The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Acting Director, Ronald D. Vitiello, received a letter (08-14-18) from six members of the U.S. House of Representatives – Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ); Donald Norcross (D-NJ); Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ); Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ); Donald Payne, Jr. (D-NJ); and Albio Sires (D-NJ) – concerning “immediate dismissal from ICE” of “Emilio Karim Dabul as spokesperson” in New Jersey, due to alleged “bigoted beliefs.”
Criticism of Islam is construed as a thought crime
ICE’s public affairs office “regularly issues news releases and fact sheets on agency activities and enforcement actions.” A spokesperson is a liaison interacting with government, media, and the public.
This “call” for dismissal is based on what objective evidence of deviation from the job description of spokesperson? (Sound of crickets). Nothing listed in the letter. Instead, their rationale is a subjective interpretation alleging “bigoted beliefs.” In-other-words, their opinion of an alleged thought crime.
Guilt by association of groups opposing liberal politics
Allegation: “Act for America ‘advance[d] anti-Muslim legislation at the state and federal level, while flooding the American public with hate speech demonizing Muslims,’” according to the legislators’ letter, citing the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Rebuttal: Act for America’s mission: “is focused on educating, engaging, and mobilizing citizens and elected officials to impact legislative outcomes to keep America safe and secure. Through training and education ACT for America is empowering citizens to help prevent criminal activity and terrorism while preserving civil liberties protected by the US constitution.” Its founder, Brigitte Gabriel, “is one of the leading terrorism experts in the world providing information and analysis on the rise of global Islamic terrorism.”
Allegation: “FrontPage Magazine ‘has become a platform for publishing a plethora of right wing and anti-Muslim writers and commentators,’” according to the legislators’ letter, citing the Southern Poverty Law Center. They criticize Dabul’s authorship of this article.
Rebuttal: The David Horowitz Freedom Center “is unique among conservative think tanks whose emphasis is on public policy and institutional reform … [T]he Center has been warning that the political left has declared war on America and its constitutional system.” Its “school for political warfare” includes FrontPage Magazine and its impressive list of authors; JihadWatch; and about 11 other groups. The DHFC was a co-sponsor of American Freedom Defense Initiative’s “Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest.”