Normal, healthy people can all agree that you don’t torture children to punish adults. You don’t rip children from their parents to serve as a deterrent or warning to others. Yet Trump followers aren’t normal. Last year, government officials and random followers told Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo to just shut up and follow orders:
Chief Acevedo told them all to go F— themselves.
We have 600,000+ immigrants in this city and ensuring they trust their police department is critical to our mission of keeping our city safe. Messages like yours must be what the German Police were told leading up to the Holocaust. Not this chief, not this Nation, not his time!
— Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) June 17, 2018
Now the Trump administration has ordered deportation against an 11-year-old girl from El Salvador who sought asylum with her family due to death threats from MS-13. The gang has been systematically killing her family members over a relative witnessing a murder and testifying against them in court.
The little girl has made all 10 of her appointments with ICE, yet a clerical error that occurred during Trump’s government shutdown didn’t have her scheduled for an appointment that she showed up for. She was told to go home, but then was given a letter saying she never showed up—and would be deported back to El Salvador alone. You would think this would be an easy fix for the Executive Office for Immigration Review—but no. As of today, she’s still due for deportation.
MS-13 is waiting for her.
No one in DHS seems to care. I haven’t heard a peep of protest from Texas mega-church pastors of the “religious right”. Senator Ted Cruz sure as hell doesn’t seem to care, even though the Chief reminded him that his family fled communist Cuba. Most importantly, Trump doesn’t care.
Chief Acevedo had a few choice words for those who keep lecturing him about the importance of “following orders”.
Once again, he told the Trump administration to go F—themselves.
Yep. The Nazi’s enforced their laws as well. You don’t separate children from their families! Ever! You’d have to kill me to take my child from me simply because I was trying to get them to a better place for a better tomorrow. I am glad to be on the right side of history.
— Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) April 12, 2019
To resist the worst atrocities of our dark era, we need more people willing to stand up against blatant cruelty and tyranny.
When this sad, sick chapter of our nation’s story ends, history will remember those who enabled and those who made excuses. But it will also remember those who spoke out, and those who resisted.
History will look kindly on good men like Chief Art Acevedo.