Seven-year-old girl killed by Trump’s xenophobia


Jakelin Amei Rosmery Caal Maquin, RIPBy Patrick Martin in the USA:

The death of Jackeline Caal: A seven-year-old victim of Trump’s war on immigrants

15 December 2018

Seven-year-old Jackeline Caal died in the custody of the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) last week, the agency admitted Thursday. The child’s death was a direct consequence of the savage repression of immigrants by the Trump administration, which has intensified to the point where such deaths cannot be considered accidents. They are the inevitable and deliberate result of policies chosen to maximize the suffering and privation for refugees seeking asylum in the United States.

Caal and her father were part of a group of more than 160 Guatemalan immigrants who crossed the US-Mexico border on the night of December 6, seeking sanctuary from rampant violence and oppression in their home country. They turned themselves in to immigration officials at the port-of-entry in Antelope Wells, New Mexico.

Caal’s father Nery told the CBP that she was ill and vomiting, but there were no medical personnel at the location. The detained immigrants were packed into two buses and taken on a 90-minute drive north, ending at a CBP facility in Lordsburg, New Mexico.

Once in Lordsburg, according to the DHS, agents separated Caal from her father on the pretext that he did not have documents proving they were related. This is part of the deliberately cruel regime maintained along the border, aimed at intimidating refugees with the threat that their children will be taken away from them and never returned.

After the separation, Caal began having seizures. Local EMT personnel were called and had to revive the child twice when she stopped breathing. They found she had a fever of 105.7 degrees. They had her airlifted to a hospital in El Paso, Texas, about 160 miles away. There she was treated for severe dehydration and lack of food but died in the intensive care unit less than 24 hours later. Her father Nery had been driven to the hospital and was there when she died.

The chain of circumstances here is damning. The refugees were compelled to make the dangerous trek through the Sonora desert because the US government refuses to allow them to apply for asylum at well-traveled border crossings, deliberately stalling their processing for weeks, even months.

The CBP facility at Antelope Wells had no medical personnel and was completely unsuited to receiving refugees in family groups. At a congressional hearing Tuesday, CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan testified that the stations were built many years ago to handle border crossers who were unaccompanied men of working age, usually in good physical condition.

In November, however, 25,000 immigrants crossed the US-Mexico border as family groups, he said, including 5,200 children without a guardian. “Our infrastructure is incompatible with this reality”, McAleenan admitted. “Our border patrol stations and ports of entry were built to mostly handle male single adults in custody. Not families or children.”

Once the CBP took the Guatemalan group into custody, they first ignored the father’s concern for his young daughter, then deliberately separated him from her, claiming he lacked proof of parenthood. It was only when the girl stopped breathing that emergency services were called. But it proved to be too late. It is not clear whether the CBP provided either water or food to the refugees after they turned themselves in.

When the news of this horrific death was first reported Thursday night, the Trump administration immediately went into damage control, blaming the family of the child. Appearing on Trump’s favorite program, Fox & Friends, on Friday morning, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen declared, “This family chose to cross illegally.”

She continued, “What happened here was they were about 90 miles away from where we could process them. They were in such a large crowd that it took our Border Patrol folks a couple of times to get them all.” The DHS secretary concluded by making use of the tragedy to deter future border crossings. “I cannot stress,” she said, “how dangerous this journey is when migrants choose to come here illegally.”

The White House took the same tack, even more crudely. “Does the administration take responsibility for a parent taking a child on a trek through Mexico to get to this country? No”, Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley said Friday morning, also on Fox News.

Neither the DHS secretary nor the White House addressed the undisputed fact that Jackeline Caal died, not in the desert, but in the custody of the DHS.

The CBP and DHS initially refused to release the name of the young victim, describing her only as a “juvenile detainee” in the statement announcing her death. It was only the foreign ministry of Guatemala that supplied the name of the girl and her 29-year-old father, adding that they were from Raxruha, in the Alta Verapaz department of northern Guatemala.

The father is a native speaker of a Mayan Indian language. He has limited fluency in Spanish as a second language, and no English. He was interrogated in Spanish by Border Patrol agents and filled out a health questionnaire in English at their direction.

Moreover, as secretary of state, [Hillary] Clinton was directly responsible for the US-backed military coup in Honduras in 2009, which was a turning point in the upsurge of mass repression and violence that is the driving force for the large-scale northward migration from that country.

The ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, Jerrold Nadler, wrote on twitter that DHS Secretary Nielsen was to appear before the committee next week, “and we will be demanding immediate answers to this tragedy.” Nadler appeared on several television interview programs Sunday in which he raised the prospect of impeaching Trump over campaign finance violations or the Russia investigation, and said nothing at all about the administration’s persecution of immigrants.

The most emotional statement from a Democrat came from Representative Lucille Roybal-Allard of California, who will head the Appropriations subcommittee for Homeland Security in January. She tweeted that she was “horrified, heartbroken, and infuriated” and declared, “This is yet another example of how the Trump Administration puts NO value on the lives and dignity of our immigrant brothers and sisters.”

Also Friday, the US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that they arrested more undocumented immigrants during the fiscal year that ended September 30, 2018, than in any year since 2014. The total was 158,851 people, an 11 percent increase over 2017. ICE arrests of immigrants with no criminal history jumped by nearly one third, to 20,464. “Criminal history” can be as little as a drunk driving arrest or minor drug possession, or a reentry to the United States after being deported once.

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Nazis in Dutch armed forces


This 15 July 2017 video from Britain is called Chris Garrett: British neo-Nazi Ukraine Fighter: Untouched by UK Authorities.

Not only neo-nazis in the German armed forces, in the United States armed forces, in the British armed forces, in the Ukrainian armed forces, in the Czech armed forces, in the Australian armed forces, in the Belgian armed forces, in the Greek armed forces

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Reports of Nazi statements investigated by the Ministry of Defense

The Ministry of Defense is investigating scandals in the armed forces. State Secretary Visser writes to the Lower House that reports have been made about inadmissible behaviour at training institutes and in yet another armed forces section.

According to Visser, the commander of the Dutch Defense Academy (NLDA), including the army and navy schools, received signals that within a small group hurtful and abusive visual material is shared.

These were said to be racist and pornographic images and references to Nazi Germany. There are also behaviors that may be against a safe living and working environment. In another, unspecified, armed forces section, there are inadmissible statements about Nazi Germany.

Daily De Telegraaf recently reported that a trainee soldier was moderating a WhatsApp group in which Hitler, the Nazis and the [Dutch 1930s-1940s nazi party] NSB were glorified.

American conservative Ann Coulter’s anti-Semitism


From Jewish daily Forward in the USA, 12 December 2018:

Arch-conservative pundit Ann Coulter is fingering Jews as a key part of a liberal “hate white men” coalition that she claims runs the Democratic Party.

The right-wing talking head posited that Jews and other Democratic voting blocs like LGBT people and black women actually despise one another — but unite around an implicit shared hatred for white men.

“I mean, you have the Muslims and the Jews and the various exotic sexual groups and the black church ladies with the college queers. The only thing that keeps the Democratic base together is for them to keeping focusing on, ‘No, white men are the ones keeping you down. You must hate white men.’” she said on Laura Ingraham’s show [on Rupert Murdoch‘s Fox News]. “It’s the one thing they have in common.” …

Coulter herself frequently complains about Jews and holds white-nationalist views.

Anti Black Canadian police violence in Toronto


This 11 December 2018 video from Ontario in Canada is called Toronto Police 20 Times More Likely To Shoot And Kill A Black Person Than A White Person.

By Ceren Sagir in Britain:

Thursday, December 13, 2018

BLACK people are disproportionately subjected to the use of physical force by the police, an analysis of Home Office figures have found.

Between April 2017 and March this year, a total of 313,00 incidents of use of force during restraints was recorded in England and Wales.

The Inquest charity found that black people were on the receiving end in 12 per cent of these incidents, although they represent only 3.3 per cent of the population.

Franco dictatorship in Spain, new film


This 6 December 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

“The Silence of Others”: New Film Warns Against Spain’s Fascist History Repeating Itself

A far-right, anti-immigrant, anti-abortion political party in Spain has made gains in regional elections, prompting protests in the streets.

Members of Spain’s younger generation are too young to remember the brutal 40-year military dictatorship under General Francisco Franco. But a remarkable new documentary titled “The Silence of Others”, or “El Silencio de Otros”, hopes to remind Spaniards of the country’s fascist past, lest history repeat itself. The film follows several survivors of the Franco regime in their pursuit of justice. We speak with Spanish filmmaker Almudena Carracedo, who, along with Robert Bahar, wrote, produced and directed “The Silence of Others.”

German government neglects nazi threat


This 19 August 2017 video says about itself:

Hundreds of neo-Nazis have rallied in Berlin to mark the 30th anniversary of the death of Nazi war criminal Rudolf Hess.

Far-right activists gather every year to commemorate the suicide of Hitler‘s one-time deputy, but the gathering has drawn more attention after last weekend’s far-right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia that led to the death of a young woman.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Thursday, December 6, 2018

German government admits over 460 neonazis with active arrest warrants have not been prosecuted

AT least 467 German neonazis remain free to conduct acts of violence and stir up racial tensions despite having active arrest warrants, the government has admitted.

The figures were revealed in response to questions from the opposition Die Linke party which is concerned over the rise of far-right violence across Germany.

More than 100 of the neonazis are wanted for committing a violent crime with authorities warning that further crimes could take place following far-right rallies or music concerts. Around 32 are believed to have fled the country.

Germany has a history of failing to deal with far-right activity. In the most notorious case members of the National Socialist Underground (NSU) group evaded arrest for decades, despite an arrest warrant being issued by a Saxony court in 1998.

Between 2000 and 2007, they murdered nine immigrants and a police officer, robbed numerous banks and carried out three bombings.

Die Linke MP Ulla Jelpke said: “The security authorities need to think of something to capture these fugitive nazis more quickly.

“The figures are an alarming sign that the nazi scene remains violent and criminal.”

Dutch Islamophobic far-right terrorist convicted


Far-right terrorist Vincent T. in the dock

Translated from Dutch NOS TV today:

Three years cell for Vincent T. for his plans to murder Muslims and left-wing people

The Gelderland [ex soldier and ex election candidate for a xenophobic party] terrorist suspect Vincent T. has been sentenced to three years in prison. He was found guilty of preparing murder with terrorist intent, reports Omroep Gelderland regional broadcasting organisation. Against him three years and four months had been demanded by the public prosecutor.

The 44-year-old man from Doornenburg was arrested in the spring and was since then in the extra security prison in Vught. Two gas guns and 1800 bullets were found in the house where he lived with his parents. He had tried to buy a gun that was suitable for the bullets.

Offing left-wing leaders

In chat conversations he indicated that he wanted to murder Muslims and also, eg, … [Surinamese Dutch anti-racist member of Amsterdam local council] Sylvana Simons. He would like to “off prominent left-wingers“.

He also had a leading role in the Facebook group ATB Special Forces, with which he wanted to set up an anti-Muslim militia. In addition, he searched on the Internet for instructions to make a bomb and to hire a contract murderer.

Macaques

According to the court, the accused has passed the phase of “keyboard terrorism”. He had told a member of the Facebook group that he wanted to hang or shoot dead anti-fascists and talked about “shooting macaques”.

Macaques are some species of monkeys. Racists, like in Belgium and in the right wing of the United States Republican party, use the word as an insult against Africans and other non-white people.

“If people are threatened precisely because of their convictions and must fear violence specifically directed against them, then the suspect will also cause serious fears to the population or parts of them”, is stated in the verdict.

Psychological and psychiatric research shows that T. has a poorly developed conscience and a personality disorder. He tends to pretend to be more important than he is. “He is in denial about his structural social failure and he covers it up with accusations towards foreigners.”