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  1. European Union refugee application outcomes for 1st quarter 2018

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    Posted by Nolan Rappaport

    Updated 06-21-2018 at 01:23 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  2. Trump's Barbaric Child Separation Ends (For Now). But His Reign of Terror Against Non-White Immigrants Continues to Threaten Democracy. Roger Algase

    On June 20, Donald Trump gave into overwhelming pressure from all sectors of the American public, including not only religious leaders of all faiths and political leaders in both parties, but all living former first ladies and his own wife, and finally signed an executive order ending (at least for the moment) his cruel and barbaric child separation policy (with some loopholes or possible exceptions, and without making clear if or when the more than 2,000 young children who already have been detained will be reunited with their parents).

    However, he replaced it with an equally cruel policy of detaining immigrant families together indefinitely, even though this is now against the law - which he has said he will try to have changed, as vox.com's Dara Lind explains:

    https://www.vox.com/2018/6/20/174854...ilies-together

    Nor has there been the slightest letup in his attacks on non-white immigrants in general - whom he continues to demonize as criminals and threats to America's very existence as a nation on an almost daily basis, as well as (recalling the Nazis attacks against the Jews), people who are "infesting" this country like vermin.

    http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer...mmigrants.html

    Also, while this has been largely ignored in the media, Trump's inhuman policy of separating young children from their parents in an attempt to terrorize Central American and other non-white immigrants from seeking refuge in the United States is the other side of the coin of his frantic attempts to abolish critically important categories of legal family immigration which allow adult children to reunite with their parents.

    He calls this by the pejorative term "chain migration" and, again resorting to the Big Lie strategy at the foundation of his entire immigration agenda, accuses these legal family immigrants of being criminals and terrorists merely because most of them are not from "countries like Norway".

    But the most fundamental issue of all in Trump's anti-immigrant agenda is not even the question of whether immigrants to America will have the preferred European ancestry (which Trump upheld above all others at a speech in Poland almost exactly a year ago) or the white skin color which the more than 2,000 young Central American children who were brutally torn away from their parents within the past couple of weeks most noticeably lack.

    The biggest issue of all is whether America's democracy will be able to survive these corrosive attacks by the president and his enablers on our most fundamental values of equal justice and basic human rights.

    This issue is comprehensively and thoughtfully explored in an June 20 article on the site: theconversation.com called:

    Trump's act of state terrorism against children

    https://theconversation.com/trumps-a...children-98612

    The article begins, with regard to Trump's child separation:

    "State violence against children has a long, dark history among authoritarian regimes.

    Josef Stalin's police took children from the parents he labelled as 'enemies of the people'".

    (A phrase, not coincidentally, which Trump has used against media that disagree with his policies on various issues.)

    This article continues:

    "Adolf Hitler, Francisco Franco and Augusto Pinochet all separated children from their families on a large scale as a way to punish political dissidents and those parents considered disposable."

    It is easy to fall into the trap of compartmentalizing Trump's persecution of non-white immigrants as affecting only immigration law and having nothing to do with American society in general. That this way of thinking is completely mistaken has been shown, to mentions one item only, by the repeated threats of Trump's AG, Jeff Sessions, who also oversaw the inhuman child separation agenda, to prosecute and jail American citizens who "harbor" unauthorized immigrants under a vague law in which providing almost any kind of assistance or support could lead to a long prison sentence.

    But the above history, as well as the history of many other dictatorships, shows that when any targeted group of people is singled out for persecution and treated like "animals". or like vermin who "infest" a given country, to use some of Trump's normal ways of speaking about non-European immigrants, freedom in that country usually disappears.

    Trump's agenda of hatred and brutality toward non-white immigrant could also one day soon lead to America's democracy becoming part of our past history, and no longer existing in our present reality.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    algaselex@gmail.com



    Updated 06-21-2018 at 02:37 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  3. GovTrac.us summarizes six proposals to end the separation of families immigrating illegally at the border.

    In May, the Trump Administration began a new zero-tolerance policy that is separating families at the border when they attempt to illegally immigrate to the United States. Six proposals are now before Congress to end this practice.

    The proposals take aim at ending the Administration’s actions from very different angles. That reflects the complex legal situation playing out. Although the Trump Administration has not ordered the separation of children from their families, the separation is a known, inevitable consequence of existing law that prohibits children from being detained by the Department of Homeland Security in federal prisonin this case, when their parents are detained for prosecution under the zero-tolerance policy.

    Here’s a quick summary of each proposal:


    • The simplest proposal is the Keep Families Together Act [S. 3036], which would prohibit the separation of children from their families at the border. It doesn’t specify what to do insteadthat would be left up to the Administrationbut some form of Catch and Release might be the only legal option available. The bill would also require information be given to parents on how to locate, and monthly updates about, their children. This is Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s proposal, and all Senate Democrats have signed on as cosponsors. For more, see our extended summary of the Keep Families Together Act.



    • Sen. Ted Cruz’s Protect Kids and Parents Act goes further. The bill would require that families be detained together. It would also speed up the judicial process by doubling the number of immigration judges available to hear cases and limit the duration of asylum review cases, and it would require that written guidance be given to asylum applications on how to locate separated children. For more, see our extended summary of the Protect Kids and Parents Act.



    Read more at https://govtrackinsider.com/six-prop...e-153900120e86


    Posted by Nolan Rappaport

    Updated 06-20-2018 at 05:20 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  4. Attacking Immigrants and Democracy, Trump Blasts Immigration Judges And Rule of Law; Claims Separated Children's Supporters Back MS-13. Roger Algase

    On June 19, Donald Trump showed yet again that his attacks on non-European immigrants are also attacks on democracy itself. While comparisons with Adolf Hitler must always be made with great caution and qualification, since Trump is not in the least antisemitic and is just as opposed to the idea of mass murder and genocide as everyone else, his attacks on immigrants are increasingly being combined with attacks on our entire democratic system, just as Hitler's attacks on the Jews led to the destruction of democracy in Germany.

    In ranting remarks before the National Federation of Independent Businesses, Trump attacked not only judges, the media and his political opponents, but anyone who disagrees with his brutal child separation policy or anti-immigrant policies in general, as in effect supporting MS-13 gang killings of American children. The following extracts from his speech, taken from the official White House transcript, are clearly not the words of someone who believes in or supports the democratic institutions on which America is based.

    They are the words of a dictator, someone who is making a claim to absolute power. The full transcript is available at:

    https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings...y-celebration/

    Here are a couple of samples from Trump's speech:

    "They're [Trump's child separation policy media critics] fake...they are helping those smugglers and those traffickers like nobody would believe...they know exactly what they're doing and it should be stopped...And frankly, they endanger all of our children."

    Trump then tried to conflate the child separation issue with allegedly helping MS-13:

    "You see what happens with MS-13 where your sons and daughters are attacked violently...And we're allowing these people into our country? Not with me."

    He then explained what kind of due process, legal justice system and rule of law he would like to see in deportation proceedings:

    ​"We don't want judges, we want security on the border. We don't want people coming in..."

    And then the punch lines:

    "And it got so crazy that all these thousands - we now have thousands of judges - border judges - thousands and thousands. And by the way, when we release the people they never come back to the judge anyway. They're gone. They're in your system. That's it. If they're good, that's great. And if they're bad, you'll have killings, you'll have murders...You'll have crime."

    What is Trump saying above, thrown in with his delusional fantasies about "thousands and thousands" of border judges, with the obvious implication that not only immigration judges, but judges in general are useless, a waste of time, and have no place in his vision for America?

    He is saying, without any doubt, that immigrants who show up at the US border seeking asylum are dangerous criminals, the worst of the worst, and deserve, not due process of law, but barbaric separation from their children.

    How is this consistent with America's deepesy values of democracy, the rule of law and the most elementary human right of keeping parents and children together?

    Now we know what Donald Trump meant what he said when he recently called Central American immigrants "animals". This is obviously the way he looks at them and this is how he is treating them.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    algaselex@gmail.com

    Updated 06-20-2018 at 02:28 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

  5. An alternative to Trump’s family separation policy. By Nolan Rappaport


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    On April 6, 2018, Attorney General Jeff Sessions notified the U.S. Attorney’s Offices along the Southwest Border of a new “zero-tolerance policy” towards illegal entries into the United States.

    According to Sessions, the situation at the border had become unacceptable. Illegal border crossings had increased by 203 percent from March 2017 to March 2018.

    He directed the U.S. attorneys in those offices to prosecute all referrals of offenses for an illegal entry, to the extent practicable.

    Entry without inspection is a serious crime. For the first commission of such an offense, the punishment is a fine or imprisoned for not more than 6 months, or both, and, for a subsequent offense, a fine or imprisoned for not more than 2 years, or both.

    Sessions’ zero-tolerance policy has resulted in the separation of children from parents who are prosecuted for an illegal entry. DHS officials recently reported that 1,995 children had been separated from their parents over the six-week period from April 19 to May 31.

    All four living former first ladies — Rosalynn Carter, Hillary Clinton, Laura Bush, and Michelle Obama — have condemned the Trump administration's practice of separating parents and children at the border.

    Even President Trump’s first lady, Melania Trump, has said that she hates to see children separated from their families. Her communications director, Stephanie Grisham, told CNN on Sunday. "She believes we need to be a country that follows all laws, but also a country that governs with heart."
    What happens to the child of a parent who has been referred for criminal prosecution for making an illegal entry?

    Read more at http://thehill.com/opinion/immigrati...aration-policy

    Published originally on The Hill.

    Nolan Rappaport was detailed to the House Judiciary Committee as an executive branch immigration law expert for three years; he subsequently served as an immigration counsel for the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims for four years. Prior to working on the Judiciary Committee, he wrote decisions for the Board of Immigration Appeals for 20 years.




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