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From Yahoo news:

U.S. Hispanic groups and activists on Thursday called for a moratorium on workplace raids to round up illegal immigrants, with some saying they were reminiscent of Nazi crackdowns on Jews in the 1930s. [emphasis mine]


They accused the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement of "racial profiling," or selective enforcement against Hispanics, for arresting 1,300 workers on immigration violations in December 12 raids at meatpacking plants in six states.

"We are demanding an end to these immigration raids, where they are targeting brown faces. That is major, major racial profiling, and that cannot be tolerated," said Rosa Rosales, president of the League of United Latin American Citizens, at a news conference.

"This unfortunately reminds me of when Hitler began rounding up the Jews for no reason and locking them up,"

This is perhaps the most bizarre invocation of Godwin’s Law ("as an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches one") I have heard. As far as I am aware, the US government never passed any laws making these workers illegal overnight; they were in the country illegally to begin with. I am no fan of the current US immigration system and I believe it is in dire need of reforms – both for illegal and legal workers. Also, the question of how to handle the twelve million odd illegal workers in the US is also very complicated – but it does not help to go into this hyperbole, comparing their condition to Nazi persecution of Jews or the civil rights movement.


Written by BongoP'o'ndit

December 26, 2006 at 2:26 pm

Posted in Immigration, Politics, Rants

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  1. Godwin’s law indeed. The industries that employ illegals are well know… agriculture, meat preocessing plants. The smaller ones like restaurants, small retail, landscaping etc are harder to go after. With its limited resources ICE goes after where they may find the most number.
    This is just an opinion not sure how they go about it though.
    Nice blog btw!


    December 28, 2006 at 12:39 pm

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