The grownups sat on their long chair called couch
And talked of the weather, the dew of the blossoms’ morning
And what might happen to us, the children.
Mom said don’t leave the house, not without
Papers. Do I dare speak of the papers hoarded
In corners? How many more poems can you write
About a face spackled with fear before
It holds you? The reader aiming, too.
Let us find a charcoaled corner, you and I,
Where we will lay these words. Leave children
To sleep in windowless rooms. The mother
Biting a prayer. The country weaving a tomb.
– Jose Antonio Rodriquez
Rio Arriba and Española have some of the best “sanctuary” ordinances in the country thanks to the work of organizations like Somos Un Pueblo Unido.. However, the struggle continues with the current administration planning to hire 15,000 more ICE and border patrol agents. We are called to protect immigrants and those who are most vulnerable and to combat hatred against the people of other cultures.. We will speak truth to those in power. We will stand with those who are threatened. We will not yield to racism and bigotry.
Links to resources you can download and contact information for other groups and community leaders are here.
Immigrant Legal Resource Center ilrc.org