As increasing numbers of people have come to the U.S.-Mexico border fleeing violence and insecurity in their home countries, the U.S. government has responded by restricting access to asylum through such policies as “turnback,” Remain in Mexico and family separation. Most recently, the government has put in place a new policy that renders nearly all asylum seekers arriving at the southern border ineligible even to make a claim for asylum in this country, unless they have already gone through the process of applying for asylum in another country, such as Mexico or Guatemala. This policy is cause for significant concern. Both of these countries lack the capacity to process large numbers of asylum claims, or to ensure the safety of migrants who are seeking protection.
Writing is such a gift, and every day I’m humbled by the fact that I get to share my work with all of you. Recently, I wrote a feature about poet/children’s book author, Grecia Huesca Dominguez (@grecia_writer), that covered the trials of undocumented life, motherhood, and being one of the few published Latina authors in a white-dominated industry. We also discussed her lovely book ‘Dear Abuelo’ and it’s heartfelt narrative which is centered around an #AfroLatinx protagonist, Juana, who’s also an #undocumented immigrant.
The whole interview is set against the backdrop of the heated debate currently happening in this country: whether Grecia, along with millions of others, deserve the right to stay. The colonial scribble continues to infringe on our peoples right to self-determination and so long as these hateful policies remain then it’s our job to oppose them.
Throughout the writing process, I was constantly inspired by Grecia’s resolve, and am grateful she was willing to speak so openly about her journey. This was a true measure of friendship—and as anyone who writes for a living can attest to—creating a safe space where someone feels comfortable being vulnerable is truly an art form.
This all comes on the heels of the #SCOTUS decision re: public charge and the tidal wave of controversy surrounding the sham novel #americandirt which has served as the poster child for the co-opting of our narratives by white voices. The marketing machine powering a book reliant on this strategy is no surprise.
However, the amount of erasure our community continues to experience (especially centroamericanos) at all levels of the media landscape is unacceptable. Given this current political climate, moments of solidarity such as these, matter. Grecia is one hell of an ally. I’m beyond proud of the work we did in collaboration, and I truly hope you all read and share the article.
The link is available in my bio.
PS major shout out to my editor Hanif Abdurraqib for his guidance and pushing me to elevate my craft.
Vivir dentro de la ley te hace un ciudadano más eficiente y no solo te hace un buen ciudadano te brinda la oportunidad de ser parte de un sistema organizado donde abundan las buenas obras y la construcción de un mejor país.
¿Cómo deseas vivir? De forma positiva y colaboradora o simplemente acabando con lo bueno que está delante de ti.
Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the 3rd anniversary of Trump’s Muslim ban. It’s a day when SCOTUS issued a deeply disappointing ruling permitting Trump’s “public charge” rule to go into effect. But it was Andrea Gagne’s post below that really struck a nerve.
Yesterday on the Mediterranean sea there there were:
- 223 rescued people aboard the Ocean Viking
- 47 people rescued and disembarked by the Armed Forces of Malta
- 78 rescuees on the Alan Kurdi - 52 people arrived on their own in Lampedusa
- 182 people rescued by two SOS Mediterranean operations
That's 582 people who risked their lives to try and find safety, and 582 reasons why we should all care that the West's migration policies are pushing desperate people to extreme lengths for survival. .
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Old and faithful. The go to spot for locals and even worth it for a multi-hour drive for me when I want a spot that’s just so loved. Demolition will bring this place to its knees as long as the developers follow through with their promises but I hope they keep breaking the law.