Emancipation and Migration: Part 6 – Summary and a Call

Emancipation of Migration

If migration policy was “freed” or emancipated, people could respond to real work opportunities, then economies would be able to grow globally, while federal and state energies could focus on fighting crime and  not families trying to provide. Emancipation of migration would allow people to come and go as the economy may expand or shrink.  We often speak of global economy – it is time we allow labor to be part of the equation.

I presently am in conversation with several African and Latino immigrants who would love the opportunity to use the skills and resources they have developed here in the USA to return to their home countries to help build the economy there.  If migration was freer, less controlled,  these people could launch businesses and build the global economy.  This would in turn reduce global wealth disparities,  fight poverty, and decrease the need for international aid.  However the present web of immigration law makes such types of dreams almost impossible.  To leave the country often closes the door on the ability to return.

While my conservative Tea Party and “Law and Order” friends go on and on about “SMALLER GOVERNMENT”  their proposals for immigration reform are for BIG BROTHER forms of control.  Simplified migration would mean smaller government, more individual freedom, and more incentive for the free market economic growth.

Policy in line with  the above concerns would also seem to be more consistent  with the biblical concept that the “fullness of the earth” is the LORD’S and for ALL people.

Mexican and Latino migrants, (not to exclude African, Asian, or European either) for the large part, are working hard, supporting our economy, and NOT the criminals they are characterized as being.  Let’s create a policy that protects families, honors work and honesty, and encourages building community. The present system is capricious in who it punishes and measures like the new AZ law do nothing to create a harmonious society, but build walls,  destroy communities, and even encourage people to participate in the “underground” or vice economies.

As I sat in church last May 2, I listened to our pastor talk about change and transformation.  I was struck by some thoughts:

  • Presently the Latino community is mostly a conservative and Christian community.  A majority are Catholic and a large percent evangelical.
    • Will the present “outrage” against immigrants, which finds its voice centered in conservative and “Christian” communities, drive Latinos and other migrants from the church?
  • The arguments used by the “law and order” crew and very similar to why most fundamental Christians did not get involved in the Civil Rights Movement.
    • “….well, they are breaking the law…”
    • “… if the law is wrong there is a proper way to change it…”
    • “… protests are just making things worse…”
    • “… people should just be happy they got what they got, its worse in other places…”

When we look back on this moment in history:

  • Will it be a time when we are proud that followers of Jesus Christ, and others of good will, joined together to do right?
  • OR… will it be a time when our children will wonder, why didn’t the church stand together for the rights of the poorest and most marginalized?
  • Will we join with our brothers and sisters in Christ, regardless of immigration status, seeking just and Godly systems to live in this world,
  • OR… will most of the conservative church continue to serve as a puppet of the political powerful to help maintain broken laws that benefit only the most privileged and wealthy?
  • Will the white conservative church repeat the mistake of the 50’s and 60’s in which it supported the status quo racial systems (either by silence or outright advocacy)?
  • OR.. will it buck political pressure to be a prophetic voice, as many did in opposing slavery?
  • Will Christians listen to the Bible as the rule for faith and life?
  • OR… will they let politically motivated, radio entertainers, tell them what the bible really says?

This is a time of opportunity, a time for action.  Let us rise and find our voice to support those who have no voice.

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2 thoughts on “Emancipation and Migration: Part 6 – Summary and a Call”

  1. So your post inspired me to look more at the new law.

    INTENT OF LAW
    “The legislature declares that the intent of this act is to make attrition through enforcement the public policy of all state and local government agencies in Arizona.”

    My comment – the purpose of the law is to make all agencies – from law enforcement to school teacher enforcers of immigration law. – Which means everyone who works for the state is required to be suspicious and report suspected aliens.

    E. A LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER, WITHOUT A WARRANT, MAY ARREST A PERSON IF THE OFFICER HAS PROBABLE CAUSE TO BELIEVE THAT THE PERSON HAS COMMITTED ANY PUBLIC OFFENSE THAT MAKES THE PERSON REMOVABLE FROM THE UNITED STATES.

    my comments – without warrant? this is an open invitation of police harassment and racial profiling – “probable cause” just enough melanin and accent will do…

    ” SECTION F.
    EXCEPT AS PROVIDED IN FEDERAL LAW, OFFICIALS OR AGENCIES OF THIS STATE AND COUNTIES, CITIES, TOWNS AND OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS OF THIS
    STATE MAY NOT BE PROHIBITED OR IN ANY WAY BE RESTRICTED FROM SENDING, RECEIVING OR MAINTAINING INFORMATION RELATING TO THE IMMIGRATION STATUS OF
    ANY INDIVIDUAL OR EXCHANGING THAT INFORMATION WITH ANY OTHER FEDERAL, STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENTAL ENTITY FOR THE FOLLOWING OFFICIAL PURPOSES:

    1. DETERMINING ELIGIBILITY FOR ANY PUBLIC BENEFIT, SERVICE OR LICENSE
    PROVIDED BY ANY FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL OR OTHER POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THIS
    STATE.
    2. VERIFYING ANY CLAIM OF RESIDENCE OR DOMICILE IF DETERMINATION OF
    RESIDENCE OR DOMICILE IS REQUIRED UNDER THE LAWS OF THIS STATE OR A JUDICIAL ORDER ISSUED PURSUANT TO A CIVIL OR CRIMINAL PROCEEDING IN THIS STATE.
    3. CONFIRMING THE IDENTITY OF ANY PERSON WHO IS DETAINED.
    4. IF THE PERSON IS AN ALIEN, DETERMINING WHETHER THE PERSON IS IN COMPLIANCE WITH THE FEDERAL REGISTRATION LAWS PRESCRIBED BY TITLE II, CHAPTER 7 OF THE FEDERAL IMMIGRATION AND NATIONALITY ACT.

    My Comment – this means teachers can share info with welfare or medical providers, or with police. Realtors can/should report illegals, (legal deeds to land are offered by the state) as can/should pastors (marriage licenses to are from the state)

    G. A PERSON MAY BRING AN ACTION IN SUPERIOR COURT TO CHALLENGE ANY
    OFFICIAL OR AGENCY OF THIS STATE OR A COUNTY, CITY, TOWN OR OTHER POLITICAL
    SUBDIVISION OF THIS STATE THAT ADOPTS OR IMPLEMENTS A POLICY THAT LIMITS OR
    RESTRICTS THE ENFORCEMENT OF FEDERAL IMMIGRATION LAWS TO LESS THAN THE FULL EXTENT PERMITTED BY FEDERAL LAW.”

    my comment – anyone above who does not report or communicate could be brought to court by any other citizen who knows they withheld information.

    Sec. 3. Title 13, chapter 15, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by
    39 adding section 13-1509, to read:
    40 13-1509. Trespassing by illegal aliens; assessment; exception; classification
    A. IN ADDITION TO ANY VIOLATION OF FEDERAL LAW, A PERSON IS GUILTY OF
    TRESPASSING IF THE PERSON IS BOTH:
    1. PRESENT ON ANY PUBLIC OR PRIVATE LAND IN THIS STATE.

    and if the all the other isn’t enough – we can get you for trespassing for being in a park or City Street – in case we can’t charge you for any other crime..

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