Friday, June 20, 2008

World Refugee Day - June 20

Today is World Refugee Day- this includes economic refugees - people who have to leave their country because they do not have enough money to buy food.

Below are few lines from today's Democracy Now on "economic refugees-immigrant."

It is well worth your time to listen to Nevins - who says that Lou Dobbs has been the most influential in fueling the anti-immigration crowd. I'm sure Dobbs will love this. For those of you that still are not sure if the current immigration situation is bad or good for the country, just think that whether many of us want to or not, Dobbs has shaped public opinion -- we are the public - which includes those of us who write this blog and you the reader.

Are you thinking for yourself or is Dobbs in your head telling you that undocumented immigrants are taking your livelihood?


June 20, 2008

Joseph Nevins on “Dying to Live: A Story of US Immigration in an Age of Global Apartheid"

We begin our World Refugee Day coverage looking at economic refugees–immigrants to countries like the United States who are forced to make often treacherous journeys from poorer countries to richer ones because of dire economic conditions.

These economic refugees, particularly those who enter other countries without legal documents, are vilified in popular culture and criminalized by government policies. On Wednesday the European Union approved draconian new laws authorizing the detention of undocumented migrants for up to 18 months in prison before deportation. The estimated half a million people, many of them of minors, who enter the EU without papers each year could also face a re entry ban of up to 5 years.

Meanwhile here in the United States immigration cases now account for more than half of all federal criminal prosecutions. Over 9,000 immigrants were prosecuted in the month of March....

click here to link with's program with Joseph Nevin

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