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"The World Can’t Wait organizes people living in the United States to repudiate and stop the fascist direction initiated by the Bush Regime, including: the murderous, unjust and illegitimate occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan; the global “war of terror” of torture, rendition and spying; and the culture of bigotry, intolerance and greed."

-from World Can't Wait's mission statement adopted 2009

Included within the fascist direction that we work to reverse is the "culture of bigotry, intolerance and greed." Here we answer some frequently asked questions on our support for immigrant rights:

Doesn't "illegal" mean illegal?

No human being can be illegal. Laws change and can be just or unjust, and we are not bound by whatever is "on the books" at any given moment. Torture has been legalized, but we will not stop protesting and resisting this crime against humanity until torture stops being carried out in our names. Would the invasion of Iraq be any more acceptable if it was technically legal? While slavery is now illegal, it was once the law of the land. It is unethical to silence our opposition to discrimination against immigrants, documented or undocumented, because of whatever laws are instituted.

Why are you opposed to Arizona's new law, SB1070?

This law is a serious step in a fascist direction, and differs from all other state laws. It states that law enforcement must ask for proof of citizenship or residency from anyone they "suspect" is illegal. This means racial profiling on a massive scale, as anyone brown-skinned can expect to be questioned and potentially detained any time they leave the house. This law discriminates against all Latinos; but even worse, further isolates and marginalizes undocumented immigrants who live in fear of being suddenly separated from their families, imprisoned, and deported. For more read Arizona's anti-Immigrant Law is Inhumane & Illegitimate. However, Arizona is not the only problem. For an idea of the suffering imposed on immigrants detained in other parts of the US by the federal government, see Letters from an Immigrant Detainee.

But don't illegal immigrants drive down wages, drain the economy and social services?

These are the main talking points which have snookered people. However, they are factually untrue. In fact, there is no correlation between wages going down and immigrants. In addition, immigrants have contributed  billions of dollars in Social Security and Medicare, without ever hoping to draw these benefits themselves. Their input has even been factored into government budgets - budgets which, by design, require their input without benefit in order to work! See the New York Times: Illegal Immigrants Are Bolstering Social Security With Billions
and Cost of Illegal Immigration May Be Less Than Meets the Eye

But if that's not true, why do I hear it so often? How could so many people be wrong?

Well, have you ever heard the term "scapegoating?" There's no denying the global economy is seriously unsteady and people are being affected by it in the US. But that is what you have to look at: the global economy. Recent immigration from Mexico, for instance, cannot be separated from the effect that NAFTA (the North American Free Trade Agreement) has had on Mexico's industry and agriculture (Download Oxfam report). Markets flooded with US-subsidized corn imports have driven many Mexican farmers out of business and off their land, while factories once set up by US corporations have closed down in search of even cheaper labor in China or other places in Asia. The economic forces affecting people's livelihoods, whether here or in other parts of the world, are guided by profitability and greed, not by immigrants seeking a better life for themselves or their families through low-paying jobs here.

"If the immigrant pickers did not come north across the border, the strawberries would."

-from the New York Times

You have to look deeper to discover what is really at work here. Protesters marching in Arizona recently carried a banner that said: “There is no problem with immigration; there is a problem with capitalism."


 

NO MÁS! NO HUMAN BEING IS ILLEGAL!

 WORLD CAN’T WAIT CALLS ON EVERYONE TO PROTEST,

DISRESPECT, AND DISOBEY RACIST LAWS LIKE ARIZONA SB1070
 
There has been discrimination against immigrants in the U.S. for centuries.
 
Now Arizona makes it legal!
 

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New Arizona Law Criminalizes "Being While Brown"

Upholding and Continuing Shameful American Tradition

by Bruce A. Dixon
Arizona has virtually criminalized “being” while brown. Its new racist laws require police to profile and stop anyone who “looks like” an undocumented immigrant. Even police chiefs across the country, who know they cannot police communities that won't talk to them, are denouncing this racist, unjust and downright foolish law.
The new Arizona laws are only the latest manifestations of racist and xenophobic white American hatred toward immigrants. They won't be the last. Anyone who doubts this, or encourages others to doubt it is a racist fool, is allowing herself to be fooled, is trying hard to fool somebody else, or some combination of the above.
For all practical purposes, the state of Arizona has now criminalized “being” while brown.

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Apartheid, Arizona Style

By Roberto Rodriguez

 
Those who think that there’s an immigration crisis in Arizona are correct; however, this is but part of the story.
 
The truth is, a civilizational clash is being played out in the same state in which the state legislature questions the birthplace and legitimacy of President Barack Obama and where Sen. John McCain competes with Senate hopeful J.D. Hayworth to see who is the most anti-immigrant.
 

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Arizona Goddamn!!

Oppose the Attack on Immigrants

 
This article originally appeared on the site of Revolution newspaper
 
Arizona legislators have taken a page from Hitler’s textbook. They passed a law that legally demonizes and outlaws people who are either from Mexico or Latin America, or look like they may be from Mexico or Latin America, or indeed any other country from which immigrants come.
 
The law requires police and other law enforcement personnel to demand proof of legal residency of anyone who they suspect could be an undocumented immigrant. The passage of this law followed by just one week the largest ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) raid ever on immigrant neighborhoods in Phoenix and Tucson.
 
The New York Times on April 18 said bluntly that this law means “if you are brown-skinned and leave home without a wallet, you are in trouble.”

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Arizona's SB1070: Gestapo Law Reveals Right Wing Version of "Liberty"

by Miguel Guadelupe

 
"Show me your papers, are your papers in order?" This phrase was made famous, or rather infamous, by the Gestapo, and will soon be heard throughout the state of Arizona, should their Governor sign into law SB1070, a vague and broad law giving law enforcement the unprecedented power to stop and check the documentation of any individual where "reasonable suspicion exists that the person is an alien who is unlawfully present in the U.S.."
 
There are no guidelines as to what "reasonable suspicion" is, but knowing the reality on the ground, it is obvious to all that "reasonable suspicion" means those looking like, sounding like, or acting like general stereotypes of undocumented immigrants coming from Latin America. In short -- this is a bill that allows police to suspect all Latinos of being undocumented, and gives them the right to question their status at any time, for any reason.

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Arizona Immigration Bill: “Codifying Jim Crow and Apartheid”

By Yana Kunichoff

A bill approved Tuesday by Arizona lawmakers may be one of the most restrictive pieces of state-level immigration enforcement legislation in the country, making it illegal to be in the state without proper documentation and expanding the power of local police officials to enforce immigration law.
 
"This is a sad day, and not just for Arizona," said Linda Brown, executive director of the progressive Arizona Advocacy Network, "as we see Jim Crow and apartheid become codified here, where we thought we'd long since seen those days go away."

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I.C.E.: Covering up the Deaths of Immigrants

 by: William Fisher  

 
In the treatment of thousands of immigrants held in government detention, the actions of the Obama administration are falling far short of its promises of transparency and accountability.
 
That is the view of David M. Shapiro, staff counsel with the National Prison Project of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). He spoke with Truthout on the heels of a New York Times exposé of the secrecy surrounding the deaths of 107 immigrants while in detention.
 
The Times article by Nina Bernstein, which was published January 9, alleged that officials of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE), fearful of media scrutiny, conspired to conceal the deaths of a number of detained immigrants.

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Conditions in ICE Detention Centers... A Death Sentence For Over 100 Immigrants

From the website Revolution 

The number of undocumented immigrants who are detained by ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) has tripled since 2001. This year ICE is on a pace to imprison approximately 440,000 immigrants.

 

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New Documentary: The Border Wall

By Larry Jones

President Barack Obama is committed to retaining the wall along the Mexican border which George W. Bush brought into being.  It is a huge wall where the border is adjacent to an urban U.S. area, such as El Paso.  It drives desperate immigrants to cross where there are simple chain link fences along desolate, dry, and burning deserts.  Literally thousands of men, women and children have died on the border in recent years. The border wall has led to a massive increase in those deaths. 

No accurate account of the number of people who have died trying to cross the border so they could work  is available because such counts never include the bodies which were never found.  Anti-immigrant politicians and right wing private groups want a law that would punish the humanitarians who leave scores of gallon containers of water for immigrants in the desert.   Will Obama’s head of immigration as part of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano fix this?  Not likely.  When she was governor of Arizona, she pushed the feds into sending the National Guard to further beef up border enforcement.  She and her boss, Obama, have no desire nor plans to reduce the horrors caused by the wall.

A new film by Richard Martinez called “The Wall Documentary”, which shows both the development of this wall during the Bush years and the growth of opposition to it in cities and towns along the border, is premiering this week in San Antonio and McAllen Texas. Check out this video clip regarding a documentary about the wall.

 

 

Chemical Weapons on the U.S. /Mexico Border?”

by Frontera NorteSur

In the Vietnam War, the United States sprayed vast tracts of land with the chemical defoliant Agent Orange as part of a counter-insurgency strategy aimed at removing forest cover for Viet Cong and North Vietnamese forces. Although the toxic dioxin released by Agent Orange was later blamed by US veterans’ groups and Vietnamese officials for illnesses and diseases that struck thousands of former US soldiers and upwards of four million Vietnamese citizens, the US Supreme Court recently refused to consider a case by pursued by Vietnamese plaintiffs against the manufacturers of Agent Orange.

Four decades later, on the US-Mexico border, the US Border Patrol intends to employ a chemical herbicide in order to eradicate stands of the Carrizo cane, an invasive plant that grows as tall as 30 feet and provides convenient cover for undocumented border crossers and smugglers. The variety of Carrizo cane that is common in the Laredo-Del Rio borderlands is from the region of Valencia, Spain.

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