This story was originally published in the January 19, 2018 issue of The Slant. Want Asian American news, media and culture in your inbox every week? Subscribe here.
Last week, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials raided 7-Eleven stores across the the U.S., asking employees for papers.
Those employees included several Indian American and other South Asian nationals in northern California—something inevitable when two-thirds of American convenience stores are owned by South Asians, according to the American Petroleum and Convenience Store Association.
And this week, that’s continuing, with the feds preparing to prove that sanctuary states like California won’t actually be sanctuaries … although experts like Pratheepan Gulasekaram, professor at Santa Clara University School of Law, say it won’t be sustained.
Enter … Chamillionaire?
On Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, 39-year-old Detroit resident Jorge Garcia was deported after living in the United States for 30 years, leaving his wife and two teenage children.
And since the Garcias have spent $125,000 in legal costs and fees, Garcia’s wife Cindy Garcia is worried about supporting the rest of their family.
Which is where Chamillionaire came in to help, offering financial support to the Garcias—the latest in a respectable history of philanthropy.
They see me readin / I donatin
It’s not the magic bullet that’s going to solve the immigration crisis, and definitely not something that may even help Garcia’s case. And maybe it’s a little too light a story for a difficult topic like this.
But when Chaillionaire cares more about American families than the White House does, it’s food for thought—and at least one bright light in this series of unfortunate events.
— Andrew Hsieh, editor-in-chief, who’s writin’ dirty