Not Safe, Not Normal

February 25, 2017

©2017 W.L. Doromal 
Women's March on Washington

Any U.S. citizen who feels 'safer' because of the Muslim travel ban and immigration executive order should rethink that notion. The country is anything but safe. Planting the seeds of a revolution is not an act that encourages safety or security.

Trump called his deportation blitz targeting undocumented immigrants a 'military operation' and referred to people who have paid taxes for decades as 'bad dudes':

"We're getting really bad dudes out of this country, and at a rate that nobody's ever seen before," Trump said Thursday. 
"And they're the bad ones. And it's a military operation." He added: "You see what's happening at the border. All of a sudden for the first time, we're getting gang members out. We're getting drug lords out."
This 'operation' is xenophobic, ill-planned and dangerous - a reflection of the new administration. It reminds me of the snatchers and dementors from the Harry Potter movies.

ICE agents have raided a Texas court taking a woman seeking an order to protect herself against domestic violence. They also grabbed two Latino men at leaving a church shelter in Virginia and picked up a DREAMer with DACA papers in Seattle.

An American citizen who was born in Puerto Rican was held in a Chicago detention center for three days before Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Illinois) got him released.

U.S. citizen and NASA scientist, Sidd Bikkannavar, was detained by Homeland Security at the Houston Airport and forced to turn over his cell phone and access code.

Muhamad Ali Jr, son of the legendary boxer was detained at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood Airport in Florida after a trip to Jamaica. He was held for two hours and quizzed about religious identity. Likewise, U.S. Olympian and bronze medal winner Ibtihaj Muhammad, also a Muslim, was detained at U.S. Customs for two hours.

A Salvadoran woman with a brain tumor who is seeking asylum in the U.S. was taken from the hospital and returned to a detention center in Texas.

Regardless of their country of origin, agents have been deporting all immigrants to Mexico, further straining broken relations with this country,

This federal 'operation' drains resources from local law enforcement agencies. It makes targets of anyone with brown skin, anyone who speaks a foreign language or anyone who has a certain surname. My daughter suggested that Boboy carry his citizenship papers with him because he has often been mistaken for a Mexican. Sad.

I do not know anyone who feels safer. I do, however,  know people who feel more depressed, more paranoid, and more militant. The 'really bad dude' is sitting in the White House.