One of the most irritating personality traits of the typical “average Joe” Republican is that they seem to embrace an issue when something affects them directly. Be it the Republican lawmaker who finally backs marriage equality two years after his son tells him he’s gay, or the Republican lawmaker upset that her party rolled back protections for transgendered students because… you know… her child is transgendered, or the Republican who refused to sign up for “Obamacare” on principle, then publicly ate crow, begging strangers on “Go Fund Me” when he started going blind.
Now, Trump’s immigration polices are giving Republicans another opportunity to “see the light.”
There’s a woman who was shocked when her Mexican husband, who spent almost two decades living in the United States, was deported. After all, the wife thought “good people” would not be targeted. What she didn’t “get” is that Trump and his supporters believe anyone with darker pigment is a “bad hombre,” no matter how “good” he or she may be.
There’s also the story of Roberto Beristain, owner of the popular Indiana restaurant Eddie’s Steak Shed, was deported after nearly two decades in the country as a small business owner, employer and upstanding member of a community that primarily voted for Trump.
These are just a few in a growing laundry list of examples proving that Trump’s stormtroopers aren’t aiming their sites on “bad hombres,” but people who once made the American melting pot a shining example to the world. In all these examples, devastated families and traumatized communities are what’s left behind.
Now, we can add the Stegall family to the list. This week, The Associated Press reported the story of a woman who supported Trump in 2016 but is now whining in regret after her daughter-in-law was deported to Mexico. Her son, Steve Stegall, and her now-deported daughter-in-law have a 17-year-old daughter who is also an American citizen.
The Associated Press described the day of Jennifer Stegall’s arrest, “She had just started backing out of the driveway to head to the gym on the morning of Feb. 26 when three cars careened in. Agents hopped out, opened her door and told her she was under arrest. She urged them to look at her paperwork and thought it was all a mistake.
‘I’m married to an American citizen,’ she pleaded. ‘I have a citizen daughter.’
Six years earlier, police had pulled her over a few blocks from her house and charged her with misdemeanor drunken driving. The arrest made authorities aware that she was in the U.S. illegally. Stegall spent a month in jail and her case went into the immigration system.
She cries as she recounts the incident, mindful she might not be in this situation had she not gotten behind the wheel. She sees that she is paying the price for her mistake but is also convinced that her deportation was unfair.
She wonders why the government’s crackdown efforts seem to focus on her and other low-level criminals instead of the ‘bad hombres’ that Trump said he’d banish. Don’t her daughter and husband have a right to keep their family intact? Don’t her years of paying taxes, of learning English, of living an otherwise pristine life count for anything?”
Um.. no. In Trump’s Republican Party where human decency only extends to those whose pigment is a few shades lighter.
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