By Zulma Prieto
Immigrants are getting more support from all sources. Several groups have stated support for a prompt and fair immigration reform. Organizations, churches, businesses and individuals have added their voices to those of immigrants and their families calling for a better life, one without fear and with the hope of a better future for their selves and their children.
Many economists and business people have mentioned that it is to the advantage of the entire country to let people become part of the life of the country. Realtors think that there would be a new pool of more than three million home buyers that would generate more than $500 billion dollars in property sales. And let’s remember that home buying is tied to many related expenses and additional purchases.
In addition there are the young people who have benefited from DACA, the opportunity given to undocumented children who arrived before 16 years old and have grown up in the country, studied and now are part of the productive force of this country. Many of them have gotten their driving licenses and social security documents and now are lawful employees.
There is opposition to the immigration reform, and sometimes it is important to remember not only the strength in numbers and reasoning, but also because history has it own voice and way of reminding us how “legality” is many times created by those who took away the rights of others.
In 1924 United States ‘granted’ citizenship to the ‘Indians’ in US territory. How outrageous that after the aliens came to the Americas and took the land and sources from the rightful owners of the territorio, years later, they decided to grant them citizenship. By 1947 most states with large indigenous populación, except Arizona and New Mexico, had given voting rights to Native Americans.
As one old Native American chief said, illegal immigration is destroying America. Look what it’s done to the Iroquois, the Algonquian, the Cherokee, the Sioux, the Mohicans, the Chotaw, the Cheyene, the Lenape, the Apache, the Blackfoot, the Navajo, the Narragansett, the Seminole and the Squamish. The list goes on and on.
On that matter, not long ago, Kansas State Rep. Ponka-We Victors (D-Wichita), a member of the Ponca Tribe of Oklahoma and the Tohono O’odham Nation of Arizona questioned Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who has been one of those drawing up the Arizona SB 1070 law and who at the time wanted to disqualify udocumented immigrants from paying in-state tuition rate.
To that State Rep. Ponka-We Victors said: “I think it’s funny Mr. Kobach, because when you mention illegal immigrant, I think of all of you,” drawing cheers from the crowd.
What an important lesson to teach others.
Many Native Americans consider it hypocritical for Americans to criticize others for immigrating into the US when everyone, but Native Americans, at one point did so themselves. May this reminder add to the strength of the voices of all those who have to continue doing the phone calls and rallies.
Locally there are two ways you may help. You can attend an organizational meeting at the Electric Brew on Tuesday, June 25 at 6:30 pm to discuss a July 13 forum on immigration.
Also you can call and ask registered voters to call 1 888 563 8430 and ask Joe Donnelly and Dan Coats to please support the immigration bill that creates a pathway to citizenship.
For those of you at other locations, find out how you can help and do something about it.
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