INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The President’s new immigration policy is stirring action and controversy here in Indianapolis. Developments include a planned protest directed at the Indianapolis Star.
But first, the action. According to officials at the Mexican Consulate in Indianapolis there are as many as 75,000 immigrants in Indiana who could be protected from deportation by the order the President issued last week.
Mexican Consul Jorge Sanchez held a news conference to get the word out that that there will be financial support and legal advice available to help anyone who is hoping to avoid deportation under the President’s order.
“It constitutes a historical achievement,” said Sanchez through an interpreter, “for the migrant community, civil society, and will protect a great number of Mexican families.”
It comes as the Indianapolis Star posted an editorial cartoon criticizing the President’s immigration policy. It shows an immigrant family showing up for Thanksgiving dinner.
Online comments called it racist and the Star changed it to remove a mustache from one of the immigrants. The newspaper later deleted it from its website after it drew national notice.
That’s not enough for local businesswoman Veronica Guerrero.
“I’m really upset,” she said, “and the Latino community is very upset, too.”
The executive editor of the Star posted an apology.
“We erred in publishing it,” said Jeff Taylor. “The depictions in this case were inappropriate.”
That’s not enough for Guerrero, either.
“And we are planning to boycott IndyStar,” she said.
It dampens the celebration over the president’s order but not by much.
“Get the documents ready,” said Sanchez through the interpreter. “Don’t pay anything. Don’t give in to frauds or anyone that’s trying to scam people and if you have questions come to the consulate and if we can’t answer it we can get you directly to the people that can.”
The Mexican Consul has already increased staff to handle the demand. It is planning a website and brochures as well as workshops to keep immigrants informed about the steps they need to take to avoid deportation.