Tag Archives: Immigration

“We Are Not Neutral”, @Time Person of the Year on Israel. What IS Germany, Then? #politics

Is anyone surprised that many Germans welcome Muslim refugees in cheering crowds?

After all this is a country with a history of trying to eradicate Jews off the face of Europe, if not Asia with a minor in Africa.

 

With anti-semitism on the rise in Europe, and heavily researched by the EU, one has to wonder how much of a leader Time person of the year, Angela Merkel really is.

Is she keeping a lid on anti semitism while enforcing austerity in Greece (many Muslims now land in Greece by the way) or encouraging it as Muslims travel deeping into Europe, with many choosing Germany?

Citing the refugee and Greek economic crises, along with the Paris terror attacks, Ms Gibbs said: “Each time Merkel stepped in. Germany would bail Greece out, on her strict terms. It would welcome refugees as casualties of radical Islamist savagery, not carriers of it.

 

Is this just another way to express historical anti-semitism?

Angela Merkel herself doesn’t assume a strong leadership position here,

“We are not neutral”

 

It’s unclear what Germany actually is.

I am not suggesting that all Germans are anti semitic, nor that all Muslim refugees are potential terrorists.

What I am suggesting is that a country with a very, very strong history of anti-semitism is objectively experiencing rising anti-semitism and Angela Merkel needs to remember her history when dealing with current events.

After all, the extreme right wing of Germany is Angela Merkel’s party.

And the wingnuts in America are expressing some of the same ideas and are a threat to the security of us all.

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Innocent Until Proven Guilty By A Jury Of Your Peers. @BlackAndBlondeM

Interactions yesterday with a Washington DC based political media hack who offered to do work for Donald Trump, @BlackandBlondM, reminded me of some basic precepts of the American system of justice.

In this country you are presumed innocent.

That is a basic jury instruction in most jurisdictions and we are taught that guilt must be established beyond a reasonable doubt in a jury before our peers.

If there is any doubt, the person is to be found not guilty.

I don’t call people criminals before they receive a trial.

This account is intimidating women, and acting in a most egregious manner in intimidating people who might be voters on Twitter.

I inquired of the account as to any necessary disclosures without response.

I have also enquired of Twitter as to their policy.

Immigration and “Sanctuary Cities”

I suppose that the concept of “Sanctuary Cities” must be confusing to some people that don’t live in the United States.

How could a city in the United States simply refuse to enforce Federal immigration law?

The answer to that is our government isn’t set up as a top down, strong central goverment authority.

We have a confusing tangle of laws that are Federal, State and Local laws with checks and balances in place to ensure that all stake holders rights are protected and the constitutionality of the law confirmed if challenged.

The Federal Government has sued Arizona to stop Arizona from enforcing Federal immigration law. I believe it’s disingeuous to not allow local and state authorities to enforce the law, then require they follow procedures the state and local governments otherwise find unconstitutional.

Thus, we have San Francisco passing an ordinance that requires that the Federal government, IE ICE, follow due process when seeking transfer of a prisoner in San Francisco’s custody into Federal immigration custody.

Essentially San Francisco requires a court order before they will hold a prisoner to Federal immigration authories.

This is actually in my opinion the constitutional way to proceed. I assure you that you would hate it if you completed your sentence, then some other jurisdiction, be it ICE or otherwise simply asked that you be held longer even when you have completed your sentence.

Although ICE says that these “holds” are short term, we all know that they can turn into indefinite holds when court proceedings lag, or issues arise as to where to actually deport someone. Many Cuban refugees are in that state now, indefinitely held, without sentence or a place to send them to.

This to me is an entirely horrible situation that could have been avoided had ICE simply followed due process, sought an order, and taken custody of the illegal immigrant.

In the absence of such an order, I believe indefinite holds to be unconstitutional, whether the person is a citizen, or not.

I also believe that if people want laws enforced that sufficient resources should be put towards enforcing that law. ICE requesting local jurisidictions to hold immigrants is simply a cost shifting method to save on legal and court costs, and shifts some burden to the locals to pay to jail the people.

It’s a messed up situation all around, but I believe conservative lawmakers who won’t pay for laws they want enforced have some responsibility here.