Note to Niall O’Dowd: An Irish-American’s view on some Irish reaction to the passage of HB3012 / immigrant visasby Dee Dee Garcia Blase on Dec. 13, 2011, under 2012 Presidential elections, female-led political movement, Hispanic Latino Vote, National tequila party movement
Note to Niall O’Dowd: An Irish-American’s view on some Irish reaction to the passage of HB3012 / immigrant visas.By Margaret Reyes, Executive Director of the National Tequila Party Movement
Ben Franklin famously said: “We should hang together or we will surely hang separately”
This is true in the immigration debate as well. Only together, as Mexican, as Irish, as Asian, as Indian, as Cuban, can we coordinate a mass effort to come together to move Comprehensive Immigration Reform/DREAM Act forward. These are our children, our collective future we are talking about here, not yours, not mine, OURS.
We are the collective village and these kids are our collective future. Are there enough Irish DREAMERS to support the aging Irish population? No. Can any one group support just their own, and sustain it for many generations?, no. This nation is a melting pot, the lines blur generation after generation and over time cultures blend and open.
This idea that the passage of a bill that is good for one group but excludes the other is acceptable, is NOT acceptable. Injustice anywhere is injustice everywhere. Currently, 4 countries, have had their visa quotas raised for the purpose of family re-unification. These are the nations that have the highest backlogs and slowest turn around times. Recently, a bill is to be introduced that will also benefit the Irish, who have lower numbers of Green Cards and lower visa quotas as a response to HB 3012.
Framing a debate around the idea that “they got theirs (at our expense) and we want ours (at their expense)” is disingenuous, and short-sighted. One deals with family reunification, and high-skilled non-immigrant work visas. The other with allowing kids that were raised here with a dubious entry, to stay in the only country they know. The third bill, if ever introduced, allows a pathway to citizenship for all who entered without permission and have worked and otherwise abided by the law a chance to come out of the shadows and live in the light.
The debate outlined by Niall O’Dowd in his article on HB 3012 is completely awry, HB 3012 does not deny green cards to the Irish, it is not about green cards it is about immigrant visas, it is even stated in the title, “to eliminate the per-country numerical limitation for employment-based immigrants, to increase the per-country numerical limitation for family-sponsored immigrants”
We can work together to get something for all of us, or we can work separately and at odds, and end up with nothing for anybody.
Shane Wikfors operator of Sonoran Alliance is a far right wing Republican extremist website filled with anti-immigrant and anti-Latino commentary.