Monday, January 16, 2017

Happy Martin Luther King. Jr. Day!


As the nation remembers Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, it is worth noting that, as the times in which we live frequently remind us, there clearly is an intersection between immigration and civil rights in the 21st century.  The fight for rights by the DREAMers, as well as immigrant rights advocates across the nation, is reminiscent of the political movement for civil rights a generation ago.  Besides the commonality of political action and mass movements, the anti-caste principle  -- and that all people are created equal -- animated the two movements.   

In 2010, Seth Hoy wrote this thoughtful article entitled "Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Intersection of Immigration and Civil Rights" on Immigration Impact.  Former ImmigrationProf blogger Jennifer Chacón also has a thoughtful law review article on Dr. King, civil rights, and immigration rights.

Last year, Obery M. Hendricks, Jr., Ph.D. thoughtfully writes on Huffington Post about "Martin Luther King and Immigrants’ Rights" and summarizes as follows:

"Martin Luther King would support any orderly and well administered immigration policy that honors and respects the integrity, wellbeing, and right to liberty, justice, equality and the pursuit of happiness for all people within our borders; and that in humane fashion considers the need for the safety of asylum for those who flee to our borders from danger, death and destruction. As for immigration policies that do not in substance honor the human personality in all these ways, one can be assured that the Martin Luther King, Jr., who said “I choose to give my life for those who have been left out” would stand against them with all of his being."


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