LatinaLista — Just when we thought there was relief on the horizon for the thousands of families being traumatized by immigration sweeps and an uncertain future, there comes word that the Democrats don’t have any plans on addressing the issue until 2012.
In a story that published yesterday, Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) was quoted as saying that because of the Republicans bad handling of the issue, Democrats won’t even attempt to go there until at least the second term of a Democratic president.
Rep. Rahm Emanuel
(Source: Washington Post)
On the one hand, I can certainly understand their position. Having watched the debates on C-Span, the Republican congressmen and women who were against resolving the issue made it an extremely difficult and unpleasant experience.
In the process, the fabrications and exaggerations that were repeated about the undocumented reached historic proportions and contributed to the nationwide sweep of anti-immigrant rhetoric and local ordinances targeting the undocumented.
But is waiting till 2012 the answer?
In addition to constantly reminding our congresspersons that the issue needs to be resolved, there must be:
1. An organized effort to counter the lies and misrepresentations about the undocumented, immigrants and Latinos that are prevailing in the mainstream consciousness.
2. Every punitive law targeting the undocumented must be challenged in court.
3. There should be an international demand that the United States open their immigrant detention centers for outside inspection.
4. There should be a review of how children, who are detained for immigration violations, are handled.
5. Every time a Latino citizen is profiled/singled out by local law enforcement there should be documentation of the incident.
6. There should be an objection raised every time the word “terrorists” is implied to be associated with undocumented immigrants.
7. Though not all Latinos may use the power of the vote, all should use their voices to be heard. Write letters to the editor, create a blog, comment on blogs who oppose immigration reform, etc.
If there is any good news today, it is the fact that just a few hours ago a federal judge struck down Hazleton’s infamous anti-immigration law.
U.S. District Judge James Munley declared it unconstitutional Thursday and voided it based on evidence and testimony from a nine-day trial held in March.
It can either be a long six years or a short two years.
It’s time it was the people’s choice.