Early yesterday morning in Minnesota, 30 supporters gathered outside of a local Immigration and Customs Enforcement office for the self-deportation of European immigrants.
Robert Erickson claimed that as a European Immigrant he is part of the group of people who are responsible for the largest genocide in history committed against the Native peoples of the “Americas” and that he and his immigrant ancestors never obtained any legal status from the people who were inhabiting this land before they colonized it for their own self-serving purposes.
I’m really loving this Robert Erickson guy and his ability to dissect the immigration issue in a way that is not only comedic, but powerful. Last week, we saw him punk an ‘anti-amnesty tea party’ (if you missed it, you should check it out).
This week, he led a group of 30 or so protestors as he approached Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers asking to be deported because:
Illegal immigration has been a blemish on the face of America for hundreds of years, and the time has come to set things right.
Now let me be clear! I’m not against legal immigration. If these Illegal Europeans want to get in line and apply for citizenship with the tribal counsel like everybody else, they’re more than welcome to! But there will be no shortcuts, or special privileges for the perpetrators of genocide!
Erickson picks apart the notion of what “illegal immigration” means, turning the definition on its head and calling for reparations to be made to the Native Americans of Minnesota.
Dakota people now retain less than 1% of their original homelands, so one thing you can do is to donate money as reparations to the Dakota people, to help them raise funds to buy back some of their land for traditional cultural activities.
Regardless of how you feel about Erickson’s actions or where you fall in the spectrum of this debate, he is exposing the underlying racism of the vitriol aimed at ‘the illegals’ and the connection of the current debate to pivotal moments in American history.
Columbus go home!