At the beginning of the Trump administration, I predicted:
You let them get away with deporting people a vanload at a time without consequence and eventually they will deport tens of millions. You let them test, prove effective, practice and - most importantly - psychopolitically normalize their physical techniques of forcibly rounding up and deporting refugees/undocumented: … and eventually they will apply the exact same techniques to green card holders, naturalized citizens and, yes, ultimately even citizens born in the US so long as they are of the “wrong” ethnicity, “wrong” religion or “wrong” politics
And of course no one believed me enough to start shooting Rehabs on sight.
His official American birth certificate shows he was delivered by a midwife in Brownsville, at the southern tip of Texas. He spent his life wearing American uniforms: three years as a private in the Army, then as a cadet in the Border Patrol and now as a state prison guard.
But when Juan, 40, applied to renew his U.S. passport this year, the government’s response floored him. In a letter, the State Department said it didn’t believe [ie. guilty until proven innocent - AS] he was an American citizen.
As he would later learn, Juan is one of a growing number of people whose official birth records show they were born in the United States but who are now being denied passports — their citizenship suddenly thrown into question. The Trump administration is accusing hundreds, and possibly thousands, of Hispanics along the border of using fraudulent birth certificates since they were babies, and it is undertaking a widespread crackdown.
In some cases, passport applicants with official U.S. birth certificates are being jailed in immigration detention centers and entered into deportation proceedings. In others, they are stuck in Mexico, their passports suddenly revoked when they tried to reenter the United States. As the Trump administration attempts to reduce both legal and illegal immigration, the government’s treatment of passport applicants in South Texas shows how U.S. citizens are increasingly being swept up by immigration enforcement agencies.
Juan said he was infuriated by the government’s response. “I served my country. I fought for my country,” he said, speaking on the condition that his last name not be used so that he wouldn’t be targeted by immigration enforcement.
When Juan, the former soldier, received a letter from the State Department telling him it wasn’t convinced [ie. guilty until proven innocent - AS] that he was a U.S. citizen, it requested a range of obscure documents — evidence of his mother’s prenatal care, his baptismal certificate, rental agreements from when he was a baby.
He managed to find some of those documents but weeks later received another denial. In a letter, the government said the information “did not establish [ie. guilty until proven innocent - AS] your birth in the United States.”
By such exorbitant standards of proof, in all likelihood tens of millions of “white” (including Jewish) US citizens would not be able to prove that they were born in the US either. But of course they won’t be asked to do so in the first place. Because we all know what this is really about.
In a case last August, a 35-year-old Texas man with a U.S. passport was interrogated while crossing back into Texas from Mexico with his son at the McAllen-Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge, connecting Reynosa, Mexico, to McAllen, Tex.
His passport was taken from him, and Customs and Border Protection agents told him to admit that he was born in Mexico, according to documents later filed in federal court. He refused and was sent to the Los Fresnos Detention Center and entered into deportation proceedings.
In some cases, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have arrived at his clients’ homes without notice and taken passports away.
Moral 1: I TOLD YOU THIS WOULD HAPPEN.
Moral 2: Your US birth certificate/passport is not what makes you American, because ICE can just grab it from you by brute force and then call it a “Fake Birth Certificate”/”Fake Passport” (you should have expected such terminology coming – I did! – ever since Trump coined the term “Fake News”; next they will be talking about “Fake Citizens”…..). What stands between ICE and your birth certificate/passport is your willingness to use your firearm. Thus #FightICEwithfire is what makes you American.
And of course this principle applies elsewhere also. This is why I will never believe that any establishment government is sincerely pro-refugee (as opposed to merely doing its part to set up the far-right backlash) unless it is proactively supplying refugees with firearms, ammo and training as soon as they are offered asylum. Because ultimately it means nothing for refugees merely to be given state-issued documents proving they are citizens when the rightists who want to exterminate refugees are barbarians who will just call your state-issued documents “Fake Documents” and ignore them. The same barbarians can call your Ahimsa bullets “Fake Bullets” all they want; the bullets will still put holes through their heads. This is the difference between documents and bullets, and hence between nominal asylum and genuine asylum.
Question: IF EVEN WHAT WE ARE SEEING NOW WON’T GET PEOPLE TO START SHOOTING REHABS, THEN WHAT WILL?