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Today the annals of the United States embracing naked 19th century versions of racism. Example A:

Fadwa Alaoui is a Moroccan-born Canadian citizen living in Brossard, Quebec. Like a lot of Quebecers, she sometimes drives down to Vermont to take advantage of the deals. But on Saturday, when her family pulled up at the border, Alaoui encountered something new.

After the usual set of questions, Alaoui was asked about her religion and her thoughts on U.S. President Donald Trump. Border agents took her phone and fingerprints. Four hours later she was told that her family wasn’t welcome and she was forced to turn back.

HM: And you answered all the questions?

FA: Yes. I answered all the questions, the best that I know. I was calm. I collaborate. I give him all the answers he wanted to know. He told me: Are you part of any group? Muslim group? I told him no. I told him it’s not my first time that I’m going to the United States. I have family there. I have my parents, my brothers, everyone is there. Today, especially, I want to bring my son with me because he is sick. I want to change his mind and give him a treat because he was sick, he had cancer. He asked me about the mosque: Do you know the last name of the imam? If he is always present? If someone replace him? The name of the person who replaced him? He told me: What do you think about the shooting in Quebec? Do you have relatives in Quebec that was one of the victims?

HM: I understand he also asked your thoughts on President Donald Trump?

FA: Yes. He asked me: What do you think about Donald Trump? I told him, what? He told me: [What’s] your opinion about his policy. I told him, listen, he has the right to do whatever he wants in his country. I don’t expect that. I’m not following the news. I’m not following what happened. I have a busy life. I have busy schedule with my son, with all these appointments at the hospital, with my kids.

Example B:

For eight years, Guadalupe García de Rayos had checked in at the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement office here, a requirement since she was caught using a fake Social Security number during a raid in 2008 at a water park where she worked.

Every year since then, she has walked in and out of the meetings after a brief review of her case and some questions.

But not this year.

On Wednesday, immigration agents arrested Ms. Rayos, 35, and began procedures to send her back to Mexico, a country she has not seen since she left it 21 years ago.

As a van carrying Ms. Rayos left the ICE building, protesters were waiting. They surrounded it, chanting, “Liberation, not deportation.” Her daughter, Jacqueline, joined in, holding a sign that read, “Not one more deportation.” One man, Manuel Saldana, tied himself to one of the van’s front wheels and said, “I’m going to stay here as long as it takes.”

Soon, police officers in helmets had surrounded Mr. Saldana. They cut off the ties holding him to the tire and rounded up at least six others who were blocking the front and back of the van, arresting them all. The driver quickly put the van in reverse and rolled back into the building.

Ms. Rayos was one of several detainees inside the van. It was unclear whether officials planned to take them to Mexico or to detention.

By midnight on Thursday, her husband said he was not sure where she was. A vehicle had just left the building under police escort, and he said he suspected she may have been inside.

Ms. Rayos was arrested just days after the Trump administration broadened the definition of “criminal alien,” a move that immigrants’ rights advocates say could easily apply to a majority of undocumented immigrants in the United States.

“We’re living in a new era now, an era of war on immigrants,” Ms. Rayos’s lawyer, Ray A. Ybarra Maldonado, said Wednesday after leaving the building here that houses the federal immigration agency, known by its acronym, ICE.

Example C:

House Republicans blocked a resolution advanced by Democrats on Tuesday declaring that Jews were the primary victims of the Holocaust. From the Washington Examiner:

Led by [House Democratic Caucus Chairman Joe] Crowley, Democrats tried to force the House to vote on the resolution he introduced last week calling on the White House “to affirm that the Nazi regime targeted the Jewish people in its perpetration of the Holocaust.” More than 100 House Democrats co-sponsored the measure.

During debate on the rule for the House to consider three resolutions disapproving of three Obama administration rules concerning the Bureau of Land Management and Education Department, Crowley tried to defeat a procedural vote as a way to force Republicans to consider his resolution. But Republicans rejected the Democrats’ plan in a party-line vote.

The resolution, a shrewd effort to pin Republicans down on something the Trump administration has needlessly made an issue, condemned the White House’s Holocaust Remembrance Day statement, which failed to mention Jews or the anti-Semitism that led to Adolf Hitler’s genocide against them. It also called for the House to reiterate “the indisputable fact that the Nazi regime targeted the Jewish people in its perpetration of the Holocaust,” condemn Holocaust denialism, and demand acknowledgment from the White House that Jews were targeted.

At some point in the future, when the United States has moved out of this phase of its deeply racist history, future people will look back upon us like they look back upon slavery and Jim Crow, as a period of deep national shame, wondering how we could let this happen. And the answer will be that if they are not vigilant, it will happen again to them.

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  • BiloSagdiyev

    “How do you feel about the mosque shooting in Quebec?”

    “Uh… I’m against it?”

    • CP

      That was the worst part. Seriously,

      • Nick never Nick

        There is going to be a huge upheaval in NAFTA, because of issues like this. Most people think of it as a free-trade agreement, but it applies to movement of people too; many Canadians and Mexicans work in the United States under a NAFTA provision called a TN visa (Treaty National, I think). Many immigrants come to Canada with the plan of getting citizenship fairly swiftly, and then working in the US under these provisions. Americans can also work in Canada, under certain limitations. I am certain that Trump won’t care for this dynamic, once he hears about it.

        The nasty thing about a TN visa is that you don’t apply for it ahead of time — you actually receive it at the border from a border guard, when you try to cross with your proof of job, etc. It has to be renewed frequently, always at the border. I would not be surprised at all if this suddenly becomes much more difficult for the ‘ethnic’ Canadians, who believe that their citizenship gives them the same rights in America as the old stock. At the very least, this informal procedure is going to become a real source of uncertainty, it is no fun knowing that your entire life depends on convincing one of Trump’s confused, aggressive, racist border guards to let you in.

        • sam

          my boss is actually here on a NAFTA visa. There have been a few too many “jokes” about him getting deported lately (he makes many of the jokes – we’re not making fun at his expense).

          He thinks that if NAFTA goes away, we’ll revert back to the prior US-Canada trade agreement, because trump’s “problem” is mainly mexico. Whenever he says this, I give him my best, most skeptical “I sure hope you’re right, but good luck with that” face.

          • Nick never Nick

            I’ve heard of more than one Canadian in that situation who is planning how to return.

            The thing people don’t understand about visas and immigration is that they are only tolerable with certainty. You can’t quit your job in Toronto for one in California if only after you do that will you find out if you get a TN visa that let’s you go; you especially can’t do this if you’re a swarthy, Islamic-looking sort of fellow, and have to factor in not only the visa, but the border guard who hands it out. If you make it to California, you can’t buy a house when you think about the yearly renewal. When Trump is messing with visas, their reliability, and how you get them, he is undercutting the ability of people to live their lives.

            It infuriates me when people look on visas as some sort of ‘vacation ticket’, that you simply can give up if you don’t feel like putting up with the garbage around them.

            • sam

              Yeah. and for people who want to say “well, why don’t they just get a green card, or become citizens?”

              Not everyone wants to give up their citizenship – American citizenship is not the be all/end all for everyone. In this case we set up a system that’s existed and worked perfectly well for over 20 years now, but we’re going to pull the rug out from people with little to no notice, and they’rethe ones who did something wrong?

              I mean, my brother hasn’t lived in the US for the past 5 years – He’s certainly not about to ditch his US citizenship just because he happens to live abroad for work.

            • daveincanada

              I’ve talked to many Canadians who have said that they won’t visit the US while Trump is president.
              One family even cancelled a Disneyland vacation soon after the election.
              I can forsee a global boycott on travel to the US especially for tourism.
              David

              • rhino

                I started boycotting the US during GW’s reign. I considered rescinding my boycott during Obama’s second term, but for various reasons never travelled during that time. Now the boycott is back in full swing.

                I should note that I hold dual citizenship, my boycott is not a matter of worry that I could be targeted in any way, but a conscious acknowledgment of the fact that I used to inject thousands of dollars into the American economy every year. The single most powerful weapon at my disposal is to deny them that wealth.

          • tsam

            He thinks that if NAFTA goes away, we’ll revert back to the prior US-Canada trade agreement, because trump’s “problem” is mainly mexico.

            I admire his optimism, though I’m a bit stunned by the idea that there’s any predictability in Trump’s ideology, other than using his office to loot the government and anyone else he can.

            • sam

              hence my “good luck with that” face.

              (he is my boss – I have to refrain from laughing uncontrollably)

              • JR in WV

                IF your boss is a white English-speaker with no accent, then maybe his hopes will work out for him.

                If he’s Native American/Asian/South American/other of any flavor, not so much. [I forget the Canadian term for Native American, Aboriginal maybe? That sounds British. If it were me I think I would prefer the USAian term…]

                • First Nations, I think.

                • Nick never Nick

                  ‘First Nation,’ ‘Native,’ or ‘Aboriginal,’ but never ‘Aborigine’. ‘Aboriginal’ is used more often as a collective adjective, but not so much to refer to an individual, though that can be done.

                  Native American isn’t used but would be understood and not considered racist; but ‘Indian’ is considered much more racist up here, it’s not verging on neutral as in the US. ‘American Indian’ is never used, probably both words sound worse in a Canadian context.

                  Also, ‘reservations’ are called ‘reserves’. I have never heard ‘reservation’ used for this, and don’t know if it is simply because of an administrative difference in their names, or because ‘reservation’ is also considered rude.

                • Tom in BK

                  Yeah, as an American who went to school in Canada and minored in history, I had to be pretty vigilant with my terminology depending on the context. “Indian” has been reclaimed and embraced in the States; “First Nation” is the Canadian custom.

                  I mean, I’m not complaining, it was just an interesting cultural difference between the US and Canada. (My best friend is a Quebecois separatist, so that’s a bit different, too, but that’s for another thread.)

                • sam

                  on that front, he’s pretty safe.

                • rhino

                  Well, speaking as someone with a few friends in that group, what they call themselves is ‘Indians’, or ‘natives’, or ‘metis’. and I have yet to have anyone take offence at those words. They do not have innate pejorative connotations.

                  In official documents and in formal settings, ‘First Nations’ is probably the most common and respectful phrasing.

                  They often also use tribal names, to distinguish (locally) between Stoney, Blackfoot, Sioux, and so forth.

                  Edit: Nick, I have never encountered anyone who was offended by the word ‘indian’, and it is common use by Indians here. I am wondering where your experience comes from? Mine is prairie province, but I understand the culture is quite different in Eastern Canada.

  • CP

    At some point in the future, when the United States has moved out of this phase of its deeply racist history, future people will look back upon us like they look back upon slavery and Jim Crow, as a period of deep national shame, wondering how we could let this happen. And the answer will be that if they are not vigilant, it will happen again to them.

    We can only hope.

    • Nobdy

      Yeah. We will be very lucky if that is what they ask, instead of viewing this as part of the run up to something truly horrific.

      Republicans literally don’t believe in the first amendment, let alone the 14th.

      Have you heard that Trump may require people entering the country to give up social passwords?

      Civil liberty people who failed to support Clinton with full throated endorsement clearly do not care about the things they claim to care about (I am thinking of Snowden types here who said they were both equally bad.)

      • Caepan

        That’s what happened to Fadwa Alaoui at the US/Canadian border. She was told by the Customs officer to give them her phone, its password, and her social media passwords.

        When they found Muslim prayers and videos in Arabic on her phone, Trump’s little soldiers assumed that they were anti-American in nature. The prayers were offered by friends and family for her son, who had just finished his chemotherapy treatments (which was the reason they were travelling to Burlington, VT in the first place – to celebrate that milestone).

        But, you know… those emails…

        • She was told by the Customs officer to give them her phone, its password, and her social media passwords.

          I swear, I’m going to re-purpose an old phone for when I travel to the states. Nothing on it an alternate Facebook profile containing nothing but cat videos.

          • Snarki, child of Loki

            Changing all my passwords to “ThisBorderNaziFucksGoats”.

            • David Hunt

              That’s funny, but I wouldn’t actually do it unless you like the idea of a full body cavity search.

          • BigHank53

            Burner phones for international travel are starting to look like a really sensible idea. If I have to take a personal laptop out of the country again (I could not give a shit about my work laptop) it’s going to be a squeaky-clean Chromebook.

            I do wonder what will happen when I don’t give up my passwords to Facebook and Instagram. It’s a bit difficult when you don’t have an account.

            • BiloSagdiyev

              Then they’ll get all pouty-belligerent and accuse you of lying about not having a Facebook account.

              • BigHank53

                I’ll be careful to travel to countries where I wouldn’t object to being a refugee…

      • delazeur

        Have you heard that Trump may require people entering the country to give up social passwords?

        I was under the impression that this is something that the CBP already does, even to citizens.

        • Nobdy

          How is that not a massive 4th amendment violation?

          • Nick never Nick

            If you think you have rights at the border, think again. The only ‘right’ is for a US citizen to enter — but it only applies if there’s no doubt that you are who you say you are. Those nice guards can do anything they want to resolve their nagging doubts, and if they can’t be resolved, well . . .

            Now this poor woman is in the system — she will never cross the border easily again, and every time she tries, the chances of her being rejected will be much greater.

            What’s really disturbing is the butthurt search for affirmation from the border guard. It’s frightening to think of the level of dim, coercive neediness that would produce someone asking questions like that.

            • DrDick

              Once many years ago my son, who is half Cherokee, went on vacation with my parents to Padre Island. While they were there they decided to go over into Mexico for the day. The border patrol almost would not let him back in until another officer, who was from Oklahoma, vouched that he looked like an Indian.

              • Nick never Nick

                I hate crossing the US border more than almost anything else — my family is perfectly normal, but cuts across multiple categories that irritate morons. I’m a dual citizen who acquired Canadian citizenship by choice; my wife is Asian and also acquired Canadian citizenship but has no status in the US. This right here contains three separate issues that can make a guard pissy — I dread my wife getting pulled aside into some complicated interrogation by a frightening, surly lout, the kind that confuses people who speak English as a second language and takes place under conditions of no rights.

                • lizzie

                  Dumb question—how do they know you have dual citizenship? I’ve only crossed the US border a few times and I don’t remember being asked about that, but I could easily have forgotten.

                • Nick never Nick

                  “What were you doing in Canada?”

                • lizzie

                  I take it you can’t just say “visiting” or whatever? Or maybe you live in Canada, so that doesn’t work.

                  Sorry to be both dense and nosy. I’m particularly interested in this because I have been gathering documents to apply for dual citizenship and I (naively, I guess) figured I just wouldn’t have to mention it to anybody at the US border when I travel. (I have heard stories about border guards confiscating the non-US passport that I’m applying for.) I’m not currently planning to move outside the US. But I suppose if you travel outside the US long enough, it would be hard to avoid mentioning your dual citizenship?

                • Nick never Nick

                  That would be far worse — because if we’re visiting Canada, that means we’re living in the United States, and my wife has no permanent status there.

                  This isn’t even getting into the idiocy of lying to border guards for no reason, about things that are easily disproven. What would I say when they ask me where I do live, or where we work, or why we’re coming to the United States?

                  If you present your non-American passport at the border, you run great risks — legally, you have to use the American one. Confiscation of the other isn’t something I would normally worry about, though I don’t know your circumstances. The US only recognizes your American citizenship, they shouldn’t care about the other.

                • lizzie

                  Sorry, I did not realize you live in Canada. I’m not suggesting that I’m planning to lie or that you should. I was just wondering how it comes up and if you’re required to tell. Thanks for your input.

                • Nick never Nick

                  See my edit above — you’re not required to tell, but it should come out very early in the interview as part of a full disclosure of your business in both countries. In the eyes of the US, your other citizenship has no meaning (which is actually normal, most countries are like that). Any negativity that happens will be from a border guard whose feelings are hurt that you no longer live in the Homeland.

                • blackbox

                  As a Canada-USA dual citizen, I can tell you that to make things easiest, you should say that your citizenship is American and your wife’s is Canadian. They don’t have to know/care about the dual part of it. Maybe they can see it on their monitors.

                  In fact, I always hand over my Canadian passport and claim Canadian citizenship when entering Canada, and use the US passport and claim that when entering the US.

                  Of course, I’m also white, so my border entry experience is already at an advantage.

          • rea

            It has been settled for a long time that the 4th Amendment doesn’t apply to customs

            • sam

              Even many years ago (early 90s), before all of this mishegoss, I went to college near the border. During orientation, one of the college administrators gave us a very stark lecture about the fact that when we crossed the border to go to Canada, which many of us were likely to do, to remember that while we were in the “custody” of CBP (or whatever it was called back then, before DHS existed), WE HAD ZERO RIGHTS – we were in a no-man’s land that was NOT the United States.

              Basically, she was lecturing a bunch of idiotic 18-year olds who were driving distance from a country with a lower drinking age (back when we didn’t even need passports to cross the border), to not be a bunch of idiotic 18-year olds.

            • tsam

              4A has got to be the most abused of all the rights granted. Race, class and nationality automatically nullifies it. This isn’t a new thing, it’s always been that way. There is codified law that applies to non-citizens that basically nullify it anyway.

          • Just_Dropping_By

            There are a series of SCOTUS and circuit court decisions going back years that basically make the Fourth Amendment inapplicable at the border (see articles below).

            http://reason.com/blog/2016/03/21/scotus-declines-opportunity-to-limit-bor

            http://reason.com/blog/2008/08/01/how-is-this-not-thought-polici

      • RonC

        “Full throated?” So just voting for her wasn’t enough, I am also required engage in some sort of enthusiastic public endorsement?

        It is I guess important that I not stop clapping before anyone else.

        • Nobdy

          You can do whatever you want, but if you engaged in “Clinton will be just as bad as Trump” talk on civil liberties then you don’t actually care about civil liberties.

        • rea

          You are not required to do it, but don’t pretend that you’re anything other than a Trump supporter if you don’t.

        • John not McCain

          Nah. Just sit back on your fat, entitled cracker ass and enjoy something you did very little to prevent. Hope your life depends on the ACA!

          • RonC

            Well, well, well. Does it not bother anyone of you that the Democrats lost most everything in the last 4 election cycles? Does this not tell you something about the party as a whole?

            I voted for Clinton, knowing that she is a corrupt Wall Street shill, and I encouraged those around me to vote for her because she wasn’t as bad as Trump. Why? Because I think that Trump is a (closet?) fascist, where as I figure Clinton is simply your basic neoliberal who would continue the policies of Clinton I and Obama to the detriment of the working and middle classes. Therefore, I figured that Clinton was preferable to Trump.

            • Nick never Nick

              I’m curious what ‘corrupt’ means in this sentence? Do you think Clinton would have used the office of the Presidency to enrich herself?

              • Dennis Orphen

                With all those cameras on her?

            • rea

              That you say this shit confirms that you have internalized rightwingnut propaganda. Be less credulous.

            • JR in WV

              I think it bothers everyone here (except RWNJ trolls) that the Democratic pafrty has lost a lot elections lately

              I personally blame it on the existence of multiple fascist propaganda outlets being allowed to blare lies 24/7/365 about the nation, it’s laws and politics, the events taking place in this nation and around the world.

              Many of these fascist news operations are disguised as real news outlets that existed long ago, like the NYT, where the management seems to have the delusion that Jews will be white people, instead of in the line to be controlled/deported/etc.

              Rupert Murdoch and his minions and fellow travelers are Nazis, and want to bring back white supremacy as the only way of life on Earth. Even the pretty blond ones. They’re doing a bang-up job so far!

        • CP

          Fuck you.

    • Michael Cain

      Well, I was going to say, “Feeling optimistic today, are we?”

  • DrDick

    Sadly, I think for conservatives it will be regarded as another golden age, when rich white men ruled and everyone else knew their place.

    • Nobdy

      Until it all comes crashing down.

      This administration will undermine American power and wealth through incompetence kleptocracy and malice.

      Russian white men are kings of the roost but this ain’t a golden age for them as they drink themselves to death to the point where life expectancy is 64 for Russian males.

      • DrDick

        Assumes too much rationality on the part of conservatives. They obviously have learned nothing over the past 37 years.

        • BiloSagdiyev

          They obviously have learned nothing over the past 370 years.

      • sigaba

        I think American conservatives have already priced mediocrity and drinking themselves to death into the equation. You ever read TAC?

        This was all about wether they were going to be miserable in their mediocrity or proud in it. Now they can die proud in it.

        • DrDick

          Drinking yourself to death is so 1990s. Now they go for opioid or amphetamine overdoses.

        • Dennis Orphen

          What is TAC? I tried searching and still don’t know.

      • addicted44

        China is gonna crush US diplomacy for generations to come in Asia and Africa.

        Australia is probably gonna align itself to China soon enough as well.

        Once the Chinese alternative to TPP (RCEP, I believe?) gains steam, China is likely to get South and Central American countries on board as well.

        When Trump succeeds in damaging the EU by promoting Nazis and fascist parties as well, they will probably make inroads in Europe too.

        Trump and Theresa May can have a jolly good ole time together, but unfortunately from Trump, and the US, even that isn’t gonna last, because he’s already pissed off the royal family, and everyone with any decency in the UK.

        While the US is cutting off funding to life saving organizations in Africa and the rest of the world because they promote family planning, China is building multi billion dollar railroads and other infrastructure projects in these countries.

        https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/07/world/africa/africa-china-train.html?_r=0

        The Trump and Republican administrations will be a disaster for the US, that happened at probably the worst time possible.

        • blackbox

          It’s funny. Rewind a year and I always thought the next era of the world would see China and the US as dominant superpowers — not necessarily with the US being the greater of the two. Now it strikes me as a very real possibility that the US will become a sad, irrelevant nation that closes itself off even as it circles the drain to ruin, and China will be the only superpower.

          It’s not set in stone, but I think it’s very apparent that’s the course we’re on.

          • bender

            You are not the only person who thinks this.

            Geography and natural resources give some nations advantages over others, but in the long run, national power depends on two things, good government and having enough military strength to keep other powers from interfering with your internal affairs.

            Without good government, the USA has Nigeria’s problems and without independence, Lebanon’s.

            I see one possible benefit to the Trump administration. It’s a rather grim one. Empires aren’t good for republican (small r) government in the home country. From a purely realpolitik viewpoint, the United States is overextended. We can’t keep up with all our existing military commitments while simultaneously transitioning to a domestic economy that is less dependent on fossil fuel.

            It would have been smarter to voluntarily downsize by setting some priorities in our alliances and not trying to be the dominant partner in every relationship. Trump is breaking up those alliances much faster than anyone expected. It’s a very drastic reducing diet, which will burn through our muscle mass, but if we live through it, perhaps we will be healthier eventually.

          • Darkrose

            Donnie really wants us to be Russia: a economically declining former superpower.

            • so-in-so

              He wants to be Putin, if that takes making us like Russia; well, eggs, omelet.

      • wengler

        You forget that we will all be purified in nuclear fire to go join Jesus on his Golden Throne.

  • MacK

    One thing that is remarkable – most of this behaviour by CBP officers, at Dulles, at border crossing is on video, with sound. But (and I have direct reasons to know), CBP officers break the law, commit criminal acts, violate 18 USC §1001 (a criminal statute that applies to every customs declaration you sign, they know what it is) and get away with it. There is a complete culture of impunity at CBP – a sense that there is nothing that they can get in trouble for – and Dulles by the way is particularly bad in this respect.

    One of the issues in this whole situation is not just Trump’s behaviour and his executive order, but the extent to which individual CBP officer and supervisors have engaged in actions that, if the service was properly run, would get them instantly fired. They no nothing will happen… they know that no CBP officer ever gets into trouble for this sort of behaviour. Impunity reigns.

    • CP

      Seems to be the norm in law enforcement in general, unfortunately.

      “Oh, I know. It’s a free country and I haven’t the right. But I got a badge. What have you got?”

      • MacK

        I’d agree up to a point. But CBP does seem to be particularly bad – and what is the shocking point is that CBP officer in most instances on the job, when they interact with the public, are on camera – and being recorded.

        It’s one thing when a good ‘ol boy sheriff in Podunk who is not on camera does it, but in pretty well every instance I know of, this took place somewhere ‘on camera’ video- and-audio – and the CBP officers know the camera and audio is there. You have to recognise that CBP officers not only know they’ll get away with it, but there will not even ben an investigation, no one will ever even look at the video, listen to the audio. Because if there was …. well the evidence is right there.

        That is a scary level of impunity.

        • CP

          As someone else pointed out recently, the difference is that at the border half the people they’re dealing with aren’t even citizens. Therefore even the very limited backlash that ordinary cops have to fear doesn’t apply. Non-citizens aren’t the constituents of anybody who might conceivably be in a position to restrain the cops.

        • rea

          Big chunks of federal law enforcement seem to be given to out-of-control wingnuttery, regardless of who is nominally president.

          • Phil Perspective

            So why don’t Democratic presidents reign them in? “Political capital” is a bullshit excuse.

            • Nick never Nick

              1) Because conservatives and police will howl and bawl.

              2) Because safeguarding the rights and fee-fees of random non-citizens is not what they want to spend their time fighting for, there are a limited number of days in the year and they got elected to provide health insurance and protect gay rights, etc. Opportunity cost is real.

              3) Because undertaking the reform of a violent, corrupt, ignorant law enforcement organization is a gigantic headache, and Americans have shown a consistent willingness to tolerate it as it is.

              4) Because Americans are quite authoritarian, and no longer expect politeness, reasonableness, or competence from their civil servants. This being the case, why would any sane politician choose to take this on?

            • rea

              Because presidents don’t “reign”–they are not kings, but are subject to laws, including the civil service laws. They don’t get to purge the FBI, or the CPB

              • so-in-so

                Because presidents don’t “reign”–they are not kings, but are subject to laws, including the civil service laws. They don’t get to purge the FBI, or the CPB

                Just wait…

                of course, the people being purged won’t be the ones we would choose to remove.

            • Origami Isopod

              Because you don’t understand how American government works, which is typical for Bernouts.

            • wengler

              Did you see how they responded to Obama’s DOJ investigations?

        • CrunchyFrog

          A couple reasons. First, CBP knows to identify people who might be in authority and not target them. Global Entry really helps with this. Second, any news of a CBP neanderthug getting disciplined would have – under Obama -immediately been trumpeted all throughout right wing news as examples of Obama being pro-Muslim and anti-police. So they were left to their own devices.

          Democratic leaders are frankly too comfortable and too often scared shitless of actual confrontation.

      • Snarki, child of Loki

        I’ll have to see about traveling with some pet badgers, then.

        • rea

          “Badgers? We don’t need no stinkin’ badgers!”

          • sigaba

            Trinidad Silva, peace be upon him

    • q-tip

      most of this behaviour by CBP officers, at Dulles, at border crossing is on video, with sound.

      I’ve seen many a video of asshole cops or asshole TSA agents. But I’ve never seen one of an asshole CPB agent. It’s always written accounts.
      Obvious explanation: you probably can’t/shouldn’t pull out your cameraphone while you’re arguing your way into the country, and the official videos aren’t being watched by anyone who gives a shit about furriners/brown people/both.
      But if the lawyers can get it in discovery, I’ll stand up and cheer.

  • Hells Littlest Angel

    At some point in the future …

    That all this is going on in only the third fucking week of the Little Gloves regime makes me fear that that’s a far off future.

    • CP

      Seriously. We haven’t even seen yet what the legislature will try to push through, or what the cabinet heads are going to start doing to their own departments. And knowing the general Gooper record on foreign policy and national security, I’m expecting an Iraq War/Iran-contra type fuckup there too.

      • Phil Perspective

        And knowing the general Gooper record on foreign policy and national security, I’m expecting an Iraq War/Iran-contra type fuckup there too.

        Of course, since Tillerson apparently wants to hire convicted criminal Elliott Abrams.

        • Nick never Nick

          Hate to break it to you, Elliott Abrams is now an ally. Desperate times, and all that.

          • GeorgeBurnsWasRight

            Not so much an ally as the enemy of our enemy?

      • wengler

        Most of the Congress’ initial moves have unsurprisingly been very grifty. They want to transfer as much federal land and destroy as much environmental law as they can in two years.

        • GeorgeBurnsWasRight

          I will laugh myself silly when the Bundy bunch discovers that the land they used to be able to use is now in the hands of private companies who plan to get a lot more for it than the government ever charged, and are willing to use force to see they get paid.

          • jmw

            If I had control of those lands I would make sure that the people patrolling them were melanin enhanced and well armed.

  • Mike in DC

    We need a 21st century version of “Why We Fight” to rally prog/libs around. The coming deportation war is exhibit A.

    • Phil Perspective

      When Democrats did next to nothing to halt all the deportations under Obama?

      • tsam

        They DID make a hard run at immigration reform, though I don’t believe the Democrats have much more interest in reforming that fucked up mess of a system than Republicans.

      • Little Chak

        Remember when Obama signed an executive order to focus deportation efforts on violent criminals, and the Republicans said that even that minor, and totally legal, EO was “poisoning the well” and freaked out? Imagine if he had signed an EO granting some form of amnesty for those who had lived in the country for, say, five years, and had been productive, non-violent members of society.

        It makes so much sense to blame the Democrats for not trying to rule the country by executive fiat.

        I suppose they could have made immigration reform priority number one over healthcare reform before 2010, but can we please stop pretending that the President, and the minority party in Congress, have the power to do whatever they want?

  • Colin Day

    No example of Jeff Sessions being confirmed as Attorney General?

  • Nick never Nick

    The one caveat I would have for these anecdotes is that horrible, disgusting things like this have been happening at the US border forever, including much worse. They happened under Bush, they happened under Obama. No one has ever imposed intelligence or ethics on the border guards. Are they worse now? Probably. Are they going to get worse? Probably. But anecdotes by themselves aren’t evidence that they are, particularly since we’re all more sensitive to them with Trump in office.

    • petesh

      Would video help? From multiple airports? Look, I had a green card for nearly a quarter of a century and I am very familiar with the way that line used to be, and how the people in front of me were treated. That’s still anecdotal, but you what enough anecdotes make: data. Or at least the presumption of data.

      • Nick never Nick

        I’m talking more about confirmation bias, and the fact that it wasn’t three weeks ago that the border patrol suddenly became a nest of ignorant, racist goons operating under no oversight whatsoever.

        I’m not sure what you mean by ‘would video help’?

        • petesh

          There IS video online, substantiating many of the complaints. Yeah, CBP always included assholes and it’s not their fault that the Trump roll-out was so terrible; but don’t downplay what is happening. It’s real.

        • rm

          I do not know what the result of a study would be, but it makes perfect sense to me that Trump and his EO sent the message to border patrol agents that “the gloves are off, anything goes.” That’s exactly what he promised them and other LEOs in his campaign.

    • LeeEsq

      Yeah, this. Most of the people carrying out these abuses didn’t suddenly turn evil under Trump and were nothing more than competent, diligent civil servants before that. Trump is merely license and possibly a direct order to behave however they want.

    • Lizzy L

      This happened well before Bush & Obama. Forty years ago — a time when you did not need a passport or visa to cross the northern border — I traveled by bus to Canada with a group of friends to attend an event in Vancouver. No issues going north: hi, glad to see you, welcome to Canada.

      Four days later, on the way home, the one person CBP chose to separate from the rest of the group and interrogate was the Asian-looking man with the Chinese last name. Who speaks no Chinese and was, by the way, born and raised in El Cerrito, California.

  • pianomover
    • CrunchyFrog

      That’s what slaves are for. And don’t kid yourselves – in private discussions in extreme right wing enclaves they fantasize about evicting all of the other races except for a private slave race they keep around.

      • sigaba

        It’s called truck farming, slavery sounds too gauche.

        • Darkrose

          “Mexican workers travel north to help with the harvest.”

          “Oooh, they make it sound so nice!”

          “All hail the truck farmer! Worship the truck farmer at the church of your choice.”

      • pianomover

        The Blue Hand / The Red Pill

    • liberalrob

      Plenty of inmates in the concentration camps private prisons. They can pay their debt to society by serving as cheap labor.

  • Domino

    Honestly feel like “Holy Shit” by Father John Misty is becoming more and more relevant. Which is a bad thing.

    Also, too, will this prompt the ADL to turn into a Democratic organization? How about AIPAC? I doubt the latter, but the former can’t be comfortable at all with what they’re seeing.

    • Likud doesn’t seem bothered by the anti-Semitism, so I wouldn’t expect much out of AIPAC, but maybe the ADL will be persuadable.

      • bender

        Here are some quotes from a fundraising letter I received from the ADL recently.

        “With your support in the year ahead, ADL will vigorously defend the rights of Jews, minority groups, immigrants, and others whose civil liberties are threatened.”

        “Publicly demeaning women . . .Diminishing the status of African Americans . . .declaring that . . .”non-whites” should go back to where they came from is simply un-American.”

        “Our consistent track record of . . . research [on hate groups]. . . will be crucial to . . . responding to the increased presence of white supremacists, racists, and other assorted haters–now known as the ‘alt-right’–who have been emboldened by the election.”

  • Randy

    At some point in the future, when the United States has moved out of this phase of its deeply racist history, future people will look back upon us like they look back upon slavery and Jim Crow, as a period of deep national shame, wondering how we could let this happen.

    At that point, the vast majority of Americans will be convinced that they would have stood up and protested Trumpism with full voice (just as most of us like to believe we would have been abolitionists “back in the day”). Their ancestors would have been anti-Trump, unless there is no getting around that picture of great-grandpa in the MAGA hat. In that case, he really was opposed to the racist policies once they became better known.

    • CP

      Yeah, I have a picture of a future where white people look at things like the rate of police shootings, the school-to-prison pipeline, the war on drugs, the voter disenfranchisement efforts, and everything else that’s happened in the modern age and treat it much the same way white people treat the days of segregation today:

      A clearly obviously terrible thing, which everyone agrees was terrible, but thank God that all ended when [insert major civil rights event here] and white racism everywhere just ended like flicking a switch. All while completely ignoring all the ways in which the same system will, doubtless, have continued in slightly more subtle forms, and angrily attacking anyone who tries to bring them to their attention as The Real Racists.

      • Abbey Bartlet

        much the same way white people treat the days of segregation today: A clearly obviously terrible thing, which everyone agrees was terrible

        I think it’s abundantly clear that a significant number of white people think segregation was an excellent idea we should revive forthwith.

    • McAllen

      Or, if the Trump era follows the model of slavery and Jim Crow, they’ll argue that Trump really wasn’t that bad, and the Muslims and Mexicans were perfectly happy until the darn liberals made a big issue out of things.

  • LeeEsq

    Jeffrey Sessions is going to be the inquisitor-general of this little persecution system and the entire Department of Justice will exist for nothing more than to prosecute Trump’s enemies, varyingly defined, and to carry out these acts with a veneer of independence.

    • tsam

      They have a nice, high bar set by Hoover and the FBI. I’ll put $5 of the DoJ shattering all the records.

      • LeeEsq

        Hoover was more of a free agent acting on his own accord while Session’s will be Trump’s lackey.

      • LeeEsq

        I also think Sessions might have a wider caste in his targets than Hoover like Republican judges who don’t agree with Trump on everything.

    • lizzie

      Speaking of which, oh look Trump just signed three more executive orders about going after the “cartels” that are “destroying the blood of our youth.”

      • so-in-so

        I’m surprised the phrase “precious bodily fluids” didn’t make it into the EO.

      • BiloSagdiyev

        Blood of our youth? Is that a Nazi dogwhistle?! If he goes on about what the gays are doing to the soil, and says “blood and soil”, we may have a definite Nazi thing.

        OK, the Nazis weren’t raving about what the gays are doing to the soil, just “blood and soil”, we’ll know this regime is giving handjobs to the Nazis in their fan club.

    • wengler

      I imagine the Sessions trinity will be 1) deportations 2) prosecutions of elected Democratic officeholders(see you later Manchin) 3) prosecutions of ‘voter fraud’ to correspond with a bill that will make government-issued photo ID for in-person voting mandatory.

      I imagine that last one will also go along with moves to destroy early voting and voting by mail that has been getting more popular out west.

    • Jim in Baltimore

      Jefferson. Not to be a fusspot, but he literally carries the same name as the president of the CSA.

      • liberalrob

        Jefferson Davis
        P.G.T. Beauregard
        Sessions
        III (!)

  • Davis X. Machina

    This will be widespread far away from the borders, in big cities, this summer.

    No more DoJ breathing down the neck of city police forces. No more consent agreements. And a shitload of wink-wink-nudge-nudge, even beyond the usual.

    First police shooting a la Tamar Rice, or stand-your-ground murder like Trayvon Martin this summer, and it’s party like it’s 1968.

    There’s been a dramatic removal of institutional constraints, and a big cultural shift in informal ones.

  • Jackson87

    I’m not nearly as optimistic as you.

  • So is the GOP just an overtly anti-Semitic party now, or what? Holy shit.

    • JR in WV

      Yes. Simple answers to simple questions.

      They are actually the anti-everyone-but-racists Republican party today.
      Anti Jews, anti Catholics, anti liberals, anti Democrats (whether liberal or not) anti Native Americans, anti Asians, anti women (of all colors and flavors)… well – I grow weary of isolating sub groups.

      Republicans: Anti-everyone-but-fascists will do, won’t it?

      • Gregor Sansa

        But they still do intersectionality better than we do. You’re a white woman? Well, surely you can understand the problems of straight white rich men. You’re an Asian man? Ditto. You’re gay, or poor? Ditto.

        • Was it DocAmazing who coined the term “evil intersectionality”? It’s spot on.

      • I’m just shocked they’ve graduated to saying the quiet parts loud for us, now, too. I mean, I guess it was inevitable with Cheeto Caligula as the president, since he’d already been doing that. I just didn’t expect it to happen so quickly.

      • rea

        anti Catholics

        Only in the sense that Bannon is plotting with his buddy, Cardinal Raymond Burke, to depose the pope.

        • sergiol652

          There is plenty of precedent for doing more than deposing the Pope. Francisco better hire more security…

    • wengler

      Bibi still has their back.

      • rhino

        Bibi isn’t a jew, he’s an Israeli, and a factional one. At least, that’s the only conclusion I can draw from his policies.

        I see no evidence whatsoever that he gives half a fuck for anyone but himself and his fellow likudniks in that order. The rest of the planet can get fucked.

  • addicted44

    future people will look back upon us like they look back upon slavery and Jim Crow

    This is highly optimistic.

    Jim Crow hadn’t happened before Jim Crow.

    The future (if there is one, once we are done saber rattling nuclear powers) will look upon extremely poorly at this era. Even worse than they looked back upon objectively much worse eras in the past, but which were not necessarily as aware or educated this era was.

    The morality of these actions is absolutely clear to every individual in this time, which may not have been the case in the past. The people committing these actions know how deeply wrong, unjust and immoral they are. They are, at best, letting their fears override any sense of decency, or at worst, are truly malevolent.

    • liberalrob

      I find it highly optimistic that there will be future people who have the leisure and capability to look back upon us at all.

      • bender

        I’m with John Michael Greer on this. They will look on us as the people who destroyed the climate and made life much harder for them. They will have less knowledge of or interest in our political history than we have in the Byzantine Empire’s.

        • This is assuming that the planet isn’t decimated by nuclear war before the climate gets destroyed. With Cheeto Caligula in office, I wouldn’t consider this a safe bet.

        • JMV Pyro

          I have to ask, having looked this guy up, why in the world do you take him seriously? His stuff reads like a lenninist fused with a doomsday prepper and he doesn’t seem to have the slightest amount of qualification outside of spins on paganism and speculative fiction.

  • blackbox

    An immigration officer who “does his job” by way of asking people what their opinion of Donald Trump is ought to be fired and possibly jailed. Unfortunately, the thugs are now running the country…

    • so-in-so

      Keep the list. Next time Dems are in clear charge (well, if there is such a time), we need to make sure a complete house cleaning takes place. The GOP should have conveniently removed or vitiated all the civil service laws by then…

  • Abbey Bartlet

    At some point in the future, when the United States has moved out of this phase of its deeply racist history

    And into the next phase of its deeply racist history.

    • liberalrob

      Deeply underwater racist history.

  • GeorgeBurnsWasRight

    At some point in the future, when the United States has moved out of this phase of its deeply racist history, future people will look back upon us like they look back upon slavery and Jim Crow, as a period of deep national shame

    Except for the depressingly large number of idiots who argue that the slaves had it good, what with all that “free” food, clothing and housing.

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