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“Pro-life” Trump is engineering an American Kristallnacht

Here’s a ridiculous scenario: Imagine you drive a red car. One day, the mayor of your town says that, every week, he’s going to head over to the post office and pin up a list of people who have done bad things with red cars.

The list includes people who have bought red cars, people who have borrowed them, and people who have stolen red cars; and it includes everything from driving with a broken tail light to deliberately plowing through line of kindergarteners. The list doesn’t specify: It just has names of people driving red cars, and it says they’ve all done something bad.

This goes on week after week, and even though you’ve never so much as failed to use a turn signal, you start to notice that you’re getting dirty looks when you step out of your red car. You find yourself parking around the corner, just so no one realizes that you’re one of those “red car people.” Your neighbor sees you washing your car in the driveway and she makes a disgusted sound and loudly tells her kids, “Let’s go find some other friends to play with.” One morning, you wake up and discover that someone has slashed your tires and beat in your windshield, and “NO RED CARS HERE” is spray painted on your driveway.

You haven’t done anything. But you do drive a red car.

Stupid, right? That is a silly story. Let’s talk about something that hits a little closer to home with some of my readers:

At the peak of the Catholic sex abuse scandal, a priest friend — a holy, kind, exemplary man — told me that when he passed a woman and child on the sidewalk, the woman instinctively shoved herself between her child and him. She made a physical barrier to protect her kid, as if, just because he had a Roman collar on, he was going to lunge over and start groping her child.

How unfair! How grievously unfair, to behave as if every priest is probably a sexual predator, when in fact priests are no more likely than any other man to abuse children.

But at the same time, my priest friend couldn’t blame the woman. When it does happen, molestation of children is an unspeakable crime. And every day, week after week after week, the papers and the TV news carried stories of priests who did abuse children, or who were accused of abusing children, or who didn’t do enough to stop the abuse of children.

Or, maybe they actually did everything they possibly could to stop the abuse of the children, but still, ugh, they’re one of those priests . . . 

We all know what priests are like. We know, because we read it in the news.

Imagine being a priest in this climate. I heard priests debating with each other whether it was safe to go out wearing clerical garb. Why put a target on your back? Everyone you meet has been trained to look at you and think, “Sex crime! Sex crime!”

This is the power of the selectively chosen printed word. This is what can be achieved when you take a story that is true (some people in red cars do commit crimes; some priests do molest children) and play it over and over and over and over again, chanting in the ear of the reader: DANGER. DANGER. WARNING. WARNING. NO TIME TO THINK. ALERT. ALERT. PROTECT YOURSELF.

Protect yourself against what? Why, against people like that: people who commit crimes, people you can easily pick out on the street, because they’re illegal immigrant criminals. Well, they’re illegal immigrants. Well, they’re immigrants. Well, they have brown skin and an accent, and you know what people like that do.

We know, because we read it in the news. We read the weekly lists that the president of the United States says he is going to publish — lists of “crimes” (he doesn’t specify if we’re talking about rape or murder or driving over to Kroger’s without a license) committed by “aliens” (he doesn’t specify legal or illegal).  The important thing is, we have to have constant reminders that there are people coming into our country and doing bad things! Never forget!  Immigrant and crime! They go together.

Never mind that immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than people born in the United States. Doesn’t matter. What matters is the constant reminder of facts without context to create an emotional response. It’s not rational. It doesn’t have to be. In fact it works better when it’s not rational (especially when you’ve been training the populace to believe that there is no such thing as objective truth, just facts and alternative facts).

There are already laws on the books about deporting illegal immigrants. There are already laws on the books about arresting and prosecuting criminals. There are already numerous public records of crimes committed in this country. We don’t have a secret court system. Just about every arrest is public record. There are already numerous aggregators of statistics to tell us who commits what kind of crime. Most Americans already agree that crime is bad, illegal activity is wrong, and criminals should be punished by the law.

These lists do not give us more information. They do not “better inform the public,” despite what Trump’s statement claims. All of the information in them is already public information.

There is only one reason to publish a list like this, and that is to whip up fear, suspicion, and outrage. To make people feel unsafe and angry. To constantly remind them (as Trump did in his inauguration speech) that we are drowning in crime, awash in violence, crumbling into ruin, teetering on the brink, losing ourselves in the darkness.

Things are terrible, terrible, terrible. And whose fault is it? Well, I happen to have a list. And I’ll be updating it every week, so you’ll know who to blame.

Now imagine that you are the one with dark skin and an accent. Imagine your kids have dark skin and accents. Maybe you’re legally here and maybe you’re not, but it’s very clear that you’re some kind of immigrant.

Remember: immigrant crime immigrant crime immigrant crime. That’s the important thing to remember. Your neighbors have been hearing it for months.

Imagine that you live in a country where, every single week, your president has been telling everyone that people with dark skins and accents are criminals. Imagine getting your kids ready to walk to school, and knowing that half their classmates have been reading these lists every week. Imagine leaving work at night and finding that a couple of guys have had a couple of beers and they’ve decided they’ve had enough of these fucking immigrants fucking up their country, and if the police won’t do anything about it, then they will.

Think it won’t happen? Why? Because fearful, angry people never lash out at the innocent?

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Because we’d never let things go that far?

Why not? If we’re not going to say “halt” now, then when?

This is classic scapegoating. It’s what fascists do to gain control. They tell the people, over and over and over again, “You’re not safe. You’re not safe. It’s the fault of THESE PEOPLE. I will protect you from THESE PEOPLE, and then you can be safe.” And then, while you’re thrilled to get his help and protection, you barely notice the other stuff he’s doing, stuff that directly contradicts the things you said you cared about ten minutes ago. Stuff like small government, religious freedom, freedom of the press, respect for the disabled, protection for the innocent and vulnerable.

My friends, I have always thought that Trump would be a bad and dangerous president, a vulgar and ridiculous man, but I thought the accusations of fascism were overblown. I thought it was hyperbole.

I don’t think so anymore. This is textbook behavior. This is how it always starts. This is how totalitarians persuade the population to give him everything he wants: By whipping up fear and anger, by pointing to a scapegoat, and then by offering to take care of that scapegoat for you.

Up until now, I’ve been angry at Trump. Last night, he broke my heart. I wept when I heard of his plans, and I wept harder when I saw some of my friends defending them. Not because I want to protect criminals, but because I want to protect my country. I love my country. This is not what I want for my country.

Today is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. A good day to remember that everything Hitler did was with the consent of the people, whom he had primed to fear and hate certain groups of people. He started by posting lists of Jews who were accused of committing crimes. He started by reminding Germans of what a shambles their country was in, and then he told them, over and over and over again, whose fault it was.

And then they let him do whatever he wanted.

We have seen this before. We have seen this before. There is no Mexico City Policy, no phone call to the March for Life, no promise of new jobs that can justify the American Kristallnacht that our president is openly trying to engineer.

Resist. Even if you need a job. Even if you are pro-life. Even if your city is full of people who don’t speak English. Even if you think Hillary belongs in jail. Even if you voted for Trump. Resist this path we are on. Remember who you are, and resist.

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EDIT Friday around 5:00 eastern: Thanks to a reader, I realized that I misread and mischaracterized Trump’s statement. It was an honest error, not a malicious one, but that’s no excuse. I have edited the post to make it more accurate.

The original passage, as far as I can reconstruct it, read:
We know, because we read it in the news. We read the weekly lists that the president of the United States says he is going to publish –‘lists of “aliens” (he doesn’t specify legal or illegal) who have committed “crimes” (he doesn’t specify if we’re talking about rape or murder or driving over to Kroger’s without a license).

The corrected passage now reads:
We know, because we read it in the news. We read the weekly lists that the president of the United States says he is going to publish — lists of “crimes” (he doesn’t specify if we’re talking about rape or murder or driving over to Kroger’s without a license) committed by “aliens” (he doesn’t specify legal or illegal).

I apologize for the error. It does not change my argument in the slightest.
Kristallnacht image: Bundesarchiv, Bild 146-1970-083-42 / CC-BY-SA 3.0 [CC BY-SA 3.0 de (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/de/deed.en)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

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166 thoughts on ““Pro-life” Trump is engineering an American Kristallnacht

  1. Good article. but I have to take exception to the equivalence between red car drivers and priests. If bad things done by red car drivers were not exposed, but in fact were covered up by the town’s mayor – only for red car drivers, no one else, trhen you would have a valid analogy. If ONLY red car drivers were allowed to get away with child rape, that would be comparable to the situation as it stood for priests and child rape. Sure, it’s true that “… priests are no more likely than any other man to abuse children”, but when priests did in fact abuse children, the heirarchy of the Catholic church actively covered it up, actively moved the priests to other parishes to do it again. And some of the priesthood KNEW about it, and did nothing for a LONG TIME. Even today, despite Francis’s progress on the issue, the Vatican continues to drag its feet on bringing the Catholic justice obstructors to justice. The red car analogy is good for demostrating the unfairness of scapegoating immigrants, but I’d leave the priests out of it.

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    1. Not to condone at all the way the Catholic Church hierarchy covered up sex abuse, but, to be fair, priests are not the ONLY people who got away with rape. Many public schools and even other Christian churches cover up abuse and allow abusers to keep working.

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  2. It is easy to be pro-life for lives that don’t even exist yet. But when are we pro-life for real life children and people? We all remember the baby washed up on the ocean shore. Many Trump supporters don’t like Trump and supported him based on the pro-life belief and the pending appointment of a Supreme Court judge. This was their justification for electing such a man. What seemed like a noble cause, defending the future of lives that don’t yet exist came at the cost of lives that very much exist now. The thought of a ending a fetus in the mother’s womb was more painful and important than the reality of a baby washed up by the ocean. It is easy to be pro-life for lives that don’t even exist yet but I admonish people to be pro-life for the lives that exist now. Be pro-life for black and brown lives, for refugees, for for immigrants. Because those exist now.

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    1. It is not easy at all to pray in front of abortion clinics in the snow and rain and heat. Offering to take ladies to a crisis pregnancy center for geniune FREE counseling and an ultrasound by a qualified sonographer, crying with them AND supporting them all throughout their pregnancy. Adopting them, befriending them and supporting them in their suffering. Our society tells them that their fertility is a shameful thing and that their children are not wanted. They feel forced into killing their unborn. They know they are mothers, the moment they find out they are pregnant. They feel that flutter of life, they hear the heartbeat of their child. We stand with them. Democrats tell them to go fill out mountains of paperwork and kill their child. Then in their sorrow they are told to shut up and be available for men to use and discard again. This is not freedom.

      Everyone that I know, in the pro-life movement, would quickly make room in their own homes if a girl is kicked out of her home because she is pregnant(and have done it). We give sacrificially to crisis pregnancy centers, who give free support and friendship. We stand alongside these moms, take them to appointments, babysit for them, give them food and clothing and help them get jobs. When others tell them to be quiet and kill their own children.

      It is one of the most evil lies of Satan that we don’t care once the baby is born. Lies, lies, lies.

      Similarly, we care about immigrants fleeing war and refugees who are living without a country. However, we also are smart enough to recognize that evil men are taking advantage of the generosity of our nation by planting their operatives among the genuinely persecuted. We are also savvy enough to recognize when we are being played. When the Christians from war torn Syria are left in the camps to be raped and abused and even killed the men in the camps of questionable origins, who coincidentally have no documents, should not be the ones who are a priority for resettlement. These men should be building housing and fences in the camps and doing manual labor for their food. We don’t want to be fooled by them into bringing these ISIS sympathizers and draft dodgers here are refugees.

      Don’t be naive. Pay attention to what these same immigrants are doing in Germany, Briton, and France. They are terrorizing the natives, raping their daughters and complaining about the speed of the Wi-Fi. We aren’t anti-immigrant but we want to be wise. waiting a little longer, to be vetted is not killing anyone. This has been done many times by past presidents.

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      1. Wow Suzanne ! Firstly I wanted to say I’m sure that it’s not that hard to pray in front of abortion clinics in the rain, & the snow, & the heat, but then as I continued to read I was touched by the kind & caring deeds of yourself & others, having been down the route of being offered the option of abortion on the day I found out I was pregnant ! & being pressured by the baby’s Father to do so I went as far as you could go without actually going through with it & I was shocked to find out how easy it is & that no positive alternatives were offered at the time it is great to know there are people caring for women feeling under the same pressure. However, went on to find the sentiment that you give sacraficially a bit disconcerting . I don’t think anyone’s views or opinions are provided by Satan, but I think the sentiment of the original post was that the life of children already born are also valuable, so whilst you may well care for babies of young girls who find themselves in a difficult position socially/economically, does that same care & compassion extend to babies & children who’s parents are trying to save them from war torn countries, Christian or not ! & not to forget we were all babies once, even men ! so surely being pro-life should have the well being & longevity of all at it’s heart, not just babies, not just Christians, surely we are all as valuable as each other & every baby deserves a happy, healthy future, what ever their age in life ? Surely that is what every parent wants for their child ? Not every man from the Middle East is a ISIS sympathiser Suzanne, many of them have suffered at the hands of ISIS themselves, seen loved ones killed, homes destroyed by them, that is why they are fleeing in the first place, & as for draft dodgers ! this is not America we are talking about this is people fleeing from bombs, death, destruction, torture, starvation, loss & dispair of such depth that those of us in our comfortable western world have been fortunate enough to have been spared since the destruction of Europe in the 2 nd World War.
        But what ever your beliefs & leanings please please please do not refer to right wing propaganda referring to Britain . We are happy & well living in this country with immigrants & refugees, men, women, & children thank you very much. For f sake ! They are not terrorising us ! Actually they are a friendly, cheerful, hardworking, caring, Conciencious, generous, & thoughtful part of our community, in fact showing the qualities that one would consider Christian more so than many Christians themselves, despite being the target of people’s ignorance, bigotry, & hostility. Our daughters are not being rapped by them !!! & I find it quite condisending to be referred to as a native ! I am English ! & wtf is it about complaints about WiFi speeds !
        Keep up your good work in caring for young Mums but keep your Right Wing White Supremacy Bull Shit to yourself & certainly don’t taint my country & my continent with it with your lies. Please !

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      2. I don’t think any of these issues are what the article was addressing. This seems to me to have been a warning to pay attention because of how easily fascism can slip unoticed into a societies thinking when oschestrated by those practiced in propaganda. Kristalnacht was a visible point at which societies sense of ethics slipped away and the fears planted by the fascists won the battle for control of men’s minds. Take a wider view of history and you can learn much.

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      3. I’m in Britain. The pathetically small number of refugees we have taken in, oddly enough, has NOT raped or terrorised anybody. The WiFi, who knows. It’s still probably better than being dead. I’m afraid, in your own words, you have been played if you believe half of what you have written 😦

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      4. Your people keep voting for the political party that constantly tries to dismantle the safety nets for the poor; you vote for the people who want to destroy social security and medicare. Why should I believe you are pro-life vs merely pro-birth when you continually vote onew issue and don’t care about issues that will sustain life post-birth? When you vote against the environment, vote against equal rights and opportunities. That’s why we think you don’t care past birth.

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      5. So nice to help the mother during pregnancy. Are you willing to adopt, raise and edu ate the unwanted child? Provide counseling for the mother you forced to carry the baby? Perhaps for life? What happens during gestation is only the beginning. Not nearly adequate. But thx for trying.

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      6. Wow. Truly what an unmitigated tirade of crap. I live in Britain. Immigrants ‘terrorising the natives, raping their daughters’…are you out of your mind? What kind of Trumpian fantasy are you mainlining? Please please just get off Fox News and actually find out about the reality of other countries before coming up with ridiculous, poisonous statements.

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      7. “geniune FREE counseling and an ultrasound by a qualified sonographer, crying with them AND supporting them all throughout their pregnancy. ”

        What you call “free counseling” the rest of us call “harassment and intimidation”. You support them through their entire pregnancy but NOT if they choose to end it in which case you call them the devil and tell them they are burning in hell. You don’t support them AFTER they had the baby, instead you expect them to join the flock and fund your church for you.

        I’m sure you’re pro-life for religious reasons as most people are who are pro-life. But did you know that the Bible actually DOES mention abortion? Did you know that the Bible did not consider it a “sin” and that instead it was part of the process for determining whether a wife had cheated on her husband? Here’s how it worked: Husband accuses wife of unfaithfulness and drags her to the temple. There, the priest makes an abortion potion out of holy water and the dust found on the floor of the temple. She is forced to drink it. If the potion causes her to miscarry, then she is shunned and shamed and the miscarriage is proof that she cheated. If her baby is unharmed by the potion, her husband is told that the baby is his and to quit being so damn jealous of his innocent wife. This is from Numbers 5:11-31.

        Why is it agnostics tend to know more about the Bible than Christians? Because we’ve actually read it.

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      8. You wrote, “Democrats tell them to go fill out mountains of paperwork and kill their child. ”
        I’m curious what gives you that idea, it is far from true.

        I want to understand and respect your viewpoint but I cannot. It seems to be based in a well meaning, possibly religious, close-mindedness (I’m not implying that religiosity exclusively breeds close-mindedness). I hope the generations after you and I do much better than us. I suspect someone reading this years from now will feel like it was written in the toddler years of the human race.

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    2. You are so very right. These Pro-Life people are really pro-birth, pro-fetus, pro-zygote. If you are going to be pro-life then you had better be pro-ALL life and that includes the life of the mother.

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  3. That’s the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard yet! It’s bad enough comparing Trump to Hitler, but this??
    It’s like comparing Peas to apples. Whoever wrote this article needs mental health care badly!

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    1. I happen to think this article is incredibly accurate. Personally, I have no political ties, so before you go saying I’m a Hillary supporter,hear me out. This article is a warning. All of the things that Mr Trump is doing is exactly what Hitler was doing at the beginning of the holocaust. It isn’t a matter of whether or not the two are being compared. This is fact. Trump is inciting fear and hate, no matter how you want to look at it. So yes. Trump essentially is going to become an modern Hitler unless we stop him or, far less likely, he comes to his senses and ceases his hate mongering.

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    2. Trump’s rallies strongly resembled Hitler’s rallies, so many of his tactics are very similar. My mother survived Nazi Germany, so I know about that from her. And a mosque in my city was set on fire last week, Jewish centers along the East coast have received bomb threats. Trumplease has emboldened people to commit violent acts. Don’t forget he would tell his “second ammendment people” to do something about people he didn’t agree with. I heard his veiled threats.

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  4. SImcha – you are so very angry – like Mark Shea. Try looking at some good Trump has done – and praise him for it. It will make you appeal more to those like me who really WANT to see the logic in your writing, but just cannot – too much anger, too one-note nelly and too much foul language. You lose those readers to whom you ( hopefully ) are wanting to make a point. Possibly change their minds – Otherwise , you are just writing to vent – and that should not be done publicly ..at least not as often as you have been.

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    1. I don’t see anything good that Trump has done. He has divided the American people and is inciting hatred which is leading to violence against innocent people.

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    2. Kristinwith6, I having been looking for any good that Trump has done, and so far I find nothing. He appoints a person for Secretary of Education who has done everything in her power to destroy public education, someone who wants to dismantle all regulations to provide clean air and water to the EPA, a known racist to be Attorney General, and the list goes on. This is a man who has to denigrate and mock anyone who disagrees with him. He threatens our free press, our freedom of speech and assembly, and who wants to pervert religious freedom to make us into a Christian theocracy.

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      1. The appointed Secretary of Education wants to put power back into the parents when it comes to the parents choosing a school and school form (e.g. homeschooling and other private options) fit for their child. If it destroys the monopolic power of the Board of Education in America in the process…well I do not need to go on, for that alone sounds like a social good to me.

        Perhaps a little more accountability from the Public school system will ensure future satisfactory results.

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  5. People are responsible for how they react. Say, to a priest, for example. If a mother makes a physical barrier between herself and a priest because she thinks he’ll grope the child in a public place in broad daylight, then is she not delusional? Think responsibly.

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  6. Try telling the parents of Kate Stinley that there are laws against illegals committing crimes and being sent back for it. Maybe Trump will eliminate sanctuary cities then people maybe will feel safer.

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  7. What a naive article!!! Comparing Islamo facsism with red cars and Catholic priest! You stupid fellow. Here is a simple test for you. Go and preach the same principle in any Islamic country. If you come back in one piece let me know.

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    1. The article compared the original fascism with Trump. You know, the Nazis. Just because you put the word “fascism” next to the word “Islam” does not mean they have anything in common. The Nazis were anti-Semites and the vast majority of Muslims are Semitic peoples. In other news, Jesus was a person of color, not the Aryan you see in the paintings.

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  8. Thank you for this article. The only thing I’d add to the red car analogy is the possibility that some of those committing the crimes drive blue cars, but say that their car is red so that either they can appear to be red car owners (because everyone knows red cars are faster and more desirable), or that they accept they are a blue car owner but want to increase the animosity towards red car owners regardless of their criminality or lack thereof.

    But maybe that’s going a bit too deep into the waters of whether a person stating to be of a faith/belief/doctrine is truly of that f/b/d by saying they are despite their actions being in opposition to the teachings of that f/b/d.

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  9. I commend the stance you are taking, Simcha. There is a crisis in America, with deliberate misinformation and disregard for truth – the ‘alternative facts’ zone. It is vital that those with a forum do something to address this. It is distressing to see Catholics embrace Trump , in many cases for the sole reason that he is now allegedly pro life. Being pro life is much bigger than just being against abortion. Remember ‘love thy Neighbour as thyself’? No person from any of the countries on the current list of people banned from entering the US has ever harmed an American. Christianity is a religion of love or it is nothing. And you don’t have to be a fool. See threats where they are, just don’t imagine false ones.
    An important and thoughtful piece, Simcha.

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  10. The sweeping condemnation of this executive order seems hinged upon an idea that we are conducting some sort of ethnic cleansing of Muslims or targeting any specific group of innocent people. I think we need to stop listening to the hysterics of the liberal media and look at the text and think about (1) the goal of the order (2) the context of the order and (3) the justice of the order.

    The goal of the reporting part of the order appears to be to have an information source to the American public about the crime levels in sanctuary cities holding illegals. The context is our police and law enforcement in the past have been UNABLE TO ENFORCE OUR LAWS. The justice of the order brings something to consider: we are talking about crime rates of aliens that are ‘removable’ or ‘illegal’ or ‘overstayed their passes’, per the executive order that this man has quoted. https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/01/25/presidential-executive-order-enhancing-public-safety-interior-united

    I’ll quote a couple of things. The whole document is about illegal or deportable aliens: “Many aliens who illegally enter the United States and those who overstay or otherwise violate the terms of their visas present a significant threat to national security and public safety. This is particularly so for aliens who engage in criminal conduct in the United States.

    Sanctuary jurisdictions across the United States willfully violate Federal law in an attempt to shield aliens from removal from the United States. These jurisdictions have caused immeasurable harm to the American people and to the very fabric of our Republic.”

    “The purpose of this order is to direct executive departments and agencies (agencies) to employ all lawful means to enforce the immigration laws of the United States.”

    …again, it seems to me that the liberal media has hyped this up to mean all aliens in the USA are now going to have a crime record put up in public for them, like some sort of sign hanging from their bodies constantly. I don’t see how this is the case. Furthermore, isn’t there a public record of any legal citizen in the United States for criminal records?….and even detaining to question people (who may be innocent) records!!!…..these aliens are not being ‘singled out’ at all! They are joining the flock! … Now instead of looking to our liberal sources for what sort of activities are done by illegals and dancing around organizations to learn anything about this (if we were ambitious enough to try), we FINALLY can see for ourselves like any other dumb background check and we can FINALLY uphold our very own immigration laws. I, for one, think that is just.

    If there is nothing to hide, they wouldn’t be hiding the crime rates of illegal immigrants in our country. http://www.nationalreview.com/article/443019/de-blasio-plans-destroy-illegal-immigrants-records

    If we are too afraid to look at the numbers and face the truth, then how can we address problems? No one had trouble tracking the number of priests when the sexual abuse scandal hit the church. Did we ignore the problem because the innocent priests might get lumped in with the very minority number of guilty priests? No. We faced the problem. We admitted there are some among us. We worked up a plan to deal with those who we found had problems among us. We did not try to cover anything up and say “for the sake of the innocent, do not look for any guilty among us.” The reason this sort of mentality is getting published is because the media LOVES to print and print all about the priest pedophiles but they completely skip over when a undocumented immigrant (i.e. illegal alien) commits a crime. If a white cop shoots a black person, you know it will get coverage. The reason we want public reports of what illegal aliens do is to try to circumvent the “editing” powers of the mainstream media who will skip this information over and over again. Let’s hope the undocumented immigrant community will take the opportunity to condemn those who break the law. Let’s hope those of us who are here legally will stand up for our country’s laws.
    The goal of the reporting part of the order appears to be to have an information source to the American public about the crime levels in sanctuary cities holding illegals. The context is our police and law enforcement in the past have been UNABLE TO ENFORCE OUR LAWS. The justice of the order brings something to consider: we are talking about crime rates of aliens that are ‘removable’ or ‘illegal’ or ‘overstayed their passes’, per the executive order that this man has quoted. https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/01/25/presidential-executive-order-enhancing-public-safety-interior-united

    I’ll quote a couple of things. The whole document is about illegal or deportable aliens: “Many aliens who illegally enter the United States and those who overstay or otherwise violate the terms of their visas present a significant threat to national security and public safety. This is particularly so for aliens who engage in criminal conduct in the United States.

    Sanctuary jurisdictions across the United States willfully violate Federal law in an attempt to shield aliens from removal from the United States. These jurisdictions have caused immeasurable harm to the American people and to the very fabric of our Republic.”

    “The purpose of this order is to direct executive departments and agencies (agencies) to employ all lawful means to enforce the immigration laws of the United States.”

    …again, it seems to me that the liberal media has hyped this up to mean all aliens in the USA are now going to have a crime record put up in public for them, like some sort of sign hanging from their bodies constantly. I don’t see how this is the case. Furthermore, isn’t there a public record of any legal citizen in the United States for criminal records?….and even detaining to question people (who may be innocent) records!!!…..these aliens are not being ‘singled out’ at all! They are joining the flock! … Now instead of looking to our liberal sources for what sort of activities are done by illegals and dancing around organizations to learn anything about this (if we were ambitious enough to try), we FINALLY can see for ourselves like any other dumb background check and we can FINALLY uphold our very own immigration laws. I, for one, think that is just.

    If there is nothing to hide, they wouldn’t be hiding the crime rates of illegal immigrants in our country. http://www.nationalreview.com/article/443019/de-blasio-plans-destroy-illegal-immigrants-records

    If we are too afraid to look at the numbers and face the truth, then how can we address problems? No one had trouble tracking the number of priests when the sexual abuse scandal hit the church. Did we ignore the problem because the innocent priests might get lumped in with the very minority number of guilty priests? No. We faced the problem. We admitted there are some among us. We worked up a plan to deal with those who we found had problems among us. We did not try to cover anything up and say “for the sake of the innocent, do not look for any guilty among us.” The reason this sort of mentality is getting published is because the media LOVES to print and print all about the priest pedophiles but they completely skip over when a undocumented immigrant (i.e. illegal alien) commits a crime. If a white cop shoots a black person, you know it will get coverage. The reason we want public reports of what illegal aliens do is to try to circumvent the “editing” powers of the mainstream media who will skip this information over and over again. Let’s hope the undocumented immigrant community will take the opportunity to condemn those who break the law. Let’s hope those of us who are here legally will stand up for our country’s laws.

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  11. Got a lot of laughs from many of these comments. Independent thinking is largely dead in the USA. Perhaps it is not the leaders of the nation who are ultimately at fault, but the people.

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