Author

James E. Garcia

James E. Garcia

James E. Garcia is a Phoenix-based journalist, playwright and communications consultant. As a journalist, he has worked as a reporter, columnist, editor and foreign correspondent. He was the first Latino Affairs correspondent for KJZZ, and the first Latino editor of a major progressive news weekly in the U.S., The San Antonio Current. James has taught creative and non-fiction writing, ethnic studies, theater, literature and Latino politics at ASU. The founder and producing artistic director of New Carpa Theater Co., James is the author of more than 30 plays, including the upcoming “The Two Souls of Cesar Chavez.”

COMMENTARY

In Trumpworld, it’s the ‘immigrant threat,’ not Trump, that must be impeached

By: - November 22, 2019

For three gut wrenching and shameful minutes, Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan – one of Trump’s staunchest defenders – without a shred of evidence raised the specter at Tuesday’s impeachment hearings that Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman might be a traitor.

COMMENTARY

The weight of history, and Congress, will judge Trump harshly

By: - November 15, 2019

Welcome to the first made-for-reality-TV presidential impeachment.

COMMENTARY

Remembering the ‘unjustly dead’ on Los Días de los Muertos

By: - October 31, 2019

Los Días de los Muertos is a prime occasion to remember the unjustly dead – people who, through no fault of their own, have had their lives senselessly cut short.

COMMENTARY

When the president of the United States green lights a massacre

By: - October 16, 2019

Kurdish civilians are being slaughtered. U.S. troops have been fired upon. Russian President Vladimir Putin is thrilled. Iran is ecstatic. President Trump is clueless about how to fix the bloody and violent mess he created.

COMMENTARY

Trump’s relentless assault on immigrants threatens their futures, and even their lives

By: - October 3, 2019

Trump has flipped U.S. immigration policy on its head and the fate of millions of people is at stake. In some cases, the consequences of Trump’s new and proposed policies are a matter of life or death.

COMMENTARY

The latest Democratic presidential debate clarified why Trump will lose

By: - September 17, 2019

Last week’s Democratic debate, the first to feature all of the party’s top-tier 2020 presidential contenders on one stage, is as good a time as any to take stock of the race.

COMMENTARY

As I lay dying

By: - September 5, 2019

“If the killer had waited just a few days to kill a bunch Hispanics, we could have been in Walmart that day when he opened fire.” It takes my breath away to think about it.

COMMENTARY

Native American forum draws 11 candidates, including first Navajo to seek the Oval Office

By: - August 23, 2019

The forum’s success – 11 candidates addressed the forum, eight in person and three via live video feeds – is the latest sign that issues impacting communities of color, for better or for worse, promise to be front-and-center in this election cycle.

COMMENTARY

‘Tell him not to come here’

By: - August 7, 2019

The grotesque irony of the shooting in El Paso is that Trump has been claiming since the launch of his presidential campaign that the only way to keep America safe from the people he often characterizes as murderous and marauding immigrant hordes is to build a “great, great wall.”

COMMENTARY

Puerto Rican Lives Matter

By: - July 25, 2019

In Phoenix, about 200 people rallied at the Capitol last week, including Manolo Lago, a local actor, who said, “Puerto Rico has been taking advantage of its citizens for too long. The leaked messages from Rosselló and his cronies have just set that in stone.”

COMMENTARY

Torture by any other name

By: - July 9, 2019

The horrifying and sickening treatment of child migrants and their families at the U.S.-Mexico border at the hands of at least some federal immigration and customs officials has been called “state-sanctioned child abuse.” The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general has described conditions in immigration border facilities as a “ticking time bomb”, and United […]

COMMENTARY

Could Trump drown somebody on the U.S.-Mexico border and still not lose any votes?

By: - June 28, 2019

President Trump’s increasingly hardline immigration agenda is to blame for the deaths of Oscar Alberto Martinez Ramirez and his 2-year-old daughter, Valeria.