Too many politicians and other institutions
fueled by rhetoric dehumanizing
Hiding the realities of why people are migrating
Masking decades of U.S. policies
funding repressive regimes
and military trainings in Central American countries
Revealing the depths of U.S. imperialism and white supremacy
Money making entities
Backed by federal agencies
Benefiting from policies destroying communities
What’s happening in these facilities?
Who’s monitoring these entities?
These growing tent-cities
Not designed for residency
We see the latest studies
The drugging of babies
Many more isolating
No plans for reuniting
Calls for civility at a time of inhumanity
Seems like gas lighting
Linked to centuries of silencing
Challenging our collective memories
About power and inequality
What are our responsibilities in the midst of these realities?
As more people realize the historical and institutional ties
Perpetuating these state-sanctioned crimes
Don’t you hear the cries?
They can’t be drowned out by continual lies
Gilda L. Ochoa teaches Chicana/o-Latina/o Studies at Pomona College. Her latest book is Academic Profiling: Latinos, Asian Americans and the Achievement Gap.