FROM THE GUARDIAN
- 1930 - 1944 GERMANY
- There are numerous eyewitness accounts written by bystanders who witnessed the Nazi roundups of the Jews. Later, everyone would claim to have been sympathetic to the deportees, and all would insist that there was nothing they could do. They felt helpless, powerless; they were afraid. [Some of these same people also claimed not to smell the stench of burning bodies coming from concentration camps just a short distance down the road]
- It’s painful to think that we have become those bystanders...
2017 - 2020 UNITED STATES
A woman I know, who lives in Queens, became alarmed when her boyfriend failed to show up for work recently. It was 24 hours before she heard from him; he had been picked up by Ice agents during a random stop on the street – a practice, essentially a form of racial profiling, that the Ice denies – and sent to the border city of Reynosa. (In the past, deportees had been transported to the capital of the state from which they came, but now many are simply being dumped across the border)...
Just the other week, 680 people were deported from the United States, but one searches in vain for similar images. What we mostly see are pictures of a young man, alone, his head nearly shaved, photographed from the back, handcuffed and pressed up against the car waiting to take him away.
These images support the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) claims that nearly all of the deportees are men who have been convicted of felony charges. Bad dudes
|Juana Reyes, a mother of two, faces possible deportation after an arrest for trespassing.http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/01/opinion/navarrette-deportation-sacramento/|
But a very different story has begun to emerge – of women with children, of hard-working men – people who have committed some minor infraction, or none at all, and who have been ripped out of their lives and sent to countries they left as children. The case of Guadalupe García de Rayos, separated from her two American-born teenagers and deported from Arizona to Mexico for the crime of using a fake social security number so she could work...Read More:
FROM ARIZONA PUBLIC MEDIA
"At 9:42 a.m. on Thursday, Guadalupe García de Rayos was unshackled and dropped off in a country she has not seen in 21 years.
She was met by immigration officials across the border in Nogales, Sonora, processed as a returning Mexican citizen, and then taken to a church-run shelter for other women and children like her.
García de Rayos was detained Wednesday in Phoenix during a routine check-in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It’s a check-in she’s made every year since she was convicted of a felony for using a stolen Social Security number to work..."