Reuters has a report that the assault on immigrants that the Trumpsters have waged has taken another disgusting tack. The promise was to deport the “bad hombres.” That quickly became deport anybody brown they could get their hands on, no matter how stupid and heartless it seemed. Now it’s a petty and vindictive effort to reopen cases of immigrants that were cleared to stay in the country by the Obama Administration.
The Trump administration has moved to reopen the cases of hundreds of illegal immigrants who, like Velasquez, had been given a reprieve from deportation, according to government data and court documents reviewed by Reuters and interviews with immigration lawyers…
Between March 1 and May 31, prosecutors moved to reopen 1,329 cases, according to a Reuters’ analysis of data from the Executive Office of Immigration Review, or EOIR. The Obama administration filed 430 similar motions during the same period in 2016.
This is a not atypical case:
Sally Joyner, an immigration attorney in Memphis, Tennessee said one of her Central American clients, who crossed the border with her children in 2013, was allowed to stay in the United States after the government filed a motion to close her case in December 2015.
Since crossing the border, the woman has not been arrested or had trouble with law enforcement, said Joyner, who asked that her client’s name not be used because of the pending legal action.
Nevertheless, on March 29, ICE filed a two-page motion to reopen the case against the woman and her children. When Joyner queried ICE, an official said the agency had been notified that her client had a criminal history in El Salvador, according to documents seen by Reuters.
The woman had been arrested for selling pumpkin seeds as an unauthorized street vendor.
Yep, she sold unauthorized pumpkin seeds in El Salvador. So is Monsanto after her? Is she the head of an international pumpkin seed cartel?
Holy crap this is counterproductive. There are already almost 600,000 cases in our immigration courts. But let’s reopen everything we’ve already looked at.
Ultimately it absolutely epitomizes the Trump period – a huge, stupid waste of time that is callously destroying some unfortunate people’s lives. It’s Steve Bannon and his war on non-white people. His white nationalist faction is looking for the purification of America and this is no exaggeration. Trump’s ICE is being used as a tool of that horrifying initiative.