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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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During her CNN interview with Jake Tapper on Tuesday, Trump’s senior advisor Kellyanne Conway argued that much of the critical coverage of her boss showed a lack of “respect for and recognition of the dignity [of] the office of President.”

Sorry Kellyanne but it cuts both ways.

How does Donald Trump show respect for the presidency by undermining faith in our basic democratic institutions through constant lying? Or by attacking judges doing their constitutionally mandated job?

How does he honor his responsibility to the country by nominating manifestly unqualified, ethically challenged, ideologues to head government agencies? Or by not reaching out to the majority of citizens who voted for his opponent?

Why does he deserve to be called “Mr. President” when he refuses to divest himself of an ownership stake in his business empire?

And what kind of dignity does this Narcissist-in-Chief demonstrate by tweeting about tv shows, the size of his inauguration crowds, and his adult daughter’s business affairs?

It’s a wonder to me how journalists like Tapper manage to interview Trump’s apologists — Conway, Vice-president Pence, chief-of-staff Reince Priebus, White House press secretary Sean Spicer, Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell, and House Speaker Paul Ryan — without having their heads explode. For that kind of professionalism, they have my greatest respect. Me? I’d be tearing my hair out, burying my head in my hands, or sputtering incoherently at the shameless cravenness, evasiveness, dishonesty, and hypocrisy of people who, not being Trump, ought to know better.

I can only hope that a day will come when tv or radio broadcasts will provide a laugh track to accompany interviews with the Oval Office Kool-Aid drinkers. Because that is what they truly deserve — the only appropriate response of an enlightened and empowered citizenry that won’t accept crap as answer.

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