In further keeping with my little Columns format experiment, Wednesday is supposed to be for News & Comment.
But comment on what? On the news? I mean, I know it was my idea, but after further consideration, I kinda think there's enough news & comment already. Do my two or three regular readers really want to read more of that I think about the news?
Naaah. I wouldn't want to read it either. Soooooo...
How about this: The weekly question. Sounds like a better idea, maybe a little more interesting than just typing in my opinion - which is what I do anyway. I'm calling the weekly question column "You Tell Me."
Sooooo...You Tell Me, Entry 1:
This week, thousands of immigrants, many of whom are in this country illegally (undocumented), took to the streets to demand immigration reform. Now, I'm not entirely sure what that reform would entail. I've heard people say that it's all about the ability to enter the US legally, as opposed to illegally, which I'm not sure I understand. Others have said it's all about amnesty, which I also don't understand.
Here in Houston, about 30 or 40 people gathered outside the Mickey Leland Federal Building downtown, holding signs that read AMERICA PARA TODOS (America for all) and WORLD WITHOUT BORDERS. One person was doing what looked like some kind of Native American ceremonial dance while wearing a rubber George Bush mask. Entertaining, but I couldn't tell what he was protesting for. I asked, but he didn't speak enough English to explain what he's trying to obtain or achieve (I'm not being facetious here (sp?) - that really happened).
I could really get behind immigration reform, maybe. If, that is, it could be explained to me like I'm a six-year-old, so that I can understand it, and if it turns out that what these folks are after is something that I believe in. But no one seems to have a concise definition of immigration reform.
So YOU TELL ME: Where do you stand on this topic? What do you figure those who protested in the streets yesterday are trying to achieve, and do you feel they're right? A further question might be, how can we (as non-immigrants) help, assuming that it turns out to be a worthy cause?
My definition of a worthy cause might be something like trying to get the US and the UN involved in poverty relief in Mexico and Central America, maybe calling for international involvement in trying to put a leash on the kind of corruption in third-world countries that causes citizens to flee by the millions. You know, that sort of thing. Do you agree?