ICE Mercilessly Arrests Dozens Of New Jersey Dads In Trump’s America

60 Kids Orphaned Or Fatherless In One Night, Says NJ Reverend

Deportations are not a new phenomenon in the U.S. but the unusual cruelty dealt out by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) under the Trump administration is breaking new ground – while breaking some families’ hearts.

ICE arrested two New Jersey men of Indonesian descent, Gunawan Liem and Roby Sanger, Jan. 25 as they were bringing their children to school. A third man, Harry Pangemanan, escaped ICE and fled to take sanctuary at the Reformed Church of Highland Park (RCHP) in Middlesex County. All three men have been living in the U.S. for 20 years after fleeing Indonesia’s violent persecution of Christians in the late 1990s. Their children are U.S. citizens.

RCHP, like a growing number of churches across the U.S., is bucking the federal immigration enforcement system in favor of the humanitarian work of providing sanctuary to immigrants facing deportation. The church currently offers sanctuary to two other immigrants, including one who has been living at the church for more than three months. For people who value family bonds, it’s not hard to understand why.

“We had one night when 35 dads were taken in one night from Avenel, New Jersey, from the same apartment complex. I had 60 kids become orphans that night or become fatherless,” RCHP Rev. Seth Kaper-Dale told New York’s PIX11 news outlet.

A Nightmare Come True

While ICE raids like the one at the apartment complex in Avenel, New Jersey recall the fierce cruelty of the World War II Gestapo, they are part and parcel of Trump’s plan to make America “great” again.

Right after his election, Trump pledged to deport 2 to 3 million people, insinuating incorrectly that they’re all “criminals.” But the story of how Trump’s immigration plan has unfolded is very different.

People being threatened with deportation include those with no criminal records, like the New Jersey fathers, and DREAMers, whose parents brought them to the country at a young age. Rescinding the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program protecting DREAMers from deportation is especially heartless given that the DACA recipients registered with the government under the condition that they would be protected.

Immigrants without documentation, who were once allowed to stay at ICE’s discretion, are finding out that the country has taken a hard turn toward xenophobia under Trump. While the immigrants are losing their homes, families, security, and livelihoods, the U.S. also is shedding many contributing members of society, such as New Jersey’s Pangemanan, who recently won a Martin Luther King, Jr. service award for helping to rebuild more than 200 houses after Hurricane Sandy.

(Update: While other fathers (& likely mothers, too) are being deported, a judge issued a temporary restraining order Feb. 2 to delay the deportation in this case. However, the men are still being held at the detention center until their case proceeds.)

Tempting Economic Catastrophe

Many Trump supporters don’t seem to realize that most undocumented immigrants pay taxes but are blocked from receiving benefits from any federal assistance programs. Not only that, but deportation is incredibly expensive in terms of immediate costs and long-term revenue loss.

The American Action Forum, a conservative think-tank, estimated the cost of mass deportation at $400-600 billion, according to a 2015 report. However, that estimate only covers costs to “apprehend, detain, legally process, and transport” immigrants. It doesn’t touch other items on Trump’s wish list such as increasing the number of ICE and Border Patrol officers, building more border wall, or adding more detention facilities.

The long-term economic costs of mass deportation are much greater, to the tune of a $1.6 trillion decline in real GDP over 20 years due to millions of people dropping out of the economy.

What Can You Do

While it’s easy to be outraged by the inhumanity of ripping families apart and shipping contributing members of society back to places where they’re not safe, keep in mind that many people are taking action to protect immigrants and our social fabric.

United We Dream is rallying activists to defend immigrant rights across the nation, including civil disobedience actions in U.S. Senate offices.

Other groups across the nation are holding immigration justice rallies and protests outside detention centers, offering sanctuary to those in danger of deportation, donating to support United We Dream‘s activism, and writing letters in support of those detained.

We must stand united in saying #ImmigrantRightsAreHumanRights




What Is Casual White Supremacy?

16387874_10208267961122235_895910305340602378_nWhat is white supremacy? (some thoughts)
– It’s a hierarchical system all white people benefit from, even if they’re not racist.
– It’s what makes some white people think they are entitled to this land that they stole from Native people and the ancestors of Mexican immigrants.
– It’s what allowed European immigrants and their descendants to amass wealth, property, and higher socio-economic status on the slave labor of Africans and their descendants.
– Being comfortable with white supremacy is what makes some people o.k. with having donald trump as president, o.k. with banning people from African and Muslim countries, and o.k. with tearing brown-skinned immigrant families apart.

– Being accustomed to white supremacy is what causes most people to ignore the high rate of incarceration of African Americans and Hispanics (who together made up approximately 56% of prisoners, but only 32% of the population, in 2015).

– Thinking people of color are more likely to be criminals is white supremacy.

– The anchor of white supremacy and racism is denying there is even a problem.

– White supremacy is linked to imperialism abroad.

Read this passage by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

“Whites, it must frankly be said, are not putting in a similar mass effort to reeducate themselves out of their racial ignorance. It is an aspect of their sense of superiority that the white people of America believe they have so little to learn. The reality of substantial investment to assist Negroes into the twentieth century, adjusting to Negro neighbors and genuine school integration, is still a nightmare for all too many white Americans.”

“These are the deepest causes for contemporary abrasions between the races. Loose and easy language about equality, resonant resolutions about brotherhood fall pleasantly on the ear, but for the Negro there is a credibility gap he cannot overlook. He remembers that with each modest advance the white population promptly raises the argument that the Negro has come far enough. Each step forward accents an ever-present tendency to backlash.” From “Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community” (1967)

UNC’s Shame: Why Silent Sam Must Come Down

21149984_10209890502844764_7980554321820611943_nUNC Chapel Hill tore down the Silent Sam Sit-In yesterday, confiscating all supplies donated to the peaceful student protesters. This is my letter to Chancellor Carol Folt. I hope y’all will write to her, too:, (919) 962-1365, @chancellorFolt on twitter.
Chancellor Folt: When the era of your UNC leadership is retold many years from now, the story won’t focus on your accomplishments – but on how you were among the last of the university’s leaders to condone white supremacy on campus.
Despite a green light from the Governor to remove the “Silent Sam” Confederate monument to white supremacists who treasonously rebelled against their own government to keep African-Americans enslaved for greater economic power for whites, you chose to toe the white-supremacist line and uphold the status quo.
It’s not hard to guess why. I’m quite sure that many white males, and some white females, who give generously to the University pressured you to tear down the signs educating passers-by about our white supremacist culture and chase away the peaceful protesters (whose cause I have no doubt will ultimately prevail).
Instead of having the courage to stand on the right side of history and promote racial healing on campus, you played it “safe.” Who wants to deal with the harsh criticism of being ahead of the times, right?
I do wonder if you even took time to observe the sit-in or absorb the many ways in which they were educating the public about white supremacy and its impacts on the community that you lead. I guarantee you that more pertinent education happened in the last few weeks around that statue than in any other classroom on campus.
Are you even aware that Silent Sam’s dedication ceremony included a speech by Julian Carr boasting about how he “horse-whipped a n**** wench until her skirts hung in shreds” on Franklin St.?
It’s SO easy for white people to deny what the Confederacy stood for, to not rock the boat. But I am TIRED of living in a racist, white supremacist culture – and I’m WHITE.
Imagine how your students of color feel.
I know you aren’t from North Carolina. Did you know that your campus was built by slaves (to whom the Silent Sam statue is an affront)?
Or that shortly after the Civil War the KKK murdered dozens of people and tortured others and then impeached the NC governor when he tried to stop them?
Did you know there are at least eight active KKK chapters in the state, including one in Chapel Hill (as well as neo-Nazi and Neo-Confederate hate groups)?
Why are you supporting their cause?
I’m including some links and pictures of the sit-in for educational purposes.
I look forward to the day that you change your mind and remove that monument to white supremacy from its pedestal. The symbolism is important.
If not, I’m sure a future UNC leader – one with the tenacity to stand up for what is morally right – will take that place in history.
Stacie Borrello
NC resident, voter, activist and supporter of the UNC Silent Sam Sit-In
KKK murders lead to impeachment of NC Governor opposed to their violence:
Silent Sam history, including the “horse-whipping a n**** wench” speech:
Confederate statues erected in Jim Crow era to whitewash history and symbolize the continued oppression of black people:
Lastly, why are we celebrating the Confederate oppressors instead of the black freedom fighters?
#silencesam #smashwhitesupremacy #confederatestatues UNC Students of the Silent Sam Sit-in #BlackLivesMatter
Some of the educational materials on white supremacy and personal stories that were featured at the Silent Sam Sit-In before Chancellor Carol Folt tore it all down to make way for something she deems more important: continued white supremacy and oppression of people of color on campus.

Is the Left to Blame for Violence?

16387874_10208267961122235_895910305340602378_nThe people who are blaming the left’s rhetoric for the Alexandria shooting must have missed the news flashes about:

Trump calling for a second amendment fix for the Hillary problem and inciting violence at rallies,
the Portland slayings,
the murders of Richard Collins III and Srinivas Kuchibhotla and others this year,

the rising number of hate crimes against people of color,
the KKK rallies and the nooses left around D.C. and elsewhere,

the “Pizzagate” and Planned Parenthood shootings,

the representative from Louisiana calling on people to “kill them all, kill them all” in reference to terror suspects (which some people seem to think means Muslims in general),

the knife attack on “liberal” students at Transylvania University,
the shooting at the newspaper office in KY,
the assault of the reporter in MT,
the list goes on…

Nobody’s violence is right. But this troubling culture of violence is not promoted by the left – or by Bernie supporters, for god’s sake! Other than one distasteful stunt by one comedian, I have seen mainly a determined resistance against corruption on the left – not rhetoric condoning violence.

And I see that the political right is unwilling to wake up to the reality of trump’s role and Republicans’ role in creating this very polarized country, divided by alternative facts and fear of other races.

And, still, the so-called chief executive Trump and his cronies continue to whip up hatred and anger toward Democrats, Hillary, Obama and the FBI, all but asking for an attack aimed at one of these “enemies.”

When will this madness end?



Timeline Shows Trump Obstructed Justice

18835776_10209196868424337_7398065196946735442_n (1)When you merge the James Comey & Michael Flynn timelines, two days take on additional significance: Jan. 27 & Feb. 14.

Friday, Jan. 27:
Acting Atty General Sally Yates made her 2nd trip to the White House to push for action on Michael Flynn, based on knowledge Russia had compromised him.

That SAME DAY (1/27):
Trump called Comey and invited him to dinner.
Trump again brought up Comey’s interest in keeping his job, then Trump said:

“I need loyalty, I expect loyalty.”

Monday, Jan. 30:
Acting Atty Gen Yates fired for “disloyalty” (in Trump’s eyes).

Skip ahead to the night of Feb. 13:
Michael Flynn resigns as National Security Adviser for presumably “lying to the VP.” Later we learned more details on Flynn’s suspect behavior, including acting as an unregistered agent for Turkey. We also learned after the fact that the Trump team had been notified about Flynn’s problems and did nothing.

Tuesday, Feb. 14:
The following day, Trump clears the oval office of everyone except Comey and begins by saying:

“I want to talk about Mike Flynn…I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”

Michael Flynn is in legal jeopardy, confirmed by Yates’ and Comey’s testimony, as well as Flynn himself by asking for immunity.

Context shows Trump’s intent was to obstruct justice. When you add the requests Trump made to other intelligence chiefs (that they refuse to confirm or deny) and the clear intimidation of Comey, the obstruction efforts become more clear.

What will you do to #RESIST? Call Congress 202-225-3121.

Comey’s full statement, in case you haven’t read it:…/…/os-jcomey-060817.pdf
#obstructionofjustice #comeytestimony

LOL. No, Donald Trump Is Not Vindicated

18839257_10209196870024377_2330428309143610460_n (1)Vindicate means “to free from allegation or blame.”
Far from being vindicated Trump comes off as an amateurish mob-boss who perturbs, manipulates, and threatens those around him.
Donald Trump lies relentlessly; it’s proven. While we’ve questioned his judgement, life-long civil servant Jim Comey does not lie. Who does it make sense to believe?
What Donald Trump has NOT been vindicated on:
> Whether Trump fired FBI Director Jim Comey to influence the Russia investigation (even Trump said he did).
> Whether Trump obstructed justice (Comey said Mueller would probe that charge).
> Whether the Trump campaign or even Trump himself colluded with Russia (that is part of an ONGOING investigation, per Comey).
> Whether any allegations of blackmail material on Trump in the Steele dossier are true (again, Comey said still part of the open investigation).
> Many of Trump’s false statements were not vindicated either. Comey said he wrote notes and shared them immediately after meetings because he was worried Trump might lie, and that Trump did lie about the reasons for his firing.
LOL. Trump has not been vindicated, although it’s predictable he would claim this.
What Trump has been vindicated on:
> Comey told Trump that he was not under personal investigation (at the time, but Comey didn’t want to announce that publicly because he knew Trump could become a person of interest as the investigation progressed). Comey never denied he told Trump this.
Other conservative talking points that don’t vindicate Trump:
> Comey said the NYT article on Trump campaign contacts with Russians is inaccurate (what’s inaccurate is unknown; we do know Page, Kushner, Flynn, Sessions and others met with Russians last year).
> Loretta Lynch may have acted improperly (guess what, she’s not Atty General anymore, but Comey did say classified material on Jeff Sessions makes his continued involvement in the Russia probe “problematic.”
#ComeyHearing #ComeyTestimony #Russiagate #Trumpgate #ObstructionofJustice

Patriots Defend the First Amendment – Trump Doesn’t

1st-Amendment Turkey has arrested 150 journalists, dismissed more than 150,000 judges, teachers, police and civil servants, and taken into custody nearly 50,000 others the government suspects of supporting a failed coup last year, according to Reuters. Could it happen here?

While America doesn’t seem like the place for this, I believe the verbal and even physical attacks on the press in the last few months are a warning sign. A reporter was arrested for asking Tom Price a question about healthcare; another was assaulted for doing the same with Rep. Greg Gianforte in Montana, and still another pinned against the wall at the FCC for a question.

Reporters’ questions are frequently inconvenient and persistent for those who don’t want to answer them. Should our government be allowed to not answer our questions? Should we just decide to repeal the first amendment to make it easier for the Republicans to get their duplicitous agenda passed? Is that the society you want to live in?

Further, Trump esteems the president of Turkey, even though his bodyguards attacked peaceful protesters on U.S. soil.

Patriots love and defend the First Amendment!

“While Turkish officials say the purges are necessary due to the gravity of the coup attempt which killed 240 people, critics in Turkey and abroad say Erdogan is using the coup as a pretext to muzzle dissent and purge opponents,” wrote Reuters.

Don’t forget, Turkey is also the government that Michael Flynn was working as an agent of during the campaign and transition, but failed to report his status or income from Turkey. Recent reports state the White House knew about Flynn’s status as a foreign agent and did nothing and that Flynn helped delay a military operation, a delay favored by the Turkish government.

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#NotNormal #RESIST #FreedomOfThePress