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Despite longstanding policy (cited in LA Times, 3/3/17), US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, picked up a man just after he dropped his 12-year-old daughter off at Academia Avance in Lincoln Heights. His 13-year-old daughter was in the car when he was detained. She can be heard sobbing in the video she shot of this incident through the front window of her family’s car.
The thought of losing a parent, or both parents, to sudden detention and deportation surely gripped the minds of classmates of both daughters. Nothing hampers learning like fear and intense emotion. It leaves us all wondering what we can do to soothe the minds of these children. What do you say to a group of young students faced with the suddenly realistic prospect of catastrophic upheaval?
In Bowling for Columbine, Michael Moore’s documentary response to the terrible shooting that seems to have unleashed the current era of school shootings, Marilyn Manson is asked a similar question. At the time, many people seemed to associate Manson’s music with the pair of shooters and a certain guilt by association crept into the public consciousness. So Moore posed the question, “What would you say to the kids of Columbine?” The dark overlord of goth eloquently responded, “I wouldn’t tell them a damn thing, I would listen to them.”
Our hearts and thoughts go out to the children and the fine staff of Academia Avance, including their brave executive director Ricardo Mireles.
by Dave Leon, director/founder of Painted Brain
Where will these kids go, once their parents are deported? Are the parents going to be taking the children with them, so as to keep their families together? May that have at least some lessening of upheaval on their lives… unsettling is it all.