US assault on immigrants continues as Democrats denounce protests against Trump officials


US assault on immigrants continues as Democrats denounce protests against Trump officials

Alec Andersen

28 June 2018

As the Trump administration’s assault on immigrant workers continues, Trump and his top officials are escalating their fascistic denunciations of immigrants. They have been emboldened by denunciations from leading Democrats of protests against Trump officials.

On Tuesday, an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officer assaulted and detained immigration lawyer Andrea Martinez as she and another lawyer accompanied their three-year-old client to be reunited with his mother before the family was to be deported to Honduras. Martinez told the Daily Beast that she and another lawyer attempted to follow their client into the lobby of one of the agency’s offices in Kansas City, Missouri, when an ICE agent shoved them out. He then pushed Martinez to the ground, resulting in a fractured ankle.

The officer told Martinez to come inside and locked her in an empty room, denying her medical treatment and refusing to allow her to use the phone, while providing no explanation for her confinement. After 40 minutes to an hour, she was hauled out on a stretcher and taken by ambulance to a nearby hospital. Martinez later learned that ICE had arrested her partner and started deportation proceedings against him.

This incident again highlights the flagrant disregard for democratic and human rights within the ranks of ICE and Customs and Border Protection (CBP). This is being encouraged by Trump’s increasingly fascistic rhetoric and policies.

At a Monday evening rally in South Carolina, Trump launched into a tirade against undocumented immigrants and the Democrats for their supposed support for immigration, saying: “The Democrats want to protect illegals coming into…

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