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    Noam Chomsky’s Bold Request Before President Obama Leaves Office (Video)

    *If Obama would do it, there would be no better way to rebuke a Trump/birther presidency.

    Posted on Dec 25, 2016
    By Alexandra Rosenmann / AlterNet

    “We should join to urge [Obama] to carry out this necessary step without delay,” Noam Chomsky tells Americans. (YouTube)


    “President Obama, to his credit, has issued personal pardons in deserving cases, but he should go far beyond,” Chomsky stated.

    On December 19, just weeks before leaving office, President Obama pardoned 78 people and shortened the sentences of 153 other prisoners. The recipients were all non-violent, low level drug offenders deserving of a second chance. In total, President Obama has pardoned 1,000 individuals since taking office; more than 50 times that of George W. Bush.

    Chomsky then dared the president to set a new record.

    “He should proceed to what is, in fact, an urgent necessity, to grant a general pardon to 11 million people who are living and working [in America], productive citizens… threatened with deportation by the incoming administration,” Chomsky insisted.


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  • TM99 (4474 posts)
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    1. I used to really respect Chomsky.

    Now I just have a hard time when he pushes stupid shit like this.

    A very simple bit of research on the facts would have shown him that Obama can not do this.

    1. Illegal immigration is a civil not criminal offense — http://blogs.findlaw.com/blotter/2014/07/is-illegal-immigration-a-crime-improper-entry-v-unlawful-presence.html  The only part that is is ‘illegal entry’ which is a misdemeanor usually covered by scant if any jail time (less than six months) and a small fine.

    2. Presidents can only pardon criminal offenses not civil ones — http://immigrationreform.com/2016/11/22/can-obama-pardon-illegal-aliens/  Even if he pardoned the illegal entry, it would not change anything but all of the other issues are civil not criminal.

    I used to think those of us on the left were critical thinkers but apparently emotionality is the norm today.

    I used to have a photo of Putin giving the finger as a protest to all of the anti-Russian hysterics and fake news non-sense.  Admin said to remove it because they and certain members thought it was a fuck you to the site and the members.  It was not.  

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  • Two way street (1093 posts)
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    2. Does Chomsky fear that the incarcerated will be executed instead of being

    deported?  Perhaps the next administration, seeing productive citizens working freely, could move to incarcerate a slave labor force just for being here illegally.


    Are we looking at work camps and slavery where one works to pay for their fare back to their country of origin or work for the immigration fee to become a citizen?  What will Trump do?

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