Immigration raids are a lawless misuse of power

Friday, August 9, 2019

Dear Editor,

As I sit here seeing images of children separated from their parents, some of them American citizens, as ICE committed their most recent raid, I have to wonder why not one single person who hires undocumented immigrants was arrested even though that practice is AGAINST THE LAW?

It is also against the law as determined by our courts to separate these children from their families. Besides the 2000+ children WHO ARE COMPLETELY INNOCENT who were separated from their parents and families in an unbelievably irresponsible process where now, many of these children will probably never be reunited with their parents because of sloppy or non-existent record keeping, another 900 children have been taken from their parents since the court ruling by completely lawless misuse of power.

And now we have another disgusting raid which left children wandering around in parking lots looking for their parents. What kind of country treats children like this? This is deliberate cruelty. I urge everyone with a conscience to call your senators and representatives demanding that these illegal and ugly acts be stopped immediately.


Pat Holder

Wauneta, Neb.

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  • Most people that knowingly break the law and are arrested are separated from their children! Why should illegal immigrants receive better treatment than anyone else?

    -- Posted by kevin manley on Fri, Aug 9, 2019, at 6:59 PM
  • Thank you for taking the time to comment. You are correct that most people who knowingly break the law and are arrested are separated from their children. The difference is that social agencies step in to make sure that these innocent children are not left uncared for wandering around in public places experiencing severe emotional trauma that could easily permanently scar them, which is what happened in the ICE raid. These are children who have done nothing wrong and who deserve to be protected by responsible, moral adults. The people who are getting the best treatment are the employers who break the law by hiring undocumented workers but get rewarded by not being arrested, fined,or jailed. It is always wrong to show deference when enforcing laws, especially when that deference favors people in powerful positions.

    -- Posted by respect2 on Fri, Aug 9, 2019, at 9:31 PM
  • Furthermore, Trump, who is leading the racist attack on immigrants, has consistently and continually broken the law by hiring undocumented immigrants. This hypocrisy makes absolutely no sense at all. Cesar Milan notes that humans are the only species who will follow an unstable pack leader. That is especially relevant nowadays.

    -- Posted by respect2 on Fri, Aug 9, 2019, at 10:27 PM
  • Loving parents never do things that jeopardize their children. Ever.

    That being said, Pat, are you still watching TV news loops of children being shoved into cages during the obama administration?

    -- Posted by Hugh Jassle on Sun, Aug 11, 2019, at 8:58 PM
  • They broke the law, pure and simple. They weren't concerned about their children, it is not our responsibility to take care of them. If the treatment was so superior to ours then go back to where you came from. There is a legal way to get here even though not all will be accepted.

    -- Posted by salamat on Mon, Aug 12, 2019, at 4:40 PM
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