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Now I know.

Instead of a president sending justice officials into states to enforce federal nondiscrimination policies, we have a president sending his Justice Department and Immigration and Customs Enforcement goons into states to enforce a poorly disguised white supremacist agenda. It’s no surprise that the attorney general who arrived in Sacramento this week to “declare war” on our state’s efforts to protect immigrants is a former Alabama senator known for his racist sympathies.

Wallace used the federalist argument of “states’ rights” to justify the South’s historic discrimination against people of color. Now, California, and other states that seek to defend the human rights of their residents, find themselves arguing for a “state’s right” to do so.

In 2008, a George W. Bush administration ICE official said in a speech to sheriffs and cops that “if you don’t have enough evidence to charge someone criminally, but you think he’s illegal, we can make him disappear.”

This is precisely the strategy employed by ICE under Donald Trump and why Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf should be praised and thanked for her courage to stand up to what might better be described as America’s Gestapo.

WILLIAM HAIGWOOD

Rohnert Park

Threatening schools

EDITOR: Since these local teenagers think it’s a joke to scare students, parents and all our communities with threats, I believe their names and pictures should be printed in the newspaper.

Other people who make threats about shootings, bombings and so forth are listed in the paper. Just because they are underage doesn’t mean they should be handled with kid gloves.

If these fools think it’s so funny to scare people, send them down to Florida and see what these students have to say about threats. I’m sure the students in Parkland, Florida would have a different view of this sick behavior. Act like an idiot and pay the consequences.

THERESA EATON

Cotati

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