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Friday, December 10, 2010

Big Business Controls Immigration Law

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(19th century immigrants to the United States)
Anonymous Comment to New York Times series on Immigration Laws:

North Carolina
December 9th, 2010 4:25 pm

While some may wish to lay the blame on this issue at the feet, or rather the backs, of these workers and their families, there is no doubt that these people were invited to come here and to work on our behalf. America's Agribusiness could not function without and it is this industry that recruits these workers, transported them to states like North Carolina for cheap disposable labor.

You cannot have the abundance of food and services as you do in America without this exploited system of labor. The American Consumer is on the hook as well. Many Americans blithely purchase items without knowing or wanting to know who brings them.

It is Christmas time. Do you know who cut and trimmed those Christmas trees? In North Carolina, the 2nd leading state in trees, we know it is mostly Mexican workers.

Nativists like to use their talking about a house broken into, but this metaphor doesn't hold true. It is more akin to the owner of the house putting up a sign for work and then letting in the worker into his back door and then eventually kicking the worker out when it comes convenient.

That is the system we have today. It is simply unjust and should not be balanced on the backs of the most poor, the least educated, and least powerful but rather be squared at the boardrooms of companies like Tyson Foods, in the halls of Congress and at the tables of the American Consumer who benefits and profits from cheap goods and services that are in essence ill gotten.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

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These folks are Rovers out of Annapolis, Maryland. They put on a fantastic Celtic rock performance every time they take the stage.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Haiti

My friends requested an update from me regarding Haiti. I lived in Carrefour in the area known as Mariani for two years. I worked all over the island but mostly in the Port au Prince area. I helped establish a medical clinic, schools, an orphanage, and, most of all, introduced soybean cultivation in villages all over the island nation.

The clinic was flattened in the recent earthquake, many died inside the structure. Many of my friends and associates are now missing and presumed dead, about 50 people that I can clearly remember. The village schools still exist and the soybeans will continue to be planted and harvested but all the rest is gone. The earthquake epicenter was approximately right where I lived and worked

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With all the disaster management training I received I am considering a return to Haiti, once the island is capable of supporting any additional people.

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While the medical and mortuary tasks are going on now there is little scope for the tasks of rebuilding and creating a new society. Those major efforts must wait a few weeks, months or perhaps even years. I know I am not the only one who can help but I know the ropes and can hit the ground running in a place with little scope for neophyte aid workers. For now I will prepare my personal life for a stint overseas and do what I have always done. Build awareness of the need for positive change in Haiti.

Au revoir mes amis.

Thomas