IN A BORDER WORLD: Colonization under the guise of “immigrant rights”
CIRCULAR MOTION: Why I'm Not Sold on the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Package
CIRCULAR MOTION: Their Dream is Our Nightmare: How the Prison Industry is Holding the Human Rights Movement Hostage
I had several conversations with Puente members this week about the criticisms that have been shared with me of the current immigrant rights movement in general, some of which seemed clearly directed at their group in particular (though Puente wasn’t identified by name in all the posts), which I summarize here. My take on the "Trail to end detentions" evolved as I worked on this post, so there are several concerns I have not yet discussed with Puente members or organizers.
I have issues with the name of this weeks' journey to Eloy ("Trail to End Deportations"), which seems to compare the experience of migrants with an explicitly genocidal forced march of indigenous people across the country so Anglos (from earlier generations of immigrants and colonizers) could claim their resources. It does seems to confirm that the struggle of the indigenous people from this region really doesn't register when Puente plans actions around immigration reform; I don't know how else to explain that.
And I have yet to hear a competing proposal for immigration reform - they wont advocate for CIR, as I explained, but I haven't heard anything from the organization taking a stand explicitly against it; it seems as if this campaign is limited to getting a stay for as many people as possible until CIR is passed, and wont address the other areas of concern raised by indigenous activists. So I am conflicted again. I need to know more.
Whatever the White House does in the meantime, I see Congress at the end of this journey (during the height of the election season) taking up CIR and tweaking it a little to appease the Latino voting block, and maybe add a few more billion to border militarization without the national immigrant rights groups batting an eye...and that troubles me. I have to agree with my indigenous comrades on this - I think we need to do everything we can to stop anything like CIR from passing. The Trail to end Deportations and the Not1More campaign is leading straight to CIR, regardless of whether or not it succeeds in its immediate aims.
I'll let you know what I learn when I drop in on the walk to Eloy, and maybe have a chance to chat with Puente organizers a little more. They will be leaving Wednesday morning at 9am from ICE, and rallying Saturday at 10am in front of the Eloy Detention Center.
Below are links to indigenous voices on border issues, including the two blogs from above.
O'odham Solidarity Across Borders Collective
O'odham Solidarity Project
In a Border World
Tohono O'odham and U S Border Patrol (youtube video)
Imaginary Borders, Real Obstructions (youtube video)
Understanding Immigration Issues: Fliers and Articles
- Chaparral: Invasion by Birth Canal? The fourteenth amendment ...
- Chaparral: What came first: the Racism or the Profit Motive?
- OCCUPATION OF BORDER PATROL HEADQUATERS DAVIS-MONTHAN AIRFORCE BASE, TUCSON, AZ
- OSAB: Movement Demands Autonomy: An O'odham Perspective on Border Controls and Immigration
- Reading up on O'odham border struggle
- Chaparral: The Best Immigration Law is No Law at All
- Chaparral: Freedom Not Reform: Native Struggle from Margin to Center
- Chaparral: Freedom, not Reform: If we don’t demand it, it can’t happen
- Chaparral: No Borders or Prison Walls
- Fear of a Milighan Planet
- Solidarity, Immigration, and Border Regimes
- Blood on the Line: Resistance, Empire, and
- The Political Economy of International Migration
- Immigration: A Nation of Colonists and Race Laws
- Concerned about Overpopulation?
- Immigrants Get One Camp, but which one is for you?
- CAROB flier for Border Security Expo
- Chaparral: Changing the Minds of White Folks Whose Anti-Immigrant Fears have been Manufactured
- Chaparral: Welfare for the Rich: Criminalized Migrants
- Chaparral: The Problem With "Illegal"
- Chaparral: Gender Borders and National Borders
- Chaparral: Federal Government Will Not be Maricopa County's Savior
- Chaparral: Breaking Down the Mexican Drug War
- Chaparral: 2007 Retrospective: The Local War on the Undocumented