A heartless immigration crackdown
The Washington Post
ICE agents have become President Trump’s “personal bullying squad,” said Michael Gerson. While Trump rages against the FBI and Justice Department’s refusal to bend to his will, Immigration and Customs Enforcement have eagerly responded to his promise to cleanse the nation of undocumented immigrants with a 40 percent increase in arrests. Thousands of people without criminal records have been rounded up; “routine ‘check-ins’” with ICE officials can end in handcuffs and deportation. Hardworking mothers and fathers with deep roots in their communities are being dragged away from weeping children. To discourage border crossers, ICE is now deliberately separating parents it catches from their children—some of them infants—and dumping hundreds of traumatized kids in institutional shelters. Women and children from Central America, fleeing drug gangs and rampant crime, are being denied asylum and locked up. ICE’s director has thanked Trump for taking “the handcuffs off law enforcement,” but federal Judge Katherine Forrest has likened the heartless reign of terror to “treatment we associate with regimes that are unjust. We are not that country.” Under Donald Trump, we are that country.