Recently, I noted this the Customs and Border Patrol:
We’ll get back to this, but we’re also seeing a rise in detention by Customs and Border Patrol (‘CBP’). One recent case was the detention by U.S. Customs of U.S Olympian and native-born citizen Ibtihaj Muhammad. That’s before you get to the recent raids, where legal residents are also being detained. The problem here is that most people most of the time don’t carry proof of legal residence with them–in fact, as best as I can tell, only half of U.S. citizens have a passport* and
we all know birth certificates can falsified by KENYOMARXISTMUSLIMANIANS AMIRITE?Seriously, no one carries their birth certificate around with them. So most people, if stopped, would have no immediate way to prove their residency (and, no drivers’ licenses in most states wouldn’t cut it), so they could be detained. This is an excellent way to harass people as well.
Well, ICE seems to want to get in on the action too (boldface mine):
Twenty-three-year-old Daniel Ramirez Medina was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents last week for being in the Seattle apartment of his father, whom agents were targeting for arrest. While apprehending his father, authorities also detained Ramirez, who was born in Mexico and came to the U.S. when he was seven. But it seems they ran into a little problem: He’s here legally under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) program and also has no criminal record. Oops!
That’s when ICE agents appear to have totally fabricated Ramirez’s gang affiliation so they could justify arresting him in what his attorney calls “one of the most serious examples of governmental misconduct” he’s ever seen. (Also, if true, easily one of the most embarrassing examples. Look at that document above—it looks like a two-year-old experimenting with an eraser got ahold of Ramirez’s statement.)
…According to the brief filed by Ramirez’s lawyers, he originally wrote: “I came in and the officers said I have gang affiliation with gangs so I wear an orange uniform. I do not have a criminal history and I’m not affiliated with any gangs.” But ICE agents allegedly eliminated the first phrase so the statement instead begins: “I have gang affiliation with gangs so I wear an orange uniform…”
If you believe these tactics will not be used against legal residents and citizens, you are suffering from a lack of imagination.
I’m old enough to remember when “papers, please” was not considered to be a state of freedom–or a free state.