As we move toward May 1st let us not forget about Flor Crisostomo taking refuge in the Chicago church.
Immigrant tells of hard choices – BBC News
By Emilio San Pedro
Flor Crisostomo’s story echoes that of many of the millions of Latin Americans who, faced with dim economic prospects, opt to leave everything and everyone they know back home to seek a better life in the United States.
Flor, an indigenous woman from Mexico, is among the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants, the majority of them Mexican, currently in the US.
But having sought sanctuary in a Chicago church to evade capture, Flor is now also one of the figureheads of the campaign to get the US government to push through a comprehensive immigration reform to grant legal status to many illegal immigrants in the country.
All the nativists can speak of sovereignty all day, but what about the U.S. policies that effect people in other countries? Are we not responsible for those? Why is this never mentioned by the anti-migrant crowd. They never mention how the U.S. is responsible for much of the oppression in the world. I don’t need to say any more than Iraq, but Iraq is only one example of many.
Flor, 29, came to the US more than seven years ago, leaving behind three young children, two boys and a girl, who are looked after by her mother.
Their family’s small farming business had been ruined by the North American Free Trade Agreement, Nafta, Flor says.
And because it’s always important to see the hatred and insanity coming from the anti-migrant side here are some of the You Tube comments for the video above.
The commenter stating that Flor is not Rosa Parks – I agree, but one major difference that goes unsaid is that Rosa was descended from people who were forced to come to the U.S. and work as slaves while Flor made the decision to come on here own. However, they both represent an oppression and the fact that our government and some of the people of this country can always find ways to vilify other people. It’s easy to do because she isn’t white and you can ‘identify’ her. As Latino friends of mine would say, in police terms, she “fits the description.” And for Rosa Parks, she fit the description of a dirty black person that shouldn’t be allowed to drink from the same water fountain as a white person, who’s children shouldn’t be allowed to study with white children and who should give up her seat to a white person on the bus. Most importantly let’s not forget that this was only in 1955. Most of us still have relative alive who read this story in the newspaper, but I guess it’s never to early to forget and never to late to repeat the terrible annals of history. So today Flor is seen as an “illegal” – a person that doesn’t belong here. It doesn’t take too long reading anti-migrant sites that it’s not undocumented migrants that are the problem – just the ones that look like Flor. They’re dirty and poor and should “go home and fight their own revolution” as many wonderful nativists scribe onto poster board with ‘magic’ markers most likely manufactured abroad.