By Hipolito Munoz, Managing Editor/Publisher
For a progressive humanist such as myself, it is very difficult to write about anything that would throw shade on our current president, Mr. Barack Obama. Having grown up in a black community in the 80’s I understand and appreciate the struggles he must have had to overcome just to have a successful career. I empathize with the struggle of the black community and I embrace its strength as one of the strongest voices in the struggle for human rights, for every one. So I am very disappointed and angry at his lack of disregard for the fate of the children that he is now targeting for deportation.
These are children that come from environments that the US has created through its drug policies in South and Central America. Its also part of the situation created by just taking all undocumented criminals and sending them back to their country of origin without allowing those states to get ready for them. But, regardless of all that, at the end of the day, these are children and if we want to show the world what type of place the United States can be for folks looking for hope, this is not the way to do it.
Wrapping oneself on the theory of the law is just foolish. The law has been used to subjugate and hurt other humans that were also considered subhuman. It has been used to exclude women and anyone else that the majority or a powerful minority despised or were fearful of.
We have created havoc in other countries and continents and continue to use our isolated and naturally protected borders to save us from consequences other states suffer. I am deeply disappointed that President Obama and his administration have ignored the pain of these children, some of them he is sending back to certain death and poverty. Those in the administration are all very intelligent and President Obama is a constitutional scholar, so I know he has not forgotten or is unaware of the historical use of laws to subjugate and destroy lives, he just doesn’t care enough for these children to speak for them or to give them the chance they deserve. As Martin Luther King Jr. said: “A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus.”