Immigration Protest Sends DHS Scrambling

DACA recipient speaks
A DACA recipient speaks out against current immigration laws.

This nation dates its founding to July 4, 1776. On that day, a document was ratified by 13 colonies of the British Empire. Its authors called it a Declaration of Independence. Britain had another word. Treason. Not only a crime but the highest of crimes.

By the time the Revolutionary War was won and the Constitution had been written, the authors had not forgotten their grudges against the British. The First Amendment guarantees the right “to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

How powerful can one protest be?

Protesters block the entrance to the Federal Courthouse
Protesters block the entrance to the Federal Courthouse used by inmate transport vehicles.

NM Comunidades en Acción y de Fé announced it would hold a protest outside the Las Cruces Federal Courthouse to express their grievances – namely the criminalization of immigration. Protesters would be there when busloads of individuals accused of illegal entry would arrive for assembly line justice known as Operation Streamline.

The Department of Homeland Security was so wary of this single protest that it changed its machine that it is so well oiled they named it Streamline. They changed operations across at least four New Mexico counties so that the transport vehicles would arrive before the protest began.

By 6:15 a.m., the first vehicle hasn’t usually arrived. By that time today, all the buses and vans had arrived, unloaded, and parked.

New Mexico State Representative Angelica Rubio is the Interim Executive Director of CAFÉ and one of the protestors. She praised the clergy and protestors who arrived at 6:45 a.m. to redress their government.

One of several groups of protesters Thursday morning. This group was on the west side of Church Street across from the courthouse.

“I think that has been probably the most beautiful thing about this morning – is that I knew I wasn’t going to have to do this alone. That there are countless people in our community willing to stand up for immigrants and to do the right thing.”

For video of the protests, visit facebook.com/MesillaValleyNewsLC.

Mesilla Valley News has published two stories about Operation Streamline, Operation Streamline: Due Process Via Assembly Line, and Streamline Second Appearance: Pleading Guilty.