Find Out Why Nobody Is Talking About The Group That Gets Deported At The Highest Rate
As the Trump administration continues to create confusion for DACA recipients in Latino communities throughout the United States, there are a few voices in the movement who are attempting to advocate for the experiences of undocumented immigrants who have a tendency of getting left out of national conversations.
One of them is Alan Pelaez, who is an Afro-Indigenous, queer, UC Berkeley PhD student, and poet, committed to ensuring that the voices of black and indigenous undocumented people get the platform they rightfully deserve. For Pelaez, who migrated to the U.S. from Oaxaca, Mexico at a young age, organizing in the movement was a direct result of the movement’s failure to give black undocumented people a voice to begin with.
Alan aims to build platforms for Afro-indigenous undocumented people.
“It was hard because blackness wasn’t taken into account when we first started organizing for immigration,” he shared with mitú. “A lot of us were struggling because the movement wasn’t interested in our opinions.”
Pelaez believes that black undocumented people “are taken more serious” now, but also explained how the needs of undocumented black people sometimes differ from non-black undocumented groups.
In addition to organizing, Alan also uses poetry and art to raise the voices of undocumented black and indigenous people.
“We’re not asking for DACA or for the Dream Act because most black undocumented folks who were eligible to apply in the first place, didn’t apply because there was no nobody on the ground organizing for the undocumented black community,” Pelaez explained over the phone.
“A lot of the immigrants who are undocumented and black are much older when they come to the U.S. and don’t even know that they can apply for asylum and those who did apply automatically got sent to detention centers.”
Pelaez envisions a future where the needs of black undocumented people will receive the attention they deserve.
Ultimately, Pelaez believes that the “here to stay” and the “we get the job done” narrative are both harmful for people who are black and/or indigenous because, at the end day, he explained, “it’s about prison abolition and denouncing the deportation regime.”
You can learn more about Alan on his personal website: www.alanpelaez.com