Letter To The Department Of Homeland Security
Hackensack, New Jersey
U.S. Department Of Homeland Security
America Misunderstanding Immigration: Racist
September 27, 2008
Bergen County, New Jersey
I did for Nepal, a country of 27 million, for no money, what Bush has not been able to do for Iraq, a country of 27 million, for a trillion dollars. But America has kept me in jail for four months now. No judge ever sentenced me to serve time, but I am in jail. This is Guantanamo, yo.
The so-called greatest generation spread democracy in Europe. To call them the greatest generation is Eurocentric. In my view the greatest generation in the current Net generation, the generation that will wage relentless wars of communications technology to ensure a total spread of democracy. Almost all the action will be in the Global South. I intend to claim America on behalf of the Global South.
All immigrants into America are entrepreneurs. They take huge risks to come and work petty jobs, crazy hours. These are all soldiers for democracy, nonviolent soldiers for political, social and economic reform to their countries of origin. They can do what the US federal bureucracy intends to do but can't imagine doing. They need to be given their dignity and respect. The quota for legal immigration has to be realistically expanded, paperwork processing has to be vastly expedited, disrespectful language like "illegal alien" has to be eliminated - there are citizens, permanent residents, temporary residents, documented workers, and undocumented workers, there are American citizens, and there are international citizens, no illegal aliens - and just like for European immigrants 150 years ago, the Global South immigrants need residency not citizenship requirements for voting rights. You have to engender their political mobilization here if you seek a total spread of democracy.
America without a steady stream of immigrants year after year will cede its position as the number one economy in the world. The political respect to the immigrants better be in tune with that economic reality.
America is an ideal, a concept, that idea, that concept is democracy. It is high time for immigration reform.