This past weekend, the raids began, with parents and children being detained in military-style operations in several southern and border states. Fear has spread through immigrant communities around the country.
The people of Davis, California don't think so, as The New York Times reports this week. Their police department is returning the Pentagon's gift of a "mine-resistant, ambush-protected" motorized tank (MRAP).
For immigrants, both documented and undocumented, arrest even without imprisonment can lead to being taken away from loved ones through deportation. We have to ask ourselves: what is being done to our communities?
It is open season on the Latino community in Arizona -- people in Latino neighborhoods are afraid to leave their houses because they feel their arrest on suspicion of being an undocumented immigrant could happen at any moment.
From the SWAT team raids on immigrants to the para-military Minutemen staking out the US-Mexico border, we're turning our nation into a war zone in violation of every decent principle on which our nation was founded.