Is there even one elected official from San Antonio and Corpus Christi south

who would be willing to open two forums in her or his district?

The topics:

– Debate, and consider a resolution, if the entity should be a Sanctuary City (or county).

– Debate, and consider a resolution, if the entity would denounce President

Donald Trump’s immigration policies.

At least one border official, Brownsville Mayor Tony Martinez has spoken via

signing a letter to the President ,with other border mayors,of opposing those

policies. But it is a far cry from calling for open forums. Good first step,

though, Mayor!

South Texas’ eyes and memories need not focus on Europe, Asia or Africa

when it comes to immigration. Hundreds of thousands of Mexicans, some

were even United States citizens, were deported in two waves: 1930 and 1950s.

Deportations continued under the Barack Obama administrations; Mexicans

and Central Americans were the main deportees.

Virtually every official knows someone who can vividly recall the backyard

deportations’pains, old and recent.


And some might know of the horrors visited upon humans fleeing repression,

war and hunger the past two centuries – how these millions could have been

saved if wealthy countries had opened their doors.


When the tragic dust of this year and the upcoming ones has settled, some

officials will be asked:

“So, what did you do when immigrants and refugees were denied entrance to the

United States?”



Author: Gene Novogrodsky

Eugene “Gene” Novogrodsky, a Brownsville resident for nearly three decades, writes North American border slices, from eastern Canada to central Mexico, and in between. He is one of the founders of the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center Writers Forum in San Benito. He sometimes participates with the informal Resaca Writers Group in Brownsville. He prefers, however, to read to two or three attentive listeners – when asked!


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