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If you feel like you saw a version of this movie in 2017, you're not imagining things. Trump/McConnell have installed lots of right-wing judicial loyalists who may be eager to give their patrons a green light, but Trump's immigration ban is legally dubious. 1/
As a preliminary matter, let's be clear that this order does precisely what Trump promised: "suspend immigration." His legal flunkies might not have been ready to go w/the order right when he posted this tweet, but it does exactly what Trump promised. Don't pretend otherwise. /2
Don't make the same mistakes made with the #MuslimBan by echoing the Trump presidency's talking points, which minimize the order for some audiences—to make it sound narrow and respectable—while playing up its true implications for other audiences. 3/
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The US has the highest number of #COVID19 cases globally.

So instead of:

ℹ️Providing accurate information to the public.
😷Ensuring frontline workers have access to PPE.
🏥Mass producing ventilators.
🔬Scaling up testing.

The president announced an #ImmigrationBan

Because when the administration mishandles a crisis, immigrants become the scapegoat.

Racism, xenophobia & misinformation are used to enact anti-immigrant policies.

The impact? Immigrants disappear from their communities, families get separated & ppl die in detention centers.
All while the real crisis is left unaddressed.

There is 0 public health rationale for an #ImmigrationBan—especially b/c immigrants are crucial to the nation’s response to the pandemic.

Immigrants are disproportionately in frontline jobs at hospitals, grocery stores & farms.
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Congressman John Lewis once said “Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic.”

What makes you hopeful? Seriously. Share it!

If you’re like me, you could use a few reasons to keep your head up.

Here are 50 reasons to stay hopeful from the past 3+ years.
50. On Jan. 28, 2017, thousands showed up to airports in support of Muslim families impacted by Trump’s unconstitutional #MuslimBan.

That night, a federal judge in NY issued a stay allowing people stranded in airports to temporarily avoid deportation.

📷: Stephanie Keith/Getty
49. Much to the dismay of Donald Trump, #Parasite won Best Picture at the Oscars, making it the first non-English language film to win in the 92 years of the Academy Awards.

📷: Valerie Macon/AFP via Getty Images
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Trump doesn't want people of color to become Americans. 🇺🇸 Connect the dots:
🗣️ Trump: "shithole countries"
💼 WH senior advisor Stephen Miller's explicit white nationalism
🚫 Muslim / African Ban
😢 Kids in cages
💰 Wealth test for immigrants
🗣️Trump: 'Why do we want these people from all these shithole countries here? We should have more people from places like Norway."…
🗣️Trump calls for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”…
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Today, the expanded #MuslimBan went into effect, impacting 300 million people. The list of countries banned in part or in full, includes Burma, Eritrea, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Libya, Nigeria, North Korea, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tanzania, Yemen, and Venezuela.
#Burma was added to the expanded #MuslimBan. Burma's population is 57 million of which 4% are Muslim - including the Rohingya Muslims who have been heavily targeted by the government. All immigrants from Burma are barred, except ‘Special Immigrants’
#Eritrea, another country added to the #MuslimBan as part of the #AfricanBan has a population of 6 million of which 50% are Muslim. All immigrants from Eritrea are barred, except ‘Special Immigrants.'
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@_SJPeace_ How do you feel about #tRump’s #MuslimBan that has put hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees at risk of return to #Syria, which has happened. I have friends in Lebanon who have a baby & toddler who have experienced terrible discrimination have lost their tiny, mouldy home.
@_SJPeace_ The husband was fired from his job 3 months ago along w/all other Syrians. They were 3 months $800 behind in rent & have been waiting for 6 years on @Refugees list. They are now out of their place, have no $$ to feed their children & are begging me to help them. 💔What do I say?
@_SJPeace_ @Refugees You have a voice that reaches a lot of people. They will listen to you. Would you consider being a voice a voice for displaced Syrians & #SyrianRefugees? I’ve followed you for a long time but don’t remember you discussing #Syria. #IdlibUnderFire
Syrian children are dying. 💔
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Thread. Unpacking the new expanded #travelban targeting most #immigrants from Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Burma and Nigeria & nationals from Sudan and Tanzania seeking admission under the DV Lottery. 1/
#Immigrant is a term of art that applies to people seeking admission permanently. #Family is the primary way can qualify for an IV but only some relationships qualify (i.e., spouse of a US citizen). A person can also be sponsored by a US employer for an IV to fill labor needs. 2/
The #diversitylottery is a smaller but crucial #immigrant visa category to encourage immigration from low admission countries and enhance #diversity. Congress allocated 50K visas annually for this group. The new #travelban wipes out this option for nationals of all 6 countries. 3
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Trump administration just announced new immigration restrictions, just about 3 years after the #MuslimBan. It applies to: Myanmar, Nigeria, Tanzania, Kyrgyzstan, Eritrea, Sudan. Lots to unpack here, so keep reading.
4 out of 6 of these countries are in Africa. Trump has never wanted immigration from Africa, remember this remark about "shithole countries"? 4 of them are also majority Muslim, so there's def a pattern here.
The bulk of the restrictions apply to immigrant visas -- ppl from Nigeria, Myanmar, Kyrgyzstan & Eritrea who would mostly be coming to unite w family in the U.S. can't do that anymore. As we've said before, these bans operate as #familyseparation policies.…
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White nationalists mourn the passing of their godfather, architect of the anti-immigrant movement, the guy who might as well have told Stephen Miller how to make America white again.

I've been fighting to unseal the #TantonPapers for 3 years. What don't they want us to see?
But there is some good news. Because Tanton died in July - the quarterly hate rag he launched called "The Social Contract" comes to an end.

That's one less white nationalist mouthpiece out there. Of course, one could argue it accomplished its purpose.
That being the creation of anti-immigrant language that Tanton Network people could use to push policies like the #MuslimBan, ramped up #ICERaids, criminalization of immigrants, #MPP, and the rest of the Hate Torrent spewing out of the White House.

Tanton Network infested it.
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Today was roller coaster.

Lost an asylum claim. Tried to help a mentally ill and sick client whose visa was denied. Then the 5th Circuit ACA ruling drops. Then elected officials parade around an authoritarian responsible for everything that happened since 9 AM.
But we kept pushing, preparing a new citizenship application, another 2 asylum cases (Nicaragua and Venezuela), a media opportunity, interviewing new and motivated interns.

The #Impeached president heading to a useless show trial parallels my day.

How do you keep on keeping on?
When the #MuslimBan was upheld, I found myself thinking about my grandfather. I wrote about him, and today I think I need to, again:
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#BREAKING @splcenter drops another bombshell report on Stephen Miller and his *extensive* connections with white nationalist hate group @CIS_org.

Why is this so important? Of course Stephen Miller is a white nationalist, right?…
Ramped up #ICERaids.
#TPS loss.
#DACA revocation.
#RemainInMexico protocols.
The #MuslimBan

Miller is often credited as architect of 45's immigration policies, but these policies didn't just appear in his mind overnight. He had lots of help, going back a long way.
The Center for Immigration Studies was founded by white nationalist/eugenicist John Tanton. If you follow me, you know I've been seeking to unseal the private #TantonPapers for 3 years.…
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1.Hindutva politicians incite mobs to destroy a place of worship belonging to a minority community
2. Hindutva politicians win elections on the back of spreading hate towards same minority
3. Senior Judges rubber stamp the original actions of the Hindutva Mobs

The worlds largest democracy has today exposed the dangerous faultlines with the whole concept of democracy. Thus, when dangerous demagogues exploit fear & prejudices of the majority voters, the lives and freedoms of minority communities are easily sacrificed
As we have witnessed with Trump's America, Brexit Britain, France, Italy, Austria etc etc, once a mob is incited, the supposedly decent elements of the majority communities become powerless.
#BabriMasjid #Brexit #Trump
#MuslimBan #Prevent #hijab #schedule7 #citizenship #GE2019
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EVERYONE needs to see this.

A wire map of white supremacy in the Trump administration on immigration.

Check out the link here:
If you've ever wondered, "Where do all these horrible policies come from?" like #KidsInCages, #MuslimBan, ramped up #ICERaids, #DACA revocation, etc - you might think the evil mind of Stephen Miller.

But Miller's no immigration guru. He's had a LOT of help.
Hover over the names. Read about the connections and you'll see: we're not fighting Trump or Miller.

We're fighting a *movement.* A defined, purposeful movement that thrives on a diet of white nationalism, deplorables, and bigotry.

And we're about 40 years behind them.
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Really thrilled to be at @paulweiss for a conversation between @AnthonyACLU of the @ACLU and @SharonAWeiss of @acrionline.
Both @AnthonyACLU and @SharonAWeiss came to civil rights work from an experience growing up as children of immigrants. Anthony, child of Puerto Rican parents, Sharona the child of immigrants in Israel’s periphery. Succeeded to break thru through #education. Realized disparities.
Rabbi Ayelet Cohen, asks where we are vs. last time. “It’s worse.” — @AnthonyACLU.
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I'M ANGRY. Govt response to us bringing to court's attn our 3 Syrian plaintiffs, incl. a 14 year old girl, are in DANGER: "the Government of Turkey’s international affairs [is] irrelevant to the issue at bar: vetting Plaintiffs for waivers."… #JamalvPompeo
Here's the motion, filed Monday morn, that this is in response to:…
Find out more about #JamalvPompeo on my website:
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No family should be separated b/c of their religion or where they're from—but that’s exactly what the Trump’s Admin's Muslim Ban is *still* doing.

We work directly with those affected by this racially discriminatory ban. We listen to their stories every day.

This is just one 👇🏾
Zach* came to the U.S. as a refugee from Iran 3 & half years ago. Before that he worked as a photojournalist in his home country of Iran.

During the Iranian Green Movement, he was working for a local newspaper which published some of his photos of people protesting.
Because of this ^ he was detained for a day and tortured.

Zach* was whipped 40 times for having done his job.

And to top things off: he faces a two year prison term if he returns to Iran.
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I haven't said much about the #ConcentrationCampsForKids at the border. Every time I want to sit down and write, there's another fire to put out. An asylum claim referred to court. Another #MuslimBan separation. An ominous letter from a government agency. (That was just today.)
The camps are the natural extension of the evil system of for-profit detention, which in turn is built on the tragically wrong assumption that detention/deportation is the only cure for breaking an immigration law, which in turn presumes our immigration law is fair and sensible.
A college professor of mine said it best: "The painful lesson here is that mistaken ideology can produce thoughtless cruelty in gentle, kind-hearted people." In other words, how pretty much every genocide in history started.
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I hope everyone is paying more attention to the health of our democracy in this administration. Today's 2 decisions from the #SupremeCourt have one thing in common: the fight to erase minority communities' political power will continue.
In Dept of Commerce v NY, #SCOTUS kept the #citizenship question on #Census2020 barred, for now.

In Rucho v. Common Cause, SCOTUS threw up its hands and said it couldn't decide partisan gerrymandering cases - allowing the devious process to continue.
The Sec of Commerce (who heads @uscensusbureau) thought it was worth the risk to not count immigrants fearful of responding to a #censuscitizenship question.

The Court, of course, didn't think much of any of his stated justifications, finding them "contrived" and pretextual.
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I sued @UMich to unseal the papers of John Tanton, the racist architect of the modern anti-immigrant movement.

We can't wait until 2035 to understand how our immigration policy is informed by white nationalists.

Today, the Court ruled in our favor:…
The groups he created are the ones most directly responsible for the humanitarian catastrophe that is our immigration system. Tanton donated his papers to U of M, but sealed half of them until 2035. I sued to unseal them.…
The #TantonPapers shine a light on the conceptual underpinnings of the policies that rip families apart, jail children, and create a permanent underclass. The lower court dismissed my claim, saying the papers were not public records and hence immune from disclosure.

I appealed.
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To #Immigration journo twitter - If you're thinking about how to document the politicization and the abuses in the upcoming #ICEraids, here are a few #FOIA productions we got back in 2017 on the agency's #MuslimBan distraction raids in L.A. and Austin:…
One angle: Keep an eye on Administratively Uncontrolled Overtime:……
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Biggest cheer during @iowademocrats chair @troymprice's opening remarks came after he predicted #Iowa Ds will "send @joniernst into an early retirement." #IASen #HallofFame
Sen @CoryBooker is 1st candidate to speak at #HallofFame event. (19 candidates will each have 5 minutes)
"We are being tested. This is a moral moment in America, and we must meet this test. I'm running for president because we can't take 4 more years of Donald Trump." #iacaucus
But @CoryBooker isn't just running to beat Donald Trump. That's the floor, not the ceiling. We can't just run on what we are against. Democrats need to tell people what we are for. "Every American needs health care, and make no mistake, abortion is health care." #iacaucus
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I’ve observed Colorado @SenCoryGardner since his election. What I’ve seen has left me dismayed. Rather than building bipartisan bridges to get things done, Cory became a supine Trump yes-man. There are 1000s reasons he shouldn’t be re-elected. Here are 101: #VoteCoryOut #COsen
#1: Even though he was elected by the narrowest of margins in 2014 in a state that has since voted for Hillary in 2016 & a democratic state govt trifecta in 2018, Cory continues to act as if he has a mandate from the white nationalist alt-right. #VoteCoryOut #cosen
#2: Cory Gardner has consistently voted for the extreme Trump agenda. During the 2019-2020 Congress, he’s voted with Trump over 90% of the time. During Trump’s 1st two years, Cory’s voting record was over 95% in line with Trump. #VoteCoryOut #cosen
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It has been a big day for NAFTA 2.0, and not in good way.

Here's a thread on developments of the last 24 hours - including Pence's Canadian visit, Lighthizer's submission of NAFTA text to Congress, and Trump's impetuous launching of a trade offensive against Mexico...
Pence's Canada trip seemed like a desperate move to reignite momentum - given what Democrats are demanding (e.g. rolling back protections for Big Pharma), the Republicans don't want to give.
As I told @Naomi_Powell when we spoke early yesterday, “if you’re running a campaign with targets who won’t talk to you, what do you do? You go to Ottawa, fill the time.”
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In initial interview before reaching ambulance, @MsNazContractor, playing the Muslim councilwoman whom Detective Carisi (@PeterScanavino) has already informed us is famous for anti-Semitic remarks, tells him & Detective Rollins (@KelliGiddish) that "those people" are responsible
for her assault. Thus, she confirms her antisemitism. The councilwoman is an barely concealed stand-in for Ilhan Omar, a representative to the US House of Representatives from Minnesota's 5th District. @nbcsvu @SVUWritersRoom
Min 0458: A reporter asks Chief Dodds (@petergallagher): "Councilwoman Nasar is an on-the-record anti-Semite. Can you comment?" Chief Dodds doesn't contradict the reporter's assertion, thus implicitly confirming it.
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