Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Skeptical of Quick Action

Autor: Jimena Terán Tassinari. Licenciatura En Estudios Internacionales. Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM).

Editor: Sergio Martínez Peralta. Licenciatura En Ciencias Políticas y Administración Pública. Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM).

Earlier on this week, 1,000 activists attended a rally in Chicago west side, calling for reform addressing the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S. The speakers included U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin. The Democrat says it's time to stop separating families. President Barack Obama has vowed to tackle immigration reform this year, but many activists still show skeptical about Obama’s announcement.

Many have been the ones showing support for immigrants but let’s take a look back in history. For decades, only one Latino held unquestioned public power: Edward R. Roybal, the first Latino to win a seat in Los Angeles City Council. He spent 13 years there, then moved to Congress to serve 30 years, most of that time as the region's only Latino representative.

Now the power positions held by Latinos in Los Angeles area are multiple and manifest. Besides the Mexico-born archbishop, Jose Gomez, who is in line to become the first U.S. prelate of Latino heritage to become a cardinal, there is the mayor, the speaker of the Assembly, The sheriff, a county supervisor, several members of the City Council, of Congress, of the Legislature, of Los Angeles school board. The head of the most influential civic entity, organized labor, etc.

This change between times is shown in a USC demographic study reported by the Chicago Tribune that indicates that by 1960; fewer than 10% of the people in Los Angeles County area were Latinos. And by 2008, according to federal census estimates, almost half were Latinos. This also was shown in the city of Los Angeles.

A Loyola Marymount University study of the top 100 elected positions in Los Angeles from 1959 to 2009 found that for years, only one man -- Roybal -- made the list. The numbers increased only gradually until 1991, when altered political lines and long-thwarted ambition pushed the percentage of Latino seats to 18%. By last year, 33% were held by Latinos.

All of the results found out by this studies show how much Latinos are fighting day by day to win respect and a place in the heart of America, as well as to construct their own path in order to make an impact in politics such as in social life.

While Latinos are growing stronger, some countries in which immigrants represent a “problem” meaning by these drugs or violence, are also taking actions to combat the entrance of illegal immigrants. Such is the case reported by Federal officials which report six more Illinois counties that will use a fingerprinting program that allows authorities to check the immigration status of every person booked into jail. This program was first used in 2008, and now it has spread over 19 states.

Also Arizona has been showing efforts, whose border with Mexico is the most popular point of entry for illegal immigrants into this country. But the way Arizona has been handling the issue is a aggressive, yet clever by using its own laws to fight illegal immigration. In 2006 the state passed a law that would dissolve companies with a pattern of hiring illegal immigrants. Last year it made it a crime for a government worker to give improper benefits to an illegal immigrant. Actions like these have made illegal immigrants fear to even go out for dinner, they feel threatened that while driving or doing their habitual chores they would be stopped by a police and won`t make it safely.

Both of the sides in this polemic matter are sticking strongly by their decisions and won`t be easily convinced otherwise. This is why Obama’s role is so important in the topic, why immigrants groups keep pressuring for an answer; because he has the power of the last word.

1 comment:

  1. there is nothing in this bill about race its about security. this bill is forced on Arizona because the federal government will not up hold it constitutional duty and secure the boarders. in fact it will not even enforce the laws on the books. so we in Arizona must take action to protect our self from the drug lord and terrorist that are coming across the boarder and destroying our state. So if the Feds will not enforce the law we are forced to do so our self.

    my advice to the 420,000 illegal’s in this state is leave know will the getting is good.