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COVID-19 Outbreak and Death Result of ICE Agents Using Immigrants To Mobilize in George Floyd Protests

A preventable coronavirus outbreak and death occurred after ICE used immigrant transfers as an excuse to fly to D.C.

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The Washington Post reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement initiated the transfer of 74 detainees from Florida and Arizona to an immigration jail in Farmville, Virginia, to provide cover for the mobilization of Homeland Security tactical teams during the anti-police brutality protests in Washington, D.C.

As the Post explains, restrictions prevent ICE employees from taking chartered flights unless detainees are also onboard, meaning that moving tactical teams via these flights is also prohibited. To justify their movement, ICE claimed that it needed to move the prisoners to avoid overcrowding, a proposal that drew an objection from ICE officials in the Washington, D.C. field office. The objections were reportedly overruled by ICE headquarters and the transfers were carried out.

Last month, The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported that 51 of the 74 transfers tested positive for COVID-19 by the end of June. Soon, the outbreak spread to 97 percent of detainees in Farmville and became the largest recorded outbreak in any immigration jail at the time. One detainee, a 72-year-old Canadian national named James Thomas Hill, died after being hospitalized with the virus.

Following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers in late May, protests occurred across the nation. Anti-brutality protesters in multiple cities were met with aggressive policing and further brutality. These demonstrations took a turn when, on June 1, U.S. Park police tear-gassed and clubbed protesters and journalists in front of the White House to clear the square just before President Trump crossed the area to take his infamous Bible picture in front of St. John's Church.

Soon after, Trump called for soldiers and law enforcement to deal with the protests and enforce a 7 p.m. curfew.

"In light of civil unrest taking place across the country, ICE personnel and Special Response Teams have been deployed to protect agency facilities and assets in support of the Federal Protective Service and assist local, state and federal law enforcement partners, as needed," ICE spokesperson Danielle Bennett told Roll Call that same day.

According to reports, as many as 400 border patrol agents were deployed in the protests, some of which were documented by Reason's Christian Britschgi. The presence of federal law enforcement led to allegations of civil liberties abuses.

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  1. Hey, Reason, I think you are mistaking the word “protest” with “riot.” HTH.

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  2. Who the hell cares. And it wasn’t a “protest” you fucking assholes.

    1. I know, right? They’re just illegals. Who gives a shit.

      1. “Show me your papers or die motherfucker” sounds better in the original German.

        1. Just the other day one of the regulars around here claimed that sticking up for the rights of other people constituted “socialism” and ought to be resisted. A true libertarian evidently only defends one’s own rights and everyone else can go to hell. No wonder the liberty movement isn’t catching on, when assholes like this serve as its ambassador.

          1. Your concocted anecdote refutes libertarianism! Congratulations! You win the Internet!

            1. Well, if you think my anecdote is “concocted”, then I suppose you must agree with me then that libertarians ought to defend the rights of all, not just themselves. I would actually like to be proven wrong that there are people out there who think that defending the liberties of strangers constitutes “socialism”.

              1. Positive or negative rights?

                1. Negative rights, of course.
                  But this guy didn’t even try to make the distinction.

                  1. That’s why the comments here suck. We used to have long discussions on the distinction.

                    1. Yeah but you just used to whine about being cucked by cops.

                    2. And SIV’s comment is example #1 on why these comments suck now.

                    3. because you respond to it?

                    4. Jeff, you participate in nothing but sophistry. Your comments have always sucked.

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                  2. Even John has gone full retard. Though that’s to be expected this close to an election.

                    1. Yeah, election season is basically John in heat. He can’t be expected to make rational decisions for at least two more months.

                    2. Not just John. Some of the regulars that lean right, but used to nevertheless be committed to some libertarian principles, have been very reluctant to criticize Trump.

                      As for good discussion, you are not going to get any nuanced debates with Trump supporters. They are fundamentally not interested in learning or expanding their views.

                    3. The guy calling everyone to the right of Schumer a trump cultist is bitching?

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              2. Well, if you think my anecdote is “concocted”, then I suppose you must agree with me then that libertarians ought to defend the rights of all, not just themselves.

                No, why would we agree with that?

                There is a wide space between ‘every man for himself’ and ‘we have drop everything we’re doing to deal with some rights violation on the other side of the world’.

              3. I would actually like to be proven wrong that there are people out there who think that defending the liberties of strangers constitutes “socialism”.

                Who? Name names. Or is this another ‘anonymous sources claim’ thing from you?

              4. Does that include the right to work Jeff? Because you seem intent on making sure millions stay home so your risk from obesity related to covid doesn’t increase.

          2. I sure hope people who read these comments don’t believe that the majority of the regulars are even remotely libertarian. The only thing they support is violence against anyone who isn’t a Republican. Liberty shmiberty. Freedom shmeedom. Must have control in all things. Free trade? Ha! Free movement of humans across political borders? Ha! Freedom to protest? Ha! Freedom is for pussies. Real men stick guns in the faces of strangers and demand they ask permission and obey commands.

            1. It’s not about liberty for liberty’s sake. It is about liberty as a tool to achieve a particular end, where that end is something along the lines of a right-wing society.

              1. Pretty much. Liberty when convenient. Humility? Snort!

                What did Hayek say? Human action not human design? Liberty is human action, politics is human design.

            2. Oh don’t worry. I know you and Jeffy are leftists.

            3. It must be such hard work for the leftist posters here to be so victimized.

              Youve been nothing but dishonest for over a year sarcasmic. You’re basically Jeff at this point. When was the last time you made a real argument instead of a histrionic strawman you believe “the right” makes as an argument?

          3. No they didn’t. Or else you would have been able to name the person or link to their comment rather than expecting us to take your word that unnamed sources claim . . .

            1. Is that so.

              https://reason.com/2020/09/09/gop-skinny-coronavirus-stimulus-500-billion-dead-on-arrival/#comment-8451128

              At what point will you start sticking up for the rights of everyone?

              Never, you sniveling little cockroach. That is the heart of socialism.

              1. ok so you can’t read.

              2. So you ignore context when it suits you.

                1. no, he always ignores it whether it suits him or not.

        2. Where it means, “Show me your papers or the motherfucker.”

      2. “They’re just illegals. Who gives a shit.”

        Me. I’m on food stamps and need muh cheap produce!

    2. Good point. All users are abusers. All illegals are subhuman. All libertarians are closet Democrats. All protesters are looting rioters. Everyone who doesn’t love Trump must die. Amirite?

      1. No, you’re not correct or right in the head, but you’re really great at burning straw men.

        1. I may have exaggerated a bit, but that comment is only offensive because it contains more than a grain of truth.

          1. You didn’t think this comment through

            1. He admitted he does nothing but make strawman arguments.

          2. I may have exaggerated a bit

            You don’t say.

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  3. So what did Zuri lie about in this article?

    And wtf is that headline trying to say?
    Poorly written

    1. Andy Ngo, on the other hand, speaks nothing but the whole truth.

      1. Does he not? What, in particular, do you have an issue with?

        1. Well I don’t know, maybe it’s because he was caught on tape collaborating with right-wing protestors.

          https://www.rollingstone.com/culture/culture-features/andy-ngo-right-wing-troll-antifa-877914/

          Or that he writes op-eds that take explicitly right-wing positions.

          Andy Ngo is free to write or say whatever he feels like, but that so many people on the right has adopted his “reporting” as some sort of truth about the Portland protests that “the MSM is hiding from you” is disturbing to say the least.

          1. Rolling Stone? Did Andy Ngo rape anyone over a glass table?

            1. I know, right?
              I bet your mom once told you a lie that the Tooth Fairy was real. Therefore everything your mom says is a lie and she is a filthy liar and no one should ever believe anything that she ever says ever.

              Or you could actually listen to the tapes.

              1. You need to work on your metaphors.

              2. But you are here literally telling us we shouldn’t trust Ngo’s reporting because he’s not reporting the truth.

                But the MSM is. The ones that Dan Rathered Bush.

          2. So now you’re going to go after Jake Tapper – for interfering in an election?

            Or that he writes op-eds that take explicitly right-wing positions.

            Look, by your standards, libertarianism is far-right extremism.

            And shocker of shocker – a conservative reporter holds some right-wing opinions. Not like progressive reporters don’t hold left-wing opinions, is it?

          3. Lol. Jeff goes full conspiracy mode so be can dismiss rioting.

            Did you cheer when Ngo got a brain hemorrhage too?

    2. Covid + immigration + peaceful protests + ??? = profit!

      1. Grievance intersectionality. Everything is so terrible and unfair.

        Haha.

  4. James Thomas Hill didn’t commit any capital crimes, and *if* his death was attributable to negligence and legal shenanigans, then by all means take action.

    But I noticed this extra bit of information in another (sympathetic) article about him:

    “After serving nearly 14 years in a U.S. prison for health care fraud and drug distribution, the 72-year-old was set to fly home and see his family last month.”

    https://richmond.com/news/virginia/its-a-story-that-shouldnt-have-happened-72-year-old-man-in-farmville-ice-facility/article_643fec10-cb95-5fed-af89-3b248338a162.html

    Can’t the media just tell us the whole story?

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  7. Check on Davis. That title is incoherent. Maybe she had a stroke.

    1. No kidding, I reread it 5 times before I decided it was probably a haiku gone wrong.

  8. “The Washington Post reports…”

    And that’s where I stopped reading.

    1. Of course.
      When the Washington Post reports something bad about Team Red, then it’s “fake news fake news!”
      But when the Washington Post reports something bad about Team Blue, then it’s “see? see? even the Washington Post has seen the truth!”

      1. No, no. You should have stopped at “reports something”; then you can consider the rest a lie. This is the best way to prevent being a Gell-Mann Amnesia victim on behalf of terrible WaPo reporting.

      2. you literally just dismissed Ngo because he dares talks to conservatives you fucktard.

  9. “just before President Trump crossed the area to take his infamous” Nazi style propaganda “picture in front of St. John’s Church.”

    FTFY!

  10. I don’t know whether we should stop tactical responses to George Floyd protests or stop transferring illegal immigrants, but either way, it should be obvious to anyone with feelings by now that President Trump just wants people to die.

    LOL

    We’ll see more shit like this as the election continues to get closer.

    Here’s a particularly funny contrast:

    Thursday night’s season-opening matchup between the Chiefs and Texans attracted 19.3 million viewers between 8 and 11 p.m. That marks a 12.3% drop from last year’s ratings, which ended with an audience of 22 million. Deadline noted that the key 18-49 demographic pulled in a 5.2 rating, falling from last year’s 12.8 mark.

    —-New York Post

    “NFL ratings plummet in Chiefs-Texans season opener”

    https://nypost.com/2020/09/11/nfl-ratings-plummet-in-chiefs-texans-season-opener/

    Contrast that with CNN’s coverage from yesterday:

    “In 2016 and 2017, the league saw sluggish ratings, with its numbers down and plenty of blame to go around. Some said it was because of injured players and boring games. President Trump blamed the ratings dip on players kneeling during the National Anthem. Even the contentious 2016 presidential election was seemingly a factor.

    Those days are a distant memory following two seasons of viewership growth, which has made the NFL even more of a ratings powerhouse.

    —-CNN

    “The NFL’s Ratings Problem is a Distant Memory”

    As we approach the election, everything good that happens will be ignored, and everything bad that happens will show that Donald Trump just wants people to die. Don’t mind the facts. Get in touch with your feelings, and soon you’ll understand that the facts don’t really matter unless they touch your feelings, and your feeling are so much more important than facts anyway.

    Blech.

    1. I think NFL ratings were down because they skipped the preseason. No one (except team fans) knew when the season was going to start. I thought this was a pre-season game, because originally they were planning 2 preseason games instead of 4. Then they cut it to none. And the opener was on a Thursday night.

      1. It was the first NFL game I’ve watched in 4 years. Mostly because my buddies invited me out to a sports bar to view it. I hadn’t been out to a bar in months, so that sounded like fun. I didn’t care much what was on TV.

  11. I’m sure there is a point here, but I have no idea what it is,

    From the headline to the end, it reads like a word salad of dubious complaints. Normally, I am sympathetic. But this might as well have been titled “Orange Man Bad”.

    1. I’m still trying to work through the headline.

      COVID-19 Outbreak and Death Result of ICE Agents Using Immigrants to Mobilize in George Floyd Protests?

      Huh? “Result from” would have been clearer.
      And it sounds like the ICE agents orchestrated a protest using immigrants, now that would be right wing agitation.
      Maybe “Using Immigrant Transfers as Cover to Mobilize for” would have been better.

    2. “…Orange Man Bad”?

      Orange Man bad?!? He BAD, all right! He SOOO BAD, He be GOOD! He be GREAT! He Make America Great Again!

      We KNOW He can Make America Great Again, because, as a bad-ass businessman, He Made Himself and His Family Great Again! He Pussy Grabber in Chief!

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      He pussy-grab His creditors in 7 bankruptcies, His illegal sub-human workers ripped off of pay on His building projects, and His “students” in His fake Get-Rich-like-Me realty schools, and so on. So, He has a GREAT record of ripping others off! So SURELY He can rip off other nations, other ethnic groups, etc., in trade wars and border wars, for the benefit of ALL of us!!!

      All Hail to THE Pussy Grabber in Chief!!!

      Most of all, HAIL the Chief, for having revoked karma! What comes around, will no longer go around!!! The Donald has figured out that all of the un-Americans are SOOO stupid, that we can pussy-grab them all day, every day, and they will NEVER think of pussy-grabbing us right back!

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      We CAN grab all the pussy, all the time, and NONE will be smart enough to EVER grab our pussies right back!

      These voters simply cannot or will not recognize the central illusion of politics… You can pussy-grab all of the people some of the time, and you can pussy-grab some of the people all of the time, but you cannot pussy-grab all of the people all of the time! Sooner or later, karma catches up, and the others will pussy-grab you right back!

      1. Poor Sqrls never got to grab a pussy.

  12. The author clearly has no idea about how ICE operates or the fact that illegals are frequently transported to various detention facilities around the country. The ICE agents in question in this article normally and routinely perform these type of transport responsibilities and for the agency to coordinate this duty with other duties is consistent with the efficiency of the service standards imposed on the entire Federal government. This author is nothing more than another tedious political hack.

    1. You obviously didn’t read the article.

      This point was addressed.

      The plane was chartered to move a tactical team. ICE can’t charter planes except for prisoner transfers. When this was pointed out, ICE arranged an unnecessary prisoner transfer to cover for moving the tactical team.

      You are nothing more than another tedious political hack.

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  15. okay, so mass protests don’t spread COVID-19, but a few dozen agents flying around to police those protests does. Got it.

  16. Now do multiple large funerals for celebrity deaths, when normal people can only have 10 in attendance.

    1. Yes but you don’t understand. Those rules are for the little people… to keep them safe.
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