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    Last month, Trump issued a proclamation banning illegal immigrants from applying for asylum -- but a federal law approved by Congress says they can apply. A 9th Circuit judge blocked Trump's ban. His decision was upheld by a 9th Circuit panel of judges and by the Supreme Court. Our immigrant-hating President is appealing the original decision. He obviously believes he is more supreme than the Supreme Court.

    Trump administration appealing latest asylum ban ruling

    https://www-m.cnn.com/2018/12/26/pol...an/index.html?

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    Trump's grandfather Friedrich was born in Germany, Trump's first wife Ivana was born in Moravia and his current wife Melania was born in Slovenia. Of all the millions of immigrants who have come to the United States, those three are probably the only ones Trump approves of. Cuomo, on the other hand, showed some compassion to several immigrants convicted on drug charges -- and denounced Trump's anti-immigrant "obsession."

    With a fresh swipe at Trump, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo pardons 22 immigrants at risk of deportation

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/31/n...nts-trump.html

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    The Dreamers can continue to dream -- at least until December.

    Supreme Court unlikely to hear Trump DACA appeal
    NBC News, Jan 19 2018 1:06 PM

    The US Supreme Court took no action today on the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. It now appears likely that the court will not take up the issue during its current term and the government will be required to keep the program going for at least ten more months. The Trump administration urged the justices to hear appeals of lower court rulings that prevent the government from shutting DACA down but today was the last day for adding cases to the current term's docket, barring unusual circumstances. Any cases accepted in subsequent weeks won't be heard until the next term, which begins October 1, and it would take a few months more for the court to issue a decision.

    DACA allows children of illegal immigrants to remain here if they were under 16 when their parents brought them to the US, provided they arrived by 2007. The Obama-era initiative has allowed 700,000 young people, commonly referred to as "Dreamers," to avoid deportation. The nickname comes from the DREAM Act, which would have offered many of the same protections as DACA but was never approved by Congress.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/sup...appeal-n960321

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    Here is a Business Insider story about the many asylum seekers who, because of what I refer to as Trump's never-ending "Make America Hate Again" campaign, are leaving the US and heading to Canada:

    One asylum seeker explains why he's fleeing Trump's America and seeking refuge in Canada

    https://www.businessinsider.com/cana...merica-2018-12

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    I often refer to trump as an "immigrant-hating President." A few of Trump's blindly loyal supporters tell me he is against only illegal immigration, not legal immigration. Of course that isn't true. Trump has made several drastic changes to the legal immigration process, changes which include banning immigrants from Muslim countries and reducing the number of refugee admissions. The American Friends Service Committee is correct in saying these changes "support a white nationalist agenda":

    Trump's attacks on the legal immigration system explained

    https://www.afsc.org/blogs/news-and-...stem-explained

    Another change: Trump has made it much more difficult for highly-skilled workers from other countries to get H-1B visas allowing them to work in the United States:

    'I've never felt so helpless': Immigrant tech workers struggle to get H-1B visas under Trump
    Los Angeles Times, Feb 1 2019 4:00 AM

    Leo Wang thought a promising career in the United States was within his grasp. After leaving home in China in 2015, he earned a graduate degree in entrepreneurship and innovation at USC and was hired at a Silicon Valley data storage company. After his first year on the job, Wang, 32, found himself hunched over his laptop, obsessively refreshing the US Citizenship & Immigration Services website. He was hoping for good news. It was last October, six months since he'd applied for an H-1B work visa for high-skilled employees. He'd waited so long for a response that his extended student visa had expired and his employer was forced to place him on unpaid administrative leave. When still no response had come from the government agency by New Year's Eve, the company had to fire him. "I've never felt so helpless," he said.

    Wang isn't alone. Many tech workers say the process of applying for and getting H-1B visas has become increasingly murky and difficult under President Trump's administration. While many people zero in on Trump's crackdown against illegal immigration, his administration has also tightened or ended various paths to legal immigration.

    Experts say changes to the application process for H-1B visas could discourage high-skilled workers from seeking employment in the US. The changes, including heightened requirements for evidence showing that a foreign worker possesses exceptional qualifications and the temporary suspension of "premium processing," which fast-tracks applications for a $1,500 fee, have resulted in a backlog of applications. A process that could have taken two weeks has taken several months for many of those who filed petitions in the last year. Students and current tech industry employees are left in limbo, uncertain of whether they'll be allowed to remain in the US.

    This week, the American Immigration Lawyers Association released an analysis of Citizenship & Immigration Services data showing significant delays in the agency's processing of applications for various immigration benefits. AILA found that overall case processing times have increased by 46% over the last two fiscal years and 91% since 2014. It also found that processing times increased last year even as fewer people submitted applications. AILA Vice President Jennifer Minear said the delays have reached a crisis level and are the result of policies that inhibit efficiency and act as "bricks in the Trump administration’s invisible wall against legal immigration."

    https://www.latimes.com/business/tec...201-story.html

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    I'll say it again: That Trump administration is all heart. I wonder how Donald would feel if someone took Eric, Barron, Tiffany, Ivanka and Donald Jr. away from him -- and then lost them.

    Finding all immigrant children separated from their families may be impossible, feds say
    "The Trump adminstration's response is a shocking concession that it can't easily find thousands of children," said an ACLU attorney.

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...ssible-n966266

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    The President -- who once bragged that he would be "winning" so often we would get tired of all the winning and ask him to stop -- has just lost again:

    Federal judge bars Trump administration from tying immigration enforcement to qualifying for anti-gang police grants

    https://www.latimes.com/politics/la-...215-story.html

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    Asylum seekers forced to wait in Mexico face a risk of being assaulted, robbed or kidnapped and they also have difficulty arranging for attorneys to represent them. Thus, Trump gets hit with another lawsuit:

    ACLU sues Trump administration over policy requiring asylum seekers to wait in Mexico

    https://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/...216-story.html

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    Parents bring their children to the United States so the kids won't be subjected to the assaults, violence and criminal activity in their native country -- and this happens. No child deserves to be treated this way.

    Thousands of allegations of sexual misconduct toward migrant children reported
    NBC News, Feb 26 2019, 12:37 PM

    Thousands of allegations that migrant children in US custody were subjected to sexual abuse, harassment or inappropriate sexual conduct were reported over a four-year span to the government agency tasked with overseeing their care, according to documents released today by a Democratic lawmaker.

    The documents, provided by the office of Representative Ted Deutch of Florida, show more than 4,550 allegations were reported to the Office of Refugee Resettlement between fiscal years 2015 and 2018. That agency, which prepared the documents, oversees the care of unaccompanied and separated migrant children and is a part of the Department of Health and Human Services.

    During the same period, about 1,300 sexual abuse allegations were reported to the Department of Justice. Nearly 180 involved allegations of staff committing sexual abuse against migrant children at government-run shelters.

    Deutch said today during a House hearing on migrant family separations that he was "deeply concerned" about the "high number" of allegations of sexual assaults on migrant children in government custody. "These documents detail an environment of systemic sexual assaults by staff on unaccompanied children," he said. Deutch added that records show there have been 154 allegations of sexual assault by staff on unaccompanied migrant children in facilities under US custody in the past three years. Deutch said that amounted to an average of "one sexual assault by HHS staff on an unaccompanied minor per week."

    https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news...ported-n976286

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    Many thousands of migrant children were separated from their families, not only after Trump imposed his zero-tolerance policy but also before. Trump has no compassion whatsoever. He cares only about himself, his money and his stupid wall -- in that order.

    Trump administration is responsible for 'potentially thousands' more separated children, judge rules
    "The hallmark of a civilized society is measured by how it treats its people and those within its borders," the judge wrote.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/ju...ren/ar-BBUyhK2

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