Does the leadership of I.C.E. have any decency?

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Does the leadership of I.C.E. have any decency?

According to the Washington Post, they apparently knew where the close to 700 illegal immigrants that they arrested on Wednesday, worked in Mississippi. CNN published a piece showing photographs of  I.C.E. agents at some of these facilities where the illegals worked.

Instead, they decided to arrest many of these people, the great majority of them not having committed any crime other than illegally entering the country, in front of their American citizen children while dropping them off on their first day of school.

Many of these children, school officials, and Child Protective Services were understandably hysterical and confused over how to care for the students with their parents whisked off.

Apparently, close to half of those arrested were released to go back to their children after being found to be nonviolent. They will have to appear in court and their status will have to be determined.

The question still remains why the leadership of I.C.E. thought to arrest these people while dropping their children at school was the best option to endorse.

Why not arrest these people at work? If most of them are nonviolent, why not just serve them with the court papers at their place of employment?

Why unnecessarily scar children on their first day of school by seeing their parents detained when other less traumatic options were available.

If you are going to proceed with such an operation involving schools, why not coordinate with the school districts or Child Protective Services to ensure that all the children are cared for with minimum fuss. These are American citizens and it should be the duty of I.C.E. as a law enforcement agency to ensure their safety.

People who are in the country illegally need to have their situation addressed.

Those that are productive and law-abiding members of society should be given a pathway to citizenship.

They should not remain in the shadows and their employers should not encourage them to stay there.

Others who have not followed the law should be deported.

However, the Department of Homeland Security and I.C.E. should exercise decency and prudence instead of Getastpho tactics and not arrest parents in front of their crying children and their classmates when other options are available.

What I.C.E. did to those children is not the American Way.

This country is not (despite the 2016 Popular Vote Losers hopes) an authoritarian regime and law enforcement officials like those in I.C.E. should know better.

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David Gordon
Living in Arizona since his family moved to Tempe from New York in 1982, David Gordon has three degrees from Arizona State University and the University of Phoenix in History, Political Science, and Secondary School Administration. A highly qualified Social Studies instructor and Certified School Principal, Mr. Gordon owned his own charter school, Grand Canyon College Preparatory Academy from 1997-2016. The school served students in grades 6-12 in the East Valley of Maricopa County. Many of the graduates of GCP earned college credit for free while still attending high school, some completing the first year of college before graduating. Among the speakers at the school's graduations were noted figures in Arizona Politics like Harry Mitchell, David Schweikert, Juan Mendes, Andrew Sherwood, and John Huppenthal. Mr. Gordon also participated in the revisions of the Arizona History and Social Studies standards. In January 2017, Mr. Gordon started the political blog Twenty-First Century Progressive Bull Moose. It has a global following and routinely comments on the political events of the day. Mr. Gordon also helps administer the Facebook page Living Blue in Arizona. He is also currently writing a series of Young Adult science fiction novels which incorporate the themes of time travel and its impact on history. Mr. Gordon is very happy to be asked to join the Blog for Arizona team and hopes to spread the progressive word to make Arizona a better place for everyone.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Short answer: “No they do not.”

    The cruelty is the point. The fear is the point. The callous disregard for human lives is the point.

    When you want to lead people to accepting putting other people in death camps, this is where you start.

  2. I remember when I’d see reports from Human Rights Watch or some other watchdog group on the news showing some horror being committed in another country.

    Usually some third world country, or a kleptocracy like Russia.

    I’d think about how lucky I am to live i America.

    Since Trump has been in office, those human rights watchdog groups have been issuing warnings about my country.

    Other countries have warned their citizens about visiting here.

    It was mostly BS, America being the good guys, we invade countries and kill so we can have cheap gasoline, the “Free Market” drives the price of homes so high that our streets fill with homeless people. We have an out of control gun problem that no other first world country has.

    But we tried, sometimes, to live up to our ideals.

    But now, we don’t even pretend to be the good guys anymore.

    The ICE raid was a Trump campaign stunt meant to keep his creepy cult members amped up on hate, just like Jesus wanted.

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