Today’s worst immigration story: At the border and inside detention facilities, immigration agents are telling asylum applicants that asylum no longer exists, that applications will not be accepted. That’s a violation of both U.S. and international law.
A close runner-up: Inside the United States, Unauthorized immigrants are making temporary guardianship arrangements for their U.S. citizen children. Both parents and children live in fear that one day, when the kids come home from school, their parents will be gone.
“In January, eight immigrants’ rights organizations filed a formal complaint with the inspector general of the Homeland Security Department. The grievance alleges that CBP officers have been illegally turning away asylum seekers for months now.
“They’re being told President Trump no longer wants immigrants. They’re being told that there is no more asylum in the United States, there’s no more asylum specifically for mothers, which is a terrifying thing I heard recently,” says Elena Alderman, who works with CARA, a pro bono legal group that advises detained immigrants seeking asylum.”
Fearful parents sign papers for friends to care for kids in case they’re deported (Los Angeles Times, 3/13/17)
“Larry Love, who leads a Mormon stake in Salt Lake City, said many like Napola are going a step further: finding trusted people to sign power of attorney papers to ensure their U.S.-born children could continue to thrive in the country if they’re deported.
“Love said in his church of fewer than 200, more than 20 people have signed power of attorney papers with friends or clergy since Trump was inaugurated….
Trump’s season of fear: inside the devastation left by immigration raids (The Guardian, 3/13/17)
“Among the expanded powers that Trump’s executive orders and accompanying memos have given law enforcement since his inauguration, undocumented immigrants can be arrested and deported on mere suspicion of a broad array of offenses. According to immigrant advocates, that might include selling DVDs on the street, lingering in a park by nightfall or walking through an open gate in the subway.
Fearing Deportation, Families Plan For The Worst (NPR, 3/13/17)
“The mother says she’s given her two oldest boys instructions on what to do and who to call. She also put a notarized letter in the binder giving her cousin, an American citizen, legal authority to take care of all of her children until they can be reunited with her in Mexico.
“Her 7-year-old daughter doesn’t really know about any of this. …She’s mostly unaware of the panic seeping in around her.”
Lawfare blog presents an extended legal analysis of the latest executive order stopping refugee admissions and admissions from six specific Muslim-majority countries. The first two installments address the legal bases for the executive order and a due process analysis. The third will look at the Establishment Clause (religious discrimination) analysis.
A four-part series, which began today, focuses on legal issues of Trump’s threats to do something to sanctuary cities, however those may be defined.