I view our PRO Immigration Reform viewpoint as very similar to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. The Civil Rights marchers protested the wrongful Jim Crow laws. They advocated education, equal pay, the vote and Human Rights. The Civil Rights protesters, at that time, were viewed by some as agitators and ANTI American, ANTI White. They were wrongfully put in prison.
Today, most Americans realize the Civil Rights marchers were heroes and the laws needed to be changed, just as today, our Immigration laws should be reformed.
In the 1960s, marches were an effective means to create change. In the new millenium, the most effective method is the Internet. Via the internet, we create blogs, we participate on discussion boards, we comment in newspapers, journals and magazines. The message is immediate. The message reaches the world.
I think it is very important for PRO Immigration Reformers to be active and visible on the web. The ANTI Immigration Reformers and Republicans as a whole already have had a solid presence here since the nineties. Yes, the PROs have a late start, but it is important that we have an equal voice. We need to stand toe to toe with the ANTIs, stand straight and proud, speak civilly, intelligently and Patriotically in support of our Mission.
In order to gain a broader audience, I purposely am provacative on my blog. I purposely go head to head in these discussions with the ANTI side. I am glad I have strong debaters like Liquid, Ultima, Arizonian and others here to discuss these topics. I go at them hard. Head to head. They come back at me, just as hard. Head to head. It is often like a duel, swords blazing. That is when it gets interesting. The ANTIs have a right to speak their opinion. The PROs also have an EQUAL RIGHT to their Opinion. Today, the ANTIs outnumber the PROs. I believe it is important to have just as many PROs on the web, speaking their opinions. That is why I am encouraging all of the PRO viewers to start a Blog and voice your opinion. If you do not want to start a blog, then participate on a blog, like mine or those I link to on my Blog Roll.
My viewers like the debates although most of my PRO audience is hesitant to get involved in the debates because my tough ANTI debaters are very tough and for the new debater, sometimes feelings can get hurt. Recently, one of my newest and energetic PRO commenters was beat up and chastised by one of my long time ANTI commenters. I have never said it is easy getting the bashings I get. Over time you develop very tough skin.
I´ve had my own blog for a year and a half. I joined an Immigration discussion board in 2006, just after the marches. I wanted to see what all the anger was about. I actively engage in Immigration and Political discussions in Blogs and news forums across the internet. The audience for my blog continues to grow each month. My eblogger reports say I have over 10,000 viewers a month. 95% are from the US, with the next highest views from Canada, England and Germany, although dozens of countries view my blog each month. In the US, I have viewers in every state, with the top 2 states being 1. California and 2. Texas. If you go into Google and type in Immigration Talk with a Mexican American, you see I have had over 432,000 searches on that name alone. This type of viewership will not happen overnight. It does take time, work and connecting with other PRO Bloggers.
I encourage all my viewers to start their own blogs, become involved in the discussion. We are the new Civil Rights marchers. We are the new advocators of CHANGE. This time it is Comprehensive Immigration Reform.
Time to Blog? Yes, it does take time and dedication. However, I do this for my children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews. Most of all, I do this for my Father. He was my hero. He taught all of his children the importance of hard work, Family, Christian Values, and love for America. He said all of us, even us migrant workers could achieve the American Dream. I believed him and am now a successful business woman, small business owner and my blog has been published in a well known text book. Who would have thought a little Mexican American Cherry Picker would grow up and achieve the American Dream? For one, my Dad!
When I joined my first discussion board I realized my involvement would take a great deal of my time. However I asked myself the question, if not me, then who will carry the message and challenge the ANTIs? Who will put a stop to Racial Profiling, the heinous Detention Centers, the ICE-Suppression Raids and advocate Comprehensive Immigration Reform? The ANTI argument is they are the only Patriots in this debate. Over time, all of my viewers know and understand PROs are just as Patriotic, Military supporting True Blue Americans! We love our country and, similar to the Civil Rights Movement, we are advocating positive change and taking charge during these times of transformation.
God Bless America!