This article is definitely going to get the anti-“illegal” activists buzzing and I guarantee there will be some sort of a rally outside this church to deport Flor Crisostomo. Not only would that type of rally support the most negative solution to this issue, but it also does nothing to find and fix the reasons for illegal immigration. This issue is buried within the world-wide mistreatment of workers and all of us common people. Personally I see anyone calling out a fellow human being struggling to live for being here illegally simply contributes to infighting which will not help the situation. If the nativist forces in this country cannot see what is actually being battled here it is truly sad. Though I do believe that most people understand what is being fought for which is why they haven’t allowed politicians to win for simply having the “strongest” stance on illegal immigration.
Church where illegal immigrant took sanctuary for a year to host another woman – Full Article
By SOPHIA TAREEN | Associated Press Writer
6:53 AM CST, January 27, 2008
CHICAGO – Leaders of a Chicago church where an illegal immigrant from Mexico took sanctuary for a year before being deported say they plan to house another immigration activist who is set on defying a deportation order.
Flor Crisostomo, 28, an illegal immigrant who came to the U.S. in 2001, was slated to report to federal immigration officials on Monday, but the head of Adalberto United Methodist Church said she will seek refuge at the church in the same way as immigration activist Elvira Arellano, who was deported to Mexico last August.
In my opinion Crisostomo has to decide what’s best for her though I do commend her for standing up for what she believes in. I know she has children back in Mexico which will definitely be used against her. This is true because the natavist activists will use anything they can to make Crisostomo out to be a villain. I guess, however, that they should say the same about our brave soldiers in Iraq who have children back home to which they may never return. The fact that this is even happening in this country is simply sad. Our open doors, love all immigrant credo is being subverted by anti-immigrant groups that think we should start closing our doors on everyone. Say what you want to mitigate my claim, but a quick glance in many anti-“illegal” activist forums will prove me right. Many of the avatars and user names are very much pro closed doors and anti-Hispanic. I’ve seen one avatar that was a boarded up map of the U.S. with a sign that said “no vacancy.” Is that pro migration?
In this article they appropriately condemn NAFTA for contributing to this issue. Kucinich, though out of the presidential race now, had the removal of NAFTA in his platform.
Obama also believes that NAFTA needs to be renegotiated as stated on his website: Obama has a strong pro-labor voting record
Original story about the raid:
Here’s another article about the IFCO Systems raid: link
There are a few interesting quotes in this article. The first is from Julie Myers:
“Our nation’s communities cannot be a wild frontier where illegal aliens and unscrupulous employees subvert our nation’s laws,” said Julie Myers, assistant secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
If this quote isn’t full simply a loaded piece of propaganda I don’t know what is. It truly claims that migrants are wild and lawless by claiming the situation is reminiscent of the wild west. For a government agent to to use this type of language is irresponsible.
In the article one man claims that the timing of the raid was suspicious. Chertoff’s response:
Chertoff denied the timing of the stepped up enforcement had anything to do with recent immigration demonstrations, saying the investigations began more than a year ago.
Doesn’t the fact that they started the investigation a year ago and planned to raid the plant just days before a scheduled rally go against Michael’s claim? Why hadn’t they raided the plant six months prior?
From this article we read that WalMart was forced to pay for hiring illegal workers to clean their stores.
Last year, Wal-Mart stores agreed to pay $11 million to settle allegations concerning the employment and mistreatment of illegal immigrants.
Wal-Mart has maintained that top executives did not know that cleaning contractors were hiring illegal immigrants, who sometimes slept in the backs of stores. An ICE affidavit unsealed as part of that case, however, asserted that two executives were aware of the practice.
Personally I think if people are forced to sleep in the back of Wal-Mart stores somebody should be helping them. That is a tragedy which shouldn’t be happening in the U.S.
From an article about the Wal-Mart raid we read:
At the time of the raids, the government said they had wiretaps showing that Wal-Mart executives knew the company was using illegal workers. However, as part of the settlement the company will not admit any wrongdoing or liability.
So why are some people arrested and prosecuted as many IFCO Systems manager were, and others who are guilty undoubtedly guilty let go? It seems to have to do with how much money you can pay which is an awful lot like how easy it is to get into this country legally. Luckily in the Wal-Mart case the workers were themselves released without charges. But where did they go?
So I support Flor Crisostomo in her efforts because this country is full of stories that basically illustrate how money will get you everywhere and the lowest man or woman is the one that seems to always be punished. As corporations basically beg workers to come here illegally they are rarely ever held accountable for their actions. Instead of finding the solution anti-migrant protesters will spend their time yelling at Crisostomo while companies and our government continue to look the other way as workers are mistreated around the globe.