A new report from the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security offers shocking details of the complete failure of the Trump Administration to provide for the care of the children it tore from the hands of their parents at the Border under its now-infamous “Zero Tolerance” police.
Simply put…they lied:
On June 23, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security announced that this problem had been corrected and that a “central database” had been created that ICE, Border Patrol, and the Office for Refugee Resettlement could all access. “However,” the Inspector General, “found no evidence that such a database exists.” Let that sink in. Under pressure to account for the disappearance of children, they simply lied!
The number of new immigrants granted “greens cards” was already down by 20% before last week’s announcement that a new rule was being proposed that might prevent people who receive certain government benefits from being granted permanent residence. That proposed change is not in effect now, and is unlikely to go into effect before January, …
Unlike prior administrations that tried to tamp down misunderstandings about changes in how laws are interpreted, the Trump team exploits fear to keep immigrants from becoming permanent residents and citizens. Any other administration would have issued a press release by now assuring immigrants that no one needs to stop receiving benefits immediately, that this rule will not go into effect until 2019, if at all.
“Current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) under Somalia’s designation who want to maintain their status through the 18-month extension period ending on March 17, 2020, must re-register between Aug. 27, 2018, and Oct. 26, 2018.”
“The revised policy generally requires USCIS to issue an NTA in the following categories of cases in which the individual is removable:
Cases where fraud or misrepresentation is substantiated, and/or where an applicant abused any program related to the receipt of public benefits. USCIS will issue an NTA even if the case is denied for reasons other than fraud.
Criminal cases where an applicant is convicted of or charged with a criminal offense, or has committed acts that are chargeable as a criminal offense, even if the criminal conduct was not the basis for the denial or the ground of removability. USCIS may refer cases involving serious criminal activity to ICE before adjudication of an immigration benefit request pending before USCIS without issuing an NTA.
Cases in which USCIS denies a Form N-400, Application for Naturalization, on good moral character grounds because of a criminal offense.
Cases in which, upon the denial of an application or petition, an applicant is unlawfully present in the United States.”
So, just more administrative officers thinking they’re border patrol police.
“The team may have thrown the stone into the Potomac River or broken it up into tiny pieces as souvenirs of their blow against Catholic immigration. Certainly at least one Know Nothing claimed decades later to have a sliver of the stone.”
Loretto Sullivan and many other military members, veterans and spouses are speaking out about their deportation fears. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has said military members are now protected from deportation, but the families want to know, what about the spouses and kids?
There are at least three bills under consideration in Congress that could help military spouses, dependents and even veterans themselves who have been deported or face a future deportation.
The first is H.R. 1036, the “American Families United Act,” sponsored by Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-Texas, which would enable immigration enforcement on a case-by-case basis to allow military spouses, dependents and other categories of immigrants to remain in the U.S.
The second is “Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2018,” sponsored by Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, which would ease some of the immigration restrictions for international adoptees.
The third is H.R. 3429, “Repatriate Our Patriots Act,” sponsored by Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-Texas, Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, and O’Rourke. That bill would allow certain honorably discharged veterans who have been deported to come home.
Neither House bill has been granted a committee hearing in Congress, and the Senate bill was just reintroduced this week after it did not gain traction last session.
Alejandra Juarez and her family have spent thousands of dollars fighting her deportation.
Soto, whose district includes the Juarez’ home, filed the “Patriot Spouses Act” and another bill on Alejandra Juarez’ behalf that would allow her to stay. Both bills have gained bipartisan support, Soto said, but the bills have not yet been taken up by committee.
CALL YOUR CONGRESSMAN, NOW.
As the son of Puerto Rican parents and a Vietnam Veteran, this is abhorrent. USCIS will not process parole-in-place applications while individuals such as Alejandra are in court proceedings (or have a prior order of removal), so strong American families like this are at risk. Call your representatives now! And pray for Sgt. Juarez, his wife Alejandra, and family.
Meanwhile, Trump’s hardline immigration policies have been making it even harder to recruit workers for pork producers, who have historically relied on immigrants for a third of their workforce. The industry had been planning a rapid expansion due to growing export demand from China and Mexico, but the trade dispute and raids spring immigration raids on a Tennessee meatpacking plant and an Iowa concrete plant have worried pork producers.
“Skilled and unskilled foreign workers have been crucial to maintaining and growing the workforce and revitalizing rural communities across the United States. We need more of them, not less,” Heimerl said.
Be prepared. OrangeHead FatPants will blame the Democrats and begin doing this again, claiming that he gave Congress a chance to fix a law that doesn’t need to be fixed.
First, Trump said that he was not responsible for splitting up the families. He told reporters over and over that separation was required by the “Democrat law.” His Homeland Security Chief Kirstjen Nielsen on Sunday had Tweeted that “We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period.” She soon went back on that statement a day later by insisting that separation was, as Trump said, required by law. If it is required by law, how can the president change the policy? You can’t change a law with an executive order.