Trump, Miller, Nazis, and Genocide
It says something about Trump and his administration that they think of genocidal acts against thousands of innocent children as incidental unpleasantries.
Modern Republicans represent a coalition between several factions. Most are traditional conservatives and the “Tea Party” that has since morphed into the Party of Trump. Conservatives know they would get slaughtered without Trump’s voters, which is why the traditional ones absolutely won’t cross him. Evangelicals are another vital party here, which is why the others go around in Evangelical Face whenever they’re on stage with a pastor—except, they play sanctimonious pricks with Jesus on their sleeves instead of idiots with shoe polish on. Evangelicals might say that as individuals, everyone needs Jesus, registered Republicans as much as anyone. The Republican Party as such, however, absolutely, emphatically does not need Jesus! Or want Him. But they need Evangelicals, so they’re happy to pretend.
Another vital party in their coalition, crucially, is the White Supremacist/Neo-NAZI contingent: neither party could possibly get or hold power without them, which in turn is why neither Trump nor McConnell will say anything against them. It’s an ugly, dangerous situation. Stephen Miller, an avowed, proud Neo-NAZI, is gearing up to rip even more children from parents, adopting them out to American families with no due process, and no record of who the parents are or how they could possibly be reunited. This could arguably be a violation of the Proxmire Act, (a.k.a. the Genocide Convention Implementation Act of 1987), depending upon an explicit racial motivation for these actions.
The law states that anyone who, “with the specific intent to destroy, in whole or in substantial part, a national, ethnic, racial, or religious group as such … transfers by force children of the group to another group,” can be prosecuted for genocide. The punishment is life in prison and a $1,000,000 fine—unless any of those children die in ICE custody—then the penalty could be death. A memo, tweet, post, or public statement from Miller or other relevant policy maker saying they want it done in order to make the kids culturally “white,” would be a good place to start.
The law has never been used, and the “substantial part” language is difficult. Trying to break it down to some kind of percentage would be pretty cold. The definitions section says it has to be “of such numerical significance that the destruction or loss of that part would cause the destruction of the group as a viable entity within the nation of which such group is a part.” Does that mean stealing enough Honduran babies (for example) that Hondurans are no longer a viable entity within the U.S.? Most crucially, would it count merely to intend to destroy the Honduran-American community without being able to execute the plan in full? The law specifies that “Any person who attempts or conspires to commit an offense under this section shall be punished in the same manner as a person who completes the offense.” (Of course, attempt and conspiracy are fundamental to criminal procedure generally.)
No matter what, thousands of kids (they can’t say exactly how many thousands it was) sounds pretty god damned substantial to me, and raises it from its obvious status as a hate crime into a realm where any decent human being would have to consider it something even worse. Especially since Trump at Miller’s urging is planning to re-instate the plan with fresh vengeance. It may not cause the downfall of Honduras or the Hondurans, but given a racial animus, commission of these acts on any scale is unthinkable, and should be punished by every possible means.
I saw the fired director of DHS on TV today telling Congress she has no idea how many children have died in her custody. Not even a guess. A round number. If even a single child died in your custody, would you know about it? Lose sleep over it? It says something about Trump and his administration that they think of genocidal acts against thousands of innocent children as incidental unpleasantries.
Here’s the law on the books …
18 U.S. Code § 1091 – Genocide
Here’s a page on the ICE website where they brag about “enforcing” genocide laws. Who is going to enforce those laws against them? …
Top 10 Laws You Didn’t Know ICE Enforces