LatinaLista — Come November, Floridians will vote to eradicate a provision of their State Constitution that went into effect in 1926. It’s called the “Alien Land Law” and it prohibits anyone ineligible for citizenship from owning property.
It was directed squarely at Asian immigrants. Proponents for wanting to get rid of the archaic law say that the language used to define who is ineligible is entirely based on race and therefore is “patently unconstitutional” and as such, repulsive to current-day Floridians.
In describing why the law was passed in the first place, Senate Minority Leader Steve Geller, D-Hallandale Beach, said that at that time white America had both “an inferiority complex and a superiority complex” about Asian immigrants.
Eighty-two years later, it’s sad to see that little has changed and that white America still wrestles with both ends of the complex spectrum.
The question that needs to be asked is “Why?”
Today’s critics of illegal immigration are quick to say that they are not opposed to LEGAL immigrants, just those who “cut in line.”
But is that true?
It’s true for all the people who prefer to parrot the arguments of just a few organizations and online sites that have made it their mission to derail any kind of immigration reform at the federal level and in essence prolong and exacerbate what is happening in cities and towns across the nation with worksite raids, home invasions, street arrests and family separations in the name of immigration enforcement.
But when we look closely at these organizations that tout themselves to be neutral and only interested in the welfare of the country, and whom traditional media constantly cites as credible sources and therefore legitimizes their voices in the greater immigration debate, we see that their agenda is far more reaching than on just those who “cut in line.”
An analysis of each site usually reveals a site built on a foundation of fear â€” fear of too many immigrants, fear of too many low-skilled laborers, fear of too many Hispanics.
In justifying their fear, their proposals to address it include the kinds of things we’re seeing now: worksite raids and traffic detainments that are meant to intimidate people, both citizens and non-citizens; support of the construction of a border wall so as to physically separate us from countries to the south and the complete disregard for basic morality when it comes to immigrant Hispanic families by supporting the separation of parents from children and the deportation of children by themselves to Mexico.
Never once at these sites does a visitor get the impression that these organizations want to work with the federal government in passing legislation that truly addresses the moral deficiencies in practice today and create a policy that would realistically address the physical logistics and emotional and physical well-being of the millions of undocumented immigrant men, women and children who are here. Not to mention, create a long-lasting policy that would ensure that our economy doesn’t falter for a lack of workers in the future and those future immigrant arrivals wouldn’t feel that they are trapped in the United States with no alternative but to stay.
In fact, it’s this duo inferiority and superiority complexes that have created the problem we have today with illegal immigration.
It’s time to strike a healthy middle ground and realize that true change is only going to happen at the federal level with laws that impel everyone to be of the same mind in looking at immigration.