OPINION: Answering the Call—Immigration Reform 2019

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When I heard the news of the ICE raids in my home state of Mississippi, it horrified me, but I can't say I was surprised. I come from Mississippi, where the struggle for unity and racial harmony has always been particularly tough and violent. For years, blacks in the state have struggled to be as equal as whites.

After every other state in the union has done the right thing and removed the Confederate symbol from their flags, Mississippi stands alone, steeped in injustice and fear. I need you to understand that I come from there. I know the history of my home state. This is the state that is the last stronghold of overt racism and hatred towards African Americans.

Mississippi is where Emmett Till, a 14-year-old boy, was kidnapped and murdered—his killers known but allowed to walk free. This is the state where police arrested nine students at Tougaloo College, all on a quest to reach their academic goals in their effort to live the American dream. Their crime? Reading in a "whites only" public library. The entirety of the University of Mississippi erupted in outrage because of the Supreme Court's decision to allow a black man, James Meredith, to attend the school. The riot was so terrible that the National Guard had to mobilize for Meredith's protection.

Now in 2019, this is the state where 680 undocumented workers were arrested in one of the biggest immigration sweeps in America history. These workers were at their jobs trying to make an honest living for their families, and many had just dropped off their kids to school for the first day after summer vacation in Mississippi. I am not surprised that Mississippi is yet again obtaining a horrible record of discrimination. The arrests were a result of the administrative investigation with the

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