Jesse Jack­son speaks out on bor­der pol­icy ‘The chil­dren have lost, the par­ents have lost, but we’ve lost moral au­thor­ity,’ civil rights leader says

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE - By Brit­tny Me­jia brit­tny.me­jia@latimes.com

In a wide-rang­ing in­ter­view with The Times, civil rights ac­tivist Jesse Jack­son crit­i­cized the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s sep­a­ra­tion of im­mi­grant chil­dren from their par­ents or guardians un­der its “zero tol­er­ance” bor­der pol­icy.

“The whole world is watch­ing us,” Jack­son said. “The chil­dren have lost, the par­ents have lost, but we’ve lost moral au­thor­ity in the world. We’re less able to tell Europe or any­one else now about hu­man rights and im­mi­gra­tion.”

As for the Novem­ber elec­tions, Jack­son said he be­lieves “Democrats will take the House.”

“If we win the House and the Se­nate, it will al­ter some of the uni­lat­eral ex­ec­u­tive or­ders that Trump is un­rav­el­ing,” he said. “We wait for Novem­ber the 6th with bated breath.”

Jack­son was in San Bernardino County this week calling for the dis­bar­ment of the district at­tor­ney’s of­fice’s lead gang pros­e­cu­tor, Michael Se­lyem, who was put on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave af­ter vit­ri­olic rants tar­get­ing Rep. Max­ine Wa­ters (D-Los An­ge­les), for­mer First Lady Michelle Obama, Mex­i­can im­mi­grants and the vic­tim of a po­lice shoot­ing.

The San Bernardino Sun re­ported that Se­lyem, who joined the of­fice 12 years ago, wrote of Wa­ters: “Be­ing a loud-mouthed c#nt in the ghetto you would think some­one would have shot this bitch by now….”

The Sun also re­ported that Se­lyem got into an on­line argument over the po­lice shoot­ing of a civil­ian, writ­ing that he “got ex­actly what he de­served…. You reap what you sow.”

Jack­son said he was dis­turbed by the ver­bal at­tacks made against Wa­ters.

“I’ve been very much in­volved in the strug­gles led by Max­ine and the at­tacks on her, which have been grow­ing,” he said. “We think that Max­ine Wa­ters de­serves to be pro­tected, and her voice is es­sen­tial in this time.”

In a news con­fer­ence Thurs­day, Jack­son char­ac­ter­ized the at­tacks as an “acid raid” and stated that there is an “ugly cli­mate of racism and vi­o­lence to­ward black peo­ple and brown peo­ple and women.”

“What makes Amer­ica great, in part, is we’re a mul­tira­cial, mul­ti­cul­tural … so­ci­ety,” Jack­son said. “We’re now threat­ened by racial po­lar­iza­tion, ig­no­rance, fear, ha­tred and vi­o­lence.”

Allen J. Sch­aben Los An­ge­les Times

CIVIL RIGHTS ac­tivist Jesse Jack­son, shown in 2014, was in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia this week re­spond­ing to what he called an “ugly cli­mate of racism and vi­o­lence.”

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