At a rally against the deportation of immigration rights activist Ravi Ragbir, Rep Yvette Clarke, a Democrat from Brooklyn, told a crowd of roughly 50 people in Manhattan’s Federal Plaza, that Donald Trump’s policies regarding immigration and working families are akin to Nazism.
“We’re standing in front of a building that has become the headquarters for the Gestapo of the United States of America.”
Clarke’s speech was made last Saturday at a rally which is home to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters on behalf of Ragbir, 53, a native of Trinidad who was deported in 2006 after he had served a prison sentence for wire fraud and conspiracy.
“We will not sit quietly as the administration attacks hardworking people who contribute positively to this country,” Clarke added.
This comes after Eddie Vale, an immigration activist, called the new proposal by President Donald Trump plan to give 1.8 million illegal immigrants a path to citizenship a “legislative burning cross.”
The criticism of Trump’s proposal also gained the ire of right-wing activists such as Anne Coulter who refrained from using Klan and Nazi imagery though she added that the president was “selling out his base.”
The offer by Trump to recognize the status of illegal immigrants also asks for $25 billion in monies to fund a border wall and an end to chain migration; the process by which immigrants in the US can bring relatives to the country subsequent to their arrival.
Former White House aide Dr. Sebastian Gorka called Clarke’s comments “an outrage.” On FOX News, Gorka called on Clarke’s constituents who hail from Brooklyn neighborhoods Gerritsen Beach and Midwood to recall her for her inflammatory comments.
Gorka said Clarke’s comments were “an insult to all the GIs, our grandfathers, our fathers who fathers who fought the Nazis of World War II,” Gorka said.
Comparing the Trump administration’s immigration practices to those of an authoritarian regime, a federal judge in Manhattan on Monday ordered the immediate release of a detained immigrant rights activist, according to a report in the Washington Post. U.S. District Judge Katherine B. Forrest said it was unconstitutional and cruel for authorities to “pluck him out of his life without a moment’s notice.”
Forrest ruled that immigration officials violated Ravi Ragbir’s due process rights when they abruptly detained him during a Jan. 11 check-in. Ragbir, a Trinidad and Tobago native who was facing a final deportation order, should have been allowed “the freedom to say goodbye” and to organize his affairs before being taken into custody, the judge said.
“It ought not to be — and it has never before been — that those who have lived without incident in this country for years are subjected to treatment we associate with regimes we revile as unjust, regimes where those who have long lived in a country may be taken without notice from streets, home, and work. And sent away,” said Forrest, who read her seven-page opinion aloud in court.
By: Andrew Schiff
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