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ASYLUM IS A HUMAN RIGHT🗽 @matt_cam
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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
As discussed in yesterday's thread, the comps which Trump cites involved U.S. forces intercepting #asylum seekers in international waters. The Haitian #SCOTUS case he cites specifically does not discuss those already in the U.S. This is just some bullshit right here
Again, just so we're all agreed here: Non-citizens who are encountered IN THE UNITED STATES, WITH OR WITHOUT PERMISSION, must be given the opportunity to apply for #asylum. #ImmigrationLaw 101 here, folks.
Time to eat our vegetables. This big stupid paragraph really just says that members of the #MigrantCaravan ("persons described in Section 1," the text included in my first tweet in this thread) must be stopped because... well, they're *bad,* folks. Like you wouldn't believe.
Just look at this little terrorist. She's bringing crime, folks. She's bringing drugs.

#MigrantCaravan
The whole point of this proclamation was supposed to be to define the class of people that yesterday's new rule will apply to--specifically the #MigrantCaravan. But it's so broad that it could cover anyone who travels from #CentralAmerica.

Exactly as it was intended to do.
There is something of a recent corallary to this nonsense in the Obama administration's declaration that the "surge" of #unaccompaniedminors in 2014 was a crisis which required special treatment. But they *carefully defined* that class of individuals.

motherjones.com/politics/2014/…
Obama's DHS defined "the surge" as #unaccompaniedminors who came to the U.S. from #CentralAmerica between certain dates during the height of the crisis. There's absolutely no reason that this proclamation couldn't have done that.

Is Trump really so stupid? Well, yes. But also:
Creating the broadest possible definition of "the caravan" gives CBP, asylum officers, and #immigrationjudges broad license to bar #CentralAmerican asylum seekers entirely.

The #MigrantCaravan has always been political cover for ending #asylum at the Southern border. That's it.
Much like the global #refugee suspension which slipped in unnoticed alongside the #travelban this is an emergency temporary order. (6 months in that case, 3 here.) Emergency orders have always been the easiest way for fascists and dictators to normalize the previously-unthinkable
So, look ahead 3 months when the #MigrantCaravan arrives to find ports of entry virtually closed. (Calexico is processing THREE asylum-seekers per day right now.) They're backlogged, stuck for months. They get restless. Violence breaks out, and many start to cross illegally.
Trump gets to declare the #MigrantCaravan a full-on national emergency, not just a possible impending one. The #asylumban is extended, or even becomes permanent. The burden of persuasion shifts to those of us who want to see the law as written enforced and due process honored.
Yesterday's rule and today's accompanying Presidential proclamation are sloppy, illegal, and far too ambiguous to be equitably enforced even if they weren't either of those things. But this is *all by design.* Every piece of it. They're thinking ahead, and we should too.
WE DO NOT HAVE A CRISIS ON THE SOUTHERN BORDER.

Even with the #MigrantCaravan, we are seeing historically low #s here. There's no factual, legal, or historical basis for any of this, and it's going to go scary places. Know the truth. Make sure everyone around you does too.
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