Trump administration is trying to strip a child of American citizenship because he has two dads / LGBTQ Nation

From the article:

In 2016, Andrew and Elad Dvash-Banks had two children via a surrogate and an anonymous egg donor in Toronto. Elad is Israeli, and Andrew has both American and Canadian citizenship. Andrew’s sperm was used to create Aidan, and Elad’s for Ethan, and both men are named on both of the boys’ birth certificates.

A year later they tried to move to the US, but they ran into complications while applying for American passports. Even though Aidan is Ethan’s father, the State Department said that he couldn’t be considered a U.S. citizen because his biological father isn’t American.

Of course, straight parents don’t have to prove that a father is biologically related to a child in order to get citizenship if they are legally recognized as the father. In fact, this is already settled law.

A year later they tried to move to the US, but they ran into complications while applying for American passports. Even though Aidan is Ethan’s father, the State Department said that he couldn’t be considered a U.S. citizen because his biological father isn’t American.

Related: Immigration officials asked these gay asylum seekers shocking questions & then rejected them

Of course, straight parents don’t have to prove that a father is biologically related to a child in order to get citizenship if they are legally recognized as the father. In fact, this is already settled law.

A year later they tried to move to the US, but they ran into complications while applying for American passports. Even though Aidan is Ethan’s father, the State Department said that he couldn’t be considered a U.S. citizen because his biological father isn’t American.

Related: Immigration officials asked these gay asylum seekers shocking questions & then rejected them

Of course, straight parents don’t have to prove that a father is biologically related to a child in order to get citizenship if they are legally recognized as the father. In fact, this is already settled law.

Source: Trump administration is trying to strip a child of American citizenship because he has two dads / LGBTQ Nation

ICE and immigration departments in the US are devolving into a kind of petty evil I never thought I’d see in this lifetime.

I am really ashamed of my countries behavior.

ICE provides local police a way to work around ‘sanctuary’ policies, act as immigration officers – The Washington Post

From the article:

ICE framed the new program as a countermeasure to “sanctuary cities” across the United States that acting director Matthew Albence said “undermine public safety” by adopting policies of non-cooperation with federal immigration authorities. President Trump has repeatedly blasted such jurisdictions, including San Francisco and New York City, where local authorities refuse to respect ICE requests to hold people in local jails on behalf of immigration officials.

Immigrant rights groups and law enforcement agencies in Democratic strongholds have argued that such arrangements unlawfully turn sheriff’s deputies into federal immigration agents and jails into immigrant holding cells. They say such programs are a misuse of resources that detract from larger priorities, such as the pursuit of violent criminals, while also hurting relations with local immigrant communities.

Source: ICE provides local police a way to work around ‘sanctuary’ policies, act as immigration officers – The Washington Post

This is not right. Immigrants will not be able to call the police if there is an issue for fear of being detained for ICE. If you think that’s not a problem, then you are not thinking it all through. Real criminals cannot be dealt with if their victims cannot call the police. This is especially true as citizens have higher rates fo crime than immigrants, per the Washington Post.

Justice Department Rolls Back Policy Allowing Release Of Asylum-Seekers On Bail : NPR

From the article:

The change comes at a time when the backlog of cases in immigration courts is at an all-time high. As of February the court’s active docket topped 855,000 cases, an increase of more than 300,000 pending cases added to the existing backlog since the end of January 2017, when President Trump took office. Additionally, increasing numbers of Central American migrants from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador are fleeing to the U.S. That means Barr’s ruling could lead to thousands of asylum-seekers getting stuck in detention for years until their cases can be heard.

While Barr stayed the order for 90 days, immigrant-rights advocates have already pledged to challenge the Trump administration’s decision in court, Michael Tan, an attorney with the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project, told NPR.

Source: Justice Department Rolls Back Policy Allowing Release Of Asylum-Seekers On Bail : NPR

Where are they going to house near a million people when they can’t even avoid causing harm to the people they are already imprisoning?


ICE Processing Center’s Medical Treatment Of Detainees Draws Scrutiny : Shots – Health News : NPR

From the article:

The facility — run by a federal contractor, GEO Group, a for-profit company based in Boca Raton, Fla., that runs private prisons — has a troubled past. During an unannounced visit last year, federal inspectors from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General found “nooses” made out of bedsheets in 15 out of 20 cells. The inspectors found that guards overlooked the nooses even though a detainee had died by suicide using a bedsheet in 2017 and several others had attempted suicide using a similar method. The government audit concluded GEO Group guards improperly handcuffed and shackled detainees, unnecessarily placed detainees in solitary confinement and failed to provide adequate medical care.

A separate investigation of Adelanto and other immigration detention facilities in California released in February by state Attorney General Xavier Becerra found similar health and safety problems and concluded that detainees were treated like prisoners, some kept in their cells for 22 hours a day, even though they have not been charged with a crime. A state law passed in 2017 directs the state to inspect and report on the treatment of immigrant detainees held in California.

The alleged cases documented in the most recent report by Disability Rights California, a watchdog group with legal oversight to protect people with disabilities in the Golden State, are grim: detainees slitting their wrists; discontinued medication for depression; and ignored requests for wheelchairs and walkers. At least one detainee said that guards pepper-sprayed him when he did not stand up and a second time while he tried to hang himself.

Source: ICE Processing Center’s Medical Treatment Of Detainees Draws Scrutiny : Shots – Health News : NPR

People are not being given diabetes medication, glasses, or other basics of care. This is horrifying.

GEOgroup needs to be held accountable for this.


Wish us luck!

Trump Family’s Former Driver Has Been in ICE Custody for 8 Months 

From the article:

A former senior security guard at Trump National Golf Club who often drove the family during the 2016 campaign has been locked in a correctional facility for the past eight months, fighting for the right to remain in the country.

Source: Trump Family’s Former Driver Has Been in ICE Custody for 8 Months 

The facts:

  • He is a legal permanent resident.
  • He was convicted of insurance fraud in Romania when a friend used his name AFTER HE LEFT to make phony claims.
  • There has been no request for extradition.

This is apparently such a difficult trail of facts to follow that ICE can’t figure it out. He’s been imprisoned for 8 fucking months because ICE are incompetent at best, and outright evil at worst.

Pentagon Takes $1 Billion From Military Personnel Account To Build Border Fence : NPR

From the article:

The money nearly doubles the $1.3 billion Congress authorized for border wall funding — a move made possible after President Trump declared a national emergency.

Source: Pentagon Takes $1 Billion From Military Personnel Account To Build Border Fence : NPR

Now we see declaring a National Emergency was a wag the dog event to get at some money for this wall.

There are a lot of rules about government spending. I was a DoD auditor in a subagency that dealt with defense contracts, and not do auditing for compliance for a state.

The sheer volume of regulations on how our government entities spend money is a safeguard, but it can be circumvented if if everyone involved its an unscrupulous bastard.

This move is not going to endear anyone to the president’s administration. They are already blocking this.

Because of my professional background, I feel you should always look at the money. Who get’s it, what is it being used for, and what are the regulations for that money. You can learn a lot just by looking at these.

If Trump’s Border Wall Becomes Reality, Here’s How He Could Easily Get Private Land for It — ProPublica

From the article:

A law is supposed to protect property owners from lowball offers by the government when it takes land through eminent domain. But a letter shows how simple it is for officials to eviscerate what is already a pretty toothless law.

Source: If Trump’s Border Wall Becomes Reality, Here’s How He Could Easily Get Private Land for It — ProPublica

There is going to be a lot of US citizens on the boarder that will have their land taken from them, with nothing but pennies on the dollar for compensation. This is a great article that shows how the limited protections that were there for these landowners, have been dismantled.

I’m an auditor by trade, and always follow the money. That’s the important thing. Here, at the very end of the article we start to see how people are making money on this deal.

This is fleecing of American citizens, and taking their homes.

Supreme Court Backs Mandatory Detention Of Immigrants After Serving Sentences : NPR

From the article:

The U.S. Supreme Court, narrowly divided along ideological lines, ruled Tuesday that the government may detain — without a hearing — legal immigrants long after they have served the sentences for crimes they committed.

Source: Supreme Court Backs Mandatory Detention Of Immigrants After Serving Sentences : NPR

Wow that is fucked up. That’s now a two tired legal system where legal immigrants can continue to be detained for crimes after serving their sentences.

I thought in America was a place where if you served your time, you were considered free.

Border Patrol detains 9 year old U.S. citizen for 36 hours after falsely accusing her of lying about her identity / Boing Boing

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In San Diego, the United States Border Patrol grabbed a girl who is 9 and a U.S. citizen and on her way to school, accused her of lying about her identity, then detained her for 36 hours.

Source: Border Patrol detains 9 year old U.S. citizen for 36 hours after falsely accusing her of lying about her identity / Boing Boing

It’s bad enough it’s happening to immigrants, but they are also doing it to our own citizens. I mean fuck ICE. Fuck the US Border Patrol. Jesus Christ!

South Texas Family Residential Center Releases 12 Babies

From the article:

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has released 12 of 16 babies detained at a rural detention center in rural Texas after three immigration advocacy groups filed a complaint with Congress and the Department of Homeland Security, asking them to “intervene immediately” and release “these families from custody.” The facility came under scrutiny in August of 2018 after a toddler died of a respiratory infection after being released from custody. Nine of the babies released this week are less than one year old.

Source: South Texas Family Residential Center Releases 12 Babies

I cannot believe my country is doing this. It’s so incredibly 2 dimensionally villain like. It’s wrong on every front.