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Hispanic leaders want Park Rangers’ “threatening” uniforms changed

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A civil rights group claims that Park Ranger uniforms are too similar to border control agents’ uniforms — with law enforcement connotations that “present a significant impediment to engaging all Americans.”

The group also pointed out that the Park Service law-enforcement vehicles look like those used by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Credit: National Park Service
Credit: National Park Service

Maite Arce with the Hispanic Access Foundation said our government leaders must be prepared to make “drastic, scary” changes if they don’t want to alienate the Latino community, especially those in border cities.

“It’s such a shame that something as simple as the uniform and it’s similarity to the border patrol’s uniform — in the coloring — could be very threatening to certain segments of the Latino population. So a discussion about that is going to be really tough,” Arce said.

The point she made, however, seemed absurd when juxtaposed with two photos -one from the National Park Service showing rangers in their greenish-khaki colored uniforms and another of ICE Agents wearing their (very different) dark blue uniforms.

IJ Review reports that a coalition of lawmakers and civil rights groups is asking the president to issue an executive order directing the Dept. of Interior and U.S. Department of Agriculture to “adopt guiding priorities for a more inclusive approach to National Parks.”

The coalition made multiple recommendations to the Park Service including: “Review names of sites throughout system for cultural bias. Some may require comprehensive name changes to reflect a broader and more inclusive history.”

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7 COMMENTS

  1. Try and present correct information.

    “The point she made, however, seemed absurd when juxtaposed with two photos -one from the National Park Service showing rangers in their greenish-khaki colored uniforms and another of ICE Agents wearing their (very different) dark blue uniforms”.

    Sorry but the border patrol wears green pants and shirts, with a green “smokey bear hat” and NOT the blue, like ICE wears. So, try and present correct information. Just saying.

    INS retired.

  2. Maite Arce. As a Latino and a true American, please shut up. I’m so tired of this racial bullshit. If your afraid of the park rangers, then don’t go to the fucken park. Simple.

  3. These people are ignorant. The Park Service has had these uniforms and cars forever. These people really don’t want to be Americans.

  4. Seriously??? This is America. If you can’t live here and BE an AMERICAN then to the hell home. This country doesn’t need to change and adapt to your fear of particular uniforms. If you have a problem with Border Patrol and are fearful of them maybe you should figure on being here LEGALLY. This is not something that should even need to be discussed. Furthermore, if we go to Mexico do you seriously think that your country would change their uniforms for Americans? I can guarantee you that would NEVER happen. Shut up and go home.

  5. I don’t who runs this group complaining about the uniforms but I’m guessing that 90% of Hispanics don’t give a crap about this non-issue

    Most people on the far left, and I have a friend who’s one, don’t want you to know there’s a lot less of them than they pretend there are and they just make up for their lack of number by being loud and obnoxious. In other words, ignore them.

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