06 Apr Am I Taking This Personally Or Something?
Yes, I am taking it personally. Trump and his assistant Steve Bannon made it personal almost from the start, when they painted a big target on the back of my youngest son, who happens to be Hispanic, brown and an American citizen, and on the backs of many of my American-citizen neighbors, about 70% of whom also happen to be Hispanic and brown.
Now my boy is 16, and legally driving a car around our little Texas town, sometimes by himself, with a target painted on his back by the Trump Administration. President Trump demonized Hispanic people almost from the minute he began running for president, and renewed his ugly diatribes against them, backed up by ugly ICE actions, almost from the first day of his presidency.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have suddenly been showing up randomly in major cities near the border, such as Houston, in a show of deportation force. In February, an El Paso woman seeking a restraining order against her physically abusive husband was arrested by immigration officials at the courthouse. That wasn’t the only time. In New Mexico, a day after a purposely visible immigration raid, 60% of the students at public Los Cruces’ schools went absent, afraid ICE officers would arrest them or their relatives on school grounds.
Bottom line, because of the current anti-immigrant fervor Trump/Bannon have fomented, Latin American citizens may be detained and hauled off somewhere and then deported, whether or not they are U.S. citizens. If my brown son and four of his white friends were walking past a couple of immigration agents on our street, it’s a safe bet that he would be much more likely to be stopped and questioned about his citizenship than they would.
So yeah, I take this personally.
Just as an aside, several years ago I ran a Houston database applications company employing a number of excellent computer programmers. One of them had an immigration problem. His visa was in order, but his wife’s had expired and she’d been unable to get an extension. It was a constant worry, but at least they didn’t have to be concerned that immigration would pull them over during a random inspection stop.
They were both British and white.
Just as another aside, in case any “nationalists” happen to be reading, Hispanic immigrants aren’t taking your jobs – they are putting roofs on your houses, picking your fruit and vegetables and processing the meat you put on your table. They do the hard, back-breaking, hot, tedious work you have no intention of doing.
And as a final aside, the number of illegal Mexican immigrants in the U.S. has declined by more than 1 million since 2007. Illegal immigration from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala has increased, because gang violence and near-failed-state government has forced residents of those countries to flee for their lives and the lives of their children. They are not crossing into the U.S. to engage in crime, they are trying to escape it. Many of them deserve asylum.
But instead of an American beacon of hope on the Statue of Liberty, the “America first” policy being promoted by President Donald Trump, Puppet Master Steve Bannon and Attorney Gen. Jeff Sessions would put white Christians first, and everyone else left behind or left outside a walled-in shell of a once-great country.