See also by Michelle Malkin: The Grand Farce of American Social Distancing
Thanks to the Chinese Virus, you can be arrested for leaving your home or traveling for “non-essential purposes.” Failure to “social distance” can mean jail-time as well. Yet the same politicians and judges who propose and enforce such measures have freed thousands of criminals from jails in case they contract the deadly Asian pathogen. The Anarcho-Tyranny so brilliantly described by the late Sam Francis is here.
President Trump’s job? Resist with everything he has.
Unsurprisingly, the Kritarchs are using the pandemic to bend the law. Last week, Obama-appointed Judge James E. Boasberg of U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., ordered Immigration and Customs Enforcement to prove that conditions in three family detention centers were sanitary. Failing that, he will free 1,350 illegals [U.S. judge widens order, urging ICE to release migrant families with young children in coronavirus outbreak, by Spencer Hsu, The Washington Post, March 30, 2020]. Boasberg’s move fortifies an order from benchmate Dolly Gee, a notorious Kritarch who routinely sides with illegals. She made detained minors eligible for release.
Judge William Young, of the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts, ordered three illegals released from the Bristol County Court House because they have no prior arrest records. And he wants to review 50 more cases [Judge starts releasing ICE detainees during coronavirus spread concerns, by Sarah Betancourt, Commonwealth, April 3, 2020].
Reinforcing the Kritarchy is its lawfare auxiliary. The $PLC and ACLU filed a joint lawsuit to demand the release of all illegal aliens in southern facilities if they are deemed “no threat” to the public. Those border jumpers are so-called asylum seekers, the lawsuit claims, who “risked their lives to escape persecution and torture in their home countries” [Civil Rights Groups Sue ICE to Force Release of Detainees Vulnerable to COVID-19, by Noah Lanard, Mother Jones, March 31, 2020]. More than 3,000 left-wing physicians demand the release of all detainees, and immigration judges and lawyers want immigration courts closed [Growing Calls To Close Immigration Courts And Release Detainees As Virus Spreads, by Joel Rose, NPR, March 21, 2020].
Unsurprisingly, 15 Democrat congressmen, including Minnesota’s Ilhan Omar—the beturbaned Somali refugee brought to the country on the taxpayers' dime—have demanded that the Department of Homeland Security halt deportations, release “vulnerable” detainees, and shut down immigration courts [Rep. Ilhan Omar: ICE Must Stop Spreading Coronavirus, by Ryan Devereaux, The Intercept, March 20, 2020].
The detainees, of course, are helping push the Open-Borders agenda. Personnel in multiple facilities have needed force to quell demonstrations, which the MSM and Democrats call “peaceful protests” [Immigrants Afraid Of The Coronavirus Outbreak Are Protesting Inside ICE Facilities, by Hamed Aleaziz, Buzzfeed, March 26, 2020].
Then again, some detainees, fearing infection, want immediate deportation: “They don’t want to continue fighting,” one detainee told The Guardian [‘We’re gonna die’: migrants in US jail beg for deportation due to Covid-19 exposure, by Sam Levin, April 4, 2020]. That’s right! It makes little sense to keep the illegals here, where contracting the infection is more likely than in Guatemala, Honduras, or El Salvador.
All this proves one thing: no matter how grave the crisis, the Left will push for Open Borders. Don’t forget that Democrat presidential candidates Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders, along with their allied Leftist media mob, called Trump a xenophobe for closing the borders to China back on January 31 [After attacking Trump's coronavirus-related China travel ban as xenophobic, Dems and media have changed tune, by Greg Re, Fox News, April 2, 2020].
Yet turning illegals loose is only one weapon in the arsenal of Anarcho-Tyranny.
Expanding soft-on-crime policies, authorities in Michigan, California, New York, and New Jersey have released convicted criminals from jail. Many are unhealthy or close to their release dates [Nowhere to go: Some inmates freed because of coronavirus are 'scared to leave', by Kara Scannell, CNN, April 4, 2020] And Attorney General Bill Barr has ordered federal prisons to speed up early release for vulnerable detainees [Barr expands early release for inmates at prisons hard hit by coronavirus, by David Shortell, CNN, April 4, 2020].
But those seemingly humane policies don’t go far enough for the Anarcho-Tyrants.
Several district attorneys and police commissioners now won’t arrest thugs for “non-violent” offenses, while cops in Philadelphia are releasing suspects collared for theft, burglary, narcotics, prostitution, and other “low-level” crimes [Philly Coronavirus News: Confusion Over Arrests, Confusion Over “Essential” Businesses, by Victor Fiorillo, Philadelphia, March 18, 2020].
However, “progressive” prosecutors and police chiefs want to make those changes permanent. “We put far too many people behind bars for far too long,” read one letter signed by 30 Leftist district attorneys [The Coronavirus and Anarcho-Tyranny, by Robert Hampton, American Renaissance, March 25, 2020].
That’s the anarchy. Here’s the tyranny:
New York police arrested three people last week for ignoring or forgetting “social-distancing” guidelines. One woman spent 36 hours in a crowded holding cell, and so her employer forbade her return to work because she might have been exposed [NYPD’s Aggressive Policing Risks Spreading The Coronavirus, by Alice Speri, The Intercept, April 3, 2020]. Rhode Island authorities are searching door-to-door for Empire Staters to quarantine them or, amusingly, deport them back home [Rhode Island begins door to door checks for New Yorkers fleeing coronavirus, The Associated Press, March 29, 2020].
Most cities and states have ordered residents to stay home unless traveling to work or the grocery. Violators face stiff penalties. In Maryland, you might pay a $5,000 fine and spend a year in the slammer [Governor Hogan Issues Stay-At-Home Order For Maryland, WAMU, March 30, 2020]. As well, “non-essential” businesses and services, including churches, are shuttered. Last week, cops arrested a Florida pastor for holding a church service [Florida pastor says he got death threats after being charged with violating coronavirus order, by David K. Li, NBC News, April 2, 2020].
The Chinese Virus is also helping the gun grabbers: Gun stores in some cities are judged “non-essential,” which means law-abiding residents can’t buy the means to defend themselves against the very thugs the authorities released from jail [Cities close 'nonessential' gun shops despite increased new weapons purchases amidst coronavirus pandemic, by Alexandra Kelley, The Hill, March 27, 2020]!
This is the face of Anarcho-Tyranny: Free the illegals and criminals; control and arrest the law-abiding.
Most Americans are freely cooperating with basic safety precautions. But the Left is using that good will, good sense, and respect for the law to expand state power and insidiously erode our basic civil liberties.
That’s why Trump mustn’t cave. Illegals should either be detained or deported—particularly given the success of his immediate deportation order for those caught jumping the border. Criminals must be kept in jail … where they belong. The crimes they’ll commit regardless, if the Chinese Virus is spreading to jails, that’s where possibly-infected inmates must stay.
Fighting this insanity might ultimately require Trump to ignore the judges to deport illegals. And he might have to use federal law to stop the arrest of the law-abiding for petty violations of Chinese Virus orders.
The president did right when he stopped travel from China and cracked down on the border.
Now, he must do right again, and stop the Anarcho-Tyrants.
Washington Watcher II [Email him] is an anonymous DC insider.