Abolish Washington’s immigration Gestapo! Stop the persecution of immigrants!

 

Abolish Washington’s immigration Gestapo! Stop the persecution of immigrants!

16 June 2018

Tens of millions of Americans are watching in shame and horror as the US government arrests hundreds of thousands of immigrants, separates them from their spouses, children and parents and deports or detains them in a network of internment camps where guards subject them to physical and sexual abuse.

The attack on immigrants marks one of the darkest episodes of US history. Its historical parallels include the internment of 120,000 Japanese during the Second World War, the deportation of fugitive slaves to the antebellum south, and the arrests and deportations carried out in Germany under Nazi rule. The immigration agencies enforcing these policies deserve the label “the American Gestapo.”

Certain thresholds are now being crossed. This week, the Trump administration announced that it has run out of room for children detainees in detention centers and will house new detainees in an open-air tent city camp outside of El Paso, Texas. Attorney General Jefferson Sessions defended the administration’s policy of family separation yesterday by citing the bible verse Romans 13, which he said requires people “to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained them for the purpose of order.”

A total of 1,995 children were separated from their parents between April 19 and May 31. There has been a 30 percent increase in immigration arrests from fiscal year 2016, totaling 143,470 arrests in 2017, while a similar increase is already underway in 2018. An Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) budget predicted a 65 percent increase in the daily detention population, which will likely increase from over 40,000 on a given day at present. There are already 600,000 immigrants in…

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