For John, BLUF: Threatening ICE Agents has become a Progressive parlor trick, but it is not very becoming. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Here is the sub-headline:
From Fox News, by Reporter Alex Pappas, 30 August 2018.
Here is the tweet from Arizona Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), yesterday:
If you are a US government official and you are deporting Americans be warned. When the worm turns you will not be safe because you were just following orders. You do not have to take part in illegal acts ordered by this President's administration.Well, yes, the Nurenberg Trials established that "just following orders" is no defense.
On the other hand, if you are a legislator you are implicated in the wrongdoing, especially if you have been there over two or more Administrations.
The other thing is, the reasonable man, The man on the Clapham omnibus. What would he or she think if given a warrant to serve? What would a juror think?
There is also the fact, as reported in the Fox news story, that this is a practice going back a couple of Administrations:
In a statement to Fox News on Thursday, a State Department spokesman blasted the Washington Post report, saying passport denials in these cases have actually declined under this administration. Both the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations reportedly denied passports to people delivered by midwives in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley, though the practice was hindered by a court challenge years ago.I think Representative Gallego is just trying to stir up trouble to stir up votes in November.
“The facts don’t back up the Washington Post’s reporting. This is an irresponsible attempt to create division and stoke fear among American citizens while attempting to inflame tensions over immigration,” said Heather Nauert, a State Department spokeswoman. “Under the Trump Administration, domestic passport denials for so called ‘midwife cases’ are at a 6-year low. The reporting is a political cheap shot.”
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff