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THREAD: A huge move forward for asylum claims based on domestic violence in the Sixth Circuit today. The court recognizes that Trump and Sessions' anti-woman, anti-immigrant policy is probably illegal.…
2/ Background: #asylum protects people whose life or liberty is at risk bc of their race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group (PSG). Congress didn't define PSG, so courts & AGs have interpreted it over time.
3/ In 2014, the Obama administration followed many other countries in recognizing that men often persecute women, not because they're just "bad guys," but because of their gender and position in the family.
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BREAKING: @sdACLU + @JFSSD submit a complaint to @DHSOIG on behalf of a Guatemalan woman apprehended by #Border Patrol while in labor *and forced to give birth in custody while standing up.* Full complaint here:… (A THREAD)
This woman, whom we are calling "Ana" to protect her privacy, fled Guatemala with her husband and two children and attempted to seek #asylum in the United States.
#Border Patrol apprehended "Ana" (who was more than 8 months pregnant) and her family in mid-February 2020. "Ana" was ill with a severe cough and was experiencing severe pain in her womb (which she later understood to be labor).
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So @HomelandKen is no leader of @USCIS—more than that, he never was one.

This is a big win for @DemocracyFwd @RAICESTEXAS @cliniclegal @Debevoise & the #asylum seekers they represent.

Immediately, two misbegotten asylum policies are nullified.

@HomelandKen @USCIS @DemocracyFwd @RAICESTEXAS @cliniclegal @Debevoise But what other Cuccinelli actions might also be voided under this decision?

Not regulations, to my knowledge, since those are signed by the DHS Secretary.

But the Director of USCIS signs plenty of orders on their own, not just the ones at issue in this lawsuit...

@HomelandKen @USCIS @DemocracyFwd @RAICESTEXAS @cliniclegal @Debevoise Potentially vulnerable: Any USCIS Policy Memoranda issued after 6/10/19, when Cuccinelli was unlawfully appointed.

Here are all 9 of them:

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The #transitCoutryAsylumBan stripped asylum seekers of safe haven protection codified in INA. But the cruelty of it didnt stop there as @aflores points out: ppl who have satisfied the 'more likely' standard for withholding of removal (win their case) cannot provide derivative ...
... status to their spouses & minor kids (as asylum allows), thus resulting in the ultimate family separation w little relief at sight. 1/4
Because of recent AG precedental decisions designed to restrict asylum eligibility, family is no longer recognized as a PSG thus this 18yo cannot establish eligibility on account of her family ties alone to qualify for withholding in her own right. 2/4
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We'll never know, but this number has to be an underestimate.

#Asylum is death penalty defense, and there is not a day since mid-2006 that I haven't felt the weight of that. I'll save the rest for my counselor.…
Deportees are vulnerable to gang violence due to the social visibility caused by reappearing in their communities (often w/o family/friends) as well as perceived wealth after living in the U.S. Much of the responsibility for this violence is on us; it's past time we accepted it.
As noted here, the Obama administration was responsible for most of these cases in which deportees are *known* to have been killed. (The real # has to be many times more.) The Trump-era stories will come soon enough, but be sure that the liberals in your life know this history.
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Our tax dollars should be invested in education, housing, prison alternatives and health care programs that provide opportunity and increased well-being for all - not in the Trump administration's anti-immigrant and racist policies. #DefundHate #SOTU
The Trump administration continues to promote discrimination against immigrants, people of color, the LGBTQ community, and Muslims. #DefundHate #SOTU #SOTU2020
The Trump administration is ripping apart health care and nutrition programs for low-income people. #DefundHate #SOTU #SOTU2020
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The Trump administration has weaponized the immigration courts as a deportation machine. Tune in as the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship holds a hearing about the U.S. immigration courts crisis. #AbolishTheDeportationMachine #SaveAsylum
The immigration court backlog is over one million cases. Thousands of asylum seekers wait years for their court date. #AbolishTheDeportationMachine #SaveAsylum #RestoreAsylumNow

Read our report on immigration courts:…
Our nation’s immigration courts make life-and-death decisions every day for people seeking #asylum.

We're suing to bring integrity to the immigration court system. #AbolishTheDeportationMachine #SaveAsylum #RestoreAsylumNow…
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1/ I just won my first case under the Trump admin's new rule barring anyone who entered after 7/16/19 from #asylum--but leaving them eligible for other limited forms of protection.

It's a strange feeling of having won & lost at the same time. Happy, but not celebratory.
2/ My client is from a country in crisis, which he fled after being kidnapped & tortured by govt-affiliated forces for his anti-regime activity.

This would usually be a fairly clear-cut case of political asylum. But not under this administration.
3/ The new Trump rule makes anyone who didn't seek asylum in another country first ineligible for #asylum--but (as required by intl law) still allows them "withholding of removal," a far more tenuous status which, unlike asylum, does not put recipients on a path to citizenship.
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Assuming we can count on the Trump administration, famously *very* concerned with corruption abroad to the point of withholding vital military aid, to stop paying #Honduras to illegally house #asylum seekers now that its government is letting this major anti-corruption law lapse
@ImagineTheGreen In the case of Honduras, the "creative thinking" referenced in this statement from @SecPompeo announcing more funds includes

--selling the government (including the President) to narcos

--harshly punishing #migrantcaravan organizers

--well-documented corruption at every level
@ImagineTheGreen @SecPompeo Anyway, it's good to know that our country is so committed to cautiously stewarding our taxpayer dollars and standing up to corruption wherever and whenever it is found

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2019 in Review📅Article by @charlottecuthbo (Thread👇)

#BorderCrisis Peak, #Mexico Cooperation, and Judicial Wrangling

The year began with President Trump declaring a #NationalEmergency at the southern #Border.…
The #BorderCrisis escalated, and in May, nearly 133,000 #IllegalAliens were apprehended by #BorderPatrol, with a further 11,000 presenting at ports of entry without legal documentation.

By the end of fiscal 2019, almost 1 million people had entered the US illegally.
Over 600,000 of them were either individuals within a family unit or unaccompanied minors—both vulnerable populations that often arrived sick and required more care than #BorderPatrol was set up to provide.
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As #impeachment dominates the news cycle the war on #asylum still rages... and the Trump administration just dropped another daisycutter.

This whole thing is *far* worse than this headline might suggest, so let's just into it.
2/ 1st, remember that "criminal aliens" is one of the Trump administration's favorite phrases, intentionally used to associate crime w/refugees, asylum seekers, &Central Americans generally. (MEDIA: This is a very knowing psy-ops campaign; please don't perpetuate it)
3/ International law *does* allow member states of the Refugee Convention to restrict the right of asylum to those convicted of "particularly serious crimes" and even return such people there even knowing they face will face persecution. It's clearly for extreme cases.
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The Trump administration has weaponized the immigration courts into a deportation machine. This must end. We’re suing. #AbolishTheDeportationMachine #SaveAsylum…
We filed a lawsuit today with @ThinkLawLab on behalf of our organizations and @asylumadvocacy, @santafedreamers, @LasAmericasIAC and @cliniclegal. #AbolishTheDeportationMachine #SaveAsylum
Our nation’s immigration courts make life-and-death decisions every day for people seeking #asylum. They depend on a functioning court system to protect them from persecution, torture, and death. #AbolishTheDeportationMachine #SaveAsylum
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The Trump administration has enacted policy after policy aimed at eviscerating the legal rights of people seeking #asylum and creating the harshest conditions possible for them.

This war on asylum-seekers has created a humanitarian crisis.

We're suing.
Today, we filed an emergency motion asking the court to block one of these anti-immigrant policies from being applied to #asylum seekers who were previously forced to wait in #Mexico.…
Learn more about our work challenging the Trump administration policies that have shredded the nation’s decades-old #asylum system:…
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Another sad day for immigration law: The Board of Imm. Appeals proved today that it is not only willing to openly violate our international treaty obligations, but that it really may not understand the basic concept of rogue cops operating with impunity in failed states.
Uniformed officers w/service weapons came to this #asylum applicant's door & violently extorted him, and the BIA went ahead and found that they probably weren't real cops...

because they told him not to tell the cops

And he should have reported to the real cops


That is absolutely not how any of this works, as anyone who has given even a few seconds of thought to what it might be like to try to survive in a gang-compromised nation like Guatemala would understand.

Rogue cops do this kind of thing *all the time,* and no one can stop them
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State @merrionstreet & @_IHREC delegations about to begin its engagement with #CERD19 process. You can watch proceedings live here:…
@merrionstreet @_IHREC Chairperson of @UNHumanRights #CERD19 opens the 100th session, and welcomes the @merrionstreet delegation headed by @davidstantontd. Chair notes it's not often the case that a Govt minister leads a delegation at #CERD
@merrionstreet @_IHREC @UNHumanRights @davidstantontd Chair #CERD19 also acknowledges the enormous role of Anastasia Crickley as a 'militant for human rights', and her significant role.
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Just had to file my first application for an ICE detainee who entered the US after 7/16/19 & is now barred from #asylum (but still technically eligible for lesser forms of protection) under new Trump rule.

Said it before, but again: this is illegal, & it will get people killed.
The case will now be reviewed for a 51% chance of persecution rather than 10%. (Yes, the law really does reduce these life & death cases to betting odds.) Being barred from #asylum also means no chance of truly permanent status or pathway to citizenship.

All very much the intent
FYI my client presented near the Texas border seeking asylum & was immediately detained and flown to a county jail in Plymouth, Mass to await review by an #immigrationcourt.

You may have heard nativists talk about the "high costs of illegal immigration" ? This is the biggest one
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LIVE now: PHR Asylum network member Dr. Todd @Schneberk testifies at @HomelandDems hearing on examining the human rights and legal implications of DHS' Remain in Mexico policy. #SaveAsylum #DefundHate
@Schneberk @HomelandDems My work has changed dramatically since the Trump administration rolled out MPP ... I regularly witness the dire impacts of the MPP and I am here to share my assessment that this program should be halted and defunded immediately.
@Schneberk @HomelandDems In February of this year, I was part of a PHR team that documented the cases of asylum seekers in Tijuana. These findings later formed the basis of a PHR report entitled, “If I went back, I would not survive.”…
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1/ I just read through the new proposed rules for #asylum-based employment authorization while waiting in #immigrationcourt with a 16-year-old asylum seeker, and I'm just so tired and angry that this seems like a good time to tell you how bad it is.

It's bad.

2/ This opening sentence says everything.

In Trumpworld, the only possible reason anyone would file an application for #asylum is to get a work permit, and most of them are probably criminals.
3/ Under current regulation, #asylum applicants can't file for a work permit until their cases have been pending 180 days. (Under current processing times, they receive it about 30 days later.) This rule would double that to a full year.
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Just returned from an almost week in family #detention with my team at the Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic (CIRC) @PSLCt4ImmRights @PennStateLaw There is so much I could say but at the same time what can I say? 1/
Phones are disallowed in jail so all of these pictures were truly moments...minutes we came together at sunrise or long after sunset. Some takeaways. moments...minutes we came together at sunrise or long after sunset. Some takeaways. 2/
1. I am so proud of the CIRC team who learned what it means to be a lawyer in all its messiness. 2. I am grateful to ALDEA - The People's Justice Center for their work everyday in family detention. 3. Watching kids cry, smile, and wail is very normal at home but not in jail. 3/
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Doing social media for @NewSanctuaryNYC means I rarely take a break from #immigration news. Every day the Trump administration looks for another way to cause harm to black & brown people. Thread highlights some of the current policies. We MUST not stop fighting back. #impeach 👇🏼
The Trump administration is doing another secretive pilot test in El Paso, this time “Prompt Asylum Claim Review,” a program to speed up deportation of #asylum seekers.…
"These new policies have resulted in the separation of family units, lasting trauma and heartache, and shocking detention conditions for both children and adults."…
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Thread: (1) New #asylum legislation will be voted tomorrow in the Greek parliament. Here are some points you might find useful to know regarding the process as well the content of the new law. #refugee
(2) All major national and international organisations have already criticised the gov for allowing only 5 days of public consultation as an effort to avoid scrutiny and warned the new law is leading to a backlash on human rights.
(3) The law introduces a series of measures aiming to restrict access, reduce times or terminate the asylum procedure. It also aims to expedite+increase the amount of people returned. The basis of this strategy is the re-introduction of en mass long term detention.
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#HEUNI_Tweetsday Weekly thread on Wednesdays. This month we'll reveal you the key findings from our latest project done w/@SOLWODI, @CIRRIFUGIATI, @JRSizbjeglice, @ENoMW and supported by @EU_Justice
Simple rules: 1❤– 1 finding. 1st topic: #GBV, its consequences & risk factors.
@SOLWODI @CIRRIFUGIATI @JRSizbjeglice @ENoMW @EU_Justice So what are we actually looking into when talking about #GBV against women? Is there any definition? And where to find it? Check out #IstanbulConvention… #VAW #HumanRights #ViolenceAgainstWomen
@SOLWODI @CIRRIFUGIATI @JRSizbjeglice @ENoMW @EU_Justice #Refugee women have different backgrounds including different personal qualities, family situations, levels of education and professions. Refugee women do not form a homogenous group, and they definitely should not be seen as uninformed #victims.
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The asylum firewall is complete.

If Trump has his way (and that's an "if" the size of the wholeass Ukraine), no one but Guatemalans and Mexicans will be able to apply for #asylum at our southern border.
Remember that

1) all of these deals are almost certainly illegal on both sides, although admittedly

2) no one seems to know exactly what is in them

3) the July Guat deal isn't in effect and doesn't seem likely to be anytime if at all

4) any future POTUS could cancel them
Even with all of the above, this is a major story and I hope it isn't buried in impeachment news
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1/ The Trump administration is about to achieve its longtime goal of setting up an #asylum firewall in Central America which will offshore our treaty obligations the worst possible places imaginable.

Let's look ahead to what this actually means in practice.
2/ Once Honduras inevitably signs, we'll have created a sort of buffer zone through which all asylum seekers coming from south of Mexico will have to seek asylum first. (Guatemalans will still be able to seek asylum at our border per current agreements.) Out of sight, out of mind
3/ Stephen Miller and other Trump #immigration policy minions have made it explicitly clear that there is only one purpose for all of this: to get these teeming masses yearning to breathe free as far from our golden door as possible, with no regard for their lives or the law
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