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Translated by Marvin Najarro
The recent raids of undocumented immigrants in the United States have ignited the interest of the media, but not because they care about the human rights of undocumented immigrants or the denunciation of abuse, they do it because it is like hotcakes and fresh news that can be used for a myriad of objectives. But this exploitation does not only come from the media, it also comes from artists, filmmakers, poets, social communicators, community leaders and lawyers specializing in immigration, ¿the purpose?, to take advantage of the undocumented terrible ordeal.
Because if Latin American undocumented immigrants were really important, more interest would be devoted to Mexico’s deportations not only of Central Americans, but also Caribbean and Africans. Why the silence in the face of it? Why the silence in the face of the Dominican Republic’s immigration policy towards Haitian immigrants?
Let’s forget, for a moment, about the United States and look south of the border of the Rio Bravo, what do we find ourselves with? Enforced disappearances, rape, torture, trafficking in persons for purposes of sexual exploitation, labor and organ trafficking; a genocide of migrants. How does Central America treat undocumented migrants from other countries, do not they also carry out deportations?
The raids in the United States are an everyday occurrence, who denounces them, what international media is paying attention to and follow-up? What is happening with the Trump government is nothing new, Obama deported about 3 million undocumented. When Obama just became president raids were made on train stations, bus stations, restaurants, nightclubs, factories, just as the Trump administration is doing today.
And so it happened throughout his presidency, it is just that the media did not publish it. It will happen with Trump too, after a few months the media will stop publishing the massive deportations taking place under his rule, why? Because there comes a time when the pariah is no longer profitable, then he is discarded.
Under Obama and in agreement with the governments of Felipe Calderón and Peña Nieto, there was an increase in abuses towards immigrants in transit by government and police authorities, mafias that are within the country’s immigration authorities. What is taking place in Mexico is genocide, incomparable with the U.S deportations. Where is the global denunciation of it? There is no greater ingratitude than that of the Dominican Republic against its Haitian brothers. With which morality do they question the United States actions against the undocumented immigrants? Of course it must be condemned; deportations are unjust, but just as they put the United States in the eye of the storm it is necessary to denounce what Latin American countries are doing with their own brothers.
The treatment given by Argentina to its Uruguayan and Bolivian brothers. The discrimination suffered by Haitians and Colombians who are migrating to Chile, and all because of their ethnicity and skin color.
Arriving in the United States as undocumented, is a triumph in the face of adversity, not because there is an American dream, but because of what it means to be a migrant in transit in countries that treat their brothers as scum; the true tragedy is experienced when somebody migrates in the veins of a Latin America impinged by corruption, brazenness and opprobrium.
For a second let us take the United States from our radar and see the complete map, the worst tragedy for an undocumented in the United States is not deportation, it is not to be taken out of this country, because in the end here he’s also a pariah; it is to have to return to a land that abused, humiliated and forced him to migrate along a path that will leave him with open wounds for the rest of his life.
Let us then ask ourselves with the same anger (or double standards) with which we question the United States for the deportations, what are these countries doing so that their citizens do not emigrate in a forced manner? What are they doing in order to provide opportunities for a better life to those who are being deported?
We all know the answers. Every time we set out to question the behavior of others we’d better pay attention to ours. As Latin American I feel disappointed and terribly sad for the inhumanity of our countries that humiliate our brothers up to the point of stripping them of all human dignity.
In the end we are no better than the United States.
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