How Osama Bin Laden's Death will Affect Immigration

Posted on 3.5.11

Disclosure - If you get easily offended with the war in Iraq, 9/11, etc. I suggest you steer away from this post and read Fox News or something. If you are an open minded individual, I suggest you continue.

Osama's Dead. Big f*&@in' whoop. Yeah I said it. For all of you who are cheering away, why?!

Last night, my cousin, American born to Brazilian parentes and Political Science/Pre-Law major at Rutgers, posted a piece of Obama's speech on his Facebook wall and finished with:

He concludes by eloquently stating -"Let us remember that we can do these things not just because of wealth or power, but because of who we are: one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."

How can you not come to admire and respect a nation with such principles?

To which I replied "principles of vengeance?" To which he got angry over (our Ferreira blood is keen to short tempers) and said "We seek justice not vengeance!"

I'll spare you the rest of the debate, but overall, he kept contradicting himself (using big words unknowingly, and saying afterwards that justice is not well defined in politics, that the US is #1 in numerous 'things', and that persistence upon building freedom in the US is unheard of anywhere else) and in the end, agreed with me when I reminded him of peaceful ends to dictatorships and national terrors.

My respect for Obama went down a notch yesterday, when all I could really imagine after his speech on Monday was that it was essentially this:

All day yesterday I was already a little peeved with the overall screams and shouts of joy of people celebrating another human being's death, disregarding that fact that Al Quaeda (or however you spell it) is not a one-man operation, and violence and terror have not been 'killed.' My cousin's comment was the tip of the iceberg considering he's family!!!

You'll find comments on myriad blogs and news sources discussing Bin Laden's death and opinions range from "It's not Over," to Hipocrisy, to So What?, and VICTORY - but I'm not here to discuss that since you're probably tired of this already.

Why is this important to my family or an immigrant family in the US at all?

Osama's Death has been hailed by many political analysts in the past couple of days as an opportunity for Al Qaeda to retaliate. If any of you recall, right after 9/11, all immigration processes were literally stalled. Undocumented immigrants were banned from many resources and opportunities they were previoulsy privy to, including paths to citizenship, obtaining identity and a drivers' license, attending University sans visa, and barriers were put up everywhere, including consulates all over the world in countries that posed little to no threat to the US.

As a junior in high school at the time, 9/11 did not only kill many innocent US citizens and citizens of the world, or put mothers' in precarious situations sending their children off to war, it crushed mine and many other immigrant childrens' hopes of becoming "American" or being accepted as 1st class citizens any time soon (Not an exageration, I was 16, it was pretty frickin' dramatic back then!)

This weekend's sort of action set forth by the US government to slay a terrorist leader poses an even bigger threat than starting a war on a country that has nothing to do with the terrorist organization itself (the celebration only proves even further that the US went into the Middle East for Osama, not Iraq). Yeah, some may call it vengeance, some may call it justice, but I call it a distraction.

A distraction from putting my parents' paperwork through USCIS; a distraction from getting people to stop complaining about gas prices; a distraction from acting upon immigration law at any point in time any time soon; a distraction from passing the DREAM Act (ooh, but maybe we'll let you serve in our army and if you don't get killed, we'll give you citizenship?); a distraction from the Reform Immigration for America marches that went on this past weekend.

So what am I trying to say?

Those of you who are tired of waiting for Immigration Reform? Either be patient or go home.

It ain't over till the troops come home... which, unfortunately, shouldn't be happening soon.


Diogo MAttos said...

strange times celebrate the death of someone, even if it's a motherfucker, don't do that.

TLC said...

Yeah weird for me too. My tio in Rio came in with the EXTRA! in his hand shouting "Look! The Americans got him!"

I guess when you believe the American government had a hand in the 9/11 "attacks" it's that much harder to get out the hats and noisemakers to celebrate a scapegoat's death.


Nina said...

Some people at the virtual libary told me, oh there is a party today in the U.S.

Me: Party what party?
Them: A holiday, no work and people are in the street.
Me: For what?
Them: Oh they killed Osama.
Me: Yeah, I know. (I think they were waiting for me to do a little dance or something).
Me: mmmm, someone dying is not a reason to party. It's sad, even if he was messed and bad. I don't think his death is going to help anything.
Them: Wow. Your right.

It is lame. And Obama just wants to get reelected.

Mikey P said...

While I know that I was one of the one's to piss you off, I can elaborate on a few of my thoughts. The timing was suspect..they keep saying they've known he was there for months (if not years) and they choose to take him out when gas is high, all sorts of immigration legislation has been stalled, DOMA is being defended, Arab Spring isn't going how they want, and birthers still run their mouths...odds are the timing was planned. As for immigration, both parties will continue to only advance things that will keep them in office. "look! we tried, we failed, reelect us so we can do this dance again"

It's getting old. And I agree, you can never defeat terrorism. Terrorism is a philosphy, not a person. As long as someone has a gripe with something, terrorism can always run rampant--the players just change.

Simone A. Palma said...

I agree with you, Poly.. it is definitely nonsense to celebrate, with so other issues to tackle and resolve - like immigration, which is one of the biggest human rights issue in the States. If the US really wanted to fight for justice, why not start there, right?
By the way, even with Osama's death, the US cannot claim this is a successful operation. Far from it. It has been about 10 years, hasn't it? It also means nothing if the Islamic extremists groups are still alive and planning their next attack.
9/11 destroyed the lives of many Americans... but it also destroyed the dream of many people, like us. Nothing will bring the lives back and nothing will make those dreams possible again.
I believe it is about time developed nations learn from the underdeveloped ones. The people of Uganda, if I am not mistaken, are a great example. Despite a horrifying genocide, the people who suffered the most decided to forgive and let go of revenge. We can all learn from this.
You are right, there is nothing to be proud about Obama's speech or attitude. It shows he is a puppet of the system. Once he got to power, all his nice speeches and wonderful ideals went down to the drain... sad.