Day 34: Immigration History 101
● 1968: MLK is assassinated Martin Luther King Jr. was an African-American Baptist minister and civil rights leader during the Civil Rights Movement in the United States from mid-1950s until his death.o Among his many efforts, King headed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Through his activism and inspirational speeches he played a pivotal role in ending the legal segregation of African-American citizens in the United States, as well as the creation of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Right Act of 1965.
In his book, What Would Martin Say?, Clarence Jones, one of King’s lawyers and a close advisor, argues that King would vehemently oppose any form of amnesty for undocumented immigrants:
He’d say, ‘If you’re in this country illegally, have you come here in order to protest what you consider an ‘unjust law?’ If you haven’t, then for whatever other reason you’re here, even if it’s to make money for your sick child, which is as good a reason as there is, then you’re just violating the immigration laws of this country and deserve no more consideration from the authorities than does a thief.
Among those who claim King’s legacy as supportive of immigrant rights is the National Immigration Law Center. On the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington its executive director, Marielena Hincapié, said of King:
We share his dream that all people — regardless of their race, gender, or immigration or economic status — be treated equally, fairly, and humanely… that all people have equal access to justice, education, government resources and economic opportunities, and are able to achieve their full potential as human beings.
Hmmm…Read more: https://www.huffpost.com/entry/martin-luther-king-and-im_b_9002016
Cartoon by: Dave Granlund, Politicalcartoons.com
**Program created (in part) by Ana Rodriguez-BorderLinks’ (Tucson AZ)**