Last night the protests continued. Some protesters were college students who were upset that their feminist heroine did not get elected. Some protesters were paid agitators who answered Craig’s List ads because they needed the money. Some protesters were illegal aliens who somehow were convinced that they would be deported and their families the day after Donald Trump became President. Protests are fully acceptable in a representative republic (America is not a democracy). However, destruction of property is not. Anyone who smashed a car window or assaulted a person needs to be put in jail and fined. However, let’s look at the idea that families are going to be separated and people deported.
Below is a picture of Elian Gonzalez in 2000 as he was seized and deported by the Clinton Administration (Janet Reno was Attorney General). His mother fled Cuba in 1999 and died trying to escape. Elian was picked up by the U.S. Coast Guard (he was six years old). The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) released Elian to his paternal great-uncle, Lázaro, in Miami. Meanwhile, Elian’s father contacted Lazaro, asking him to be on alert for Elian. Elian’s grandmothers came to Washington to ask that Elian be returned to Cuba, and Elian’s father requested that Elian return.
Wikipedia reports what happened next:
In the pre-dawn hours of Easter eve, Saturday, April 22, pursuant to an order issued by a federal magistrate, eight agents of the Border Patrol‘s elite BORTAC unit as part of an operation in which more than 130 INS personnel took part approached the house, knocked on the door, and identified themselves. When no one responded from within, they entered the house. Pepper-spray and mace were employed against those outside the house who attempted to interfere. Nonetheless, a stool, rocks, and bottles were thrown at the agents. In the confusion, Armando Gutierrez called in Alan Diaz, of the Associated Press, to enter the house and entered a room with González, his great uncle’s wife Angela Lázaro, her niece, the niece’s young son, and Donato Dalrymple (one of the two men who had rescued him from the ocean). They waited in the room listening to agents searching the house. Diaz took a widely publicized photograph of a border patrol agent confronting Dalrymple and the boy.
INS also stated in the days after the raid that they had identified as many as two dozen persons who were “prepared to thwart any government operation”, some of whom had concealed weapons while others had criminal records.
This is the picture:
It wasn’t a Republican administration that pointed a gun at a six-year-old child and sent him back to a Communist country. Before you scream that Donald Trump as President will separate families and deport children, look at the history of the Democratic Party. Whether you believe Elian should have been allowed to stay or not, who points a gun at a six-year-old child?