Photos from the Beyond Bollywood exhibit at the Smithsonian
Photos from the April 5th Not One More Deportation action in Washington DC
In a way, immigration is already a queer experience. Immigration creates ruptures of time, place, homeland, family. It creates scattering, and forces a breakdown and rearrangement of identity. Immigrants are made to reformulate their communities and support systems. Detention centers are harmful for everyone. Our solidarity is with all immigrants and undocumented people, not just those whose genders and sexualities fit under ‘queer’. Our commitment is to detention abolition broadly.
For us, #queeringimmigration means challenging immigration dialogues to include an analysis of gender and sexuality-based violence, and challenging queers to show up for immigrants of all genders and sexualities. To support immigrants constantly and materially. To show up.
Immigrant youth, families & community members, including activists from the California Immigrant Youth Justice Alliance, greeted President Obama on the way to a DNC fundraiser in Santa Monica, California today demanding an immediate stop to deportations.
The Obama administration has deported more than 1.7 million people throughout his presidency. If these rates continue, nearly as many people will have been deported under his administration than during the years of 1892 to 1997.
The number of deportations is set to reach 2 million by 2014.
Juan Carlos Romero seems like a typical New York City college student. He has a shy smile featuring wire braces, and he lives with his parents and sister in the melting pot neighborhood of Jackson Heights in the borough of Queens. But he shrinks from talking with friends at school about spring break plans or summer vacations.
“It’s disheartening, I don’t know too many undocumented people, so when they talk about traveling and doing all sorts of fun stuff, I just have to stay away and avoid those conversations,” said Romero, 20.
He and his sister, Denise Romero, arrived in New York from Mexico with their parents when they were 8 and 10 years old, respectively. Like many of the other estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States, the Romeros knew life in New York could be tenuous. According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) at the Department of Homeland Security, more than 1.8 million people have been deported since President Barack Obama took office. That number is expected to reach 2 million this month.
"Handcuffs hurt, we don’t have a soft pair"
”* Every station has medically trained personnel. If the alien still insists on further medical evaluation or care, they are obligated to provide it. You can’t ‘almost’ have a heart attack.
”* Handcuffs hurt, we don’t have a soft pair
”* Swearing is unprofessional, not a human rights violation.
”* You may be pushed to the floor when being arrested”
— From a Border Patrol official’s December 23, 2010 e-mailed response to complaints from Mexican government consular officials. (Page 5 of this PDF.)
The Mexican government was raising issues about the treatment that Mexican citizens were receiving during long-distance “lateral” deportations. During these (known in Homeland Security parlance as ATEP, or Alien Transfer Exit Program), migrants are deported hundreds or thousands of miles along the border from where they were apprehended. The process routinely involves a handcuffed bus ride of more than eight hours’ duration.
The National Security Archive obtained this document via a Freedom of Information Act request.
It’s a beautiful day to stop deportations. March starts in Lamont Park at 11am. See you there! #not1more #2million2many
Si se puede! #QueerTransFamilia #Not1More deportation #2Million2Many. Marching to the White House. (at Washington, District of Columbia)
Lovely day pissing off the federal government #dayofaction #immigrationreform #not1more #2million2many
#Dallas’ National Day of Action for Immigration Reform #Not1More #NiUnaMas #AltoDeportaciones
Not One More action in Dallas, Texas