Americans across the country Sunday are pushing back against statements made by President Donald Trump as he ramps up his attacks on immigrants fleeing violence in Central America, hoping for asylum in the U.S.
“We cannot allow all of these people to invade our Country,” the president said in a statement via Twitter. “When somebody comes in, we must immediately, with no Judges or Court Cases, bring them back from where they came. Our system is a mockery to good immigration policy and Law and Order,” he claimed, falsely.
Also, illegally – immigrants, even those who enter the country illegally, have civil rights once they are on U.S. soil.
“Most children come without parents,” Trump continued, which is at best questionable. “Our Immigration policy, laughed at all over the world, is very unfair to all of those people who have gone through the system legally and are waiting on line for years! Immigration must be based on merit – we need people who will help to Make America Great Again!”
Trump has worked hard to reduce the number of immigrants into the U.S., especially from Muslim-majority countries, via his travel ban, and from African nations, which he infamously referred to as “shithole countries,” and now from Central America. Many of those he is attacking are seeking refugee status and asylum. Several countries in Honduras in recent years have been labeled “the murder capital of the world,” due to their exponentially higher rates of violence and murder.
On social media, many are noting the president’s language choices reflect his true feelings about immigrants in general. Words like “these people,” “invade,” and recently, “infest,” “breed,” and “animals,” clearly are meant to dehumanize immigrants – legal or otherwise.
One offered a edited copy of The 10 Stages of Genocide. The original was written by Gregory H. Stanton, the President of Genocide Watch, who is a Research Professor in Genocide Studies and Prevention at George Mason University:
I guess he figured “infest” didn’t work so he’s trying “invade” instead. pic.twitter.com/cSeeR4v9KO
— KD (@Fly_Sistah) June 24, 2018
Others weighed in with similar concerns and outrage:
When he said “infest,” he was denying their humanity.
When he says “invade,” he’s suggesting that people seeking the very freedom we cherish are hostile simply because they’re foreign.
It’s all pure racism. https://t.co/6ipiLCLrUE
— Zack Ford (@ZackFord) June 24, 2018
This is the language of fascism.
The silence of republican leaders
everywhere is deafening . https://t.co/JStzc3KSiE
— steven pasquale (@StevePasquale) June 24, 2018
“Invade.” And earlier, “Infest.”
Seeking asylum is legal. It is not an invasion.
You began your political career with racism & now that’s all you have left to keep your equally racist base afraid, riled up, and codependent. https://t.co/QJoVBiLHEV
— Laffy (@GottaLaff) June 24, 2018
“invade” “infest” “criminals” “rapists” “gang members”
the president is a white supremacist. https://t.co/wuiw3WIKB8
— Emmy Bengtson (@EmmyA2) June 24, 2018
These are families escaping war.
Undocumented immigrants commit crime at ONE FOURTH the rate of the native born population.
This is a naked attempt to manufacture fear to help your own political career and fill your own pockets.
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) June 24, 2018
Using the words “invade” and “infest” portrays racism. Those words are unacceptable and we will remember in the midterms. #resist
— Schmidtty (@sch11midt) June 24, 2018
For someone with such a small vocabulary, it’s nothing but obvious what he is attempting to do by using words like “invade”, “infest” and “animals” in the context of immigration and if you think otherwise, you’re complicit and just as bad as him. Thanks for coming to my ted talk https://t.co/QZjkmbnGdd
— Breezy ErrDeezy (@errdaisha) June 24, 2018
Fascist America? Or just Asshole America? Either way, I’m not for it.
We’re ready Mr. Mueller, ready anytime.
— 🌈stacey meis (@staceymeis) June 24, 2018
Invade? Infest? You are the reincarnated Hitler, aren’t you.
— Over it 💁♂️ (@DJZurbriggen) June 24, 2018
“Invade our Country”, “Infest our Country”. Conjuring images of vermin and an invasion to vilify a group of people is a fascist tactic.
Calling for the removal of a group of people without due process is a fascist tactic.
— lynds (@cowinzy) June 24, 2018
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Trump’s Acting Homeland Security Chief Makes Damning Admission Feds Are ‘Proactively Arresting’ Americans
Appearing on Fox News Tuesday night, acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf — who has not been confirmed to his position by the Senate — made a damning admission about his department’s conduct in Portland.
Federal officials in Portland have prompted a fierce backlash for aggressive and legally dubious tactics against protesters in the city. Local officials have demanded that the federal officials, some of them using unmarked vehicles and wearing camouflage without identifying insignia, leave and let police handle law enforcement. But President Donald Trump and Wolf seem intent on using the Homeland Security forces to intimidate, rough up, and apprehend protesters to make the federal government appear tough.
And while he was speaking to Fox Host Martha MacCallum on Tuesday, Wolf seemed to confirm what many had accused his agency of doing: making unlawful arrests.
“The department, because we don’t have that local support, that local law enforcement support, are having to go out and proactively arrest individuals,” Wolf said. “And we need to do that because we need to hold them accountable. This idea that they can attack federal property and law enforcement officers and go to the other side of the street and say ‘you can’t touch me’ is ridiculous.”
Watch the clip below:
Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wold says the actions of his department in Portland are “proactive” arrests of individuals and argues that his stormtroopers aren’t bound by the physical jurisdiction of federal property. pic.twitter.com/tIkcSTSmKf
— nikki mccann ramírez (@NikkiMcR) July 21, 2020
By saying that his officers are proactively arresting people, Wolf suggests that they’re making arrests before people have committed crimes. This, of course, would be an unlawful arrest — you can’t arrest someone just because you think they might commit a crime.
Some could argue this is an unfair reading of Wolf’s remarks because his remarks referred to people who committed crimes, such as assaulting federal officers. The problem is that there have been multiple incidents of federal officials sweeping people off the streets despite no clear evidence or reason to believe they were involved in a crime. One person, Mark Pettibone, was reportedly detained by agents and eventually released without ever being charged with a crime.
So the seemingly “unfair” reading of Wolf’s remarks actually seems to accurately reflect what is happening on the ground in Portland.
Watch: Trump Declares Any Conversation With Him Is ‘Highly Classified’ (Which Is a Lie)
President Donald Trump says that any conversation anyone has with him is classified.
“I will consider every conversation with me as president as highly classified,” Trump said Monday, according to multiple reports.
The President made the glaringly false and impossible assertion while speaking to reporters Monday afternoon in the White House as he was attacking his former National Security Advisor, Ambassador John Bolton. The White House reportedly is working on a major plan to try to strip credibility from Bolton and his soon-to-be released book about his time with Trump.
Calling it “highly inappropriate,” Trump also falsely claimed it is “unprecedented” for books to be published about sitting presidents.
Trump on Monday also wrongly threatened that Bolton faces “criminal liability”if he published his book.
“He’s breaking the law,” Trump told reporters about Bolton’s impending book release.
The Trump administration is reportedly planning a lawsuit to stop publication, as Bloomberg News reports.
“I would think he would have criminal problems. I hope so,” Trump said. “Maybe he’s not been telling the truth. He’s been known not to tell the truth.”
That’s factually incorrect. Regardless of Bolton’s agenda, he does not have a reputation for not telling the truth. In fact, just one of his statements was considered necessary to fact check by Politifact, which rated it “mostly true.”
Bolton worked as Trump’s NSA for 17 months.
Trump on Bolton’s Book: I don’t think he’s even supposed to be calling himself an ambassador because he couldn’t get senate confirmed… That’s highly classified information. Even the conversations with me, they’re highly classified… If the book gets out, he’s broken the law pic.twitter.com/FFVcFHobjy
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) June 15, 2020
Pence Press Secretary Katie Miller Condescendingly Blasts Reporter for Asking if Uninsured Can Get Tested for Coronavirus
Vice President Mike Pence’s press secretary Katie Miller blasted a well-known reporter for asking if uninsured Americans will be able to get tested for COVID-19.
Miller, recently married to white nationalist and Senior Advisor to the President Stephen Miller, condescendingly criticized CNN political analyst Brian Karem during Wednesday’s coronavirus press briefing at the White House.
Karem, who is also the White House correspondent for Playboy, at the end of the event asked, “Guys, guys, can the uninsured, can the uninsured get tested?”
Pence and his numerous aides walked away without answering the very valid question.
Karem repeated his question.
“Gentlemen, ladies,” he pressed, “Can the uninsured get tested?”
Katie Miller paused, turned her head to Karem, and replied, “Screaming for the camera isn’t going to get you anywhere.”
Karem did not miss a beat.
“Well how about answering the question?”
As Miller continued to walk away, Karem continued: “A valid question – could you answer it?”
This was probably not picked up most cable network coverage.
“Can the uninsured get tested?”
“Gentlemen, ladies…Can the uninsured get tested?”
WH staffer(?): “Screaming for the camera can’t get you anywhere.”
These people. SMH. pic.twitter.com/zBxPmPrCsn
— Ivan the K™ (@IvanTheK) March 4, 2020
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