How a Bus Full of Undocumented Families Could Change the Immigration Debate
This summer, a courageous group of migrants risked deportation in a cross-country trip asking police, leaders, and the public to work toward humanization—not “Arizonafication”—of national policy.
by Marisa Franco
posted Nov 30, 2012
” Since 2001, a dangerous trend has been expanding—one that conflates immigration status with criminality and conscripts police to act as enforcers of federal civil immigration laws. This has resulted in nearly 400,000 deportations a year in both 2010 and 2011, a polarized nation that depends on the labor of a people it does not accept, and millions of people living in constant uncertainty while striving for a better life for themselves and their families. Any encounter with local police can lead to deportation, and by boarding a bus and declaring their immigration status, riders were taking a significant risk to tell their story.
In so doing they overcame their fear and found courage on the other side, with a newfound hope in what had seemed like only growing shadows.”
If we have concerns about how draconian government can be, we need look no further than immigration enforcement for examples that should scare just about anyone. This is the new civil rights movement-and just like the first one, when we win greater justice for immigrants, we win greater justice for us all.