Jun 28, 2010
A 14-year-old youth was shot in the head, killed by the U.S. border police at Juarez. Witnesses said he was part of a group of youths trying to cross over the Rio Grande River on the border between Mexico and Texas.
The U.S. State Department said it regretted the incident and was suspending the guard who fired the shots. But it wasn’t a “blunder,” it was a result of a hardening U.S. policy on immigration, especially immigration from Mexico. This policy started under Bush and has continued under Obama.
In the same week, three people, one of whom had lived in the U.S. more than 40 years, were murdered by border police. For several months now, the U.S. border police have been on a veritable manhunt, pretending they are protecting the entire border from illegal immigration.
On April 23, the state of Arizona adopted a new law that not only authorizes but actually encourages police to arrest people on a suspicion that their papers are not in order. This law, specifically aimed against Mexicans, is denounced by them and many others as racial profiling.
In Phoenix, Arizona and elsewhere, there have been demonstrations against this law. Plenty of people remember that Obama promised he would reform immigration law when he was running for president.
Whatever platitudes Obama may say about democracy and immigration, his administration has announced 400,000 deportations of foreigners each year. Even Bush didn’t deport that many!