Becky G Talked About Being A Proud Mexicana And How ‘Dehumanizing’ U.S. Current Policies Are For Immigrants
Immigration is a subject that is so personal to members of the Latinidad. Even when it’s not making the daily news, the conversation around immigration is deeply prominent in our communities and homes. However, since the current administration has made immigration and deportation the main focus of their policies, it has been a constant topic discussed in homes across the world. Immigration has become THE American issue.
Seeing the separation of families, the detention of men, women, children and babies and the conditions they are forced to live in hurts. It’s stressful to see that level of human suffering. When we learn of new deaths coming out of ICE detention centers, we grieve the loss as if we’re mourning for our family. So far, our calls to abolish ICE, reunify families and release migrants have gone unanswered.
Altogether, the immigration crisis feels utterly degrading and dismal.
We aren’t the only ones who are feeling this way and, now singer Becky G is sharing her feelings about the hopelessness of the current migration situation.
The singer spoke with HOLA! USA and opened up about her connection to her Mexican culture and what it meant to be a second-generation Latina in a world that is so full of anti-immigrant policies.
“I’ve always considered myself Latina,” Becky G claimed. “I’m 100 percent proud to be from Los Angeles, but I’m also 100 percent proud to be ‘Mexicana de corazón, de sangre.’ My grandparents have always made it a priority for us to be aware of our culture, our morals, our traditions.”
Those strong ties to her Latinidad have made her very aware of the problems impacting our community — especially the issue of immigration.
Like many of us, Becky G is familiar with the travesty that is happening at our southern borders. She knows the helplessness and the anger we feel when we see proof of injustices inflicted on imprisoned migrants. Despite this, the singer says the Latinx community has to continue to push against ICE’s dehumanizing policies and mistreatment.
“Some people think there’s only so much we can do,” Becky G explained to HOLA! USA. “But we have to keep pushing, keep raising awareness and keep talking about it. If not, it’s going to become normalized that there are children dying while basically being held captive, mistreated, not being taken care of properly — separated from their families. Separating families, children taking care of children, babies not having their diapers changed, people without proper food or places to sleep… to me, that’s so dehumanizing.”
The songstress went on to speak about the unity she grew up experiencing and how that togetherness helped in times of crisis.
Like many Latinos, Becky G grew up with a big, extended family. The unity between the family members helped make life easier and more full, especially when her family experienced a dilemma of there own.
“In our family, we are so united; we are so supportive,” the singer shared. “Where one person eats, 20 can eat. Where one person can sleep, 20 can sleep. And as funny as it sounds, it’s actually very beautiful because when I was 9 years old we lost our home, and we went from house to house, from family member to family member to live there. Sharing is a big part of our culture.”
It’s this unity — a beautiful element of our culture — that we need to draw from now in order to show up for the immigrants both in our communities and in detention.
After a weekend of mass murder, where our communities were purposely targeted, it’s easy to feel defeated, hurt and scared. Fear-mongering has turned to violence and violence has turned to death. However, we cannot allow the focused hate aimed at Latinx communities to prevent us from fighting for each other.
The only way our community is going to survive this grotesque period in US history is if we stay true to who we are. In moments like these, kindness, togetherness and unity are necessary for us to move forward. Just like Beck G, we should be amplifying the voices and experiences of those directly harmed by these racist policies. We have to rally and use our combined strength — the strength of the Latinidad — to vote, protest and fight until our detained family has been freed. We must remember that we’ll always be stronger together.