May 19, 2006
To the Editor,
President Bush plans to spend billions of our
dollars to turn the Mexican border into a war zone, using paramilitary troops
and high tech equipment. Itís a horrible idea that Congress should quash
immediately. Immigration is a result of social and economic forces that the U.S. has a major part in creating, such as
poverty and joblessness in South America. The
great wealth that undocumented workers create in the U.S.
is unacknowledged, while the government illegally declares war on border
communities in the U.S. and Mexico. Who can
doubt that Chicanos and Mexicans, and other brown-skinned people, will be
abused and killed by trigger-happy, privatized soldiers whose bosses care only
for the money they make. The dismal record of privatized prisons shows what poor
and working-class people of color can expect.
Millions of immigrants and their supporters in
the streets on May Day displayed a powerful force for change that can also help
citizens who are feeling the contempt of our government for their jobs, wages, pensions,
and freedom of speech. Itís time that unions, women, the elderly, and all
people of color join undocumented workers and stop the destruction of their
rights and ours.