9:41 am By Maegan La Mala
11 Aug 2010
Detain, Deport, and Disappear seems to be the official policy of the Obama administration and the Department of Homeland Security when it comes to immigration. It doesn’t need to be spoken or called that officially. All the community needs to do is look at the recent actions coming out of D.C. and reverberating throughout the country.
Just yesterday I wrote about some of the stats regarding the number of deported under Obama’s expansion of the Secure Communities program. Unfortunately, things have gone from bad to worse, with Secure Communities being expanded, specifically in southern border states, and with the U.S. House of Representatives agreeing to pump $600 million for security along the U.S Mexican border. What’s in the House Bill?
The bill includes $176 million for 1,000 new border patrol agents to form a strike force to be deployed at critical areas, $89 million for another 500 customs and immigration personnel, and $32 million to deploy unmanned aerial vehicles or drones.
It also provides $196 million for the Justice Department to bolster its forces of U.S. marshals, and FBI, DEA and ATF agents along the border.
What has disturbed many, including advocates on a telephone briefing yesterday regarding the Senate border spending bill, is how the Democrats, the ones who were supposed to be representing immigrant communities, quickly sold everyone out. Deepak Bhargava, head of the Center for Community Change accused the Democrats of falling into a Republican trap on border security first/only. Chung-Wha Hong, head of New York Immigrant Coalition chided Sen. (biometric Chuck) Schumer for jumping on “enforcement-only bandwagon” and expressed her “profound disappointment”.
Of course there have been some (VivirLatino included) who saw this coming. For months, Democrats, who now are quoted in the media as being behind these border enforcement bills, Democrats like Senator Harry Reid of Nevada and Representative Raul Grijalva of Arizona, have been trying to grab the ears and spin the message coming from immigration advocacy organizations and activist media media makers.
If there is any more proof needed on how ugly electoral politics is and how much it will not save our people, well here you go.
Politicos including those in the Congressional Hispanic Caucus can redeems themselves just a little bit by getting behind the DREAM Act and making some moves towards the direction of what is justice but pointing their fingers at the Republicans with one hand and handcuffing our communities with the other will have an impact on how our own hands act come election time.