A U.S. citizen was arrested while protesting a Donald Trump rally in Arizona, but unlike the others who were detained, she was handed over to immigration authorities simply because of her last name.
Jacinta Gonzalez, from the Puente Human Rights Movement, chained herself to a vehicle during the protest, which blocked the main route of travel to Trump’s rally. She was one of three people arrested that day, but unlike the others who were released, she was interrogated by federal deportation agents.
The two others were able to go home but because of my last name I was questioned by ICE and transferred to their custody. As I was trying to defend my rights inside, I saw the faces of two children in one of the holding cell. We’re going to continue to fight, to say #Not1More, and Dump Trump.
Gonzalez said she was detained and investigated for no other reason than “racial profiling.” When the other protesters who had been arrested were sent on their way, she was kept behind and turned over to “immigration custody.”
After going to court and talking to the judge, two of my colleagues were released but because of my Latino surname I was transported to immigration custody. Anyone that they suspect because of racial profiling — because of someone’s last name — they are able to take in.
Marisa Franco is the director of Mijente, a Latino hub that was involved in organizing the protests and also gave the protesters a platform to speak out afterward. She said that they will “shut down” Trump and his hateful rhetoric.
“People will not sit quietly as Trump campaigns to move us back in the shadows, to the back of the bus, or back in the closet,” Franco said. “The greatest act of love we can show is to shut down hate where it rears its head and demand that we do better than the cheap politics and false solutions that Trump is peddling. The billionaire may want to pit poor people against each other but our necks are not available for standing on.”
Carlos Garcia, Executive Director of Puente Arizona, explained why it is so important to stand up to Trump’s hateful rhetoric, referencing SB1070 from 2010.
“In Arizona we’ve heard Trump’s hate before and we know where it gets us,” Garcia said. “The Trump effect isn’t just about a candidate. Trump’s ugly rhetoric is being turned into policy proposals as we speak that threaten the wholeness of our families and the safety of our communities. All people of conscience have to unite to stop it.”
Watch Jacinta Gonzalez tell her story here, via Puente Arizona:
Featured image via Mijente