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Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Jamal Senior Activist: The Opening Question

Why should we black people care about the immigrant situation?
If you are a believer in God (Allah), or any other name you refer to a higher power as I must say I’m surprised you’re asking that question. If you’re not then I guess you have no moral or religious obligation to care about them or anyone else. I will explain why we may want to reconsider why we should help them.
I recently traveled to Tijuana, Mexico to assist in the migrant caravan issue. My purpose was to provide supplies and necessities that they may need but may not be afforded to them. These caravans consist mainly of those from South American countries, but also from African countries. They traveled northward in the hopes of seeking asylum from their countries to the United States.

They speak of out of control violence, to include rapes, murders, extortion, drafting into drug gangs, etc. and they fear for the safety of themselves and their children When I went to the border the first time I participated in a march to protest the lack of effort on the part of the United States to provide the application for those seeking asylum. Meanwhile, in Mexico, they had attempted to rush the border and enter the United States only to be met by tear gas and the Border Patrol and the United States military. They live in squalor conditions in Mexico, and for obvious reasons, many of the residents there want them out. They basically live day to day in open camps and limited resources to include food, shelter, and water. As I distributed items to them they would horde upon me to get a pair of shoes, some water, or just something warm to wear in the cold nights there.
There is no definitive proof that their entry in this country adversely affects employment opportunities or resources for black people, despite those who insist this is so. Additionally, many of them seek out jobs most of us don’t want to do anyway unless we are in an unfortunate position that limits what jobs we may apply for, i.e. recent release from incarceration. But I don’t believe washing dishes, washing cars, or mowing lawns is the career most of us aspired to do when we entered the workforce, and somebody has to do it. The law says they have a right to apply for LEGAL asylum and my efforts are to ensure that they have the right to do so and to assist them until that right is fulfilled. It does not guarantee that they will be accepted for asylum once they apply. They are people, they are scared, and they only seek a better life compared to what they left. Who shouldn’t be entitled to that as long as they do it the legal way?

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