Massachusetts: September 2007 Archives
(Picture from Register Hardware)
This excerpt is from an email sent by Roy Beck to supporters of his anti-migrant organization, Numbers USA.
The panic has spread to your town or city - all across America.
It is most important that all of us contribute to that panic and ensure that it continues. For it is that kind of panic that will eventually lead to millions of illegal foreign workers and dependents going back to their home countries. (emphasis mine)
(Picture taken during a vigil in Chelsea, Massachusetts)
I'm fortunate enough to have had a blessed childhood with two loving parents, and vivid memories of it all. Even with all of the happy memories I can still remember how terrifying it was for me to be separated from my mother. My first day of preschool was the first time that I had to spend any significant time away from my mother, and was weeks before I could stop crying when she left me. Even as I grow older, it's difficult to be away from the boundles love and support of my mother.
I say all this not to pull on heartstrings, but just to emphasize that I can't even imagine what it would be like to be forcefully separated from my own mother, much less by an Immigration and Custom's Enforcement agent, at a young age.
(Picture from Mother Jones)
Migrants are literally dropping dead from the terror in U.S. Maxsuel Medeiros, of Brazilian descent, was only 25 years-old when he died from a heart attack in Massachusetts State Police custody.
According to the Boston Globe, Medeiros was the passenger in a car that was stopped for a lane change on Interstate 495 in Andover, Massachusetts. After the Mass. State Police determined he had two outstanding state warrants -- something that probably wouldn't have happened if Medeiros knew his constitutional rights -- they detained him and placed him in a cell. He became ill later that night and eventually died from what appeared to be a heart attack in Mass. General Hospital yesterday.
(Picture from the Boston Herald)
Cracking down on migrants staying in the U.S. illegally is creating more lawlessness, not less. Nothing illustrates this more than the case of Eric Mathison.
Mathison "is accused of repeatedly impersonating a police officer to kidnap and rob Latino residents in Chelsea, preying upon their constant fears of an immigration crackdown" according to the Boston Herald.
Prosecutors cited this as his worst offense:
(I took this picture during a demonstration in Chelsea, MA)
The U.S. has been on a path of destruction ever since the failure of comprehensive immigration reform. In an effort to get legislators to act, the Bush administration has taken on a policy of masochism. Tearing up businesses, terrorizing migrant communities, and straining Emigration States with masses of deportees and declining remittances, will send this entire hemiphere down the tubes.
Massachusetts has not been immune to this trend. Almost daily migrant communities are reporting raids, abuses, and shifty business practices. The latest occurence in an increasing trend of migrant oppression was an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid that spanned several cities in the Boston area and netted 36 individuals, according to the Boston Globe.