President Obama used a new word during the presidential debate on Tuesday night to describe the masses of immigrants he’s deported during his tenure. He called them “gangbangers,” as in:
“What I’ve also said is if we’re going to go after folks who are here illegally, we should do it smartly and go after folks who are criminals, gang bangers, people who are hurting the community, not after students, not after folks who are here just because they’re trying to figure out how to feed their families. And that’s what we’ve done.”
The line was a curious one, given the reality of Obama’s deportation record, which has been marked by mass deportations to the tune of nearly 400,000 every year carried out at a clip unseen by any prior president. The Obama administration has defended its “smart” enforcement tactics by, as Obama did on Tuesday night, pointing out that it makes a point to deport those who have committed serious crimes and are a threat to their communities and national security. And yet, data collected over Obama’s tenure show that among the close to 400,000 people who are deported annually, far from being “gangbangers,” the vast majority have no criminal record whatsoever."
Julianne Hing, “Who Are Those ‘Gangbangers’ Obama’s So Proud Of Deporting?,” Colorlines 10/17/12 (via racialicious)
21st century England were young English girls as young as 12 are groomed in sex gangs by immigrant Muslims and the government and police do NOTHING to stop it or protect our children out of fear of being called ‘racists’! Isn’t diversity wonderful? Multiculturalism really is a strength!
So yes, the Police are absolutely doing NOTHING.
Rep. Steve King: Immigrants are like dogs
Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, compared immigrants to dogs at a town hall meeting yesterday, telling constituents that the U.S. should pick only the best immigrants the way one chooses the “pick of the litter.”
King told the crowd in Pocahontas, Iowa, that he’s owned lots of bird dogs over the years and advised, “You want a good bird dog? You want one that’s going to be aggressive? Pick the one that’s the friskiest … not the one that’s over there sleeping in the corner.”
King suggested lazy immigrants should be avoided as well. “You get the pick of the litter and you got yourself a pretty good bird dog. Well, we’ve got the pick of every donor civilization on the planet,” King said. “We’ve got the vigor from the planet to come to America.”
Steven King is absolutely despicable. How dare he compare a population that’s keeping this country’s economy alive to dogs. How dare he compare human beings to dogs. This man is beyond repair. Steven King is the poster boy example of the bigoted and blatant racism we allow into power in America. Fine job we’re doing here, land of the free. Post-racial America? Right. Look at who’s ruling us.
My activist friend, Jack Stephens, took me to Chinatown, and I met with some of his friends who work for Chinese Progressive Association. They advocate for better living and working conditions for low income/working class Chinese immigrants in the city, and they also ally with other oppressed minority communities in San Francisco. They have organized many big protests and rallies in the city. Chinatown is one of the poorest neighborhoods in San Francisco despite being a hot tourist spot. The CPS comrades are very cool. Please check out CPS website
“Jail the worst you have? Because our organizing starts in jail”
Undocumented Youth in Arizona, my personal strength allies.
I don’t recall much discussion about the first wave of South Asian migrants who came on the Komagata Maru in 1914, almost all British citizens who were forced to leave because of Canada’s Exclusion Laws. Nor about the history of the Chinese or Japanese migrants (save for the Second World War internment) and their everyday contribution to building the Canadian West.
There was more on black history, but in my days it largely centred on the underground railway that helped bring former slaves to Canada. It was as if their journeys and struggles ended once they came here, which most of us now know wasn’t the case.
And what is the worst part of our limited education about Canada’s aboriginal communities is that we came to see them largely as victims. Nothing more."
The reblog source doesn’t include artists or an original source url, but the pieces in the top row appear to be by Favianna Rodriguez.
dear cracker ass white people who hate immigrants
THERE IS NOTHING
YOU HAVE DONE
TO DESERVE CITIZENSHIP
WALTZING OUT OF YOUR MAMA’S WOMB ONTO AMERICAN SOIL DOES NOT MEAN YOU ARE DESERVING OF JACK SHIT
LOOK AT THE PERSON TO YOUR LEFT WHO IS A CITIZEN
THERE IS NO REASON WHY YOU BITCH ABOUT THIS PERSON DESERVING MORE ACCESS TO JOBS, OPPORTUNITIES, RESOURCES, AND RIGHTS THAN THE IMMIGRANT WHO HAS BUSTED THEIR ASS FOR DECADES TRYING TO PROVIDE A GOOD LIFE FOR THEIR CHILDREN AND IS NOW BEING DEPORTED
THERE IS NO FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ME, A PERSON WHO HAS LIVED IN AMERICA SINCE THE AGE OF 2, AND A WHITE US-BORN CHILD
this idea that we owe citizens something first is a result of an imagined community or fictive kinship. but unlike other forms of kinship which exist under certain dynamics of obligation or power (families, communities, etc), the fictive kinship of valuing your fellow citizen over your fellow immigrant or assuming that said citizen is deserving is entrenched in racism and jingoism.
for the life of me i cant understand people who feel compelled to protect their fellow citizens over immigrants. what the fuck did all you bitch ass crackers do to deserve the right to vote? to live free of the fear of deportation? to be told that the land you grew up in is yours? to be able to report rape and domestic assault without fearing your families might get torn apart? to be able to participate in controversial political activities without fear that you might get sent to a foreign land?
citizenship is a ridiculous fictive kinship.
and all you crackers can eat a bowl of dicks.
I LOVE YOU
THE CONTINUOUS PASSAGE ACT, 1908-1947
…THEREFORE the Governor general in Council is pleased to Order and it is hereby Ordered that, … immigrants may be prohibited from landing or coming into Canada unless they come from the country of their birth, or citizenship, by a continuous journey and on through tickets purchased before leaving the country of their birth, or citizenship.
Wednesday, 8th Day of January, 1908
In 1908, the Government of Canada enacted the Continuous Passage Act which required all immigrants to arrive on uninterrupted journey on their passage ticket, a “continuous passage”, from their point of origin to Canada.
This created a significant barrier to immigration from Asia as trips from most Asian countries involved stops. For Indians, who were also British subjects, this Act made it impossible for them to enter Canada as immigrants.
This law was created in response to slowly increasing immigration from India which sparked fear in the public, recorded as “the Indian invasion” or “the Hindu invasion”. The first South Asians to immigrate to Canada were Sikhs from the Indian province of Punjab. Despite their small numbers (approximately 5000 in 1908), their presence drew racial hostility and resentment that were directed to other visible minority communities.
It is noteworthy that the first Canadian Gurdwara (Sikh temple) was built by the Khalsa Diwan Society in West Vancouver in 1908. This historical footnote is significant because it was the means by which many Indian men made their passage into Canada. As a continuous journey from India was not possible, passengers landed in the United States and then crossed the border illegally to take refuge in the Gurdwara. Legend has it that the temple (built on a hill) had a signal indicating whether or not it was safe to cross the border.
The Continuous Passage Act remained in effect until 1947
of all that is fucked up wrong with this picture—please PLEASE note: *anchor babies are US citizens*.
They are US Citizens.
Which demonstrates more than anything else that this debate is not about “doing things legally” or “protecting citizens” etc. This is about pure clean white supremacist heteropatriarchal/nationalism. who is allowed to reproduce? Who is allowed access to resources? who is allowed to be a citizen? who *decides* who is allowed to be a citizen? Who is considered *human*? who is allowed a childhood?
It disgusts me when adults attack little children with racist words. I remember not having the tools to deal with the things teachers and other adults told me because I didn’t know exactly what they were saying since it was in a foreign language (to me at the time). As an adult, I can’t imagine ever telling a child anything to make them feel badly about themselves. These are adorable children and deserve everything any child in this country deserve. It’s a tough world ahead of you so be tough, babies, you have no choice. <3
Shit like this makes me want to machete-chop assholes in the face. Forreal. They are KIDS! Children!
“There are people calling this a form of ethnic cleansing and I can’t figure out a reason why it isn’t. Sure, not every Hispanic in the state is undocumented, but you could certainly forgive them for feeling that measures this punitive mean they aren’t welcome. If the state is willing to deny someone water because they don’t have proper ID, they really, really don’t want you around.” - digby, on Alabama’s strict immigration law, which went into effect last week.