Many Latinos in this country are neither illegal nor undocumented but rather refugees
by Fernando A. Torres. Jan. 29, 2013
The set of immigration reform principles released today by the bi-partisan gang of eight lacks one of the most important issues related to immigration from Latin America; the policy of intervention that for centuries has desolated our neighbors to the south.
As San Francisco Poet Laureate Alejandro Murguía put it in his recent inaugural speech “many Latinos in this country are neither illegal nor undocumented but rather refugees from the military political and economic chaos of Latin American caused in large by US foreign policies.”
As an example, Murguía cited “the house of Honduras, burned down couple years ago by our current administration, the President, Hillary Clinton etc.” Because of that US-backed 2009 coup d’état that removed President Manuel Zelaya, “Honduras has become the most violent country on the face of the earth. With more violent deaths “than Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, West Oakland and La Mission.”
As the 6th San Francisco Poet Laureate, Murguía went on to deliver his first poetic prophecy; “It doesn’t matter how high, how wide, how long, you build that fence. As long as you keep burning down the houses of Latin America those refugees will continue to fly over it.”
Ave poetae laureati Murguía!