The news (at least the unbiased outlets) are covering a movement. Cities and campuses across the country are vowing to refuse supply information ir assistance to federal authorities trying to deport the many contributing “illegal” immigrants. Trump is vowing to deport all “illegals” even children who arrived in the country prior to the age of consent and fathers/husbands and mothers/wives who are married to US citizens or have children born as US citizens.
Sadly, the very need for sanctuary implies persecution and injustice in action. I am happy that my state is included in the movement, but I abhor the need for it. Trump is getting ready to reverse as many Obama action promoting human, reproductive, civil and labor rights as he can as quickly as he can.
I only hope that somewhere in the social conscience of this country we understand that old haunting poem from the WWII Holocaust by Martin Niemoller (1892–1984), a prominent Protestant pastor who emerged as an outspoken public foe of Adolf Hitler and spent the last seven years of Nazi rule in concentration camps.
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
Let’s not wait to be targeted individually. We need to prevent the demagogues, misogynists, racists and bigots from dividing us up for the slaughter.