Sunday, March 5, 2017

Deportation 'Shockwaves' in Los Angeles

I read these stories shaking my head, wondering what these people were thinking. Personally, I have no idea of how or why someone could live "undocumented" in another country. But that's what happened to this dude, Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez, who was on the ICE radar, surveilled, and arrested a couple of days back. (Avelica-Gonzalez has lived here for 21 years, has a family completely dependent on him, and is now totally screwed.)

At LAT, "Immigrant arrested by ICE after dropping daughter off at school, sending shockwaves through neighborhood."

And note this comment:
The arrest so shook the school, a public charter called Academia Avance, that administrators held an assembly Tuesday afternoon to discuss what happened and to ease fears. The school’s executive director, Ricardo Mireles, has since ordered his teachers to talk to students whose parents are here illegally about creating a family plan in case they are detained or deported.

It’s unfortunate that we have to have minors now deal with reality,” he said. “You need to be ready. ‘Have you talked to your parents? Do you have power of attorney?’ ”
It's "unfortunate" that illegal immigrant children now have to "deal with reality"?

That is fucked up.

These people, these communities, are in for a whole lotta hurt.

And it's very hard to feel sorry for them.