Thursday, Jan. 28, was a cold morning in Durham, North Carolina. Wildin David Guillen Acosta went outside to head to school, but never made it. He was thrown to the ground and arrested by agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He has been in detention ever since. Wildin, now 19 years old, fled his home in Olancho, Honduras more than two years ago. He was detained when crossing the border, but, as he was a minor at the time, he was allowed to join his family in North Carolina. He started out at Riverside High School, and was set to graduate this June.
Thank you, Amy Goodman. Your robust reporting brings so many stories to light that otherwise would remain in the shadows.
What galls me most here, apart from the cruel injustice, is the FACT that it was U.S. foreign financial policy (NAFTA, CAFTA) that wrecked the agrarian economies of nations like Honduras. Then, when local people couldn't get work, the gangs moved in to take over and terrorize good people.
So some manage to get to the U.S. where they're treated like criminals.
It's insane and reminds me of the parallel way that nations across the Middle East have been bombed back to the Stone Age. Then, when further violence breaks out (or the ongoing wars continue to spread misery) and people seek asylum in Europe, in many instances they're treated very badly.
The other thought is that as U.S. citizens either tolerate or feel paralyzed in altering the increasing police presence inside "the homeland," a day will come when all that uniformed martial power won't take aim at the Honduran. It will aim for those individuals designated as undesirables due to their political views, cultural customs, and likely... intelligence.