Give me your tired, your poor…

…Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me.I lift my lamp beside the golden door. – Statue Of Liberty*

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Bush once again unveiled his immigration reform amidst a backdrop of guards and soldiers based along the Mexican border. From US News:

“A White House document suggested eliminating some of the visa categories that allow current immigrants to bring over adult children or parents and giving those visas to high-skilled workers. The administration also suggested charging immigrants unprecedented penalty fees: Immigrants would have to pay $10,000 to earn a green card. The roughly 12 million illegal aliens currently in the country could also apply for temporary Z visas—work permits that could be renewed every three years for a $3,500 fee.”

A nation once known for opening it’s borders to people seeking a better way of life is now trying to extort the very same people by charging country club type fees to people entering this country with nothing more than the shirt on their back. This isn’t immigration reform. It will not solve anything. And, when the administration and the Republican congress speaks of reform, they are not speaking of immigrants as a whole – their speaking of one particular region – Central America, primarily Mexico. When was the last time you saw Bush speak about reform at Ellis Island or the border of Canada?

"Give me your hungry, your tired your poor I'll piss on 'em - Thats what the statue of bigotry says." Lou Reed – Dirty Blvd.

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