To those who insisted that ICE was only targeting “illegals”

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.

So now:

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 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.


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12 Responses to To those who insisted that ICE was only targeting “illegals”

  1. ItIsWhatItIs says:

    I’ve been asking a lot of Americans who were born in other countries but hold US citizenship whether or not they feel American lately, most of them say no.

    I ask this of people because I’m a German citizen who served in the US Army, yet I do not feel American myself either.


    What does it even mean to be American at this point?

    The words from a hook to a favorite hip-hop song of mine keep bouncing around in my mind when I think on this subject, “the people are dead but the money keeps talking”…

    You ask what it will take for true Americans to standup and do the right thing?

    I honestly don’t know…?

  2. AS says:

    The administration’s new proposal does not set limits on the amount of time children could be held in detention.

    the Trump administration is also seeking greater flexibility to decide when to give children snacks

    The regulations would also strip unaccompanied minors of special protections under the law

    “All of these point to a desire to keep more children in jail longer,” said Omar Jadwat, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s immigrants’ rights project.

    In August, the mother of a Guatemalan toddler filed a claim alleging the little girl died in May as a result of negligent medical care while detained with hundreds of other families in Texas.

    At least Gallego has a vaguely practical attitude:

    A Democratic lawmaker issued a startling warning to government officials involved in “illegal” deportations that they “will not be safe” from future punishment when Donald Trump is no longer president.

    “If you are a US government official and you are deporting Americans be warned,” Arizona Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego tweeted early Thursday. “When the worm turns you will not be safe because you were just following orders. You do not have to take part in illegal acts ordered by this President’s administration.”

    But will later action against ICE bring back the dead toddler? No. So just holding ICE to account in future is not good enough. There is also the duty to target them in the present using firearms before more innocent people become their victims.

    By merely threatening to get back at ICE after Trump is no longer in power, Gallego in reality only motivates them more than ever to KEEP TRUMP IN POWER (and hence themselves safe), in other words to deport as many Americans as possible so as to reduce the numbers of Trump’s opposition! Only putting holes through their heads day by day will make them feel actual pressure to stop deportations.


    “What does it even mean to be American at this point?”

    I wish I could post the proper link, but JJ says not yet…..

    Do you feel closer to the New World than to the Old World?

    If so, you feel American.

    The question you should ask US residents in particular is: do they feel closer to other (ie. non-US) New World countries than to Old World countries? If so, they feel American.

    Other questions:

    Do you like Pueblo Revival and Diner architecture?

    Do you like popcorn?

    Is fast-food your favourite restaurant type?

    Do you like Quantum Leap?

    Do you like the Chipmunks?

    Do you like Carmen Sandiego?

    Do you like RoboCop?

    Do you like Elvira?

    Do you like Garfield?

    Do you like Moonwalker?

    This is just off the top of my head. The ways of characterizing Americanness are almost endless (or at least limited only by your knowledge of pop culture)…..

    Bonus video:

  3. ItIsWhatItIs says:


    Thanks for the food for thought, good stuff to think about here.

    “Bonus video:

    LOL! Nice! Was completely unaware of this.

  4. Sun of the Isles says:

    Not relating to the central topic of the article, but good news from Turkey:

    Again America and the pig Trump has caused inflation in the whole world, including my country Indonesia. The whole world will do good to learn from Turkey’s policy.

  5. ItIsWhatItIs says:

    Provoked by BDS campaign, Trump administration says anti-Zionism is anti-Semitism:

  6. CX says:

    Check this video out quite interesting!

  7. AS says:


    Jews also post propaganda showing how clean Israel is and how dirty Palestine is. We do not take them seriously either. (Besides, your comment is under the wrong post.)

  8. ItIsWhatItIs says:

    I’m not a cultural relativist by any standard, Israel should have been invaded by the rest of humanity long ago. Even as a German citizen who has served in the U.S. Army I have a hard time telling Americans that they should shoot ICE agents, just doesn’t feel like it’s my place to do so. Ironically, I would also site this example as another reason why I do not feel American myself…

  9. I would also site this example as another reason why I do not feel American myself…

    I get what you’re saying. Violence, in all forms, even retaliatory, can be distressing. Yet remember, the US became the US when people decided to shoot at British Redcoats. A tough and stressful route followed, though it wasn’t necessarily intended as such. It was the price of removing an injustice. It’s easier to justify opposing external enemies, as the British were, yet the Trump government is becoming more and more an obvious domestic enemy.

  10. ItIsWhatItIs says:


    Great point.

    Worthwhile Trump and Richard Spencer meme in regards to ICE and immigration I think, if anyone wants it:

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