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Today in America, one in four Latino voters knows someone in deportation proceedings.
The justices of the U.S. Supreme Court don't care. What else can be concluded from their questions and comments during oral arguments over Senate Bill 1070, Arizona's notorious stab at ethnic cleansing?
And Latinos shouldn't expect any succor from our deporter-in-chief, President Barack Obama.
Recently, Obama told a Univision reporter that he hoped to tackle comprehensive immigration reform in the first year of his second term.
Obama made the exact same promise in 2008 for the first year of his first term. It didn't happen.
Instead, four years of Obama has meant 1.5 million individuals deported, more than were sent home by his Republican predecessor in eight years. In other words, it is time for a ride in the souped-up DeLorean back to the 1950s. Instead of blacks relegated to second-class status, it will be browns.
If the Supreme Court rules and upholds 1070, as many observers predict, anyone who even resembles a Hispanic in states adopting similar statutes better get used to the third degree.
The president has the power to halt all deportations by executive fiat. A recent letter to Obama signed by 90 immigration law professors detailed how he could legally do this on behalf of students who would benefit from proposed DREAM Act legislation.
But our prevaricating POTUS will not issue any such executive order. He doesn't need to politically.
Meanwhile, the president's rival, Mitt Romney, has signed off on "self-deportation," the equivalent to 1070's stated intent of "attrition through enforcement."
Generous with the lip service Obama may be, but he doesn't have to care. With Romney the alternative, Latinos have no choice but to vote for him.
Indeed, Obama's immigration polices look like a fulfillment of Operation Endgame, a notorious (and supposedly defunct) plan hatched post-9/11 by ICE's Office of Detention and Removal, setting as its "golden measure of success" the removal of "all removable aliens" by 2012.
We're off by a few years, but the goal remains the same. Another term for Obama means four more years of massive deportations, and all the family disruption, human tragedy, and unjust incarceration that accompany them.
So if the Supreme Court heads in the direction it seems to be heading later this month, the question for immigrants and their advocates and allies becomes: How do we make the political establishment care?
The answer: By making it pay through disruption, rebellion, and resistance.
That combination of anger and action was building to a crescendo throughout 2010. But U.S. District Court Judge Susan R. Bolton's injunction against the most offensive parts of 1070 on July 28 of that year hit the pause button.
On July 29, because groups had mobilized and organized for the day 1070 was scheduled to go into effect, massive civil disobedience created public chaos.
Scores were arrested and jailed for taking over streets, disobeying police orders, and locking their arms together using PVC pipe, a move known as the "sleeping dragon."
Leading up to that day had been numerous acts of protest and demonstration: marches, rallies, students chaining themselves to the Arizona capitol building, as well as acts of defiance organized by smaller groups.
Perhaps the boldest action was taken by six activists who occupied the U.S. Border Patrol's offices at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson. In a sleeping dragon, with U-shaped bicycle locks joining their necks, the activists refused to move, leaving the Border Patrol helpless to respond.
For pro-immigrant activist Alex Soto, a member of the Tohono O'odham Nation and member of the hip-hop duo Shining Soul, the action was a means of striking back at an enemy that effectively occupies O'odham land, where Border Patrol vehicles are as common as cactus.
"They're already escalating," Soto says of the increased militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border. "I understand the necessity [of working for change by registering more Latino voters, for instance]. On the other hand, anger is not bad..."
SB 1070 is just one way immigrants are criminalized, Soto says. The Border Patrol he rails against operates in 100-mile swaths of what the American Civil Liberties Union refers to as "Constitution-free zones," extending out from the border.
Within these zones, it sets up checkpoints, operates unmanned drones, and patrols public transportation, all the time subjecting nonwhites to heightened scrutiny.
Then there's ICE, part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (as is the Border Patrol). ICE administers the government's Orwellian Secure Communities program, which operates in jails nationwide and is supposed to check the immigration statuses of all those booked.
But Hispanics are run through at higher rates than non-Hispanics. So far, 3,600 American citizens have been wrongly arrested through the program.
ICE has begun to phase out its 287(g) program, which cross-deputizes local law enforcement as federal immigration agents. None other than Sheriff Joe Arpaio once maintained the largest 287(g) force in the nation.
Ironically, it was with this force that Arpaio wreaked terror on Latino communities in Maricopa County through immigrant-hunting sweeps employing racial-profiling tactics that, in turn, led to Arpaio's 287(g) contract getting discontinued.
It led also to a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Department of Justice this year, aimed at the sheriff's widespread discriminatory policing.
First, State illegal immigration laws are NOT racist. They are the same as the Federal laws. Are they racist? If they are racist laws, does this mean we can not do anything about illegal immigration? OK. let's say they are racist laws. You tell me what you would do to get rid of the illegal aliens. Oh, one more thing. Are latinos the only illegal aliens in this country?
Sen. Rubio's grand father was an illegal immigrant. The Republicans not only don't have problem with that but call anyone who questions it names. If a Mexican was here illegally these same people would be screaming to kick him out of the country. Why two sets of rules?
Enforce the Law. Deport all illegals. National Employment Identification Card Now ! Imprison employers that illegally hire.
Action Now !
Illegal aliens who do the things the author suggests are acting as an invading army and should expect the appropriate treatment due to invaders. "Civil disobedience" is carried out by CITIZENS of a country.
Hispanic citizens of this country should really ask themselves why on earth they'd want to engage in these actions when the people advocating them don't have the guts to stand up for themselves in their own countries and make them into places they want to live. Mexico, for example, is a democracy, one of the richest countries in the world and home to the world's richest man. It's people also have a high tolerance for corruption. How is it Mexicans can't seem to clean up their own country? And bring their corruption with them to this one, then expect us to ignore it? Illegal immigration is part and parcel of corruption in this country.
let that garbage try and fight, they will end up back in that 2 bit shithole Mexico. The satin on the earth from where they cam
I DONT HAVE A PROBLEM WITH ENFORCING LAWS,MY PROBLEM IS USING THE LAW SELECTIVE ONLY FOR LATINOS,IF YOU KICK ILLEGAL JEWS,LATINOS,ASIANS,AFRICANS,BRAZILIANS,CANADIANS,JAPANESE,CHINESE,AUSTRALIANS,GERMANS,ENGLISH.IRISH THAT IS A GOOD THING. BUT DONT USE THE LAW ONLY IN ONE GROUP AND SPARE OTHERS IN A DECENT SOCIETY THAT IS CALL RACISM.
Illegal aliens have a country, if they fought half as hard to clean up their country as they do trying to stay here, they wouldn't have to leave in the first place.