No Border, No Nations, Stop Deportations (1st ED, 2012)

Melanie Cervantes
11″ x  17″
2-color screenprint, chipboard, Printed in San Francisco, 2012

Edition of 55

Print for Undocunation event at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, SF. I printed these live at the event. A limited edition of 55 were printed and given away for free.

My paternal grandparents and my uncle were deported, in the 1930s, under the “Mexican Repatriation Act” along with around 2 million other people living in the U.S. It didn’t matter that my uncle was a citizen (Along with another 1.2 million others). Most people I talk to have never heard of this policy signed by conservative Republican President Herbert Hoover. I believe the trauma this caused to my family still has not been resolved. They are scars run deep.

If only history didn’t repeat itself. Operation Wetback 1954 and today..

I wonder, in the future, will people remember Obama’s deportation record? 1100 families are torn apart EVERY day. What impact are these racist policies having on the little ones whose families are being separated? And, what traumas will be passed on to the generations who haven’t been born?