Has Trump Started
A Mass Deportation?
All Evidence Points To That Fact Upon Examination The President’s Domestic Immigration Executive Order That Calls For, Among Other Things, Adding 10,000 Immigration Officers
Photo by Doug Molony.
By John Guzzon
Modern Times Magazine
Feb. 10, 2016 — Dates have a funny way of turning up in historical texts.
Everyone remembers July 4, 1776 because it was the day when the revolution got ‘really’ real. Of course, it is the day the U.S. declared its independence from England and mad, old King George.
Eventually Feb. 8, 2017 might, too, be impactful enough to be remembered by history, but for entirely different reasons.
The revolution and the establishment of what would later become the United States was a bold call made in small steps for nearly two decades (or more) before that summer day. Nevertheless, July 4, 1776 is significant beyond the mere singing of the document. It was and remains a symbolic step forward, representing that the new entity known eventually as the United States was founded on freedom and equal representation.
But it also represented a declaration that those living in the continent wouldn’t stand for tyrants or the undue infringement of the right to pursue happiness.
Perhaps even more pertinent for today, though, is that among the grievances the colonists had with mad, old King George was that he (George) was one of those ‘immigration hawks.’ King George, you see, didn’t want tany of those unwashed, uncivilized and dangerous Germans and Catholics immigrating to HIS colonies. The colonists, on the other hand, thought George’s immigration “ban” was egregious enough to warrant a listing in the Declaration of Independence. To wit: “He (King George) has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.”
Some may argue people were needed to tame the lands so it was basically a “workforce” issue.
All of the grievances in the Declaration of Independence are based upon an usurpation of basic human rights: the right to not have an Army tell you they have to take over your lands to quarter, for example. Or, to stop the people from electing representatives, for another. Or that one person (the tyrant) can declare they get a cut of EVERYTHING and the people can’t sell anything unless he (or she) agrees (for good measure?).
There is no credible indication that Jefferson was airing a business-based grievance with the passage.
Although the Declaration is not a binding or governing document for the United States — that is the U.S. Constitution for all of you who may have flunked elementary school social studies or have had a major head injury, or something — its spirit has rarely been tainted. Well, except for during major wars: Lincoln during the Civil War and Roosevelt during World War II are perhaps the most glaring examples.
But Donald Trump’s Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States is definitely not a call to the spirit of welcoming those who wanted the freedom to suffer the indignity of working all day for paltry wages. It was precisely those that wanted to be free to prosper with the right mix of luck and work ethic who wanted to come here in the 1770s and it has been that way ever since.
That mostly means Latin Americans in these modern times.
And, it might have been best memorialized in the inscription on the Statue of Liberty. Most Americans know it as, “Give me your tired, poor, huddled masses, yearning to breathe free.” And, while that is part of the piece, it is but a snippet. The words come from The New Colossus, by Emma Lazarus. Later in the sonnet, Lazarus wrote, “The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
Not under President Trump, it seems.
Go back home, he says, whether the only crime you committed was being here.
And if he gets his way, the deportation force will be a 10,000 person-strong wrecking ball. Yup, he called for adding 10,000 immigration officers in Executive Order: Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States. Don’t believe me, then read it for yourself. https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/01/25/presidential-executive-order-enhancing-public-safety-interior-united
Sure, the order says it depends on “appropriations” but if you're spending more than $21 billion on a “border” wall, what’s $500 million or more per year for 10,000 agents?
Oh, and he also ordered the rest of the country’s cities, states, and law enforcement officers to enforce immigration laws.
That’s the kind of people power that will allow you to deport 10 million human beings or so over about four years.
For those wondering where that “date” thing went from the beginning, here’s the goods: Feb. 8, 2017 may just be remembered as the day that the mass deportation and the corresponding struggle against it (because people WILL struggle) truly began.
First it was Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos in Phoenix on Feb. 8, 2017. On Feb. 9, a group was similarly detained in Los Angeles.
The “lamp beside the golden door,” as Lazarus so eloquently wrote, has been snuffed.
Who will it be that is deported tomorrow? A neighborhood? A community?
It is likely that Feb. 8, 2017 will eventually be remembered as a dark day. Much like March 5, 1770. Don’t remember that date? It’s when the Boston Massacre happened: the true beginning of the end of England’s rule over the colonies.
History, you see, likes the light and many times wants to forget the dark.
But when you're in the dark, it's kind of scary. Just ask nearly any 4-year-old.
Fortunately, there is another thing that history also teaches us: The day of light will surely come.
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