I'm re-posting this article because hardly anyone saw it, garnering a paltry 50 points before disappearing deep into the queue, and because I think it's one of the most important pieces I've written for Yabberz.
Trump's campaign rally tonight in Duluth could be a barn-burner. He's never felt the kind of blowback he's feeling over his "Zero Tolerance" child-separation debacle and the nearly universal condemnation it has produced. He's clearly stressed, in need of an adulation fix,and will be looking to fire up his base.
"Putting out the fire with gasoline"
And speaking of fire, something else occurs to me, yet another aspect of Donald Trump's psychopathology, something that has been illustrated in a variety of seemingly unrelated issues from the DACA kids, to North Korea, and now his "Zero Tolerance" human rights violations.
It's sometimes referred to as the Arsonist-Hero Syndrome, a phenomenon affecting people who seek adulation or recognition, usually by creating a desperate situation which they can then conspicuously resolve.
In its most extreme expression, it can include violent or otherwise unlawful acts, such as arson. The arsonist-hero starts the fire, then 'heroically' puts it out.
The phenomenon is usually associated with civil servants, firefighters, nurses, police officers, and security guards. But when the arsonist-hero syndrome affects the President of the United States, the whole world could burn.
Trump's Immigration Plans
The Ugly Truth Of Racist Intent
JOHN MOORE VIA GETTY IMAGES
By Ray Cunneff
June 19, 2018
The attached POLITICO article describes additional steps being contemplated by Trump staffers to further crackdown on immigration, legal or illegal.
It seems the White House immigration hardliners have been quietly refining their plans for the 2018 midterm elections, targeting the rules on student visas and exchange programs; limiting visas for temporary agricultural workers; making it harder for legal immigrants who have applied for welfare programs to obtain residency; and collecting biometric data from visitors from particular countries.
One of the most provocative proposals would amount to an "end-around" a 1997 court settlement that limits the time migrant children can be kept in government custody.
The Trumpistas have convinced themselves that immigration barriers and crackdowns will be a winning issue for Republicans in the fall and will allow them to remain in control of House and Senate majorities. And with polls today indicating that only 27% of Republicans object to the Trump/Sessions "zero-tolerance" child-separation policy, they apparently feel confident in their base supporters.
Even less attention has (so far) been paid to plans to challenge the status of naturalized U.S. citizens, as several reports have recently surfaced that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has hired dozens of lawyers and immigration officers to launch investigations of naturalized citizens looking for irregularities in their application process that would allow DHS to cancel their U.S. citizenship and to deport them back to their countries of origin.
So now we seem to have coalescing a three-tier Trump anti-immigration plan:
1. A calculatedly cruel policy to "discourage" refugees by separating families and creating "children's gulags".
2. Severe reductions in legal immigration, apart from those with exploitable skills.
3. Purging the rolls of naturalized U.S. citizens, presumably people of color.
What is now becoming clear is that all of this is part of a larger plan, that the child-separation is not an unintended consequence but rather a "calculated cruelty" meant to force asylum seekers to cross the border illegally by delaying or blocking legal refugee application at border crossings. The calculus appears to be that, if they can be prevented from gaining refugee status, they can then be treated as criminals and deported en masse.
In the meantime, the Trump/Fox media machine pounds away to dismiss the entire matter, calling the refugees "invaders", minimizing the brutal conditions at the detention centers as "summer camps" and the child victims as "crisis actors" reading from scripts prepared by bleeding heart lawyers and "open border liberals".
And Trump himself tweets that these are MS-13 criminal gang members seeking to "infest" America, the semantic reveal of their racist intent by equating these desperate human beings with animals.