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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."
drive.google.com/file/d/1xjLBjK… #JamalvPompeo
Here's the motion, filed Monday morn, that this is in response to: drive.google.com/file/d/1pP-scn…
Find out more about #JamalvPompeo on my website:
curtismorrisonlaw.com/jamal-v-pompeo
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A thread with some thoughts on DOJ's letter in the #Census2020 case, which can be found (alongside some great analysis from @rickhasen) here.

electionlawblog.org/?p=106089
First, it's unsurprising for DOJ to assert that any "new" decision to add the Q must be assessed w/o reference to the history of the policy

As I noted at @ShallTakeCare, it's a standard, oft-repeated move in the Trump DOJ's 'animus-laundering' playbook

takecareblog.com/blog/thoughts-…
Indeed, amid debate over the #TransBan and #TravelBan, I wrote an op-ed for @PostOpinions in *March 2018* identifying this animus-laundering strategy and warning that we could expect to see a lot more of it

washingtonpost.com/opinions/getti…
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What will you do with your privilege?

This is a question I asked myself repeatedly over the last 6 months. The stress my wife and kids happily took on, the hard asks I made of people of time, money, and spirit, I best have had a really, really good reason for doing so.
Today, I am at peace. Because I know I wanted to use my privilege. All the doors my parents, my family, my friends, and my community opened for me my entire life - it is a privilege. It is a trust, and it would be a violation of that trust to waste it.
So I am at peace. I lost an election, but that pales in comparison to what we all gained. I was told by our own @VASecofEdu Atif Qarni that there isn't really such thing as a loss. I thought I understood him, but now I see a whole new wisdom in his words.
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Knocking doors today on the campaign trail with my wife @rabiahmahmed, I was again struck by how much voters still have such a strong emotional reaction to the #travelban. Everyone remembers this very local, yet very national issue.
Some people look down, shaking their head. Others grimace, as if stirred by a painful memory. One thing is clear: it reminds people of the message they all received that night: "You're not welcome here."
I never liked that message. Judging from the crowds at Dulles that night, neither did Virginia.

Running for office forces you to think. I need to remember why I'm doing this, and so I think a lot about why I became an immigration lawyer, and ultimately why I'm running.
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We have to have tough conversations. #VoterPearls
"You were one of the #travelban lawyers?"

"Yes sir."

*Fist bump*

"You got my vote, man."

#VoterPearls
"School safety is my priority. Why are they making it so hard?"

#VoterPearls
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This is an outrage. #SCOTUS just reversed an Eleventh Circuit decision blocking an execution where the inmate, a Muslim, wanted an imam rather than a Christian chaplain to accompany him in the execution chamber. Justice Kagan dissents, "I think that decision profoundly wrong."
Kagan writes: “'The clearest command of the Establishment Clause ... is that one religious denomination cannot be officially preferred over another.' Larson v. Valente, 456 U. S. 228, 244 (1982). But the State’s policy does just that."
Kagan: "A Christian prisoner may have a minister of his own faith accompany him into the execution chamber to say his last rites. But if an inmate practices a different religion—whether Islam, Judaism, or any other—he may not die with a minister of his own faith by his side."
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The night of the first #travelban nearly two years ago, I went to Dulles Airport as a volunteer immigration lawyer. I figured some local know-how would help.
But when I heard crowds demanding "Let them see their lawyers!" the words "due process!" and officers saying they don’t accept orders from “outside” judges - something flipped inside my head.

Suddenly, the confidence that comes from working in a system for 15 years evaporated.
I had flashbacks to my clients' stories of persecution from their homelands: where laws only sometimes work. The subsequent torrent of hate from DC against fellow Americans, aspiring and otherwise, sent a message all too familiar to marginalized communities: "Stay in your place."
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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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1/ One of the worst parts of the proposed new DHS "public charge" rule would resurrect a 400-yr-old idea, punish lower-income immigrants, AND deliver a massive new giveaway to Wall Street.

Not seeing much out there on this piece right now, so here's what you need to know:
2/ The idea of a "public charge bond" goes back to the earliest colonial days. If someone coming over from Europe didn't seem like they would be able to support themselves, the ship's captain would have to put up a given amount of money to keep them off the dole or take them back
3/ As part of the "Passenger Cases," SCOTUS struck down the city of Boston's attempt to collect public charge bonds from ship captains as unconstitutional in 1849, finding that only the federal government had this kind of power. But it didn't actually exercise it until 1882.
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Hundreds of Yemeni-Americans denied visas and stranded under the travel ban now have to choose: wait with little hope for a visa or return to a warzone. Many have already returned to war in Yemen. My report from Djibouti:
#travelban #yemen interc.pt/2NmrU6s
I interviewed 14 Yemeni-American families - more than 50 people including children - and spoke to immigration lawyers, advocates, and community leaders who know hundreds more. The same feelings of shock, betrayal, and despair were echoed in every story.
Sixteen-year-old Hazem Al-Shawbi, who journeyed alone 15 days through four countries for a visa interview and the chance to join his father in North Carolina, wondered why Trump wouldn’t allow a young kid looking for a brighter future into the United States.
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Former State Department Legal Adviser—Harold Koh (@YaleLawSch @Yale)—on the Supreme Court's #TravelBan opinion

"Trump v. Hawaii: Korematsu’s Ghost and National Security Masquerades"

cross-posted with our friends @SCOTUSblog
justsecurity.org/58615/trump-v-…
"Korematsu was overruled in the court of public opinion—through concerted action on many fronts—decades before the Roberts court belatedly pronounced it dead. To finally inter Korematsu’s ghost we will all need to keep resisting these new national-security masquerades"
Harold Koh
After SCOTUS loss, "litigants will surely seek out international fora...European countries will need to think hard about whether giving assistance in implementing the ban through air travel to the United States runs up against their responsibilities to respect religious freedom."
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Fifteen out of Nineteen 9/11 terrorists were from Saudi Arabia.

Know why Saudi Arabia isn’t included on Trump’s #MuslimBan? This isn’t about terrorism. Trump has businesses there.

This is why the #EmolumentsClause exists. He’s continuing to profit off the presidency. Unchecked
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Reminder: Trump brokered a $350 Billion Weapons deal to Saudi Arabia in May 2017
👉cnbc.com/2017/05/20/us-…

During that same visit, Ivanka, in attendance in an official capacity, received $100 Million “gift to a fund" from Saudi Arabia.
👉nydailynews.com/news/politics/…
3/
August ‘17: Saudi Arabia moved to dismiss the lawsuit against them holding them accountable for the 9/11 attacks.
👉aljazeera.com/amp/news/2017/…

Oct 2017: Trump’s SIL & senior adviser Jared Kushner took an unannounced visit to SA - his third trip in 2017.
👉politico.com/story/2017/10/…
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#SCOTUS delivered a monumentally intelligent and juridically logical decision but that would’ve been completely different had the wrong justices been appointed. There is no such thing as absolute truth. Our brave republic could go topsy-turvy in the flash of an instance.
What used to be mainstream media is now dead. What
were conventional political parties are on life-support. Everything is changing and the #DS and #ShadowGovernment are panicking. Behold the power of civilian and citizen journalism and enjoy your front row seat to #revolution.
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Chief Justice Roberts bristled at Justice Sotomayor’s comparison of his #TravelBan decision to Korematsu. Why? Because the truth hurts.
And some ways, this decision is even more shameful: slate.com/news-and-polit…
Korematsu is dead, long live the new Korematsu:
slate.com/news-and-polit…
3/ “if Kennedy retires, his mixed legacy on civil liberties will end on a shameful note, denying voting rights and ignoring evidence of bad-faith religious discrimination. The majority seemed genuinely concerned with anti-religious bias in Masterpiece Cakeshop, but...”
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#SCOTUS ruled 5-4 to uphold the #TravelBan.

Many use “threat of terrorism” as justification.

But let’s look at the numbers. /thread
Countries that are affected by the #TravelBan:
- Syria
- Libya
- Iran
- Yemen
- Somalia

With enhanced restrictions on:
- North Korea
- Venezuela
[disclaimer: I have conflicting sources saying if Venezuela was still included or not. This bad has been redone so many times, Venezuela may or may not be included]
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1) SCOTUS Decision on the #TravelBan; 5-4. WIN.

Chief Justice Roberts delivers the opinion; interestingly, Gorsuch does not write a concurring opinion. Dude had been writing up a storm. Kennedy and Thomas both write concurring, Breyer and Sotomayor both file dissenting opinions
3) Held: "The President has lawfully exercised the broad discretion granted to him under §1182(f) to suspend the entry of aliens into the United States." BOOM.
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If Donald had a brain & wasn't terribly Islamophobe, he would pick @realZalmayMK (R) as the Secretary of State. Mr. Khalilzad was George W Bush's ambassador to Afghanistan/Iraq/UN. Unlike many W folks, he's less of a war hawk & knows the region more than most other Republicans.
The other day, I was listening to a @INTLSpyCast interview with @MicheleRigAssad-- an ex-CIA operator who talked about sexism within @CIA that how CIA would pick clueless white men for the Middle East missions over her who speaks Arabic fluently & studied the region for years.
One funny anecdote: @MicheleRigAssad mentioned how her Arab mother-in-law had difficulties to get a US visa at the time that both the mother-in-law's son & his wife were serving the US gov at the CIA. #TravelBan
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#Tweetteaching
Lawyers who are new to Twitter, here are some best practices on composing tweets... /1
Stick with 2 or less hashtags per tweet. Hashtags are like search terms... people will see your tweet if they do a search of the hashtag.

For example, we have tweets that have used #helpthelawyers or #travelban. /2
If you want someone to see your tweet, tag them by including their @ name in your tweet. This makes your tweet appear in their notifications. /3
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I keep hearing 7.1+ & seeing Oaxaca
#JesusIsComing
Just putting this here^

accuweather.com/en/weather-new…
I seem to have missed this one: cnbc.com/2018/01/14/str…
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