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Editorial: Let's all be lights for liberty

We need to continue to speak out against mistreatment of immigrants

On Friday, July 12, over 300 people attended a vigil at the corners of El Camino Real and Castro Street in Mountain View to protest the shocking and inhumane treatment of asylum-seeking immigrants at the U.S. border. The demonstration, organized by a coalition called Lights for Liberty, was among more than 700 planned in cities around the world.

Over the weekend, footage from Vice President Mike Pence's visit to two migrant detention centers in Texas July 12 -- showing Pence staring down his nose at immigrant men in overcrowded cages, some of whom shouted that they "had been there for more than 40 days, were hungry and could not brush their teeth," according to the New York Times -- went viral. Pence later downplayed the conditions he saw at the centers, even referring to Border Patrol agents as "compassionate," according to the Times. His visit came 10 days after the Department of Homeland Security's independent watchdog arm published a report detailing overcrowded and unsanitary conditions at border detention centers, including standing-room-only cells, children without hot meals and showers, and migrants pressing notes up to windows begging for help. More than a dozen adult detainees have died while in custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement since the beginning of last year, according to the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and children have died as well.

The weekend was capped off by a string of racist tweets from President Donald Trump on Sunday morning saying U.S. Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna S. Pressley should 'go back' to the countries they came from (three of the four were born in the United States). It also was expected to see planned ICE raids targeting noncitizens in cities across the country, though no raids reportedly occurred in the Bay Area on Sunday.

No matter your views on immigration, we should all be horrified by the mistreatment of immigrants perpetrated by ICE and the Border Patrol, and at the unabashedly racist rhetoric from our commander-in-chief. Many of us are from families that came to this country seeking life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, many of whom fled situations similar to those that have recently prompted immigrants to seek asylum. Many of us have friends or relatives that suffered in Japanese internment camps or Nazi concentration camps. To see history repeating itself, with immigrants legally seeking asylum being deprived of basic human rights at the hands of our government, is appalling and frightening.

While it was powerful to see so many people come together July 12 to speak out against the inhumane treatment of migrants at the border, we need to continue to do our part to combat the mistreatment of immigrants in our country. If you see something, say something. Speak out if you encounter someone hurling racist remarks. Report ICE activity in Santa Clara County to the rapid response network at (408) 290-1144, or learn how to get involved with the network. Do what you can to shine a little light in these dark times.

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11 people like this
Posted by Go back where?
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Jul 19, 2019 at 12:05 pm

Voters should send President Trump back to New York or Germany where his grandfather was born. But don't let him flee to Russia. He has more secrets than he has been able to whisper to Putin. The first lady just arrived in America. Maybe she should go back now. She should be happy and lucky to get away. Or, we could stop calling for people to go back and move forward with a more direct discussion of Trump's fitness for the Presidency. So, to make it easy, let's see how folks would fill in the blank: President Trump is the _______-in-chief.


22 people like this
Posted by V Putin
a resident of another community
on Jul 19, 2019 at 12:29 pm

Tough call. It's either:
-
Racist-in-chief

or

- Grifter-in-chief

or

- Admitted-sexual-abuser-in-chief.

Either way, I pray it's "one-termer-in-chief". And when we look back, there will be much to remember. One thing that will stand out: the hypocrisy of the so-called "religious" right. And the russian sympathizers who still try to identify as "patriot".


42 people like this
Posted by MV Resident
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 19, 2019 at 12:47 pm

The lack of any qualifying words such as illegal or undocumented, coupled with the lack of any name given as the author of the editorial, discredits this entire news outfit.

What chutzpah to try to get people to pay for this drivel.


46 people like this
Posted by World Upside Down
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jul 19, 2019 at 2:37 pm

If the editor wants real proof and an example of overcrowded and unsanitary conditions, including standing-room-only spaces and children without hot meals and showers he or she need look no further than at the RV encampments dotting the city.

Is the editor suggesting that all the men and women serving the county in ICE and the Border Patrol are engaged in illegal activities? Has the editor no shame? Where is the proof from the editor that Border Patrol agents are not compassionate? Do they really deserve the comparison to Nazi concentration camp guards or the suggestion that history is being repeated as they have created concentration camps? They are faced with unprecedented numbers of illegal immigrants, defined as those immigrants that don't make use of the normal and legal channels and laws to migrate to the United States. Provide proof that they are being held for more than a few days, weeks or months while the system attempts to absorb and process them all according to the law!

How many illegal immigrant adults and children arrive at the border in an exhausted, undernourished and/or diseased state or with life threatening illnesses or injuries. Whatever the number, do there conditions automatically become the fault of the United States?

And please provide specific examples of how immigrants are being mistreated in Santa Clara county? Does this include those that have broken our laws and are faced with deportation?


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