Super Mojado Beats INS
If you guessed that this took place in Los Angeles, you’re right: more precisely, in Van Nuys, a district north of Hollywood. And if you guessed that it involved a masked wrestler, Mexican style, you know about Lucha Libre. Last Saturday, Super Mojado, the masked hero of undocumented workers, beat the two-man team of Ronnie K, an unmasked white man, and Viper, the masked traitor to his Latino brothers. The Immigration and Naturalization Service, the former INS, does not exist anymore, so the bad guys in this battle were the Irresistible Notorious Studs. That’s not to say that immigration control, now called ICE, for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was out of the picture. The match was a fund-raiser for 138 workers arrested by ICE agents during a raid of Micro Solutions Enterprises, a computer-printer cartridge factory in Van Nuys, on Feb. 7. Joseph Medina, a wrestling promoter who came up with the program, said the event raised $4,000.An ICE spokeswoman, Viriginia Kice, sounded less than amused. She called the match "a tasteless exploitative publicity stunt."Medina, for his part, said it was engaging for the audience. "You go there and yell at the wrestlers," he said, "and you get your stresses out."Super Mojado is not like the Harlem Globetrotters, and INS are not like the Washington Generals, but they do come to mind.