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ALDERMAN GEORGE CARDENAS: Speaking on Resolution SB 1070

ALDERMAN GEORGE CARDENAS OF THE 12TH WARD OF THE CITY OF CHICAGO SPEAKING ON RESOLUTION SB 1070, HARSHLY CONDEMING IT.

It is discriminatory, it is divisive, and it is an insult to everyone who is or has been an immigrant to this country. Arizona is using the current troubles at the border of illegal gun trade and drug trade to finger point at immigrants who toil in the agricultural fields, mining towns and boom towns of the west and who are simply filling a need created by the multinational corporations that feed off cheap labor. This law is not only misguided but it is simply aimed at the wrong target group. Target the corporations, the landowners, people that traffic in humans. Those are the people responsible for what is happening. These evil corporations profit from those at the very bottom of the food chain whose only crime is to look for a meal for themselves and their family. They are not looking for government handouts like rich elite in Wall Street or the War Profiteers who profit from conflict at home and abroad. No, these folks are nothing different than the people that populated early Arizona, you know…when it was Spanish Arizona and Mexican Arizona. Back in those days, those folks were called pioneers, settlers; they were for a long time also trespassing on foreign land. But the land is for those who work it and till it and bear the burdens of it. In the end, those folks claimed it for their own, kicking out the native population and everyone else. But that’s history. That’s in the past, now is the presents. And in the present, well the land is being populated by many Brown People, and that’s the problem. Too many Brown People. Brown People that are welcomed at the local Wal-Marts and local restaurants and retail shops. Heck they are even welcomed at the “Los Suns” stadium and I presume “Los Diamondbacks”, because when it comes to the greenback, there is no color, it is simply green and green is king.

So, I stand with my brothers and sisters and I say lets stop using the greenbacks in Arizona. Tourism in Arizona topped 18 billion in 2008. So it’s an important source of revenue and jobs, but white Arizonans are not very hospitable at all. You must remember how they refused to honor Martin Luther King, a civil rights leader that clearly earned all the honors and reverence attributed to him. Arizonans like electing racist people and so we should elect not to do business with racist people. Chicago should not do business with racist people. That’s not us and let’s not be them.

Brown People that are welcomed at the local Wal-Marts and local restaurants and retail shops. Heck they are even welcomed at the “Los Suns” stadium and I presume “Los Diamondbacks”, because when it comes to the greenback, there is no color, it is simply green and green is king.

Let me say that this has nothing to do with immigration. Immigration is a federal issue and should be handled by federal government, in piecemeal or in whole. Whether to seal the border, National Guard or satellite reconnaissance. It can be done, let’s not kid ourselves. We can secure Fallujah in Iraq, but we can’t secure Arizona??? No, this is something different. It’s silly season, it’s blame somebody for the crisis and the unsustainable debt the U.S. has accumulated. Fighting two wars and bailing out idiots on Wall Street, it’s what causing most of our problems. Immigrants are not destroying this country, look around, look to the Gulf. Look but don’t blame the little guy. Don’t blame the guy that picks those illegal apples and those illegal potatoes and the illegal lettuce or the guy at the slaughterhouse making sure that the illegal meat you eat doesn’t cost 10 dollars a pound or 3 dollars for illegal cucumber. Don’t blame the people that make this country what it is, for everything going wrong in this country.

Be honorable, give them permission to work and when they are done they can go home. Admit you need them, admit that it makes you more competitive and that improves everyone’s quality of life. Don’t sell them a house if you plan on kicking them out, don’t ask them to open a business or a bank account, a sofa, an appliance, a car or anything. Be honorable don’t have double standards. Brown People not welcomed but Greenback is. This is the outrage of this whole situation. No one takes responsibility and people are suffering; families, moms, dads and children. It’s inhuman, it really is. How would you like it if you had your child torn from you??? It is not right. I understand the frustration of the so-called natives but it’s misguided, mean and unjustified.

Let’s all work for the common good. Everyone. We are better for it. Thank you.

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