Ajamu Baraka on Immigration
In response to that migration, European authorities openly talked of launching military attacks on the boats in Libya to stop the "flood" of these "illegal" immigrants into Europe, even after experts cautioned them that military attacks would result in even more deaths at sea.
U.S. propagandists are preparing the people for an even more direct intervention into Syria, using the absurd pretext that somehow the imposition of a "no fly zone" is an appropriate response to the humanitarian concerns of refugee flows from Syria to Europe.
How did this happen? Unfortunately, the failure of the immigrant rights movement in the U.S. is a story that is not unique. Like a recurring nightmare that haunts progressive/radical activists and movements in the U.S. over the last forty years.
But the rights of the displaced must be viewed as a separate and overriding issue. "Receiving protection and humanitarian assistance from government authorities is not an act of benevolence, but rather is obligatory for displaced people -- for the duration of their displacement. This will be especially important to remember after media coverage of Katrina has faded, and we must not compound the plight of the displaced by letting them fend for themselves once the dust has settled."
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