Civil rights and immigration have always been connected. Until we begin to see that connection clearly, we will see more raids, more families separated and more detention centers.America did not turn away when civil rights protesters where jailed and beaten. Americans, particularly the civil rights generation, must not turn its back on the visible yet invisible Latino immigrants in our midst.
One of its public faces was Joe Gomez, a Mexican American and African American who served as its press secretary from November to July.
But in all things, The Trump Era turns the subtext to text. From the jump, the Trump administration proposed cutting the number of legalimmigrants the country will accept in half. Trump has unleashed ICE, with the immediate consequence that deportations of noncriminal immigrants-undocumented people who have not been convicted of a crime, and plenty of whom haven’t been charged-skyrocketed in 2017 to double the previous year.
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced in March that a citizenship question would be included on the upcoming census.
One man in San Francisco stands accused of posing as a Lyft driver to rape female ride-hailers, and another man in Whittier has been charged with taking a chainsaw to his wife, who somehow managed to survive the horrific attack. The alleged rapist is from Peru; the alleged chainsaw-wielder is from Mexico, and had been deported back there 11 times since 2005, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials told reporters.
He was prosecuted and jailed for crossing the border without papers. His 15-year-old daughter, who had accompanied him, was shuttled to another state, and the family couldn’t find her for more than a month. Miguel is still in immigration detention, and his lawyer said he expects that he will soon be denied asylum and deported.
In the 30-second video, which begins and ends in the middle of the incident, a woman who identifies herself as Ashley tells the man recording on his cell phone: “I’m getting into a fight with some Muslim chick because she has an attitude. She thinks she has rights that she doesn’t have.”
Now a federal lawsuit seeking to block the question has cast doubt on the department’s explanation and the veracity of the man who offered it, Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross Jr. And it has given the plaintiffs in the suit — attorneys general for 17 states, the District of Columbia and a host of cities and counties — broad leeway to search for evidence that the critics are correct.
“I can’t walk anymore,” Rodriguez said in Spanish. “I’m in so much pain.”
He’ll be turning 92 in September, Rodriguez said, and he’s never been hurt like this before, in a life working the fields with cattle and corn.
Holocaust historians’ first impulse is to reject comparisons between those dark decades and our present. We don’t want to be perceived as abusing history for political purposes, or engaging in overly emotional analyses.