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Show me your papers

Show me your papers

The President of the “United” States, Donito Trumpolini, has empowered hundreds of thousands of racist police to racially profile all non-whites as potential “illegal” humans who are subject to deportation ostensibly for criminal activity. Such activity, believe it or not, might be as simple as jay-walking or spitting on the sidewalk. Technically, the “crime” of entering the US “illegally” is sufficient criminality warranting detention/deportation. Worse, it can be at the discretion of the police that an individual might, in his/her opinion, pose a threat to citizens and/or “National Security”. This amounts to “Stop & Frisk” on steroids nationwide. “Show me your papers.”

Since Donito took office, thousands of immigrants with varying status have requested church sanctuary and/or headed to the “welcome arms” of our Northern neighbour, Canada. Doors are being knocked and kicked in by ICE and Border Patrols are chasing down anyone who looks like he/she may have once picked grapes or strawberries or cleaned a rich man’s house. Mothers and fathers are being separated from their children (and even children are being detained) and either held in unsanitary cages called “detention” centers or deported to the countries from where they escaped in fear for their lives… countries torn apart by US interference in their elections and economies: often supporting the regimes brutalizing these immigrant humans.

In recent days, incidents of ICE agents waiting outside churches and church shelters to grab handfuls of Latinos… and stalking schools in wait of parents dropping off their children only to be pounced upon and shackled to the sound of frightened tears have surfaced. And Donito, while it is actually happening, suggests he is “considering” separating children from their parents as they cross the US Mexican border.

This, on top of Donito’s “Travel Ban” dictates, which target Muslims (and those who look like they might be Muslims), and that have been temporarily shut down by numerous federal judges across the nation, now supposedly rewritten yet essentially the same, are, despite the claimed urgency of “National Security”, a month later, again delayed for at least another week. Apparently not so urgent, these dictates, but no less a hovering threat to hundreds of thousands of immigrant humans and potential immigrant humans.

And if there is any doubt that racism is behind all of this, one need only look at the “White Power” advocates surrounding Donito as advisors. Stephen Bannon of the “alt-right” (White Power) Breitbart hate site and avowed racist, Stephen Miller, recently shown flashing, despite claims by Snopes to the contrary, White Power hand signals (a stretch by Snopes to suggest he was adjusting his suit and the ADL in believing Jews embracing White Power are not accepted by this “movement”). The histories behind these two close advisors to Donito as well as Donito’s own history and recent examples of racism (ranting at a black reporter to schedule a meeting for him with the Congressional Black Caucus as if it were her job to do his bidding and the assumption that all blacks know each other… and his blasting a Jewish questioner for asking a, to Donito, complex question and barking at him to sit down).. let alone comments made during his campaign toward Hispanic/Latino people, Muslims and others as well his total disregard for Native Americans… speak volumes.

Donito Trumpolini, who professes to be the great uniter who will end the divisions of race, color, religion, national origin etc has, in one month in office, done more to enhance existential divisions and, in so doing, create an atmosphere of fear, distrust, hatred and nationwide anxiety.. and panic.

Historical Prejudice and Migration

In the history of the United States, there have been several occasions where individuals and groups of individuals have had to flee either the states or territories in which they lived… and even the US, itself. Many people, having been taught limited perspectives of US history mistakenly believe a famous mechanism for such escape, the Underground Railroad, began with Harriet Tubman. In fact, such a mechanism began shortly after white immigrants “illegally” entered the Turtle Island and declared it’s ancient inhabitants “heathens” subject to slaughter or slavery. Leaders of tribes and the tribes, themselves, were often declared wild animals subject to hunts. Some were so severely persecuted that families sought help from distant tribes as well as empathetic settlers (though there were few) to safely gain passage to lands away from the hunters. Natives from the colonies were forced to move both West and North.

The Underground Railway of Harriet Tubman was a series of passages, deceptions and safe houses used to help fleeing black slaves gain safety in the relatively less racist North where, as opposed to being viewed as animals, they were perceived as partial humans.

The Vietnam travesty of corporate/military imperialism saw a resurrection of the Underground Railroad where were used some of the very same churches, safe houses and passages used by Harriet Tubman and others… this time to aid deserters and conscientious objectors. Further found and created were passages into Canada … some once used as prohibition era back roads and trails for the smuggling of illegal alcohol.

Most every ethnic peoples having, over the history of the US, entered this land as an immigrant, legally or not, has had to use some form of escape from the hatred of others… most often created through the manipulations of politicians and wars. Each group would wind up in segregated areas such as The Acre in Lowell, Ma., where Jack Kerouac was raised, or the Five Points in Manhattan, to name just two. Persecuted in the lands from where they came or forced by economic hardships and wars, millions of immigrant humans entered the US with a promise and a belief that circumstances would be better. The US was not, and never has been, the land of milk and honey. It was, and remains, the land of avarice and bitter unwarranted hate toward the “other”. From the settlement centers such as the 2 above, further escape eventually became necessary as jobs became scarce due to recessions… and one ethnic population grew larger than the others or newer ethnic migrant groups arrived. This lead to a false perception of a homogeneous population and culture as the various groups thinned out into other towns and states. Propagandists have called this the Great American Melting Pot. This “thinning”, in reality, merely spread the prejudices and resulting turmoil to other towns and states.

As example, having supplanted the Irish, French Canadians became dominant in The Acre… and with the immigration of Greek families moving into The Acre, eventually diminishing job prospects in the factories there, French Canadians moved to New Hampshire… and as newer groups of immigrant labour moved to The Acre, Greek families moved across state lines in their search and found that factories were again dominated by French Canadian workers and so the process of supplanting the French Canadians began anew.. creating fear, dissension and hate.

But then came the “niggers” (Southern Blacks, Jamaicans, Haitians, Dominicans) and the “spics” (Puerto Ricans, Mexicans, Central & South Americans)… and the “gooks” (Cambodians, Laotians,Hmong and Vietnamese). All who had been fairly recent arrivals to the settlement areas and were slowly infiltrating white suburbia and inner cities. History repeats. Ignorance repeats. Hate repeats.

As Northern labour markets decided cheaper labour was needed, Central and South American immigrant humans were sought out and moved to the region. Viewed as hapless beasts of burden, the factories and farms took great advantage. An area of lush orchards, Jamaicans were also sought (taller than the Hispanic/Latinos). What was once the mainly South Western Bracero under a limited agricultural worker exchange program became a blind eye undocumented factory worker program in the North and North East.

By the late 80’s and early 90’s, Central and South Americans were a common work force in these regions… then the factories closed one by one and the farms and orchards failed. Only a few survived. The migrant humans took whatever jobs they could possibly find and many fell prey to the drug dealers and cartels… many of whom were ruthless Colombian cartel soldiers and Salvadorians with long established gang affiliations.

Gangs and Criminality

There were always gangs. Whether it was the French Canadian migrant, the Irish, the Lithuanian, Greek, Jew, Vietnamese or whomever, there were always gangs. Criminality afforded a perception of survival and protection. Such offerings and acquaintances were, and likely always will be, easier and more common to experience than one might believe. It comes as no surprise that many who left Central and South America were hoping to escape gangs as well as rogue governments only to find more and different gangs (as well as those they ran from) and only slightly less repressive government.

Human nature is to survive. The dream is to thrive. Gangs offered the desolate an opportunity to make money where little existed… and very little exists in the inner city enclaves where the no longer needed nor wanted are pushed to hide and be hidden. Too, they offered the hospital, jail or the grave. The police and government, not surprisingly similar to the gangs, offer the same.

America has now been fed the perception, bolstered by a racist president, that these gangs represent the immigrant… that the immigrant brings the crimes of these gangs across the border and threaten the lives of everyone (meaning every white one). And those who are not in gangs are, there being no longer an existing Bracero Program and so few factory jobs, a threat to the labour force in America.

Snake Oil, Jobs and Immigration

The Great Divider, Donito Trumpolini, believes he can muster enough factory jobs by blackmailing companies who, rather than import labour, set up factories to the South and to lesser developed countries across the globe. Automation guarantees the opposite. More jobs have, in the last few decades, been lost to automation as opposed to immigration. Yet, even with the historically low southern migration of the last 8 years (due in part to the 2008 recession, Obama’s silent mass deportations and the growth of jobs in the South), Donito has stirred up a hornets nest of fear and anxiety… along with hatred about the possibly 11 million migrants still living here… many far too old or too young to throw a gang sign if ever they knew one.

Based on the images bandied about in the media and the constant imbecilic refrains from Donito, one might think the majority of those currently migrating to the US or overstaying their visas are primarily Mexican. Big mistake. It may surprise that one of the largest groups of “illegals” who have overstayed their visas in recent years are Canadians. From the Southern border, the makeup of immigration is from Central and South America as well as sub-Saharan Africa. While over half of all undocumented humans in the US currently are believed to be Mexican, they have been steadily returning South on their own due to increased opportunity there as opposed to here. Those remaining here do so mostly as a result of having children born here. Most have now been here for 20 years or more. Despite Donito’s “clarification” of deportable humans being those, undocumented, for less than 2 years, the media is finding no shortage of cases where mothers and/or fathers, here for decades, are shackled and deported.

The Result of Negative Policy

In the past eight months, the Underground Railroad has reopened for business… and some unscrupulous individuals are viewing it as a business as they charge anywhere from $50 to $500 per head to take undocumented humans, and those with expired visas or possibly past or present criminal charges, to the Canadian border and, in some cases, across.

There are numerous locations along a still porous north and northwest border used to attempt avoiding the unnecessary hassle of US Border Patrol trying to enforce apprehension/deportation prior to families attempting the 3rd Safe Country Passage Protocol at major US-Canadian Border centers. People make the mistake of going to monitored US-Canadian crossings in the belief this program will protect them. They will still be subject to US Border controls and given the royal run around. If, by some chance, anyone in the party has an unpaid parking ticket, are on some list, or appear, to the agent, a threat they are likely to be held for deportation and not allowed to continue on to Canada. Should they make it through to Canada, they will be subject to the Canadian Border Customs policies… although they will likely be allowed to apply for refugee status.

People brought to the porous border, know, or should know, that if not first apprehended by local police, ICE or US Border Patrol, they will be arrested immediately in Canada. The US Border Patrol, when asked, give a standard political response that US and Canada Customs work closely together to insure all crossings are conducted legally. News reports show Canadian Mounties assisting illegal crossers with luggage and children at various foot path areas. No attempts are made to turn them away with orders to enter only at official crossings. Humanity and civility do exist.

No agency, on either side of the border, can give accurate numbers of those crossing illegally but estimates range in the thousands from the West Coast to the East. Prior, it was a trickle. For a time, it was more likely that Mounties would be greeting Central and South Americans, however, with the advent of the Trumpolini Executive Order, increased numbers of people from the notorious 7 banned states have been noted. The Canadian side does not record data on origins at the border. Services inside Canada will have a better grasp on this.

From various sources, very little intrusion exists once arrested. Phone dumping is rarely reported. Papers are examined, Criminal records searches are made. Charges are brought for illegal entry and a court date is set. Depending on case loads, this can take 2 weeks to 2 months. In the interim, immigrant people are assisted in filing for refuge status and housing/shelter is found. Other services such as health are also provided. No detention cages and children remain with their parents. Refuge status can be a very lengthy process when done from outside Canada… as long as five years. Once inside Canada, it is a relatively short process to obtain determination of status. Some, such as Syrians and Eritreans can get immediate status with exceptionally few being turned down.

Fear and Choices

A fearful refugee family has to make a choice. Stay in the US and likely be scooped up at some near point by either police, ICE or Border patrol, try to exist in sanctuary for indeterminable amounts of time with little to no ability to sustain themselves, risk passage to, and likely failure at, an official border crossing, spend high dollars amounts per head in an attempt to be smuggled through an official border crossing or port, spend high dollar amounts per head to be transported to a known Mountie patrolled/manned foot path, risk doing so on foot, risk passage to unmanned territory where they can then try to cross and assimilate much as they have in the US. This latter choice presents extreme health risks such as loss of digits and limbs, even life, to harsh weather conditions.

Under the Canadian system of services, it is likely, having chosen the last option, they will eventually wind up detained. Canada is pretty forgiving so they may still be able to apply for refugee status but there are no guarantees. Once detained, however, they become eligible for health and housing services which, while now becoming stretched due to the ever increasing numbers of people crossing the border, remain available.

Guidance and Actions

It is essential that travelers attempt to locate responsible and respectable assistance to make safe journeys from where ever they may be. One who might accept cash for gas but no more. Many sanctuaries can help to locate such individuals.

Preparation is needed and based largely on the choice families/individuals make as to how they will attempt refuge. Special concerns regarding the needs of children, weather, communication are important. Sanctuary helpers are rapidly becoming savvy to such needs and can be most helpful in preparing for refuge seeking.

Every day, more people join the sanctuary movement. And despite any oddball claims coming from the mouth of, or administration of, Donito Trumpolini… Canada has indicated no intentions to limit the number of refuge seekers crossing the border regardless of the route they may take to do so.

Still, more people need to come forward. The US, and the world, has at least 4 years of the madness from Donito Trumpolini and his White Power government (Unless he somehow strangles himself in his own stage rigging). That means more families needing help, more compassionate and savvy assistants… and lots of common sense.

Get friends and family to support sanctuaries, organize and attend town meetings and Representative Town Hall Meetings and speaking engagements. Go to Trump campaign rallies.. Yes.. he will continue to do these rallies. They boost his sagging ego. Confront and question. Demonstrate. Run as independents against both Democrats and Republicans in every open Congressional and Senatorial Race. 2018 will come quickly… so get going. Let everyone know that the only way to stop Trumpolini is to stop the Republican advantage. Democrats are a bunch of corrupt, useless idiots who only know one game. Stop the game. Stand up! Be independent of the corporate parties. Be clear on why you are independent.

Trumpolini investigated the possibility of unleashing 100,000 National Guard troops to carry out his sadistic immigration policies. The realities of that plan caused him to retreat. He still threatens withholding of funds from sanctuary states and cities. These entities can either buckle under or sue and/or threaten right back with notice that all supports will no longer be afforded to federal agencies and representatives. Think of what it might look like if a town or state suddenly refused protection for one of Trumpolini’s campaign rallies or Federal agency requests for data or support in investigations. NYC, on the East Coast and Several cities on the West Coast are likely to be a first test as their mayors have refused to allow the city’s police to act as immigration officers. Governors have also begun announcing their refusals. (Sadly, NYC’s, DiBlasio’s twisted thinking still supports the Broken Windows policing that criminalizes immigrant humans making them more susceptible to detention and deportation).

Last Thoughts

No government is perfect. Man is an imperfect being… something not likely to ever change. However, man has the capacity to grow.. to further civilization… to advance. History shows us that dark periods arise… and do so under our own neglect to support advancement… usually when someone emerges to exploit the basest fears and ignorance of man… the deeply rooted prejudices of centuries man has failed to extricate from his heart and mind. Donito Trumpolini is just such an historical character. Quoting, with a fondness, the words of Benito Mussolini, Donito stands in stark comparison. Larger than life obfuscators of political perceptions and abusers of the fragility felt by the masses …with the goal of imposing their delusional wills and being loved and respected for so doing. It is notable that Trumpolini, like Mussolini, appears happiest when surrounded by obedient minions… but more so when embraced by large crowds echoing his oddness. Il Duce was killed along with his minions and had a very large crowd present as his brutalized body was hung upside down from a metal girder above a service station. The crowds that once supported him, gathered to cheer his demise. Not wishing upon him a similar fate, still pondering, how large will be the crowd that ushers in, and cheers, whatever fate has in store for Il Douche.

Egypt And Tunisia Are Offered BIG Carrots Under The Shadow Of BIG Sticks By The Ingratiating BIG 8

{Reprint from May, 2011.  Look at the economies of Tunisia and Egypt today. ‘Nuff said…}

 

Egypt And Tunisia Are Offered BIG Carrots Under The Shadow Of BIG Sticks By The Ingratiating BIG 8

M. Dennis Paul, Ph.D. Salem-News.com

New York Times writer, Liz Alderman reports, May 27, 2011, that the leaders of the Group of 8 have agreed to pledge large sums of capital to “bolster Arab Democracy”. These leaders, she writes, expressed concern that the democracy movement in the Arab world could be “hijacked” by Islamic “radicals” should the Group not act to help stabilize the economies of both Egypt and Tunisia. She was unable to report a final sum, however, mentioned that it was inferred as much as $20 billion, and possibly double that (according to Host, President Nicholas Sarkozy of France) amount, might find its way to these nations. It was not specified how much each country would offer, how the sums would be determined and disbursed between the nations and precisely what restrictions might be placed upon the use of these funds. Wisely, Liz reported an oft overlooked fact that the Group has, in the past, made pledges that were never fulfilled. (See the article at http://ie.p1.sl.pt ).

As is most typical in the rhetoric of the BIG 8, such offerings are made with the intentions of fostering employment where numbers are dramatically high for out of work youth and displaced older workers. Further, the suggestion of market creation falls under sadly ill-defined references to “Open Markets”. “Equal Opportunity” is all tossed into the soup, especially now in Muslim nations where the perception is that women are the ultimate underclass.

Besides the 8 represented nations (United States, Japan, Canada, Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Russia), funds would be derived from infusions offered by the World Bank, IMF, and the European Investment Bank. Often packaged in such deals are deferments or forgiveness for previously existing and/or defaulted upon loans from these same organizations. There is reason behind such “gestures” as will be explained further on.

In comparison to the actual economies of these countries, the amounts being dangled before them are relatively small. Natural concerns for nations undergoing regime changes, whether to some form of democracy or another “family operation”, are losses having already accrued or are projected through any perceived transition period. Often trade will take dramatic nosedives sufficient to force factory and bank closings, strikes will occur, tourist industries will take sizable hits and various forms of shortages in food and other commodities as well as inflation, foreclosure and bankruptcies will occur. Both Tunisia and Egypt are presently feeling most all the effects mentioned.

Instability, which is a natural beginning of any takeover and transition, are high priority concerns for investors which makes it difficult for newly emerging governments to acquire needed loans. Keenly aware, the BIG 8 and its economic partners, the IMF, et al, act fairly swiftly in preparing a shining carrot to offer the needy nations. Such seemingly tasty carrots, however, seldom, if ever, come without an equally distasteful stick threatening disbursement and use of any funds, if any at all, that might make its way to the nations.

Obviously, there are very legitimate concerns that any lending institution would consider in making a loan. In the case of nations undergoing the instability of transitions such as that faced by these two nations, obvious concerns of knowing who would be responsible for insuring the funds are properly administered in any reconstruction plans, what institutions, credit and loan banks, investment funds, etc would be used to insure proper administration of loans and investments, etc. It is certainly legit to be concerned about misuse or misappropriation. It is doubtful that Egypt will see sufficient funds returned from the thefts by Mubarak and his cronies. The same applies to Tunisia. They will need economic assistance to help them overcome the serious monetary crisis that is looming. This is in spite of their having had some noticeable improvement prior to the revolution. Once the books are open, it is highly likely that far greater thefts will be uncovered and, of greater concern, is the withholding of payments due to the Mubarak government by other nations, some being withheld as “incentive” to accept whatever packages the G8 etc will offer.

The other side of what at first glance appear to be humanitarian gestures, however, is the unpublicized restrictions and caveats applied to these funds. Anyone who has followed the workings of the IMF, the World Bank, the G8 and others in their business of providing funds to impoverished nations is well aware of the devastation often caused by those funds and the restrictions placed upon them.

It is important to understand, right out of the box, that accepting these loans will immediately place both Tunisia and Egypt under long term economic strategies that they would have little time, let alone expertise, to assess for practicability and risks inherent in such strategies. So little time, in fact, would be available that the interim governments would be locking their nations into these contracts long before the first elections, set to establish the structure of these nations, have taken place. This is an ideal situation for the G8 and friends because it sets the tone for these nations of a future once again under the economic thumbs of the elite.

Israel and the US, in particular, fear independent nations in the Middle East/Africa. Signs of pushing back against the despot duo have already begun with the opening of Rafah. In many ways, Egypt is far more important, strategically, as an ally to the US than is Israel. In fact, according to military sources, Israel is of little actual strategical benefit to US interests. Israel desperately needs Egypt to be placed on a tight leash in order to secure its stranglehold on the Palestinian people. Insecure in its ability to truly be a good friend to any nation, the US relies heavily on economic strangleholds to “keep its friends in line”.

So, the US, through the G8 must act swiftly to insure that no matter what form of government arises in the two nations, and no matter who emerges as leaders, the US will have the economic clout to force upon them whatever treaties, bargains, and trade agreements it sees fit. The imperative nature of this need mandates the deferment and forgiveness of prior loans. The package it offers to these two nations must be unencumbered of negotiation for past debts and must appear as soundly humanitarian as is possible. It is, after all, a carrot that must appear enticing. Too, in the case of Egypt, as it stands right now, the negotiations for these loans and initial channels would be the same bunch of elites that were selected and courted by Mubarak… a BIG plus for the G8 et al.

As we have seen in Africa, Haiti and other severely depressed areas of the world, in those instances where G8 and Co. actually delivers upon its promises, life generally either stays the same or becomes more intolerable. The governments typically become more despotic, and the elite, who actually depend upon joblessness and poverty to increase their already enormous wealth, become just that much richer in the pocket… certainly not in the heart.

As always, the losers are the people… unless they carry their revolution through with the belief that each new day is a new step in the process and that there is no end to the process. It takes an enormous amount of courage and collective insight to refuse the improper advances of the whore nations and their pimp banks. History shows the US and its colonialist partners are notorious for buying out and undermining legitimate revolutions.

For Egypt and Tunisia, it is important that while they act to avoid being “hijacked” by Islamic “radicals”, they also act to avoid being “hijacked” by the US, the G8 and the BIG BANKS.

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Addendum:

History shows that the G8 and its cronies do not particularly like working directly with legitimate democracies. It is far easier to work with military dictatorships and royals who are more apt to make unilateral decisions with little down time wasted on parliamentary votes or Congressional approvals. Egypt is in a prime position, from the eyes of the G8 vultures as it has very recently disposed of a “royal” and was left in the interim hands of a military government.

It is a very sad situation to report that this government has succumbed to the baiting of the big banks and the G8. In its first move, the military agreed to accept the Muslim Brotherhood as a legitimate party. This sets up the stage for future elections with a high win potential as many in the Middle East have long been fed a perception of the brotherhood as a “radical” organization undesirable to the tyrant regimes of the region… The truth is something quite different. The video that follows this article explains this difference quite clearly. It also reiterates historical precedents of the IMF et al.

Secondly, the military leaders of Egypt agreed to accept an initial 3 billion dollar loan from IMF. These two conditions, now having been set in motion, effectively have doomed the Egyptian revolution and once again establishes a western noose around the necks of the Egyptian people. With more funding being offered, it is unlikely this situation will be easily reversed. A big question is whether or not Tunisia will soon follow.

Is this situation as hopeless as it may seem from this writing? This is difficult to answer. What options are left for the people of Egypt will depend entirely on the willingness of the revolution’s full weight to educate itself about the Brotherhood and the IMF et al loans and set about locating strong opposition for the coming elections. If, and only if, they can find a strong enough candidate and bring the population behind him/her, can they overcome this terrible selling out of all their previous effort.

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