Sunday, July 08, 2018

The Democrat Hypocrisy

 Trump’s “zero-tolerance” stance on immigration which breaks up families is rightfully condemned yet the Democratic Party appears to be given a free pass on their policies.

Bill Clinton’s Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 helped pave the way for ICE.  Clinton went about expanding Border Patrol, criminalizing various low-level immigration violations and enlarging the deportation machine.

In 2014, Hillary Clinton said that children who cross the border should be “sent back,” and stated that, “We have to send a clear message, just because your child gets across the border, that doesn’t mean the child gets to stay,” the former secretary of state said. “So, we don’t want to send a message that is contrary to our laws or will encourage more children to make that dangerous journey.” 

In 2014, the Obama administration housed more than 7,000 children at bases in Oklahoma, Texas, and California for months. NBC Nightly News pointed out just as much saying, “It will not be the first time the US government has erected tent cities to house immigrants. US Customs and Border Protection used tents to house an influx of immigrants in 2014 and at the end of the Obama administration.”

The Washington Post noted that “The shelter site, at the Tornillo-Marcelino Serna port of entry, is about 20 miles east of El Paso along the Mexico border. It was last used in 2016 to house migrant children and families in large, dormitory-style canvas tents.”

Obama always made sure to emphasize his record-level deportation apparatus was focusing on “criminals,” as if criminals should have fewer rights by default; Trump entered the White House echoing this idea.

After the 9/11 attacks the Democratic Party largely went along with virtually everything the Republicans were incentivizing in the name of nationalist fervor. Under the guise of patriotism, the Democrats enabled wars, policies, and attitudes that have become some of the most atrocious events seen in our lifetimes.

Taken from here
https://truthout.org/articles/how-liberal-partisan-politics-strengthen-the-right-wing/

1 comment:

Tim Hart said...

This puts things in perspective and provides an antidote to all that lazy Trump bashing. What choice did the US Electorate have in 2016? Either a warmongering corporatist megalomaniac racist xenophobe man, or a warmongering corporatist racist xenophobe woman. That's gender equality for you!