Our report this month includes news stories about the implications of the Supreme Court decision in Hernández v. Mesa; the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the six Jesuit priests and their two coworkers in El Salvador; and the ways in which the anti-immigrant attitude of Arizona’s political climate is now giving way to a new wave of politicians whose lives were directly impacted by these policies and who are taking office to change realities in the state.
- Supreme Court hearing of cross-border shooting: On Tuesday, November 12, the Supreme Court heard two cases of great relevance to immigrants and border communities. One regarded the continuation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and the second considered whether the family of a Mexican teenager, Sergio Adrian Hernández Güereca, had the right to sue in a U.S. court following his 2010 killing by a U.S. Border Patrol agent. If the Supreme Court does move forward in restricting Sergio’s family to sue, which appears to be most likely outcome, this sets a deeply troubling precedent for the lack of impunity and the use of excessive force among CBP and its agents. Read more here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/legal-issues/supreme-court-seems-wary-of-allowing-families-of-slain-mexican-teens-to-sue-us-border-agents/2019/11/12/ddcb3430-0259-11ea-8bab-0fc209e065a8_story.html
- 30th anniversary of the El Salvador Martyrs: November 16 is the 30th anniversary of the murder of six Jesuit priests and two others in El Salvador by the Salvadoran military. The priests were assassinated because of the ways in which they spoke out for the rights and dignity of the poor, and the two others—a housekeeper and her teenaged daughter—were killed so there would be no witnesses. These murders shed international light on the brutality of the Salvadoran military at this time. This year’s anniversary is poignant as it compels a reflection of global injustices that persist, as well as the realities of contemporary Salvadoran society. Read more here: https://www.ncronline.org/news/justice/after-30-years-theologian-says-martyrs-work-continues-el-salvador
- Arizona Politicians Emerge In Response to Anti-Immigrant Climate: In recent years, Arizona gained notoriety for its virulent anti-immigrant policies and practices such as SB 1070. In the last several months, however, a new wave of Arizona politicians have emerged who were directly impacted by widespread deportations and the push against undocumented immigrants. In Tucson, Phoenix, and beyond, newly elected officials seek to make change for immigrants in the state through policy. Read more here: https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2019/11/10/joe-arpaio-arizona-latino-activists-elected-office-229906