2 thoughts on “Statue of Liberty Downgrade – and Degraded

  1. Cerrado says:

    Asylum-seeking migrants who cross into Texas or New Mexico can be barred from receiving asylum protection if they passed through another country before arriving at the U.S. border, a federal court ruled Friday. (Texas Tribune 8/16/19) https://www.texastribune.org/2019/08/16/trump-administrations-asylum-rule-allowed-stand-texas-new-mexico/
    The ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is a partial victory for the Trump administration, which announced a policy last month that would disqualify most asylum seekers from receiving protection in the United States if they crossed through another country and didn’t first apply for asylum there.
    A federal district judge in San Francisco initially halted the measure, aimed at blocking asylum claims from Central Americans, but Friday’s decision by the 9th Circuit let the policy stand in Texas and New Mexico while halting it in Arizona and California, which are in the 9th Circuit’s jurisdiction.
    The ruling could change the fate for thousands of people waiting to apply for asylum in Mexican border cities like Ciudad Juárez, Nuevo Laredo and Matamoros.

  2. Mike says:

    The Trump administration plans to release a regulation Wednesday aiming to make it easier to keep migrant families locked up together for long periods of time, according to a former Homeland Security Department official familiar with the move. https://www.politico.com/story/2019/08/20/trump-expand-migrant-family-detentions-1663531
    Border Officials Don’t Plan To Vaccinate Detained Migrants For Flu Despite Deaths https://www.huffpost.com/entry/cbp-detained-migrants-flu-vaccinations_n_5d5c62abe4b0f667ed69e9c4 Concerned over the conditions at the detention centers, doctors urged lawmakers earlier this month to investigate the flu-related deaths of three children.
    According to ICE’s FY 2018 budget, on average it costs $133.99 a day to maintain one adult detention bed. But immigration groups have pegged the number closer to $200 a day. The cost to maintain a family bed, which keeps mothers and children together in a ‘family residential center’, costs around $319 a day, according to DHS. In ICE’s FY 2018 budget, it says a “Longer Average Length of Stay (ALOS) will also drive the need for additional detention beds.” (6/20/19)
    A class-action lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Monday on behalf of 55,000 detainees accuses the Trump administration of systematically denying adequate food, medicine, and other basic necessities to migrants in ICE facilities nationwide. https://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/08/20/lawsuit-behalf-55000-migrants-accuses-trump-administration-torture-ice-detention The suit alleges that the widespread mistreatment and brutal conditions inside the Trump administration’s detention centers amount to torture and have driven some asylum-seekers to “accept deportation out of a desperate desire to escape.”

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