Say No to politics of hate tonight, March 7, 2011 6pm at the Capitol.
Picked up this flyer at lunch yesterday at a great Mexican restaurant on Cerillos Road. The vigil is against the hate represented by the driver's license bill headed to the Senate - that would further undocument undocumented workers. This is improbably believed by some to be safer for the public. Now they'll all ride horses, which is cool.
In truth, the problems of immigrants and with immigration policy are being exploited. The pretension that the bill solves something relies on a narrow estimation of these problems. One loud bill effort, cheered along by the teaparty and lauded in the conservative press, is far easier than addressing fraud, unjust laws or the fed's ham-fisted war on drugs.
Sobering story in The Los Angeles Times for contrast with the sheer triviality of this bill.
More than 11,000 migrants, primarily from Central America, went missing last year crossing Mexico on their way to the United States, according to the Mexican National Human Rights Commission. Most were captured by drug gangs demanding payoffs. Many remain missing. In the single largest massacre in Mexico's four-year conflict, 73 immigrants who refused to work for their captors were slain last summer.
We do not know what monster we are fighting.
But we can wave our silly little bill at him.