US Border Patrol execution of undocumented Guatemalan woman sparks anger and nationwide protests
4 June 2018
Last week, thousands of people demonstrated in cities throughout the United States and internationally against the anti-immigrant policies of the Trump administration. They demanded justice for 19-year-old undocumented migrant Claudia Gomez Gonzalez, who was summarily executed by a US Border Patrol agent in the border town of Rio Bravo near Laredo, Texas, on May 23.
The largest of the demonstrations, organized by a coalition of labor, immigrant rights, and civil liberties groups under the name “Families Belong Together,” were held Friday in more than 20 cities across the US and in Barcelona, Spain, in opposition to the Trump administration’s policy of separating undocumented migrant children from their parents.
This cruel policy—which was first employed under President George W. Bush and continued under President Barack Obama, though never made official policy until this year—forces children to live with relatives or unrelated foster families, sometimes hundreds of miles from the detention camps where their parents are held as they await prosecution and deportation for the so-called crime of “illegal entry.” The threat of having one’s family torn apart is designed to act as a deterrent against entry by those fleeing the violence and economic devastation that US imperialist intervention and domination has produced in much of Latin America.
During just two weeks in May, 658 children were removed from their families under the program. According to a recent report by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Department of Health and Human Services has lost track of nearly 1,500 immigrant children after separating them from their…