ICE and Cruelty

April 15, 2019

Wet, windy and chilly this Monday evening on California’s north coast — supposedly sunshine forecast for tomorrow and then dry for the next week or so.
On the shoreline, and the road to nowhere, only time will tell…

Indeed we’re in an episode of the new Twilight Zone — complete lunacy, freak-show idiocy of the T-Rump’s advise on battling the Notre Dame fire: ‘“…Perhaps flying water tankers…”
Worse still than just being a mean-spirited, vengeful moron, one end-result to the unmitigated horror of the T-Rump — the spiteful, racist-cruelty of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
Jose Gonzalez Carranza, 30, was arrested in Phoenix, Ariz., last week by ICE assholes and way-quickly deported. Carranza was married to a U.S. soldier killed in Afghanistan and they have 12-year-old daughter.
Ugly details at The Arizona Republic this afternoon:

Reached by phone, Gonzalez said he has been living in a shelter for deported migrants in Nogales, Mexico, a city he doesn’t know, and is worried about his daughter.
“I feel so bad,” Gonzalez said.
“I’m thinking about, I might never see her again.”
Gonzalez was married to Army Pfc. Barbara Vieyra, who was killed on Sept. 18, 2010, while serving in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan.
She was 22.
Vieyra was mortally wounded when insurgents attacked her unit using an improvised explosive device and rocket propelled grenade fire in Kunar Province, Afghanistan, the Pentagon said at the time.
Her unit had been sent to Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

After his wife was killed in Afghanistan, Gonzalez was granted what is known as parole in place, which allows immigrants in the country illegally to remain in the U.S. without the threat of deportation, Hernandez said. (Ezequiel Hernandez, a Phoenix attorney)
An immigration judge then terminated deportation proceedings against Gonzalez based on the parole in place, Hernandez said.
However, ICE refiled the case in 2018, Hernandez said.
A judge ordered Gonzalez deported in December 2018 after Hernandez didn’t show up for his court hearing, Hernandez said.
But the reason Gonzalez didn’t show up is because he never received the notice, Hernandez said.
He said ICE sent it to the wrong address.
Gonzalez didn’t find out a judge had ordered him deported until ICE officers came to his house last Monday and took him into custody, Hernandez said.
Hernandez said he filed a motion to reopen Gonzalez’s deportation case.
The motion triggered an automatic stay of removal, but ICE deported him anyway, Hernandez said.

Maybe the country can decently recover if the T-Rump is removed in the next 18-months-to-two-years, but if he’s re-elected, we’re fully-blown fucked…

Even so, good journalism recognized today within the T-Rump era:

Multiple newspapers on Monday were awarded Pulitzer Prizes for their investigations into President Trump.
Reporters at The New York Times won the Pulitzer for explanatory reporting for their investigation into Trump’s finances, which revealed that Trump and his family allegedly engaged in tax dodging.

The Wall Street Journal also won a Pulitzer for national reporting after reporting that, prior to the 2016 presidential election,
Trump allegedly directed secret hush money payments to women alleging they had affairs with him years ago.

Other newspapers awarded Pulitzers on Monday were the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, which won in the breaking news category for its coverage of the shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue, and the South Florida Sun Sentinel, which was awarded the Pulitzer for public service for its coverage of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla.

See the full list here.

(Illustration: MC Escher’s engraving, ‘Old Oliver Tree,’ found here.

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