Posts Tagged ‘executive order’

Friday’s newspapers reported that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency had stepped up its “enforcement actions” (otherwise known as raids) in cities across the nation in order to arrest and deport illegal immigrants. Unlike previous dragnets during Obama’s presidency that focused only on violent criminals, these could potentially include anyone who fit the broad criteria outlined in Trump’s executive order of January 25th — basically any undocumented immigrant.

A spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security claimed that this week’s activity was a routine targeting of dangerous lawbreakers, and denied reports that checkpoints had been used. The administration’s ambivalent statements on the subject did nothing to assuage the panic and fear gripping at-risk minority communities. From the NY Times:

In Austin, Tex., undocumented women working in a laundromat cowered in the back of the room, petrified after seeing a video and a photograph of apprehensions outside a local grocery store and burger joint.

A day laborer and mechanic in Staten Island told his 17-year-old son where the list of emergency contacts were, including the name of the guardian who would take responsibility for him and his two younger siblings.

In Savannah, Ga., undocumented restaurant workers were asking for rides rather than walking home, afraid they might be stopped and questioned.


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At a televised town hall meeting on January 12th of this year, House Speaker Paul Ryan assured an undocumented mother that there wouldn’t be a deportation force under the incoming administration, and that situations like hers would be handled humanely.

It sounded very compassionate at the time, but it was total BS. Thursday, less than a month afterwards, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) summarily deported Guadalupe García de Rayos, a Mexican native and mother of two U.S.-born children, who had lived in this country since she was fourteen. She may have been the first victim of Trump’s January 25th executive order to “prioritize for removal” any illegal immigrant convicted of, or even just charged with, a criminal offense. Caught in a workplace raid of questionable constitutionality 8 years ago, she was found to have a false Social Security number (the lowest type of felony), and spent 6 months in jail. While appealing voluntary deportation, she was allowed to continue living here as long as she checked in with ICE on a semi-annual basis. It was during one of those appointments on Wednesday that she was arrested and sent to Mexico the next morning.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton called what happened a travesty. “She has been peacefully living and working in the Valley for more than two decades, and by all accounts was building a life and contributing to our community,” he said.

Is this what Ryan calls “humane”? Does tearing this family apart with zero time to even share goodbyes make us feel any safer — which is the ostensible reason for this draconian policy? Does it resemble anything you would associate with a “pro-life, pro-family” agenda? Is this the kind of country we want to have?

It is nothing but the cruelest of acts, and tells you all you need to know about Speaker Ryan, his Republican minions, and an Oval Office occupant who is a much greater threat to our democracy than any terrorist.

Every Law

Every Law Not Based On Wisdom Is A Menace To The State.”

Inscription at the base of a sculpture at the New York Supreme Court Appellate Division, First Department in Manhattan, just 31 blocks south of Trump Tower.

(photo by sm)

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Besides calling for an immediate start to the construction of a border wall with Mexico, and increasing the number of Border Patrol and Immigration & Customs Enforcement agents, our new president had this to sign:

Prioritize removal of foreign nationals in the U.S who:

Have been convicted of criminal offenses; who have been charged with a criminal offense, but the charge has not been resolved, and who have committed acts that constitute a crime; engaged in fraud or misrepresentation in connection with an application to a government agency; abused a program related to public benefits; are subject to final order of removal, but have not left US; otherwise pose a risk to public safety.

Translation: Any illegal immigrant who jaywalks or looks at a cop the wrong way runs the risk of being summarily deported.

Statue_of Liberty

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