The American credo: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breath free” is currently being assaulted by political and economic forces. Denying the birth rights of all persons born of undocumented parents is a method used to deny rights afforded all Americans. The assault on the 14th Amendment is nothing more than political pandering on the part of some Republican candidates.
The political rhetoric that is being used to flame the debate over illegal immigration, marks a troubling trend of denial for basic human rights. We, as a nation have spoken eloquently to the world on humanitarian treatment for women and children in countries such as Islam, Eritrea, Africa, Southeast Asia, and all parts of the world without looking inward. We open our arms for the children in Haiti, the families from Eritrea, the downtrodden, political and environmental refugees on a regular basis. But, due to NAFTA many farmers and farm workers in Mexico lost their incomes due to American policy. They were forced to seek asylum in the United States, some legally but most undocumented to save the lives of their families and provide for a safe environment for their children.
The Farm Workers, day laborers and migrant workers have filled a well needed work force providing ranchers, farmers, construction companies and businesses with ready labor at an unfortunate lower wage than the United States minimum wage. Just like the Chinese workers who built the transcontinental railroad, once the work was finishes and the economy took a downward slid, they were discriminated against, their American born children challenged and they were asked to go home…although they were already there.
The United States is a member of the United Nations and is suppose to adhere to the bylaws. I also believe that Arizona is a member of the United States therefore also obligated to adhere to both the Constitution of the United States, the Bill of Rights and the United Nations bylaws.
The passing of SB1070 has violated all of the above. Attempting to divide the nation over undocumented workers, migrants and economic refugees has created broken families and abandoned children. It is estimated that there are three million children that could lose their parents due to deportation. Children who, by definition of parens patriae (the state as parent) have rights under the government, both state and federal. The mandate dictates that the government has a duty to make decisions on behalf of children. Children have a right to live free from hunger, abuse, neglect and other inhuman conditions, according to federal mandates.
Tearing families apart in the name of National Security is ludicrous. The neighborhood dishwasher, landscaper and maid are not terrorists. The trend towards less supportive rights of children overall have been reduced from the 1960’s (Supreme Court) Warren Court of 100% support to 22% in the Rehnquist Court in 1993, which shows a trend towards the denial of basic legal rights.
The Unitarian Universalist Association’s General Assembly debated on canceling and boycotting Arizona because of the racial discrimination and human rights abuses in the state. The final decision was to have a very different GA, a Justice forum. The service at the UUCP on Sunday, August 15th will be ” Unitarian Universalism: A National Perspective. The service leader, Rev. Susan Fredrick-Gray will share some of the perspectives on immigration and human rights and other major issues highlighted at the General Assembly. The service begins at 10:30, at the UUCP is located at 4027 E. Lincoln Drive in Paradise Valley. Come and hear the issues from a legal, a theological, and justice side.
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