Immigration: issues and policy

(Nate) #21

Not sure if anyone heard about this. The southern border gets a lot of attention. It seems like if they would have just turned her around back the other way, it could have saved a lot of trouble.


From Lawfare:

Since the Trump administration took office, the Border Patrol has detected fewer gang members crossing irregularly than during the Obama administration. In FY2017, these detections amounted to 0.075 percent of the total number of migrants (228 MS-13 members out of 303,916 total migrants). When combined with MS-13’s rival, the Barrio 18 gang, the number rises only slightly to 0.095 percent. This is far from the “infestation” of violent gang members described by the president.


David Begnaud of CBS News on FB live reporting from Texas.

NOW LIVE: I want to tell you about a round table discussion that was held yesterday (6-22-18) in Weslaco, Texas, yesterday. It was set up so that two United States Senators from Texas could hear from and ask question of government heads, and community leaders regarding the immigration crisis —- specifically how migrants are being processed at the border, undocumented immigrants are being treated after they enter the country illegally. The media was invited, but usually these things are just dog and pony shows for the politician to get on camera shaking hands and delivering script remarks. But truth be told, I got more information there, in 30 minutes, than I’ve been able to get in the last six days. Here it is.


Due Process for Undocumented Immigrants, Explained

A must read.


Excellent explainer on Toxic Stress Syndrome from Harvard. I’ve witnessed what this does to kids.


“I’m embarrassed to ask it, because I don’t know who you would explain it to, unless you think that a 1-year-old could learn immigration law,” Judge John W. Richardson told the lawyer representing the 1-year-old boy.


Pregnant Women Say They Miscarried In Immigration Detention And Didn’t Get The Care They Needed

Pregnant women in immigration detention under the Trump administration say they have been denied medical care, shackled around the stomach, and abused.

In written testimonies — taken by RAICES for their records and provided to BuzzFeed News, and signed by the women under “penalty of perjury,” with the names redacted — two pregnant women held at the Karnes center complained of not being provided with adequate medical care for their pregnancies. On top of this, one said she was given clothes that were so small for her pregnant belly they gave her welts and “pain in [her] uterus”, while the other said she underwent repeated X-rays despite this being against the Food and Drug Administration’s recommendations and against CBP (but not ICE’s) policies for pregnant women. “I saw on the machine that [it said] pregnant women should not have an X-ray,” she wrote.

All the women said they’d been shackled around their hands, legs, and belly while they were in custody. Shackling of pregnant women in their second trimester is prohibited by ICE and CBP’s most recent policies.


Miami grandma targeted as U.S. takes aim at naturalized immigrants with prior offenses

WTF, guys? How does this make us safer or our borders stronger? This is just cruel and completely unnecessary.

The United States government has long reserved its power to revoke citizenship for the rarest of cases, going after the likes of war criminals, child rapists and terrorist funders.

Norma Borgono is none of those. The 63-year-old secretary who immigrated from Peru in 1989 volunteers weekly at church, raised two children on a $500-a-week salary and suffers from a rare kidney disorder. But a week after her baby granddaughter came home from the hospital, Borgono received a letter from the U.S. government: The Department of Justice was suing to “denaturalize” her as part of an unprecedented push by the Trump administration to revoke citizenship from people who committed criminal offenses before they became citizens.

Borgono is one of thousands of citizens and legal residents of the United States who may now find themselves subject to denaturalization and deportation for past offenses, some of them committed decades ago.


Trump Administration Returns to ‘Catch and Release’ of Migrants

WASHINGTON — The government said on Tuesday that it would release hundreds of migrant families wearing ankle bracelet monitors into the United States, effectively returning to the “catch and release” policy that President Trump promised to eliminate.

Faced with a pair of court orders restricting immigration detentions, federal officials said they could not hold all of the migrant families who were apprehended at the southwestern border. They said their hands were tied by dueling requirements to release children from detention after 20 days and also keep them with their parents or other adult relatives.

Confronted by audio of crying children that drew widespread outrage, Trump administration officials also said they had stopped referring migrant adults who enter the United States with children for prosecution.

(nina) #30

WOW…forced their hand with the court orders. Damage done, arch positions taken…horror show will continue in some form unfortunately…but Admin was caught red handed, and they got flagged. A turn around of sorts.


Trump had to totally flip flop because it’s the only sane thing to do. Nearly everything that the Trump Aministration was proposing either inhumane or violated current law. Total disaster that won’t be forgotten this was on par with the Japanese Internment during WW2.

(nina) #32

More tactics to keep immigrants out, and getting legal residents out…

These moves have been paired with a ramp-up in the scrutiny of immigration applications, which makes the NTA policy all the more troubling, says Jennifer Minear, an immigration attorney based in Richmond, Virginia, who specializes in work visas and other employment-based applications. “We had already been seeing upticks in challenges by the government to legitimate petitions, denial of legitimate petitions, and crazy interpretations of the laws,” says Minear. “We’re going to see a lot of people that are being denied that shouldn’t be—it’s the fear and threat of that that’s going to intimidate people from wanting to risk the process at all.”