Now, five students born in the U.S. to undocumented parents are suing the state. In a USA Today article Michael Hethmon, director of the Immigration Reform Law Institute states: "As the question of illegal immigration remains unresolved, it becomes an obvious flashpoint and you'll see issues like this coming up repeatedly in the coming years."
Those “coming years” will forge a generation of young Latinos for whom prejudice will seem as commonplace as smart phones. In less than 15 years, one in four young people entering their volatile late teens will be Latinos. If we see a continuation of the implicit discrimination of nativist excesses like this Florida policy and the harsh laws already in place in Arizona, Alabama, Georgia and other states, we can expect a troubled future.
As my previous essay makes clear, history shows we are approaching the conditions to create a generation of political activists – or even cadres of revolutionaries.
Raul Ramos y Sanchez