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    'Freedom Riders' demand rights for immigrant workers

    Kristine C. Mosqueda; 09/27/2003



    LIKE the African-Americans' Freedom Ride against segregation and discrimination in the 1960s, migrant workers are headed for the East Coast this week to bring the issue of immigrant rights to the fore.

    Three buses carrying over a hundred immigrant workers left Los Angeles on Tuesday, and are presently traveling from state to state to create awareness of the plight of immigrants in the country.

    About 18 buses from ten cities are on their way to Washington, DC where the participants will converge and visit Congress to call for reforms in the immigration law.

    The group will then proceed to New York for a mass rally that is expected to draw about 100,000 participants.

    Last Saturday, September 20, scores of people gathered on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall to send off the ˜freedom riders'. Leaders and members of the Black, Asian and Hispanic communities joined in the rally, as well as Mayor Jim Hahn and council members Antonio Villaraigosa, Bernard Parks, Martin Ludlow, and Wendy Greuel.

    "We are all sons and daughters of immigrants and what we need to remember is that if people are denied their rights then it becomes easy for people to exploit them. People have rights and we stand up for that," said Hahn as he declared the city government's support for the cause.

    Leading civil rights advocate Stuart Kwoh, President and Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) of Southern California, said that the Freedom Ride is just the beginning of a nationwide movement across the United States. "We are here to give voice to the voiceless, to those who have toiled in our restaurants, in our garment shops, homes, construction companies, manufacturing companies – all of those who work without a voice, without legal status."

    "Our immigration laws just don't work anymore," Kwoh said in a press conference that preceded the rally. Among the changes that the movement is calling for is the inclusion of a legalization program for hardworking, law-abiding illegal immigrants who are toiling not only for their families but also for the enrichment of the country.

    The group is also asking that the citizenship process be expedited, and that amendments be made so that families who have been separated by "irrational immigration policies" are reunited in a timely manner.

    "If a U.S. citizen mother is petitioning an unmarried son from the Philippines it is a 13-year wait. In the same country a brother-to-brother petition could take 22 years. What kind of reunification is that? That's not reunification. That's an incentive for people to come here illegally," he said.

    The group added that the disregard for immigrants' civil rights must stop. Assemblywoman Judy Chiu, on the other hand, stressed the importance of providing labor protection for "workers so exploited because of their illegal status."

    Community activists lament that immigrants do not get the proper recognition and acknowledgement that they deserve. "There are some who say that immigrants are a drain on the American economy but the reality is quite the opposite. Immigrants pay more in taxes annually than they get back in services. They do the jobs that most Americans do not want to do. In fact, the economy would grind to a halt if there weren't immigrants to do the jobs. Despite all that immigrants are shamelessly exploited," Chiu stressed.

    She pointed out as examples the plight of several Filipino caregivers who, after being flown in from the Philippines by home care owners, were stripped off their papers, paid below minimum wage, and subjected to triple work shifts and other forms of abuse. Chiu further cited the misfortune of loyal Filipino airport screeners who were laid off from their jobs because they were not U.S. citizens.

    Filipinos from all over the United States have joined the nationwide Freedom Ride, including some members of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union (HERE) in Hawaii, who flew in to link up with the Los Angeles group, which took off earlier this week.

    "No one should be made to feel inferior. [It is] only when people get to unite for this great cause that justice for immigrants happens," says Marlina Santela.

    "We're here to be treated like every American, to be treated like we also have been a big part in building this nation," added Hernando Tan, senior vice president of HERE.

    The freedom riders from 18 cities will be making over 100 stops all over the United States until they reach New York on October 4 for the mass rally.

  • #2
    'Freedom Riders' demand rights for immigrant workers

    Kristine C. Mosqueda; 09/27/2003



    LIKE the African-Americans' Freedom Ride against segregation and discrimination in the 1960s, migrant workers are headed for the East Coast this week to bring the issue of immigrant rights to the fore.

    Three buses carrying over a hundred immigrant workers left Los Angeles on Tuesday, and are presently traveling from state to state to create awareness of the plight of immigrants in the country.

    About 18 buses from ten cities are on their way to Washington, DC where the participants will converge and visit Congress to call for reforms in the immigration law.

    The group will then proceed to New York for a mass rally that is expected to draw about 100,000 participants.

    Last Saturday, September 20, scores of people gathered on the steps of Los Angeles City Hall to send off the ˜freedom riders'. Leaders and members of the Black, Asian and Hispanic communities joined in the rally, as well as Mayor Jim Hahn and council members Antonio Villaraigosa, Bernard Parks, Martin Ludlow, and Wendy Greuel.

    "We are all sons and daughters of immigrants and what we need to remember is that if people are denied their rights then it becomes easy for people to exploit them. People have rights and we stand up for that," said Hahn as he declared the city government's support for the cause.

    Leading civil rights advocate Stuart Kwoh, President and Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center (APALC) of Southern California, said that the Freedom Ride is just the beginning of a nationwide movement across the United States. "We are here to give voice to the voiceless, to those who have toiled in our restaurants, in our garment shops, homes, construction companies, manufacturing companies – all of those who work without a voice, without legal status."

    "Our immigration laws just don't work anymore," Kwoh said in a press conference that preceded the rally. Among the changes that the movement is calling for is the inclusion of a legalization program for hardworking, law-abiding illegal immigrants who are toiling not only for their families but also for the enrichment of the country.

    The group is also asking that the citizenship process be expedited, and that amendments be made so that families who have been separated by "irrational immigration policies" are reunited in a timely manner.

    "If a U.S. citizen mother is petitioning an unmarried son from the Philippines it is a 13-year wait. In the same country a brother-to-brother petition could take 22 years. What kind of reunification is that? That's not reunification. That's an incentive for people to come here illegally," he said.

    The group added that the disregard for immigrants' civil rights must stop. Assemblywoman Judy Chiu, on the other hand, stressed the importance of providing labor protection for "workers so exploited because of their illegal status."

    Community activists lament that immigrants do not get the proper recognition and acknowledgement that they deserve. "There are some who say that immigrants are a drain on the American economy but the reality is quite the opposite. Immigrants pay more in taxes annually than they get back in services. They do the jobs that most Americans do not want to do. In fact, the economy would grind to a halt if there weren't immigrants to do the jobs. Despite all that immigrants are shamelessly exploited," Chiu stressed.

    She pointed out as examples the plight of several Filipino caregivers who, after being flown in from the Philippines by home care owners, were stripped off their papers, paid below minimum wage, and subjected to triple work shifts and other forms of abuse. Chiu further cited the misfortune of loyal Filipino airport screeners who were laid off from their jobs because they were not U.S. citizens.

    Filipinos from all over the United States have joined the nationwide Freedom Ride, including some members of the Hotel Employees and Restaurant Employees Union (HERE) in Hawaii, who flew in to link up with the Los Angeles group, which took off earlier this week.

    "No one should be made to feel inferior. [It is] only when people get to unite for this great cause that justice for immigrants happens," says Marlina Santela.

    "We're here to be treated like every American, to be treated like we also have been a big part in building this nation," added Hernando Tan, senior vice president of HERE.

    The freedom riders from 18 cities will be making over 100 stops all over the United States until they reach New York on October 4 for the mass rally.

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    • #3
      Shame On Civil Rights Sham

      Jane Russell: "Real immigrants enter the U.S. legally and are fully entitled to all civil rights. Monday's upcoming charade only seeks to promote bogus rights for lawbreakers who seek to exploit the wealth and generous benefits of the United States."

      ATLANTA Ë* Jane Russell, Director of Georgians for Immigration Reduction, is calling on Georgians to repudiate the so-called Immigrant Workers Freedom Ride coming to Doraville next Monday.
      "Many Georgians know the real struggle of civil rights. The organizers of this demonstration are shamefully calling up memories of the Freedom Rides of the 1960's. This is just a sham appeal by illegal immigrants trying to piggy-back on the backs of real Americans for support they do not deserve," said Russell.
      "Real immigrants enter the U.S. legally and are fully entitled to all civil rights. Monday's upcoming charade only seeks to promote bogus rights for lawbreakers who seek to exploit the wealth and generous benefits of the United States, "she
      concluded.
      Georgians for Immigration Reduction is a grassroots organization dedicated to informing the public and elected representatives of the many costs of mass
      immigration, to lobby for immigration law enforcement and a return to more traditional levels of immigration. Sincere persons of all ethnic backgrounds and political persuasions are urged to join the group. Holding a variety of political beliefs and taking no stand on any issues except those related to immigration, it is not a soapbox for persons who believe their race to be superior to others.
      Georgians for Immigration Reduction belongs to the Diversity Alliance for a Sustainable America and the Southeast Alliance for Sensible Immigration Policy.
      For more information, go to www.breathingroom.us .

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      • #4
        "Many Georgians know the real struggle of civil rights. The organizers of this demonstration are shamefully calling up memories of the Freedom Rides of the 1960's. This is just a sham appeal by illegal immigrants trying to piggy-back on the backs of real Americans for support they do not deserve," said Russell."

        I know, they don't deserve to be treated like humans.


        "Real immigrants enter the U.S. legally and are fully entitled to all civil rights. Monday's upcoming charade only seeks to promote bogus rights for lawbreakers who seek to exploit the wealth and generous benefits of the United States, "she concluded."

        "Bogus" rights? The immigrants seek to exploit those who are exploiting them?? I love this logic!!


        "Georgians for Immigration Reduction is a grassroots organization dedicated to informing the public and elected representatives of the many costs of mass immigration,"

        Legal or illegal?

        "Sincere persons of all ethnic backgrounds and political persuasions are urged to join the group. Holding a variety of political beliefs and taking no stand on any issues except those related to immigration, it is not a soapbox for persons who believe their race to be superior to others."

        What a crock!! Yet another article that fails to mention those hiring and exploiting many immigrants!! Why not focus on them as well.......

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        • #5
          Immigration policy stupid, evil and hurting Americans

          By Peter Brimelow

          COMMENTARY

          IN AMERICA, WE have a two-party system," a Republican congressional staffer is supposed to have told a visiting group of Russian legislators some years ago.

          "There is the stupid party. And there is the evil party. I am proud to be a member of the stupid party."

          He added: "Periodically, the two parties get together and do something that is both stupid and evil. This is called -- bipartisanship."

          Our current mass immigration policy is a classic example of this fatal Washington bipartisanship. It is a stupid policy because there is absolutely no reason for it -- in particular, Americans as a whole are no better off economically because of mass immigration.

          It is an evil policy because it second-guesses the American people, who have shown through smaller families that they want to stabilize population size.

          Michigan Republican Spencer Abraham called the Senate immigration subcommittee hearing to rally support for lifting the current 115,000 per year ceiling on H-1B visas. Even though the cap was nearly doubled just last year, it was reached in June.
          Unfortunately, our current immigration policy is consuming the environment with urban sprawl, hurting the poor and minorities with intensified wage competition, and ultimately threatening the American nation itself -- what Abraham Lincoln called "the last, best hope of earth" -- with cultural and linguistic fragmentation.

          And, of course, the current mass immigration policy is bipartisan. Both major party leaderships have tacitly agreed to keep the subject out of politics. No single figure is more responsible for this than Sen. Spencer Abraham, R-Mich., chairman of the Senate's Immigration Subcommittee.

          Abraham was a key figure in sabotaging the most recent chance of reform, the Smith-Simpson immigration bill, in 1996.

          Ironically, this was a truly bipartisan measure, proposed by Republicans but based on the work of the Jordan Commission, headed by the former black liberal Democratic Congresswoman Barbara Jordan. She recommended almost halving immigration, in part because of its impact on the poor.

          The economic stupidity of current mass immigration policy is illustrated by a brilliant new book, "Heaven's Door: Immigration Policy and the American Economy" (Princeton University Press).

          The author, Professor George Borjas of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government, is widely regarded as the leading American immigration economist. And he is an immigrant, arriving here penniless from Castro's Cuba in 1962, when he was 12 years old.

          Borjas has every reason to favor immigration. He writes movingly about his own early experiences, and compassionately about the immigrant waves that have followed him.

          But, as a scholar, he recognizes what he calls "accumulating evidence" that immigration has costs as well as benefits. "My thinking on this issue has changed substantially over the years," he admits. Borjas argues that the United States would be better off attempting to select a better-educated class of applicants, as Canada does. This, he allows, would change the ethnic mix of immigrants. It would be attacked for being discriminatory. But all systems of screening applicants are discriminatory, he writes, including the one we have now.

          --Peter Borjas


          Professor Borjas' devastating findings:

          The current wave of mass immigration is not benefiting Americans overall. "All of the available estimates suggest the annual net gain is astoundingly small," writes Professor Borjas, "... less than 0.1 percent of the Gross Domestic Product." Roughly: less than $10 billion in a $7 trillion economy.

          Note carefully what Professor Borjas is saying here. Sure, those immigrants who work do raise overall GDP. But the bulk of that increase goes to the immigrants themselves, in the form of wages. The benefit to native-born Americans, after everything is taken into account, is infinitesimally small.

          Current mass immigration is not benefiting Americans overall -- but it is transforming their country. For nothing.

          Least-skilled Americans are being hurt. Borjas estimates that almost half of the increased wage gap between high school dropouts and high school graduates can be attributed to immigration.

          Again, note carefully what Professor Borjas is saying. Mass immigration is not making Americans richer overall. But it is, in effect, redistributing income between Americans. Specifically, because immigrants tend to be unskilled, they compete with American unskilled workers and have forced their wages down.

          Of course, profits for employers of unskilled workers have correspondingly gone up. But the employers' gain, according to Professor Borjas' calculations, does not cancel out the workers' loss.

          And it's not just unskilled American workers. Any group of workers could be displaced. It's already happened in the computer software industry. Employers prefer to import cheap young immigrant programmers rather than retrain and pay older American programmers.

          Current mass immigration is hurting key states badly. Because immigrants tend to be unskilled, and because we now have a costly social safety net, immigrants cost taxpayers money in the half-dozen states where they concentrate.

          A lot of money. For example, immigration has raised the taxes of native households in California by a stunning $1,200 a year. Overall, this fiscal loss easily cancels out any small benefit immigration brings to native-born Americans.

          Not only are Americans seeing their country transformed, they are actually paying for the privilege.

          Oh, in case you're wondering: The amazing fact is that Borjas' views are the consensus in his profession -- see the National Research Council's 1997 report "The New Americans."

          Evil? Or stupid? Either way, immigration policy is broke. And it needs fixing. Now.

          Brimelow is a financial journalist and the author of "Alien Nation: Common Sense About America's Immigration Disaster." His e-mail address is pbrimelow@ forbes.com.

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          • #6
            I don't know what your point was in posting that article was, but thanks again for that article acelaw!!
            By posting that.........I guess you're saying......we agree!!

            Point of the article:

            "Evil? Or stupid? Either way, immigration policy is broke. And it needs fixing. Now."

            Basically what I've been saying the whole time......

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            • #7
              The current wave of mass immigration is not benefiting Americans overall. "All of the available estimates suggest the annual net gain is astoundingly small," writes Professor Borjas, "... less than 0.1 percent of the Gross Domestic Product." Roughly: less than $10 billion in a $7 trillion economy.

              Note carefully what Professor Borjas is saying here. Sure, those immigrants who work do raise overall GDP. But the bulk of that increase goes to the immigrants themselves, in the form of wages. The benefit to native-born Americans, after everything is taken into account, is infinitesimally small.

              Current mass immigration is not benefiting Americans overall -- but it is transforming their country. For nothing.

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              • #8
                Typical acelaw. Isn't this what you have been saying for some time now. You made a point, (again arguing with yourself), but wait where is your solution!!!!???. Lets say what you posted is 100% correct , that has nothing to do with those already here!!

                AGAIN, this is the point of the article;

                "Evil? Or stupid? Either way, immigration policy is broke. And it needs fixing. Now."


                You can post cute numbers all you want, but is not going to sovle anything..............

                You can only complain for so long.........

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                • #9
                  The current wave of mass immigration is not benefiting Americans overall. "All of the available estimates suggest the annual net gain is astoundingly small," writes Professor Borjas, "... less than 0.1 percent of the Gross Domestic Product." Roughly: less than $10 billion in a $7 trillion economy.

                  Note carefully what Professor Borjas is saying here. Sure, those immigrants who work do raise overall GDP. But the bulk of that increase goes to the immigrants themselves, in the form of wages. The benefit to native-born Americans, after everything is taken into account, is infinitesimally small.

                  Current mass immigration is not benefiting Americans overall -- but it is transforming their country. For nothing.

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                  • #10
                    This is fun. Neener, neener, neeeener

                    Typical acelaw. Isn't this what you have been saying for some time now. You made a point, (again arguing with yourself), but wait where is your solution!!!!???. Lets say what you posted is 100% correct , that has nothing to do with those already here!!

                    AGAIN, this is the point of the article;

                    "Evil? Or stupid? Either way, immigration policy is broke. And it needs fixing. Now."

                    You can post cute numbers all you want, but is not going to sovle anything..............

                    You can only complain for so long.........

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                    • #11
                      I think we needto say united we stand on our southern border, with tanks,machine guns and land mines.

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