Mayor Coral Evans Comments Regarding Frankie Madrid:
“Frankie Madrid was deported because he was deemed to be a bad immigrant, he failed at the perfect immigrant test. He wasn’t violent, he wasn’t a danger. When white men are struck by an opiate epidemic it’s a medical and social crisis. When it’s black men a war is declared, when they’re brown they’re deported.”
Entire Statement From Mayor Coral Evans Facebook Page:
“We are all humans, we are all people. Regardless of skin color or ethnicity we lead lives full of both good and bad decisions. We make mistakes. We love. We care. By the grace of God we lead lives full of people and events and those lives are complicated.
Frankie Madrid lead a life full of care and love, and like us all was not perfect. That does not mean he doesn’t deserve compassion, sympathy, and care, it does not mean he deserved to have his life cut short. He was a human being, with family and friends, a community he cared about deeply and always stood up for.
Unless you are Native American your people came to this country from somewhere else. Throughout history we have treated new arrivals as less worthy. Groups have had to prove themselves time and again, our society sets very high bars for who can be an American, standards that are often nearly impossible to meet. Frankie was undocumented, queer, Latinex, the ways in which our society failed to treat him as a person deserving of the same protections and rights others enjoy are myriad.
In our fights to be treated as equals, to be treated as human, movements have prioritized the stories of the perfect. It is understandable, but it’s often to the erasure of the good. We spotlight the stories of those with no messy histories, the business owners and medical students. God bless these brave souls willing to put themselves out there with so much to risk, we all owe you a debt of gratitude. But I want to acknowledge that there are more, there are others who are not perfect, who have made decisions and have history that will not play well in the press and courts of public opinion. Why? Because they’re humans, and humans fail. They are no less deserving of mercy, gratitude, or solidarity.
Frankie Madrid was deported because he was deemed to be a bad immigrant, he failed at the perfect immigrant test. He wasn’t violent, he wasn’t a danger. When white men are struck by an opiate epidemic it’s a medical and social crisis. When it’s black men a war is declared, when they’re brown they’re deported. Addiction is a disease that unlike society, doesn’t discriminate. Flagstaff was the only home he had ever known, he was one of us. Violent, draconian immigration policies forcibly separated him from his support system when he needed them most. These policies had a hand in his death. We’d all do better to treat all people kindly and humanely, and without prejudice. In my United States people are not disposable.
Thank you Frankie for the work that you did, for the life that you lived, I am honored to carry on your fight. Rest in Power.