It’s what happened to Jews in Germany in 1938 when their passports were declared invalid. That is what is beginning to happen here, now, to Hispanic citizens along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Oh, is it bad to compare the GOP to Nazis? Well, if members of the GOP do not like being compared to Nazis, they should consider not behaving exactly like Nazis.
Hispanic U.S. citizens, some of whom were in the U.S. military, are not being allowed to renew their passports. This is reportedly happening to “hundreds, even thousands” of Latinos, according to a report in the Washington Post. They’re getting letters from the State Department saying it does not believe they are citizens. The government claims their citizenships are fraudulent. “I’ve had probably 20 people who have been sent to the detention center—U.S. citizens,” Jaime Diez, an attorney in Brownsville, told The Washington Post.
The Washington Post also reports on ICE officials coming to citizens’ homes and taking their passports away. This is an escalation from a few months ago, when Americans were detained by ICE officials just for speaking Spanish to one another.
The administration is currently launching an effort to take citizenship from people who they suspect of fraud in obtaining it. Fraud in these cases is exceedingly rare. The last time the government tried to strip people of their citizenship was, according to Columbia Professor Mae Ngai, during The Red Scare of the 1950s. As Ngai remarks, McCarthyism is not typically remembered as a good period in American history.
There is good reason to believe that this could portend still worse things to come for the U.S. Hispanic population, unless people begin to speak out loudly, and fast.
First, they came for the Hispanics and I did nothing.
Then they came for (fill in the blanks) and I did nothing.
Then, when they came for me, there was no one to do nothing.
SILENCE IS COMPLICITY.
IT WILL HAUNT NOT ONLY YOU BUT YOUR CHILDRENS CHILDREN.
DONT BE SILENT. PASS THIS AROUND. Let everyone know it’s happening!
Reblogging, for what that’s worth (I’m old enough to know better than to confuse rebloggin something on Tumblr with activism).
But I don’t know what to do. I’m honestly terrified myself, never mind an extremely introverted person dealing with a nasty bout of anxiety right now. I’ll vote, sure, as I always do, but I’m just scared.
If this is what you can do, then it is what you must do.
Everyone has their strengths. Everyone has their weaknesses.
If your strength is ensuring the information gets out there, then that’s what you do. Street-level activism isn’t for everyone — some of us write policy, some of us lobby, some of us are archivists and others are historians and some of us just show up with anger and two hands and a sign.
It’s no more, and no less; it’s just your best.
But if you’re scared, be scared. And then get pissed that someone could make you feel that fear.
Don’t stay afraid; get angry, and then get to work!