Confronted by a system that is failing, countless people are detained each day, hidden from public knowledge. Among the hundreds are not only people without papers but also legal residents, people seeking asylum, victims of human trafficking and even U.S.-born citizens who have been caught up in immigration raids.
Republicans are shouting about people from across the border only to try blocking action on health insurance and to let those profiting from the current system continue to rake it in. They’d rather keep getting huge campaign contributions from the likes of drug makers and private insurers than help us get decent health insurance.
Most immigrants to the United States have come to our country from agriculture-rich regions, where fresh food is the norm and local markets are essential. Their cultures traditionally rely on organic production of food. We should emulate their practices.
Sen. Barack Obama, for his part, has rightfully stated that raids are “terrorizing immigrant communities,” and during his convention speech remarked that no one benefits “from an immigrant mother separated from a child.” But more will need to be done to bring an end to this harmful policy.