U.S. POLICY KILLS ONE MIGRANT PER DAY: MEXICAN HUMAN RIGHTS NGO

October 19, 2007

One Death Per Day at the Border

This story in today’s La Opinion reports on how implementation of border enforcement program known as Operation Gatekeeper in 1994 led to the current average of one immigrant death per day, according to the the director of Mexico’s National Commission
on Human Rights (CNDH).

During a recent visit to Los Angeles, CNDH representative, Mauricio Farah denounced the border enforcement policies he believes are responsible for immigrants deaths in and
around the US-Mexico border area. “In the last decade, the United States has opted to spend around $30 billion on enforcement, increasing from 6 thousand to 18 thousand the number of border patrol agents” said Farah, adding that such actions reflect the “closing of the governmental conscience of countries.”. The story also quotes California Rural Legal Assistance organization estimates that more than 4,500 immigrants have died in the desert over the past 13 years.

And the list of politicos doling out death is not just limited to dour Republicans. Lest we forget, aggressive enforcement and militarization of the border began with smiley Democratic party darling Bill Clinton. Clinton signed the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA) in 1996. AEDPA started us down the slippery slope of what leading immigration scholars are calling “crimmigration”. Scholars like Lewis and Clark University’s Juliet P. Stumpf have analyzed how Clinton’s AEDPA facilitated subjecting non-citizens to criminal and immigration laws retroactively -no matter how long ago their crime was committed. In doing so, Clinton accelerated the process leading to today’s current catastrophe: criminalizing immigrants and subsuming immigration law under criminal law. So, immigrants today are sleeping in a legal bed made for them by Bush II and Clinton.

So, remember this next time your hear a Democrat or one of their big-philanthropy- funded “immigrant rights” allies singing the siren song of “reform” in the immigrant desert.

2 Responses to “U.S. POLICY KILLS ONE MIGRANT PER DAY: MEXICAN HUMAN RIGHTS NGO”

  1. Tony Says:

    Hello,
    Thanks for this input. A week ago I was saying that Bill Clinton was a good president to my mostly white co-workers, but I guess now I have to look back and do some more research on what he did for my people. Finally, this post gave me the idea to create a link to concentrate on the atrocities that might happen between Mexico and Guatemala. (no love loss for the k=love of my Mexican bloodline.)
    -Tony


  2. […]  Of America put a nice historial reminder in its post on the issue, saying that the criminalization of immigrants is not simply a Republican legacy. And the list of politicos doling out death is not just limited to dour Republicans. Lest we forget, aggressive enforcement and militarization of the border began with smiley Democratic party darling Bill Clinton.   […]


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