Abby Zimet:

Sweet mother of God. Racist and cruel doesn’t begin to cover the ongoing atrocities now daily committed – coincidentally, virtually entirely against brown and black people – by the sick demons running our country. The refusal to offer temporary refuge to the desperate survivors of a climate-crisis-fueled hurricane that left 70,000 people homeless and likely killed another 2,500 still missing is only the latest. The day before, ICE officials stonewalled Democrats on their ungodly efforts to deport critically ill kids – in Boston alone, they include a 7-year-old boy with severe epilepsy, a 10-year-old girl blinded by eye cancer and a 16-year-old boy fighting cystic fibrosis – in the name of what one GOP ghoul calls “love of country, love of securing this nation.”

And last week, despite months of protests, legal battles and outrage from doctors, ICE deported Yoel Alonso Leal, a Cuban dissident and asylum-seeker who was so sick doctors say there is a “high chance” he will die on the flight. Having developed gout, pneumonia, and now likely lung cancer during a year in custody – during which time ICE refused to release him to his U.S.-resident wife for care or grant him parole despite his lack of criminal record – Leal was dragged out of his cell at 2 a.m. and put on a mid-day Delta flight. “If that plane leaves the ground,” advocates warned, “Yoel’s blood will be on Delta’s hands.” Shortly after, it did, thus relieving ICE thugs of the legal and moral burden of his death on their murderous home turf. 

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