Eduardo Caraballo, a U.S. citizen born in the United States, was detained for over three days on suspicion of being an illegal immigrant.Despite presenting identifying documents and even his birth certificate, Caraballo was held by federal immigration authorities over the weekend and threatened with deportation, according to an NBC Chicago report. He was only released when his congressman, Luis Gutierrez -- a vocal supporter of immigration reform -- intervened on his behalf.
Juan Varela, 44, was watering a tree in his front yard May 6 when police said his neighbor confronted him, pointed a snub-nosed revolver at his face, and fatally wounded him with a single shot to the neck.Investigators said the neighbor, who was arrested immediately after the shooting, repeated a racial slur several times and told Varela to "go back to Mexico" or he would die. Phoenix police Bias Crimes Unit investigators are looking into the allegations of a hate crime.
There are far more people out there than I ever imagined. They don't like people with brown colored skin. They don't like people who look like they might be illegal immigrants. My son fits into both those categories.
In all honesty I am becoming ever more fearful for his safety, both from government officials such as the ones who detained Eduardo Caraballo and the ones who, vigilante style, take it into their own hands to punish people for the unwritten crime of having brown skin in every corner of our country:
What kind of country have we become? Some imagined the days of lynching and race violence were over with Obama's election, but in fact his presidency has emboldened all those who stoke the fears and anger of far too many people. White people for the most part. White people like me.
I only hope my son doesn't end up paying the price for the insane hatred and violence that has been unleashed against people who aren't white like me.
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