After a lot of thought, I deleted this tweet. My intent in posting it was to emphasize that the allegations reveal the routine cruelty and horrors caused by ICE's utter failure to care for the health of people it locks up in private prisons—but do not reveal systematic eugenics.
Whistleblowers have been coming forward for years to reveal that people have died of preventable deaths inside ICE detention centers. We know medical services given to people in detention are routinely insufficient. Yesterday's allegations supported that.…
I firmly believe that yesterday's allegations should be taken in context with the detailed reporting and activism around the appalling and horrific conditions in detention centers around the country, not just for women, but for everyone that suffers while locked in a cage.
But because my original tweet couldn't express that all in 240 characters, my point was lost and I gave the false impression to many that I was trying to downplay the allegations or shift blame away from ICE or the problems inherent in the system at large. It was not my intent.

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24 Sep
Wolf is making things up again. Here's what @DHSOIG said in 2005 about why Congress created ICE.

"ICE was established not with a focus on supporting a particular mission but rather on building an institutional foundation large enough to justify a new organization." Image
The entire OIG analysis from 2005 is amazing. Here's what OIG offered as one official's theory for why ICE was created in the first place—interior immigration enforcement alone would never "attain bureaucratic critical mass," so they threw a bunch of other things into the pot. ImageImage
The 2005 OIG report is worth a read. It assessed whether CBP and ICE should be merged back into one immigration agency.

OIG said merger was "the optimal solution" with "almost universal" support among employees, most of whom used to work for INS.… Image
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24 Sep
🚨 New! A.G. Barr takes ANOTHER whack at the asylum process, issuing a new precedential decision in Matter of A-C-A-A-, 28 I&N Dec. 84 (A.G. 2020) and giving both immigration judges and the BIA more leeway to deny asylum claims.… Image
Before I go through this latest attack on the asylum process, please enjoy a picture of Petra, who is a Very Good Cat. I hope this softens the blow a tiny bit. Image
A.G. Barr begins his decision (issued under authority to set precedent in immigration court) by basically saying that the Board of Immigration Appeals hasn't been digging deeply enough in every single case to find ways to deny people asylum. It's hard to read it otherwise. Image
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24 Sep
Under DHS's new proposed rule, if you were born in, or are a citizen of, one of the countries on this map, you would be banned from getting a four-year degree in the United States, with a student visa limited to two years maximum.

The thread has all the countries. Image
Rather than have people dig through the threads to get to the original rationale, here's the relevant provision I built this map off of.

The vast majority of these countries would be banned from 4-year-degrees based on this overstay provision.

It's collective punishment. Image
Here's a thread I did on some of the other changes made by the rule, which was published this morning.

People who want to oppose the rule will be able to provide comments in opposition to the rule, starting tomorrow and lasting through 10/25/2020.

Read 4 tweets
24 Sep
Under DHS's new proposal, citizens or people born in the following countries would be banned from getting student visas longer than 2 years:

- Afghanistan
- Benin
- Bhutan
- Burkina Faso
- Burundi
- Cameroon
- Central African Republic
- Chad
- Congo (DRC)
- Congo (ROC)

Citizens or people born in countries that would be banned from student visas lasting over 2 years:

- Côte d'Ivoire
- Djibouti
- Equatorial Guinea
- Eritrea
- Ethiopia
- Gabon
- The Gambia
- Ghana
- Guinea
- Guinea-Bissau
- Guyana
- Haiti
- Iran
- Iraq
- Kenya
- Kosovo

Citizens or people born in countries that would be banned from student visas lasting over 2 years:

- Kyrgyzstan
- Liberia
- Libya
- Malawi
- Mali
- Mauritania
- Moldova
- Mongolia
- Nepal
- Niger
- Nigeria
- North Korea
- Papua New Guinea
- Philippines
- Rwanda
- Samoa

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24 Sep
Another major change to the legal immigration system; the Trump administration wants to eliminate "duration of status" visas for international students, exchange visitors, and international media.

Students would be limited to visas that last 2-4 years, with extensions allowed.
Under DHS's proposal, it seems that international journalists on assignment in the US would be effectively prohibited from remaining for long periods of time.

The proposal would limit their visas to at most 240 days, and require them to file for Extension of Statuses after that. Image
New restrictions on student visas would also be imposed by the rule, including limiting language training students to a maximum 24-month period of stay, requiring students to leave the U.S. more quickly after their visa expires, and setting a limit on changing educational levels. Image
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23 Sep
Starting in a moment, putative Acting Secretary @DHS_Wolf will be testifying in front of Congress in support of his nomination to be Secretary of Homeland Security. I'll be following along live through his testimony and highlighting immigration issues.…
We begin with the opening statement of Sen. Johnson, who describes the role of DHS Secretary as an "enormous task" and then briefly describes things that DHS does.

He also says "DHS has done an extraordinary job in dealing with COVID."

Tell that to the people in ICE detention.
Next on to @SenGaryPeters, who begins by calling out the "abuse" of Acting officials in DHS, noting that the President waited more than 520 days to nominate a new Secretary.

Peters also says Wolf has been involved in "some of the most controversial" decisions DHS has ever made.
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