Last updated on: 1/9/2008 | Author: ProCon.org

Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA) Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should the Government Allow Immigrants Who Are Here Illegally to Become US Citizens?"
Reasoning:

“The Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005′ (H.R. 4437) includes many horrendous provisions that criminalize immigrants, deny due process rights, and harm U.S. businesses, communities, and families. Among its many provisions, H.R. 4437 would:

  • Make it more difficult for legal immigrants to become U.S. citizens.Disrupt American communities and put all Americans at risk by broadening the definition of smuggling to include anyone who aids or transports an undocumented immigrant.
  • Make everyone who comes to the U.S. to work subject not only to deportation but also imprisonment.
  • Disrupt the U.S. economy by creating an overly broad and retroactive employment verification system without creating legal channels for needed workers to work lawfully.H.R. 4437 does nothing to resolve our nation’s immigration problems. Please take action today to stop this bill from passing.”

“H.R. 4437: Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005,,” www.nationalmecha.org, June 6, 2007

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán (MEChA) is a student organization that promotes higher education, cultura, and historia. MEChA was founded on the principles of self-determination for the liberation of our people.”

“About Us,” www.nationalmecha.org, June 6, 2007

Mission:

“We believe that political involvement and education is the avenue for change in our society… On campuses across Aztlán, MEChA and Mechistas are often the only groups on campus Raza and non-Raza alike that seek to open the doors of higher education para nuestras comunidades and strive for a society free of imperialism, racism, sexism, and homophobia.”

“About Us,” www.nationalmecha.org, June 6, 2007

Other:
"National MEChA is not an organization with a central body, rather it is a network of organizations spread throughout the nation... At the national level MEChA is organized into [ten] regions." ("About Us," www.nationalmecha.org, June 6, 2007)