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ICE Raids Could Put This City Into Violent, Familiar Territory

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The city of Los Angeles is no stranger to racial tensions. In 1965, the Watts riots resulted in the deaths of 34 people, and resulted in more than $40 million in damages. Decades later, the verdict of the Rodney King trial in 1992 led to the largest riot in the history of the United States.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is now worried, The Hill reports, that ICE’s recent crackdown on Los Angeles’ undocumented population is setting the stage for another racially-charged event. Garcetti is concerned that ICE officers are compromising the relationship the LAPD has developed with its undocumented population, which isn’t just limited to Latinos, but people from all parts of the globe.

In the Los Angeles area, where nearly one million residents are undocumented, ICE agents have reportedly identified themselves as police officers to gain the trust of undocumented people before detaining them. While trickery like this works for ICE, the tactic has created distrust among Los Angeles authorities, who need the undocumented population for crime prevention. As Mayor Garcetti told Latino USA, “[…] when ICE calls themselves police, people open that door expecting to see LAPD. It’s bad for ICE, and it’s bad for LAPD.”

Check out the whole audio interview Mayor Garcetti gave Latino USA here.

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These Kids Live In Mexico And Attend School In The U.S. So Their Parents Will Never See Them Graduate

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These Kids Live In Mexico And Attend School In The U.S. So Their Parents Will Never See Them Graduate

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According to a story by CNN, the students at this school in Columbus, New Mexico not only have to drag themselves out of bed, eat breakfast, get dressed, do their hair, and make sure their shoes match — they also have to cross the U.S. border.

The majority of students at Columbus Elementary travel from Mexico every day, crossing the border and proving their U.S. citizenship just to go to school.

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The students are indeed U.S. citizens, having been born in the U.S. mostly to parents who have since been deported. Their parents can only look on from outside this border crossing as their very young children do a very grown up thing: prove their citizenship. Because of longstanding laws in New Mexico, children who are U.S. citizens are entitled to a free education in the state no matter where they live. Every day these students are escorted by their parents from their town of Palomas, Mexico to a U.S. border crossing station in Columbus, NM. And every day, they have to deal with customs agents without the help of their parents, who cannot enter the border crossing station. Forget your passport that day? Well, you’re out of luck kid.

This CNN video zeroes in on Jesus Rodriguez’s daughters, JoAnna and Nahima, who struggle with knowing their father won’t be able to attend their graduation.

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It’s a heartbreaking story, that although still very sad, at least students get to go home to their parents while they look for legal ways to come back to the U.S.


[H/T] CNN

READ: Corruption Among Border Patrol Agents Highlighted In This Tense Documentary


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