United Agenda: Immigrant children—Why we should all care

SAEED SHABAZZ | 6/28/2018, midnight
June 20, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that put an end to separating immigrant families at the U.S./Mexico ...
Rev Al Sharpton speaks at immigration in East Harlem Bill Moore photo

“Additionally, the immigration bills proposed by Congressional Republicans last week ends the diversity visa lottery program, whose recipients are typically from Africa, Asia and the Caribbean and fail to protect Dreamers,” Clarke said. “I cannot and will not support any bill that does not protect the most vulnerable among us.”

“This administration is using babies as pawns to build a wall on the border and using ‘rule of law’ as their excuse to commit these inhumane atrocities,” stated Melanie Campbell, president and CEO of the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation, during a news conference in Washington, D.C., June 18.

June 20, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), speaking from the floor of the House of Representatives said, “Parents and their children have a legal right to seek asylum in this country, no matter how they get here. Federal authorities should not lock [them] up or charge them with made-up crimes. Thoughtful and compassionate nations that are committed to international human rights law should lead by example—by offering kind words, open ears and helping hands.”

New York-based community organizer Rosa Clemente told the AmNews that she was “surprised” to hear, particularly in New York City, there were anti-Latino immigrant sentiments. The independent journalist, hip-hop activist and a vice presidential candidate for the Green Party back in 2008, added, “Where else is there a politically/culturally bond between the African-American, Puerto Rican and Dominican communities?”

Clemente continued, “Maybe we no longer have the same shared experiences that existed in the 1960s. However, all of us must come to understand the bottom-line of white supremacy is to terrorize us into submission.”