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What Does an illegal immigrant look like?
Posted by: riverhousebill ()
Date: February 13, 2017 01:22PM

An illegal immigrant
looks like a nickel
tails up
on the sidewalk,
fallen out of someone’s pocket.
She looks like pressed bleached sheets
on cheap beds
tucked tight,
a hundred of them
twelve stories high.
I saw one like a mango,
peeled and sprinkled with chili powder
on a stick like america,
layers cut diagonally,
a flower on Lake Street.
She looks like an amethyst grape
plucked by the millions,
stains like bruises
but she’s sorry and she loves you.
He looks like that kid
I don’t know his name
but he sits over
there
and his lunch stinks.
She looks like a street of Harajuku,
straight cut bang and bangles,
heavy print and bright colors
-oh my bad –
that’s Gwen Stefani!
(She might be legal.)
An illegal immigrant looks like
Chinese Exclusion 1882
Asian Exclusion 1924
Executive Order 9066
Patriot Act 2001
SB1070 five days ago
1911
looks like an angel made of bunk beds and cells
where Chinese men write poems into the wooden wall like it could weather the wait,
looks like a store sign
in 1922
“Absolutely no dogs or Filipinos allowed”,
like 1942 spam
rolled up like an enemy
internment camp sushi.
He is a community tree in the 1930s.
Or the 1940s or the 1960s
who has seen
too
many
dead people
to climb on.
He is a boat
in 1492
sailing the ocean blue
black
brown
red
yellow.
He looks like a hill
made of bodies
covered in grass
and a playground,
like a scar
on the bottom of my feet,
still growing.
He looks like
Joseph Ileto who looked like Vincent Chin who looked like Fong Lee who looked like
your neighborhood postman, like a good husband, like a boy on a
maddening threatening five deviled bicycle,
looked like a good target, like a bad seed, like the wrong crowd, like a jap mother f**ker who stole “our” jobs,
so one by one by a hundred they
killed them
innocently.
Because if you look
like the law
you look
legal.
And the rest of us are just wire cages
and a magic trick away
from knowing whose turn it is
to be the sacrificial pigeon
and it’s showtime,
all the time,
so you need to know the difference.

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Re: What Does an illegal immigrant look like?
Posted by: Panchito ()
Date: February 14, 2017 10:28PM

If being a US citizen is 'legal', then why did over 1 million US citizens were deported?

[en.wikipedia.org]

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The Mexican Repatriation (a.k.a. Repatriation Movement) refers to the mass deportation of Mexican American citizens and the forced return of Mexican nationals to Mexico from the United States between 1929 and 1936.[1][2] The mandate, carried out by American authorities, took place without due process.[3] The Immigration and Naturalization Service targeted Mexicans in California, Texas, and Colorado because of "the proximity of the Mexican border, the physical distinctiveness of mestizos, and easily identifiable barrios."[4] Studies have provided conflicting numbers for how many Mexicans were repatriated during the Great Depression, but estimates range from 500,000 to 2 million.[5][6] In 2005, the State of California passed an official "Apology Act" to those forced to relocate to Mexico, an estimated 1.2 million of whom were United States citizens.[7][8]

The Repatriation is not widely discussed in U.S. history textbooks;[45]


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