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  •  The first link doesn't say to send them back. (13+ / 0-)

    It says Obama wants money to expedite the process. That could mean that many will be granted asylum. But mostly it will mean that we'll be in a better position to accommodate them (like with something other than cages).

    I don't know how you can see it now, but AlJazeera America did a four part series called Borderland. It shows some of the conditions that have driven the people (children) to flee. It also shows the journey they take, including balancing on the top of the train they call Bestia (the Beast). People are regularly pushed off and mangled between the wheels and the tracks. It should be required viewing for all the cruel jerks like those in Murrieta.

    I'm going to continue to hope for lots of rulings of asylum.

    And, and, and-----piss on Hillary Clinton.

    •  Obama's first public statements on this always (6+ / 0-)

      included "speed


      President Obama will ask Congress to provide more than $2 billion in new funds to control the surge of illegal Central American migrants at the South Texas border, and to grant broader powers for immigration officials to speed deportations of children caught crossing without their parents, White House officials said on Saturday.

       Authorities want to eliminate delays in deporting children determined to have no legal option to stay, the White House officials said.

      Why?  My question is WHY?  These are refugee children.  Why eliminate delays in sending refugee children back into violence and starvation, much of which is of our own making.

      Basically, the law now requires that children from countries other than Mexico are given an actual hearing before a judge. Because there are not enough judges (thanks Republican-controlled House), it takes one to two years before a child's hearing can take place. Meanwhile, they are released to parents or brothers or sisters, relatives, etc, with a "notice to appear."  (That's what some are thinking of as the "permiso.")

      Two things are taking place:  One is that Homeland Security / Border Patrol are not sending the kids to their relatives.  They're overwhelmed, but they also aren't releasing very many. That is a management decision.

      And Two, the Obama administration wants the law changed so that they can deport kids without the hearing.  In fact, for the families and kids deported so far, they are resorting to brief video hearings between the refugees in Border Patrol lock-ups and remote judges.  They are held without warning, so that attorneys are not present and cannot be notified and attend.

      That doesn't sound very lawful to me. It sounds like the administration just wants to sweep this under the carpet without fully complying with the law. They should continue as before: Release people with a notice to appear and that's that.

      End the imprisonment of refugees, especially children!

      From my link in the comment above:

      "The president will also ask Congress to revise existing statutes to give the Homeland Security secretary, Jeh Johnson, new authorities to accelerate the screening and deportation of young unaccompanied migrants who are not from Mexico. Fast-track procedures are already in place to deport young migrants from Mexico because it shares a border with the United States."
      Under current law, Border Patrol is required to take any minor who is not Mexican into custody and then turn them over to the Office of Refugee Resettlement. Usually those children are released in the U.S. to a family member or put in foster care, while they await their day in immigration court.
      Obama wants to eliminate that. Why?

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Tue Jul 22, 2014 at 10:58:53 AM PDT

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