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Statement in Favor of Family Unification and in Support of a Fair Immigration Policy on this National Day of Protest Against Jailing Immigrant Children June 30, 2018
I am happy to share our collective statement as Mexican American Studies scholars. It was read on the morning of June 30, 2018 at our Statewide Summit held in San Antonio, Texas, at Northwest Vista College.
As an educator, I value teaching students in a humanitarian way that means disrupting the kinds of attitudes and dispositions that make keeping defenseless, already victimized children and parents in prisons, acceptable policy.
Statement in Favor of Family Unification and in Support of a Fair Immigration
National Day of Protest Against Jailing Immigrant Children
June 30, 2018
We are the Tejas Foco (Chapter) of the National
Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS Tejas), the leading
professional organization in Mexican American Studies that is affiliated with
the longest running organization of its kind in the country. We are meeting
today in San Antonio at our 3rd Annual Statewide Summit on Mexican
American Studies for Texas Schools 2018 to advance the education of our
children in Texas. We cannot begin to address our educational concerns,
however, without first condemning the detention of minors, separation from
their families, and the proposed indefinite detention of families by the United
The United States is largely responsible for the
current Central American refugee crisis through its security, trade, and
military policies, along with its drug consumption. The resulting political
instability and economic distress that has sent refugees towards the United
States in search of a better life and future for their children, is American-made.
Therefore, we have a responsibility to help these families and children.
President Donald J. Trump’s nativist political
rhetoric and those who support such rhetoric seek to dehumanize refugees to
justify policies that violate basic human rights. Most recently, the president
advocated the elimination of due process for immigrants, which is one of the
most important legal protections and civil rights for citizens and non-citizens
alike. Such nativist rhetoric erodes our basic humanity and violates basic
principles and values in our nation’s promise of life, liberty, and the pursuit
of happiness for all human beings regardless of citizenship status.
NACCS Tejas calls on the president to immediately cease
the current “zero tolerance” prosecution policy at the border, and to release
detained families, with their children, within 20 days of apprehension to allow
their asylum and immigration claims to work through the courts. We also ask for
fair immigration reform by the United States Congress that would allow DACA
recipients and DACA-eligible persons to legalize their status, and provide
immigrant families fair and efficient methods to become citizens.
We understand that this is not the first time that the
U.S. has violated the human and civil rights of international migrants on the
border. Ever since the U.S.’s war of aggression in 1846-1848, the United States
has lorded, militarily and culturally, over the border with Mexico and
unilaterally defined its draconian immigration policies and practices. In the
process, U.S. employers have exploited Mexican, Central American and Mexican
American workers as a low-wage labor supply without much regard for their fair
admission and integration into American society on an equal basis.
The United States has received working families from
the south as exploitable workers who have been welcomed during periods of need,
and rejected during economic downturns or nativist campaigns for exclusion. U.S.
hypocrisy has reached new heights when the United States government uses children
to deter immigration and satisfy the alt-right mendacity of a U.S. president,
while retaining the right to use Mexico and Mexicans in the United States for
its national and racial interests. Shame on everyone, including federal
contractors like Southwest Key and the Border Patrol staff (the majority of
whom are Mexican Americans and other Latinos), for collaborating in this