Monday, January 22, 2007

Iraq, El Salvador, and Refugees

I have been thinking about political refugees lately. First, there was this story about Rene Hurtado (nee Gonzolo de Jesus Larin-Lara). He is the former Salvadoran soldier who was sponsored by a local Twin Cities church as part of the "sanctuary" movement. One of many things I remember about Hurtado's case was the bandana he wore around his mouth (think of a cowboy robbing a train) to supposedly conceal his identity.

Then there is the recent case of "Sami," a former interpreter for U.S. forces in Iraq. The Senate Judiciary Committee held hearings about a program that would allow more refugees like Sami into this country. Rather than a bandana, this refugee appeared behind a screen.

I wonder whether politicians and activists are guilty of using refugees selectively, only when it helps to criticize an administration with which one disagrees. This would include Cuban refugees under the previous administration.


Blogger Derek Jensen said...

are you referring to the elian case or something else?

January 22, 2007 6:52 PM  

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