EDITORIAL: Mitigating immigration unrest, fear
Rumors circulating in Compton over Trump Administration immigration policy threats fuel widespread fear and unrest It is said that a leader steps up and speaks out when there is an issue or concern within a community
Rumors circulating in Compton over Trump Administration immigration policy threats fuel widespread fear and unrest
It is said that a leader steps up and speaks out when there is an issue or concern within a community that they serve. It takes that kind of leader that people trust and look up to for guidance and leadership when issues that affect their lives arise.
In Compton there is unrest, as with the entire nation regarding the issue of immigration. As rumors spread and panic plagues our community, who is reaching out to those Latino families and immigrants in a state of confusion and fear. These are residents, students, and business owners who contribute to the greater good of our nation.
This is a real issue that impacts many people and puts them in a harrowing place centered on the break-up of families. This should be addressed not only as an immigration issue but as a humanitarian issue, which has taken a toll on adults and children, alike caught up in the fear and confusion. To now, the community has not received a clear explanation of what is going on around them.
One wonders how this will affect the city as a body, or will it be ignored? There are those on the council that represent and work well with the diversity within their districts, but inequality still rears its ugly head and we are still trying birth a new day. We are moving forward, however, because there are many Comptonites who do not see color and are working together to bring about positive change.
Carlos Acevedo, president of the Compton Latino Chamber of Commerce, has taken a lead role in addressing this issue, which has received support from City Atty. Craig Cornwell, City Manager Cecil Rhambo, and community advocates like Lynn Rodgers Boone, and Bill Ivey.