Records from Immigration and Customs Enforcement show that the number of deportations that occurred during the two months after Trump took office rose by 32 percent as compared to the same time last year, the Washington Post reported. Of the 21,362 immigrants arrested during Operation Cross Check, 5,441 had no criminal record or, at most, traffic level convictions.
The recently-released records do little to alleviate fears that officials would mostly target violent, undocumented criminals.
As the Washington Post reported, a large number of non-criminal immigrants were deported under President Obama, however, Obama put rules in place to limit ICE’s powers during the later part of his presidency. As Jessica M. Vaughan, the director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies, told the Washington Post, “ICE officers are no longer operating under the restraints imposed by the Obama administration. They’re not forced to look the other way when they encounter people who are removable.”
Many experts agree that ICE’s excessive workload has created problems that make it nearly impossible to meet the demands placed on them by Trump’s administration.
After a viral video surfaced of a Mobile gas station employee threatening that “ICE will come” for the Mexican women simply trying to buy chips, community protests have led to the suspension of the employee. That’s not enough for the community members of Naperville, Illinois, who are continuing to protest outside the gas station until the racista is fired.
Speaking Spanish is not a crime in this country, but racists are feeling empowered more and more often to harass brown people for speaking Spanish.
Carolina Buitron and her visiting family from Mexico just wanted to buy some chips.
Buitron told NBC Chicago that they were speaking Spanish when the cashier, self-identified as Joseph Phillip Daniel on his social accounts, assumed they were “illegals” and asked them to leave.
Buitron said that once “he started asking about my cousins, if they were illegal, family or friends, are they adopted,” she took out her cell phone and started recording to Facebook Live.
“I am an American,” Daniel says, pointing to himself.
He asks the woman in the video, “Are you a citizen?” to which she responds, “Yes. What is your problem?” She repeatedly asks him, “What is your problem?” but he responds, “Don’t you know the rules? They need to go back to their country. It’s illegal. You’ll be sorry.”
The group threatens to call the police on him, and he then starts to say “I hate that…” when the woman emotionally responds, “I hate you.”
People in line were either silent or joined in Daniel’s hate speech.
One viewer of the Facebook Live stream noticed that the “white lady didn’t care bcuz she felt wht he felt. b****.” A second video published by another member of the group showed both Daniel and another customer yelling, “You have no rights,” to the women.
“ICE will come. Bye. God bless you. You’re in the wrong country,” he says on their way out.
One woman chuckles and responds, “God bless you, too. God bless you, too.” Another mutters, “stupid,” under her breath as they exit the scene as America’s newest victims of recorded blatant ethnic and racial discrimination.
The video quickly went viral with over 400k views in a single day.
Naperville resident, Juan Garcia, was “so pissed” after watching the video and rallied his community to protest the store that employs the racist. While Mobile’s name is front and center, it’s Bucky’s Convenience Stores that operates the snack shop.
In a statement, Bucky’s commented that Daniel’s language is “not reflective of the core values of Bucky’s Convenience Stores. We are aware of the situation and are managing this personnel issue. We take this matter seriously and strive to ensure that all customers are treated with respect.”
The day after the video went viral, Daniel was suspended pending “investigation.”
Even while justice has not yet been fully served, the fact that Daniel was suspended has @robluft correctly tweeting that there are “higher standards for a gas station attendant than the President.”
Still, Juan Garcia isn’t going to stop organizing protests until Daniel is fired.
The Naperville community has been overwhelmingly supportive of the protests.
@PhoebeP46 responded to the video saying, “As someone who used to live in Naperville, I’m not even surprised. It was honestly just a matter of time until they went viral for someone exposing them.”
While organizer Juan Garcia is being lauded for doing “the Lord’s work,” Daniel turns out to be just a straight up piece of work.
Plot twist: Daniel calls himself a Minister and thinks Nancy Pelosi is a Satanist.
His last post was on July 17, the day he was suspended from his work as a cashier. In the post, Daniel gives us an intense mixture of right-wing politics and a God that sends curses and combats demons. According to Daniel, those of us who call out racists are riddled with demons.
Daniel titled the post, “The Trump curse /Begins taking its effect on the political career of the Satanist, Nancy Pelosi.” He goes on to say, “The speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi defames our President Trump, bringing curses upon herself as the demons inside her lead her to falsely call him a racist on the House floor….”
The Mayor of Naperville has condemned the speech, and residents are apologizing to the women on behalf of all of Illinois.
Mayor Steve Chirico posted to Facebook saying that “hate has no home here in Naperville.”
Chirico is clear as he continues, “Quite frankly, this type of behavior has no place in society at large. Our city prides itself on being open and inclusive to all. Civility towards each other is an important component of being a global citizen, and I urge everyone in our community to showcase the kindness, compassion, and good decorum that our residents are known for and that our world needs more of.”
Meanwhile, a smattering of racists have defended Daniel, but allies are clapping back louder.
One commenter thought the video only showed Daniel telling the women “that illegal people are here illegally” and Latinos are just being dramatic. This is a long-used method to gaslight and oppress minorities.
Politico maintains a record of hate speech and found that the phrase “go back to where you came from” is a very common dog whistle. Telling women that they’ll “be sorry” and “ICE will come” for speaking Spanish is racist. Punto.
See for yourself what pendejada looks like:
You can help offer justice to these women by making sure Mobile and Bucky’s know that a suspension isn’t a satisfactory response to discriminating against customers based off their language. This will not blow over until justice is served. #MakeRacistsAfraidAgain
The president made a show last week of ordering Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids last weekend. None were reported but the continued fearmongering used against the undocumented community for political gain is impacting families across the country. One family in San Francisco admitted to ABC 7 San Francisco that they created an elaborate plan to hide their parents if ICE breaks the law and forces themselves into the home.
The continuous threat of immigration raids has prompted immigrants across the nation to take action and protect themselves.
The president of the United States continues to call for immigration raids nationwide, leaving families and communities an edge. The political war waged from the White House on the immigrant communities is taking a toll on families wishing to live in peace.
In response to the raids ordered last weekend, ABC7 news interviewed a mixed-status family about how they planned to deal with the raids. They admitted that it is something they are constantly concerned about and a year ago they planned a way to avoid having their family ripped apart.
“This weekend was very scary. I don’t want to lose my parents,” a young woman told the reporter while standing next to her mother.
The ABC 7 reporter asked the family if they have a plan and they admitted that they do have a plan. Not only do they know their rights and acknowledge that they do not answer the door if there is a knock they were not expecting. The family has a plan if ICE breaks the law and forces themselves into the home, something we have seen happen to multiple families in the past.
“So, we always say that if we do have people knock at the door, to not answer, to pretend like we’re not even home,” the young woman said. “If there is, like, a forced entry, we also have a hiding spot for our parents.”
It might seem extreme, but immigration advocates are ringing the alarm about just how the ICE agency works.
ICE has been terrorizing immigrant families for years. There have been several examples of immigration authorities breaking down doors to arrest undocumented people despite the laws restricting them from such actions.
The historical comparisons made by politicians and activists is startling for many Americans.
The camps along the southern border of the U.S. have been compared to concentration camps by many Americans. Jewish activists have drawn this comparison as well as calling on the end of such conditions. However, some politicians are fighting to change the semantics around the camps detaining migrants in inhumane conditions. For some, they fear being connected to a party allowing these concentration camps to reemerge in 2019.
Watch the video of a family admitting their desperate plan to stay together.