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“They Call It Karma”

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Border Patrol agents patrol the US-Mexico border prior to an Easter mass at the fence separating the two countries at Friendship Park in San Ysidro, California on Sunday, April 16, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Sandy Huffaker (Photo credit should read SANDY HUFFAKER/AFP/Getty Images)

It’s hard to feel bad for a Mexican-American CBP agent who has now been found to be undocumented himself and is facing deportation. Of course the case is completely unjust. He had no idea he was undocumented but his family never told him. The entire system is a grotesque racist farce that only hurts people while doing nothing to help native-born Americans. But this agent also was an active participant in that program and had justified to himself all the actions he had taken to kick other people out of this nation. It’s a good window into the complexities and contradictions of the border, how when Latinos join these fascist agencies it creates lots of issues within their families and their lives. It would be nice for people to read this story and realize that all of these people should be allowed to stay in the United States, but if that was going to happen, we wouldn’t be engaging in widespread ethnic cleansing in the first place. Instead, he’s now just one of the “bad guys,” whatever that means. He may be killed in Mexico because he is well known for his actions as a border agent. Don’t even know what to say.

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