Armed American soldiers dressed up in military uniform, no identification, unidentifiable vehicles, targeting civilians and kidnapping them into vans where they become disappeared with no explanation. Sound like a scenario out of a dictatorship? This is America. More specifically, this is Portland,Oregon this last week where Trump’s Secret Police have been unleashed to capture and disappear protesters over the past few days–protestors who have risen up to speak out against rampant racism in this country.
So, where do they go?
One captured protestor reported that upon being placed in one of these unidentified vans, his eyes were covered and he was not read his Miranda rights till he was detained in a federal courthouse. However, upon asking for a lawyer, he was released.
Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler gave NO authority for the Federal Government to unleash the Secret Police to snatch up protesters, and on Friday gave Trump this message, “Keep your troops in your own buildings, or have them leave our city.” Not only is the kidnapping of people by Trump’s Secret Police unconstitutional, but it is actually creating a divide between states and the Federal Government. If Trump and his cronies are trying to treat America like their own backwards-authoritarian playground, why are these clowns still in office?
Trump’s Administration is not only terrorizing citizens and ruthlessly trying to bypass states, it is also attacking higher education through the Dept. of Homeland Security’s ICE agency.
ICE passed an action on July 6th “requiring all [foreign] students on F-1 visas whose university curricula are entirely online to depart the country, and barring any such students currently outside the United States from entering or reentering the United States” (Civil Action No. 1:20-cv-11283).
Students on F-1 visas would only be allowed to remain in the US if their universities offered them IN-PERSON classes during a GLOBAL PANDEMIC.
In response to this Harvard and MIT have sued the United States Dept. of Homeland Security; ICE, Harvard President issuing a letter to the Harvard Community stating:
“The order came down without notice—its cruelty surpassed only by its recklessness. It appears that it was designed purposefully to place pressure on colleges and universities to open their on-campus classrooms for in-person instruction this fall, without regard to concerns for the health and safety of students, instructors, and others.”
AND LAST, BUT CERTAINLY NOT LEAST:
If you haven’t heard already, ICE is offering a “Citizens Academy” where (according to them) citizens will be given scenario-based training in “defensive tactics, firearms familiarization, and targeted arrests”. According to ICE’s government website, civilian participants will “become familiar with how and why ICE carries out its mission. Modeled after other law enforcement academies, including ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), FBI, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and local police departments, ERO plans to directly engage and educate the public through the academy”.
The “Academy” starts Sept.15th in Chicago. ICE claims that this would be just to inform the public on what ICE does, and not necessarily train citizens to conduct arrest. Then WHY ARE PEOPLE RECEIVING FIREARMS TRAINING IN THIS PROGRAM AND GOING THROUGH SCENARIO-BASED TRAINING?
This is basically a pathway to give aggressive racist citizens authority to practice the disgustingly glorified act of profiling people of color, as well as possibly detaining them without a badge–which could lead to more acts of violence! Luckily, on July 15th a bill was passed for the 2021 fiscal year denying federal funding for that “academy”.
All of this is unbelievably unconstitutional and a foreshadowing of what lies ahead if we do not work now to get these destructive idiots out of power. We need to build up our communities and support one another during this time, because while the US Gov is basically eating itself, Our People will remain.
To Read the Suit Filed by Harvard and MIT, use link below: