Joplin Globe Letter to the Editor by: SWMO Democrats Member Michael Banks
Appeared in The Joplin Globe on February 26, 2017
One of the more chilling statements President Donald Trump made during his (Feb. 16) press conference was that he had signed an executive order directing state and local police to participate with federal immigration authorities in the identification and detention of undocumented immigrants in our country.
It seems alarmingly analogous to an action in 1942 when the French national government ordered Paris police to round up Jews. In two days, they succeeded in seizing 13,152 Jews in and around Paris, including more than 4,000 children. The victims were eventually transported in cattle cars to death camps. None of the children survived. Only 100 others survived.
It was the French police, not the Nazi occupiers who rounded them up. The police and the victims were largely unaware of what was going to happen; they simply followed orders.
Even though extermination is not the objective in the present roundup, the unintentional consequence of Trump’s order will surely be the radicalization of a large population within our country, the kind that feeds homegrown terrorism.