Robert Koehler: The parallels are so naked, so obvious: When you define particular people as the enemy and arm yourself against them, you also dehumanize them.
The State of Immigration in America
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Robert Reich: Nancy Pelosi caved – accepting a bill her House majority had no hand in writing – and the House passed the Senate version, with 129 Democrats supporting it.
Robert Koehler: There’s a hell of a lot of history this country has not yet faced, but the Trump administration, with its blatant disregard for political correctness, is making it front-page news.
Scott Doyle: As ICE coldly puts it on their website, they view local law enforcement as “force multipliers.” Both ICE and Border Patrol enlist police and sheriff deputies as de facto immigration agents through an array of strategies.
Judith Lewis Mernit: Nowhere is the risk of undercounting immigrant residents higher than in California, whose immigrant population is nearly twice the national average.
Bill Blum: he idea for reinstating the citizenship question came from discussions including White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, both of whom have long histories as proponents of anti-immigrant policies.
Nidia Bautista: Orlando Zepeda and Evelyn Hernandez are immigrant activists. Neither has a backup plan in case TPS isn’t renewed next year, other than “to keep fighting until we have permanent residency.”
Ted Vaill: I refuse to allow someone whose ancestors recently arrived on this continent take advantage of what it had to offer to destroy what my ancestors have worked so hard to establish.
Tom Hall: It wasn’t merely her lying, but the way she seemed almost gleeful in contradicting documentary records and even statements on her own Department’s website. She seemed to revel in mimicking the Donald’s style of flagrant lying.
Robin Urevich: Immigration activists and state agencies continue to put pressure on California’s ICE facilities.
Victoria Lopez: Immigration detention poses life-threatening health and safety risks for the tens of thousands of people who are locked up across the country.
Diane Lefer: I didn’t see an invasion. I saw a cruelly devised and intentional bottleneck. I saw the injustice done to the people of Tijuana (and all of Mexico) as they are forced to cope with the chaos and desperate need caused by the US government. How can that be fair?
Bill Blum: The problem, legally, is that the National Emergencies Act (NEA) of 1976, the law that enabled Trump to make his declaration, provides an easy pathway to abuse of power.