Tom Jawetz Profile picture
Government lawyer. Formerly @amprog @HouseJudDems @aclu @AmeriCorpsNCCC All views my own. He/Him/His
Jun 26, 2018 7 tweets 4 min read
I have been digging around to try to better explain what the Flores Settlement is all about.

Yesterday I stumbled across something that stopped me in my tracks.

#FamiliesBelongTogether /1 Jenny Lisette Flores, 15, fled civil war in El Salvador In 1985. When she was apprehended at the US-Mexico border she was held for months in an #immigration detention facility together with unrelated adults. /2…
Jun 25, 2018 17 tweets 9 min read
THREAD: I've been going hard at @RepCurbelo and @RepJeffDenham for working with Trump and Stephen Miller to write a bill that eviscerates our asylum laws and would detain kids for months or years. #FamiliesBelongTogether

I want to walk you through what this bill does. /1 This is the bill they wrote behind closed doors. Curbelo and Denham got to be original cosponsors of this bill in exchange for turning their backs on #Dreamers and abandoning an effort that would have brought bipartisan immigration bills to the Floor today. /2
Jun 21, 2018 19 tweets 8 min read
As always, @DLind's analysis is spot-on.

The EO is a vision statement: a view into the mass incarceration world the Trump administration wants to set up for families requesting asylum.

The thing is, it's got big problems. /1 #KeepFamiliesTogether… First, it's a horrible, cruel vision. Detaining children causes lasting physical, mental and emotional harm. It fundamentally disrupts the parent-child relationship. It's just more state-sanctioned child abuse. /2
May 10, 2018 15 tweets 4 min read
Over the past 6 months we've read several stories about people within the administration who pushed to extend Temporary Protected Status for about 300,000 immigrants who have lived and worked her lawfully for years, most nearly 2 decades. /1 In November, Breitbart reported that Jim Nealon--who worked with John Kelly at US Southern Command, served as the US Ambassador to Honduras, and was later appointed by Kelly to a DHS position--explained how ending TPS wouldn't be in the best interests of Honduras or the US. /2
Apr 7, 2018 13 tweets 3 min read
BREAKING: Another Friday evening special, this time apparently calling for mass, prolonged detention of asylum seekers in military facilities. /1… Let's recap the president's #tantrump over the past few days to getting completely rolled by Congress in his amateurish request for money to build a "big, beautiful wall." /2