On Monday, the Department of Homeland Security released it first Weekly Declined Detainer Outcome Report. The report’s publication is required under President Trump’s executive order, “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,” and includes a list of undocumented immigrants in sanctuary cities (cities that welcome undocumented immigrants), who have committed crimes.
According to CNN, today’s report included a list of 206 “detainers” whose crimes include “domestic violence, driving under the influence, forgery, assault, drugs, traffic offenses and homicide.”
Speaking of sanctuary cities and the now-required reports, Acting Immigration and Customers Enforcement (ICE) Director Thomas Homan said in a press release today:
‘When law enforcement agencies fail to honor immigration detainers and release serious criminal offenders, it undermines ICE’s ability to protect the public safety and carry out its mission. Our goal is to build cooperative, respectful relationships with our law enforcement partners. We will continue collaborating with them to help ensure that illegal aliens who may pose a threat to our communities are not released onto the streets to potentially harm individuals living within our communities.’
Naturally, plenty of people are frustrated by the Trump administration’s order for ICE to crack down on sanctuary cities. The fact that the Department of Homeland Security is also publishing a weekly list of convicted undocumented immigrants — a list that includes their crime and their country of origin — is particularly troubling.
President Trump’s racist anti-immigrant positions have drawn comparisons to Adolph Hitler before, and those comparisons have resurfaced with the release of this first report. In an article published on Monday, Resistance Report’s Nathan Wellman said that the report is “quite literally straight out of Hitler’s playbook.” Wellman explains:
‘The Nazi newspaper Der Sturmer ran a regular segment titled the “Letter Box,” which regularly published accounts of Jewish crimes. The segment was launched by Hitler’s operatives after the majority of Germans did not participate in a boycott of Jewish businesses in April 1933 as a way to inflame anti-Semitic sentiment.’
Comparisons to Nazi Germany have also been made in response to the creation of the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement office (VOICE) by DHS earlier this month.
The purpose of VOICE, according to Trump, is to provide “a voice to those who have been ignored by our media and silenced by special interests.”
After Trump announced the program, California State University professor Richard Weikart reminded the world of an article from a Nazi periodical that was titled “The Criminal Jew.” This article, a photo from which can be seen below, featured images of Jewish people accompanied by lists of crimes they had committed.
— Joshua ? (@Joshua__Nash) March 1, 2017
‘In 1943, a Nazi directive to the German press declared, “Jews are criminal by disposition. The Jews are not a nation like other nations but bearers of hereditary criminality.”‘
As Wellman stated in his article, “It has become something of a cliche in contemporary politics to compare an unpopular figure to the practices of Nazi Germany.” Some might argue that the comparisons of Trump to Hitler are coming from just a few people who are overreacting; however, the evidence glaringly indicates otherwise.
Read the DHS report that has rightfully reignited the Trump/Hitler comparisons here.
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