Immigration and Racial Bias
Publisher: Against The Current
Date Written: 01/05/2013
Year Published: 2013
Resource Type: Unclassified
Cx Number: CX19845
The immigrant debate, once again at the center of U.S. politics, was accelerated by the success of president Obama winning more than 70% of the Latino and Asian vote in the 2012 elections. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romneys call for all 11 million undocumented immigrants to "self deport" was a significant reason for his defeat. Latinos are the largest ethnic minority in the country -- and growing rapidly -- and more and more of them vote.
There is a long-term policy change that would permanently solve the issue of immigrants with and without papers. It is to Open the Borders, and separate residency and working rights from citizenship.
A free flow of labor would resolve the legal issue of new immigrants. The European Union does that for members of the Union. (The right to work at EU level is guaranteed by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (Article 15) which stipulates: 1. Everyone has the right to engage in work and to pursue a freely chosen or accepted occupation; 2. Every citizen of the Union has the freedom to seek employment, to work, to exercise the right of establishment and to provide services in any Member State.)
People from Greece can go to Germany to get a job if they have the skills or education. They remain citizens of Greece and have no citizenship rights in Germany. They fall under German laws for employment and labor rights.
If Mexicans could freely come to the United States to work in the fields, construction and other jobs under labor and safety laws like other workers, it would strengthen the position of all workers. Since only citizens can vote, it would not change the electoral map. The rules to become a citizen dont change: If citizenship is your objective, the process is the same that already applies to legal residents. An open border simply makes all immigrants legal.