Immigrants are witnesses in Trump impeachment hearings

Three immigrants have testified before the U.S. Congressional joint impeachment inquiry concerning alleged misdeeds by President Donald Trump.

Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch was the first to appear to testify. She was born in Canada. Her parents brought her to the U.S. when she was three years old. She has since become an American citizen.

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman appeared to testify. He was born in the former Soviet Union. His father brought him to the U.S. when he was also three years old. He has since become an American citizen.

Dr. Fiona Hill testified. She came to the U.S. as an adult and has since become an American citizen. She was born in England.

No wonder why President Trump dislikes immigrants.

However, a wall along the southern border with Mexico would not have kept them out.

Yes, they are concentration camps on the border

Migrants and refugees from Central America are being held in concentration camps along the U.S. border with Mexico. Please note that they are not death camps, but they bear the hallmarks of other concentration camps from the 20th century.

The conditions are inhumane. The inmates are a persecuted minority. The inmates are considered dirty, diseased, and dangerous. They are seen as what’s wrong with the country. The country would be better off without them, in fact, without all Latino immigrants.

It’s true that previous administrations in Washington should be ashamed of how they treated detainees, but that’s no excuse for the Trump administration. This administration is not bound by the policies of previous administrations. They are perfectly able to formulate their own, which they have done.

The administration’s policies are cruel. They have been designed to be cruel. I don’t know how the president’s advisors can sleep at night. They should know better.

When did the Department of Health and Human Services know that migrant children would be taken from parents?

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services supervises the migrant children who have been taken from parents. When did they start making preparations for this policy?

It’s inconceivable that facilities and personnel are in place today without sufficient preparation time. This suggests that the Trump administration has been planning for awhile to implement this policy.

Surprisingly, no one leaked any advanced information to the press. No whistle blower came along to let the public know that a cruel policy was in the offing. It remains possible that people considered that separating children from their parents was only a contingency, that Mr. Trump would never go so far. Do I believe in contingencies? No.

It seems that the President has his house in order (finally). As a businessman, his acumen is acute. He has been running the executive branch firmly and surely. What has seemed to be a whim on his part may have been part of a plan to catch us off guard. He has been building a new Trump enterprise slowly but surely.

This truly frightens me.

U.S. Immigration Regulations

“We have the worst immigration laws of any country anywhere in the world.” “… we have the biggest loopholes of any country anywhere in the world.”

President Donald Trump
Bethpage, New York, May 23, 2018

Whose fault is it? Congress’s and several Presidents’.

Congress has not addressed the subject of immigration in a comprehensive way since about 1980.

The immigrant First Family

U.S. President Donald Trump has had two foreign born wives. Both were born in the Slavic region of Central Europe. The present First Lady is from the Slovenian region of the former Czechoslovakia. Mr. Trump’s first wife was also born in Czechoslovakia – in the Czech region.

President Trump has proposed that future immigrants to the U.S. be restricted to the most skilled people. So, I ask the question that others ask: what superior skills have his wives brought to the United States? Does the U.S. have a shortage of willowy, bosomy women?

According to Mr. Trump’s proposed standards, would his wives have qualified for anything but three-month tourist visas with round-trip tickets?

On the other hand, these two of his three wives have demonstrated the unique skill set of being married to Donald Trump, the not-yet president.

My family’s illegal immigrants

My great grandfather and his family came into the U.S. without papers. This is my father’s father’s father, “Tatta Bouche” * Siegel. Tatta Bouche, Nosan Natte Siegel after whom I am named, was born in Romania, as was my great grandmother, Bubbe Kreintse. I remember her since I was about ten years old when she passed away. Tatta Bouche passed away before I was born.

They left Romania for Paris with their first born Yonah Leib (“Jean,” then “John”) around 1900. Romania and France were on good terms because France was a European advocate for Romanian nationalism against the Ottoman Empire.** On a personal level, the Romanian language is a Romance language like French.

After about ten years they left Paris for Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where my great grandmother had an immigrant sister and a brother-in-law. I can’t say whether my great grandparents arrived in Paris with papers or not, but I’m almost certain about the family tradition that they came to the U.S. without papers.

The family first appears in the 1920 United States Federal Census as living in Chicago. Even so, my Zeide (Grandfather) John does not appear to be living in the family home or anywhere else that I’ve found. Family tradition was that John was working at the Ford Motor Company in Michigan.

So how did my great grandparents enter the U.S.? I surmise that they entered through Canada. Perhaps it was relatively easy to enter Canada from France, at least the Francophone part of France.

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* Tatta – for grandfather, literally father in Yiddish.

* Zeide – grandfather in Yiddish.

* Bubbe – grandmother in Yiddish.

* la bouche – ‘mouth’ because of his luxuriant mustache. The family lost the French pronunciation /boosh/, it becoming /boozh/.

** See the subject of the “Eastern Question” – how the powers of Western Europe were supporting Greece, Serbia, Romania, and other countries in their independence from the Ottoman Turks.