There was a common warning in her home: "Beware of the blue-eyes."

Alonzo says her family and their friends feared deportation, even after they were living here legally.

"They didn't want to draw attention to themselves."

That's done and gone.

In Arizona thousands have taken to the street in protest against S.B. 1070. Abuelas are joined by kids without papers. Together they commit civil disobedience and force arrests.

The Supreme Court doesn't grasp that its decision is not the final word on the subject.

Media everywhere erupted with the recent news that whites now account for a minority of births in America for the first time. Latinos have the highest fertility rate and are already the largest minority.

"If (reform) doesn't happen as part of a revolution," says Alonzo, "the sheer numbers will eventually force change."

See that little roly-poly, hija rock 'n' rolly, wearing Pull-Ups, sporting earrings and sitting on her mama's lap?

She is your future.

Michael Lacey is the executive editor of Village Voice Media.

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Mamerer
Mamerer

Hold employers accountable for proper identification, because they are the only ones benefiting from this situation. No punishment for those without proper ID, just no jobs. The same way it is for my son who wants to live and work in France, he put his name on a list and now he waits, like everyone else.

TXinSF
TXinSF

Why not go after the employers, especially since the majority of "Mexicans" in America are American citizens? If the loss of employment for American citizens is the most important issue, then any rational policy dealing with illegal immigration must start with employers who provide the illegal employment, and thus, the very basis for remaining here illegally. Persecuting the easily persecuted is the hallmark of authoritarianism and sadism, and in the case of these laws targeting people of color, naturally follows from racism.

Dferr
Dferr

Right, so who criminalized the Europeans? Native Americans live in the American CONTINENT. There is a difference of culture where one believes in no man having ownership over the land, while the other believes stealing and claiming land from others is a valid excuse to displace "the visitor". The extent to which North American Europeans have rationalized their ownership in America is a dishonest load of BS.

David Macias
David Macias

"President Obama has deported 1.5 million Latinos, more than any president. Such a massive displacement of humanity does not come without brutality."

"Arf!" Lemming
"Arf!" Lemming

"Then where will they go for a better life?" It won't be Canada , that's for certain... Stephen Harper's government has seen what's happening to USA and the border agents are turning away Americans from a week or 2 visit , 'if' they appear to have too much luggage , etc... This (Mexican invasion) is purely an American phenomenon...

Essem
Essem

What a moronic reply. Are you capable of any kind of logic at all? Real simple. If I enter your house without your permission and hide out in your basement, I am uninvited, undocumented and illegal. If you enter someone else's country without permission, you are there ILLEGALLY.

Essem
Essem

"What S.B. 1070 does is criminalize the undocumented." Yeah, and if someone is in my house without my permission, calling 911 criminalizes the "visitor"... What a dishonest load of BS.

 
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