I posted this first excerpt on IG, but go ahead and read it again!
Before the family separation that occurred at the border in 2018, there was not much news about what was happening at the border. The border, a militarized space has been a place of violence and abuse of power for many years. The militarization of the border that began to occur in the 1980’s was the catalyst to the heteronormative, patriarchal, and hyper-masculinity power structure that has been perpetuated and maintained since the 80s. The border, which is surveilled by federal agencies like Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Patrol (CPB), is a place where they can abuse and exercise their power. Many feminist scholarships have informed us about the rapes, sexual assault, and physical abuse that occur to undocumented women at the border by ICE and CBP officials. ICE and CBP officials see these undocumented women as “disposable” and “rapable” since they are the ones who “broke the law by entering illegally.” These reasons are why the rape and sexual violence that happens to undocumented women goes unnoticed, unreported, and unrepresented.
I am here to educate you on how these federal agency officials have treated undocu. women at the U.S.-Mexico Border.
Blanca Bernal in 1993 was raped by Border Patrol agent, Larry Selders.
Salvadoran woman in 1995 was raped by Border Patrol agent, Charles Vinson.
1996 San Diego immigration inspector, Frederick Toothman and another agent, raped and solicited sex from two Guatemalan women
Rosa a minor in 1991 was physically abused by agent Luis Santiago Esteves
INS officer James Edward Riley in 1990 raped and kidnapped multiple women at the border
Luz Lopez and Norma Contreras in 1996 were sexually assaulted by El Paso Border Patrol agents.
Aura Hernandez in 2008 was sexually assaulted by a CBP agent in Texas
THERE ARE SO MANY MORE STORIES THAT HAVE NOT BE COVERED, WRITTEN ABOUT, NOR TOLD.
THESE WOMEN’S STORIES NEED TO BE HEARD AND TAKEN IN ACCOUNT!
ENOUGH IS ENOUGH AND THESE FEDERAL AGENCIES NEED TO BE ABOLISHED AND DEFUNDED!
THEY NEED TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THE INHUMANE TREATMENTS.
Because they are abusing and re-constructing power structures that affect people of color and undocumented individuals. From the border to the detention centers to the streets, ICE have repeatedly misused their power to maintain these heteronormative, nationalistic, racist, hyper-masculine, gender binary constructions that the government and the US has created to “otherize,” oppress, and treat inhumanely people of color/the community of color.
They have also profited off of dehumanizing undocumented detainees, and this is not okay.
I urge that we all come together and stand in solidarity to fight for these undocumented individuals that are detained, afraid, and separate from their children.
This has gone for far too long & this must end NOW.
“Rape, Asylum, and U.S. Border Patrol” Eithne Luibheid
“Rape as a weapon of war: Advancing Human Rights for Women at the US-MX Border” Sylvanna Falcon
I also have a google doc where I have articles, documentaries, shows, books etc. that speak about I.C.E. & the lives of undocu individuals...If interested email me or message me on IG and I can share it.
Thank you again for reading another post.
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