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Op-Ed: Paychecks or Humanity?

I cross the international border between Cd. Juarez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas about 4 times a week. I am amongst the thousands of transnational fronterizxs that live their life crossing the frontera as part of their weekly routine.

I cross over there easily to enjoy what I call the homeland. My veins bleed proud Mexican blood that was passed onto me by my parents.

When I cross back, I am questioned as to why I was in Juarez and my answer is always the same, because it’s my second home. I detest Border Patrol; the migra that instills fear into so many people.

Now, I’m often antagonized when I share my opinions about Border Patrol and ICE. People will argue that those people who work for these government sectors are simply people, like you and I, who are trying to make a living.

I think it’s important to note that I am in no way trying to dehumanize these men and women who work for CBP and ICE. But I also find that the attempt to separate these humans from the accountability of their actions is problematic.

At this very moment, there are men, women and children in cages like animals. They spent days outside, underneath a bridge exposed to whatever the climate was. It was reported that children had bruises on their bodies from sleeping on the floor on top of rocks.

Whether or not Border Patrol agents “signed up” to do this when they applied for the job, they did it and they continue to get paid to do it. This makes every single man and woman who works for Border Patrol guilty of accepting paychecks for executing the inhumane treatment of migrant men, women and children.

I’ve had this conversation with both those who agree with me and those who disagree, and it seems like the argument I’ve come across the most is that these people who work for this government or this current administration need to feed their own families and thus have no choice.

If we can make this argument for these modern oppressive structures, can we not make them for say, Nazi soldiers and SS officers?

It can be argued that it is unlikely that EVERY SINGLE NAZI shared Adolf Hitlers’ dream of a “pure Germany,” but does that erase the damage that was done by every single Nazi that helped exterminate 6 million Jews?

How do we separate the inherently racist jobs that people do from the person who does them?

The answer is simple. We don’t.

If the humanity of others can be erased by a paycheck, then you are part of a broken system and you should and will be held accountable for the evil actions that you enact.

Border Patrol and ICE are organizations that’s entire existence is dependent on racist and xenophobic policies.

These conversations are uncomfortable for many people because we don’t want to think of our Tio in CBP or father in ICE as racist or xenophobic. And maybe they’re not blatantly so.

But when they put on a badge and drag children into cages, they are fueling a system that sees citizenship as a dealbreaker for treating someone as a human being that deserves respect and THAT is xenophobic. When an organization specifically targets folx with brown skin while simultaneously ignoring migrants from other countries (that are white), that IS racist.

There will be accountability.

Revolution is coming and it will remember the monsters who “did their job” and ignored morality.

Guest Contributor: Chandelier Kahlo  |  Previous Columns HERE

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Beto O’Rourke to march, speak against border wall during Trump rally in El Paso

Beto O’Rourke is not shying away from the spotlight as President Donald Trump prepares to hold a rally in the El Paso hometown of the former congressman and potential presidential candidate.

On Monday evening, O’Rourke will lead a march through the city and then speak at a “Celebration of El Paso” event at 7 p.m. local time — across the street from Trump’s rally and at the same time it is set to begin, according to O’Rourke’s team. The events, which will feature music and other speakers, are intended to highlight El Paso’s strength as a binational community — and push back against Trump’s long-sought border wall.

The rally comes as O’Rourke nears a decision on whether to join the Democratic race to challenge Trump in 2020 following a closer-than-expected loss to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in November. On Tuesday, O’Rourke promised a 2020 decision by the end of the month.

Earlier Monday, O’Rourke will join his successor in Congress, Rep. Veronica Escobar, for a conference call to “denounce Trump’s campaign rally in El Paso and his fixation on a racist and useless border wall,” organizers said. And on Friday evening, O’Rourke returned to his favorite blogging platform — Medium — to offer a prebuttal to Trump’s trip.

“Monday we will welcome the president to one of the safest cities in the United States,” O’Rourke wrote. “Safe not because of walls, and not in spite of the fact that we are a city of immigrants. Safe because we are a city of immigrants and because we treat each other with dignity and respect.”

Author:  PATRICK SVITEK – The Texas Tribune

Op-Ed: A Dispatch from the Most Dangerous City in America

It’s just past 8 p.m. in the Desert Southwest.  A drab, uneven rain falls across El Paso County, the Franklin Mountains wear a fedora of low-hanging clouds; the Star dimly shines through the February mist.

It’s the perfect scene, in a deadly city, for another murder.

Hundreds of thousands of victims, mowed down in a burst; a fully-automatic bombastic claim – met with applause.  Character assassination of an entire region and people on a public stage.

Thousands of miles away, a verbal murder takes place. In plain sight.  And televised.

“The border city of El Paso, Texas, used to have extremely high rates of violent crime — one of the highest in the country, and considered one of our Nation’s most dangerous cities. Now, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of our safest cities. ” President Donald J. Trump, State of the Union, February 5, 2019

Simply put: the President of the United States lied about our home town.

Lied.

There are many ways to disprove this lie, I could link to a thousand sites and most would be discredited or explained away Mr. Trump’s hardcore supporters – even tagged as ‘Fake News.’

Tuesday night, the President lied on live T.V.  And the people – the victims of the lie – those that know the truth are our neighbors, our family and our friends. You, reading this column. YOU know the truth.

Never has El Paso led the country in violent crime – or any other type of crime.  Never.

According to the El Paso Police Department,  at our worst in 1993, we had 56 murders.  New York City – Trump’s hometown and business headquarters – had 1946 – and that’s not even their high number.  But that’s not the point.

Trump Lied.  And has lied before. And will lie again.

I am not alone in this.  Check out our local leaders…

And Barela added this emailed comment:

Statement from State Sen. José Rodríguez, D-El Paso

The president lied again about El Paso. I will not repeat the lie, but will state the truth: El Paso has low crime rates, and has since the early 1990s. It is past time for elected officials to stop lying about the border, and about immigrants. Texas leaders have an obligation to stand up for Texas communities. El Paso and other border communities are economic and cultural engines, contributing to the prosperity of Texas and the United States.

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I could continue to post tweets, emails, screenshots, and more.  But they all say the same thing, the same thing millions of Americans have been saying for the last few years about the President of the United States.

He is frequently factually incorrect.  He produces alternative facts like GM produces cars.  This is something we all knew before he was elected.

And still he was elected.

And now, one of his biggest lies has come home to roost in our collective back yard.

But this one hits home.  And everyone knows it.  Even the excuse makers, you know the ones.

“I remember how dangerous it was back in the day, I used to be afraid of driving down Border Highway because of the people crossing.”

“The Border Patrol couldn’t even help you if you were dragged back into Juarez and got mugg [sic]”

“The cartels are setting off car bombs in El Paso.” (Editor’s note: this last one was from a Governor of Texas)

Lies.  Half-heard tales. Urban legends.

It would not surprise me if President Trump were to begin citing Mexican organ thieves as yet another reason for a border wall.

So what say you?  You who know the truth about your own town.

The El Pasoan who put his or her trust in the President to ‘Make America Great Again’ – you’ve given him a wide berth on several issues that would have deterred and defeated any other candidate – but this one is in your back yard. Literally and physically.

It’s easy for some to blow this comment off, or make more excuses for the President, but you know the truth, deep down. Watching the news – be it from 1965, 1993 or yesterday – you know the truth about your hometown – and it just doesn’t line up with what the president said.

Not by a long shot.

According to the El Paso Inc. – via theNew York Times – the President is rumored to be headed to El Paso on February 11th.  Knowing him, it will be to take credit for the wall and for making El Paso one of the safest cities in the US.

But you know the truth. You know the EPPD officer that did that. Or the soldier, or the Border Patrol Agent did that. You know your neighbor that did that.  And you know it was never, ever as bad as the President of the United States said.

In fact, you and your family did more to make El Paso safe for the last few decades than any President ever did – or will.

Don’t let this lie go unanswered; Be the truth that we all know, and then pass it on.

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