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  1. Ex-Clinton aide: 84 percent of Americans support turning undocumented immigrants over to authorities.

    Prominent Democratic pollster Mark Penn said on Thursday that a vast majority of Americans don’t really support so-called sanctuary cities that shield immigrants in the country illegally from deportation.

    Penn, who served as chief strategist for Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign, revealed that 84 percent of Americans favor turning undocumented immigrants over to federal agents.

    “I asked them, ‘Do you think notifying ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] would in fact increase crime because it would inhibit people from reporting crimes or does it decrease crimes because it takes criminals off the street,’ and they overwhelming said ‘decrease,’ ” Penn told Hill.TV's “Rising.”

    Penn said the response was strikingly “out of sync” with what the public might think about sanctuary cities. The broad term refers to cities that don’t fully cooperate with federal authorities when it comes to turning over people in the country illegally to immigration enforcement.

    “When someone’s arrested, they expect someone will notify federal immigration authorities just as they would expect someone who violates state tax law will find out that they notified the IRS,” the pollster said.


    Published originally on The Hill.

    Posted by Nolan Rappaport

    Updated 06-29-2018 at 09:08 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  2. DHS Agents' Intimidation of ICE Whistleblower Who Quit to Protest Sessions' Lie Brings Trump's "Deportation Force" Closer to Gestapo. Roger Algase

    America is getting used to the growing use of fear, lies, and violence against immigrants on the part of Donald Trump's DHS "Deportation Force", most recently against 2,300 terrorized young children, many of whom may never see their parents again.

    With every passing day, comparisons between Trump's immigration "enforcement" apparatus and Hitler's Geheime Staatspolizei ("Secret State Police", more commonly known as the Gestapo) are, very arguably, becoming more relevant, if not already part of America's "New Normal".

    But the latest attempt by DHS agents to intimidate a former ICE agent turned whistleblower during a media interview at his home are disturbing indications that the basic rights and freedoms of American citizens, not only immigrants, are also in danger, as the Trump administration, which could more accurately be called "Regime", moves closer toward full blown fascism.

    CBS News reports the following on June 28 concerning an attempt by two DHS agents to intimidate an ICE whistleblower who resigned in protest against attempts by the agency to force him to lie about an Oakland, California deportation raid.

    "In his first television interview, former Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesperson James Schwab has opened up about why he abruptly resigned in March. But his interview with CBS News' Jamie Yuccas on Wednesday was unexpectedly interrupted by agents identifying themselves as agents from the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General's Office."

    The interrupted interview related to Schwab's stated reason for resigning from ICE, namely his refusal to put out a statement which he know to be completely false by Attorney General Jeff Sessions relating to an ICE raid about which the mayor of Oakland allegedly warned that city's immigrant community in advance.

    At first, Schwab said, he was instructed to release a "spin statement" about the raid which was able to live with: CBS reports:

    "He [Schwab] helped craft a statement to the media saying 'Some of them [unauthorized immigrants] were able to elude us thanks to the mayor's irresponsible decision.' He was comfortable with that statement, he said, because it included the words 'some of'."

    But then, according to the report, Schwab was asked to lie:

    "A week later, Attorney General Jeff Sessions language was noticeably different. He said 'ICE failed to make 800 arrests' because of the mayor's statement. Sessions' words didn't sit well with Schwab.

    'Completely false...that made me extremely uncomfortable,' Schwab said."

    When instructed to disseminate this lie, Schwab resigned. CBS quotes him as follows:

    "I could not fathom staying at an organization that was OK with lying to the American public...In 17 years in the military, at the Department of Defense as a civilian, at NASA, and now, at Homeland Security, I have never been asked to lie."

    This background ultimately led to the surprise visit by two DHS agents at Schwab's home three months later during his interview about these events, as CBS News also reports:

    "During the interview at his home, some three months after he quit, Yuccas and Schwab were interrupted by a surprise visit from men who said they were agents from the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General's Office. He was 'completely shocked' to see them.

    Schwab said his conversation with the agents had to do with Oakland's mayor."

    After denying that he had ever had any contact with the mayor whatsoever about the raid, Schwab told CBS News that the visit from the DHS agents was "absolutely" an intimidation technique:

    "'Why, three months later, are we doing this?' Schwab said. 'This is intimidation. And this is why people won't come out and speak against the government."

    The CBS report concludes by saying that, according to Schwab, employees in other federal agencies who have reached out to him are also feeling too intimidated by the government to speak out about their own concerns.

    To be sure, unlike Nazi Germany, Schwab is not in danger of being sent to American versions of places like Dachau and Buchenwald for speaking out against Trump's Deportation Regime - yet. But, according to an increasing number of news reports, some of the conditions in which detained immigrants, including toddler-age children - are being held are starting to approach that description.

    This raises the question of what the significance of Trump's mass deportation agenda is for the American people. Is the point only that expulsions of brown-skinned unauthorized immigrants are not moving along as fast as some immigration commentators and analysts might think they should be?

    Or is there a deeper question at stake, namely whether, and for how much longer, America's democracy and the basic freedoms of American citizens such as this ICE whistle blower and anyone else who may oppose Trump's Gestapo-like Deportation "Task Force" or any other policy of this Regime can be expected to endure?

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law

    Updated 06-29-2018 at 08:02 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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