There is a great post at DMI Blog today, analyzing the much broader political implications of maintaining the ICE raids at their current level.
The post focuses on David Coss, mayor of Santa Fe, who is a strong pro-migrant supporter. Coss says:
We know what the right thing to do is. We have political leadership that wants to keep us from doing [the right thing] because the division works for them. But it doesn’t work for us. And most people know that.
Our government knows that comprehensive immigration reform is the right thing to do, but it would not be the politically expedient thing to do. Divisiveness allows politicians to stage raids, in order to look as though they are “doing something” about immigration, while the already rich corporations and big business profit off of the cheap labor of exploited immigrants.
The longer the political leadership is able to use immigration raids as a proxy for actual immigration reform, the longer elites will benefit from the economic contributions of immigrants while immigrants themselves – and American workers whose working conditions and wages are undermined – suffer. Just as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are paradigms of that newestcliché “heads you win, tails we lose”, enforcement-only immigration tactics work for political leadership who look like their doing something, while the rest of us – documented and undocumented immigrants, naturalized citizens, native-born citizens, whomever – are losing the valuable contributions that immigrants with a pathway to citizenship have to offer.
Below is a video of Mayor Coss.