“No matter who you are or what your status is, this is the United States of America—where ALL people have rights.”
President Donald Trump’s war on immigrants will reportedly enter a new phase Sunday as ICE agents across the country are then expected to begin several days of raids targeting families, an announcement that was decried as “terrorism” by critics.
“Let’s call President Trump’s attacks on our immigrant communities what they are: Bigoted. Anti-Immigrant. And a blatant attempt to terrorize immigrant families.”
—Rep. Ben Ray Luján
“This is not a ‘rule of law’ operation,” Ali Noorani, the executive director of the National Immigration Forum, saidin a tweet. “The goal is to terrorize immigrant communities so immigrants do not seek protection in the U.S.”
The raids are expected to begin Sunday and continue for “several days,” according to The New York Times, which broke the story Thursday morning.
The operation is tailored to target families but, as the Times reported, anyone in the vicinity of the operation could also be taken into custody:
The raids, which will be conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement over multiple days, will include “collateral” deportations, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the preliminary stage of the operation. In those deportations, the authorities might detain immigrants who happened to be on the scene, even though they were not targets of the raids.
The threat of collateral deportations had advocates like Colorado Democratic candidate for Senate Trish Zornio up in arms.
“POTUS’s proposed raids will include ‘collateral’ arrests if immigrants happen to be in the vicinity,” tweeted Zornio. “This is beyond morally wrong and is in direct opposition of U.S. principles.”
POTUS’s proposed raids will include “collateral” arrests if immigrants happen to be in the vicinity. This is beyond morally wrong and is in direct opposition of US principles.
👉 FACT: ICE cannot forcibly enter your home. Do not answer the door.https://t.co/3cTkm0sEJO
— Trish Zornio (@trish_zornio) July 11, 2019
Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.) took to Twitter to attack the president, calling the predicted raids “bigoted” and “anti-immigrant.”
“Let’s call President Trump’s attacks on our immigrant communities what they are,” said Luján. “Bigoted. Anti-Immigrant. And a blatant attempt to terrorize immigrant families.”
It’s not the first time Trump has threatened to send the government after immigrant families. On June 17, the president tweeted that his administration would begin conducting raids the “next week.”
“They will be removed as fast as they come in,” the president said at the time—before backing down five days later on June 22 with an ominous pledge to restart the process if Democrats in Congress did not fix the immigration issue, specifically the “asylum and loophole problems.”
House Democrats passed a $4.6 billion bill for the border on June 27, legislation that exposed a growing rift between congressional leadership and the party’s outspoken new members.
Author Cari Luna took to Twitter to blast Democrats for what she saw as the party’s complicity in the raids.
“Last summer in Portland we occupied the ICE building and shut it down,” said Luna. “This summer? Kids are still in cages, concentration camps are multiplying, and ICE is conducting nationwide raids.”
“Time to occupy the offices of the Democratic leaders whose inaction makes them complicit,” Luna added.
“Shame, shame, shame on this awful administration.”
—Rep. Veronica Escobar
Even before Thursday’s Times reporting, the effects of Trump’s all-out assault on immigrants—from raids to conditions in detention centers—were having a deleterious effect on the country’s migrant population.
“I’m scared to go outside. I’m scared to go to all places,” a woman from Guatemala named Yennifer told CBS News on Tuesday. “My biggest fear is that if they take me, what’s going to happen to my husband? And if they take my kids away from me, what’s going to happen to them?”
CBS also talked to Make the Road NY immigrant defense coordinator Luba Cortés, who noted the effects of announcing raids, even if they don’t happen, on the communities she works with.
“To say, ‘We’re going to have a raid today,’ then, ‘We’re not going to have a raid today,’ really plays with people’s emotions,” said Cortés.
On Thursday, immigrant rights advocates posted information for those who could be targeted by the ICE operations.
— Senator Luis Sepúlveda (@LuisSepulvedaNY) July 11, 2019
“No matter who you are or what your status is, this is the United States of America—where ALL people have rights,” tweeted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.). “Know yours.”
No matter who you are or what your status is, this is the United States of America – where ALL people have rights. Know yours.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 11, 2019
Rep. Veronica Escobar (D-Texas) delivered a short, but cutting, reply to the news of the raids to NBC News reporter Alex Moe.
Florida teacher suspended after boasting he’d have a 1000-student body count if he shot up his school
A teacher at Lakeland High School in Florida has been placed under a temporary risk protection order after boasting that he could rack up a 1,000-person body count if he perpetrated a school shooting.
Keith Cook, a math teacher and a veteran, described hypothetical acts of violence to students during a lockdown drill, including how if he were a school shooter, he'd first plant IEDs around the school, start shooting, drive panicked people into the areas where he had rigged up the explosives, and then detonate them. Some students were horrified by what he described.
If Trump were the raving mad King of Liechtenstein all of this would be comical
Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.
This week, a former White House official told Politico that “Trump’s been asking his government for some matter of months what can we do to make sure that China doesn’t get Greenland.”
Donald Trump and the Jews: He’s exactly why most of us vote for Democrats
If President Trump doesn't understand why a large majority of American Jews are Democrats, maybe he should take a look in the mirror.
In case you need a quick refresher, Trump sparked an enormous furor on Tuesday when he said, "I think any Jewish people that vote for a Democrat, I think it shows either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty." He added that "five years ago, the concept of even talking about this . . . of cutting off aid to Israel because of two people that hate Israel and hate Jewish people — I can't believe we're even having this conversation. Where has the Democratic Party gone? Where have they gone where they're defending these two people over the State of Israel?"