Tuesday, March 18, 2008

HIS PANIC !!!!! It's getting ugly out there!!!!!!!!!!

There's no safe place for Hispanics, Latinos do to a heavy wave of fear mongering, scapegoating and racial profiling by some Anti Immigrants, Anchor News, ICE and even school officers

The deportation of a high school student in Roswell, N.M., presents yet another example of the need for immigration reform.

Last November, Karina Acosta, a senior at Roswell High, was dropping off a student at a middle school when a police officer noticed she was blocking a fire lane.

The officer followed Ms. Acosta to the high school, and ticketed her when he discovered she had no driver's license. He asked her for proof of legal U.S. residency. An Undocumented immigrant, Ms. Acosta had no documentation. He called immigration authorities.

Thus, even though Ms. Acosta was a senior at the school and making good grades, she was sent back to Mexico.

Teachers, parents and other people in Roswell are upset over the incident, the Associated Press reports. They may have legal justification from a 1982 Supreme Court ruling that guarantees children who are in the country illegally the right to a public education.

Federal authorities generally do not enforce immigration policy on school grounds, AP notes. But the officer in the case was a member of Roswell's police force who was assigned to the school.

After parents protested the action, the officer was taken off the school beat and the program that placed him at the high school was suspended.

In a similar case in 2004, three students who were arrested at an Albuquerque high school on immigration charges sued the police, who later settled, reports the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Making students vulnerable to deportation at school interferes with their right to public education, said Jennifer Moore, who teaches human rights and refugee law at the University of New Mexico.

School is supposed to be a safe place, and the 1982 law indicates a right to education for young undocumented immigrants. But the larger issue has to do with immigration policy as a whole — it is in disarray.

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