Letter: David Mendelsohn, Ashburn

Editor: On Friday, Feb. 24, congregants of Beth Chaverim Reform Congregation were pleasantly surprised to find a group of 22 members of ADAMS, a Muslim organization, welcoming them to enjoy the Friday evening Jewish service and Sabbath.

The group from ADAMS held signs including, “We are all descended from Adam.”

The congregants from Beth Chaverim had worked together with ADAMS and the Christian Fellowship Church on charitable events, such as serving dinners to needy families in Sterling, mutual social events, and knew many of the ADAMS members.

The recent military action against immigrants, and the executive orders allowing police to detain and turn over to immigration police authorities, any immigrant committing any, or suspected of any minor infraction, has led to anxiety and fears among our neighbors. To many it reminds people of the roundups by the Nazi fascists of political opponents, Jews, homosexuals, priests and others who opposed their regime.

The ADAMS group was praying for respect, dignity, freedom of fear of persecution, freedom to worship, and just treatment by good neighbors. They are good people, hard-working members of our community.

David Mendelsohn, Ashburn

17 thoughts on “Letter: David Mendelsohn, Ashburn

  • 2017-02-27 at 3:01 pm
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    “recent military action against immigrants?” What is this guy talking about?

    “Nazi’s” (aka, “socialists.”) rounding up gays, Jews and priests? America burned those people down in 1945 in case you’ve forgotten.

    Complete drivel.

    If you want to express yourself in a reasonable manner, then leave the political hyperbole behind, and stick to the facts.

  • 2017-03-02 at 6:59 am
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    Says the dude who just last week called Malcom Baldwin a lefty one percenter?

    You owe Malcom an apology. You owe yourself a hard look in the mirror- your diatribes about the EPA were about as naive and juvenile as I’ve ever seen in this forum.

  • 2017-03-02 at 10:53 am
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    You’ve mistaken me for one who actually cares what people hiding behind anonymity think.

    Mr. Bawldwin is a man. I’m certain he can defend himself on issues related to incompetence, corruption, and overzealous rule making at the EPA.

    • 2017-03-04 at 6:48 am
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      “If you want to express yourself in a reasonable manner, then leave the political hyperbole behind, and stick to the facts”

      So, you’re cool with your hypocrisy since you don’t care what I think?

      I suppose that sort of attitude is for the best. As much as it sucks being called out by people you’ve decided to discount at least you can look in the mirror and be ok with yourself.

      And by the way- Malcom Baldwin is way too cool of a cat to bother asking for an apology from someone who’s clearly into regurgitating right wing talking points and perhaps doesn’t even understand the difference between government and the private sector.

      As to this letter, you know damm well were the “military action” language in the letter came from (Orange headed Julius Caesar). You’d just rather play cutesy word games for your own entertainment.

      Carry on dude.

  • 2017-03-02 at 11:15 am
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    By the way, we’re still waiting for the author to explain where exactly “recent military action against immigrants” has occurred.

    The only countries left in the world that round up Gays, Jews, and priests, happen to be Islamic states.

  • 2017-03-03 at 7:07 am
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    >>About two weeks ago, Daniela Vargas hid in the bedroom closet of her Jackson, Miss., home after watching immigration officials handcuff her father in the family’s driveway.

    Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents detained the 22-year-old’s father and brother, Argentines who were living in the country illegally, amid the Trump administration’s aggressive deportation effort that has riled immigrant communities across the country.

    Although Vargas was in the process of renewing her status as a “dreamer” to remain in the United States legally — a status she had allowed to lapse — she feared that immigration officials would come after her next.

    Vargas’s detention shocked and angered immigrant rights advocates, who feared ICE officials may have retaliated against her for speaking publicly about her case. It also heightened existing anxieties that “dreamers” registered under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program created by President Barack Obama could now be targeted for deportation.

    She had been granted the two-year protection under DACA twice before, in December 2012 and in November 2014, Abigail Peterson, one of her attorneys, told the Associated Press. But her DACA status had expired in November 2016, and it was not until mid-February that she was able to come up with the $495 application fee to renew it.<<

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/03/02/ice-nabs-young-dreamer-applicant-after-she-speaks-out-at-a-news-conference/?utm_term=.5f619de11627

  • 2017-03-03 at 7:09 am
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    >>A hearing in El Paso County in Texas went from ordinary to “unprecedented” last week when half a dozen Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents showed up at a courthouse where an undocumented woman was seeking a protective order against the boyfriend she accused of abusing her.

    The woman, a citizen of Mexico who was living in El Paso had been driven to the courthouse by a victim’s advocate from the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence, a shelter for victims of domestic abuse where she had been living.

    She left under arrest.

    “This is really unprecedented,” El Paso County Attorney Jo Anne Bernal told The Washington Post.

    It was the first time in her 23 years at the courthouse, Bernal said, that she can remember ICE agents making their presence known during a protective order hearing. The agents had come to stake out the woman, identified by her initials I.E.G., because, Bernal speculates, they likely received a tip from the only other person who knew the time and place of the hearing — the woman’s alleged abuser.<<

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/02/16/this-is-really-unprecedented-ice-detains-woman-seeking-domestic-abuse-protection-at-texas-courthouse/

  • 2017-03-03 at 7:10 am
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    >>Oscar Ramirez and Thermon Brewster walked out of the Rising Hope United Methodist Mission Church just before 7 a.m. — when those who sleep at its homeless shelter must leave for the day.

    Outside the church in the Alexandria section of Fairfax County, Va., U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents were waiting.

    As the two men and others crossed the street toward a shopping center on Feb. 8, about a dozen ICE agents ordered them up against the wall of a grocery store, questioning them about their immigration status. According to Ramirez and Brewster, the ICE agents then indiscriminately arrested seven of the homeless men — all of them Hispanic — and packed them into a van full of other detainees.<<

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/federal-immigration-raids-net-many-without-criminal-records-sowing-fear/2017/02/16/a37e5e76-f486-11e6-a9b0-ecee7ce475fc_story.html

  • 2017-03-03 at 7:11 am
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    >>U.S. immigration authorities arrested hundreds of undocumented immigrants in at least a half-dozen states this week in a series of raids that marked the first large-scale enforcement of President Trump’s Jan. 25 order to crack down on the estimated 11 million immigrants living here illegally.

    Officials said the raids targeted known criminals, but they also netted some immigrants without criminal records, an apparent departure from similar enforcement waves during the Obama administration. Last month, Trump substantially broadened the scope of who the Department of Homeland Security can target to include those with minor offenses or no convictions at all.

    Trump has pledged to deport as many as 3 million undocumented immigrants with criminal records.<<

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/federal-agents-conduct-sweeping-immigration-enforcement-raids-in-at-least-6-states/2017/02/10/4b9f443a-efc8-11e6-b4ff-ac2cf509efe5_story.html

  • 2017-03-03 at 11:35 am
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    Excellent deflection Johnathan — well played. Most would cave, but not me. I support rounding up criminals and getting them off our streets so we can avoid just one more Danny Centeno-Miranda tragedy — Or should I say failure of government, such as in Danny’s case.

    I’m certain you remember Danny’s name Johnathan? Does anyone else in Loudoun County remember his name?

    I still want to know where the “recent military actions against immigrants” as the author claims, took place? Where in America did the military round up anyone? I also want to know where “gays “Jews” and priests” are being rounded up, other than in muslum countries — with the author implying that Americans are the real “nazis.”

    • 2017-03-03 at 1:12 pm
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      Chris, you certainly read the letter and took note that the write said specifically, “reminds people of the roundups ..” So, you continued bashing on this point is out of touch with what was actually written. I am certain you know this but you seem to be trying to deflect the conversation away from the central issues.

  • 2017-03-03 at 3:06 pm
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    CS: The author says the U.S. military was used to round up immigrants. It hasn’t. Thus, the author is deceptive right off from the start.

    The author clearly implies Americans are equivalent to nazis, for actually enforcing our federal laws. He goes out of his way to mention “political opponents, gays, Jews, and priests” being “rounded up” as some sort of equivalency. It’s not only offensive, it’s absurd.
    Again, the author should consider reality and look at exactly where on the plant such things he tries to pin on America are happening today – right now – right this minute. It happens in Islamic countries, every day.
    I know that can be uncomfortable for leftists to hear and understand, but it’s reality.

    Say CS, do you know who Danny Centeno-Miranda was? You should. He was a student in the Loudoun County Public School System. You work for the school system, correct CS? Can you tell us what happened to Danny? You know everything about everything else… please tell us about Danny.

    • 2017-03-03 at 4:01 pm
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      Actually, Chris, you are inferring that the author equated Americans to Nazis – I don’t see that at all in what he wrote nor any implication to that point. For you to extrapolate this letter of hope to your trolls of hate is just plain wrong.

  • 2017-03-03 at 6:56 pm
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    Chris,

    Is it possible that you’re focusing on a meaningless semantic detail, and that you’re obfuscating by putting words into Mr. Mendelsohn’s mouth?

    You said:
    “CS: The author says the U.S. military was used to round up immigrants. It hasn’t. Thus, the author is deceptive right off from the start.”

    The letter said:
    “The recent military action against immigrants, and the executive orders allowing police to detain and turn over to immigration police authorities,”

    The Washington Post reporting says:
    “ICE officials may have retaliated against her for speaking publicly about her case.”

    “As the two men and others crossed the street toward a shopping center on Feb. 8, about a dozen ICE agents ordered them up against the wall of a grocery store, questioning them about their immigration status. According to Ramirez and Brewster, the ICE agents then indiscriminately arrested seven of the homeless men — all of them Hispanic — and packed them into a van full of other detainees.”

    “A hearing in El Paso County in Texas went from ordinary to “unprecedented” last week when half a dozen Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents showed up at a courthouse where an undocumented woman was seeking a protective order against the boyfriend she accused of abusing her.”

    “U.S. immigration authorities arrested hundreds of undocumented immigrants in at least a half-dozen states this week in a series of raids that marked the first large-scale enforcement of President Trump’s Jan. 25 order to crack down on the estimated 11 million immigrants living here illegally.”

    Perhaps, Mr. Mendelsohn should have said “military-like” or “military-style,” but does it really matter? If a half-dozen, or a dozen armed, uniformed agents of the state make coordinated “unprecedented arrests” on order of the President, that’s a thing, and that thing warrants a name, doesn’t it?

  • 2017-03-04 at 12:33 pm
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    You’re an ardent advocate of any cause you commit to Johnathan. You always bring something valuable to the table, and you’ll always have my respect.

    You filling in, or correcting the author’s context, is admirable. It’s basic reading that he meant the U.S. Military was involved in actions against “immigrants.” An assertion which is completely false. We’ll have to disagree, and that’s what the 1st Amendment is all about. We’re both citizens who can speak to each other in a rational manner. How refreshing. Too bad there’s not more like us.

    The author using the term “immigrant” in itself is misleading. An immigrant is an individual who has legally completed the process of immigrating to the United States. Nowhere, are these individuals being “rounded up” and deported.
    America is the most generous nation on the planet in that we accept upwards of a million new people each year, and have been for quite a while.

    Former president Obama deported some 2 million and change illegals — 91 percent of them criminals, according to ABC News. He was following the law. The current president is following the law by deporting illegal criminals. The exact kind who brutally shot to death 16 year old Danny Miranda at a school bus stop in Sterling Park two tears ago.

    In the authors world, former president Obama must be a nazi as well, because he surely rounded up criminals in our country illegally and sent them packing. What’s changed? Where was this author’s laments for the last 8 years?
    I’ll call out anyone, who sits in their houses of religion, and compares their fellow Americans to nazis, solely because we expect our government to do its job by removing criminals from our streets. We have enough of our own criminals; we don’t need criminals from the rest of the world as well.

    That’s not unreasonable.

  • 2017-03-04 at 12:42 pm
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    CS, Did you figure out who Danny Centeno-Miranda was yet? He was a student in the Loudoun County Public School System. He was an actual victim of “hate.”

    • 2017-03-06 at 10:24 am
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      Chris, I could easily match you story-to-story about other atrocities commited by non-illegal aliens, even stories about US citizens targeting those who do not look like them. For instance, the recent shootings in Wisconsin. But that deflects from the point I read in this letter that communities can comes together to work toward hope and progress.

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