Thursday, November 13, 2008

Local Immigration Dialogue Raises Questions-–and Answers

By Elana Gordon, Dos Mundos (Kansas City)
November 6, 2008

“They don’t pay taxes.”
“Why don’t they come the right way?”
“They’re taking jobs away.”

These are sentiments that frequently come up in conversations about immigration, according to a recent community forum at Guadalupe Centers Inc (GCI) in Kansas City, Mo. But New York-based author and activist Jane Guskin said that such statements only serve to heighten the discrimination and hatred toward immigrants in the United States.

Whatever an individual or organization’s view might be about immigration, “the issue is too complex to address in a simple sound bite or message. I’d like to see more people getting into dialogues and having conversations,” she explained. [...]

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