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Are Trump's violent ICE raids bringing America closer to a police state? Roger Algase

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The classic sign of a police state is when law enforcement agencies are free to take any action and engage in any abuses without being subject to judicial supervision. We saw this taking shape in America in the form of violent raids and assaults against immigrants under President Obama, and there are now signs of increasing abuses in the Donald Trump administration.

salon.com reports on April 2 that on March 27, ICE agents raided a home in Chicago and shot and seriously wounded an unarmed man in front of eight family members, including a one-year old child. According to a statement by immigrant rights organizations:

"The Chicago ICE firld office and its Director, Ricardo Wong, have repeatedly planned and executed violent raids in homes, wotk places, churches, and locations where our communities are supposed to feel safe."

These assaults are not new with the Trump administration. The same article reports that on May 28, 2010, US border agents:

"...beat and tasered 42 year old San Diego resident Anastasio Hernandez Rojas to death while he was handcuffed and immobile on the ground, video evidence shows."

http://www.salon.com/2017/04/02/what-a-brutally-violent-ice-raid-can-tell-us-about-trumps-creeping-police-state_partner/


The salon.com article also states that in 2014, the American Immigration Council learned of more than 800 reports of abuse by Border Patrol and CNP agents against betwen 2009 and 2012.

So what is new about Donald Trump's raids?

What is new is that Trump, in a televised address to DHS after signing his draconian January 25 immigration enforcement executive orders, Trump in effect told CBP and ICE officers that all restraints are off in dealing with immigrants. See the link to the full speech in the above salon.com story.

This can only bring back memories of another police agency, established in Europe in the 1930's, which was also exempted from any restraints, had total control over local police, and was also known for its violent arrests and treatment of people whom the government regarded as undesirable.

http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk...-police-state/

In this regard it is worthy of note that Trump's chief immigration enforcer, A.G. Jeff Sessions, is now demanding control over local police in American Sanctuary Cities.

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/...-jurisdictions

Is America now heading in the same direction?
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Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. Roger has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants receive work visas and green cards for more than 35 years.

His email address is algaselex@gmail.com


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Updated 04-09-2017 at 05:11 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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  1. MKolken's Avatar
    Just putting this here.

    U.S. plans new wave of immigrant deportation raids

    "U.S. immigration officials are planning a month-long series of raids in May and June to deport hundreds of Central American mothers and children found to have entered the country illegally, according to sources and an internal document seen by Reuters.

    The operation would likely be the largest deportation sweep targeting immigrant families by the administration of President Barack Obama this year after a similar drive over two days in January that focused on Georgia, Texas, and North Carolina."
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