Gatekeeping, Goal Posts, and Human Rights

If you do not find the human rights argument enough to argue against calling people animals, even if they are gang members, here’s another way: ICE has been claiming the people it brings in are MS-13 members because that’s the easiest way to get someone held without bail. It is clear that in many cases they are making up the association, and some judges have begun to call them out on it. 

It doesn’t matter if the president was talking about MS-13 when he called immigrants “animals” (it’s not entirely clear to me, after reading the transcript, why people arguing that he wasn’t painting with a broad brush) or that the White House is releasing statements calling MS-13 animals. Federal agencies, under the direction of the administration, are treating MS-13 and undocumented immigrants as synonymous in order to increase the sense of threat while giving themselves the excuse to treat human beings with impunity. 

So there you go. Human rights should have been enough, but if that’s not enough, the rest really should be.