Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Stabbing the American economy in the back


"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me. I lift my lamp beside the golden door."

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement thugs (ICE--formerly the INS) continues to stab the American economy in the back by arresting hardworking aspiring United States citizens and extra-legally shipping them out of the country with no thought to their or America's well-being.

They continue to attack American enterprises and attempt to put them out of business by arresting their employees and deporting them for what amounts to failure to properly fill out paperwork. This kind of monumental stupidity would be more widely recognized as such, if the Federal Government hadn't already adopted some of the worst tactics of the Soviet Union by imprisoning people beyond the reach of the law, suspending the writ of Habeas Corpus and torturing them in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Compared to that, the ICE showing up at folks' workplaces demanding to see their papers, and locking them up when they can't produce them, as a prelude to shipping them home, hardly sounds extraordinary. Imagine where America might be if we had pursued these kind of anti-immigrant tactics in the late 19th, early 20th century.

Read here about another such raid in Greenville, South Carolina yesterday.

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