Tag Archive: Latin America

The Institutionalized Cruelty of Separation: My Story

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By Byron José Sun (June 29, 2018) in 1988, a few days before Thanksgiving and just a couple of weeks after the picture below was taken; my mother and I were sitting in a detention center in San Ysidro, CA. My mother was 19 and I was under two years old. The border patrol had arrested us after the sewage…
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We Need a Theology of Liberation in the United States

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By Mikasi Goodwin (June 22, 2018) I was born and raised in Oregon, on colonized land, in a state founded specifically on systemic racism. I grew up poor. I grew up in a rural, conservative environment. I was very conservative for a long time. I am white, a trans woman, a lesbian, and a poor person. I say this to…
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Trump’s Four Immigration Pillars

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By Ana Castillo (June 21, 2018) THE 4 PILLARS HE DEMANDS BE MET; Let’s examine the hypocrisy, the fallacy of his proposed sincere desire to resolve, and the reality that makes it impossible for Congress to vaguely go along with HIS demands. 1. He HAS AND IS deporting Dreamers. 2. Demands $25 billion dollars for the WALL. It is no…
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The Separation of Immigrant Families is Institutionalized Cruelty

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By Joseph Orosco (June 19, 2018) As I listened to the recording of immigrant kids crying because they were being separated from their parents, I heard the Border Patrol agent joke that they sounded like an orchestra without a conductor. My reaction was to wonder how anyone could be so cruel to the fear of young children. What could make…
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This Treatment of Immigrants is a Dark Stain on US History

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By Arun Gupta ( June 18, 2018) Immigrants are not your bludgeon to use against Democrats. Immigrants are not an object for your history lessons. Immigrants are not numbers in your game. Your argument that “it happened before” is utterly inhumane and shows complete contempt for solidarity for millions of immigrants in peril. What is happening now is unprecedented. Trump…
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Have You Ever Had to?

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By Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas (June 16, 2018) Have you ever had to? Abandon a lifetime at the eye-blink notice of a memory? As villages collapse and dreams become black fumes? As tanks roll-in while drones of anger machete their bloody ways into crops and farms? No laws can stop imploding sadness; burying babies in Syria.  Dead AF floating towards the shores…
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Why We Run: Thoughts for Claudia Patricia Gomez Gonzales

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By Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas (May 29, 2018) To whom it may concern: Why we run! We run to catch the bus at 4:30AM in America Running our hands to the bones; here, look! We run with contagious joy like Tarahumaras We run like whistles emerging from the Zapotec clouds; calling. We run to the hills to watch our temples burned; Guatemala…
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When It Comes to Protecting Immigrant Workers, Strategic Organizing is the Answer

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By Arun Gupta (February 4, 2018) This is an insightful report on how to organize against Trump’s deportation regime. Here are some important lessons. One:  Immigration is as much about labor as about race. Trump won by racializing working-class conflict, stoking white nativism and resentment against all immigrant workers from farms to high tech. A few years ago I interviewed Ana…
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Trump’s Comments Recall A Racist Past in Immigration Policy

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By Joseph Orosco (January 14, 2018) The condemnation of Trump’s remarks on immigration has been swift and widespread.  Most of the denunciations cast his ideas as seriously out of line with American ideals on immigration.  The problem is that they aren’t really.  From the very beginning of our nation, there has been a white nationalist core driving our immigration priorities. …
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We Are Carved Out of Salt of the Earth and Humanity

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By Octaviano Merecias-Cuevas (January 12, 2018) About the “s***hole” comment. Dear my fellow immigrants and refugees friends/sisters/brothers. They don’t know the long, dangerous and tired road that we have paved and walked to come to this country. The ones with privilege do not have the scars in their skin to prove it, nor they will ever be able to feel…
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Trump Warns Puerto Ricans that Colonialism Will Continue

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By Ana Castillo (October 3, 2017) “We will not rest, however, until the people of Puerto Rico are safe. …and we will be there every day until that happens,” he said. A few days later, the Narcissist blasted: “… Such poor leadership ability by the Mayor of San Juan, and others in Puerto Rico, who are not able to get…
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