Cineo Gonzalez is a lawfully present immigrant and married father of two who has lived in Birmingham for more than 10 years. Gonzalez speaks out about how the new law leads to the racial profiling and discrimination of children, including his own, in Alabama classrooms.
[first notes of The Star-Spangled Banner play] [serene piano music] – I hate what is happening to my children and, I’m pretty sure, to a lot of children out there. My daughter, she is a very charismatic children and very friendly with everybody, very smiley. And she is a good student, 90-plus all the way around. The 3rd of this month, she arrived from school just like every other day. And that day, she arrived, and I asked her, “Did you get any homework?” And she said, “No, but I got some papers.” I said, “Well, let me see those papers.” And she said, “My teacher gave me this paper.” So I said, “Well, next day, I’m gonna go and talk to the principal.” And I asked her why they give this paper to my daughter. What was the reason they give this paper to my daughter? And her answer was that they give this paper to all the children that appear they are not from here. And I ask her, “What make you think my daughter is not from here?” Far as I can see and far as I can feel, my daughter is being singled out and racial profile and discriminated because of her color and race or, you know, from where they think she is from. What happened to my daughter is happening to a lot of children. You feel… helpless, you know, to see it happen to citizens of this great country.