Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Solidarity With Catalina High Student Protestors

We need more of this to raise the awareness that the U.S. is operating under a new era of Operation Wetback.

Some 100 to 125 Catalina High Magnet School students protested outside Tucson police headquarters Tuesday after a fellow student was arrested on suspicion of drug possession and he and his family were turned over to U.S. Border Patrol agents.

Border Patrol returned the family of four to Mexico because they admitted to being in the United States illegally for six years.

This is just one incident out of many where people are being systematically deported without even a flinch from the U.S. government. That's exactly what the hardliners are salivating over, but they are showing their true colors when the victims of banishment are young people.

Xicanopwr fills us in on another abhorrent example

Kelsey Peterson, a 25-year-old sixth-grade math teacher and basketball coach at Lexington Middle School, accused of running away with an undocumented 13-year-old boy to plan some sort of life together in Mexico was arrested on Friday night in Mexicali, Mexico, on the California border.

The boy was released to relatives in Mexico and is being reported that he will not be allowed to come back to US because of his immigration status. The only way he will be able to allow back is if he is needed to testify. To make matters worse, the family will now be deported according to the Omaha World-Herald.

Tim Counts, spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, would not say whether Fernando’s parents would come under scrutiny for their immigration status, saying the department does not discuss prospective cases.

more from XP

There should be a moratorium on human roundups and workplace raids until Congress gets off its collective asses and decides what it is going to do about the millions of people living in the shadows of U.S. society who are only looking for an opportunity to provide for themselves and their families.

The movement of peoples across this earth is never a crime and the U.S. needs to stop acting like they're a bunch of stuck up country club dwellers that are too arrogant to see how shameful they are acting towards the rest of the world with their policies and attitudes.

My hope is that the students involved in today's protest will grasp deep inside themselves that they have power to end the farce of American Exceptionalism by demanding basic dignity and justice for all human beings no matter which plot of land they were born.

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