(The Federalist) -- In southeast Texas, a humanitarian and economic catastrophe is underway. The National Weather Service has called Hurricane Harvey and the ensuing tropical storm “unprecedented” and “beyond anything experienced.” Flooding in some parts of Houston have reached 500-year floodplain levels, leaving thousands displaced or still stranded in their homes. But that hasn’t stopped the mainstream media from turning the disaster into a political talking point attacking the Trump administration.
On Friday, the American Civil Liberties Union released a grossly inaccurate and inflammatory statement in response to the unremarkable news that the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol would not close any internal checkpoints in Texas during the hurricane.
“As people seek refuge from hurricane Harvey, they are likely to have to go north or west of Texas and would have to go through a checkpoint. By keeping checkpoints open, the Border Patrol is putting undocumented people and mixed-status families at risk out of fear of deportations,” said Lorella Praeli, the ACLU’s director of immigration policy and campaigns. “This is a disgusting move from the Border Patrol that breaks with past practices. The Border Patrol should never keep checkpoints open during any natural disasters in the United States. Everyone, no matter the color of their skin or background, is worth saving.”
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