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26Jan/21

SMC club hosts ‘Week of Action’ to explore child immigration policy

first_imgLa Fuerza, a club that celebrates Latina culture at Saint Mary’s, organized a “Week of Action” on campus this past week to address pressing issues facing the Latin community, sophomore Maria Hernandez, president of the club, said.Hernandez said the theme of the week was “Into the Unknown: The Immigration Journey of Unaccompanied Minors.” She said she thought this theme was especially important as there was an influx of unaccompanied minors crossing the border into the U.S. from Latin America this past summer.“This was not the first time unaccompanied minors have come to the United States,” Hernandez said. “This has been and will continue to be an ongoing issue within the immigration sphere.“This recent crisis has exposed the many issues within the immigration system. These issues range from humanitarian to political issues — which is why La Fuerza decided to cover this particular issue from a variety of perspectives.”A panel of community members spoke about their experiences with immigration Tuesday, Hernandez said.Jose Alvarez, a senior at Holy Cross, spoke about the experience of his five-year-old cousin, who traveled from Honduras to Mexico via plane and then was sent across the border with ‘coyotes,’ people who smuggle immigrants into the U.S., Hernandez said.Hernandez said it was important for students to hear Alvarez’s story because the audience was able to put a face to the week’s theme of immigration and unaccompanied minors.Alvarez also showed a video of his cousin reuniting with his aunt in the U.S. after the long journey.After the journey, Jose’s cousin said he just wanted to eat pizza, which helped strengthen the audience’s connection to the child, Hernandez said.Throughout Alvarez’s story, there was also a great amount of information about how his cousin was treated while in the custody of the immigration system, Hernandez said.“[Alvarez shared] how his cousin was given one sandwich a day [while in custody] and a thin ‘aluminum foil’ type blanket which did not keep him warm,” she said. “Jose also shared how his cousin had to sign a paper stating he understood his basic rights.”On Wednesday, Fr. Daniel Groody, associate professor of theology and director of immigration initiatives at the Institute for Latino Studies at Notre Dame, spoke about his experience working on the border of U.S. and Mexico, Hernandez said.Representatives from Saint Mary’s Republican Club and Democrat Club also engaged in a political debate about immigration Thursday as part of the week’s events, Hernandez said.Overall, the week was designed for students to understand multiple viewpoints about child immigration because there are many injustices surrounding the issue, Hernandez said.“There is a lack of intercultural understanding, which is why we wanted to cover a wide variety of perspectives, because many people have different understandings of this issue,” she said. “We find it necessary to offer all perspectives to tackle this issue, to improve the lives of these children and learn what we can do to ensure their situation gets better.” Tags: Immigration, La Fuerza, unaccompanied minors, Week of Actionlast_img read more

29Aug/20

[VIDEO] “Death or stroke awaits me if I fight Bastie again”- Bukom Banku

first_imgPopular Ghanaian cruiser weight boxer, Braimah Kamoko aka Bukom Banku has stated that a rematch with rival Basite Samir is very unlikely to happen because of health reasons.Kamoko says that should he get back into the ring to face Bastie, he will suffer a stroke or worse, he could die.He made this revelation on UTV in a video which made the rounds on Monday. Kamoko was speaking to Halifax Ansah Addo of UTV.The two boxers were involved in a non-title bout in 2017 which was intense due to the rivalry between the two boxers. Bastie prevailed on the night at the Bukom Boxing Arena via a 7th round knockout in a result that sent shock waves all through the country.But it seems fans may not see a rematch since Kamoko has underlined the dangers he faces should he attempt facing Bastie again.“I still think about that from 2 years ago and I still do not understand how I lost to Bastie because I believed that he was not match for me.However, I was scared at the time of the bout because I almost suffered a stroke that night. When I was getting into the ring, I saw that Bastie was larger in size. I knew him to be shorter than I was but he looked taller.Stunned: Bukom Banku on the canvas after Basite had knocked him outI asked my coach to confirm if that was really Bastie in the ring and he confirmed. That night at the arena, everything was in Bastie’s corner.Even the mineral water being sold was supporting Bastie. Millions of people supported him while I had only five people going for me.Should I face Bastie again, I will either suffer a stroke or I will die.”Kamoko went on to say that after tasting international boxing, there was no way he would risk his life in a rematch but that Bastie Samir’s supporters and associates should get their boxer the chance to fight outside Ghana.This year, Kamoko fought in the United Kingdom and defeated Ferenc Albert in a cruiser weight bout.Below is the video of Bukom Banku speaking on UTV:last_img read more