Homeland Security Is Out Of Control; These Four Cases Are The Proof (Video)

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has gone way beyond the bounds of human decency. Problems have existed in immigration enforcement from the beginning, but the new orders from Donald Trump seem to have given agents permission to go wild.

While the inhumane, and probably unconstitutional, detentions that are taking place around the country are shameful enough, four recent cases highlight the insanity of DHS actions.

Muhammed Ali, Jr. 

The son and namesake of iconic boxer Muhammed Ali traveled to Jamaica with his mother, Khalilah Camacho-Ali — the lightweight champion’s second wife — for a Black History month event. Upon their return to the U.S., they were detained by immigration officers at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood international airport.

The incident occurred on February 7th. Trump signed the initial order, banning Muslim immigrants from admittance to the country, on January 27th. Ali and his mother are frequent international travelers.

While Camacho-Ali was released after she produced a picture of herself and her former husband, her son was detained and questioned for two hours. According to his attorney — who confirmed the incident — he was repeatedly asked:

Where did you get your name from? Are you a Muslim?

Where did he get his name from? What don’t these imbeciles understand about the word Junior? Where did they think a black American, born in Philadelphia, carrying a passport with that information in it, would have gotten his name? For that matter, how would they even have an inkling that Ali was a Muslim unless they knew exactly who he and his famous father were?

Oh, yeah… their names. They were detained because their names sound Arabic, according to attorney Chirs Mancini, who also said:

Imagine walking into an airport and being asked about your religion. This is classic customs profiling.

Religious profiling. Racial profiling. Or just plain racism. It’s all there in spite of Ali having proof in hand that he is American, born and bred. Trump gave Homeland Security the excuse to make Muhammed Ali, Jr. its victim.

Khaled Khateeb

Khaled Khateeb is a Syrian cinematographer who has been nominated for an Academy Award. He was to arrive in California on Saturday. The Oscars are on Sunday night.

Khateeb isn’t going to make it. He was detained by Turkish authorities before he could depart on his flight out of Istanbul.

The filmmaker was issued a visa to enter the U.S. However, he ‘suddenly’ needed a special waiver from the  American government. According to internal US government correspondence that was reportedly viewed by the Associated Press, no such waiver was going to be issued.

What did Homeland Security have to say? Just:

A valid travel document is required for travel to the United States.

That’s all. And, just like that, a talented young filmmaker — someone who took the substantial risk of documenting the brutal civil war in Syria in the film ‘The White Helmets’ — will be denied his moment of recognition.

Mem Fox

Did that name take you by surprise? Not exactly Arabic, is it?

Mem Fox is a 70-year-old Australian author of popular children’s books. She was on her way to a conference in Milwaukee when she was pulled aside by border agents at a Los Angeles airport. Fox has traveled to the U.S. 116 times without incident. This time, she was ‘aggressively’ interrogated for two hours in front of a room full of people.

Fox described the experience this way:

I have never in my life been spoken to with such insolence, treated with such disdain, with so many insults and with so much gratuitous impoliteness.

I felt like I had been physically assaulted which is why, when I got to my hotel room, I completely collapsed and sobbed like a baby, and I’m 70 years old.

Why? Who knows? Maybe simply because they could.

The author says it’s unlikely that she’ll ever return to the United States. Her take on the incident is that border agents have been ‘turbo-charged’ by Donald Trump.

Sara Beltran-Hernandez

The most heartbreaking case is of a 26-year-old mother of two who was awaiting emergency brain surgery. The young woman from El Salvador was forcibly removed from a Fort Worth, Texas hospital by Homeland Security agents. She was bound hand-and-foot, removed in a wheelchair, and put in a detention center.

Beltran-Hernandez sought asylum in this country because of gang threats and violence by a domestic partner. Her petition was denied and she was fighting deportation when agents removed her last week from the care she desperately needs.

Lawyer Chris Hamilton tried to get access to the woman on Wednesday, but was threatened by the detention center with arrest for trespassing. Hamilton said:

It is heartbreaking and inhumane. This is unacceptable under our Constitution, and unacceptable from a standpoint of basic human rights. This woman is critically ill and in severe pain.

But ‘inhumane’ is apparently the new norm for America at this point. It’s certainly who a ‘turbo-charged’ Homeland Security is, as well as who Donald Trump is.

As councilman Rory Lancman of Queens, New York — who fights for immigrant rights — put it:

The most pernicious thing is that immigration enforcement authorities are filtering through government at every level seeing who they can scoop up. If immigration agents are in our schools, our healthcare system, our courts, lives will be lost.

American, Syrian, Australian, Salvadoran. No one is safe from the madness.

Watch the trailer for ‘White Helmets’ here:

Feature photo composite, ‘White Helmets’ screenshot from trailer, Muhammed Ali from the Dutch National Archives via Wikimedia Commons, Mem Fox by Anggara Mahendra via Wikimedia Commons, Patient in Wheelchair from PublicDomainPictures.net.

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Deborah Montesano

Deborah Montesano is a longtime political activist and blogger. She learned to fight against impossible odds by living for years in Arizona, but recently relocated to the more progressive-friendly city of Portland, Oregon. Find her on Facebook at facebook.com/thepoliticali/ or on Twitter @thepoliticali_1.

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