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And these jokers want to “help” Latin America?

5 March 2009

We can make a person disappear,” a high-level ICE official told the audience at the 2008 Police Foundation conference. Jaws dropped. ICE is the Homeland Security agency in charge of deporting immigrants from the nation’s interior. The spokesman was alluding to ICE’s extraordinary powers under civil immigration law. Although “civil” sounds less serious than “criminal,” civil immigration law has fewer constitutional protections than criminal law. Civil immigtion arrests can happen without probable cause of a crime; the arrestee facraes trial without a public defender; and there’s no statute of limitations.

Disappearances would seem to still be official U.S. policy, something we have enough experience in down here.  Thank you very much.

When it comes to the U.S. “disaperacados” Nezua writes:

… we have but weak and startled declarations of ignorance by Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and silence from the Oval Office. Public News Service reports on the many human beings are “living in limbo“as they wait for the Obama administration to push forward on immigration reform. Even President Obama’s Aunt Zeituni is facing deportation. In an interview with Katie Couric on Nov. 2, 2008, Obama deflected the issue by claiming he hasn’t “been able to be in touch with her” but that immigration laws, “have to be obeyed.”

I don’t know where people got the idea that a change in administration (and electing a  Labrador Retriever would have been an improvement in the presidency over the last guy) was going to lead to change in a system in which all the political parties (both of them… the Wall Street Party and the Other Wall Street Party) backed a bad idea like the PATRIOT Act and creating a gestapo-like bureaucracy like Homeland Security.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. 6 March 2009 11:32 am

    Unbelievable. Have they been taking etiquette lessons from Berlusconi?

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