No one is illegal

I just came across this great campaign to urge the American public to stop calling immigrants “illegals.” Brought to us by the racial justice media organization Colorlines, the “Drop the I-Word” Campaign website states, “The I-Word creates an environment of hate by exploiting racial fear and economic anxiety, creating an easy scapegoat for complex issues, and OK-ing violence against those labeled with the word.”

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I have written previously about immigrant rights and justice on this blog, noting not only the importance of immigration reform to Punjabi Sikhs in the US, but the spirit of sarbat da bhala that should compel us to take action on this issue. Here is an easy way to take action and help shift the hateful discourse that seems to be becoming more and more mainstream: Sign the pledge to to not call people illegals and ask the media to do the same. The campaign even created an activist toolkit for people to use in their schools and local communities to work on dropping the i-word and challenging racism and xenophobia.

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2 Responses to “No one is illegal”

  1. j.singh says:

    The entire video coverage is referring to Mexicans as "illegals". Not all immigrants. And if you do cross the border illegally, then yes technically you are considered an "illegal". What else are you supposed to call those people?
    I don't hear people referring to Asians, or Indians as illegal's so I don't get how you lumped immigrants and illegals together.

  2. Anonymous says:

    USA was founded by the Protestants people on sound principles of "MERIT".

    Now illegal people want to subvert that principle .

    Who all are welcome will be decided by the AMERICANS

    but the new immigrants must not rob USA of its fundamental attraction to the people of the world and that is

    " MERIT"

    “Between persons of equal income there is no social distinction except the distinction of merit. Money is nothing: character, conduct, and capacity are everything. There would be great people and ordinary people and little people, but the great would always be those who had done great things, and never the idiots whose mothers had spoiled them and whose fathers had left them a hundred thousand a year; and the little would be persons of small minds and mean characters, and not poor persons who had never had a chance. That is why idiots are always in favor of inequality of income (their only chance of eminence), and the really great in favor of equality.”

    George Bernard Shaw quotes