I write in response to the letter of Giuseppe (Joe) Scagliarini, Esq.
Newport, RI, which has lost some perspective. The episode he refers to in "A Firsthand
Account Of A Special Registration Experience" is
bad. It is reminiscent of Austro-Hungarian bureaucratic foul-ups or Swiss
border guards. It is embarrassing to me as a naturalized American. It is
not, however "reminiscent of European Nazi and Fascist special police
squads". It doesn't even rise to the level of what too many Guatemalans
face at the Mexican border.
If incidents like this are what Nazism was all about, then maybe we
should have let the Fascists wipe out the Soviet Union before we committed
troops to Western Europe. Nazism and Fascism meant that the officers would
not just seize documents they have a right to seize, hand out inappropriate
forms and make "scary eyes." They were about theft, expulsion and murder
carried out as a national priority. If this were even "mere" fascism, scary
eyes would be the least of the woman's worries and the "ethnic lobbies" Ali
Alexander worries about would not just be irritating, one would have seized
government and criminalized most of the rest. This, by contrast, seems to
be simply the confluence of bureaucratic overload and the new emphasis on
policing immigration violations. It makes it more irritating for immigrants
like my wife to travel but it does not make us stop traveling. Remember,
after all, the woman's husband was released on his own recognizance.
Honza J. F. Prchal, Esq.,
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