To the mass imagery, the concept of law is good. Unfortunately for y’all information, to be lawful has nothing to do with being ethical, it is not a synonym with moral; so if you are following the law, you are not necessarily acting under any principles or values. In the other hand, if you break the law, you are not automatically a criminal.
Being a United States citizen, which once emigrated from the Dominican Republic and have had to deny work opportunities to undocumented fellas, is where weird circumstances had led me; in order to comply with my workplace policies, which are ultimate the states policies. It is not easy for me to be an obstacle to a hardworking human being with angst of a better future for themselves and their families, an obstacle that is at the end, a merely representation of a whole system of ironic precepts. Working at a staffing agency, specialized in recruiting light industrial personnel (for factories) —the default job for unskilled immigrants in general—, has challenged every day, my emotional stability. I have come to see many of my fellow Latin Americans, get through all kinds of struggles: from not being able to fill out a job application due to the fact it’s in English and they are not even close of grasping a bit of the language, to not even being literate in their mother languages, most of the time Spanish. Then you give meditation to the fact that risking their life in smuggling through the border, was just going to be the first of the hardships many of these people would bear.
Complying with policies and laws should not make anybody feel lousy, since enforcing the later, should be a good thing for our society. Then I retrospect into our history and realize the amount of mistakes we have already committed. What makes us thing that now, the current migratory policies are the right ones? What makes us thing we have arrived to the pinnacle of ideal society procedures? The peak of equality it is nowhere to be close, indeed.
Not so long ago, it was legitimate to snatch the land of the Native Americans, to own another person as a slave, to hunt woman as witch and to operate under institutionalized racism. Now we look as such happenings as something to be ashamed of, not suitable for a democratic society as ours. We understand that since we have surpassed all those dark chapters of our historic process, ought to feel pride ‘cause we have advanced plenty. Haven’t we?
There is a current exodus of people from West Africa, North Africa and Middle East, which pretend to scape hunger, war, economical backwardness and ultimately, death. Eritrea, Syria, Afghanistan and many others are seeing their families smuggle out to the dream land of Europe, which put us in a globalized perspective of how not only the platitude of Mexicans-crossing-the-borders is exclusive to a single population. People under many circumstances has seen themselves having to leave behind their homeland out of necessity. Isn’t the United States of America build out of European immigrants, because as far as I am concerned the true Americans —and I am deliberately using this term wrong, because Americans are every single one in the western continent— are now confined to reservoirs.
When is it “legal” to close a border to a needy soul, when is it that we have to assume a supremacist posture (out of ignorance or indifference), when is it right to deny the opportunity of employment to somebody that their only crime is to have risked their life, in order to cross a border of stagnancy towards improvement. Should the political country divisions be actually tangible?