Racism: March 2008 Archives
Apparently an incarceration ratio of 1 in 100, while good enough for
Federal authorities are cracking down on immigrants who were previously deported and then reentered the country illegally -- a crime that now makes up more than one-third of all prosecutions in
Los Angelesand surrounding counties, a Times review of attorney's statistics shows. U.S.
Most of these prisoners were probably removed through an
administrative removal proceeding after coming to the
But there are serious consequences if someone previously
deported decides to come back to be with their children or spouse, or out of
economic desperation. Then the outcome
of the previous administrative proceeding is used against them in criminal
The combination of burdensome and incomprehensible rules, unjustifiably high fees (e.g., $340 for a work permit, often baselessly or mistakenly denied by USCIS, and $585 to appeal the decision--over $1,000 for a bare-bones DIY green card application), race-based decisionmaking cloaked in administrative discretion, and extraordinarily punitive enforcement measures have created a climate of hate and fear. This situation didn't arise organically, nor is it an inevitable consequence of natural social and economic forces, as restrictionists would have us believe. It is the carefully planned result of years of conservative organizing and legislative action, spearheaded since 1999 by the nativist caucus in the House.
With all the migrant suffering in the world, I do my best to stay upbeat and look for hope in the darkness. Unfortunately, this will not be one of those days. This morning I happened upon a post at Brave New Films by famed Latina author Alisa Valdes-Rodriguez, entitled "Latino artists bear the burden of anti-immigrant frenzy" on her own blog. Valdes-Rodriguez's post filled me with an overwhelming sense of dread. The United States and other parts of the world, through the U.S., are being deprived of an entire subset of viewpoints as a result of the hostile nativist attitudes that have emerged in recent years.
I don't know why this post affected me so much in the midst of everything else. I think it's because when fighting injustice one has the tendency to believe that you can't kill an idea, that you can't silence the truth. But here you have a clear case where truth is being silenced. I'll let Valdes-Rodriguez take it from here: