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Trump Delivers "A Deportation Force on Steroids"

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In response to a question about Antisemitism, President Trump summarized his answer with one of his typical non sequitur closings: "...you're going to see a whole lotta love."

What we are getting from Trump is not even remotely related to love. What we are receiving from the result of the disastrous 2016 election, is the huge package of hate Trump promised in his campaign, and now implements as president.

Trump deports undocumented immigrants because he now has the job his White Nationalist supporters helped him win.

The Congress, and Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, set up and oiled the mechanism for deportation under the direction of the "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), an American federal law enforcement agency under the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS)." (Wikipedia).

In a Democracy Now interview posted by Amy Goodman Wednesday, the nation Trump rules, now has an ICE force that implements the hatred he generated in his campaign, a campaign that began, we must never forget, with Trump's Big Lie about Barack Obama's birth place.

The ICE is intended to carefully identify undocumented immigrants for deportation.

Under President Trump, the ICE is riding on a Trump-instigated wave of hatred to conduct "a deportation force on steroids."

That superb summary statement came in the Goodman interview from Cesar Vargas, who is co-director of DREAM Action Coalition. He is New York state's first openly undocumented attorney. Responding to Goodman, Vargas said:

"We are seeing now a deportation force on steroids, because the fact is that the deportation force was created back, you know, with George Bush, but also strengthened with President Obama, who deported more people than any president in American history. So, Donald Trump has really taken the keys of this deportation machine, and refueling it and really aggressively pursuing and targeting every immigrant."

Congress and Presidents Bush and Obama, handed a loaded pistol of free-wheeling deportations to future presidents.

Vargas continued:

"When he talks about 'Not all. We're just going to go after the bad ones, after the rapists, the criminals,' well, he's not targeting just those violent criminals, but he's targeting potentially parents, hard-working children, students and veterans, and he claims to be a supporter of, champion of veterans.

"He is now about to deport veterans and the families of these veterans. So we are seeing Donald Trump taking the keys of an aggressive deportation machine, that President Obama created, and taking it over 100 miles per hour."

Goodman also interviewed Margo Schlanger, professor of law at the University of Michigan Law School, who served in the Obama administration as head of civil rights and civil liberties at the Department of Homeland Security.

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