Miami, FL (Law Firm Newswire) October 24, 2012 – It is an interesting way to make a point – a troop of illegal immigrants touring the U.S. by bus.
“It was and is a unique way to make a point,” said Larry S. Rifkin, a Miami immigration lawyer and managing partner at Rifkin & Fox-Isicoff, with law offices in Miami, Florida and Orlando, Florida. “Illegal immigrants in a bus touring the nation on their way to the Democratic National Convention. They are fed up with living in fear and aiming to raise public awareness of their situation, something they feel President Obama has not addressed.”
Undocubus, or the No Papers No Fear Riders for Justice want to challenge anti-immigrant policies and push for immigration reform; their main goal, to coax other migrants out of hiding to stand up and fight for their rights. “This is an interesting way to make a point, but one wonders if by coming out of the shadows and saying something about their situation, they will be deported, and not just bussed from community to community, carrying their message,” mused Rifkin.
The small group of students, day laborers and housekeepers want to defuse the constant fear illegal immigrants live in and show others that they too have the right to speak up and speak out. Interestingly, there are many that think they should be detained. For what? They have rights under the Constitution, just like everyone else. Detained for speaking a truth? For shining the spotlight on a situation that needs to be addressed?
“No, it would seem some want them detained because they are advertising that they ‘are’ illegal. Talk about missing the point. It’s not much wonder that the immigration system is in the mess it is with people suggesting things like that. The real issue, which is the system needs to be overhauled, is being, once again, avoided in favor of a red herring. It makes you wonder if immigration reform will ever be addressed. Based on what we have seen to date from the government, the election campaign that does not refer to immigration reform, and politicians’ reluctance to talk about the issue, things are not looking so good,” Rifkin suggested.
What does it take to get immigration reform? No one seems to have the answer, or more to the point, no one seems to want to deal with it. And there it sits, like a white rhino in the living room.
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