Posts tagged Alabama.
In United States v. Brignoni-Ponce, the Court concluded it was permissible under the equal protection clause of the fourteenth amendment for the police to use race as a factor in making decisions about which motorists to stop and search. In that case, the Court concluded that the police could take a person’s Mexican appearance into account when developing reasonable suspicion that a vehicle may contain undocumented immigrants. The Court said that “the likelihood that any person of Mexican ancestry is an alien is high enough to make Mexican appearance a relevant factor.”
…Some commentators have argued that Brignoni-Ponce may be limited to the immigration context…It is not obvious what the rational basis would be for limiting overt race discrimination by police to immigration. The likelihood that a person of Mexican ancestry is an “alien” could not be significantly higher than the likelihood that any random black person is a drug criminal.
To the undocumented youth and community of the South: Look around you. Your community is under attack. Your friends & family are under attack. Your education is under attack. Your very being, you, are under attack. And you can no longer afford to wait to be saved; your salvation lies in your hands.
But you do not have to go it alone. Find a group and take action, and if you cannot, contact us and let us help you create one. Having a hard time coping? Contact us and we’ll lend an ear. Stand up and be undocumented, unashamed, unafraid and Southern. That phrase should not be the oxymoron that it is being made out to be.
To the allies, activists and advocates of social justice in the South: It is no longer ‘enough’ to be supportive, for support without concrete action is the same as silence. Ensuring our immigrant communities have just enough, have the bare minimum to survive, puts us in a weak position to stand up and fight back.
An Open Letter to the “Papers Please” Alabama Confederacy of Hate
I am a person of few words so I’m going to keep this short.
I love it when bigotry and hatred come out in the open, parading as just laws upheld and sanctioned by our institutions and structures, because then, everyone can see that we don’t live in a “post-racial” society and an America that welcomes immigrants. And then, everyone fighting for racial justice and immigrant rights can hone in on you as a convenient target for structural and institutional oppression.
I have never been to Alabama. I was never going to come down there. It’s not like immigrants really want to live in your confederacy of hatred and racism. But I may change my mind now.
You’ve made it a criminal offense to provide transport or housing to any allegedly undocumented immigrant. I thank you kindly for this move because we are sure to send a large contingent of undocumented youth organizers to your state who shut down the streets and your Capitol with our message of courage and resistance.
And when your racist cops rise their batons to hit our friends and family members, when you call Immigration and Customs Enforcement to detain and deport young people of color Americans who were raised in this country and done nothing wrong, the world will be watching. And we will win.
Finally, you are getting sued pretty soon since your new law is unconstitutional, so I hope you have several millions for litigation. But really, it’s the non-legal forces of resistance that you should worry about more.
Thank you for the incredible gift,
A queer brown allegedly “illegal” immigrant
P.S. All the best building your tornado-devastated state without the help of cheap undocumented labor
Originally posted here. Feel free to reblog.
100% support this.