Do Unto Others focuses on the Middle East, (nonviolent) social movements, and how I make sense of my place in the world. I'm currently based in Cairo, Egypt doing peacebuilding and community development.

Friday, May 07, 2010

They're Not Illegals Immigrants, They're Heroes

A great perspective on the increasingly tense immigration debate.  It's easy to not humanize the faces of these 'illegals' we talk about.  The full article is here, below is an excerpt:
We need to stop calling undocumented immigrants in the United States "illegal". A more appropriate term is: New American Heroes. 
Why are undocumented immigrants heroes?  
Millions of Americans, immigrants and citizens, work incredibly hard every single day in ridiculously low paying jobs that are the life-blood of our economy but are barely life-sustaining in return. I think every person who gets up at the crack of dawn or in the middle of the night to work one or two or even three jobs so they can pay the rent and put food on the table are heroes. But as hard as it is for every low-wage worker in the United States (and increasingly, middle class folks too) undocumented immigrants face additional, greater obstacles. These undocumented immigrants are heroes, too.
As I was reading this I started to think of slogans, aphorisms, bumper-sticker-like sayings.  "Undocumented Heroes," "Heroes without papers," "Racially-profiled Heroes," etc, etc. 

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