Trump’s Gestapo: Thuggish ICE Agents Get Violent

A callous and cruel system.

By Abbey Zimet
Common Dreams (11/23/18)

Thanksgiving weekend, but the barbarism of the Trump regime goes on apace. On Friday, plainclothes ICE officers in North Carolina ambushed and arrested undocumented construction worker from Mexico in the U.S. for over 20 years who’s been living in the basement of a sanctuary church for 11 months while he petitions to stay here with his sick wife and teenage son. immigration officials, who told him he had to come in person to provide fingerprints for his petition.

Oliver-Bruno had come to the U.S. in 1994; he met his wife Julia here, and his son Daniel was born here. After long working construction jobs and helping raise Daniel – and with no criminal record – he and his family briefly visited Mexico a few years ago to see his ill father. When Julia’s lupus condition worsened, she had to abruptly return to the U.S. for open heart surgery; when, shortly after, Oliver-Bruno tried to return as well, he was arrested at the border, and the threat of deportation has followed him.

“No, no, no … Shame!”

Arriving at the USCIS office Friday, Oliver-Brunohe was accompanied by faith leaders, family and members of 

 is a “callous and cruel” system. “What is legal and what is just is often not the same thing,” said CityWell’s pastor Cleve May, one of those arrested. “For those who would take offense at us, (we) can only say to you, ‘We care more about justice than we do for laws.’” If you still take offense, watch video of the scene, and see a police state in action.

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  • Gestapo: Some Basic History On Hitler’s Domestic Terror Force — …The Gestapo’s greatest weapon was the fear that it created. Logic said that the Gestapo simply could not be everywhere and it is now accepted that in some places within Germany it was thinly spread at best. However, the perception of the German population was that it was everywhere and that you could trust no-one. There was an acceptance that if you crossed the state, the Gestapo would get you. Their methods of dealing with anyone in ‘protective custody’ were well publicised – deliberately so, as this further enforced the message that an individual should be totally loyal to the state. If the Gestapo felt the need to give someone it had arrested some semblance of going through the legal process, it used the feared People’s Court (the Volksgericht). Here a death sentence was almost guaranteed especially if Roland Freisler was the presiding judge. … Read the Rest

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Children ‘Screaming and Coughing in the Mayhem’ As Trump Border Patrol Fires Tear Gas Into Mexico

Common Dreams Staff (11/25/18)

After Central American migrants approached the U.S.-Mexico border on Sunday to call attention to awful shelter conditions and request asylum, U.S. Border Patrol agents reportedly fired tear gas into Mexico, forcing parents with toddlers to flee.

“Children were screaming and coughing in the mayhem,” the Associated Press reported. “On the U.S. side of the fence, shoppers streamed in and out of an outlet mall.”

Earlier on Sunday, U.S. authorities closed off both directions of the San Ysidro port of entry, which is one of the largest border crossings between the U.S. and Mexico.

“Imagine having tear gas launched at you after escaping gang violence/poverty while carrying your child,” Juan Escalante, a columnist at the Huffington Post, wrote on Twitter.

The demonstrations by Central American asylum seekers came amid reports that the Trump administration is looking to cut a deal with the newly-elected Mexican government to keep migrants out of the U.S. until their asylum claims are fully processed.

While U.S. President Donald Trump took to Twitter late Saturday to claim that asylum seekers will now be forced to stay in Mexico until their cases are processed, the incoming Mexican government officials said publicly that no such agreement has been reached.

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