President Donald Trump Monday night, less than 24 hours before he officially kicks off his re-election campaign, leaked details of a secret U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement operation that has been in the planning stages for months.
“Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in,” Trump tweeted at 9:20 PM ET.
The Washington Post, three minutes before midnight, published its report based on the President’s surprise tweet, revealing details of ICE’s plan.
“The family arrest plan has been considered even more sensitive than a typical operation because children are involved, and Homeland Security officials retain significant concerns that families will be inadvertently separated by the operation, especially because parents in some households have deportation orders but their children — some of whom are U.S. citizens — might not,” The Post reports. “Should adults be arrested without their children because they are at school, day care, summer camp or a friend’s house, it is possible parents could be deported while their children are left behind.”
Many took to social media to express in the strongest terms possible their outrage.
The cruelty is the point. https://t.co/EmGpELYrK7
— Soledad O’Brien (@soledadobrien) June 18, 2019
So many ask: “What can we do?” Bring daily pressure on your senators & representatives. Daily. Build it into your schedules. Daily. Do it in the company of supportive relatives, friends or activists, if that helps keep you on task. Daily. “They won’t care” is not a strategy. https://t.co/TFMTopcaUM
— Connie Schultz (@ConnieSchultz) June 18, 2019
Another thing we know is that whenever you’re feeling insecure and threatened you always start spewing hateful anti-immigrant rhetoric. Gotta fire-up and distract the brainwashed base, right? So predictable! #Trump
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) June 18, 2019
8 U.S. Code § 1158: “Any alien who is physically present in the United States or who arrives in the United States, irrespective of such alien’s status, may apply for asylum in accordance with this section.”
Seeking asylum is legal. This order violates US law by denying asylum.
— Zach (@snowflakejw) June 18, 2019
“Should adults be arrested without their children because they are at school, day care, summer camp or a friend’s house, it is possible parents could be deported while their children are left behind.”
Abominable — and exactly what he said he would do. https://t.co/M64vY9zdnH
— Michelangelo Signorile (@MSignorile) June 18, 2019
It can’t happen here, they said https://t.co/IVaJxDbiYd
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 18, 2019
What’s Spanish for Kristallnacht?
Trump needs a public distraction from his very bad week. Time for the Nazi playbook.
“Trump vows mass immigration arrests, removals of ‘millions of illegal aliens’ starting next week” https://t.co/f9e30lEnp1
— C-Beam (@SpaceAvian) June 18, 2019
First children in concentration camps at the border.
Now, ethnic cleansing.
We cannot bear to turn a blind eye to atrocities happening in our names as Americans any longer.https://t.co/SizTmoaz7S
— Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) June 18, 2019
Notice the concern was only the public reaction. They didn’t stop to say, “Immigrants are human beings and abusing them in the name of white nationalism is wrong.” https://t.co/tT0GXDamUm pic.twitter.com/cXdf1kKJLL
— Amanda Marcotte (@AmandaMarcotte) June 18, 2019
Trump announces mass immigrant roundups focusing on parents and children. Yes – children.
Remember in 2016 when people said “oh he won’t do mass deportations. He’ll just focus on hardcore criminals.” Welp. https://t.co/mSWlSuJPWq
— Helen Kennedy (@HelenKennedy) June 18, 2019
Does anyone Kristallnacht see the implications of this?
— Eric Wolfson (@EricWolfson) June 18, 2019
It’s not #ProLife to threaten, foment fear & rip families apart — or deport people into poverty & violence.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer: “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil. God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.”https://t.co/6BNXcwzTIl
— Marcus Mescher (@marcusmescher) June 18, 2019
Niemoller ‘.Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out— because I was not a trade unionist.Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—because I was not a Jew. Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.’https://t.co/NS7jD1rxe7
— Jerry Lanson (@jerrylanson) June 18, 2019
If you’ve ever wondered how you would behave if you’d been alive in the lead up to the Holocaust, the answer is “you’re doing it right now.”https://t.co/01zWZeDUXt
— Sherry Frost 🍑 (@frostnhstaterep) June 18, 2019
“Should adults be arrested without their children because they are at school, day care, summer camp or a friend’s house, it is possible parents could be deported while their children are left behind.” If they really do this, it’ll be unimaginably horrific. https://t.co/G4Hu7OdV9x
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) June 18, 2019
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Seven Florida Republicans File Slew of Anti-LGBTQ Bills
Seven Florida Republican lawmakers have filed four bills attacking the LGBTQ community.
NBC News reports “the bills would ban gender-affirming health care for transgender children, repeal municipal and county ordinances protecting LGBTQ workers, and legalize so-called gay conversion therapy in places that had banned the medically debunked practice.”
Conversion therapy has been compared to torture by those who have been victims of it, and states have been banning the practice given its ties to suicide and attempted suicide.
The lawmakers are Rep. Anthony Sabatini, Sen. Dennis Baxley, Rep. Bob Rommel, Sen. Joe Gruters, Rep. Michael Grant, Sen. Keith Perry, and Rep. Byron Donalds (images above, in order of NBC’s reporting.) (NCRM has added links to their Twitter accounts.)
Orlando Weekly’s Solomon Gustavo reports on House Bill 136, filed by Sabatini and Baxley, “which would make it a second-degree felony for health care practitioners to administer treatment for transitioning or changing a child’s sex.”
Elizabeth Warren Calls for Investigation Into Legality of Trump Tipping Off Mar-a-Lago Guests to Soleimani’s Killing
Elizabeth Warren is calling for financial regulatory agencies to investigate whether President Trump broke the law when he told guests at his Mar-a-Lago resort to expect something “big” in response to Iran’s killing of an American contractor in Iraq, The Daily Beast reports.
“Individuals who were guests at President Trump’s resort may have obtained confidential market-moving information,” a letter Warren sent to agencies read. “These private individuals … would have had the opportunity to obtain significant profits simply by being guests or members at President Trump’s private resort.”
Read the full report over at The Daily Beast.
Rupert Murdoch’s Son Rips Fox News for Pushing Falsehoods About Australian Wildfires
Rupert Murdoch’s younger son and his wife launched an attack on News Corporation for promoting conspiracy theories about Australia’s devastating wildfires.
Columnists and broadcasters from News Corp Australia — which dominates the country’s media — have questioned climate change’s role in the fires and downplayed the devastation, and James Murdoch and his wife Kathryn condemned the family business, reported The Daily Beast.
“Kathryn and James’ views on climate are well established and their frustration with some of the News Corp and Fox coverage of the topic is also well known,” said a spokesperson for the couple. “They are particularly disappointed with the ongoing denial among the news outlets in Australia given obvious evidence to the contrary.”
James Murdoch is CEO of the investment firm Lupa Systems but sits on the board of News Corp, which publishes more than 140 newspapers in Australia, and his brother Lachlan runs the Fox News Channel in the U.S.
“They are pissing inside the tent and that’s unusual,” said a longtime News Corp executive. “It’s evidence of how high tensions are within the family over climate change. The majority of people who work here agree with James. We are hoping this may be the tipping point.”
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