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1/ #StephenMiller has given an exclusive interview to Tucker Carlson's dumbass website for angry white supremacists, because of course he has. I've clicked on it so you don't have to, and here's all you need to know.
2/ Just to get this out up front: Stephen Miller is a 33-yr-old swamp monster whose only major pre-Trump CV item was as press sec for Sen. #JeffSessions. He is not a lawyer & has no serious understanding of imm. policy. His career has been built on bullying & white supremacy.
3/ We now know (as I suspected at the time) that Miller & Steve Bannon pulled a series of all-nighters writing the disastrous first #muslimban--without consulting any lawyers, let alone anyone from the agencies which would be responsible for it. Keep that in mind as we proceed.
4/ Anyway. Miller alludes to grand plans to resurrect some obscure legal penalties w/the apparent goal of making the lives of non-citizens (undocumented & otherwise) as difficult as possible and bringing "transformative" change to the system. Let's see what he means by this.
5/ First up: stiffer penalties for non-citizens who remain in the US with orders of deportation. He is presumably referencing INA 243 and INA 274D, both of which impose (mostly-civil) penalties for failure to depart after removal is ordered. So what's the problem? Well.
6/ As a starting point here, deportation in and of itself is already a massive penalty. It bars all legal status for many years (depending on context) and re-entry to the US after removal carries a permanent bar to a greencard. This is all automatic, by operation of law.
7/ Miller's typically-fascist solution would impose the maximum penalty of $500/day for each beyond the 90-day period in which people with deportation orders have to leave. Enforcement would be massively cumbersome (and costly). There's a reason it's never been done before.
8/ The statute which authorizes this penalty is also more clearly aimed at people who actively frustrate their own deportations than people who simply remain after the order enters, and from context it would seem that's what the fines are really supposed to punish here
9/ Next, Miller gets into "welfare tourism." This is a MAJOR tell. Maybe he's just in so deep with global proto-fascism that he doesn't know that this is an exclusively European concept? (Euro/US far-right coordination is one of the scarier untold stories of the Trump era)
10/ To be clear: "Welfare tourism" is a phrase only used in Europe. And it's not even really a thing anyway, as any number of studies (including this one) have conclusively proven. Moving on.
11/ I had to stop and read this paragraph 3x because this was *exactly* the justification that Barack Obama gave for taking executive action with #DACA in hopes that Congress would finally pass the #DREAMAct. It's still one of the leading anti-Obama talking points on the right.
12/ For reference here's a typical response, this one from the Heritage Foundation, to the idea of a President taking executive action to force Congress into action on a popular issue.

And, just for fun, Miller's quote from above for comparison.
13/ Executive action for me, but not for thee.

I've mostly given up on attempting to point out the many hypocrosies and "if Obama did it" s that these craven braying hogs are steamrolling us with every cursed day--but JFC, every so often it still just *gets* me y'know?
14/ Hold up--what did he just say about this "crisis is upon us?"

Trump, Nielsen, CBP, + GOP have all been beating "crisis" drum for the past few weeks. Nothing has actually changed at the border, and there's never going to be a Reichstag moment. So it's on them to *create* one.
15/ Everything re: "closing the border," "ending loopholes," & "transformative" changes comes down to this:

1) Conflating asylum seekers w/border crossers

2) Ending asylum as we know it

3) Ending legal imm. as we know it

All right out there, happening right in front of us.
This feels like a good place to remind everyone that the @nytimes gave @DouthatNYT significant Sunday editorial space to make the argument that #StephenMiller deserves a "place at the table" to represent white supremacists in immigration policymaking

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