Sleep of Reason
Sueno de la razon produce monstruos
sleep of reason produces monsters) (1793)
In the 1980's I worked with Amnesty International USA on refugee problems in the United States. I am the slumped figure you see from the back in my print, exhausted from struggling with the human rights abuses happening in my world. During this time, many refugees were fleeing to the US from war in Central America. I lived near one of these refugee prisons in South Texas and had first hand knowledge about effects of US policy had on refugee lives.
Many refugees were fleeing for their lives. Some had evidence of having been tortured. The United States Immigration and Naturalization Service was sending these people back to Central America. Amnesty International opposes returning refugees to countries where they face torture or execution. I worked against the INS policy and helped organize a community based refugee legal aid project in Laredo, Texas.
This was during the
time Ronald Reagan was President. His Attorney General (also head of INS)
was Ed Meese. The Border Patrol used night vision goggles, a new tool.
The military establishment flourished during the eight years of the Reagan
administration. An increasingly conservative Supreme Court supported States
rights to ban private homosexual acts.