“DoubleSpeak”, a term coined by George Orwell in his futurist dystopian novel, 1984; language that deliberately disguises, distorts, or reverses meaning to further an agenda, often by governments, corporations, marketers, or other power structures. http://www.doublespeak.us/what-is-doublespeak/
We are subjected to the Republican President’s lies and subversion of democratic norms so frequently we can’t process one outrage before we are hit with yet another. This is a classic tool of authoritarian regimes. This Republican administration and Congress are highly skilled at “doublespeak”.
There are Quakers who argue that “we” are not part of a particular horrible policy or action of our government. Although I’ve been as overwhelmed as most “Americans” by the profusion of lies and bad acts, I believe there are actions too outrageous to not speak out against. The classic example is the German death camps during World War II that were only possible because citizens didn’t speak up about them. Or the fate of the German Jewish refugees on the St. Louis who were turned away from the United States in 1939. The ship was forced to return to Germany, where most of the passengers were killed.
This administration’s attempts to deny people who wish to apply for asylum here is not only heartless, but illegal. It goes against the very foundation of what the United States used to stand for, as a place of welcome and refuge for those who are fleeing oppression and death. Everyone of us who aren’t Native Americans are immigrants here.
“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” Emma Lazarus
The administration’s policy of separating children from their loved ones is immoral.
The current chaos at our southern border has been intentionally created to provide opportunities for border security forces to respond with tear gas and to manipulate the optics of the situation to feed the fears of those who are afraid of immigrants.
From the Friends Committee on National Legislation (FCNL) https://www.fcnl.org/updates/immigration-499
Compassionate Immigration Reform
The Friends Committee on National Legislation is led by the call to welcome the stranger and seeks congressional immigration reform that recognize the gifts, contributions, and struggles of immigrants to ensure equity and justice for all.
Effective immigration reform should include measures that:
- Keeps families together
- Brings accountability and community engagement to border policies
- Creates a path to lawful status and citizenship
- Protects all workers, regardless of immigration status
- Aligns immigration enforcement with humanitarian values
- Preserves the human and civil rights of all immigrants
- Ends mass incarceration of immigrants
- Upholds international and U.S. law obligations to protect refugees, asylum seekers and survivors of human trafficking