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Irregular commentary on whatever's on my mind -- politics, sports, current events, and life in general. After twenty years of writing business and community newsletters, fifteen years of fantasy baseball newsletters, and two years of email "columns", this is, I suppose, the inevitable result: the awful conceit that someone might actually care to read what I have to say. Posts may be added often, rarely, or never again. As always, my mood and motivation are unpredictable.

Buster Gammons

Friday, March 3, 2017

The Real Bad Hombres Wear ICE Vests

Trumplandia is a hateful, ugly place right now and it won't get better any time soon unless we do something to stop it.

The Fourth Reich administration appears to be dead set on deporting every single one of the 11 to 12 million undocumented immigrants (and a goodly number of the documented ones while they're at it).  Federal agents are rounding up random brown people at a frightening pace.  It's unfair and ineffective racial profiling -- they're targeting schools and churches, and people who speak out about their fear.  They're deporting productive people who've been living and working in the U.S. for decades.  They're grilling people about their names and religions.  It's inhumane and un-American.

Trump's executive order gives broad authority to ICE and CBP agents, and they're only too happy to indiscriminately exercise it.  They've longed for the chance to wear their black uniforms and conduct terrifying SWAT-style raids, and Trump has given it to them.

Like other law enforcement officers, too many of our immigration agents are power-tripping and compensating for shortcomings with the instant "respect" of the badge and gun.  Trump wants to hire 15,000 more of 'em, even though the AP has reported that 2 of 3 applicants fail the CBP entrance exam.  Seems like there are more bad hombres working for Immigration than are being deported by them.

Of course, the real Bad Hombres are our Nazi policymakers, Bannon and his BabyBoy Dolt 45.


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