When I became a Permanent Resident within the United States (commonly called a 'Green Card'), among the multitude of paperwork I had to fill out form I-485 which asks a ton of questions about your home country, your parents, your kids, your spouse, your job, and then about your past actions. Most of them start with "Have you EVER" then go on to ask such questions as "worked in the United States without authorization?" or "violated the terms and conditions of your non-immigrant status?", and include some rather interesting catch-alls like "committed a crime of any kind (even if you were not arrested, cited, charged with, or tried for that crime)?" which would be likely to cover about 99% of the entire population. (Fortunately the Supreme Court ruled this year that the speeding ticket you forgot about won't get you arrested and deported). Then you get the serious crime questions like "knowingly aided and abetted... in trafficking persons for commercial sex acts or slavery?" and "engaged in money laundering?" (Not even specifically Russian money!).
Further down there's a section that asks the following:
Have you ever been a member of a group in which you used any weapon against another person or threatened to?
and then (paraphrased)
Are you a Nazi?
Ticking 'yes' to either of those would likely see you called in for a more in-depth interview or denial of the green card. If you look here, you can see that of those people "denaturalized" as US Citizens, most of them were for being a Nazi. So given I had to do all that to get in to this country, I'm just wondering why a whole bunch of guys can get together, intimidate everyone they can (especially minority groups), claim oppression, give Nazi salutes and cry "Heil Trump", run cars into crowds of pedestrians, and generally "act like brown-shirts" and the President of the United States will not condemn them?
Staying quiet at times like this supports the aggressor. Actions like we saw this weekend were inevitable given the encouragement that's been given to them by this administration. It will only get worse if left to fester. There are Nazi-adjacent people in the White House* - Bannon, Gorka, Miller. They are writing policy for this country, such as immigration. By both action and inaction, this administration is encouraging this.
To those of you who voted for this travesty - was it really worth this to get that Supreme Court seat, and are you really going to continue staying quiet about things like this in the hope you get a tax cut passed?
What's the price of your soul?
We all know this is wrong. It's disgusting. It's not the best of what America can stand for. It's not what 400,000 Americans died in WWII for. When I became a citizen of this country, I confirmed I wasn't a Nazi, that I didn't join groups to threaten others. It seems immigrants are held to a higher standard than the natives, and clearly than the current President.
Nearly seven months ago this administration made it clear what it was going to do. I felt then that staying quiet was being complicit in what they intend to make this country, I'm all the more sure of these words now:
Everyone who knows right from wrong has to work together no matter what tribe we used to think we belonged to.
We can't be divided, we have to stand up for the weakest and easiest targets, no exceptions.
Support those who stand for what's right, condemn those who promote and enable what's wrong.
There's no hiding anymore, no more abdication of responsibility. This is where we learn who we really are. Don't disappoint your children.
*updated from the original. I changed 'literal Nazis' to 'Nazi-adjacent'. Partly because I did something that frustrates me and used 'literal' when it's not quite. Gorka, a British born naturalized US Citizen, is a member of an organization with a Nazi history, and three US Senators have requested the DHS review his immigration process in the USA due to exactly the process I outline above - that being a member of such a group is grounds for denial of entry. Miller is reported to be a friend and protege of Richard Spencer, a prominent white supremacist, and the original Travel Ban from January this year was authored by him. Both in the past have denied these claims, though they do draw a lot of support and praise from them. Bannon ran Breitbart.com, which described itself as "home of the alt-right (white supremacists)". Previously, they have been described as "white supremacist adjacent", however given that they are comfortable using the extreme right wing and neo-Nazi groups to gain populist support for their agenda, and have by their actions (like the Travel Ban, or removal of federal funding for groups that oppose white supremacists) emboldened them, I'm not inclined to give them leeway. So was that some hyperbola? Yes, but after the events of this last weekend, I'm not willing to cut any slack to anyone not running from this right now. I'd rather be wrong about this and apologize later than say nothing as it festers and grows.