Friday, December 15, 2006

Be Careful What You Wish For

Merry Christmas, courtesy of the United States Government:
The baby left behind has her own problems.

She has been difficult to feed since her mother was arrested, Feagan said.

“The mother was breastfeeding the baby,” Feagan said. “The baby doesn’t want to eat. Another tried to breastfeed, but she knew it wasn’t her.”

Feagan said she and advocates for local Hispanic families have tried to pinpoint exactly how many children are in family-limbo to try to organize help.

A total of 408 students were absent in the Marshalltown community school district as of Wednesday morning, district officials reported.
I haven't written about this yet, mostly because I've been tracking it with growing horror via excellent sources such as Nezua, XicanoPwr, Latina Lista, Migra Matters, and Orcinus; but the whole Latino Hunt fiasco unfolding across this country is truly evil.

Evil - not a word I throw around lightly, but how else am I to interpret the vile actions of ICE this week? They claim that they've been investigating the meat-packing company for over a year, yet they didn't take into fucking consideration that there are families attached to the workers they herded like animals and disappeared? Not to mention, separating them based on skin color.

Ah, but this is one of those cases where you should be careful for what you wish for, right? There is a reason I rarely post any immigration-related diaries to DailyKos. There are far too many apologists for a police-state society for my nerves to handle. People who are quick to say, "they (they, being the government gestapo) should go after employers who hire illegal workers."
I think it's disgusting (0 / 0)

I'm in favor of enforcement, but leave it to the Republicans to do in the worst possible way - cruel, without consequences to the rich employer, and probably ineffective. As long as the company gets away with it, they will continue to hire illegal immigrants, so in 6 months things will probably be back to the way they were before the raid.

If they had instead arrested or heavily fined the Swift, and left the immigrants alone, I'd be happy.

While my sangre has risen to a rolling boil, I am unsurprised by the incompetency and viciousness displayed by the government gun-wielders. Remember Katrina? How anyone can assume that the BushCo operation would take some type of action without royally fucking it up is a mystery I will never understand.

The raids have begun. Right before Christmas. Without any care being shown for the families affected. And beyond that, open season has been declared on Latinos in general.

But don't worry, we will take care of our families despite this ploy to keep the nativists sleeping soundly in their beds without fear of the brown invasion. From the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, via greenchiledem at DKos:

Local community leaders will be gathering at noon to tell a tale of what yesterday means to this community in terms of our family values. Yesterday, our community faced its greatest fears. It faced an all-out assault on what families values are at their core.

We want to say a few words about what family is all about. Family is about togetherness, about wanting to know each other are safe. It’s about security. Feeling safe in your home and your place of employment, feeling your kids are safe in school or at church, feeling secure that you will be there for your kids when they need you. Yesterday, on the biggest religious holiday for people of Mexican heritage, hundreds of families were torn apart, hundreds of kids lost one or both parents in a cloud of doubt and uncertainty. Who knows where they went, who know what happened?

Yesterday, a crisis struck this community’s families.

Yesterday, a miracle occurred, as an even bigger crisis was averted.

We are happy to report that our families came together in such a way yesterday to take care of the kids left behind in a way that could teach us all a lesson in family values. Last night, no children were left with nowhere to go. In the face of a shocking and devastating experience, we came together as a community. These are the values we want to share with you.


There are also a series of prayer services being held tonight in solidarity with the families and workers affected this week.

Another thing to consider - aside from the blatant racism displayed by those carrying out the bidding of the power-brokers in D.C. - is the issue of due process. You can thank the following Senators, many of whom were re-elected in November, for sending Habeas Corpus through the meat-grinder (pun intended) and allowing something like this to occur without so much as a hiccup of recognition among the greater population.

Alexander (R-TN)
Allard (R-CO)
Allen (R-VA)
Bennett (R-UT)
Bond (R-MO)
Brownback (R-KS)
Bunning (R-KY)
Burns (R-MT)
Burr (R-NC)
Carper (D-DE)
Chambliss (R-GA)
Coburn (R-OK)
Cochran (R-MS)
Coleman (R-MN)
Collins (R-ME)
Cornyn (R-TX)
Craig (R-ID)
Crapo (R-ID)
DeMint (R-SC)
DeWine (R-OH)
Dole (R-NC)
Domenici (R-NM)
Ensign (R-NV)
Enzi (R-WY)
Frist (R-TN)
Graham (R-SC)
Grassley (R-IA)
Gregg (R-NH)
Hagel (R-NE)
Hatch (R-UT)
Hutchison (R-TX)
Inhofe (R-OK)
Isakson (R-GA)
Johnson (D-SD)
Kyl (R-AZ)
Landrieu (D-LA)
Lautenberg (D-NJ)
Lieberman (D-CT)
Lott (R-MS)
Lugar (R-IN)
Martinez (R-FL)
McCain (R-AZ)
McConnell (R-KY)
Menendez (D-NJ)
Murkowski (R-AK)
Nelson (D-FL)
Nelson (D-NE)
Pryor (D-AR)
Roberts (R-KS)
Rockefeller (D-WV)
Salazar (D-CO)
Santorum (R-PA)
Sessions (R-AL)
Shelby (R-AL)
Smith (R-OR)
Specter (R-PA)
Stabenow (D-MI)
Stevens (R-AK)
Sununu (R-NH)
Talent (R-MO)
Thomas (R-WY)
Thune (R-SD)
Vitter (R-LA)
Voinovich (R-OH)
Warner (R-VA)

Those aren't all Republicans, by the way.

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