Sunday, March 12, 2006
Chicago Marches Against Draconian Immigration Legislation
On Friday, I had the pleasure of taking part in Chicago's march against terrible immigration law, especially Rep. Sensenbrenner's (R-WI) HR 4437. This law, which passed the House of Representatives in December, removes judicial review from the deportation process, undermines the writ of habeas corpus, and even implicates anyone who helps (including clergy and medical doctors) with criminal charges. It doesn't stop here guys!
If the Senate Committee on the Judiciary puts forth a bill with these provisions, will all Mexicans like me have to carry proof of our "legality"? How is that fair for citizens like me?
I'm all for better border protection, but these draconian measures are just plain wrong. I want to start a discussion on immigration policy. Let us discuss HR 4437, as well as the McCain-Kennedy bill.
Please be careful of how you illustrate your opinions because this is a sensitive issue for me. Although such a law doesn't affect me, it sure affects family and friends, people who have been busting their asses with horrendous wages just to make a living. Please be civil. While you gather your thoughts, here are some pictures of the enormous march (up to 300,000 participants were estimated)!