Sunday, September 18, 2022

League of United Latin American Citizens announces Stop-the-Buses Task Force, Sept. 15, 2022 [YouTube video]


It was such an honor and privilege being with LULAC  President Domingo Garcia and his entourage these past few days. We were attending the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute when we learned that Venezuelans were getting taken by bus to Vice President Kamala Harris' home.

I share below the video of his interview taken at this location on Thursday, Sept. 15th when a few hours earlier, at 6AM, 101 people from Venezuela were dumped in front of her home. We should all be so indignant—and righteously so. What these governors are doing in playing with people's lives is clearly over the top.

This whole story is truly terrifying. I pray to God no one dies from these governors' un-Christian, sadistic antics. What is to stop them in the future from using their tried-and-tested “method” as a “solution” to resolve qualms with the plight of “other aggregations of human beings” that they similarly find to be objectionable? We must not ever allow this to become the slippery slope on which it is already poised to become if we do not forcefully oppose this reckless level of governmental misconduct. All you have to do is read the repulsive comments beneath the posted YouTube video to get a tangible sense of this. 

What are we to do? García answers this by saying that we should 

"treat this as a humanitarian issue, not a law enforcement, security issue. We do need to go after the gangs, and the drug dealers and the cartels, but we also need to treat real legitimate refugees—specifically, families and children—with human compassion.”

I couldn't agree more. How hard is it to actually be caring and compassionate toward our fellow human beings’ plight in their hour of desperation? I grew up learning that this is what Jesus would want from us. 

What a thought, “Christian love and compassion" toward others who that risked everything to try and make a life for themselves and their families, the majority of whom they have left behind.

Finding it shouldn’t be the trouble that it is—including, if not especially, in the world of policy and policy making.

Today, President Garcia and the crew are in Eagle Pass on the U.S.-Mexico border, to engage in civil disobedience to stop the buses there from taking off to other places with their fragile and vulnerable human cargo in the interest of ultraconservative forces that simply do not want to acknowledge that these asylum seekers are legally here and should get treated with dignity and respect.

-Angela Valenzuela

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