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Four Color Politics

Mainly the Quotes of the Morning, with occasional Other Crap.

Thursday, March 03, 2005

Quotes of the Morning

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teaming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed, to me:
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
-Emma Lazarus, ‘The New Colossus’ (poem from the Statue of Liberty)

“The Department of Homeland Security is experimenting with a controversial new method to keep better track of immigrants who are applying to remain in the United States. It is requiring aliens in eight cities to wear electronic monitors 24 hours a day.
The ankle bracelets are the same monitors that some rapists and other convicted criminals have to wear on parole. But the government's pilot project is putting monitors on aliens who have never been accused of a crime.
So far, the Department of Homeland Security has put electronic monitors on more than 1,700 immigrants. Victor Cerda, director of Detention and Removal Operations at Homeland Security, says the anklets will help prevent tens of thousands of immigrants who are ordered to leave the country each year from ‘absconding’ -- going into hiding to avoid deportation.”
-NPR, Morning Edition, March 2, 2005

“Hey, just because we’re treating people who want to legally immigrate like convicted criminals doesn’t mean that we don’t accept them and value them. It just means that we don’t trust them and want to invade their privacy.”

“They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.”
-Benjamin Franklin, 1759

“Be careful in revising those immigration laws of yours. We got careless with ours.”
-advice given to Herbert Humphrey by an Native American from New Mexico


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