ICE is planning a massive raid to arrest 1,500 people in San Francisco and the Bay Area, an effort specifically targeting a Sanctuary City loudly defying Trump. Is anyone foolish enough to believe the public facing reason for the raid is that people are here illegally, have final deportation orders, and ICE is tasked with deportation? Can we all see that the real intent is to target a super liberal Mecca filled with people Trump hates?
Can we see that a force of ‘Uniformed Agents’ with Supra Constitutional powers to search without warrants is coming to SF to F-up shit and intimidate people? The Nazis loved to target sexy weirdos and artists too. Pssst, hide your drugs and stop having gay sex, the Brown Shirts are coming.
When we see viral videos of ICE Agents gleefully dumping out water bottles left in the desert by a Christian group to prevent humans from dying, and we learn ICE agents callously deported a Dad on MLK Day, and we become aware that ICE agents have been given power to perform unconstitutional searches without a warrant; can we finally get real? Can we actually see this is a band of heartless brown shirts driven by a mission of hatred not dissimilar to the Nazi party in their nescient Times? The threads are all there.
We have let a police force controlled by the Executive Branch to ignore the Constitution, and to target people based on race. We have allowed “where’s your papers,” and warrantless searches. We ARE the German people who stood by and let awful shit happen to other people, because it was “legal.” Legality and morality are often at odds, and history shows that this misalignment is never considered a good excuse to cooperate.
What about you who have friends and loved ones who are ICE agents. Do you ask them if they understand the Constitution? Do you ask why they do what they do for work? Do you drill down on it or simply “pass the mashed potatoes”? You ICE Agents; are you just doing your job? Supporting your family? Enforcing law? Really? Is that how you sleep at night?
By Being Liberal contributor: Sarah Ficca
When you talk about empowering government agents to demand identification from anyone they suspect might be an illegal immigrant—the current scheme being enforced by the Trump administration to ferret out and cleanse the country of illegal immigrants—what you're really talking about is creating a society in which you are required to identify yourself to any government worker who demands it.
This is what the banality of evil looks like, as described by historian Hannah Arendt: "The essence of totalitarian government, and perhaps the nature of every bureaucracy, is to make functionaries and mere cogs in the administrative machinery out of men, and thus to dehumanize them."