Artist: Ingrid Cruz was born in El Salvador, was raised in California, has lived in Mexico City and now lives in Mississippi. She is a visual artist, poet and occasional amateur journalist/community organizer.
Description: I drew this piece last year after a day in which I signed and shared a lot of deportation petitions. I wanted to make something that humanizes and simplifies the issue of deportations and mass detentions in a very real way. I rarely make simple drawings, but I noticed how much this touched a chord in many people. Immigration and deportations aren’t about numbers and statistics. We who live in Mississippi know this very well. We don’t even exist in the minds of the movement, but we know the pain of family separations, racism, bribery, and discrimination all too well. Numbers don’t keep us fighting, but these simple concepts do.
NotOneMoreDeportation.com is a campaign made of individuals, organizations, artists, and allies to expose, confront, and overcome unjust immigration laws.
As the immigration debate continues, #Not1More enters the discussion from the place that touches people in concrete ways and can offer tangible relief. By collectively challenging unfair deportations and unjust policy through organizing, art, legislation, and action, we aim to reverse criminalization, build migrant power, and create immigration policies based on principles of inclusion.
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