Justin Chapman: Pasadenans call for gun control and immigration reform at a Villa Parke vigil for the victims of recent mass shootings
The State of Immigration in America
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Johnny Townsend: If we’re more worried that they’re freeloaders who don’t want jobs in the first place, why are we raiding workplaces in order to round them up for deportation?
Ted Vaill: So my family has much invested in this country, and we are disgusted with what our President, Donald Drumpf, is doing to it.
This is the first time our adversaries have declared war against our immigrant community. The anger toward our community is reaching a boiling point, fueled by the heated politics of immigration.
Lessenich says that the prosperous countries of the wealthy regions make poor societies absorb the costs of mining, plantation agriculture, deforestation, overfishing, and low-wage manufacturing. We keep them poor so we can be rich.
Robert Koehler: The little girl is the face of struggle and courage, the embodiment of hope and interconnectedness.
Irene Bloemraad: If you had an accident driving on one of those less congested freeways, chance are that there would not be enough doctors or nurses to take care of you.
Steve Hochstadt: Lost in this furor is the fact that Ocasio-Cortez did not make a Holocaust analogy when she referred to concentration camps.
David A. Love: Primarily African developing nations take in 80 percent of the global refugee population, which strains these countries’ health care and water systems. Trump’s decision to cut aid to African nations, particularly those with large numbers of refugees, may exacerbate the world refugee crisis by fueling the conflicts that make migration necessary.
Unai Montes-Irueste: I weep for the children, ripped from their parents. I even weep for the children who get to remain with their parents, because they too only see cages.
Robert Koehler: This country — the one defined by “actual Americans” endlessly needing to defend themselves against some lesser aspect of humanity — is not the country I believe in, but it’s the one I live in, at least for the moment.
Gretchen Kelly: What kind of nation wraps itself in patriotic merrymaking while simultaneously locking children in cages? What kind of country celebrates it’s freedom while for-profit camps make bank off of the bodies of vulnerable people?
Robert Koehler: The parallels are so naked, so obvious: When you define particular people as the enemy and arm yourself against them, you also dehumanize them.