immigration, Border Security, and Crime
If there is hope of another option, a legal one, don’t you think that most of them would rather go that route?
Posted to Politics by Richard Marcus on October 1, 2005 05:57 PM
America Speaks More than English
Libraries are feeling both the pressures of multi cultural populations and the reactionary reaction to any immigration.
Posted to Culture by Howard Dratch on September 8, 2005 02:13 AM
The Border Has Two Sides
Recently there have been a number of Blogcritics posts about the problems on the border of Mexico and the US; especially the border of Arizona where vigilante groups proliferate. These articles are of interest since I am American and…
Posted to Culture by Howard Dratch on August 24, 2005 01:25 AM
The Immigration Time-bomb
The immigration issue is the political equivalent of a time-bomb in American politics. Depending of whether it is defused or explodes, it will either strengthen or blow apart existing American electoral coalitions. The issue is dangerous to the current political…
Posted to Politics by Drew McKissick on August 23, 2005 04:23 PM
Illegal immigration testing our humanity
Illegal immigration is no longer an exclusively right-wing concern – it is a liberal, humanitarian one
Posted to Politics by Mark Edward Manning on August 20, 2005 01:53 PM
Getting Real About Illegal Undocumented Immigrant Aliens
Almost no one I know (I live in West Los Angeles, CA., and run a factory in South East LA) wants to forcibly send home 8,000,000 or 20,000,000 individuals who have come to live in our country by means outside…
Posted to Politics by Randy Kirk on June 3, 2005 12:33 AM