For far too long the promise of immigration reform has been kept on the back burner. President Obama made immigration reform a priority for his administration. Unfortunately, for many reasons but basically because he feared political backlash, he has not kept his promise. Repeatedly and throughout his administration, President Obama delayed immigration reform asking proponents of reform to be patient a little longer. His latest delay was to allow the midterm elections to conclude. Today, midterms elections will conclude and it is time to hold Obama accountable to his promise for immigration reform.
Both political parties have delayed or impeded immigration reform for various political reasons and regardless of the midterm election outcome; the only likely option is for the president to enact various promised executive orders relaxing immigration enforcement. Thanksgiving Day poignantly demonstrates that cost of a broken immigration system.
As US citizens prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving Day, for many the reality that the bounty they share across their tables is harvested by hardworking immigrant hands is lost to them. In light of this, today I am launching a viral campaign that I hope reminds many US citizens that the food they partake on Thanksgiving Day is only possible because of the many immigrants that toil the fields to bring the harvest to the their tables.
Without the immigrant labor in the farms, the groceries used to create the banquet of celebration would either be nonexistent or more expensive if it were not for the immigrants. According to a May 2013 report by the National Agriculture & Rural Development Policy Center titled; “Immigration and Farm Labor in the U.S.”; “most large commercial farms in the U.S. have become highly dependent on foreign-born (an often unauthorized) workers to care for the their livestock and harvest their crops.”
The report adds, “Since farm work is more physically demanding and less well compensated than nonfarm jobs requiring similar skills, it is increasingly difficult to attract domestic workers willing to take farm jobs.” It is time that immigrant labor be recognized for the benefits it leaves on the US economy.
We have twenty-two days to remind the US population that the bounty they will be celebrating on Thanksgiving Day is the result of the sweat and tears of marginalized people that only want to be recognized for the work they do for the rest of us.
I am asking for your help to get the message out to the community. I have created a viral campaign centered on a digital graphic that I am hoping imparts this important message across social media and across the news media.
The digital art piece is designed so that it can be shared on all social media platforms via your walls, your tweets, pinned on Pinterest or Instagram or printed on paper to pass around. You can even print Thanksgiving cards to send to your friends. There are versions of the graphic that you can upload to Facebook or Twitter to use as your cover picture. There is also a version that you can post on your Facebook wall or Tweet through your Twitter account.
I encourage everyone to download and share the graphic with everyone you know. Print it, post it and ask everyone you know to do the same. Together, and with your help we can get the message out to those that can help resolve the immigration crisis.
The Hashtag #thximmigrant
In order to help me trend this through social media I ask that you please use the hashtag #thximmigrant every time you share the image online. A hashtag is a keyword that indexes the topic on different online platforms. You can use this hashtag on all of the major social media programs, including Facebook. By using the hashtag, we can track how viral the message becomes.
Other hashtags you can use include #immigration, #immigrationreform, #obama, #votolatino, #latinos and #congress. However, please always include the #thximmigrant hashtag every time you share the website or the images.
The different versions of the images are available to download at the project website. The website also includes a short explanation about the call to action and a press release to share with your news media friends.
Please share as often as you can and ask those in your network to do the same. We only have twenty-two days to get the word out.