Immigration & USA PATRIOT Act

Ok, so I haven't posted a blog in quite some time, but I try not to say things without thinking them through first, so you'll have to excuse my absence. 


I've been on Change.org all night looking at petitions. I came across a petition (which I will link at the bottom of this entry) that really got me thinking. Most of the people I am unfortunately surrounded by are what you and I would consider "white racist bigots" and so I constantly hear racial slurs and things like "...(this race) should go back to their country.." or "...all the (race) are taking our jobs."


Now I am sure you have heard every argument in the book on this topic. But like I said, this particular story really got me thinking.


I've always been a person who tries to see everyone equally. I believe we need to break down all these "borders" we put up between people with differences, whether it be age, religion, sex, orientation, color or creed. We have enough limitations as it is, why put up more?


Anyway, there is a man.. Arnold Giammarco, who is facing deportation on the 22nd of November, 2011. The man is over 50 years old and he has been here since the age of 4. He has served in the US Army, has a wife and a three year old daughter. There were some issues going on in his life when he was younger (he fell into substance abuse and was actually homeless for a stretch.. performing illegal acts so he could survive) and he lost his green card because of it all. But he got it back. Keep in mind, he's been here since he was 4 years old. But an old charge has been brought up from five years ago and now he's facing deportation.


I signed the petition after reading his story on his site and I encourage you to read it too. (I'll link at the end.)


But it got me a little wound up, and this is why. 


Yes, this man has made some bad decisions. Who hasn't? This man has served his country, which is more than I can say for 90% of the people who fell out of a vagina IN this country. This man is more of an American than most.


He isn't even an illegal immigrant. He is here legally. But that's not what has been firing the synapses in my brain..


I wanna put this out there.. who cares?


Most of the people born in this country have no drive, no ambition. They are happy with the mundane and mediocre. They were brought up with things like media, free speech, clean homes, educational opportunities.. things that they take for granted on a daily basis. They don't understand that those things would be considered luxuries in 70% of the world.


So here they are, sitting on the sofa, eating their fast food, watching Netflix on their Xbox.. meanwhile there are thousands of immigrants (legal and otherwise) working two and three jobs trying to excel, so they can make their quality of life worth living. So their family too, can one day sit back on a sofa, eat fast food and watch Netflix on an Xbox.


See what I'm getting at here? Who cares about immigration? All of our families were immigrants at one point or another.. unless your Native American or African American.. and in those cases your ancestors were taken advantage of by the 'American' people because why.. because they were greedy and wanted everything for themselves. They wanted to make you work for them, so they could sit back on their porch swing and drink lemonade... or so they could manipulate you into giving up what was rightfully yours, so they could 'escape religious persecution' and do what they wanted... 


But then in my mind, I think - "What kind of religion is worth stealing, killing and manipulating an entire race of people for?" My answer.. nothing is worth that price, especially something that is strictly personal--like religion.


So, I know I side-stepped a bit there.. but back to what I'm getting at.. Why does it matter? If there are people in the world who want to come to this country and earn an honest living, why not?


The Declaration of Independence doesn't say "all citizens are created equal" does it? No, it says "all men are created equal".. every human being on the face of the planet should have the same rights and opportunities as the next. That was what Thomas Jefferson was saying. So why is the US being so exclusive with human rights now?


The same reason they're infringing upon everyone's rights in this country. The "terrorist" attacks on 9/11 gave them an excuse to do whatever they wanted. Don't think it's the truth? How about The Patriot Act? 


----------from wikipedia-----------
USA PATRIOT Act which is an acronym for "Uniting (and) Strengthening America (by) Providing Appropriate Tools Required (to) Intercept (and) Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001." has allowed the US government to dramatically reduce restrictions on law enforcement agencies' ability to search telephone, e-mail communications, medical, financial, and other records; eased restrictions on foreign intelligence gathering within the United States; expanded the Secretary of the Treasury’s authority to regulate financial transactions, particularly those involving foreign individuals and entities; and broadened the discretion of law enforcement and immigration authorities in detaining and deporting immigrants suspected of terrorism-related acts. The act also expanded the definition of terrorism to include domestic terrorism, thus enlarging the number of activities to which the USA PATRIOT Act’s expanded law enforcement powers can be applied.
On May 26, 2011, President Barack Obama signed a four-year extension of three key provisions in the USA PATRIOT Act: [2] roving wiretaps, searches of business records (the "library records provision"), and conducting surveillance of "lone wolves" — individuals suspected of terrorist-related activities not linked to terrorist groups.[3]
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So where does it stop? Our fourth amendment rights protect us against unreasonable search and seizure, (which by the way means they need a warrant for anything you would have a reasonable expectation of privacy with, such as phone calls, internet instances, homes, etc.. ) yet the USA PATRIOT Act of 2001 makes it okay for them to access those things freely, at their leisure.


So as you can see the government has bigger fish to fry.. so why aren't they? Did you know when the USA PATRIOT Act was sent through Congress, most didn't even bother reading it? (Which by the way, you can witness in that Fahrenheit 9/11 movie.. ) 


Makes you wonder what else they don't care enough to bother with, doesn't it?


So there are a ton of problems here in this country. If someone wants to be here, let them. Who knows, maybe they will be the person to help fix it.. Why do we have borders anyway? So we can define who we are? If we need labels to define who we are, we'll never truly understand who we are. We are humanity. We're all stuck on the same big rock, floating around a gaseous body in space. And unless you own a spaceship that I dont know about, none of us are getting off this rock anytime soon.


So what's the moral of the story? Even though we're greedy and paranoid to a fault, we need to stop being 'Americans' and just be humans. Too many imaginary lines as is. America has a chance to save face and show a little compassion. I hope they 'man up' and give this US Veteran a chance. Will they? Who knows. But whatever the outcome of this case, it will show you if the US is ready for the next step in global thinking or not. 


I am so tired of all the hate and discrimination. I'm so tired of giving up my freedoms just because my government doesn't do their job (literally).. and when they actually DO their job, they don't do it with humanity and equality in mind.


So now that my rant is over, here is the link to the petition. And let me know what you think.. I know it's a bit of a rant and it jumps around, but my intention isn't a grade.. my intention is to talk with you, as a fellow human being and get to the core of the matter.


Petition - http://www.change.org/petitions/stop-the-deportation-of-us-veteran-arnold-giammarco


Arnold Giammarco's Story - http://www.freearnold.com

Comments

Under the guise of fighting terrorism, the Patriot Act was adopted WITHOUT public approval or vote just weeks after the events of 9/11. Such an unconstitutional set of laws should be abolished seeing as they violate human rights and due process. A mere 3 criminal charges of terrorism a year attributed to this act, which is mainly used for no-knock raids leading to drug-related arrests without proper cause for search and seizure. The laws are simply a means to spy on our own citizens and to detain and torture dissidents without trial or a right to council. You can read much more about living in this Orwellian society of fear and see my visual response to these measures on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/09/living-in-society-of-fear-ten-years.html

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