I am watching Jake Tapper interview Beto O’Rourke about the situation in Texas. I never even heard of this man till this moment. But I think he gets what is so horrible about this policy. Shame on everyone who remains silent about this.
This zero tolerance policy was put in place by attorney general Jeff Sessions while he quoted the Bible. How can Mr Trump accept this being a father himself, and a grandfather? He agrees with Mr Sessions on this? As I said in my previous post, this would be a basis for Mr Sessions to be fired, if I were president. This policy is unAmerican. It is unethical. It is immoral. It is illegal. And it is wrong.
Even if the Democrats enacted a law that said it is “illegal to enter the US without the proper papers” nowhere does it say it is legal to take people’s children away. Moreover, again, at the risk of repeating myself, these immigrants are not criminals per se. They have to first go through a judicial process. All criminals have due process and equal protection under the laws and in America you are innocent until proven guilty. Stepping on American soil without a visa or papers does not automatically make you a criminal who should lose custody to your children. Even hard core murderers, rapist and white collar thieves like, for example, Bernie Madoff got due process. They received hearings. Lots of hearings before they were taken from their families. They were not treated as “criminals per se.”
These people, these mothers are fleeing difficult and dangerous situations in their countries of habitual residence and they are asking for asylum in the United States. They are seeking refugee status. This is not a criminal per se. IT is a false equivalence to compare this person to a “criminal” who shoots and kills someone: steals billions from investors; or rapes a teenage girl. You are criminalizing someone who may themselves be the victims of crimes and are seeking refuge and equating this person with “criminals” who go on crime sprees for the heck of it.
This is wrong.
I can’t repeat myself enough on this. I am not going to have these people’s blood on my hands by remaining silent.
My hat is off to Beto O’Rourke in Texas. I hope more people join him, quickly.
If I were president Trump, I would just switch. I would go down to the border, cause I am the leader no matter what laws the Democrats enacted. I would void that law by executive action. I would apologize to these families. I would continue to seek stronger immigration reforms and devise methodologies to assist these countries from where these migrations are occurring to solve the problem on a macro level – before these people reach American borders.
And, I would fire Jess Sessions for this.
After, I focus on getting a good attorney general and resolving the Mueller probe….
Melania came out and said she would like to see more “heart” through her spokeswoman. That was nice of the first lady.
But go, Beto! I am with you, Mr O’Rourke. I still believe in America, and for the Republic for which it stands. One nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.