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Immigration: A Nation of Colonists – and Race Laws
« on: November 28, 2008, 08:22:56 am »

A Nation of Colonists – and Race Laws

By Juan Santos

November 27, 2008 "The Fourth World' -- - You hear it everywhere. Even from Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, author of the vicious anti-migrant legislation that has polarized the US. “We are a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws,” he says.

And like almost everyone else, he’s got it wrong.

The original Europeans in the Americas were not immigrants, but colonists. And the US is not a nation of immigrants - it is a white colonial settler state, like South Africa under Apartheid, the former Rhodesia, Australia and Israel.

And like those states the US has always operated on a sometimes hidden, sometimes overt system of Apartheid.

Like those places, the US is a nation of colonists – and race laws.

It is just another place where white colonists arrived, seized the land, and dispossessed, exterminated or attempted to exclude the original “non-white” peoples – all of them.

They did so at the point of a gun - by open terror and genocide, which was the precursor and the necessary pre-condition of European immigration. And, of course, they didn’t only use guns and overt terror. Where “necessary,” they operated by “law.”

Let me prove the point. It’s simple. We all know the facts.

In the US, Native Americans were dispossessed, subjected to mass murder, and locked on separate, Apartheid-style “reservations.” So it stands today.

Africans were enslaved, and once “freed,” they were subjected first to Jim Crow, then, when that proved no longer possible, Jim Crow was transformed into joblessness, the mass terror of mass incarceration and permanent Apartheid-style ghetto-ization. So it stands today.

The Indian nation of Mexico was conquered in a racist war of aggression by the US in 1848. The only debate in the days of “Manifest Destiny” was not whether to seize Mexican land, only how much of it to seize, and what to do to keep the Mexicans out of what had been stolen.

Two choices were before them. Take the whole nation and lock the people on reservations, or take as much land – with as few Mexicans – as possible. Thus the border was established through war, through brute and overtly racist violence. The border is an Apartheid Wall. So it stands today.

The Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 was the first significant law restricting immigration into the United States.

The Act claimed that “the coming of Chinese laborers to this country endangers the good order of certain localities within the territory” of the US – the same racist rhetoric used today against other Brown people. Like HR4377, the current notorious immigration bill, the Chinese Exclusion Act made it illegal for “any Chinese laborer to come, or… to remain within the United States.” So it stands today. Only the target of the law has changed.

Every group the US has sought to eliminate or exclude has been a people of color.

The logic is simple. Allow entry or citizenship for those who can be “assimilated” into the colonists’ culture – those who can become loyal colonists themselves – and exclude the “Other” - those who are the targets of colonialism – those whose land, cultures, bodies and souls must be sacrificed for the colonists to remain dominant and for their system to function.

Immigration law has always been race law in the US.

As far back as 1790 the Federal government ruled that the right to become a naturalized citizen was reserved to "free white persons."

So it remained until 1952. Until then the Supreme Court repeatedly determined exactly which migrants might be considered “free” and “white,” as applicants of various ethnic backgrounds sought to become citizens.

Today, “The Nation of Immigrants” theme is struck to avoid the historical and cultural truth. Europeans – who could be assimilated to colonial culture – were allowed entrance en masse.

But there was a “stark division,” as Haney Lopez reminds us, based on skin color.

“This stark division necessarily also carried important connotations regarding, for example, agency, moral authority, intelligence, and belonging,” he writes. “To be unfit for naturalization--that is, to be non-White--implied a certain degeneracy of intellect, morals, self-restraint, and political values; to be suited for citizenship--to be White--suggested moral maturity, self assurance, personal independence, and political sophistication.”

In other words, those “unfit” for citizenship were the colonized. The description Lopez offers for the “unfit” matches precisely the characteristics ascribed to colonized peoples by European imperialists and settlers for hundreds of years.

It also matches the racist stereotypes offered today of immigrants from areas south of the US border with Mexico, who Congressman Sensenbrenner has referred to as degenerate “alien gang members terrorizing communities.”

But the racial subtext around immigration is not a subtext. It is the text itself.

Before Europe could “immigrate,” someone else had to be removed. Before there was land to settle it must be stolen. Before anyone could be “free and white” someone else had to be “non-white” – and enslaved. Before “Americans” could become “Americans,” “Latin Americans” – who are overwhelmingly Original Americans – had to become something else – “Latinos,” “Hispanic,” the not-Native – the Alien.

The Illegal Alien.

In a stunning bit of triple think the Natives, who knew no borders, became “Aliens,” while Europeans became “Americans,” and “Americans” became “Natives,” while the Original Americans became “foreign” infiltrators and lawbreakers bent on who-knows-what brand of “terrorism” against “innocent” colonists, or if you prefer, “Americans.” Or “Settlers.”

Or is it “Afrikaners.”

Take your pick.

The Six Nations Confederation - the Iroquois, or Hau De No Sau Nee - wrote in their classic Basic Call to Consciousness that colonialism means “to be controlled from afar,” that “colonialism is the process by which we are systematically confused,” and that confusion is “an agent of control.”

Like this.

“We are a nation of immigrants, and laws.”

But sometimes someone slips, forgets the double talk, and makes the agenda clear. They don’t mean for us to overhear, but they can’t help themselves.

In his mercilessly racist article Are We Really a Nation of Immigrants?, Lawrence Auster slips. He writes, “…throughout its history the United States has been a member of Western civilization—in religion overwhelmingly Christian… in race… overwhelmingly white, in language English. Why shouldn’t those little historical facts be at least as important in determining our immigration policy as the pseudo-fact that we’re all ‘descended from immigrants?’” (

Auster, and David Horowitz’ Front Page Magazine, want one thing; they know what it is, and they’re willing to tell you. They want a white nation. They slipped.

The many who write diatribes and hate mail on the theme of “What part of ILLEGAL don’t you UNDERSTAND?!” also slip.

We understand “illegal” perfectly well.

Conquest of territory in wars of aggression is illegal under international law. The US occupation of most Native land and all of the occupied sections of Mexico is illegal. The presence of the conquering people, the usurpation of the land itself is illegal. The colonists themselves are illegal aliens.

But, for the Right, it’s not really about some imaginary adherence to a just, neutral system of “law.”

It’s about race law and white privilege.

And race law, codified on paper or not, is deeply codified in white people’s expectations about their place in society, and some of them are getting dangerously edgy about having “their” land – their turf – stepped on by Brown people.

On the web site of the anti-Mexican hate group Save Our State, a correspondent calling themselves “USA Today” writes:

“To be honest we are heading for a Balkinization and a racial cleansing

“I know its not politically correct to say so but I think lots of folks see it coming and I'll bet the vast majority of Americans would have no problem with genocide as a last resort to save this country , Usually when you back somebody into a corner they will defend themselves by any means ........get it ?

“Does this sound like something you would hear the nazis say? sure it is but I spend lots of time scanning the forums and blogs and its coming from normal , everyday people that are just about fed up with the whole mess.

“I know a large number of Germans didn't agree with hitler but they didn't exactly act against him either.

“Just keep pushing and pretty soon you'll find the American people in a corner.

“On that day, Beware.”

People who think like this are the social, cultural and political base of politicians like Jim Sensenbrenner. They are classic colonists, with the colonizer’s outlook. They are the true inheritors of the American Dream, a dream which, for the colonized, has been nothing but a nightmare.

They intend to defend that nightmare – no matter what it takes.

That’s what “immigration reform” and “immigration control” are really all about.


And race laws.

© 2008. Juan Santos.

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10 percent of Mexico's population 107 million is now living in U.S.
« Reply #1 on: November 28, 2008, 07:45:21 pm »
"That’s what “immigration reform” and “immigration control” are really all about."

Right, they don't come here because it's so nice and comfortable in Mexico. The only reason they come here is to repatriate the "homeland" that was taken away from them by the gringo.
Tijuana Mexico - Violence Spirals Out of Control South of The Border
Hundreds of police officers and soldiers waged a three-hour gun battle against heavily armed men in Tijuana Mexico Thursday, as residents of a normally quiet neighborhood ran for their lives. One suspect was killed and six kidnapping victims were found dead after the shootout.

In the past week, 14 people have been shot and killed eight people in Tijuana, including two local police officers, as well as a district commander, his wife and his 12-year-old daughter.

In the most recent gun battle which began Thursday around 11 a.m. in the La Mesa neighborhood,reporters for Radio Red FM said that the gunmen fired with large-caliber machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades.

Tijuana residents have told us they believe the violence will only get worse and that people are afraid to go out right now, avoiding public areas and keeping their children indoors.

Kidnapping Victims Executed During Tijuana Shoot-out

Four police officers were injured as a monthlong crackdown on Tijuana’s crime cartels escalated.

The working-class neighborhood of La Mesa resembled a war zone. Crying children streamed from an elementary school, escorted by terrified parents. People lay on sidewalks and streets as bullets flew overhead. Some huddled inside their homes.

The six abducted men were found handcuffed, blindfolded and shot execution style, federal authorities said.

Violence in Mexico spills across U.S. border
12:15 a.m. May 14, 2008

“They're basically abandoned by their police officers or police departments in many cases,” Ahern told AP.

WASHINGTON – Three Mexican police chiefs have requested political asylum in the U.S. as violence escalates in the Mexican drug wars and spills across the U.S. border, a top Homeland Security official told The Associated Press.

In the past few months, the police officials have shown up at the U.S. border, fearing for their lives, according to Jayson Ahern, the deputy commissioner of Customs and Border Protection.

Ahern said the Mexican officials – whom he didn't name – are being interviewed and their cases are under review for possible asylum.

In the most recent high-level assassination, a top-ranking official on a local Mexican police force was shot more than 50 times and killed. Drug-related violence killed more than 2,500 people last year alone in Mexico.

“It's almost like a military fight,” Ahern said Tuesday. “I don't think that generally the American public has any sense of the level of violence that occurs on the border.”
Mexico's Spreading Drug Violence

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Stephanie Hanson
Council on Foreign Relations
Tuesday, November 25, 2008; 10:41 AM

Mexico's economy is slowing--remittances from abroad are down, as is U.S. demand for Mexican exports. But one sector is doing a brisk business--the funeral industry near the U.S. border (Reuters). Since Mexican President Felipe Calderon began his offensive against drug cartels and organized criminals in December 2006, drug-related killings have escalated, as has the need for undertakers. Though the drug war receives minimal attention north of the border, some authorities say it increasingly threatens the stability of the Mexican state and poses a security threat to the United States.

Immigration also complicates the U.S.-Mexico relationship--the majority of illegal immigrants in the United States are Mexicans. The U.S. Congress failed to pass immigration reform legislation in 2007, but some are hopeful that President-elect Barack Obama might revive the issue. It was one of the topics he discussed with his presidential rival, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), in a November 17 meeting aimed at building bipartisan momentum for congressional initiatives. A recent CFR Independent Task Force on U.S.-Latin American relations recommends a U.S. guest worker programs, legalized a path to citizenship, and addressing circular migration for agriculture workers.
Sunday, May 21, 2006
Give and take across the border
1 in 7 Mexican workers migrates -- most send money home

Roughly 10 percent of Mexico's population of about 107 million is now living in the United States, estimates show. About 15 percent of Mexico's labor force is working in the United States. One in every 7 Mexican workers migrates to the United States.

Mass migration from Mexico began more than a century ago. It is deeply embedded in the history, culture and economies of both nations. The current wave began with Mexico's economic crisis in 1982, accelerated sharply in the 1990s with the U.S. economic boom, and today has reached record dimensions.

It is unlikely to ebb anytime soon.

Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole ; He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. - Job 5

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Re: Immigration: A Nation of Colonists – and Race Laws
« Reply #2 on: November 28, 2008, 08:15:23 pm »
It's so wonderfully free and peaceful in Mexico

Terrorist Bombing in Mexico: Repression against the working class and militarization of the country
Anonyme, Lundi, Novembre 3, 2008 - 10:09

Terrorist Bombing in Mexico :Repression against the working class and militarization of the country

During the national Independence Day of Mexico, the night of September 15th, two fragmentation grenades were dropped in the multitude which was in the street of the city of Morelia 1. They were 7 dead and more than one hundred wounded. It's true that in Mexico, the social struggles are frequently repressed and that often they end up in murders and slaughters (let's recall the recent cases of Atenco and Oaxaca). It's also true that, these last years, in the context of the so-called "war against drug traffic", there have been in Mexico more and more savage confrontations and murders (tens of deaths, included tortures and bloody murders) against the working population. We don't mention the state of siege which has been imposed in more and more cities (police road blocks, identity checks, soldiers and tanks in the streets...). Nevertheless, a blindly slaughter as the one which has occurred, against workers and their families who didn't but have fun in the streets, is a fact with no precedent in the country. It marks, so to say, Mexico's entrance in the "years of terrorism", it means massacres with no other meaning that the one of terrorizing the working population as we saw these last years in New-York, Madrid, London... or in Iraq.

Nobody claimed this massacre. According to the official version, it would be a response of one of the narcos groups in front of the so-called "fight" led by the government against them. Nevertheless, who ever threw the grenades - if behind the bombing there is not the hand of the State itself -, it is sure that this massacre is only useful to the bourgeoisie and its State. Actually, the next day, President Calderon 2 made a speech calling for "the unity of Mexicans which supposes to support the task of the State against the traitors and the enemies who want to divide the Nation", since "we can have different opinions... but we can't attack the State". It means that the bombing enabled the bourgeoisie to relaunch with more strength its ideological campaigns which require the working class and all the exploited workers to accept the increasing militarization of the country and all the imposed sacrifices, to go on behind the capitalist State without protesting. In the opposite case, they would be considered as being part of the category of the "enemies" and "traitors to the Nation".

It's clear thus that the "war against the narco-traffic" is only an excuse for the bourgeoisie to increase the militarization of the country and the repression against the working class and other exploited workers. All the supposed "security" measures - from the video cameras of surveillance of the streets, the identity checks in the cities and the road blockage at the cities exits and on the roads, the police searches in the homes, the increase of the number of anti-riot police as the PFP (Federal Police), up to the soldiers patrolling in the streets with heavy guns - are directed against the working class, against any attempt of protesting and of struggle against capitalism and the situation of misery and exploitation. RIGHTS COMMISSION DENOUNCE ASSASINATIONS IN OAXACA
January 2007
The International Civl Commission for the Observation of Human Rights (CCIODH) has concluded that 20 sympathisers and supporters of APPO and the popular movement in Oaxaca have been murdered in illegal executions in the last few months. These murders have been carried out by paramilitary groups or death squads presumably linked to the State Government.
IV Online magazine : IV380 - July-August 2006
Repression and electoral fraud
Showdown in Mexico
Phil Hearse

On 16 August Mexican president Vincente Fox sent 800 federal riot police with armoured cars to guard the parliament building in Mexico City, against the possibility of attack by the tens of thousands of protestors occupying the centre of the city in a semi-permanent encampment. The protestors are demonstrating against the giant fraud in July’s presidential election, which robbed centre-left candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (popularly known as ‘AMLO’) of victory, and handed the presidency instead to right-winger Felipe Calderón, candidate of Fox’s National Action Party (PAN).

This summer has witnessed a series of harsh struggles and street battles as the outgoing government of Vincente Fox sought to stem the rising tide of social protest - using the traditional methods of the Mexican elite - vicious repression and electoral fraud on a grand scale.

Paul Joseph Watson

Racist Mexican gangs are indiscriminately targeting blacks who aren't even involved in gang culture, as part of an orchestrated ethnic cleansing program that is forcing black people to flee Los Angeles. The culprit of the carnage is the radical Neo-Nazi liberation theology known as La Raza, which calls for the extermination of all races in America besides Latinos, and is being bankrolled by some of the biggest Globalists in the U.S.

Racism Rears Its Ugly Head in Mexico
Cinnamon Stillwell
Wednesday, August 3, 2005

It turns out that racism in Mexico, both against blacks and dark-skinned indigenous Indians, has a long history. Mexico's colonial past has left its mark on modern-day society. Prejudice toward "pureblood" Indians from those who are "mixed-blood" (Spanish and Indian) is rife. Almost uniformly, people who are darker-skinned and of Indian descent make up the peasantry and working classes, while lighter-skinned, Spanish-descent Mexicans are in the ruling elite. Fox himself comes from that background, as his appearance makes evident.

This inequality may explain in part why the majority of immigrants coming into the United States fall into the darker-skinned category. Beyond the failure of the Mexican government to sustain a decent economy, darker-skinned Mexicans have a difficult time getting work because of job discrimination. According to the Web site, "sixty percent of Indians over 12 years of age are already unemployed, and of those who work, most earn less than the minimum wage of about $2.50 a day." The same story notes that Mexico City's top restaurants don't allow patrons to bring along Indian domestic workers for fear of tarnishing their business image.

Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole ; He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. - Job 5

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Re: Immigration: A Nation of Colonists – and Race Laws
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2008, 08:49:55 pm »
Welcome to Mexico...

"In the near future, people will look upon California and Mexico as one magnificent region....." -
Governor Gray Davis

Prop 187 ... go ahead and vote if you want to, it won't help.

Sacramento -- August 11, 2003 -- Despite claims by California Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante to the contrary, California Proposition 187, the initiative to cut off taxpayer funds for illegal aliens and passed by 59% of voters, was not killed by the courts, it was killed by Governor Gray Davis. He joined with Mexican President Zedillo to make sure it didn't make it to the U.S. Supreme Court.

November 8, 1994
California voters pass Proposition 187. The stated purpose of the Proposition is to "provide for cooperation between [the] agencies of state and local government with the federal government, and to establish a system of required notification by and between such agencies to prevent illegal aliens in the United States from receiving benefits or public services in the State of California."

June, 1999
Governor Davis initiates a request for mediation to resolve the appeal of Proposition 187.

July 29, 1999
The mediated agreement is signed by all parties and submitted to the court.
In 1996 California (Att'y Gen. Dan Lungren) said that Prop 187 was not in conflict with federal law.

In September 1996 federal immigration law was enacted, and in 1997 Lungren asked Judge Pfaelzer for a summary dismissal. (The 1996 federal law included Sec. 133 - that local law enforcement can cooperate with the INS)

Judge Pfaelzer said NO to summary dismissal and ruled for plaintiffs; Lungren said he'll appeal.

Lungren appealed in 9th District Circuit Court in late 1997. FOR SIX MONTHS LUNGREN TOOK NO ACTION - IT SAT THERE. HE SHOULD HAVE MOVED THE CASE ALONG!

Then came the gubernatorial campaign of 1998, and Gray Davis was elected in November. The appeal process was still sitting silently in court because Lungren had not moved it along.

Davis was elected. The plaintiffs requested "mediation" in the 9th District Court, the court agreed to "mediation".

We know what happened then - Davis (who vehemently opposed Prop 187) "represented" FOR Prop 187. Neither the proponent of Prop 187 nor anyone else who co-sponsored Prop 187 was allowed in the bogus "mediation".

Governor Davis refused to allow the appeal to proceed and dropped the appeal, essentially KILLING PROP 187 against the will of the voters. This after having promised to support the appeal during his campaign.

Even the most vocal plaintiffs against Prop 187 said they were afraid that if it went to the U.S. Supreme Court it would be held to be constitutional, reversing Plyler v. Doe.
Nov. 21, 2008 11:24 AM
Associated Press
Napolitano: Send National Guard back to the border
Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, President-elect Barack Obama's reported primary choice for Homeland Security secretary, says she still thinks National Guard troops should be sent back to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Napolitano says "as governor of Arizona" that's something she has advocated with other border state governors and still believes.

Guard troops were deployed for two years to support the Border Patrol as it hired more agents, but the troops left in July
Mexico City Wednesday November 26, 2008
12:20 12:20
 Congressman Jose Jacques (PRD) secretary of the Committee of the Commission on Population, Borders and Migration Affairs of the Chamber of Deputies, said that in the Expenditure Budget 2009 is a special item of 300 million pesos, which will be invested in a program to support families of migrants

"Basically it is to see what we will do in the United States with most of the people involved in activism in organizing migrant people, to participate in direct action, marches, demonstrations, boycotts on Lastly, design a plan action has to occur almost simultaneously with the work of lobbying, with politicians, senators and with Obama himself, to realize comprehensive immigration reform, "he said.

Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole ; He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. - Job 5