ICE RIPS 53-WEEK OLD INFANT FROM HIS MOTHER BECAUSE THIS IS TRUMP’S POLICY
President Donald Trump has ordered the Dept. of Homeland Security, the Dept. of Justice, and ICE to rip young children away from their undocumented immigrant parents. He’s made clear it’s a strategy to send a message to those who are fleeing primarily Central America, where drug gangs rule and governments are powerless to control them. His message: if you try to illegally cross the U.S. border the price you will pay is your own offspring.
As the staggering numbers of children who have been separated from their parents roll in and the media is starting to take notice, many are stunned and outraged.
Not only is ICE and Border Patrol intentionally breaking apart families for no reason other than to inflict them with a punishment that far outweighs the “crime” of trying to make their children’s lives better, it appears they have no legitimate plan to care for them, protect them and their rights, and in many cases, they have no plan to reunite children with their parents.
Worse, thousands of children have been released into foster care, and Trump’s agencies have now lost track of them. Many believe these children, who were brought to America to escape drugs, drug gangs, violence, rape, and murder, are now the victims of child sex trafficking, where they will be forced to use drugs, and be raped and murdered.
University of Texas Law professor Steve Vladeck:
Waking up to separate headlines that
(1) HHS has lost track of nearly 1500(!) unaccompanied migrant children placed with sponsors; and
(2) DHS is indeed beginning to separate children of all ages from their parents at the border.
Shame on us. pic.twitter.com/XN7DKeUe2I
— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) May 25, 2018
Many of these immigrants have the legal right to apply for asylum. In fact, many cross the border and turn themselves over to U.S. authorities, asking for asylum. After all, some are coming from areas that have been labeled “the murder capital of the world.”
But the Trump administration frequently refuses their right to even apply.
On Friday evening, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes highlighted the Trump administration’s moral crimes.
First he posted this tweet:
Just a thought but maybe the US government is treating immigrant children like livestock because the president sees them as animals.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) May 25, 2018
And then, this clip from his show:
— All In w/Chris Hayes (@allinwithchris) May 26, 2018
What St. John describes in the clip above is a small slice of what’s happening.
Here’s the transcript of an ACLU attorney begging a federal court to halt this practice:
This transcript is hard reading. This is the ACLU lawyer pleading with the court. pic.twitter.com/JWqKMdYTAa
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) May 25, 2018
To be clear, this is not the law. This is a Trump policy he has ordered enacted.
Harvard Law School constitutional law professor Lawrence Tribe says what the Trump administration is doing to these families and these children is unconstitutional:
I’m still reeling from the @chrislhayes segment on the Trump administration’s immoral, inhumane, and unconstitutional policy of forcibly taking infants from their mothers when the mothers present themselves at legitimate ports of entry and lawfully seek asylum. This is monstrous
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) May 26, 2018
Walter Shaub, the former head of the federal government’s Office of Government Ethics weighs in:
These human rights violations should be getting more coverage than they are. The administration is trying to destroy records of these crimes. The systematic dehumanization and abuse of these victims is only going to get worse. https://t.co/pGkHEZdf78
— Walter Shaub (@waltshaub) May 25, 2018
If by some miracle you are not yet convinced of these horrors intentionally inflicted on people, many of whom rightly deserve asylum, read this, via Courthouse News reporter Adam Klasfeld:
A weeping mother has been forced to wear a yellow insignia (bracelet) as she is ripped away from her children indefinitely.
In the United States. By policy.
— Adam Klasfeld (@KlasfeldReports) May 25, 2018
And now, President Donald Trump, apparently recognizing the quickly-growing outrage, denies any culpability for his own orders and policies – and blames Democrats:
Put pressure on the Democrats to end the horrible law that separates children from there parents once they cross the Border into the U.S. Catch and Release, Lottery and Chain must also go with it and we MUST continue building the WALL! DEMOCRATS ARE PROTECTING MS-13 THUGS.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2018
To be clear, he’s lying.
And even if this were law, President Trump easily could order the Republican-controlled Congress to repeal it. He could also choose to not implement or enforce it. He could order his Attorney General to take it to court to have it declared unconstitutional.
But he won’t because it’s not law – it’s policy, and it’s his policy.
Notice, by the way, how he equates infants and their parents with “MS-13 THUGS” in his tweet.
Trump has ordered the DOJ and DHS to implement these actions.
“If you are smuggling a child,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions proudly announced in March, “then we will prosecute you and that child will be separated from you as required by law. If you don’t like that, then don’t smuggle children over our border,” Sessions smugly threatened, as New York magazine reported. “We are not going to let this country be invaded. We will not be stampeded. We will not capitulate to lawlessness.”
Here’s video of Sessions’ remarks:
He’s lying about the “required by law” portion, as the New York magazine article makes abundantly clear:
Under the new system, children will be treated as if they arrived in the United States alone, The Wall Street Journal reports. If they are from a country other than Mexico or Canada, they are placed with a family member or in a shelter while their case is considered. Their parents are allowed to apply for asylum once they are apprehended, but may be detained while their applications are considered.
Sessions also announced the Justice Department’s intention to criminally prosecute every immigrant who illegally crosses the border, as opposed to simply busing them back over the border.
The extreme family-separation measure, which had been reported to be under consideration in March, marks a dramatic shift from current policy, in which authorities generally try to keep detained families together by sending them to the same detention facilities.
Again, this is Trump administration policy, not law.
Here’s then-Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly – now Trump’s Chief of Staff, in March of 2017, admitting this is policy DHS was considering last year. It has now been implemented under his successor, Kirstjen Nielsen.
Ask yourself: Should the most powerful, richest nation on earth be performing these inhuman acts?
Can you sit idly by while this takes place?
More to come.
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US Supreme Court Agrees to Decide if Taxpayer Funded Religious Adoption Agencies Can Discriminate Against LGBTQ Families
The U.S. Supreme Court has announced it will hear a case that could determine if taxpayer-funded religious organizations, including adoption and foster care agencies, can legally discriminate against same-sex couples and LGBTQ families. Monday morning the conservative-majority court agreed to hear Fulton v. Philadelphia, which is being litigated by the far right wing Becket Fund for Religious Liberty.
Catholic Social Services is claiming it has a First Amendment right to discriminate against same-sex couples and LGBTQ people, – including refusing to allow them to adopt or foster children – while still accepting taxpayer funds.
The City of Philadelphia stopped using Catholic Social Services because its policies violated the rights of LGBTQ people.
The agency “argued that its right to free exercise of religion and free speech entitled it to reject qualified same-sex couples because they were same-sex couples, rather than for any reason related to their qualifications to care for children,” the ACLU wrote in 2018.
The Third Circuit Court of Appeals had decided in favor of Philadelphia, ruling that the city “was neutrally enforcing a nondiscrimination policy that applies to everyone. The city hadn’t targeted the nonprofit group based on hostility to its religious beliefs, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit said,” according to Bloomberg Law.
Catholic Social Services is claiming they have been “targeted” by the city and its officials, who are attempting to “coerce” them into changing their “religious practices.”
The Trump administration has not only changed the face of the nation’s top court into one that is decidedly of the far right, but it has made promises and advanced polices to ensure religious adoption and foster care agencies will be allowed to discriminate against LGBTQ people.
ICE Deports Decorated Iraq War Combat Vet Who Suffered a Brain Injury
“At some point, he was the American hero. But then he became a guy from El Salvador. At what point did he lose his label?”
He served five years – two tours – in Iraq. He is a decorated Marine Corps combat veteran. He has a large tattoo of the Statue of Liberty spread across the left side of his body, and another tattoo memorializing his service to the U.S. Marines, according to The Orange County Register.
He was honorably discharged in 2004, one year after suffering a brain injury.
And President Donald Trump’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) just deported him – reportedly without warning – to El Salvador, a country he has not lived in since he was three years old.
His name is Jose Segovia-Benitez. He is 38-years old.
“ICE kept his deportation a secret” attorney Roy Petty told the Phoenix New Times. “They kept it a secret from him, me, his other attorney, and they kept it a secret from his mother. It’s not common practice.”
“Generally, what ICE will do is they will notify the person so the person can make arrangements.,” Petty said. Instead, they “woke him up and put him on a plane.”
Petty says his client does not speak fluent Spanish.
“Gangs target former U.S. military,” he told the Phoenix New Times. “They’ll kidnap a person, they may hold a person for ransom, they may torture an individual.”
Segovia-Benitez was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder in 2011, seven years after he was discharged. And reportedly there were some issues.
The Hill reports “after he was discharged from the military, Segovia-Benitez began to self-medicate with alcohol, his family said, which led to trouble with authorities. He ended up having to serve time in prison for a variety of crimes, including assault with a deadly weapon and injuring a spouse, for which he received an 8-year prison sentence.”
His family believes the federal government did not properly care for the decorated combat vet with a brain injury.
“If Jose had died over there,” in Iraq, Brandee Dudzic, the head of Repatriate our Patriots, told The Orange County Register, “we would all be talking about Jose the American soldier who was willing to give his life for his country. He didn’t die. He just got hurt.”
“At some point, he was the American hero. But then he became a guy from El Salvador,” Dudzic said. “At what point did he lose his label?
“We dressed him up in our flag,” Dudzic continued. “At what point does that go away? I think it’s because he’s no longer useful. I think that’s the story of all deported vets. And then we can throw them away like garbage.”
Harvard Freshman Deported After Immigration Searched His Phone and Found Anti-US posts by His Friends
Immigration Officer ‘Started Screaming at Me’ Student Says
A 17-year old incoming Harvard University freshman was deported eight hours after arriving at Boston’s Logan International Airport following a roughly five-hour interrogation by an immigration official. According to the Harvard Crimson, Ismail B. Ajjawi had his computer and phone taken and searched by U.S. authorities who “continued to question him about his religion and religious practices in Lebanon” after other students were allowed to leave.
“When I asked every time to have my phone back so I could tell [my friends] about the situation, the officer refused and told me to sit back in [my] position and not move at all,” Ajjawi wrote. “After the 5 hours ended, [the immigration officer] called me into a room , and she started screaming at me. She said that she found people posting political points of view that oppose the US on my friend[s] list.”
Ajjawi says he told U.S. authorities he had not made any anti-American postings, nor had he even shared or commented on the posts by his friends, and should not be held responsible for their views.
Authorities were unswayed.
His visa was canceled and he was forced to return to Tyre, Lebanon, just hours after arriving.
Making matters worse is U. S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson Michael S. McCarthy, who told the Crimson that the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol deemed Ajjaw “inadmissible.”
While CBP would not discuss any specific case, McCarthy offered this statement:
“Applicants must demonstrate they are admissible into the U.S. by overcoming ALL grounds of inadmissibility including health-related grounds, criminality, security reasons, public charge, labor certification, illegal entrants and immigration violations, documentation requirements, and miscellaneous grounds,” McCarthy wrote. “This individual was deemed inadmissible to the United States based on information discovered during the CBP inspection.”
Based on Ajjawi’s words, CBP appears to be allowing “miscellaneous grounds” to give them cover to boot out the Palestinian student.
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