Dem Rep. Yvette Clarke: ICE ‘the Gestapo of the United States of America’

While participating in a protest in front of the headquarters for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency on Saturday, Rep. Yvette Clarke, D-N.Y., compared the agency to the Nazi secret police, calling it the “Gestapo of the United States.”

“We are standing in front of a building that has become the headquarters for the Gestapo of the United States of America”: Brooklyn Democrat , outside ’s Manhattan hq,” tweeted Newsday and amNewYork reporter Matthew Chayes.

According to the Daily Caller, the comparison “comes after an immigration activist called the new White House immigration proposal a ‘legislative burning cross’ Thursday.’

Justin Caruso added:

The White House proposal would allow almost two million individuals already in the country illegally to gain a pathway to citizenship in exchange for $25 billion in funding for a border wall. The proposal would also look to end chain migration and the visa lottery.

Her comparison didn’t sit too well with quite a few people, who responded on social media:

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Indeed, there is absolutely NO comparison WHATSOEVER between the Gestapo and ICE, the agency charged with enforcing immigration laws.

A post at The History Place notes:

On February 10, 1936, the Nazi Reichstag passed the ‘Gestapo Law’ which included the following paragraph: “Neither the instructions nor the affairs of the Gestapo will be open to review by the administrative courts.” This meant the Gestapo was now above the law and there could be no legal appeal regarding anything it did.

Indeed, the Gestapo became a law unto itself. It was entirely possible for someone to be arrested, interrogated and sent to a concentration camp for incarceration or summary execution, without any outside legal procedure.

Hardly sounds like ICE, but that’s what liberal Democrats want you to believe.

Clarke, by the way, isn’t the only leftist to make that comparison.  As Breitbart reported, HBO’s Bill Maher also made the same fact-free claim:

On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher argued that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) “is the Gestapo, and they’re acting like it.”

After Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA) brought up the deportation of Jorge Garcia during a discussion on the DACA protests that took place outside of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s (D-NY) home, Maher said, “I mean, Trump may not be Hitler, but ICE is the Gestapo, and they’re acting like it.”

No, they’re not.  As History Place adds:

Anyone foolish enough to say something risky or tell an anti-Nazi joke in mixed company might get a knock on the door in the middle of the night or a tap on the shoulder while walking along the street. Letters were also sent out demanding an appearance at No. 8 Prinz Albrecht Strasse, the Gestapo headquarters in Berlin, to answer a few questions. The Gestapo prison center in Berlin (the Columbia-Haus) became notorious as a place where pedestrians strolling outside the building could hear screaming coming from inside.

Gestapo interrogation methods included: repeated near drownings of a prisoner in a bathtub filled with ice-cold water; electric shocks by attaching wires to hands, feet, ears and genitalia; crushing a man’s testicles in a special vice; securing a prisoner’s wrists behind his back then hanging him by the arms causing shoulder dislocation; beatings with rubber nightsticks and cow-hide whips; and burning flesh with matches or a soldering iron.

Liberals, of course, are entitled to their own opinions.  They are not, however, entitled to their own “facts.”


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