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Amid Growing Calls to Abolish ICE, Sanders Calls for Abolishing America's Entire 'Cruel, Dysfunctional Immigration System'


Amid Growing Calls to Abolish ICE, Sanders Calls for Abolishing America's Entire 'Cruel, Dysfunctional Immigration System'

Jake Johnson, staff writer

Highlighting the fact that America's inhumane treatment of immigrants reaches far beyond the despicable behavior of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)—an agency that a growing number of citizens and lawmakers have said they want to abolish—Sen.


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"Bernie calls for abolishing our entire immigration system, which is honestly way further to the left than solely abolishing ICE," Max Rivlin-Nadler, immigration and criminal justice reporter for The Appeal, argued in response to Sanders’ statement. “Which, I know, is not what people who say ‘abolish ICE’ only want—they too want to change our entire immigration system. Just saying that this possibly encompasses an even broader and more transformative change, albeit under a less catchy chant.”

Within the human mind and compassion, NOTHING that Bernie is saying is so difficult to fathom.

Rivlin-Nadler should take a lot at how far to the extremist-fascist right the government has been moved in the last 55-70 years.


ICE and DHS fail the Constitution test:

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence ( yes the founders spelled it as defence and not defense)
promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty, to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Slavery and putting Japanese citizens into prison camps , and discriminating against Muslims, and taking over women’s healthcare and giving corporations human rights, and ignoring George Washington’s advice to beware of “entangling alliances.” Yes we are awfully entangled, aren’t we.
I want Congress people to take that Constitution test every year, and if they don’t know the answers--------they lose their seats, and someone who knows the nations purpose takes over. : )


Man, I’m with you 100%.
Absolutely no government agencies or spending that aren’t explicitly defined in the Constitution.
No Department of Education.
No Department of HUD.
No Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security or National Endowment for the Arts.
No wars except as declared by Congress by recorded public vote.

That would be a good start.


The very idea of passports came into being in 1913. That’s one hundred and five years ago. Please correct me if I am wrong on this.

People are fleeing chaos caused by militaristic US capitalism as well as the addiction as a cash cow market. Most refugees would prefer to stay home. Please correct me if I am wrong on this.


It’s not just the INS and ICE that are cruel and inhumane it’s our entire justice system, the police and the military that are heartless ruthless and cruel. Even from the start English settlers have shown much inhumanity to the natives, later to the pacific islanders, Porto Rican’s, native Hawaiians. Of course we have an indisputable recorded facts about our military’s barbaric practices since ww2. North Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan and the list goes on
However I am happy to share that as of late I have been noticing the beginning of the tyrant ruling class’s centuries of cruelness and inhumanity back firing on them. Maybe the revolution has begun?


Victoria Ochoa has written an exceptional description in today’s WP, of life in a border town. She is a Harry S. Truman scholar from the Rio Grande Valley and an incoming J.D. candidate at the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Key point, the only people having trouble are external to the area or they are so driven to interdict that it shows like an obsession not logic.
Think Arpaio.

When you can spend $800M on troops and buildups but veto $800K for fresh water sources for the townspeople, you are messed up.

And allowing ICE a 75 mile wide strip along the borders to terrorize AMERICAN CITIZENS because they are Hispanic, well that is UNCONSTITUTIONAL

Once a person has gone thru Customs AT THE BORDER CROSSING these Goons have no business checking AMERICAN’s papers.

We are CITIZENS and We Don’t have to show ICE JackShit


With the call to address abusive institutions, the arguments of Ralph Nader are VERY salient. In an interview around publication of his 2014 book, Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State, he contributes arguments that counter the poisitioning manipulations by media.

A full library of Nader’s work and interviews might very well be one of the most valuable resources for progressive history with a track record of coherence across the spectrum.

The above conversation, like many going back a number of years, is fresh and salient for what is not excluded from the spectrum of coherence as is being hammered by the current administration…


They should live and act on it always not just memorise the articles like a parot


Here are a few words from what Conservatives refer to as, “The Good Book.”
New Living Translation
“You must not mistreat or oppress foreigners in any way. Remember, you yourselves were once foreigners in the land of Egypt.” - Exodus 22:21


Before you do that, try ending the WOD.

No more WOD, no more cartels, no more immigration, no more ICE.


Perhaps there is something to the Aquarian Age dawning? Either way, may a sweeping tide wash over those who resist the necessary change!


Let’s abolish them all. People can dispense their own justice. Not gonna be pretty, but hey, why not?


So then where would you get your internet service? I assume you use roads. Do you enjoy eating food that does not poison you?

Do you use oil at all? How about electricity? Would you like even more pollution in your water supply?

Would you enjoy seeing elderly people dying of famine all around you?

The libertarian notion of no government is a childish simplistic idea that if only people would stop telling you what to do, you could have everything you always wanted.

It’s too bad libertarians don’t support the one idea of freedom that could possibly do some good. Stop reproducing, get spayed and neutered, wear a condom.


I enjoy all the above. What’s your point?

The Socialist notion that any reduction of government would result in some kind of Mad Max Somalia is a childish stupid idea.
Government is like the grass in the park. A certain amount constantly cut back is vastly better than a mud hole but when allowed to run wild, it become a brambly, snake infested danger to our children.

I’ll never understand the desperate desire for a totalitarian State by most people on this site.
I suppose it’s the desperate desire for some sort of idealized perpetual adolescence wherein Daddy pays for everything and handles all the problems without enforcing bed times.


We need to abolish this entire Dictatorship Regime first!


Nice analogy.


The article states that DHS created ICE. Let’s stop DHS as well.


Good thinking Dear.

Just curious but do you have a limit on arrivals? Another 2 Million? 5 Million? 40 Million? 100 Million?

Because once you tell the world all you have to do is get to our border, they’re going to come by the millions.


A delightful letter to the editor in today’s Minneapolis Star Tribune.
I’m sure you agree completely.