deport, embarrassment

18 01 2008

I’m only going to say this one time: I’m getting sick and tired of the front page of the Domestic section of every national paper containing a story like this one that ran in the Times today:

 She is a homeowner, a taxpayer, a friendly neighbor and an American citizen. Yet because she is married to an illegal immigrant, these days she feels like a fugitive.

From Illinois to Georgia to Arizona, these families are hiding in plain sight, to avoid being detected by immigration agents and deported. They do their shopping in towns distant from home, avoid parties and do not take vacations. They stay away from ethnic stores, forgo doctor’s visits and meetings at their children’s schools, and postpone girls’ normally lavish quinceañeras, or 15th birthday parties.

They avoid the police, even hesitating to report crimes.

This is the kind of embarrassing story that we are going to look back at as Americans and shake our heads over. We’re going to see how ridiculous this period of fear and hesitation on the always-swelling topic of immigration is and we’re going to be ashamed. I’m calling us on it right now: Human rights should never be violated anywhere; least of all in the United States. No. Argument.

READ: A good summary of five myths surrounding illegal immigration 


16 01 2008

With the redesign, announces a shift from the the purely political to a fusion between the old stuff and some new, purely pop culture items. We’re working on building some new top 10s and upping the ante on our lay-out, so stay tuned.