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1/ Yesterday I provided some context for yesterday's unprecedented #ICERaids which detained ~700 undocumented workers.

Now let's look at how a major legal change by the Trump administration plays into this, & what it means for what's coming

2/ First, ICYMI here's yesterday's thread on the historic, social, and economic context of these raids. (I thought the legal analysis deserved its own space.)

3/ Before last month, anyone found in our borders had to be given a chance to appear in #immigrationcourt to defend themselves from deportation. And while our #immigrationcourts have their own problems, they're still better than literally nothing--which is what many will now get
4/ Imagine armed agents storming your workplace, throwing you to the ground, cuffing you, confiscating your phone, and demanding that you prove on the spot how long you'd lived in the US.

Could you do that?

680 undocumented people were in this exact position yesterday
5/ Jeff Sessions and others in the early days of the Trump administration were obsessed with expanding "expedited removal," the legal provision which gives ICE free rein to ignore the law and deport people on the spot. And just a few weeks ago, they finally did.
6/ ER was previously only for people found within 100 miles of the border who couldn't prove they'd been here longer than 14 days. New rule broadens it o anywhere in the U.S. within TWO YEARS

This was done in the "sole and unreviewable discretion" of DHS, which is fine obviously
7/ This means that every single person separated from their children yesterday is in jeopardy of immediate deportation with no right to see a judge.

This is very much a feature, and not a bug, of the recent rule change
8/ Although ICE says this incredibly brave & extremely complex op which sent helicopters, dogs, & armed agents in tactical gear to arrest ~700 working parents for non-criminal immigration violations was 1 yr in the making, it just happened to come 24 hrs after ACLU sued over ER
9/ No doubt they intend to railroad as many of these innocent workers back to their countries as possible before the inevitable injunction against the expanded ER policy kicks in. Just no doubt whatsoever.
10/ Given the extremely broad discretion the law grants to define terms of expedited removal, there is a reasonable possibility that this policy can't be stopped.

What then?

A massive new "papers please" federal police state is inevitable, esp with another 4 yrs of Trump.
11/ What could you grab or cite to prove more than 2 yrs of presence in the US *right now* if someone were holding a literal gun to your head?

Now imagine a country in which Trump's promised tripling of ICE has come to pass. This could well become a regular part of daily life.
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