July 25, 2009

THE DEMONIZATION OF WORK:

Girl bears brunt of immigration sweep that took parents (Richard Ruelas, Jul. 23, 2009, The Arizona Republic)

Katherine Figueroa was at an aunt's house on that Saturday morning, playing a game with her cousin, when she heard the man on TV say there had been a raid at the car wash where her parents worked.

"Something came to me in my mind that they got my parents, they got them both," the 9-year-old said.

Katherine ran to the living room in time to see her father on the screen, his hands clasped with zip ties. The anchorman said deputies were arresting people suspected of being illegal immigrants. Katherine screamed, then started to cry.

"The sheriff got them working," she recalled, not bothering to wipe her tears. "They weren't doing anything. They were just working."

Katherine does not have a detailed opinion on immigration reform. Or the effectiveness of workplace raids. Or local police agencies enforcing immigration laws.

She just knows how her parents' arrests have upended her life.


Like our periodic bouts of isolationism, we ultimately recognize those of nativism as so despicable that we return to decency.

Posted by Orrin Judd at July 25, 2009 10:12 AM
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