At the writing of this commentary, the Senate is on the verge of approving a final “deal.” AFSC staff have been attentive to news reports and chatter from inside the DC Beltway. What is clear is that the final Senate product will be much worse than anticipated, especially for southern border communities, and immigrant workers. No amount of positive amendments can improve the bill at this point. However the bill’s provisions are not the focus of this week’s commentary.
AFSC staff have expressed their sorrow about the death of Anastasio Hernandez Rojas, an immigrant who died after being tasered by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent during Memorial Day weekend. A father of five children who were born in the United States, Hernandez was recently deported to Mexico after living in the U.S. for many years.
AFSC, along with immigrant community partners, have long called for a demilitarization of the Mexico-U.S. border and new policies that protect the rights and dignity of all, including immigrants.
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