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Sep 22, 2018 11 tweets 4 min read Twitter logo Read on Twitter
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:
But this has much further reaching consequences, because this is the system being used offensively to *keep people down.*

A whirlpool, or a black hole that can't be escaped.

Food or lawful status?
Child safety or green card?
Shelter or citizenship?
Medicine or visa?
But this didn't just appears. We've been expecting this.

The far right, white nationalist group Center for Immigration Studies published a wishlist in April 2016 of 79 hardline anti-immigrant things the next President could do. Here's no. 60:
CIS started as an offshoot of the Federation for Immigration Reform, FAIR, founded by Dr. John Tanton, a white nationalist who believed America must sharply limit non-white immigration in order to survive.

He was obsessed with race science and eugenics.

This, to me, is just another example of white nationalist policy coming out of the White House.

Don't be fooled. It has nothing to do with economics. This is hatred of the foreigner, pure and simple.

I hope you will #RememberInNovember.
But there's more you can do.

Make sure your Congressmen - and local state elected officials - don't meet with these 3 groups:


These are the 3 groups most directly responsible for policies like this "public charge" one.
They will continue their assault on aspiring American communities.

And even naturalized citizens aren't off the radar of our ideologically driven administration:

The irony here is the policies of FAIR, CIS, and NumbersUSA have COST us more money than immigrants ever did: the massive detention budget of ICE is just the tip of the iceberg.

The anti-immigrant movement is the real public charge.
Let's pledge to vote for candidates who run on platforms of inclusivity and empowerment.

This isn't right vs left or progressive v conservative.

It's just being a decent human being.

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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:

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.
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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:

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:

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 19, 2018
Here's what it's like dealing with the new ICE:

Our client entered the US in August and sought asylum. We immediately informed ICE that he was represented by counsel. 3 days later, they acknowledged it by email. So far, so good.
We needed to talk to the deportation officer. We called. And called. And called. Radio silence. Meanwhile, we prepared our client for the credible fear interview - the first step in seeking asylum.

They did his interview without informing us, so no lawyer. It was denied.
We continued to press ICE to communicate with us. No response.

We had told our client to request an appeal before an immigration judge. He did.

Again - his court date was scheduled, and we were not informed, despite our repeated attempts to connect with ICE.
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