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)!


BigNewsDay said...

That is awesome! I wish I could have been there.

Osgiliath said...

I'm having difficulty reading through the entire bil (I don't have the patience for it). But I don't see anything all that bad in it.

The judicial review is removed only for illegal aliens found within 100 miles of the border and within 14 days of their illegal crossing. I don't have a problem with that so long as the proper safeguards are in place to ensure that it is not abused.

In most states medical doctors cannot be charged with aiding a criminal because they gave said person medical treatment. I don't know about the clergy...

As for any thoughts of proof of citizenship, I don't really much issue with this either. How often do you go out without your drivers license anyways?

The thing that most of the protest sites don't mention is that the4 bills provides some definitive guidlelines for local law enforcement as to the handling of captured illegal aliens. Hopefully with the new guidelines the "catch and release" policy currently in place will go away.

I've failed to note anything draconian about the bill, perhaps you could provide some examples?

crallspace said...

fuck Sensenbrenner! That guy is garbage on legs!

I applaud all the people who showed up! Was there an anti-war march last weekend in Chicago?

I saw the Al gore for president thingy on the sidebar. First off, he isn't planning to run. Second, shouldn't you get behind someone that has a prayer of winning the election for the dems? This guy sure doesn't.

We need someone fresh, hopefully from a 3rd party.

CHINA JOE said...

this event was pure madness in chicago...fucked up the traffic. they didnt expect that many people to show.

BigNewsDay said...

This debate is getting out of hand in this country. What I find silly is that there are already several laws on the books that address this matter, but none of them are being enforced.

What good is another law going to do?

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