The #MeToo Movement and #Immigration 3



Hello to all of my loyal followers. Sorry for the long absence, but I’ve been readying a digital product for release. Probably about six weeks out (maybe a little longer).

While writing this ebook, I made an unexpected connection. Even though immigration seems like the hot button issue for Democrats (and it should be), I’m wondering how it will collide with the #MeToo movement. Before delving into that, I want to say that #MeToo is definitely a positive political force. Unfortunately, in this age of spin, counter-spin, and limited political resources, we do have to consider the impact of these narratives on various groups of people.

Relative to immigrants, both legal and those whose legal status is a question mark, many proponents of the #MeToo movement have tremendous power (note that I said relative). My only concern is that non-white immigrants already exist on a shaky foundation, and when we talk about a #BlueWave, we aren’t really assessing what that means for immigrants. If liberals by nature focus on lifting up the underdog, then all progressive movements should be given equal footing when vying for influence in government.

In my mind, immigrants have been Trump’s main target throughout his campaign and presidency. He portrayed them as the enemy. Of course, there’s no shortage of misogyny in Trumpism, but I just want to make it clear that immigrants have very little means to strengthen their own resistance.

Making a loose analogy here, but look at how conservatives are functioning. For them, anti-immigration has been the issue of highest importance, with everything else occupying lower positions on the totem pole. With Democrats, they’ve easily folded when it has come to advocating for immigrants. If you need evidence of this, look to the past two government shutdowns. Democrats in Congress have done little to protect the Dreamers, or protect immigrants with legal status. Sure, they’ve shot down bills that have been anti-chain migration, but with the dire situation facing immigrants, you’d think there would be a flurry of activity on the hill, and that left-leaning Senators and Representatives would be more outspoken.

I guess all I am trying to say is, given the nature of political movements, I sincerely hope that one movement doesn’t overshadow another. Of course, you don’t have to pick and choose which group deserves your sole attention, but functionally speaking, there is a perception of limited political capital that seems to fuel Congress. The movement with the most energy gets the most attention. Logic tells you it doesn’t have to be that way. Tell that to reality and human nature.


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3 thoughts on “The #MeToo Movement and #Immigration

    • dsprague85 Post author

      That’s a good question. I don’t know if “wrong” is the right word, but it could potentially overshadow the dire situation immigrants are in. And since politics tends to capitalize on the political energy of the day, they might take the path of least resistance, supporting women’s issues (which is a great thing), but not advocating as hard for immigrants. Which isn’t meant to discourage the movement, but more to suggest that Dems should be strategic and holistic.