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Melissa Harris-Perry: Illegal Immigration a Form of Modern Slavery

Harris-PErryDuring a discussion on Sunday about the new film “12 Years A Slave,” Loyola University professor Laura Murphy said that there is a direct link between modern illegal immigration practices and antebellum slavery. MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry agreed and noted that illegal immigration today is a form of slavery.

“I think that this particular version of the slave narrative,” Murphy said, “is particularly enlightening for understanding modern slavery today.”

“People are tricked the way he is, or convinced, coerced, into a life that is, in fact, slavery,” she continued. “People who are forced to work, held under threat of violence without the ability to escape for the benefit of other people’s financial stability, right?”

“So, we call it trafficking, but what it is is slavery,” Harris-Perry said.

“It’s slavery,” Murphy agreed. She said that many do not make this connection because illegal immigrants make the choice to cross the border illegally or serve as a sex worker. Murphy added that the film “12 Years A Slave” upends this notion.

“They choose a form of legitimate work ,” she concluded, “and they find themselves…”

“Enslaved,” Harris-Perry added.

Source: Mediaite

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2 thoughts on “Melissa Harris-Perry: Illegal Immigration a Form of Modern Slavery

  1. Jackie Ryan says:

    so is federal workers working without pay modern day slavery

  2. D Oliver Martin says:

    Dont be coy….this is NOT what the article or narrative meant….are they working in a job that they were forced into.. like being a sex worker, domestic help, are they threatened by violence etc ?? no, .. Can they leave whenever they feel like moving on to a another job. Then you have your answer.

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