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Zero Tolerance Policy = Human Rights Violations

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Posted on July 19 2018

 

USCIS, CBP, ICE and the years long investigation, here.

SouthWest Key & unaccompanied minors, here

June 18th, widespread impact of Trump’s zero Tolerance Policy  here.

June 19th, unaccounted for unaccompanied minors, here

 June 22nd, call it what it is, Trump’s Zero Tolerance is actually Child Abuse, here.

Operation Streamline meets Operation Janus 1.0 & 2.0, here.

 

 Court Order Looms...

Trump Administration falters

 

On June 27, 2018 Judge Sabraw issued a Nationawide Preliminary Injunction, essentially ORDERING the Trump Administration to immediately stop the “forcible separation” of parents and their children who illegally enter our County. This can not be emphasized enough, the illegal entry of any immigrant who unlawfully emigrates to our Country is in fact a misdemeanor. It’s a $50 fine with a maximum of 30 days in jail.

 

 

 

Again I’m not condoning entering our Country illegally. Conversely I understand why some of these immigrants are fleeing to our Country. As previously discussed, the Trump Administration hostile and radical extremism on allowing immigrants into our Country should be closely scrutinized. See my July 14th entry, the figures and data are astounding and not in a good way. You can read more of the immigration numbers here.

 

The facts show that the Trump Administration did NOT have a reunification plan, until just a few short days ago. That’s not an exaggeration, the Government submitted a reunification plan after the Courts demanded to see one. 

 

 

 

The problem is, based on past performance, documented failure after failure and compounded by the looming July 26th deadline, its more than likely the Trump Administration will once again fail to reunite nearly 3,000 children that they forcibly separated from their parents. Yes I know that’s ugly but the truth isn’t always pretty.

On July 5, 2018 Representatives Cummings and Meadows in a rare display of House bipartisanship sent this two page letter to the Secretaries of Department of Homeland Security and to Health and Human Services. Respectfully the House members did not mince words, at all. Link to their letter here.

 

We are writing to request information from your agencies relating to the Administration’s policy announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on April 6, 2018, and Executive Order 13841, “Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation.”  Like many Americans, we want to ensure that we can reunite children who have been separated from their families as expeditiously as possible. 

 

 

The problem is letters such as this July 11, 2018 letter from Health and Human Services (HHS) to Representative Cummings, do nothing but undermine the “importance” and creates a “false” narrative, I do not know what else to call it other than a lie. Because of the numerous court filings this HHS letter is bullshit.

 

This 5 page HHS Letter has so many provable lies in it, that it almost makes you wonder why they even took the time to 1) draft it and 2) send it as a formal communication, given there’s a strong likelihood in the near future the House Oversight Committee will nail these liars to the wall. Hope Springs Eternal, right? Link to the HHS letter can be found here

Here are a few bits from DHS Sec Nielsen June 18, 2018 Press Briefing, you know where Sarah Huckabee used her as a human shield, link to full transcript can be found via this New York Times file, link here.

 

So let’s just start with a few numbers and facts. So, in the last three months we’ve seen illegal immigration on our southern border exceed 50,000 people each month, multiples over each month last year. Since this time last year, there has been a 325 percent increase in unaccompanied alien children and a 435 percent increase in family units entering the country illegally.

 

She went on to say:

First, we need to amend the 2008 Trafficking Victims Prevention Reauthorization Act, or T.V.P.R., which is much easier to say. This law encourages families to put children in the hands of smugglers to bring them alone on this dangerous trek northward. And make no mistake, we’ve talked about this before: This trek is dangerous and deadly.

 

Which I found super interesting, especially in light of Sec Neilsen’s previous written Congressional Testimony, see twitter thread below:

 

 

 I’ve previously covered how the Trump Administration has purposefully pinched off Asylum claims, so Neilsen’s statement, utter BS:

Second, we need to reform our asylum laws to end the systemic abuse of our asylum system and stop fraud. Right now, our asylum system fails to assist asylum seekers who legitimately need it. We are a country of compassion and heart. We must fix this system so that those who truly need asylum can, in fact, receive it.

 

To which Sec Neilsen discussed the second item  Flores Consent Decree. Spoiler Alert in Sec Neilsen’s previous written Congressional Testimony she actually went on the record stating the Trump Administration plan is “to terminate the Flores Amendment”:

Third, we need to amend the Flores Settlement Agreement and recent expansions which would allow for family detention during the removal process. And we need Congress to fully fund our ability to hold families together through the immigration process. And until these loopholes are closed by Congress, it is not possible as a matter of law to detain and remove whole family units who arrive illegally in the United States. Congress and the courts created this problem and congress alone can fix

 

Yet in what appears to be a highly coordinated Trump Administration campaign to essentially change the page or create a whole new narrative on their disastrous Zero Tolerance Policy the Trump Administration pulled out all the stops:

President Donald Trump’s child separation policy and his Administration’s failure to reunite these children with their parents, the Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, and Health and Human Services conducted three separate briefings at 11 am, 1 pm, and 4 pm for the Committees on the Judiciary, Oversight and Government Reform, and Homeland Security, respectively.

The three briefings were conducted by:

DOJ:  Joseph Edlow, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Office of Legal Policy

CBP:  Matthew Rogow, Acting Deputy Chief, Law Enforcement Operations Directorate

ICE:  Matt Albence, Executive Associate Director, Enforcement and Removal Operations

USCIS:  John Lafferty, Chief, Asylum Division, Refugee Asylum International Operations

HHS:  Commander Jonathan White, Deputy Director for Children Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Refugee Resettlement

HHS:  Chris Meekins, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Chief of Staff at Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response

In a startling admission, Trump Administration officials admitted under questioning that they had no interagency plan to reunite children when Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the President’s “zero tolerance” policy.  For example, when asked whether a reunification plan was in place on April 6, 2018, Commander White answered:  “There was not at that time a specialized plan.”  Commander White acknowledged that the Trump Administration began more detailed planning for reunifications only when forced to do so by court order.

 

 

Here’s the brutal truth, the Trump Administration did not fully think their Zero Tolerance Policy out and now the Courts have had to step in and once again fix the mess that Donald Trump’s Administration created.

 

 

And I know for a fact that the House Democrats will continue to demand transparency and will not allow the Trump Administration a wholesale pass.

 

 

 -Spicy Out.

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