No longer will be allow our bodies to be used for profit; profit from our labor, profit from our incarceration. We are much bigger than being undocumented.
Ilse migrated to the U.S. in 1991 at the age of three from Mexico. She is working towards changing this prison detention system that capitalizes on the imprisonment of our bodies. Obama cannot conveniently protect her under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and yet try to deport her family. She cannot stand by as her family is sought after as raw material for the deportation machine. It is the collective power and love as migrants that gives her the confidence to participate in this action.
“I’ve always had a really big secret that I wanted to, but couldn’t, tell people. My parents lived their daily live in fear. I thought i was the source of the problem, that something was wrong with me. But I learned there are other powers at work here. No longer will be allow our bodies to be used for profit; profit from our labor, profit from our incarceration. We are so much bigger than being an immigrant, being undocumented, bigger even than a political battle. We can define ourselves within our families to acknowledge the beautiful people we are. I hope you share your own stories, and listen, because there will be happiness, and you will be motivated to act.”