Supreme Court Allows Immigrants Held Without Bond- A Slippery Slope.

A rotten decision.

The news has been flying hot and heavy lately on a number of different topics. One that has inspired a gigantic response, from both left and right, is the recent news from the Supreme Court that immigrants can be held by U.S. immigration officials indefinitely without receiving bond hearings, even if they have permanent legal status or are seeking asylum, the Supreme Court ruled Tuesday.

In a 5-3 ruling Tuesday, with one recusal, the court ruled that immigrants do not have the right to periodic bond hearings.

 

The court affirmed the right of the government to detain immigrants indefinitely behind bars.

“Immigration officials are authorized to detain certain aliens in the course of immigration proceedings while they determine whether those aliens may be lawfully present in the country,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote in the majority opinion.

There has been an ongoing class-action lawsuit about this, spearheaded by Alejandro Rodriguez, an immigrant with permanent legal status who was convicted of possession of a controlled substance and joyriding. He was detained by immigration officials for three years without a bond hearing.

The ACLU took up his case, eventually winning his release and the cancellation of his deportation order. The government’s appeal was begun under the Obama administration, and continued after Trump took office last year. That set a precedent which has now been reversed.

What’s really worth paying attention to here is that a man with permanent legal status, a citizen for all practical intents and purposes, has been yanked off the street on minor charges and done more time than he would have for the charges themselves, just because he was originally from another country.

Besides this decision being absolutely lousy according to any sort of ethical code, it’s also very dangerous.

The right-wing, particularly the ones who’ve been screaming apocalyptically that President Obama was coming for their guns and putting us all in FEMA camps these last eight years, ought to know what it’s like to live in fear of an authoritarian American government running rampant over the rights of the citizenry.

The incident of Ruby Ridge comes to mind as an example of a time when the far right themselves have been on the receiving end. Republicans need to be reminded of this, and it might even get through to some. More people took it seriously in a debate than I’d expected.

The significance of this event is heightened considerably by where it appears on the timeline of all this. It’s another brick in the wall in every possible sense; the Border Patrol is building a piece of wall on California’s land, right now. It’s another big sign that things are terribly wrong, in Donald Trump’s America.

This concerns us all. It’s a slippery slope leading right to the end of our democracy if we’re not careful. There’s no doubt at all that we’re in trouble on many different levels right now, and all of them are based on a steady attack on our nation’s institutions by its own president.

Mike Rogers, our current CIA director, warned the nation today that Trump has literally not given him permission to do anything to prevent the Russian efforts geared at hacking the new elections.

It was also confirmed today the Russians penetrated voter data in seven states at least and targeted at least 21. Still, though, Trump refuses to admit it’s anything but a hoax.

He’s been going around recently, boasting about the seven more years he’ll be in office. Now that Rick Gates is testifying against Manafort, though, it might not be seven more months.

Millennial Democrats will be releasing a piece soon on how to best protect your right to have your vote counted within the next day or two.

As this continues, we’re going to have to record these things for posterity and help to spread awareness as best we can, with the ultimate goal in mind of getting people to vote.

They cannot cheat us enough to win if we show up in our tens of millions.

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The Arpaio Pardon, and the Dragnet of the Storm

President Trump came under withering fire from Democrats for having used the furor surrounding Hurricane Harvey to cover up pardoning Joe Arpaio on Friday. This does keep one of his staunchest political allies out of jail and energizes his conservative base, which supports both men’s hard-line views on illegal immigration. But virtually everyone else is disgusted completely. The ACLU protested the pardon immediately, calling it a “presidential endorsement of racism.

This highly irregular pardon, which comes less than a month after Arpaio was convicted,will further anger the president’s critics. It is also not likely to improve the president’s already abysmal relationship with the judicial branch, which has steadily declined since the very beginning.
R- AZ John McCain was clearly disappointed by this awful decision, saying “The President has the authority to make this pardon, but doing so at this time undermines his claim for the respect of rule of law as Mr. Arpaio has shown no remorse for his actions.” Well said.

The pardon was issued very quietly, while all eyes in America were turned toward the coast of Texas. It’s a disgrace beyond any description. For the president himself to be so low, so cowardly, as to use a natural disaster as a tool. And what a tool. Its purpose is to help him obfuscate his sneaking through this insulting and ugly pardon. It ranks as one of the most disgusting displays of brazen callousness to be found anywhere in all of human history. And, he got caught. The story of this pardon promptly created a political hurricane to go with the real ones. It’s a disaster atop a disaster. Trump is not prepared, and not taking this seriously.

Another potentially terrible tragedy relating to immigration has manifested right alongside Hurricane Harvey. The hurricane has made landfall on eastern Texas, and is impacting the state’s coastal areas from the lower tip until Louisiana.

Thousands of people are evacuating along the state’s major highways. Winds have exceeded 130 mph in some places and cataclysmic flooding is going on as well. Several people have been injured already. Evacuation routes from the coast were already showing heavy traffic on Friday afternoon, and tornadoes are expected to form by the dozens throughout the area. Should anyone need information as to where those evacuation routes are, they can take a look at this list of them.

In a move destined to go down in history as one of the most nauseatingly stupid decisions ever made, Border Patrol checkpoints will stay open as the storm approaches, the Customs and Border Protection agency said Friday.

Several of these evacuation routes go right through these checkpoints, including one on Route 44 in Corpus Christi and another on Route 35 heading up to San Antonio:

Civil rights activists were quick to strongly protest the incredible cruelty of this new policy. In addition to this, it is the opinion of Millennial Democrats that this will make for a logistical nightmare of epic dimension. Tens of thousands will end up bottlenecking behind checkpoints, waiting for the verification of tens of thousands of papers. It seems inevitable to result in avoidable misery, maybe even some fatality.

Furthermore, what to do with those rounded up by this massive dragnet of the storm? To prevent their arrestees from simply walking away, the authorities would have to prepare to detain most immigrants awaiting deportation. Existing facilities would have to be expanded overnight to hold hundreds of thousands. How ironic, if those dreaded FEMA camps the alt-right was convinced Obama- whose administrative leftovers are the ones in charge of dealing with the hurricane, while Trump is off at Camp David- was planning to lock us all up in, did in fact become prisons, under his successor.

In any foreseeable scenario, this kind of project would take time, and during natural disasters, there tends to be no time to lose. As with Katrina, this is the end of the month. People are out of money and afraid already. Many refused to leave their homes in New Orleans because they lacked even the money for bus or monorail fare. George W. Bush left the poor high and dry.

The process Trump is proposing will create a task that would take a good deal of planning out under the best of circumstances, let alone thrown together slap-dash during a hurricane. The men who secure our borders are brave and tough Americans, but they are woefully underprepared for this. It also seems likely that some families with illegal immigrant members will choose not to evacuate the storm zone, preferring rather to chance it with both family and freedom intact.

“This is a disgusting move from the Border Patrol that breaks with past practices,” American Civil Liberties Union director of immigration policy and campaigns Lorella Praeli said. “The Border Patrol should never keep checkpoints open during any natural disasters in the United States. Everyone, no matter the color of their skin or background, is worth saving.

We stand in solidarity with our Hispanic countrymen, and are outraged with them at what is going on. In this country, we’ve got a no-man-left-behind policy. In the face of hell and high water, we Democrats will resolutely hold out our hands to those who need our help. Be they friend or foe, our prayers and hearts are with them. We are countrymen, and fellow persons. We will do what good we can, when we can.