|John Lennon's Green Card. Image is from here|
Money speaks. It is fluent in many languages.
Money keeps people from being homeless.
Money keeps people from being poor.
Money purchases food, water, and health care.
Money keeps people from being exploited and assaulted in various ways.
If you're poor, where you can go, what you can do, where you can visit, vacation, take holiday, is all very limited. I remember reading a book by a Black Caribbean woman (I can't find the book. It was either by Michelle Cliff or Jamaica Kincaid. It may be a written piece recited by Ms. Kincaid in the must-see movie, Life and Debt. It may be in Ms. Cliff's book, Abeng.) But the writing described, quite emotionally and effectively, the experience of a woman, a woman who was poor, Black, and Caribbean, who was watching white tourists get off a cruise ship, not feeling resentment so much as a longing to be able to travel on a cruise ship some day. (If anyone knows the work, please email me or submit it as a comment to this blog post.)
One privilege, or form of institutionalised, regionalised power is the ability to move about. From place to place. To move from one region to another. To leave one's own country or return to it. Ableism isn't only an issue of getting from home to car to office building. Or from building to street. It may be a matter of getting off the street, after years of living on it. Or a matter of getting safely away from a child molester, batterer, or serial rapist who gave you his last name. Or out of a country that has targeted you and your people to be harassed and murdered.
As you glance over the privileges or entitlements offered below, ask yourself: Which people in the U.S., or anywhere else in the world, have them? Black people? Brown people? Muslim people? Indigenous people? Asian people--particularly Central Asian people? Women across ethnicity? Children? Trafficked and enslaved people? Poor people? Working class people?
What follows is from here: http://usimmigration.visapro.com/EB5.asp
|I.||Benefits of the Green Card: EB-5|
|A.||You have unlimited right to live anywhere in the U.S.|
|B.||You do not require an employment authorization to accept employment|
|C.||You can develop and run your own business|
|D.||You do not need a family member or employer to sponsor you|
|E.||You can sponsor Green Cards for your relatives|
|F.||You can become a U.S. citizen once you have been a permanent resident for more than five years|
|II.||Requirements for the Green Card: EB-5|
|You may be eligible for Green Card through investment by having invested or be in the process of investing the required amount of money in a new commercial enterprise in the U.S. The investment must benefit the U.S. economy and create the requisite number of full-time jobs for qualified persons within the U.S.|
|A.||Creating a New Commercial Enterprise|
|You may create a new commercial enterprise by:|
|B.||Investing in a New Commercial Enterprise|
|You must have invested or be actively in the process of investing at least $1,000,000 in the new commercial enterprise, unless the investment is to be made in a targeted employment area, in which case the investment must be at least $500,000|
|C.||Benefit the U.S. Economy and Create Jobs|
|Your engagement in a new commercial enterprise must benefit the U.S. economy and:|