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Donald Trump has taken the “shackles” off Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Patrol (CBP), the nation’s immigration enforcers, and by golly, they are just going to town, ramping up to deport or harass all the illegal immigrants, not to mention anyone who might look like an illegal immigrant, or have a Muslim-y name, or any foreign travelers who just plain come across as too foreign. Let’s see what new joys the New Cruelty has for us lately!

‘Due Process’ Is For Losers

Part of last week’s Department of Homeland Security orders on implementing the New Cruelty involved the expansion of “expedited removal,” a beautiful loophole in immigration enforcement allowing people to be deported immediately, without so much as a phone call or an appearance before a judge. Rights, after all, aren’t really for just anyone, you know. Under the Obama administration, the get-out-of-America-immediately policy was only applied to undocumented immigrants who’d been in the Land of the Free for under 14 days, and who were caught within 100 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border. Last week’s orders loosened that up a whole bunch: Now, the policy applies nationwide, and can be used against anyone who can’t document they’ve been in the USA continuously for two years or more with some kind of utility receipts, phone records, or ID. No documentation, and the person can be deported within 24 hours.

According to Jennifer Chang Newell of the ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project (as if immigrants had rights), the Obama version of the policy was bad enough, resulting in widespread abuse and violation of due process:

In effect, Newell said, “the police officer who arrests you and interrogates you also convicts you.” While this obviously is a concern for the tens of thousands of immigrants estimated to have illegally crossed the border since 2015, Alyson Sincavage, a legislative associate at the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), argues that it could affect all undocumented immigrants who can’t immediately make their case to immigration officials—even those who’ve been here for years.

Why the big hurry? Well, Trump made a promise to get rid of all the “bad hombres,” which now includes everyone here without papers, but thanks to the stupid courts and stupid liberals who think the 14th Amendment’s due process clause applies to everyone, there’s already a huge backlog — over half a million cases — in immigration courts. Expand expedited removal, and ICE can boot just about anyone who doesn’t have proof of at least a plausible claim to stay, whether they might qualify for a delay in deportation or not. No hearing, no phone call, just get ’em out, because after all, they’re all rapists and murderers, maybe. As for asylum seekers, there were already problems with CBP agents failing to screen border crossers for “credible fear” of danger if they’re deported, and now, the deportations will be widened and sped up. Mind you, the administration told CBP officers they should “elicit all relevant information from the alien as is necessary to make a legally sufficient determination,” so we’re sure there won’t be any hasty or incomplete interviews before people get deported.

Hey, ICE Would Never Go Overboard And Violate People’s Rights, Would It?

So if you take the shackles off a law enforcement agency, there’s no chance they might maybe get a tad overzealous about scooping up everyone they possibly can, would they? Nothing to worry about, says Sandra Hernandez, who reported on immigration from 2006 through 2010, and only lists a mere bunch of stories about ICE overreach, like green card holders being deported for minor infractions decades earlier, or for paperwork lost or bungled by the government. She notes that ICE loved to hold press conferences crowing about the dangerous fugitives they’d deported, but that plenty of those actually deported turned out to merely be “street vendors, construction workers, janitors and small business owners, albeit without papers.” (This is where all the Trumpers shout in unison, “What part of ILLEGAL don’t you understand?” then get back to jaywalking, cheating on their taxes, and speeding.) A couple of Hernandez’s fun examples!

  • An American citizen deported to Mexico after a drug possession conviction. His family had brought in his birth certificate, but the immigration judge decided it must be fake, and added a charge of “impersonating a U.S. citizen.” Once the story made the papers, the guy was eventually allowed to return.
  • A Senegalese man who had a federal court stay allowing him to stay in the U.S. while his case was decided. ICE ignored the order and, “under a covert program that forcibly drugged immigrants with powerful psychotropics so they wouldn’t resist,” drugged him up and dragged him off to LAX to fly him back to Senegal. The airline refused to put him on the plane, he eventually won his court case, and he is now a permanent resident. Unless, you know, his paperwork gets messed up when he travels.
  • Green card holders with mental illnesses who were deported despite a law requiring they be given free legal help. One man was deported to Mexico despite the voices in his head that left him unable to handle his affairs; his mother called Hernandez, sobbing, because there was no one in Mexico to take care of him.
  • A green card holder deported to Haiti after an immigration court illegally treated a minor drug charge as an aggravated felony. Despite a federal appeals court ruling that the man’s conviction was indeed only a misdemeanor, it took him ten years and a pro-bono lawyer to get readmitted to the U.S.

Would TSA Detain A Famous Historian, The Son Of A National Icon, Or A Beloved Children’s Author For Crappy Reasons?

Yes. Yes they would. In Houston last week, Henry Rousso, a French historian who focuses on the Holocaust, was held for 10 hours and nearly deported because an “inexperienced” TSA agent thought Rousso was trying to work illegally in the USA (he was on his way to deliver a lecture at Texas A&M, but the TSA agent decided Rousso was trying to sneak in on the wrong visa. He wasn’t). The TSA dude was wrong, but it took emergency intervention by a law professor at the university to keep Rousso from being put on the first plane back to Paris. Rousso, whose family was expelled from Egypt in 1956 because they were Jewish, was able to deliver his lecture on French collaborators with the Nazis.

Fellow historians took to social media after news of Rousso’s experience, many pointing out what they considered the uncomfortable irony of the arbitrary detention of a Holocaust historian.

Ever the scholar, Rousso politely downplayed the comparison:

In the French edition of the Huffington Post, Rousso wrote an essay saying that “It is now necessary to deal with the utmost arbitrariness and incompetence on the other side of the Atlantic,” adding, “What I know, in loving this country forever, is that the United States is no longer quite the United States.” Yep. We noticed.

And then there was Muhammad Ali Jr., who despite being a U.S. citizen, was detained for two hours of questioning February 7, after flying back from Jamaica, where he’d given a speech on black history, it being that month and all. His U.S. passport was somehow not convincing enough for immigration officials at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (hey! the very place where Trump held his latest Nuremberg rally a couple weeks later!). Ali’s attorney, Chris Mancini, said Ali was traveling with his mother, Khalilah Camacho-Ali, who was allowed to go through Customs after showing a picture of herself with her late husband the national sports icon. But Ali didn’t think he needed anything more than a U.S. passport to prove who he was, so he got a friendly interrogation, during which he was asked twice about his religion, not that there’s a Muslim ban or anything.

Wouldn’t you know it, though, CBP says such a thing was simply UNPOSSIBLE, and issued a press release saying the agency’s “officers adhere to the highest standards of professionalism” and that they never, ever “discriminate based on religion, race, ethnicity or sexual orientation.” CBP insisted “We treat all travelers with respect and sensitivity. Integrity is our cornerstone. We are guided by the highest ethical and moral principles,” but unfortunately, the agency couldn’t address Ali’s allegations, because Privacy. Oh, well, then. Guess Ali must be fibbing, then. You know how those Muslims are.

Oh, and also Australian author Mem Fox, who writes such pro-Islam propaganda as Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, which promotes Arabic numerals. She was detained at LAX for an hour and 40 minutes and given the third degree over her visa status, and says she may simply not bother coming back to the USA. She doesn’t seem to understand we’re at war with Radical Islam and elderly Australian ladies at all:

“I have never in my life been spoken to with such insolence, treated with such disdain, with so many insults and with so much gratuitous impoliteness,” Fox said.

“I felt like I had been physically assaulted which is why, when I got to my hotel room, I completely collapsed and sobbed like a baby, and I’m 70 years old.”

The author attributed the aggressive questioning to border police who had been “turbocharged” by Donald Trump’s proposed travel ban.

Fox said she was questioned over her visa, despite having travelled to America 116 times before without incident. She was eventually granted access to the country.

Turns out her visa was just fine, but she was accused of having a problem, and do you want us to just take people’s word for having the right visa? After complaining to both the U.S. embassy in Canberra and the Australian embassy in Washington, Fox did at least receive an apology, so we don’t see why she’s so touchy. Sheesh, artists. Just because she wrote the best-selling children’s book in Australian publishing history, Possum Magic (sounds occult!), she wants us to drop our guard? Obviously a really bad dude.

Just imagine how many difficulties the insignificant people without connections must be having.

As Long As Illegals Are Terrified, It’s All Good

The Washington Post ran a fine piece Sunday about the climate of fear among undocumented migrant workers in Florida. Hooray! They’re keeping their kids home from school, and afraid to travel or even go to the store. Read the whole thing, but here’s a paragraph to let you know what kind of country we are now:

Staff at the Head Start center in nearby Dover began stacking cabbages and bananas on flatbeds outside so the farmworkers had food to take home when they picked up their children, since many of their parents were afraid to go to the grocery store.

Don’t read the comments.

How About Randomly Demanding ‘Papers, Please’ On A Domestic Flight?

Last Wednesday, travelers on a Delta flight from San Francisco to JFK International in New York were allegedly not allowed to get off the plane until they showed their “papers” to CBP officers who were searching for someone who had been ordered to be deported, and who was thought to be on the plane. As passengers left the plane, CBP officers examined their IDs in the jetway, which is really not something normal for domestic flights, though we have a feeling that may become more routine in TrumpMerica. Passenger Anne Garrett caught the special moment of New Cruelty in a Tweet:

Delta flight attendants reportedly told passengers they’d have to “show your papers to agents waiting outside the door”; one passenger said the flight attendant “seemed weirded out by it.”

Asked for an explanation by Rolling Stone, a CBP spokesperson initially sent a copy of a document outlining CPB’s authority to inspect documents of international travelers, which didn’t explain jacksquat about demanding papers from domestic travelers. Rolling Stone’s Tim Dickinson noticed that, and was all inquisitive, like you might expect from an Enemy of the People:

Asked to clarify CBP’s authority over domestic passengers, the spokesman replied that “at this time this is all I have.”

Ah, but by Friday, CBP had a much gooder explanation! It wasn’t a demand to see papers, it was a request for “consensual assistance” from the passengers!

In this situation, CBP was assisting ICE in locating an individual possibly aboard the flight that was ordered removed from the United States pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act. To assist ICE, CBP requested consensual assistance from passengers aboard the flight to determine whether the removable individual in question was in fact aboard the flight. In the course of seeking this assistance, CBP did not compel any of these domestic passengers to show identification. With much-appreciated cooperation from these passengers, CBP was able to resolve the issue with minimal delay to the traveling public.

Dickinson asked for clarification on the clarification: was it really only a “request” that people were free to refuse? Heh, don’t get all uppity about that sort of thing!

The spokesman again could not clarify CBP’s legal authority, warning only, “It is always best to cooperate with law enforcement, so as to expedite your exiting the airport in a timely manner.”

So yes, it’s consensual assistance. If you choose not to cooperate, you’re free to spend a few hours being questioned. What are you hiding, anyway? Maybe you need a cavity search, too, to expedite your timely exit from the airport. Phone call? Why would you want a phone call? Can you prove you belong here? You aren’t very cooperative, are you? Don’t you want America to be great again?

We bet tourism and international conferences are going to really thrive in Canada for the next few years.

You know what would be great proof you belong in the USA? A donation to Wonkette, to help keep us ad-free. Just show ICE your bank records!

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  • Nounverb911
    • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

      I can’t do the Photoshop, but it should show a newly minted Ph.D., a research scientist, and a hard-working mom of three being dragged from their productive lives where they contribute mightily to the benefit of the country.

    • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

      I call bullshit.
      First, Little Donnie would outsource the family roundup to a Chinese or Russian sweatshop. Second, it doesn’t show the guy with a bigger net chasing Cheeto Benito.

      • Tom Lindsay

        Third, it gives the impression that he’s capable of running.

  • bookish

    http://www.vox.com/2017/2/27/14750944/trump-health-care-complicated

    Referring to his own enthusiasm for tax reform, Trump explained, “I can’t do it until we do health care, because we have to know what the health care is going to cost and — statutorily — that’s the way it is. So for those people who say, ‘oh, gee, I wish we could do the tax first,’ it just doesn’t work that way. I would like to do the tax first.”

    Trump is wrong about this. There is no statutory requirement for him to do health care before he works on tax reform. What’s at issue is simply Paul Ryan’s legislative strategy. Ryan wants to pass a tax reform plan with a party-line vote, which means he needs to use the budget reconciliation process to avoid a Senate filibuster.

    • Creepoman

      I think you could boil it down to the first three words of the second paragraph.

  • Nounverb911
    • JohnBull

      Exactly. The kinds of people wanting these deportations can barely stand up, let alone pick tomatoes in the Florida heat.

      • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

        Not to mention, clean toilets at the airport, clean the shopping mall at midnight, sew all those “Made in USA” clothes in an un-airconditioned sweatshop in Southeast L.A..

      • Nounverb911

        “I anxiously await $20 a pound tomatoes”
        –The Invisible Hand

  • Oblios_Cap

    This is where all the Trumpers shout in unison, “What part of ILLEGAL don’t you understand?” then get back to jaywalking, cheating on their taxes, and speeding.

    I know, right? I try to break at least 3 laws a day.

  • bookish

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/house-intelligence-chairman-denies-evidence-of-trump-teams-ties-to-russia/2017/02/27/66495ce8-fcfd-11e6-99b4-9e613afeb09f_story.html?utm_term=.b51f5b0c5314

    House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes denied on Monday morning that there was any evidence from the intelligence community of contacts between officials from Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian operatives.

    “As of right now, I don’t have any evidence of any phone calls. It doesn’t mean they don’t exist. . . . What I’ve been told by many folks is that there’s nothing there,” Nunes (R-Calif.) said.

  • JohnBull

    It’s only a matter of time before they come for people with green cards. Then naturalized citizens, including my wife. There’s no reason at all why the courts won’t do this.
    Hell, what do I care? That would give me the perfect excuse to leave this fuckin’ place and start a better life elsewhere.

    • CogitoErgoBibo

      I have a Canadian friend with a greencard and an American wife who wants to participate in marches and other gatherings which could potentially turn dicey (not through any action of his own) and feels as if he can’t. A greencard doesn’t protect you in the way it used to. You need only see what happened the first weekend of the EO to see that. Seriously. Canadians are afraid. That’s where we are.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    For anyone not on Indivisible’s weekly emails, here’s a guide with ways to help immigrants impacted by this shit.

    • Shawn Renee Ernoehazy

      I am on the local Indivisible FB list! I will be participating any local protests I can as well as attending meetings.

  • Wild Cat

    You mean those lily-white little Trumpmonkeys are now going to have their horrific toilet-cleaning and sharecropping jobs back for $2.69/hour?

    Good!

  • Nounverb911

    Of course the county he lives in went 70% for drumpf….
    https://twitter.com/nytimes/status/836286293176893440

    • Wild Cat

      “O Juan. He was one of the good spics, ya know . . . “

    • MynameisBlarney

      That’s fucking horrible.

    • Moebym the Persistent Returner

      I could feel my BP rising as I read this article, and couldn’t finish.

  • MynameisBlarney
    • JCfromNC

      Well, at least the fruit is also sweet, if not as sweet as sugar-glazed fat pills.

  • CatCafe #ShePurrsisted

    Oh my God! He’s a mean, spoiled six year old SENDING EVERYBODY HOME from his birthday party because they aren’t nice enough to him!!! That’s all this is! He wants to send EVERYBODY away! So it’ll be just him and the people his parents pay to pretend to be his friends!

  • ImPEECH!

    How can America be “made great again” while suppressing the legacy of The Greatest?!

    • Msgr_MΩment

      Trump was just looking for a GOAT.

      • Lord Jim

        Why didn’t he just ask for that book Bush was reading on 9/11?

  • Msgr_MΩment
  • Creepoman

    Now that the “shackles” have been taken off the ICE officers, it would be a real shame if they didn’t put them right back to use.

    • Lord Jim

      Shackles don’t pay for themselves, ya know.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    So are CBP and ICE chock full of assholes who’ve been praying for a Republican President so they can get their fascism on?

    If and when sanity returns to the executive branch, they might want to look at the DHS hiring process.

    • Msgr_MΩment

      If and when sanity returns to the executive branch, they might want to look at the DHS hiring process.

      • Lord Jim

        Yes, that entirely new bureaucracy created by small-government conservatives who clearly didn’t think having a CIA, NSA and FBI was enough government.

        • Msgr_MΩment

          There are 26x26x26 TLAs available, including the three K’s.

    • Dr. Rrrrrobotnik

      The arbitrary power of up to and including life and death over ordinary people is what every low-level governmental functionary with a sense of grievance dreams of. This comprises a depressingly large portion of our security services.

      • Latverian Diplomat

        Interviewer:”Why do want to join DHS?”
        Applicant’s Brain: “Don’t say revenge, don’t say revenge.”
        Applicant: “Revenge.”
        Applicant’s Brain: “D’Oh”.

        With apologies to Homer Simpson.

        • Liberal Fascist Ron

          Interviewer: ‘Against who?’

    • cmd resistor

      I was thinking today of how scary this really is. Your basic cop just dealing with deciding whether to arrest someone for a criminal offense has a lot of leeway, but at least is SOMEWHAT THEORETICALLY bound by pesky things like criminal laws you eventually have to prove, and the constitution. But these folks get to pretty much do what they want while screaming, too bad for you as they kick people out of the country or into detention. Then they are gone and who is going to do much of anything about it? Stories I read about 2 of those CBP incidents had the harassed traveler mentioning how they felt bad for the other folks waiting to be processed — old, foreign, one on a wheelchair, etc.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    His family had brought in his birth certificate, but the immigration judge decided it must be fake, and added a charge of “impersonating a U.S. citizen.”

    “Should have brought the long form birth certificate, a thing I’m sure exists. Or had whiter skin.”
    — A fully qualified immigration judge?

    • Liberal Fascist Ron

      Needz moar scare quotes.

  • Nounverb911
    • Crank Tango

      They found out she was born in France.

  • BearDeLaOursistance

    He and his goons are also doing a number on the “With Votes” industry. Many of us who work in the commenting sector are having an increasingly difficult time producing that phrase.

  • bookish

    http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/321361-trumps-doj-dropping-opposition-to-texas-voter-id-law

    President Trump’s Justice Department is ending the government’s opposition to a controversial voter ID law in Texas, according to a group involved in the case.

    Danielle Lang, the Campaign Legal Center’s deputy director of voting rights, told The Associated Press and Talking Points Memo on Monday that the Justice Department informed her group and others suing the state of the government’s change in position.

    After six years of legal wrangling, the Justice Department will no longer argue that Texas intentionally sought to discriminate against minorities when it passed the law that mandates voters show certain forms of identification before casting a ballot.

    “This signals to voters that they will not be protected under this administration,” Lang told Talking Points Memo.

    http://www.dallasnews.com/news/texas-politics/2017/02/27/trump-government-takes-new-position-texas-voter-lawsuit

  • MynameisBlarney

    TMW you get your own grill.

    http://i.imgur.com/SbTMxQK.png

    • Latverian Diplomat

      Hey, they took seven of the “clean” animals for a reason, right?

      As explained in a different passage that in no way contradicts the two by two passage, if you rotate it 90 degrees, squint real hard, and trust in the Holy Spirit.

  • MynameisBlarney
    • CogitoErgoBibo

      I love that dude. I sent out his rant against bathrooms and who uses them to many people last week.

    • Lord Jim

      Sure, Democrats need to do more for the American underclass, but this guy might want to consider the effects of his fellow rednecks consistently voting for Republican governors and legislators who are actively trying to keep them poor and uneducated. Rednecks vote for “pro-life” pseudoChristian snake oil salesmen who never actually improve their lot, but somehow it’s the fault of Democrats.

      • Shawn Renee Ernoehazy

        Check out his newer videos. He challenges all of this! Especially, the pseudo- christian non-sense.

  • Oblios_Cap

    “We must ensure that our courageous servicemen and women have the tools they need to deter war and when called upon to fight in our name only do one thing, win. We have to win. We have to start winning wars again.” PVL Trump

    Well ,there’s nothing alarming about that statement!

    • cmd resistor

      Oh, to add to it, I read that there used to be a protection for immediate families of active duty military folks who were green card holders — that they wouldn’t be subject to deportation during the military times. But somehow they think the latest EO’s on immigration remove this protection.

  • Lance Thrustwell
    • Liberal Fascist Ron

      The vaguer it is, the wider it can be applied.

  • Latverian Diplomat

    “If those illegals didn’t wanna be deported, they should have voted for Trump. Wait…”
    — A Trumpkin

  • Nounverb911

    Too bad we can’t retroactively deport trumps mother back to Scotland.

    • Werewolf

      Or his grandfather back to Germany.

      • BearDeLaOursistance

        Or his great-grandfather back to Hell.

      • cmd resistor

        I think I read the grandfather wasn’t allowed back because he was a deserter or something.

        • Liberal Fascist Ron

          Yup. Deported from his OWN COUNTRY.
          I just realised – Donnie is doing the exact same thing to AMERICANS. A connection? Perhaps.

    • hanadora444

      I was going to say that this business doesn’t apply to white people from predominantly white countries but now there’s the Australian Magic Possum lady.

      • Markuserektus

        Trump is just mad at Malcolm Turnbull …

        • hanadora444

          Do you think Trump has ever heard of Malcolm Turnbull? I’m not sure he knows the difference between Australia and Austria.

      • Celtic_Gnome

        He thought they said Magic Pussy, and that scared him. A lot.

    • ariel_gee_398

      There’s just no way they’d take her. We had enough trouble getting them to accept a return of Piers Morgan.

  • Resistance Fighter Callyson

    Snark off:

    My God.

    I’ve been a Wonker for years and I regularly read the posts here. Wonkette has covered some heavy shit, not least of which being Donald’s rise to power. But I can say without a doubt that this was the hardest article to read. I kept thinking “Jesus, it just gets worse and worse” with every paragraph.

    My heart goes out to those impacted by this shit. All I can say is I will do what I can for the resistance. Fuck…

    • Lance Thrustwell

      There is a popular stereotype that liberals have a certain Chicken-Little-like tendency to panic easily and overstate things. I am starting to hope that’s actually true.

      But I am getting a stronger sense of dread – every day – that in this case, it’s not applicable at all.

      • yyyaz

        I know I fit that stereotype. My reasoning is that we as a society have to head off the worst impulses of lawmakers before institutional inertia cements bad ideas into a new status quo, lending legitimacy to something that should never have been adopted in the first place.

        • Lance Thrustwell

          I share that reasoning. :)

      • Meccalopolis

        All part of bannon’s plan. Over under on t rump threatening emergency measures tomorrow night?

        • eggsacklywright

          Keep poking the bear until it wakes up and takes a few swipes with sharp claws, followed by the clampdown.

      • eggsacklywright

        Guilty here. My usual reaction to a crisis is to panic first and ask questions later.

      • Persistent Demme

        That’s because when we see something that even smells a little authoritarian, we want to nip it in the bud.
        The other side, not so much.

        (Something about frogs(?) on the stove, and slowly turning up the heat.)

    • Randy Riddle

      Yeah, this shit isn’t funny. This is authoritarian shit.

      I want my funny Wonkette with the poop jokes and GOP sexxx scandals back.

    • Edith Prickly

      I keep hearing Jim Jefferies telling off Piers Morgan. “Hitler didn’t kill Jews on the first day. He worked up to it.”

      • Lance Thrustwell

        God I loved Jefferies when he told that fake-liberal douchenozzle to fuck right off.

        • Edith Prickly

          Morgan was one of Rupert Murdoch’s bottom-feeders. He has no moral authority to criticize anyone.

    • goonemeritus

      It’s only been a month there are plenty of terrible ideas to come. I predict the most vulnerable will get screwed for at least the next two years. We will fight earnestly but we will lose often.

      • cmd resistor

        rumor has it the new travel ban EO will be coming out Wednesday.

        • goonemeritus

          Along with a budget proposal, it would be folly not to start drinking now.

    • ariel_gee_398

      Of all the things I miss about Obama, the one I miss the most is knowing that the person in the White House gave a shit about people in general, and about specific people when he heard their stories. He didn’t always make the right choices, but you knew he was trying to, and that hurting people genuinely caused him anguish. It let us relax a little bit, and to trust in his use of the authority of the office.

  • The Police Chief of Santa Cruz, Ca. has found out the definition of “consensual assistance”, and he doesn’t like it:

    http://www.ksbw.com/article/santa-cruz-police-chief-blasts-homeland-security-over-ice-raid/8971295

  • JustPixelz (((Ω)))

    I’m waiting for stories about tourism companies warning their stockholders about falling revenue. Obviously those stories would be fake and investors should ignore such dire warnings, if any.

    • MynameisBlarney

      Here in the Keys we’re waiting for the big hit.

      • Liberal Fascist Ron

        The snowbirds from Quebec will be leaving Florida, and likely NOT coming back. And there’s a LOT of them.

        • MynameisBlarney

          Yup.

    • cmd resistor

      I don’t know about stockholder warnings but I have read stories about decline in tourism.

  • Spurning Beer

    My wife’s people have been in America since the Mayflower and Jamestown (and Powhatan), but it looks like she’s in trouble now. She is terrible about keeping utility statements.

    • Oblios_Cap

      I generally shred mine after I pay them.

      • Spurning Beer

        I guess I’ll be seeing you in Juarez, then.

        • Oblios_Cap

          Si, amigo.

      • Liberal Fascist Ron

        Same here. We used them to help line the rat cages. They did so enjoy shifting them about.

      • chortlingdingo

        I’m basically paperless for all my bills now, so I would be screwed if they didn’t let me have access to the internet. Although, I’m pretty lily-white, so I doubt I would be harassed.

    • Lance Thrustwell

      My mom was (passively) D.A.R., a legacy from her mother’s side. I always used to view that history with bemusement. Now I’m wondering if I should try to reconstruct the connection.

      • goonemeritus

        My wife family got a land grant on Long Island from King George. Needless to say they were Tories during the revolution.

    • goonemeritus

      From what I have been told they did some pretty half-assed vetting on the Mayflower. Not to mention the outrageous increase in crime in Jamestown after the pilgrims arrival.

      • Spurning Beer

        Some of them, I assume, were nice people.

  • bookish

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2017/02/27/guys-i-dont-think-donald-trump-is-going-to-release-his-tax-returns/?utm_term=.01ed636b1bc5

    On Monday, House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) fielded questions from reporters on Capitol Hill on Russia and its attempts to influence the 2016 campaign. At one point, Nunes was asked about whether Congress might use its powers of subpoena to force Trump to release his tax returns, which would show the nature of his financial relationship with Russia — if any.

    “No, we’re not gonna do that,” responded Nunes.

    No one paying any attention should be surprised that a Republican-led House isn’t going to push a Republican president to release his tax returns against his will. But what Nunes’s statement does make clear is that there is virtually no chance that the public will see Trump’s tax returns before 2019, at the very earliest.

    • cmd resistor

      This guy is in my top five lists of jackasses I mercifully did not know existed until recently.

  • Treg Brown
    • Juan de Fuca

      You know, I actually thought that same thing this morning. Am going to try again tomorrow. It’s like kicking a bad habit.

      *I will not turn on the news tomorrow*

  • Me not sure

    I guess that I was under the obviously mistaken opinion that due process was viewed as a human right by the founders and was intended to apply not just to citizens, but to all people who fall under the jurisdiction of the US. “Mistakes” will continue to be made
    and this administration will not care one whit.

    • Michael Smith

      Yeah. And even if it didn’t apply to US citizens, I would think that it should apply to inquiries as to citizenship. Or else we are all going to have to start getting really fast at pulling out our proofs of citizenship, so that we aren’t all unceremoniously murdered while sorting through our pockets.

      • Liberal Fascist Ron

        Might be a good idea to have them with you at all times, perhaps in a nice folder, so when the Gestapo says ‘Papers please!’ you can produce them instantly. Just be careful they don’t trip you up by asking in Spanish!

        • cmd resistor

          Binders of papers.

        • Oblios_Cap

          If they how many beers you want, hold up the index, middle, and third finger so they’ll know you’re American. (The Great Escape, remember?)

      • teele

        Maybe we can just start wearing official government dispensed color-coded patches on our sleeves.

        • Michael Smith

          Yeah! And it would actually be cheaper just to make the non citizens wear them.

    • cmd resistor

      It depends….my understanding is one reason they do all the trials or tribunals at Guantanamo is they get to use less constitutional rights.

    • Meccalopolis

      Overzealous enforcement a feature not a bug

  • Michael Smith

    Almost textbook fascism, really. Infringe on peoples’ rights, but start with the least popular groups so that any criticism can be spun as treachery or bleeding heart idealism.

    How lucky for Trump that so many Americans are unfamiliar with and uninterested in history.

    • chortlingdingo

      That’s because in K-12, history is basically “America is the best country in the world, and it always has been. We’ve never done anything bad at all! What native genocide? What slave trade? Let’s talk instead about the God-sent Founders, and Manifest Destiny, and how we saved Europe over and over again!”

      And then in college, history is one of the filthy humanities, and who cares about those?

      • chortlingdingo

        Oh, and don’t forget “everything amazing and useful was invented only by white Americans” also, too.

      • Michael Smith

        That’s true. Curiosity about history is even in college often considered a useless dalliance for liberal wussies who can’t do math and science.

        “We’re the great country in the history of mankind, what else do you need to know?”

  • Edith Prickly

    I am not crossing the US border again until Trump is gone.

    • Bub the Hoohah! loving Zombie

      It will be interesting to see the impact Trump’s Nazi administration has on U.S. tourism.

    • Vienna Woods

      Right with you.

    • Lance Thrustwell

      Prickly – cactus – Mexican! Yep, too risky.

    • Up In Smoke O’hontas

      I’m contemplating an extended trip to Cuba in the hope that I get stuck on the outside.

  • DahBoner

    So, if you don’t carry your utility bills with you, you get a FREE TRIP somewhere?

    Lucky Duckies.
    http://img.memecdn.com/Lucky-Duck_o_8240.webp

  • memzilla Ω

    They’re not being deported, they’re just being resettled in the East.

    • Meccalopolis

      for their own safety

  • GoutMachine

    /inhales deeply/ Man, I can just smell the freedom!

  • chazmanr

    Can you guarantee that my donation to Wonkette will not put me on the do-not-fly list? This is Trump’s America now.

    • redarmyzombie

      I personally guarantee, you’ll be first to go to the camps!

  • Werewolf
    • Crank Tango

      Who gets the leather trench coats? FBI?

      • Nounverb911

        FBI gets J Edgar’s dresses.

      • MynameisBlarney

        Naw.

        That’s for the NSA dudes.

        • Lord Jim

          NSA contracts their dirty work out. “Black baggers”, they’re called.

  • bookish

    http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/03/06/what-calling-congress-achieves?mbid=gnep&intcid=gnep&google_editors_picks=true

    There are a great many ways to petition the government, including with actual petitions, but, short of showing up in person, the one reputed to be the most effective is picking up the phone and calling your congressional representatives. In the weeks following the Inauguration of Donald J. Trump, so many people started doing so that, in short order, voice mail filled up and landlines began blurting out busy signals. Pretty soon, even e-mails were bouncing back, with the information that the target in-box was full and the suggestion that senders “contact the recipient directly.” That being impractical, motivated constituents turned to other means. The thwarted and outraged took to Facebook or Twitter or the streets. The thwarted and determined dug up direct contact information for specific congressional staffers. The thwarted and clever remembered that it was still possible, several technological generations later, to send faxes; one Republican senator received, from a single Web-based faxing service, seven thousand two hundred and seventy-six of them in twenty-four hours. The thwarted and creative phoned up a local pizza joint, ordered a pie, and had it delivered, with a side of political opinion, to the Senate.

    • cmd resistor

      Yet people who have been unable to reach their representatives and Senators (yes, you, Marco) are just pissed off liberals showing up at their offices to make trouble for the hell of it.

  • LarryHoudini

    I heard Trump is scaring the shit out of potential tourists and is really messing with Florida’s economy. Couldn’t happen to a nicer swing state.

    • Oblios_Cap

      Scott and his environmental policies have turned some of the nicest waters in the state toxic green, so that has already impacted things a bit. That and the Zimmerman Affair.

      • Martini Ambassador

        Have you learned your lesson yet, Florida Voter?

        • GoutMachine

          HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! You kill me.

        • cmd resistor

          What lesson? That this state is screwed in spite of my vote?

          • Oblios_Cap

            That’s what I’ve learned.

          • Martini Ambassador

            No, no, I didn’t mean folks like you. I mean Florida Man, when he votes. You have my sympathies that those guys are a voting majority right now.

          • cmd resistor

            Yeah, I know. It’s depressing as hell. After Florida went for Obama twice I was kind of getting used to the idea we might be moving toward sanity.

      • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

        My family visited last year. We probably won’t go back any time soon. The water was weird when we went diving and the locals were mostly rude. I was pretty shocked. I used to visit frequently when I was in my twenties…of course I spent a great deal of my time then drinking.

  • Mr. Blobfish

    The civic group my wife belongs to brought in an ACLU NJ attorney to tell us about our rights when interacting with police. She brought up that ICE really isn’t a police force, so when you see those picture of jackets that say “ICE POLICE”, they’re fucking with you. No doubt trying to intimidate. There will be a Spanish language presentation next Saturday. Wondering how many will show up, even at a church. Could be a good place for ICE to set up shop.

  • MynameisBlarney
    • CogitoErgoBibo

      Wow. I’ve asked this before, but I’m wondering more and more every day: Isn’t there someone in charge of state etiquette and tradition? All my “inside White House” info comes from West Wing and Madame Secretary where everyone is firmly made aware of certain things that are just done a certain way. So you do them.

      Of course, maybe such a person had been happily employed for decades there and exited as fast as he or she could upon the arrival of the “Let Trump Be Trump” squad, yelling, “Good luck suckers!” as they ran.

    • Liberal Fascist Ron

      This too will be normalised by the end of the day.

    • chortlingdingo

      I’m not just mad about Trump doing this, I’m furious that the entire GOP seems more than happy to look the other way just as long as they can push through their shitty, unpopular legislation.

  • Lance Thrustwell

    Btw, where can we follow this sort of thing best in real time? That is, statistically? I don’t want to have to wait until, say, February 2018 to find out what the fuck’s been going on with this during the year. I hope the press does its job and reports numbers, not just anecdotes.

    • cmd resistor

      As long as we have to depend on ICE to give us numbers, forget it. They just make these general statements about “criminals and felons” — then list a few crimes, but rarely break them down in any meaningful way, leaving the wrong impression that they really are rounding up the “bad hombres” only, or taht most of the people they are rounding up are teh worst of the worst. Hopefully someone else will demand or find answers on their own.

    • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

      That is a very good point. Getting that data would be a good cause for ACLU, sue ’em to make them give it up.

      • GoutMachine

        Kinda like getting accurate data on gun injuries and deaths…

  • Nounverb911

    OT
    The only thing massive about today’s Breitbartian protests is the size of the protesters.
    https://twitter.com/ddale8/status/836287806939009027

    • MynameisBlarney
    • CogitoErgoBibo

      I’m only surprised that their flags are American, rather than Confederate.

    • DoILookAmused2u? Résistance☨

      You know, it’s actually feasible that those are paid because they are so few in number.

      • georgiaburning

        Trump being Trump, it’s possible that they were promised payment, but you know how that goes

    • cmd resistor

      I didn’t even know there were GOING to be pro-Trump rallies today.

      • CogitoErgoBibo

        I was most upset that I only learned about the national anti-Trump witch meetup on Friday too late to attend the local sister event. Stupid coven. Gotta give me a little more notice on these things if I have to get a day off of work.

        • LesBontemps

          That’s what happens when you’re living on Pagan Time; now ya gotta wait four weeks for the next lunar phase to roll through.

      • Liberal Fascist Ron

        You’d think it would have been all over Breitbart Fox Infowars the MSM.

      • Marceline

        There’s supposed to be another round on March 4. That’s when my city is having it’s March 4 Trump rally just down the street from my office.

        • cmd resistor

          I better check and make sure there aren’t any schedule near my work, at least to know not to go out at lunch. I remember they had a big fat tea party rally here back in the day but it was far enough away.

    • Crank Tango

      I’ve seen longer lines at the abortionarium on free donut day.

    • Master Contrail Program

      I love how they scheduled these things for a Monday, so they can bluster out the “Well, most people were at work to support the moochers.” canard when called out.

      • cmd resistor

        I just scrolled down the twitter feed and saw a bunch of those types of comments.

        • Master Contrail Program

          Yeah, I didn’t even have to take any Brain Force capsules or consult a magic 8-ball to figure that one out.

      • GoutMachine

        Well, then, YOU SUCK AT PLANNING. #morans

    • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

      Hahahaha! Pathetic. Sad!

      One thousand people came to the Indivisible-Charlottesville Town Hall yesterday where the theme was: this is what I would ask/say to Congressman Garrett …. had he bothered to show up!

      I mean, there we ladies (and men) were, all ready “to get up in his grill,” but Rep. Special Snowflake stayed home.

    • Shibusa

      There would have been a lot more Trump supporters in attendance had they not been massacred at Bowling Green.

    • Edith Prickly

      Hi fuckturds. Hope you are proud of yourselves for electing a monster who is destroying everything good that the US once stood for.

  • bookish

    Populists are dividers, not uniters, Mudde told me. They split society into “two homogenous and antagonistic groups: the pure people on the one end and the corrupt elite on the other,” and say they’re guided by the “will of the people.” The United States is what political scientists call a “liberal democracy,” a system “based on pluralism—on the idea that you have different groups with different interests and values, which are all legitimate,” Mudde explained. Populists, in contrast, are not pluralist. They consider just one group—whatever they mean by “the people”—legitimate.

    • Marceline

      This is true on the left as well.

      • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

        Black and white thinking, beloved by every kind of authoritarian.

      • unclejeems

        Populists can be of any political persuasion. But as far as I know, no truly divisive left-wing populist has ever reached the lofty position now occupied by Der Trumpenfuhrer.

  • Before I travel abroad I’m going to put a picture of Mohammed Ali in with my passport just to be safe.

    • cmd resistor

      It has to be a picture of you and him together, so fire up your photoshop.

      • Lord Jim

        If I could shop up a besties pic with Heinrich Himmler, do you think that might help?

        • laineypc

          or Bannon, same difference.

  • Marceline

    It’s clear that much like with police departments, ICE and CBP are filled with people who are barely qualified and mentally unstable and who gravitated to these jobs because they crave power over helpless people.

    • cmd resistor

      My sense is even worse.

    • Relativicus

      To be fair, many of those who join are barely qualified and mentally unstable who gravitate to these jobs because they sincerely want to serve their country, and whose craving for power over helpless people develops over time.

    • laineypc

      Maybe what we need is a stealth attack with all us bleeding hearts applying for those ten thousand jobs or whatever the number was. I can’t be the first person to have thought of this?

  • weejee
  • fawkedifiknow

    Somebody should have checked the papers Warren Beatty was carrying to the podium at last nights Oscar clusterfuck.

  • Martini Ambassador

    And if all that wasn’t disheartening and terrifying enough, Trump wants to hire more, less-vetted jackboots: Trump Administration Seeks to Loosen Hiring Requirements to Beef Up Border Patrol

    • GoutMachine

      Oh great. What could possibly go wrong?

      • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

        It’s a jerbs program. All those people who thought they could work in the coal mines will now go into the ICE or the army, take your pick

        • Lord Jim

          I have little doubt that many benighted, undereducated, nativist atavisms would relish the prospect of getting to bully some poor immigrants for a paycheck.

          • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

            The script writes itself.

          • teele

            As, I’m sure, did the Germans who worked at the concentration camps.

  • memzilla Ω

    I will say, though, that compared to what I did living through Johnson, Nixon, Reagan, Bush, and Shrub, I am spending a lot less time trying to parse out how much of what is coming out of our president*’s mouth is lies.

    • Oblios_Cap

      No kidding. At least those others mixed some truth in to keep you guessing.

      • UncleTravelingMatt

        You win.

      • Lord Jim

        “[The demon] is a liar. He will lie to confuse us. He will also mix lies with the truth to attack us.” – Father Lancaster Merrin, The Exorcist

      • teele

        When Dubs is starting to look wise and thoughtful, you know we are in deep doo-doo.

    • Mavenmaven

      Yes, at least there’s no draft and all our boys aren’t dying overseas for no good reason. At least this far into the Trump regime.

    • Dazza

      Fair enough.

  • Nounverb911
    • CogitoErgoBibo

      Legislative trolling of the Executive can be soooo delicious.

  • Nounverb911
    • Marceline

      How much you want to bet Infowars is trying to find someone to heckle him?

    • Edith Prickly

      I’m still waiting for my Malmo trip money, deadbeat.

      • Shoto

        I never received my SorosBucks, either. Maybe the check is lost in the mail?

  • boyblue122

    Drumpf and company are relaxing the standards for getting into ICE and also thinking about withdrawing from the UN Human Rights council.

    Im sure those two things arent related or anything

  • goonemeritus

    Had he done this 30 years ago I might have ratted out my Partial Differential Equations professor, that guy was a total hard ass.

    • Oblios_Cap

      I failed that course!

    • Lord Jim

      Give ’em the old “what fourier”, you say?

  • Ryan Denniston

    “ICE ignored the order and, “under a covert program that forcibly drugged immigrants with powerful psychotropics so they wouldn’t resist,” drugged him up and dragged him off to LAX to fly him back to Senegal.”

    Like, what the actual fuck? How’s this shit legal?

    • Shoto

      I’m not a lawyer, but this shit does not seem to be legal in any substantial way. However, Drumpf and his fascist cronies are going 100% on these initiatives and daring a spineless wingnut congress and/or the courts to check them. I suspected this might be the strategy (such as it is) from right out of the gate. (Not happy to say I was right.) We need to make such a shitstorm for congress that they’ll wish they’d never heard of Drumpf and/or us.

      • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

        What isn’t clear is whether it was happening under the Obama or Bush administrations, why the program was authorized, and who exactly authorized it.
        I’m guessing this was somehow allowed under the fine print in some law designed to deport supposed Mooslem Terrists. However it happened, it needs to go.

        • Shoto

          Thank dog for the ACLU, and other lawyers who are fighting these fuckers, tooth and nail.

    • NastyBossetti

      Yeah this is some seriously fucked up shit.

  • OneYieldRegular

    If in the span of 72 hours three well-known figures can be detained and have their stories on the front pages, one can just imagine how many people who aren’t well known have been mistreated during that same time period.

    • Crank Tango

      All of e…eesh, that’s depressing.

    • cmd resistor

      At least two of them mentioned the many others being held who weren’t so fortunate looking. The Australian woman mentioned an elderly woman from Iran in a wheelchair. The historian guy talked about how fortunate he was to be able to contact the university where he was speaking to get assistance and noted how many folks didn’t have that good fortune.

  • bookish

    Which brings us to the Supreme Court. With Colorado judge Neil Gorsuch poised for confirmation, court watchers are examining his judicial record. And proponents of birth control access aren’t liking what’s there. As a federal judge, Gorsuch supported Utah’s attempt to defund Planned Parenthood. He also supported employers who wished to omit birth control coverage for female employees on religious grounds. If and when he’s installed on the court, it’s a safe bet to assume Gorsuch probably won’t be a champion of women’s health. Gorsuch isn’t going to go door-to-door and take people’s birth control away, but if a Supreme Court ruling makes it legal for more companies to interfere with what a woman can and cannot purchase with insurance (part of her compensation), contraception is about to get much more expensive.

  • Ryan Denniston

    “Yes. Yes they would. In Houston last week, Henry Rousso, a French historian who focuses on the Holocaust, was held for 10 hours and nearly deported because an “inexperienced” TSA agent thought Rousso was trying to work illegally in the USA”

    No doubt he was able to bemuse his captors by sharing “say who know who else” jokes while they investigated.

  • Persistent Demme

    Just sent this to lawyer-daughter.
    She is just chomping at the bit to help out.

  • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

    They are hiring idiots, and allowing these idiots to run rampant.

    • Shoto

      That’s a feature, not a bug.

  • Pookabun

    Wait, force drugging? Holy fucking shit. I didn’t know about that. So they are injecting people with drugs but they are not doctors and even if they were they have no medical history, can’t possibly have gauged proper dosage and OMG so many other things. Leaving aside the horrifying rights violation of the thing, they could really kill people that way. Apparently there was a big deal about it 10 years ago, I found an ACLU lawsuit but I guess it’s been going on all along since then? Or they just started again? Jesus.

  • MynameisBlarney

    I just can’t even with this…

    Ohio bill to outlaw marital rape gets ZERO support from GOP.

    http://www.rawstory.com/2017/02/ohio-bill-to-outlaw-marital-rape-gets-zero-support-from-gop-lawmakers/

    • chortlingdingo

      Those idiots are probably of the mind that saying “I do” gives blanket consent for all time.

    • NastyBossetti

      Because it’s unnecessary since rape is already against the law, and OBVIOUSLY rape is rape, whether you’re married or not, right?! That’s the only way this makes sense.

  • Mr. Blobfish

    Trump voters angry ICE arrests their Mexican. Fine with deporting all the other Mexicans.

    • Vagenda of Rebel Scum

      Like any shitty bureaucracy, they are going for the low hanging fruit. The real criminals stay under the radar.

      • cmd resistor

        OR, the criminals who have actually been convicted and serve serious time are picked up by ICE, who routinely checks for them in prison settings and puts detainers on them so they are not released.

    • capnkrunch

      Apologies about the rest of Illinois.
      -Chicago

  • bookish

    The $20 billion data mining startup tripled revenue in Europe and plans to keep expanding there.

  • Lizzietish81

    So if I go to Canada and forget to bring my electricity bill, I can be forced to stay there?

    • georgiaburning

      Your’e not getting out that easy

    • goonemeritus

      If you go to Cleveland with out documentation you could be screwed. This shit is starting to happen on domestic flights.

  • Juan de Fuca

    Oh, and also Australian author Mem Fox, who writes such pro-Islam propaganda as Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes which promotes Arabic numerals. She was detained at LAX for an hour and 40 minutes and given the third degree over her visa status, and says she may simply not bother coming back to the USA. She doesn’t seem to understand we’re at war with Radical Islam and elderly Australian ladies at all:

    “I have never in my life been spoken to with such insolence, treated with such disdain, with so many insults and with so much gratuitous impoliteness,” Fox said.

    I don’t want this to come across the wrong way to any of our Aussie mates, but as an American who has flown in and out of Sydney more than a few times and have seen the way the customs and immigration folks profile at SYD, when an Aussie tells you America is getting fucked up, we should probably pay attention.

    • beingreleased

      About 10 years ago I flew Quantus from Dubbo to Sydney. There was no security- just a sign saying “No guns.” Also, the 1 hour flight had complementary wine and cheese service. Very civilized.

      • Juan de Fuca

        A 1 hour flight on Qantas? Did you fly from Adelaide to Canberra? ;-)

        We must have passed through different immi checkpoints. Every time I passed through SYD, I couldn’t help but notice that everybody who was pulled aside for additional screening was wearing a hijab. I loved flying Qantas though – it was very civilized indeed. Love flying Qantas.

  • bookish

    https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2017/02/the-psychology-of-effective-protest/517749/?google_editors_picks=true

    These splashier protests do draw lots of media coverage, research shows, because of journalists’ appetite for anything novel or unusual. But several new studies on the psychology behind protests show that, perversely, “extreme” protests like that at Berkeley also undermine activists’ overarching goal of attracting more people to their movement. What’s worse, activists don’t realize they are hoisting themselves with their own smoke bombs.

    • teele

      The problem, as we saw with peaceful protests by Black Lives Matter, is that paid provocateurs can turn a non-violent gathering upside down rather quickly and efficiently. I believe this is what happened at Berkeley, and is likely to happen again with disastrous results. As someone with sufficiently long memory, I can tell you this is what led to massive unrest during the late 1960’s and early 1970’s. The Republicans are looking for an excuse to call for martial law, and will create that excuse if it does not fall in their lap.

      As an aside, I wish I could go back in time and advise Black Lives Matter to name the group Black Lives Matter, Too. There are way too many stupid fucking assholes in this country that did not realize that “, Too” was implied.

  • TJ Barke

    #grateagain

  • bookish

    https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2017/02/border-agents-personal-information/517962/?google_editors_picks=true

    The list of data that CBP can keep doesn’t include “passwords” or “credentials,” but that doesn’t mean they aren’t gathered and stored. Hugh Handeyside, a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union, says that customs officials can enter miscellaneous information into records submitted to the TECS system.

    The CBP spokesperson said that the agency can hang on to a password to facilitate digital searches once a device has been detained. The spokesperson did not say whether the password would be deleted from a traveler’s record after the search is over.

    “Bottom line: Change your passwords, people!”

    Generally, once a piece of information has been entered into the system, it can stay there for a very long time. According to the Federal Register notice, data in TECS can be kept for 75 years—or for the duration of a “law enforcement matter” or any “other enforcement activities that may become related.”

    • capnkrunch

      This is a good point. I used to think people were ridiculous and paranoid for talking about opsec at customs but not so much anymore. Ideally, you should have full disk encryption with strong passwords on all your devices. Just locking them (or even locking the hard drive) is not enough.

      VeraCrypt is a good free one for laptops. Android and iPhones have it built in. Not sure about iPhones but on Android you should be able to check if it is active by going to Settings -> Security and looking under the Encryption heading.

      Passwords are better than biometrics (fingerprints, etc) because you can be compelled to provide a fingerprint but not a password. If you use a phrase I recommend the Direct Horse Battery Staple method. Despite what you may read some people say, Randall’s math is solid and the security is good. I like to generate passwords with this site.

      If you use a pattern to lock your phone you should make it as long as possible and use a pattern that doubles back over itself. Humans are bad a making random patterns so use a generator for it.

      I imagine this is probably overkill, for now but it doesn’t seem far-fetched that in the near future CBP starts going through your stuff looking for reasons to deport you (if your not a citizen) or even things indicating dissent. Since we seem to be barreling towards fascism best to learn the survival skills now.

  • Wild Cat

    Can they deport David Frum? I’m so tired of that shitweasel pretending he’s on the side of good now.

    • JoeChristmas

      Ditto Bill Kristol

  • Spotts1701, Resistance Pilot

    I basically summed it up with some friends as “ICE and CBP have basically taken the vague orders they’ve been given as license to do whatever the hell they want to do anyway.”

    • Markuserektus

      They’re Donnie’s Schutzstaffel.

      • TJ Barke

        TrumpenSS.

        • Lord Jim

          How long til they become one big Einsatzgruppen?

    • cmd resistor

      Exactly.

    • Khavrinen

      And also, too, have apparently never seen a movie/documentary about WWII that managed to make it clear that the Nazis going around barking “Papers, Please” were supposed to be the bad guys, not the heroes of the piece. Because Hollywood hasn’t made very many of those over the last seventy-odd years.

  • NastyBossetti

    This is not the kind of thing I want to read when I’m supposed to pick up my green card holding husband from the airport on Saturday, after he flies in from a different country. I hope he doesn’t have any outstanding speeding tickets…

    • yyyaz

      Please let us know how it goes for you two. Maybe contact the ACLU asap for guidance and give them a heads up.

    • beingreleased

      Things that shouldn’t have to be said: “Good luck.”

    • Asterix

      Do you know a lawyer? If so, bring that person and have the ACLU on your speed dial.

      • NastyBossetti

        My brother is a lawyer, but not in NJ where I have to go. Maybe I’ll just ask him if he knows anyone. I really wasn’t anticipating any issues for us personally because MrBossetti is not of a type that would normally be profiled, but neither is an elderly Australian lady.

        • Asterix

          As paranoid as it sounds, having a lawyer with you might be a good idea.

        • Tania

          Mem Fox is anything but a laid back, knitting grandmother type. She is a National Treasure because she gets out there and ruffles feathers. I was fortunate to have her as a college lecturer in the 1980’s and all I can say is I hope those who messed with her are alright as she knows her words and uses them wisely – that would be some CCTV footage to get hold of. Hopefully your trip to the airport goes without incident.

    • Mr.Bossetti

      Wait, I didn’t tell you about the speed camera catching me in both directions on the same road last week? Shiser!

      • NastyBossetti

        Yeah, but that was in Germany. I’m talking about here in the US! Don’t read this article! But maybe do brush up on what your rights are when dealing with CBP.

  • bookish

    http://time.com/money/4681783/ivanka-trump-child-care-tax-plan/

    During her father’s presidential campaign, Ivanka Trump advocated for making child care more affordable and accessible. She helped Donald Trump craft the child care tax plan he released in September. And she advanced a similar outline recently when she joined members of the House and Senate working on a tax proposal in a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Bloomberg reports.

    A child-care deduction—which could cost $500 billion over 10 years, according to the Tax Foundation—might not make it into any formal proposals as Washington moves ahead with an effort to rewrite the tax system. But among the questions to keep in mind if it does: Would the new feature be in addition to or instead of existing child-care benefits? And how would families of different income levels and circumstances fare under new proposals versus the existing programs?

  • beingreleased

    I’m going to Spain next week for work. I’ve asked for guidance in the event customs wants to search my company owned laptop.

    • cmd resistor

      Did you see the story about the NASA engineer guy US Citizen coming back from South American and they made him give up his password or pin to his work phone which was highly classified? As best I could tell from the stories I read the only thing unusual about him was he had a foreign-sounding name.

      • beingreleased

        I mentioned that. I work for a NASA contractor.

        • cmd resistor

          That’s good to have some clue before you get there.

    • canes_pugnaces

      Back up your hard drive and encrypt the b/u. Scrub your drive w/out Internet on, and reinstall. No files other than your work files.

    • Cliff Hendroval

      I read an article over the weekend that basically said not to take your cell phone with you if you travel overseas. Rent one when you get to your destination instead.

  • Relativicus

    “Well, Trump made a promise to get rid of all the ‘bad hombres,’ which now includes everyone here without papers…”

    It always meant that.

    • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

      Even some people with papers.

      Bye bye tourism. (That is definitely not gonna cost any jobs.)

  • JMP

    Goddamn, this is really fucking scary.

  • Lord Jim

    So what time is it on the “US goes full Nazi Germany” clock?

    • BearDeLaOursistance

      19:34.

    • LesBontemps

      Not sure, but I’d be pretty nervous if I were Poland.

  • thewalkindude
  • capnkrunch

    Ah CPB and ICE. Those are definitely the guys we want rounding people and putting them in camp and deporting them. They are the paragon of accountability and transparency and would never shoot innocent people, then hide it, then lie about the reasons, then just say “fuck you. We don’t need to discipline our guys or provide compensation for wrongful death.”

    Yup, definitely not those guys.

  • beingreleased

    As far as US citizens being “accidentally” deported, I’m sure any Trump supporter would be understanding if he was accidentally deported as it is in the name of jobs and protecting all Americans from crime.

  • UncleTravelingMatt

    This weekend, I saw a deputy prosecutor volunteering. She wasn’t doing any legal work, for obvious reasons, but she was providing support for the other lawyers. Shit’s gone crazy.

    • cmd resistor

      I do like how so many lawyers stepped up to the plate, like first responders at the airports and stuff.

      • UncleTravelingMatt

        It makes me proud.

        • Lord Jim

          First, we kill all the lawyer jokes.

  • bookish

    https://warontherocks.com/2017/02/bring-everything-crashing-down-bannons-reactionary-guard-and-u-s-national-security/

    One must, naturally, exercise caution when drawing parallels from such an era when discussing today’s political realities, if only because such comparisons might immediately be dismissed as overwrought. As one leading historian of Nazi Germany recently noted, democracy dies in different ways at different times. That being said, it is hard not to be reminded of these childhood conversations when contemplating the moral cowardice and strategic myopia currently on display within certain quarters of the Republican Party.

    • JoeChristmas

      “certain quarters?”
      Has anyone in the RP shown any courage or is wiling to stand up for American values?

    • LesBontemps

      “Exercise caution”? Fuck that. My relatives who “exercised caution” in 1938 ended up in ovens. Those who had the good sense to get out of Dodge is why I’m here at all. It may be too early to panic, but it’s far past time to be cautious.

      I see Nazis, gonna call ’em Nazis, gonna punch ’em in their Nazi faces.

      • BearDeLaOursistance

        Bear will gladly aid in this enterprise. We can never stop defending freedom, but sometimes we can paws!

  • Ms.MLG on Maui

    When everyone brown is gone, and Trump voters still have no jobs and continue to carry that crushing economic anxiety, who are they gonna blame for their lot in life then? It certainly won’t be their own lazy, entitled, unable to adapt to a changing world white selves.

    • boyblue122

      Theyll blame the elitist liberals or something along those lines

    • thewalkindude

      The “Libtards” and the “Demonrats”

      • Lord Jim

        They’re already doing it. Even other “liberals” are getting in in the act. It’s our fault for not being nice enough about explaining to belligerent, reactionary, bigoted fucktards how reckless and stupid their course of action has been.

    • Zippy W Pinhead

      Obama

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      Well, there’s Jews, unmarried women, divorced women, Mormons, other minority but non-Brown religions, artists, intellectuals, college professors, protestors, liberal Christians, Catholics. Really, when the object is keeping people in fear, the list is pretty much endless.

      • Ms.MLG on Maui

        I’m hoping when they’re rid of all us problem children, they turn on each other.

        • Lord Jim

          Then it will be the Southern Baptists vs the Landmark Baptists. The William Buckley Republicans vs the Birchers. Tea Party vs ERRbody.

          • Ms.MLG on Maui

            No one to root for.

    • C4TWOMAN

      I’ve mentioned this before, but if I had magical powers and could snap my fingers and every black person in the old south states would be transported out of there, into an awesome like somewhere else. Then we’d see how fast the white working class could figure out it wasn’t those black folks holding them back, but the rich white ones.

      At this point screw teachable moments. If I had magical powers, I’d snap my fingers and transport all the top Trumpanzees to the moon.

      • Keith Taylor

        Where they wouldn’t be able to breathe. But maybe those extra-terrestrials who warned the human race off the Moon which is why we never went back there, and not because in large part the public lost interest in space, maybe those extra-terrestrials who are still there would assist them. Before they suffocated.

    • theblackdog

      The gays, always blame the gays after the browns.

    • wavicles

      ANY other

  • JoeChristmas

    If you choose not to cooperate, you’re free to spend a few hours being questioned. What are you hiding, anyway? Maybe you need a cavity search, too… Phone call? Why would you want a phone call? Can you prove you belong here? You aren’t very cooperative, are you? Don’t you want America to be great again?

    This would work for a certain “Russian ties” Un-American inquiry as well.

  • bookish

    http://www.politicususa.com/2017/02/26/bannon-trump-america-people.html

    It really is a shame, a travesty, a disaster that so many Americans are fundamentally stupid. Because if they were just a little more aware of anything other than their religion, their guns and their ignorant racism and bigotry, America may not be facing the serious threat in the White House. Actually, that threat includes Republicans in Congress and state legislatures, but without that angry fascist in the Oval, the terrifying assault on America may not deliver the results the Trump and his administration are planning.

    One of the things too many Americans don’t understand is that without a functioning government, their lives would be very similar, if not identical, to people living in third world places like Somalia and Yemen. Republicans have intimated their intent to completely dismantle the government to give the rich, corporations and religion free rein to trample the people underfoot, but they have never openly called for destroying the government like the Trump and his ultimate superior Steve Bannon. And make no mistake, when Bannon calls for “dismantling the administrative state,” he means completely destroying the government that fundamentally protects Americans from a dictatorship. A dictatorship, by the way, that Sean Spicer accidentally admitted is what the Trump and his administration really is. More on that later.

    • cmd resistor

      Well, that was cheerful.

    • Mavenmaven

      But, when kids start dying from tainted toothpaste, etc, you can be sure church attendance will rise.

      • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

        Or dying from preventable diseases, because they fucking yearn for the days before vaccinations.

    • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

      I have for decades been saying, “Oh, you don’t like the government, you say government is the problem? Well, there are plenty of places without a functioning government, why don’t you go check one of them out and then report back, you fucking ignnornat assholes!”

      • Dazza

        “Thomas More: …And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned around on you–where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? This country’s planted thick with laws from coast to coast–man’s laws, not God’s–and if you cut them down…d’you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? Yes, I’d give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety’s sake.”
        ― Robert Bolt, A Man for All Seasons

  • MamaBrown

    Guys, for real, I’m getting tired of winning. I never realized winning was going to be so fucking depressing.

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      All the upthumbs

    • JustDon’tSayDieInJail

      Do you suppose he really said, “wincing”?

      • C4TWOMAN

        That would make a hell of a lot more sense.

  • Asterix

    Everyone is guilty of being a terrorist until CBP and ICE say otherwise.

    And Congress is going to give these thugs more money and cut down the vetting time (currently 16 – 18 months).

    • Markuserektus

      Donnie’s proposed increases of CBP would be about a billion dollars. Hopefully there’s enough juice in Congress to block the funding.

      • Asterix

        There is none. Trump is going to pay for this by draining every department except for the Pentagon.

        • Markuserektus

          Oh, that’s right , deportation is a military action.

  • IOnlyLikeCats

    I cannot move to Canada fast enough and nothing can change my mind. I’m simultaneously too old and too young for this.

    • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

      Will you still write?

    • Dr.Zoidberg

      Will you take me with you? I like cats, too.

    • C4TWOMAN

      I’m lucking enough to be in a state so blue it makes more sense to stay put. But Canada’s not far if it comes to that…

  • Mavenmaven
  • btwbfdimho

    America… just a nation of two hundred million used car salesmen with all the money we need to buy guns and no qualms about killing anybody else in the world who tries to make us uncomfortable.
    Hunter S. Thompson

  • JoeChristmas

    Let’s be careful here. Our fascist brethren are not deporting these people. They are putting them in for profit camps. As I’ve said all along: What are they going to do, push them over the border? Drop them off in airports? Most will turn around and come back.

    • richardgrabman

      The private prisons are then going to let their “detainees” “work” for “wages” on the US farms to pick fruit and vegetables and replace the workers that won’t be coming any more.

      • Sandy Beaches

        Work will set you free.

        Oh god.

        • Lord Jim

          It’s a “camp”. You’ll be CAMPING. Fun times, right?

          Why do the campfires smell so funny?

      • Greyhame

        Well someone has to build the fucking wall. Tell me it wouldn’t make perfect sense to a RWNJ to use immigrant detainees as slave labor.

  • canes_pugnaces

    Could we all lighten up a smidgen? I mean Mango Hitler hasn’t even started on his new pledge to go after liberals who dare to protest, arrest anyone who legally smokes pot, and get rid of college professors.

    • House0fTheBlueLights

      Iowa’s working on the college professors, Sessions’ working on the pot, and Arizona has the protest thing covered; just a matter of time before it all goes national.

    • Paperless Tiger

      This is the part where he commandeers [ICE] to use as shock troops to roust immigrants. He already ordered local police to join in, but some are resisting. If he can get them all enlisted he’ll have his SS.

      • cmd resistor

        We happened past Fucker Carlson yelling at I think the Mayor of Hartford or the Police Chief, about one of those refusals.

    • Dr.Zoidberg

      I say, let’s give Twitler a chance!

    • ResistanceFictionista blondeiq

      Great, I’m a fucking trifecta.

    • randomhookup

      Which in many cases is the same person…

  • Jack Tenhet

    I still remember when Americans used to joke about the phrase “papers please”. Now it’s just not funny anymore.

    • Poorly Behaved Pérsistanista

      Right. We were so against it we’ve never developed a national ID card which, not being a paranoid, I think could make a lot of sense, but now, because the white conservatives in this country see it as only being applied to “others,” don’t give a fuck.

      I am white, but also historically Jewish through my maternal grandma, so fuck this shit. There are no Others.

      • Napoleanofthetrump

        I am white, but also brought up right, so fuck this shit.

      • Jack Tenhet

        That’s the trick of it all, eventually we will all become “others” if we allow this to continue. the lessons of history prove this to be true.

    • laineypc

      We used to do it in a German accent. Now we can just do it in one of our own.

  • Banquo’s Ghost

    Cool points for the L.A. Story references.

  • Raan

    Glory to Arstotzka.

  • House0fTheBlueLights

    I have just once since 2001, ostensibly because of my fear of flying (I am afraid of flying). But equally, because of my neuro-divergent condition, I’m afraid of a meltdown in a security line. So the TSA has effectively restricted me from flying because of a health condition.

  • richardgrabman

    The Mexican government dumped something like 50 million dollars on their consulates in the US to go out and hire immigration lawyers, to grind the whole legal process to a halt. Let a million writs of habeus corpus fly!

    Mexico has also said it would not take in deportees unless there was proof they were Mexican citizens. I expect they’ll turn back any US flights carrying deportees and refuse landing rights to ICE planes and entry by ICE buses.

    • HazooToo

      That’s great! But what happens to the deportees in all that?

      • Swampgas_Man

        Trying to remember that Tom Hanks movie where he lived in an airport for ten years.

      • Foulmouthed Midwesterner

        ICE can only detain for a limited amount of time (up to 6 months) if home country won’t accept them. Habeas for all!

        • HazooToo

          It’s kind of crazy that 6 months of detention sounds like a good thing, but it’s preferable to being “disappeared” into a for-profit prison…

          • wavicles

            Well, where d’ya think detention’s gonna be?

          • HazooToo

            Point. Very sad, disturbing point.

  • Crystalclear12

    Does this fall under great or winning?

    • Sandy Beaches

      Job creation? All those people who work in the plummeting tourist industry can now become ICE agents and detention center guards.

    • Keith Taylor

      Under flagrant brutish assholery. But I know you knew that already and your question was rhetorical.

  • Crystalclear12

    Note to self: do not tan before flights.

  • Vel Venturi

    Number 3 in the continuing series, Real Conversations I Never Actually Thought I Would Have: recently naturalized husband randomly pipes up, “If I am ever stopped and asked for my ID when we’re getting off a domestic flight, you’d better be ready to call a lawyer.”

    “Yes, obviously, of course.”

    “Because I am a citizen now and there is no fucking way I am doing that. No way.”

    “You and me both.”

    • ResistanceFictionista blondeiq

      Naturalized husband and I divorced quite a few years ago. He is now terrified that his citizenship will be “revoked” and he won’t be allowed back in the US after traveling abroad to visit family next month. Nothing I said could reassure him, probably because I had nothing reassuring to say.

      • cmd resistor

        Right, he should be safe but there are too many jerks out there who just mess with people because they can.

        • ResistanceFictionista blondeiq

          I tried to tell him that, but he’s wigged out nevertheless. I also suggested that staying in his country of birth might not be such a bad outcome, all things considered.

          • cmd resistor

            Right, or check out whether it is a valid escape route if things get so awful here.

      • Vel Venturi

        I agree with cmd–he should be fine to get back into the country, his status isn’t threatened (although in the future, who can say?) That’s not to say he might not be questioned or some other rot, depending on, I guess, whether or not the CBP folks are having a bad day or whatever. He might actually be wise to go visit while things are still relatively normal.

        • Swampgas_Man

          Depends, sadly, on how brown he is.

          • Vel Venturi

            Yes, so true, dammit.

    • Foulmouthed Midwesterner

      Thank God someone’s willing to resist. That’s what scares me the most – the sheepish compliance.

  • Cliff Hendroval

    I read these stories and realize that my HS sweetie, born in Egypt and now living in Montreal, may well never be able to come to the States again.

    • No snark, you people from not USA America: Boycott us. Do not give us your tourist dollars.
      We do not deserve them.

      • HarpyLibtart

        I’m just glad I went back to see my family last year – even being a citizen with a US Passport, there is no way I’d come back to the States now.

      • foreign agitator Captain Kraut

        That’s what I’m doing right now, decided to head to Asia instead of the US, but it is with a heavy heart.

  • darnyoudarnyoutoheck

    This is all very frightening. I really wanted to see the Grand Canyon this spring, but i think I hear the Alberta Badlands calling my name.

  • Suse

    I just got an email from my local political action group about making my city a sanctuary. The city counsel has opposed it, but we will be appearing at their next meeting to try to convince them it’s a good idea. We have many immigrants here (and a very low crime rate, so fuck off Drumpf).

  • Suse

    How long until the mandatory microchipping begins?

    • Vel Venturi

      Wait, isn’t that the mark of the Beast? Do we get to see the fundies’ heads start to explode from the cognitive dissonance? With votes?

      • Greyhame

        You can get your “valid citizen” chip in either the right hand, or your forehead. It’s all about freedom of choice.

      • Napoleanofthetrump

        Don’t be ridiculous, fundies don’t have cognition.

        • Lord Jim

          Compartmentalization. Fundies keep all the contradictory ideas in separate boxes and don’t allow the contents to mix.

          • Napoleanofthetrump

            Imagine that your brain is made of tiny boxes. Then find the box that’s sane and CRUSH IT!!! Ok?

      • anon_the_great

        No, chipping is just fine for Those People.

    • “M”

      Don’t give those brutish morons any ideas.

  • Suse

    Good article in The Atlantic about the domestic flight thing being illegal. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/02/papers-please/517887/

    • Wellstone En Resistencia, Coño

      It is fucking illegal. That’s the end of it. Motherfuckers have no authority to ask anyone for papers on a domestic flight. They can ask travelers coming to the US from abroad at a designated point of entry. That’s it. These Gestapo wannabes are playing with fire. If I had been on that flight I would have not shown shit to those fuckers.

      • Swampgas_Man

        AND. . . you’d have been questioned, maybe tazed and cavity searched, for a couple hours before they were “satisfied with your documentation.”

        • Wellstone En Resistencia, Coño

          I’ll take it. That would give me free range to use my best language on them. I don’t mind confronting those fuckers. I’ve done it in the past and I have no problem doing it again.

          • “M”

            Are you white, though? Because you’re going to have a much easier time of all this if you are.

            What advice does someone like you have for someone who is younger and brown – or holder and brown – who is nonetheless a U.S. citizen, but who is also traveling alone without his or her attorney …?

        • And I would have sued their fucking asses for every penny that 15k new stormtrumpers would net them.

      • Mike Steele

        lady MS here, just pondering the same scenario. Only have a dumb flip phone and no passport, so I’d have just been ‘Charlie on the MTA’ (google Kingston Trio, yoots). My response would have been to stay in my seat and keep the plane grounded till they hauled me off. Mercifully, there’s nowhere we need to fly right now – besides, it had gotten far worse than a whistle-stop Greyhound trip even before the Gestapo. Domestic, as well as intl travel will be chilled; bet the airline industry is overjoyed…thanks, Cheeto.

      • “M”

        “These Gestapo wannabes are playing with fire.”

        Are they, though? Are they, if nobody refuses and nobody sues …?

  • Napoleanofthetrump

    If I were Peña Nieto I’d start treating the Rio Grande like John Carpenter’s Hudson.

  • theblackdog

    That reminds me, I should look up how to boot my phone into recovery mode so I can instantly erase it if demand a search. Easier than entering the PIN 30 times.

  • Nockular cavity

    Updated version of the intro to Law and Order:

    BONG BONG!
    In the criminal justice system, the police do whatever the fuck they want to, and…that’s pretty much it.

  • Bill Slider

    Well done, sir. Just show ICE your bank records Thanks to smartphones, we can do that 24/7, anytime, anyplace, if I can only remember my PIN.

    • “M”

      Nope.

      I don’t want those greedy thieves anywhere near my bank records.

      They have no business being there in any event.

  • CATMAN

    I lived in San Diego during the GWB administration and ICE would pull over buses in the morning and afternoon to grab up the maids, landscapers and construction workers going to or coming from work so they could fill up their quota of arrests in an hour or two so they could fuck off for the rest of the day. The reason the ICE agents were pissed at Obama was because he made them follow procedures thus making them work harder

    • Suse

      Same here in SF bay area. They were stalking the BART stations.

  • Usedtobeyellerdawg

    I had a client in last week. He is here on an H1-B visa from Great Britain, whiter than I am and married to a US citizen. He said he was having nightmares about being deported. What have we become?

  • Angela Ruzzo

    I just found out yesterday that my nephew, who was born in Saudi Arabia 40 years ago to an American mother (my sister) and her Syrian-born-but-long-time-US Citizen father who was working in Saudi for an American company, and who has lived in the US since he was 10 years old, cannot fly ANYWHERE – either domestically or internationally – without being pulled out of the security line by TSA agents and grilled for at least an hour about who he is, where he is going, why he his going there, and can we see your papers please? They have been doing this to him for about a year. He does not look Middle-Eastern in any way – in fact he looks exactly like our Danish Oelsen cousins – but he has an Arabic name. Forty years ago I told my sister “Don’t give him that name because for the rest of his life no American will be able to pronounce it, and also he will have to spell it out to everyone” but she didn’t listen to me. It didn’t occur to me at the time that it would someday endanger him. My nieces also have Arabic names, and they are having similar problems. I would really like to call up my sister and say “I TOLD YOU SO!” but I am restraining myself.

    • WomanInThePersistence

      Fuck. Fuckfuckfuckfuckfuckfuckfuck.

    • SayItWithWookies

      Yes it’s inconvenient that their names are well-known or easily pronounced or spelled, but the more glaring issue is that someone can be detained just for her name and nothing else. It’s not your sister’s fault that we foster this level of ignorance in our public servants (well, unless she voted for you-know-who); and she deserves to have her kids be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of whether they have names that might be found in the 1950 Peoria White Pages.

      And an even greater point is that the TSA shouldn’t be stooping to such blatantly illegal tactics as making everyone show their ID. We don’t live in a country with “show me your papers” laws where people can be stopped anytime for no reason. Shit, I might even have to change my name to Hussein Fuq’al-Yall if this police state paranoia keeps up.

      • Angela Ruzzo

        Yes, these tactics are indefensible and unconstitutional, but it is, alas, not a new story. I have frequently encountered negative assumptions and discrimination because of my last name, and my grandparent’s generation suffered worse during WWI because they had a German last name. Some of my relatives with the German name have been verbally abused or insulted because people assume they are Jewish, simply because there was once a TV program in which a fictional Jewish family had the same last name. It is an extremely common name in Germany with no particular religious overtones. These relatives are, in fact, all Baptists and Methodists, but they have frequently been tempted to play along with such people in the manner of Gregory Peck in the movie “Gentleman’s Agreement.”

        I find it astonishing that in Melting Pot America, of all places, anyone continues to make any assumptions whatsoever about people based on their last names. I myself have ancestors from Germany, Denmark, Scotland, Ireland, England, France, Hungary and Italy, but people often make stupid assumptions based on my last name, which represents only a fraction of my heritage. I have a cousin with nearly the same heritage PLUS Welsh and African-American and Hispanic ancestry, who married a woman whose father was Australian and her mother Vietnamese, and their children are going to have ancestry from every continent, yet they will go through life with a Welsh last name.

      • The Flaming Carrot

        LOL. I gave the Lil’ Carrot a Spanish name. The “Peoria White Pages” in my family objected because of course they did. If someone tries to screw with the Lil’ Carrot, I will change MY name to Hussein Fuq’al-Yall.

  • Scrofula

    Has this insta-deport expansion been “implemented”? How have there not been multiple lawsuits already? I mean, it’s just on-its-face illegal. Stop a random brown person in Seattle without ID, and deport her . . . where? She has no ID, not like you can just leave her in Tijuana, the fucking Mexican Gov will have a problem with that.

    • Foulmouthed Midwesterner

      “Expedited removal” has been a “feature” of immigration law even since the 1996 “reform” bill that was signed by Pres. Clinton passed, as he was trying to prove his “Third Way” cred. Hasn’t that worked out splendidly? (Gratuitous quotes used deliberately).

      • Scrofula

        But this is the “New and Improved” . . . proposal? Policy? Bannon fever dream?

    • laineypc

      …and a straight line to impeachment for 45’s blatant disregard of due process in carrying out his orders. Between this and his non-acknowledgment of the Indian immigrants (and their defender) who were attacked by a stupid bigot in 45’s name, ohyeshedid, “get out of my country” is as good as saying the name….and his “I declay-uh, health cay-uh is so complicated, where is my fainting couch” and a 54 billion increase in military spending while the climate and schools and and and I can’t I just …

      • Scrofula

        Breathe, buddy, breathe.
        I’d say it’ll be OK, but . . .

      • Keith Taylor

        That’s right, like Scrofula says, breathe and hang in there. I’m really sorry I can’t do more than offer sympathy from the other side of the world — well, the Pacific if we’re going to split hairs — but this is an absolutely horrible time for every person in the U.S.A. with a shred or trace of decency. Just hope I’m right to believe this contemptible bastard is headed for a successful impeachment with the throttle wide open. As he seems to be, by any rational measure.
        Oh. Right. In his presidency, rational measures are out, and facts too.
        He wants.
        I do, really do, think he will find he’s overstepped the mark, and the law and the U.S. constitution, too far.

  • Rossou was not downplaying the comparison- he was telling people that the difference is this time that hopefully people are there to defend the defenseless. It is a call to arms and a stark wake up sheeple.
    Also, obligatory:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DVxfETl7xo

  • Dazza

    In somewhat more encouraging news, Mem Fox (mentioned above) is PISSED. Once the oldies get on your case, you are absa-bloody-lutley done.

    Says Mem: “I thought I was an activist before, but this has turned me into a revolutionary. I’m not letting it happen here. Instead of crying and being sad and sitting on a couch, I am going to write to politicians. I am going to call. I am going to write to newspapers. I am going to get on the radio. I will not be quiet. No more passive behaviour. Hear me roar.”

    From the guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/28/in-that-moment-i-loathed-america-i-loathed-the-entire-country

    • I like the cut of her jib! Here, here Mem!

    • HarpyLibtart

      Oh yeah, they messed up on this one – Australians are fairly mellow lot but there are some things you do NOT do and making our national Nanna cry is one of them.
      If Mem Fox goes on the warpath, every kid who ever had Possum Magic read to them at bedtime is going too. :P

  • Blender_415

    “consensual assistance”

    Shit, I bet Brock Turner’s lawyer (and any other lawyer defending an alleged rapist) is kicking himself in the ass right now for not working that term into their defense. Assmonkeys.

  • Logic of Color

    Dok, so sorry, I can’t read this whole post. Not your fault, it’s just too sad. Thank you though.

  • motmelere

    Holy cognitive dissonance: the enemies of cattle grazing fees and clean air & water have absolutely no problem with low level federal officials judging the worthiness of a person’s existence in this country.

    • randomhookup

      Especially if the answer is always “GET OUT!”

    • sgt. jmk of the résistance

      Well…they have no problem with it if the person being judged is brown or furrin. Because didn’t you know that – as a number of interwebs nutbags have very carefully explained to me – not-Americans have no rights under the Constitution. This novel interpretation seems to be all the rage among the derperatti.

      • lurch394

        Derperatti. That’s priceless.

    • Maybe

      Don’t forget these are also the people who claim to want small government, but they have just given the Feds hugely expanded enforcement power within our borders.

      I do understand, though. The people who voted for Trump figured he was only going to hurt other people. Some of them are mistaken.

    • “M”

      They’re a bunch of uneducated brutes, and they want them that way because those are going to be the people who are most likely to be “just following orders”.

      *shudder*

  • Celtic_Gnome

    Unfortunately, I’m too old to emigrate to Canada, but at the rate we’re going, I’ll soon be able to apply for refugee status.

  • UnsaltedSinner

    I think every foreigner who has enjoyed the extended job interview that welcomes you when you land in the US feel confident that these friendly officials would never, ever make a mistake or throw someone out of the country for less than valid reasons. Unless they’re feeling even more grumpy than usual that day.

  • Martin Chambers

    One time (in the year 2000) when I was in the US (Texas) the greyhound bus I was on was stopped by Immigration Officials. I had to get out and open my luggage to show them my passport and that I was in the US legally. I was then told off for not carrying my papers on my person.
    It was surreal.

  • randomhookup

    A town in Illinois that solidly back Trumpmittens is upset that “their Mexican” is getting deported. They didn’t want the “good ones” taken.

    http://fox2now.com/2017/02/27/illinois-town-in-trump-territory-backs-detained-immigrant/

  • Panika MCD

    so, basically, Panika can’t go into an airport for however long this administration lasts. fuck that shit.

  • Zyxomma

    Many years ago (2004, IIRC), I had no photo ID and had to take a trip. I showed up at the airport three hours early with my birth certificate, proof of address, Social Security card, etc. Everything went smoothly. The most interesting thing that happened was being wanded by a lovely female agent who was interested in one of my rocks (I had a pallasite, and she’d never seen one before). That could never happen today.

  • Jeffery Campbell

    How many white matrons will have to lose their housekeepers, nannies, and gardeners before this national nightmare is over!? Oh the humanity.

    Seriously, how about we arrest a couple of Betty Sue white ladies who are hiring undocumented workers. That too is against the law. I don’t understand why we are only interested in punishing workers…..Oh wait…

    • RiSheil

      I read a news story about a farmer (in Georgia, I think) who lost all of his workers because they were afraid they’d be deported if they came to work. The farmer couldn’t get anyone to replace the 65 or so undocumented workers. His name and the name of his farm were used in the story but there was no mention of the fact that he was breaking the law by hiring these people. He admitted it to the reporter with no fear at all.

  • bongo fury

    Your hands…UP!

  • An Arizona cop knocked over a 84 year old white woman and maced olds trying to help her. Lawd. Sessions on the same day said he wasn’t going after cops for police brutality. So Wonkeratti things are getting real.

  • Maybe

    Trump is going to have the biggest Enemies List in history. It’ll be HUUGE!

    My list only has the one name on it. It has 5 letters, begins with “T,” and ends with a synonym for “ass.”

  • Keith Taylor

    My Australian insides are crawling. Because I just checked out Mr. Trump’s first address to Congress, and one of the things he said was that he’d like to copy the immigration standards of certain other countries … like Australia. I’d feel insulted, if our rotten immigration policy and treatment of asylum seekers hadn’t anticipated Trump’s New Cruelty by better than fifteen years. Just google “Pacific Solution” along with “Tampa Affair” and “Children Overboard — John Howard” if you can stand any more disgust. If not, just take my word. There might possibly be one or two cues the U.S.A. could take from Australia, but our treatment of refugees ain’t one of them. Yeah. I can see why Trump mentioned us with approval. Fuck I feel bad right now.

  • Unregistered Hijabi Rockstar

    Last summer I flew to Japan, and I wasn’t bothered by the TSA at all. (Although the Japanese attendants did ask me to remove my headscarf each time I boarded. I just told them it was religious, and they waved me on.) I put it down to being white. This isn’t about religion or immigration, it’s about race.

    Although having said that, I’m going to China next month, and I think I might not wear my headscarf for a day…

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