We refuse to cooperate with Border Control inspections on domestic flights

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On Wednesday, February 22, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents “asked passengers who had been on Delta Flight 1583 from San Francisco to show their identification while deplaning after landing at John F. Kennedy Airport,” according to the Washington Post. 

We, the undersigned, find this action and the policy behind it to be characteristic of the abuses of a totalitarian government.  It is designed not only to strike fear into undocumented workers but also to intimidate the broader U.S. population. The exclusionary, indeed racist, nature of the early presidency of the Trump administration has been on display since Inauguration Day.  The Muslim ban, the announcement of wider roundups of undocumented workers, as well as other acts of aggression toward marginalized members of our society have become the centerpiece of administration policies.

 We will not allow these measures to be carried out in our name and with our complicity.  As one act of resistance, we are announcing here that we will not cooperate with agents of the United States government who ask for identification when deplaning from domestic flights.  We will refuse to provide identification.  We believe that our refusal would be within our Constitutional rights and in accordance with recognized legal liberties.  However, we recognize from history that people’s Constitutional rights are not always respected.  If they are not, we are willing to face arrest and then challenge this egregious procedure.

 There comes a time when one must say, “So far, and no further.”  Ours will be small acts in the larger fabric of resistance that is the duty of everyone in this country.  We will engage in others.  But we must recognize that we live in a situation of great moral clarity, and must act accordingly.

 



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