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Sunday, June 11, 2006

The Silent Immigrant

Check out this article in the New York Times about a 23-year-old boy who was smuggled into this country at the age of 14 from Fujian and has worked odd jobs for nearly a decade to prevent the smugglers from killing his parents. It's a very moving story, well-narrated, that draws you into a different perspective of immigration and human trafficking. It's important to remember, during this time of overwhelming backlash against undocumented immigrants, the human side of the immigrant story.

4 Comments:

Blogger phillyjay said...

Yeah, it's a very moving story.I feel sorry for the guy.Still, I am against illegal immigration no matter how they get here.If they're caught, gotta deport them.Even if they have a son or a daughter born here(which makes it even more complicated than it already is)It may seem cold blooded to feel that way, but that's what I honestly think.

6/11/2006 07:18:00 PM  
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6/11/2006 07:31:00 PM  
Blogger LonewackoDotCom said...

It's good that we never forget that this is about human beings.

Of course, about 99.99% of the time stories like this are simply propaganda designed to make illegal immigration acceptable, but what the heck.

6/11/2006 11:56:00 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

lonewacko, i have to disagree. Most of the time, stories dealing with the immigration issue are designed to dehumanize undocumented immigrants and "remind" Americans why these immigrants destroy the fabric of America. Hell, Lou Dobbs has an entire show in which he basically does that... NIGHTLY!

I say good for these stories -- they're few and far between.

By the way, I read the article linked in that post, and frankly, I don't think that's a Sally Struthers-type article -- sure it starts out trying to pull the heartstrings, but the article quickly presents the counterargument by presenting the sheer number of immigrants who try to get into the country illegally to deliver their "anchor baby" as the article calls it. Hardly designed to elicit sympathy.

6/12/2006 12:03:00 PM  

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