With Justice for all: Celebrating the 4th of July
When governmental entities during a period of evacuation start inquiring about an individual’s immigration status, what justice is there? When landlords in Kentucky are criminally indicted for money laundering because they are renting a property to
July 4th celebrates America’s independence, its breaking away from the evils associated with governance under England, and the founding of a country whose motto is—or used to be—“with justice for all”. If only our founding fathers could see us now, several weeks after the Iowa raids and the others that have followed. If they could see us, Benjamin Franklin, John Hancock, Thomas Jefferson would rant and rage and weep with sadness, for the very principles for which they fought seem to have disappeared. Due process? Gone with Iowa. Guilty until proven innocent? Gone with Iowa. After all, when 17 foreign nationals who are clueless about the legal system in the U.S. are assigned one public defender for all 17, a public defender with no knowledge of the immigration laws and the forever consequences of pleading guilty to document fraud charges, what justice is there? When choices about a plea have to be made within only a few days, without access to immigration counsel, what justice is there?
When governmental entities during a period of evacuation start inquiring about an individual’s immigration status, what justice is there? When landlords in Kentucky are criminally indicted for money laundering because they are renting a property to illegal aliens, where is this America of 1776, the one that was founded because those on American soil were not being treated fairly? If William Penn were alive and had read the Hazelton ordinances that started a slew of copy-cat hate-filled ordinances throughout the U.S. (the shot that was heard around the world), he most probably would jump head first from the top of City Hall.
July 4th in previous years was a time of celebration, a time of picnics a time of pride in our country and all that we, a nation of immigrants, had accomplished. July 4, 2008 should be a time of reflection and retraction from an ugliness that has spread throughout the U.S, the hatred and fear of foreigners, legal or illegal. As we fire up the grill, let us also become fired up about the damaging direction in which our country is going with its immigration enforcement only policy and let us speak out against it. It’s time to make our founding fathers proud.