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So, where’s the Hope and Change?

7 June 2013


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  1. 7 June 2013 2:30 pm

    One of the most outrageous things to me is how immigration has become this instrument of immense state cruelty, ripping apart families, lacking all humanitarian consideration, and entirely destructive of every last word engraved on the Statue of Liberty.

    That department should be centered around human services rather than “homeland” “security” (which is neither). The USA is not The Fatherland.

    We do not need a thuggish agency and kangaroo courts, “protecting” us from fathers, mothers, sons, daughters, brothers and sisters whose only crime is living on the wrong side of some god-forsaken imaginary line.

    Criminals, yeah, sure, examine their cases, give them a fair trial and only then expel them if they’re too mean or beyond rehabilitation.

    There are millions of human beings who have now been expelled from the USA under the current president for no good reason whatsoever, other than for him to appear tough to the Right Wing.

    Obama has deported more people than the 2.1 million people deported between 1892 and 1997 — 105 years!

    On a per month basis:

    Obama deported 32,886 per month;
    W Bush deported 20,964 per month;
    Bubba Clinton deported 9,059 per month

    …nearly a quarter of the total deportations between July 2010 and the end of September 2012 involved parents of children who are United States citizens.

    In addition, the Obama administration set quotas for deporting people. The number deported determined ICE agents’ appraisal ratings. It was a pure numbers game, ordered directly by Obama’s appointees. (see Washington Post – they even have PDFs of the orders)

    But we are NOT a police state. Don’t worry! Be happy!


  2. Bebe permalink
    8 June 2013 12:04 am

    Wow, the old Friendship Park marking the Guadalupe Hidalgo survey- I haven’t been down there for more than 25 years. I understand the Park’s actually between the fences now, a sort-of no man’s land, but one can go to the newer Border Field State Park. I remember Pat Nixon’s ribbon-cutting as kid, and I think she planted a tree, too. Somehow I just can’t see Michelle Obama reaching across that barbed wire. JFK thought Nixon had no class, but I doubt this situation would have been likely for Jackie either. Pat was a lovely lady, and the Nixons liked Mexico very much (familiarity as native Californians- ok, Pat was born in Nevada, but she came to the state as a baby- probably made the difference.). “Even when people can’t speak your language, they can still tell if you have love in your heart.” I purloined that quote from the RN Foundation, but the sentiment is true.

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