The recent ICE raids have left me trying to decide what infuriates me the most: It could be, perhaps, the millions of taxpaying dollars that are put to use in such ridiculous shows of force; the government version of taking their dick out for the world to see. “I warned you, didn’t I?” they say, “now you give me no choice but to fuck you with it”. It’s absurd they think they’ve stumbled into a new concept. After all, the American government is used to fucking immigrants on the daily.
Let’s take Iowa, for example. During the Postville raid of 2008, one of the biggest packing companies in the country lost almost all of their employees. Around 400 of them arrested, over 300 convicted for identity theft and document fraud. Their trials were fast and unfair; most of them were assigned lawyers with no previous experience on immigration law. Shackled at their feet and hands. Kicked while on the ground. Treated like an infestation that’s ruined a good crop. Like the food that reached the table of these ICE officials was never touched by an illegal immigrant. Like the economy of that small town didn’t depend on their presence.
Take the jobs now, why don’t you? Truth is they never wanted them in the first place. Truth is that anyone who lives in the country legally goes above and beyond to avoid those work environments. Truth is Eduardo and Jorge and Alicia were paid way under minimum wage. They were forbidden to take bathroom breaks. The owner even threatened them with physical violence more than once. Yet they continued to show up at work every day. Tolerated it every day. Sucked big ol’ America’s dick every single day of their lives. Not only that, they did it with contempt. Show me an American who’ll go to those extremes to keep a job. I dare you. I double fucking dare you.
Contrary to popular belief, these immigrants won’t just vanish once they’re kicked out. Their bodies won’t turn to dust as their souls ascend to Mexican heaven —God forbid they take the American one as well! Their reality, in fact, is much grimmer. Now they’ll be condemned to countries where they weren’t safe to begin with, countries that stopped being home. Hostile lands that kicked their children out with no mercy, only to be used and abused by a land that wants them as nothing more than labor force. All because George and Mike and Donny decided they were intruders. Usurpers of a land that had already been stolen.
“They’d be more useful back where they came from,” they think —but never say. They know people just like the ones they’re deporting populate every single American-runned sweatshop across the globe… Sorry, should I call them entrepreneurial endeavors instead? Is that a better euphemism? Like it wasn’t a truth universally acknowledged how their fast fashion and modern technology is made by tiny little hands in developing countries. After all, you know how the old saying goes, “Designed in California; made someplace with shitty work laws and cheap employees.”
That’s what the government thinks of them. Nothing more. They’re usable but disposable. Easily replaceable. They’d kick the entire immigrant population if they had a chance. That’s why we raise hell. That’s why we speak up. That’s why we tell them to suck their own giant dick back.