Racism or just business as usual?
Felicia Persaud | 6/6/2012, 6:52 p.m.
Talk about trying to focus on keeping the coffee creamy! A Republican senator from Massachusetts has decided to push through legislation that would allow 10,500 Irish nationals to come to the United States to work each year.
Forget the millions of Latino, Caribbean, African and other migrants already working here in the most backbreaking of jobs; let's bring in the Irish.
Let me be clear: I have nothing against Irish nationals or the 40 million Americans who identify themselves as being of Irish descent. That is not the issue here. The matter that has me hopping is the hypocrisy of Republicans like Sen. Scott Brown.
It's OK to say that the Brown and Black migrants slaving in fields, restaurant kitchens and supermarkets are taking away jobs from Americans and should be deported, but it's fine to bring in over 10,000 Irish--pardon me, European--migrants each year to a country that has a high unemployment rate and 12 million immigrants who need to come out of the shadows and whose economy is in tatters.
So much for the fair argument that we should stop immigration all together due to overpopulation; let's bring in more white migrants to ensure the coffee stays creamy!
Brown's bill would make Irish nationals eligible for a special visa program created in 2005 to allow up to 10,500 high-skilled Australians to come to the United States on temporary work visas known as E-3 visas. The program grew out of a trade pact with Australia, but it was also seen as a reward for a country that supported U.S. military action in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The program allows skilled workers with job offers from U.S. employers to get two-year work visas that can be renewed indefinitely. Workers with an E-3 visa can bring their spouses and children with them, and their spouses also can work legally in the United States.
From where I sit, this is a blatant political, racist move. One result is to whiten the population of the United States, where the minority is fast becoming the majority; the other is to build a base for the Republicans so they can continue ensuring that their all-Caucasian voting bloc remains secured.
Suddenly we are being fed the Kool-Aid that says the bill is simply to help reverse discrimination against Irish nationals that was inadvertently created by a 1965 overhaul of the U.S. immigration system. Really?
That's almost half a century ago!
Sadly, we have Democrats like New York Sen. Chuck Schumer drinking up and buying into the Brown crap.
It is utter hypocrisy, especially since Brown opposes any measure that would provide a pathway to citizenship for the nearly 12 million undocumented immigrants already in the United States. He is against the DREAM Act, which would provide legal status to children of illegal immigrant parents if the children enroll in college or serve in the U.S. military.
Brown's spokesman has dismissed criticism of the bill, insisting that the senator cares about all immigrants and supports a bipartisan, House-passed immigration bill that would remove the current limit on the number of legal permanent residents who may be admitted to the United States in any given year from a single country.