The warmup act for a full-blown American fascism and orchestrated race
war is taking place in immigrant and marginal communities across the
United States: Racial profiling. Random police stops. Raids at homes and
businesses. People of color pulled from vehicles at checkpoints.
Seizures of individuals with no criminal records or who never committed a
serious crime. Imprisonment without trial. Expedited deportation
hearings and removal proceedings that violate human rights. The arrest
of a beneficiary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)
program, Daniel Ramirez Medina, 23, who along with the program’s other
750,000 successful applicants had revealed all personal history to the
government in applying for DACA status. Parents separated, perhaps
forever, from their children. The hunted going underground. The end of
the rule of law. The abandonment of the common good. The obliteration of
a social state in which institutions and assistance programs—from
public education to Social Security and welfare—make justice, equality
and dignity possible.