Tamar Diana 
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Re: “Sierra Club Speaks Out Against Border Fence Plan

I fear that people contributing money to erect a border fence are retrenching into a world that existed before globalization. They do not realize that nation-state boundaries are eroded by capital flows--and concomitantly--corresponding labor flows. We are entering a new world order and should think in terms of that new order. For example, why not envision a common union between Mexico, the United States, and Canada, similar to that of the European Union? When the European Union was first contemplated there were objections that citizens of Italy, then a low-wage country, would flood into all of the other countries and take jobs away. Instead, what happened was that the wage levels in Italy rose to the levels in other European countries, and people chose to stay at home. There are numerous reasons, as explored by Damian Cave in a New York Times article, that Mexican immigration to the United States is falling off in any case. We must start to think in terms of a new world order, shaped by processes of globalization, that eschews the building of walls between neighboring countries. Much needed are environmental protections that span nation-state boundaries.

Posted by Tamar Diana on 07/27/2011 at 1:24 PM

Re: “Ask a Mexican!

Cruz: It is mainly Mexicans and Central Americans who enter the US without documents, pushed by economic and sometimes political necessity. There is no question that the anti-immigrant bills, with their racial profiling provisions, are aimed against this population. Thus they can be conceived of as anti-Mexican. Mexican-Americans can be stopped under the racial profiling provisions, and be harassed by the police who decide to comply with them.

Posted by Tamar Diana on 06/30/2011 at 9:51 AM

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