June 18 2004

Editorial

Harassment by the INS Against Mexican American Communities Will Not be Tolerated!

During the ‘70s and 80’s Chicanos, by the thousands, hit the streets to protest and demand the end of Migra sweeps. At that time the Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) were targeting migrant workers camps, Mexican American communities, restaurants, schools, churches, and shopping malls. Wholesale sweeps were made through the neighborhoods, often at night, arresting and deporting men, women and children. The reports were horrifying. These raids were made despite the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, which protected everyone from these forms of terrorist raids.

The INS, however, set itself above the Constitution and the Bill of Rights which states: “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated; and no Warrants shall issue but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” The Fourth Amendment and other rights such as due process and probable cause are laws and rights that the INS evidently have no respect for.

The INS set itself above the Constitution, our Bill of Rights, and the Laws established by the Congress. Massive protests were held by our communities joined by large numbers of our citizens who were appalled by the actions of the INS. Eventually, The sweeps beatings, arrests and wholesale deportment of citizens and non-citizens were stopped.

The INS, which evidently has a very short memory is once again targeting the Mexican American communities and sweeping through the neighborhoods bringing terror into our lives. Brown skinned individuals walking the streets, riding the trolleys, going to work or school, are once again being treated like aliens in their own country. The residents of the North County of San Diego, Escondido and Rancho Bernardo, and the communities of Corona, Ontario, Fontana, Rancho Cuca-monga, and San Bernardino are once again being targeted by the INS. They can be seen in the major supermarkets and stores such as Fiesta Foods, Cardenas, El Tapatio, and El Tigre. Reports of the INS being spotted at the local swap meets and rodeos shaking down the brown-skinned people for identification papers have been made.

Never mind our Constitutional and Civil Rights. Our families are once again at risk. This Veteran of World War II, Korea & Vietnam will not tolerate these attacks against our people. We did not go to war in defense of our country too stand idly by and allow extremist, be it the INS, police, or racist groups in our county, to abuse and brutalize our people at their whim. These actions will not be tolerated. The Congress and our elected and appointed members of the national, State, and local governing bodies stand on notice: To allow the oppressive actions by the INS to continue may lead to serious problems between the Latino population and the oppressive elements within our society.

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