When a nation's government stops regarding people as human beings and treats them as animals or vermin instead because of their skin color, religion or national origin, that is a sure sign that democracy in that country is about to disappear and be replaced by dictatorship. Two of the latest reported incidents of horrific abuses arising from Donald Trump's frantic attempts to purge America of nonwhite immigrants underscore the urgent danger to our democracy as the signs of coming dictatorship grow more and more ominous.

The first story, one of almost unbelievably sickening cruelty and inhumanity, involves the deportation of a diabetic man, who also reportedly suffered from mental illness and who had several convictions of minor crimes,on his record Iraq, a country he had never been to and whose language he did not speak. Two months later, he died in that country's streets, homeless, hungry and insulin deprived. I quote from Slate Magazine's new story verbatim, See:

U.S. deported a Detroit man to Iraq, where he'd never been and didn't speak the language. He died on the streets


"In June, the US government deported 41-year-old Jimmy Aldaoud to Iraq. Aldaoud, who was born in Greece, said that he had lived in the U.S. since he was 6 months old and had never even been to Iraq, the country where he was technically a national. Aldoud was residing in a small Detroit metro area community of Chaldean Catholics, a brand of the Roman Catholic Church whose roots are in present-day Iraq, when immigration officials shwed up, detained him, and ultimately put him on a plane to Baghdad."

The report continues:

"Aldaoud did not speak Arabic. He dis not have a home or any contacts there. Aldaoud was also a diabetic and on Tuesday, he died in a country that was not his own from what appeared to be a lack of access to insulin according to family friends and the American Civil Liberties Union.

In a heartbreaking video taken on what appears to be the streets of Baghdad weeks after being deported there, Aldaoud describes how he was pulled over by immigration officials and put on a plane. ' They wouldn't listen to me,' he said. 'The wouldn't let me call my family. Nothing'."

Oneof the most fundamental principles of US and international law is that no one should be sent to a country where his or her life would be in danger. Based on Aldaoud's circumstances, deporting hims to Iraq was equivalent to a death sentence.

Is this the way that democracy works in Donald Trump's America? Or is it a sign of looming dictatorship, in which basic human rights, including the right to life itself, are extinguished in order to give way to ethnic cleansing.

The secondnews item which foretells coming dictatorship in America involves the huge ICE raid at a plant in Mississippi in which almost 700 immigrants were arrested. Mass arrests and roundups of people belonging to targeted minority groups are also a classic sign of dictatorship, not democracy/

See, Washington Post, August 8:

ICE arrested hundreds of people in raids. Now 'devastated' children are without their parents.

The report states that nearly 700 immigrants were arrested, Fortunately, in a sign that there are still a few shred of humanity left in the Trump administration's treatment of immigrants, 300 of the arrested people were later arrested so they could be with their crying, screaming children.

But the point has been made. It is now open season on terror in immigrant communities. Trump, supported by Ken Cuccinelli, head of USCIS, an agency which is responsible for granting legal immigration benefits, not arresting or deporting immigrants, has promised many more such massive raids.

This is one promise that he can be expected to keep, as America lurched closer and closer to dictatorship and basic human rights continue to disappear.

One can also wonder whether Trump and Stephen Miller are happy about the fact that almost half the people arrested in the raid were released. It will be interesting to see how long the current ICE director will keep his job.

It might not be for very long, given the history of other top immigration officials whom Trump thought were not being "tough" enough on immigrants of color.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law