Today I read this Facebook post by Brownsville and Rio Grande Valley native Claudia Michelle Serrano. It hit me in a soft spot because she articulated something I’m constantly trying to express in my artwork. The idea that undocumented and documented border communities are linked, they are friends, families, students, neighbors and so much more. Here it is with her permission:
“Clearly Brownsville should be a sanctuary city, yet it’s never really been said. Now we have a dilemma where all this growth and development for the city can be undermined by state and federal regulatory policy that will remand police to arrest those they deem as undocumented.
Do you think the city commissioners, or any department of the city dependant on the money to continue their projects will defend the undocumented when their growth completely depends on government grants in funding?
I don’t think so. I think this city has to make a hard choice and I kinda think they may turn their backs on the undocumented people here….
When they say the echoes of colonialism run deep, this is what they mean. This specific situation right here. I know many undocumented people I call friends…they ain’t no different than actual citizens here. It’s just that imaginary line…
The irony is that Brownsville celebrates Charro Days, a shared border celebration of culture and financial cooperation that existed before walls in the 20th century.
The State is eradicating the love in this community and I’m sure we aren’t the only ones. Is money more important than people? I guess we’ll see.”
- Laura and the Indian Baby - August 7, 2018
- On The Eradication of Love by the State: How a historically blended border city faces hard choices between growth and solidarity - February 9, 2017
- “Anchor Baby” the Slur from a Xicana Perspective - January 23, 2015