7.22.2007

Pro-immigrant activists opposed the 'inhumane and unjust' immigration bill

While the anti-Latino immigrant lobby is overjoyed at their success in killing the so-called Border Security and Immigration Reform Bill, many on the pro-immigrant never lifted a finger in support of that bill--and they, too, were pleased by its dismissed.

The mainstream media reported the proposal's defeat as a defeat for the pro-immigrant side because a few visible organizations such as the National Council of La Raza signed on as supporters. But groups like La Raza are longstanding inside the Beltway operators with a range of political and economic interests--and a history of engaging in "practical" politics. Their calculation was clearly that a bad bill was better than nothing.

However, the people on the front lines of the immigration divide never had much love for the mess that was being sold in Washington as immigration reform.

For example, Enrique Morones of Border Angels and his fellow activists support a humane and just solution to the immigration problem--and they view the defeated proposal as offering neither. In their view no bill was better than a very bad one.

These are some of the larger organizations that called for the defeat of the bill: Labor Council for Latin American Advancement (LCLAA), the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities (NALACC), the Mexican American Political Association (MAPA), Hermandad Mexicana Latinoamericana and the William C. Velasquez Institute (WCVI).

Morones rightly observes that "...true change for justice takes time"-- and that no amount of political expediency should be allowed to compromise what's right.

His prescription for a human and just immigration reform?

As a human rights activist, Morones advocates marching forward against the stiff wall of bigotry and hate erected by the right. He advises "…let’s continue to peacefully lobby, educate, organize, etc…lets register more people to vote…protect all our people as humane reform will take place."

BTW: Morones has paid a heavy price for standing up for what's right. The San Diego Padres relieved him of his executive position for acting on his civic and moral duty to save people from dying at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Click here for more on Enrique Morones and his humanitarian organization Border Angels.