Truly Offensive: Illegal Alien Advocates Sink to New Lows

The illegal alien advocacy network is in a dismal place. After eight years of calling the shots on immigration policy, they are now in the political wilderness. Under the circumstances, a bit of desperation, even a little hyperbole is to be expected. But Reform Immigration for America (RIFA), has, as Michelle Obama might say, opted to go low. In fact, their response to the Trump administration’s enforcement of U.S. immigration laws is downright offensive.

Their campaign asking those on their mailing list (Yes, I am on their mailing list) to sign a petition to House Speaker Paul Ryan demanding an end to ICE enforcement actions, includes a photo of a mom, a dad, and two young daughters huddled together on a bed reading The Diary of Anne Frank.

The inference could not be more blatant: Carrying out enforcement against people who violate U.S. immigration laws is the modern day equivalent of the Nazis hunting down Jewish families and sending them to their deaths in extermination camps.

Let’s be clear, Anne Frank and her family were Dutch citizens and were forced into hiding and eventually sent to extermination camps solely because of who they were: Dutch Jews.

The symbolic family depicted in RIFA’s photo is not being hunted by anyone. If, as RIFA suggests, they are illegal aliens, they will merely be subject to deportation under the Trump policy if they are found by ICE. If ICE does apprehend them, it will be because they violated legitimate laws that every country on earth has. If ICE seeks to remove them from the country, they will be afforded the opportunity to plead their case before an impartial judge, including making a request for political asylum. If they are not legitimate political refugees, they will be returned to the country of which they are citizens, not sent to a death camp.

Co-opting the symbols of the Holocaust and drawing odious comparisons between the most massive genocide in human history and routine enforcement of immigration laws, enacted by Congress, signed into law by a variety of presidents, and repeatedly upheld by an independent Supreme Court is nothing short of reprehensible.

RIFA should be truly ashamed.

About Author


Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.


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    atheisticallyyours88 on

    Let these “Immigration Advocates” be singled out, and be “detected, detained, and deported” for the ILLEGAL ALIENS that they are! The more they show themselves, the quicker ICS, CBP, and DHS will know WHO TO FIND, and WHERE TO FIND THEM, in order to REMOVE their “unlawful presence” from the United States.

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    George Peabody on

    Stop welfare benefits and SS benefits that attract illegals, and enforce immigration laws. Use American Border Patrol organization has developed over the past ten years a very effective and much less expensive method of detecting and arresting illegal border crossers. I hope POTUS Trump will consult and adopt ABP’s operations. Just enforce immigration laws, and use ABP’s proven highly effective detection and apprehension system that will save USA billions of dollars. That is a cost effective “wall” that is now working in place and just needs to expand and be manned.
    #1. ARREST illegal alien usurper Barack H. Obama aka Barry Soetoro to NDAA Prison for TREASON, I.D. Fraud Voter Fraud, Immigration Violation, SS# Fraud, Murder, ETC! Install CC camera connected to internet one way view looking in on Obama from Americans and the World to keep Obama from escaping. Pay 4 View at 10¢ of Obama in prison writing his $20-M memoirs with a pencil on toilet paper will raise so much money Americans will never again have to pay taxes. Add in Clintons and Soros, and the Pay4View will be so popular that the $20-Trillion Debt will be paid off in 5-years. Arrest them NOW! Pay4View online!

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    This is an insult to compare Americans to Nazis. A lot of Americans died and were maimed for life liberating Europe from the Nazis, and I am offended by this comparison. President Eisenhower enforced our immigration laws, and he was the Supreme Allied Commander in charge of liberating Western Europe from Nazism. So Eisenhower was the moral equivalent of a Nazi? Give me a break.

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      Tara: I completely agree! Thanks for your wisdom on this topic. As always, I really enjoy your insights and writing. I hope to someday make one of your retreats. Do you know anyone with your similar &#22y0;st2le≵ here in the DC area? Coming up short around here for women leaders like you! Warmly, Anne[]

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    Yada Yada Yada

    I’m sure Ryan wasn’t referring to a few DACA/Dreamer arrests for deportation, per recent ICE news…he’s talking like 11-30 million immediate MASS arrests for deportation.

    They get their day in court too before deportation too and in my opinion don’t deserve it.

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      EVERYBODY should be angry at the comparison!!!!! While six million innocent people lost their lives in Nazi death camps for the reason of being Jewish, another six to seven million were killed for other causes, i.e. Gypsies and homosexuals. Making a far left analogy that sending people, who are in the country unlawfully, to the nations of their actual citizenship and slaughtering them in murder factories is ridiculous, at best. This is, however, the hyper emotional over reaction that I have come to expect from the far left. I often wonder how many of the Hollywood liberals, who continuously cry over the “immigrants”, actually pay them a fair wage for mowing their lawns and washing their cars. My money is on not a single one. Just this week, thirteen illegal alien ms-13 gang bangers were arrested only one hour from me. Their crime? Murdering two teen aged girls with baseball bats and a machete. Worse, the killing happened over an argument that began in high school, meaning that some of them were actually in our school system. No tears from the left for these young girls or the many thousands of other Americans who have lost their lives to criminal aliens.

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    Jews were citizens of those European countries for many many generations. They were not born elsewhere, as illegals are. There is no “war” on “immigrants”. There IS an effort to return people to their home countries who have no legal permission to be here. Jews should be insulted by this.

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      Disagree … Jews could have gone back to where they came from but immigrated based on the circumstances n so do the illegals … With the caviar that illegals are being abused.

      It shows you k ow nothing about human de ency or respect nor compassion for other people s unfortunate reality …. Even Trump agrees fir legalization fir those that contribute. .

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        Sheri Fisher on

        Compassion for others unfortunate reality? They are guilty of a crime. Do we all get a free “pass” when we have a sad story? No. Immigrate legally and there is no law broken. Then feel proud of your position in your new country, not invisible. Without order there is chaos.

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        You say “Jews could have gone back to where they came from”. I guess you missed the part where I said they had been in those European countries for “many many generations”, as in frequently 30, 40 generations. At a certain point there is no right to return to a country. Most nations will give some preference if you have a parent or even grandparent from there, but that is all. If you knew history, which you obviously don’t, the history of pogroms against Jews goes back a thousand years in Europe. It didn’t start with the Germans.

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          Excellent post. There are so many uninformed people today. No wonder the left thinks THEY can still get into office by the stupid things they do. Letting someone with too much money twist their arms to protest and be violent, breaking windows of legally owned businesses, starting fires and burning articles that aren’t bolted down, attacking and injuring others and setting such stupid examples for younger ones to emulate!! So much harm done. And they always fall back on using words from the holocaust, and they seem to know nothing truthful about it!!