By: Diane Benjamin
This statement is on the Facebook page for today’s march in downtown Bloomington: https://www.facebook.com/events/1255754504522249/
Join us for a day of solidarity with immigrants and their families! Join us for a day of resistance against human rights abuses, racism, and oppression! Join us to keep families together!
The page goes on:
Most of us never have to think about what our children would do if they arrived home from school and we weren’t there—just vanishing from their lives. But that is the reality for some members of our community. Just last year, 53 people were transferred to immigration custody directly from our county jail and many more have been torn apart by deportation.
In 2017, the threat against immigrant families is greater than ever. The new administration’s immigration policies are placing families under increasing threat of being devastated by an unjust immigration system and immigrants in our community are living in constant fear. As a community, we must stand up with and for our neighbors and take action to ensure immigrant families are protected in McLean County. March with us for justice, dignity and freedom for all!
Immigrants and allies – On May 1st, don’t buy anything, don’t go to school, don’t go to work!
No where on the page are immigrants called “illegal”. Borders are immaterial, laws are immaterial, and the new administration is threatening them. Racism is an old label that means nothing other than you lost the election and your feelings are hurt.
Don’t bother to comment saying people can’t be “illegal”. People who didn’t go through the legal immigration procedures are obviously illegal. If you aren’t legal then you are illegal. American citizens expect laws to be enforced. Living in a civil society demands justice is applied equally for all citizens. Demanding made-up rights for non-citizens is yet another local mental disorder.
This same group will demand that Bloomington and Normal pass resolutions just short of saying both are sanctuary cities. Losing an election means they need to yell louder. Keep it up – demanding superior rights for illegals will keep you a permanent minority.
I wonder how they feel about the local companies who fired long time employees to bring in H1b visa holders? Is that justice? Dignity? Some lost their ability to collect the pension they worked decades for. People here illegally probably do live in constant fear, there is an easy remedy for that. Think those fired employees in their late 50’s don’t live in fear with no job and no income retirement stream except social security?
Marching for people who broke the law is telling.
Not marching against real discrimination of American citizens is tragic.
If the Bloomington and Normal Councils decide to pass a “welcome” resolution for law-breakers, it will say a lot about them too. Does the “welcome” apply to those H1b visa holders who displaced Americans?