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Now that we have a #FakeTrumpEmergency on our hands, what do WE CITIZENS do to thwart #KingTrump? Do we March? Do we storm the Bastille? Do we bug out for Canada? For Mars?

--a compilation thread of stuff I've blathered hither & thither

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So, first, what's likely to happen now that he's declared his #FakeTrumpEmergency, wrt to actions in Congress. Our immediate actions:

LOTS OF CALLING OUR ELECTED OFFICIALS.

LOTS

REPEATEDLY

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Here's @IndivisibleTeam's guide to what happened, exactly (including what's in the bill) & what you can do. Includes script to use when calling your Electeds. Which you should be doing NOW.

Text MOBILIZE to 977-79 for updates.

#FAKENationalEmergency
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Up until three weeks ago I was a #border/ #immigration reporter working in #ElPaso. Let me tell you why President Trump’s visit to the #Borderland is so problematic. Follow this thread for more.
Honestly, @DrToddACurry put it best. #ElPaso has been the President’s “petri dish” for #immigration policies. Let’s take a look shall we?
Starting Sept.2017 @LasAmericasIAC starts reporting parent/children separation, despite legal documents showing relation. There was little I, as a journalist, could do when both parent & child were out of reach for interview & @ICEgov wasn’t talking.
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UN Human Rights commissioner regarding US immigration policies:

"The thought that any State would seek to deter parents by inflicting such abuse on children is unconscionable."

🇺🇸👇
The @UNHumanRights spoke out early last year about Session, republican GOP and Trump's inhumane policy of separating families..
The Trump administration stopped cooperating with UN investigations into human rights violations in America theguardian.com/law/2019/jan/0…
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1/ We don't know a great deal about what is happening with the rollout of the #asylum plan – the Migrant Protection Protocols – that forces people to stay in #Mexico while they're waiting their US court dates. But over a week after it started in Tijuana, here's what we know.
2/ There have been 36 people released so far, according to @INAMI_mx. Every one I talked to was an adult who had requested asylum alone. We've watched them come out of the footbridge at San Ysidro with a transcript of their interview and a notice to appear in court in late March.
3/ The US gov said that they are going to expand this across the border, but for now only a trickle of people have been sent back to Tijuana. The majority of them have been men. It's unclear whether families will eventually be released, but so far that has not happened.
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1/ THREAD: New details on the Trump #remaininmexico #asylum plan out now, and it's so much worse than I was expecting. This is an illegal, immoral, unconscionable human rights disaster in the making. Let's talk about what this is and how it's going to get people killed.
2/ Context: Asylum seekers in Tijuana and other border towns are being "metered" by an illegal system which requires them to take numbers on a list and wait their turn (sometimes months) to lawfully enter the US to seek asylum. This is already bad enough.

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3/ Even before Trump, the nativist right was obsessed with the idea of making #CentralAmerican asylum seekers wait outside the US for the many years that it can often take to get these cases to a final hearing. This administration was all too willing to give it a try.
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Just spent more time studying the 1301-page ransom bill Trump is promoting in the name of "compromise." It's a radical overhaul of #asylum law by executive fiat.

Dems should be screaming about this, & anyone who ever said Obama was acting like a king can take a seat forever
This is at best the nutty shit the extremist wing of your party files on Day 2 of a shutdown to get its demands out there, not the actual good-faith solution that Day 31 actually requires. The Republican Party should never be allowed to recover from this utter disgrace. Never.
If you are a "conservative" who preaches things like small government, limited executive power, "the rule of law," etc you should be angrier than I am--and I'm having trouble finding words for my fury right now--about all of this.

But you're not, because you're a fucking racist.
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Earlier today, we were peacefully demonstrating at #BoxingDayTest, MCG to raise awareness about indefinite arbitrary detention of refugees by Australia and to support RISE's eX-detainees' campaign #SanctionAustralia. Victoria Police detained and banned us for 'disturbing peace'.
They took our IDs, and issued a ban to all of us.We question their motives for disrupted our snap action when we support eX-detainees' call for the complete shutdown of all detention centres run by Australia. #BoxingDayTest #INDvAUS #refugees #asylumseekers #NY2019 #Chrismas2018
What made us 'disrupt the peace' when they are the ones disruptive to our peaceful demonstration in solidarity with refugees who are survivors of the abuses they face in Australian-run detention centre.

#BoxingDayTest #INDvAUS #refugees #asylum #NY2019 #Christmas2018
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The two children should receive autopsies. and the cause of death should be made public and covered on EVERY media outlet that has reported it. We have children who die in the custody of public schools (#Parkland) It turns out the government IS responsible but no one reports it.
This article is from 2015..Wonder who was President then 🤔 Can anyone tell me why it was not addressed?
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How about 2007? Wait a minute..democrats had control of BOTH the House and the Senate. Didn't someone report on this?
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Going to the border w a group of progressive #veterans & @Ocasio2018 NY14 organizers to respond to the #asylum crisis one of the most important actions this year. It reminded me of our collective power & #military veterans & families' unique strengths & instincts as organizers /1
Coming together quickly for urgent collective action, we realized most of us had a #military affiliation, whether we enlisted ourselves or our mother, uncles, or cousins served in uniform.

Nearly all of us were also #immigrant-connected— immigrants or the children of immigrants
Many #progressive military #veterans are wired w critical, transferable skills that make us incredibly effective organizers. Particularly in high pressure, chaotic situations

*Vets of color in particular hold massively under-tapped insights & analytical power for change* /3
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They just want to grow up and have a decent life - something that these #children can't do at home.
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the #USA has known for years what it's dysfunctional, sadistic #Immigration system does to citizen #children,
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now it puts those seeking #asylum through that same machine
in siding with a republic is indifferent, at best, to #immigrants #CADems pick partisanship over loyalties to their #neighbors' best interests
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Remember, these are #kids who can recite The Pledge of Allegiance.
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The Trump admin is using Central & South American #Immigrants as scapegoats to drum up fear & xenophobia in their base, which is primarily white, and terrified at the idea of white people no longer being the majority in the US. 1/7 #BorderWall
Since his campaign kickoff, Trump had demonized Latino immigrants as violent criminals.

This gives bigots and #whitesupremacists (public & closeted) incentive to vote GOP to MAGA, which is code for "make America white again". 2/7
It's legal to present yourself at a border crossing point to apply for #asylum, so Customs & Border Patrol make it difficult to do so.

#AsylumSeekers are forced to wait for weeks in squalid conditions. Desperation builds. 3/7
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If you're just sharing photos of desolate refugee #CentralAmerican families under attack, commenting without any meaningful action behind it, no organizing to call Members of Congress, to deploy to the border, to provide humanitarian aid, you're adding to the fodder & trauma /1
We've long warned that treating us #CentralAmericans like enemy combatants, like vermin, in animalistic terms, creates grounding for violence. Use of tear gas is a litmus test for the envelope this administration can push & to fan hate & fear for support from their base. /2
Something I've taught in depth is the Pyramid of Hate/Violence. Bias & complicity require a broader, larger populous to manifest. Escalation doesn't bc it's passed a threshold of normalization. The Discrimination tier often is formalized policy, ie. Trump's border tactics /3
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Top Myths About #Asylum and why you should care:

Myth: Asylum seekers should file at US consulates in their home countries.

Reality: Asylum can only be sought at the border or inside the US. US consulates do not accept asylum applications.
Myth: Asylum seekers must present themselves at a port of entry.

Reality: The law (8 USC 1158) specifically says a person may apply for asylum whether they enter legally or not.

They can be technically prosecuted for unlawful entry, but that doesn't prevent asylum.
Myth: Asylum is only for political persecution, not for fear of gangs and terrorists.

Reality: There is NO requirement in the law that an asylum seeker's fear be politically based.

I've won many gang and terrorist related cases.
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UPDATE: The Presidential proclamation barring certain non-citizens from seeking #asylum after crossing the Southern border is out. How will they limit it to the #MigrantCaravan? How much more illegal can this thing get?

I haven't even read this, so let's get through ittogether
(This thread is going to be a sequel to yesterday's on the "final interim rule" rushed into effect in anticipation of this proclamation, so you might want to read that one first.)

These #s appear to be the entire justification for the proclamation, and they badly need context. They may sound scary if you're new to the issue, but check out the overall historical picture & tell me this is a natl. emergency worthy of suspending a 4,000 year-old legal right
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1/ ME, A VERY TIRED #IMMIGRATION LAWYER: this just in, our awful government is doing an illegal thing to #asylum seekers

YOU, A CONCERNED CITIZEN: Like, *how* illegal though

ME:

*pours a Laphroaig double*

okay, let's do this
2/ 1st, this is not exactly an executive order. That's coming later, via "Presidential proclamation"--obvs a totally cool & normal way to make things happen in a democracy

This "final interim rule" skips usual due process and goes into effect NOW, because #MigrantCaravan
3/ N.B.: This doesn't complete cut off all possibility of legal protection for #asylum seekers. "Withholding of removal" (a form of relief I like to call "asylum lite") and protection under the Convention Against Torture remain. That's not to say that this is necessarily OK.
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As Americans headed to the polls yesterday - migrants waited in line outside this tent to get info about applying for #asylum in the US - most of the migrants in Mexico City initially set out from Central Am. To get to the US and still intend to do so #MigrantCaravan
Inside the tent, I met Anna Joseph, w/ the Institute 4 Women Migration. She says most migrants aren’t aware of the difficulties that lie ahead when applying for the asylum in the US or how the #Trump Admin has politicized their caravan of migrants seeking a better future
During presentations like this one, Ana shows photos of #Tornillo and soldiers at the border. Why? B/c she says they don’t believe the US is putting migrant kids in camps and soldiers at the border solely b/c of their caravan - they these are rumors. So they show photos...
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The Suffocation of Democracy

By: Christopher R. Browning

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As a historian specializing in the #Holocaust, #Nazi Germany, and #Europe in the era of the world wars, I have been repeatedly asked about the degree to which the current situation in the United States resembles the interwar period and the rise of #fascism in Europe.
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I would note several troubling similarities and one important but equally troubling difference.

In the 1920s, the US pursued #isolationism in foreign #policy and rejected participation in international organizations like the League of Nations.
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1/ Just spent a week working pro bono with CARA at DETENTION center in #Dilley Texas (oddly renamed "residential" center) to prepare the #SUPERWOMEN being held there prepare for their credible fear interviews. They told me ghastly stories of persecution suffered in lawless
2/ countries at the hands of gangs who terrorize and extort them, then beat, rape and threaten to kill them and their children if they dare go to the police or say "enough," AND/OR countries with such weak laws, corrupt police, and/or corrupt government officials that are
3/ effectively lawless when it comes to protecting women from violent husbands who treat them like property by repeatedly raping them, telling them they are worthless SIMPLY because they are WOMEN, restricting their freedom to work, express political views, attend church, see
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Women make a difference, then and now.
“As it turns out, nearly two-thirds of all known rescuers have been found to be women.”

Make your plans about how you can save our families, our country.
I’ve been repeatedly warned that I’ll destroy my career if I dare speak out, so most of my political tweets and blogs are under a different name.
BUT when a govt starts harming children and their families, I realized that speaking out for them IS my career.
I need some help
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I delayed my divorce until my kids were beyond custody battles, thinking I could obtain my share of our assets to move on.
I didn’t realize that divorce cts in the US (some worse than others) are set up 2 asset-strip and discard the more dependent spouse, like venture capitalists
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Last week, Democratic attorneys general in 17 states + D.C filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration, arguing that its practice of separating families violated the due process and equal protection clauses of the Fifth Amendment.
A new motion filed Monday came with more than 900 pages of declarations that included powerful personal testimonies from parents, children and other family members who were directly impacted by the Trump policy.
.@NewsHour read through all 99 declarations and pulled 12 that offer a window into the #familyseparations at the border. Here’s some of what we found--
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As a fmr immigration attorney let me be unambiguously clear. Crossing a boarder to claim asylum is *not* a crime; no under US or international law. Any child separated from a parent under that pretext is done so in direct contravention to the laws of the USA. ⚖ THREAD Pls RT.
If you came to the US without permission to apply for asylum, youmetjod of entry, whether legal or illegal *should* in no way effect your application process. Illegal entry is not a ground of inadmissibility for asylum applicants.
Unlike many other categories of applicants for immigration benefits, ppl seeking asylum in the US are not barred by having made an illegal entry; for example, sneaked across the U.S. border or overstaying a valid visa (one of the top ways people are in the country illegall).
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People fleeing violence should be allowed to follow the legal process to apply for #Asylum.

Instead, they are jailed & separated from their children, sometimes thousands of miles apart.

Here's what we can do NOW! 1/6 #AsylumSeekers #FridayMotivation
.@raicestexas is the largest immigration services non-profit in TX: goo.gl/eT294F

Donate to their bond fund to help incarcerated parents pay their bail bonds so they can get out & fight to reunite w/ their children.
💸goo.gl/eT294F 2/6
CALL your MoCs & tell them to support @SenFeinstein's #KeepFamiliesTogetherAct. Talking points here via @make5calls:
📲goo.gl/Fr8PFA 3/6
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The horrific #Goodlatte #immigration bill soon up for debate isn't something to be "compromised" with. It's a harsh, intentional, irrevocable shift Trumpward.

Shred it.

Burn the ashes.

Scatter them upon the Antarctic plains.

Here are just a few of many reasons.
(1) CRIMINALIZATION of unlawful presence in the United States: White supremacy writ into law. For past 228 years, simply *being in U.S.* w/o permission was a civil offense w/no consequence other than deportation.
(NB: This was quickly rejected in 2005, but much more likely now)
(2) ONE HUNDRED THIRTY BILLION UNITED STATES TAXPAYER DOLLARS to fully militarize the Mexican border.

Even @Heritage, which otherwise mostly likes the bill, balked at this as "hard to justify." You don't say.
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#Today's story to #EndFamilySeparation Four months ago, Dad and 4-month-old entered at the Texas/Mexico border and requested #asylum. Dad and child were immediately separated and the baby put in ORR custody. #FamiliesBelongTogether
Dad was detained in a #Texas detention center where @RAICESTEXAS consulted. Dad accepted a deportation to be quickly reunited w/ his infant child. However, the Dad was deported & NOT his child. The now 8-month-old baby has been in ORR custody for 4 months. #EndFamilySeparation
The Mom and Dad now have once weekly Skype calls with their 8-month-old baby. That's right, folks. They Skype with an infant. #EndFamilySeparation #FamiliesBelongTogether
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