Immigration raids unjustified

A recent speech on immigration raids by Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, D-Ca., has members of the right-wing media up in arms. âÄúWho in this country would not want to change a policy of kicking in doors in the middle of the night and sending a parent away from their families?âÄù Pelosi stated. She then continued controversially by calling these actions un-American and declaring that agencies like the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) require policy reform. In Minnesota, the problems articulated by Pelosi seem distant. They invoke images of sunny border towns like dusty El Paso or San Diego. However, immigration raids by ICE shocked MinneapolisâÄôs Latino population just two years ago and continue to be a threat to this day. During my work as a tutor for under-privileged Latino children, I have had the opportunity to witness the effects that raids like these can have on my students. Could you imagine trying to focus on your education while you didnâÄôt know whether your parents were being dragged out of your home? Immigration raids and other factors, such as high tuition rates, are only some of the injustices combining to create the high drop-out rates among Latinos. If we want this demographic to contribute to society and the community, why do we keep them uneducated? Surely there is a more humane manner in which this dilemma can be settled. Kevin Werner University student