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As Trumpism Reigns, The Only Balm For Many Immigrants Is In The Courts


By Felicia J. Persaud

News Americas, MIAMI, FL, Fri. May 10, 2019: It’s unfortunate but at somewhat reassuring that the
only real balm most immigrants have found as they fight against the dictator in
The White House flying the fake flag of democracy is in the courts.

As the Trumpeto
administration and his own “counsel,” aka the United States Attorney General, continues
in the dead of night to think up more and more ways to deport and scapegoat
immigrants to ensure the browning of America is stopped dead in its tracks, the
only real recourse immigrants are finding nationally is in the courts.

Thank God for real
justices who are not afraid to uphold the constitution and the laws of this
land. Otherwise we would still have a Muslim travel ban; Dreamers would be out
and so too would many Temporary Protected Status and Deferred Departure
immigrants, including Haitians.

On the heels of rulings
from two federal judges recently that have blocked the government from ending
Temporary Protected Status for Haitians after finding that revoking TPS was
improper, several rights organizations, including The American Immigration
Council, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, and the American Civil Liberties
Union have again took the fight for more immigrants  to the courts.

All three filed a complaint in federal court last week challenging the Trump administration’s new policy that categorically denies bond hearings to asylum seekers.

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This relates to
the April 16th policy change by Attorney General William Barr, Trump’s
new ‘Mini-Me,’ which targets asylum seekers whom immigration officers
previously determined have a “credible fear” of persecution or torture if
returned to the places they fled.

Many such people
currently have the right to a bond hearing where an immigration judge will
decide if they should be held or released from custody as their asylum case
proceeds. If the new policy from Barr goes into effect unchallenged, these
immigrants could be jailed indefinitely without a hearing.

Can you imagine
that? The so-called democracy and greatest country in the world; a country that
is quick to call out Nicholas Maduro in Venezuela and the Cuban government for
perceived rights violation, has no problem violating the human rights of
immigrants by jailing them indefinitely without so much as a court hearing.

These are no criminals
but people seeking asylum and refuge, but no – no innocent until proven guilty
scenario here. That only applies in the Trump World to “true Americans.”

Barr, aka Trump’s Dark
Angel, cites violations of the Due Process Clause, the Immigration and
Nationality Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act as reasons for the changes.
In other words, find anything to please the boss and carry out his Fascist agenda.

And you thought
Jeff Sessions was bad?

Michael Tan, senior staff attorney of the
ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project summed it up best as he said: “
Trump’s true motives are clear — to deter asylum
seekers and punish people who apply for protection under our laws.”

And this is just one
of many lawsuits across the country as more and more people stand up to Trump
by putting the courts and the country’s laws to the test on behalf of poor brown
and black immigrants.

Last
week also in Middlesex County, MA, District Attorney Marian Ryan, Suffolk
County District Attorney Rachael Rollins, the Committee for Public Counsel
Services
(CPCS), and the Chelsea Collaborative, filed a groundbreaking
lawsuit demanding an end to federal immigration enforcement in and around
Massachusetts courthouses.

The
lawsuit comes as over the last two years, officers from U.S. Immigration and
Customs Enforcement (ICE) have frequented Massachusetts courthouses as they
have many nationwide, surveilling, arresting and detaining immigrants.

The
degree to which these civil arrests are occurring in courthouses is
unprecedented in American history and have severely undermined the
administration of justice and access to judicial redress in the Commonwealth.

The
lawsuit seeks a declaration from the court that ICE’s policy and practice of
arresting people while coming to, attending, or returning from court is
illegal. The suit also asks the court to immediately enjoin ICE from conducting
any more courthouse arrests. 

“This
lawsuit provides a powerful blueprint for advocates across the country who want
to protect access to the courts and to judicial redress,” said Ivan
Espinoza-Madrigal Executive Director of Lawyers for Civil Rights, which
represents the Chelsea Collaborative, an organization with immigrant and
non-citizen members who have been unable to enforce basic state-law rights for
fear of ICE arrest and deportation.   

Thank God for these Angels of Mercy in the form of immigrant
rights attorneys and advocates and thank God for the justices in courts across
America, who unlike Barr, are upholding the constitution and rule of law in these
United States.

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The writer is publisher at NewsAmericasNow

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