Civil Rights Leader Reverend Jarrett Maupin Likens Central American Children to Freedom Riders / Rosa Parks Bus Incident
Phoenix, AZ -- Reverend Jarrett Maupin, a Civil Rights leader in Arizona, has harsh words for the Tea Party and the terrorizing treatment of Central American refugee children.
Our elected leadership that remembers the struggles of Civil Rights must remember that today is the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act and if the Civil Rights Act has any power remaining it should be enforced to protect the dignity and safety of these minor children. These children are no different than than the freedom riders of the 1950's who were stopped because of the color of their skin.
The federal government needs to protect these children because Tea Party Republicans are trying to stop these young brown children because of the color of their skin. The racists of yesterday tried to make Rosa Parks go to the back of the bus, however, the racist tea party people today do not want these children to be on the bus at all.
The continued injustice being perpetrated against these immigrant children in border regions is unfortunate and preventable. Clearly this is a humanitarian crisis. Isolationism and nationalism is not the answer.
If the tea party racists really wanted to do something to improve the situation, they would call Republican party members of Congress to urge the passage of immigration reform that was passed by the Senate over a year ago. Their unwillingness to GOP Congressional leaders in support of legal immigration reform exposes their true motives of their so called activism. This is more about exercises in racism than solutions to make our Nation safer, our economy stronger and to protect Civil and human rights.
Shame on the tea party.
Congress can no longer hide behind extremists masquerading as patriots.
I'm urging the administration to act swiftly and boldly within his legal executive jurisdiction, and I hope President Obama continues to put pressure on Congress.