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Jun 23, 2018 11 tweets 3 min read
Pursuant to Trump's #FamilySeparation Executive Order, @TheJusticeDept asked a federal court to let the government out of the Flores settlement. This binding settlement is the only law preventing the horrific caging of children apprehended by ICE. Here's what you should know:
The DOJ "motion," asks for two "narrow" exceptions to the Flores settlement:

First, to be able to detain families together.
Second, to make family jails exempt from licensing requirements, which govern the minimum standards of care in these jails.
Why?

So that our government can more efficiently detain families together in preparation for deportation.

Again: This is to make deportation easier, faster, cheaper, more efficient.
It is based on the false narrative that US immigration policies incentivize Central Americans to flee to the US and file fraudulent asylum claims. Who says so? Thomas Homan, director of ICE, a virulent anti-immigration figure.

cnn.com/2017/04/11/pol…
Wholly missing is any discussion of the convoluted asylum process, the difficulty in proving these claims, that DOJ is actively gutting asylum law to make them nearly impossible, and evidence that asylum seekers are denied the chance to make their claims.

theintercept.com/2018/06/16/imm…
DOJ is complaining that the only way to enforce the law is to detain families indefinitely. It freely conflates the word "crisis" with both the crisis *created* by Trump separating families, and the larger humanitarian one in which DOJ removes any reference to asylum seeking.
The change is necessary, according to the DOJ, because of changed circumstances of a surge in border crossings.

Missing is argument as to why that now makes lengthy incarceration of children a good idea.
It also conflates enforcement of immigration law with deportation- there is no mention of enforcing INA 208 (governing asylum). This is because the DOJ fails to recognize the real change in circumstance: the collapse of the Northern Triangle into a terrible cauldron of violence.
The government asks to detain families together so that removal proceedings can be expedited. That is code for rob them of due process and deport them, together, more efficiently.
As a result of the false narrative, the DOJ argues it is stuck between two alternatives: separate families, or tolerate gaming of the asylum system. This is absurd.

There is a clear option: Give people a meaningful chance to tell their story. Let's not be afraid to listen.
If the settlement is not modified, the government will resume separating families as the next best option.

The internment camps are going to be built.
The bottom line: They'll do what they want.

We need a new narrative. Resist isn't enough.

Build.

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Oct 4, 2018
@FAIRImmigration, founded by Dr. John Tanton, is a mouthpiece of white nationalist rhetoric. But it's more than that: it injects its foul ideology into actual policy.

One (latest) example: Temporary Protected Status, or TPS. Read what a federal judge found:

#SaveTPS
On p29 of the decision, the Court gives yet another example of Acting Secy Elaine Duke, who is supposed to make a dispassionate assessment of conditions on the ground in determining TPS eligibility, said "this conclusion [to end TPS] is the result of an America first view..."
Curious, because America was founded on ideals of welcoming the forcibly displaced. I'm not sure what "American first" has to do with terminating TPS.

If the White House is influencing the decision, we have a problem, because the White House has made A LOT of racist statements.
Read 13 tweets
Sep 28, 2018
Feeling drained after the #KavanaughHearings? I've been thinking about why. Objectively, there are far worse injustices going on even as Kavanaugh spoke.

Sure, there's the out of sight out of mind factor. Most injustice goes unreported; yesterday's hearing was not that.
But there was something distinctive about the hearing. It was a rare exposure of several different vectors of underreported injustice, concentrated into one episode.
We hear stories of sexual assault all the time. Or oppression. Abuser protection. Entitlement. Privilege. Character assassination. Lip service to the oppressed. Trauma. Legalized discrimination.

Rarely do we get to see it all in one day, before hundreds of millions of people
Read 10 tweets
Sep 25, 2018
This administration continues to target aspiring American communities, one by one. DACA revocation, TPS de-designation, changing asylum laws, the Muslim Ban...

What about Indians?... qz.com/india/1400398/…
Once again, the administration regurgitates rhetoric spewed by nativists, and with H-4 work permit revocation, they get an added "bonus" - getting to undo something Obama put in place. Yes, this is what they base their policies on.
But I also wanted to say something about the new public charge rule that greatly expands ineligibility grounds for green cards, which will also play into this attack on the Indian-American community.

This is an attempt to backdoor the RAISE Act into law.
Read 6 tweets
Sep 24, 2018
Well this is curious. Apparently @FAIRImmigration believes I am a paid operative of "state-owned propaganda outlet" @ajplus to meddle in 2018 midterm elections.

Why? For this video I did calling FAIR out as driven by white nationalism:

I'm paid? News to my wallet; I thought I was just doing a public service.

Here's FAIR's press release:

prnewswire.com/news-releases/…
They accuse me of "spreading malicious disinformation in what is a clear attempt to influence the upcoming midterm election." I'm flattered they think so highly of me.

Entirely different, of course, from FAIR's statements influencing lawmakers here:

fairus.org/press-releases…
Read 11 tweets
Sep 24, 2018
There already is a wall, folks.

More effective than any physical barrier on the southern border. Keeps people out before they can even begin their journey.

You can't fly over it or tunnel underneath it. You can't sneak around it, either. And it's much, much harder to tear down.
It's the combined bureaucracy of several different agencies that keeps people out. Physical barriers are a small slice of the pie of exclusion.

But with due process, there is sometimes a way through. Perfectly legal, not unlike carving out a nice little door for yourself.
Today, a green card for our North African client was approved after a 4 year delay. He had been apart from his US citizen wife since 2013, and even though they followed the law to the T, repeatedly told they just needed "one more thing," the visa remained stuck.
Read 6 tweets
Sep 22, 2018
It's Saturday, but there's no day off of this administration's oppression of aspiring Americans... especially the poor.

Most immigrants have always had to prove they're not a public charge: it's been the law for over 100 years.
But the administration now wants to greatly expand what a public charge is...meaning the types of public funds an aspiring American can lawfully use.

And also be able to deny green cards based on an officer's belief of an immigrant's likelihood at becoming a public charge.
I gave this example in a piece I wrote for @qz:
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