This thread is about Trump policies and lies, particularly pertaining to the immigration and border policies and attempts to dismantle our immigration system, and their attempts to deport and harass refugee populations here under U.S. protection.

#NoWall #WhereAreTheChildren
One of Trump's first actions in office was to take a portrait of Andrew Jackson out of storage and install it in a place of honor.

This is why:
"We do not have a policy of separating families at the border. Period," Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen claimed. So either she was lying or really needed to talk to Sessions, Trump, SHS, Nikki Haley, and pretty much EVERYBODY else. https://n.pr/2JKWiKg 
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen privately told lawmakers family separations (the ones she claims do not happen or exist) could resume despite the president signing an executive order to end the practice. http://thehill.com/homenews/house/393563-dem-lawmaker-dhs-secretary-said-trump-administration-could-resume-family
Does anybody else think that perhaps Kirstjen Nielsen doesn't really understand what her job is supposed to entail?

#kirstjennielsen #TrumpKnew #HeKnew #TreasonousTrump

DHS to ask Congress for sweeping authority to deport unaccompanied migrant children
This happened two days AFTER Trump signed that EO. This grandmother, fleeing cartel violence which killed much of her family, had her granddaughter taken from her despite having paperwork showing she is her legal guardian, and now has NO idea where she is. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/asylum-applicant-seeks-news-of-3-year-old-granddaughter-taken-away/
HHS Sec Alex Azar testified before Congress that if they wanted kids returned to their families it will require legislation. Otherwise, Trump will continue to have families held & children separated, & "no one is getting a kid back unless they’re on the way out of the country."
The ACLU confirms there is NO law that requires the forced separation of children from their parents.

The UN has condemned this as a human rights violation, and so you withdrew from the Human Rights Commission. You are all cowards and terrorists. https://twitter.com/ACLU/status/1007372994975555584
U.S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw, issued a preliminary injunction on June 26th of 2017 requiring that nearly all children under 5 be returned to their parents within 14 days & that older children be returned within 30 days.

They failed to do this. https://politi.co/2KejGA8 
This is NOT what ICE is supposed to be doing! Not at ALL!

ICE Has Kept Tabs on ‘Anti-Trump’ Protestors in New York City

Documents reveal that the immigration enforcement agency has been keenly attuned to left-leaning protests in the city. https://www.thenation.com/article/ice-immigration-protest-spreadsheet-tracking/
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is closing ALL 21 international field offices, slowing processing of family visa applications, foreign adoptions, & citizenship petitions from military members & making applying to immigrate from abroad difficult. https://politi.co/2Hv1Gik 
Trump told border agents to break the law and defy judicial orders: https://twitter.com/justinjm1/status/1115345630719877120
This thread highlights people who helped kidnap and jail babies and deserve to never have another decent job again. https://twitter.com/ForstHeld/status/1010199509866033152
A thread about Trump's plans to overhaul the system to prioritize educated white people and demonize refugees and families, all while resolving no actual pressing issues. https://twitter.com/windthin/status/1129032446861819906
#KeepFamiliesTogether https://twitter.com/NYIC_Health/status/1129099453594505216
@RepCummings : "The Trump Admin’s rule prohibiting “mixed-status families” from living in public housing is not only cruel, but it will increase costs for HUD & evict tens of thousands of children & families legally dwelling in public housing. We must be better than this."
Trump’s pick for ICE director: I can tell which migrant children will become gang members by looking into their eyes

"I've looked at them and I've looked at their eyes, Tucker — and I've said that is a soon-to-be MS-13 gang member. It's unequivocal." https://politi.co/2JpsO41 
Trump Says the U.S. Is ‘Full.’ Much of the Nation Has the Opposite Problem.

An aging population and a declining birthrate among the native-born population mean a shrinking work force in many areas. https://nyti.ms/2UpZ1hF 
Here is a longer thread on this lie: https://twitter.com/windthin/status/1130124464551866370
Ben Carson may seem comically stupid, but to me he's as evil as the rest. Besides wanting to evict 55k children of migrants, he is supporting a #TransBan in government funded shelters, allowing those running them to discriminate.

#NoTransBan #NoBans https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eAgendaViewRule?pubId=201904&RIN=2506-AC53
https://twitter.com/TransEquality/status/1131219171432443906
Here are the facts:

🚨 1 in 3 trans people have been homeless in their lives
🚨 70% of trans people who have used a shelter have experienced harassment
🚨 This is a heartless move against some of our society’s most vulnerable. #SheltersSaveLives #WontBeErased
Oh look.

The Trump regime is ordering the military to defy a co-equal branch of government.

Nothing wrong or suspicious about that, right?

Internal memo orders military to restrict information it shares with Congress https://wapo.st/2wcVS6o?tid=ss_tw&utm_term=.5480d7c8f96e
Deceased G.O.P. Strategist Thomas B. Hofeller’s Hard Drives Reveal New Details on the Census Citizenship Question

The GOP "Michelangelo of gerrymandering" helped weaponize the census to protect the GOP and disenfranchise hispanic voters. https://nyti.ms/2EFYWg4 
A full thread on this story by Tatiana, looking in-depth at this article and the utter horror being visited upon pregnant women by the Trump regime's human rights violating Zero Tolerance policy. https://twitter.com/BeautyAbounds4U/status/1135217725108760577
Trump weighs plan to choke off asylum for Central Americans

The draft proposal would deny asylum to thousands of migrants waiting just south of the border. https://politi.co/2MfCGja  via @politico
"Why do they come," MAGAs ask. "Why do they come, knowing what they face?"

This is why:

‘Food Doesn’t Grow Here Anymore. That’s Why I Would Send My Son North.’

A stark choice for some Guatemalans: watch crops wither, & maybe die with them, or migrate. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/06/05/opinion/guatemala-migrants-climate-change.html
https://twitter.com/SenKamalaHarris/status/1137180046886604801
Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao created special path for husband Mitch McConnell’s favored projects, paving the way for grants totaling $78M to his pet groups & helping improve his profile in his home state of Kentucky prior to election. https://politi.co/2IyHj2B  via @politico
Acting Homeland Security chief Kevin McAleenan, who said he can look a child in the eyes and know if they're evil, claimed ads are being run in Central America on TV and radio encouraging illegal immigration, echoing a right-wing conspiracy theory. https://twitter.com/ReichlinMelnick/status/1138455958886211584
Many right-wing sources like Brietbart, Fox News, & the Daily Caller are making these false claims. Interestingly, so is Russian state TV:
Deceased G.O.P. Strategist Thomas B. Hofeller’s Hard Drives Reveal New Details on the Census Citizenship Question

The GOP "Michelangelo of gerrymandering" helped weaponize the census to protect the GOP and disenfranchise hispanic voters. https://nyti.ms/2EFYWg4 
This is the first post in a detailed thread by @ECMcLaughlin presenting the abominable conditions immigrants are being kept in at the border. They are denied food, water, medicine, & other basic necessities while kept in dangerous locations. https://twitter.com/ECMcLaughlin/status/1139192167501484033
Every step is another violation, and it's about to get worse. Fort Sill is the 1st step. ICE is emptying out their camps to move immigrants onto military bases, where they can completely deny ALL media, humanitarian, & even congressional scrutiny. https://twitter.com/ECMcLaughlin/status/1139192176343044096
Trump vowed Monday to carry out Miller's plans.

This is being compared to Kristallnacht, with good cause. He is demonizing immigrants, branding them "illegal aliens".

But he doesn't have the money or manpower to do this, let alone do it "right". The results will be grotesque.
That will include citizens, as has already happened many times.

Already numerous citizens, including war veterans and the families of fallen heroes, have been jailed for months awaiting deportation.

This will end in infamy.
https://www.kvia.com/news/border/trump-says-ice-to-begin-mass-immigration-arrests-remove-millions-of-illegal-aliens-/1087139298
I feel like I need an endless torrent of cursing to accompany this post.

The linked video in it shows A.G. Barr's Dept. of Injustice arguing that "safe and sanitary" conditions for detained minors doesn't mean they need to be able to sleep or wash. https://twitter.com/bradheath/status/1141537020390645760
These are #ConcentrationCamps.

They serve one purpose: to punish immigrant families & their children for the act of daring to seek refuge here.

Anybody who says otherwise has lost their soul.
https://twitter.com/Angelux1111/status/1142473555784790016
What's right isn't always what's legal.

And even when laws are broken, people still have rights & feelings & souls.

They should be treated humanely.

For those "Constitutionalists" who scream "THE LAW", remember the 8th Amendment forbids "cruel and unusual punishment."
ALERT: there are several credible reports of immigrants being detained in #AdamsMorgan & other DC locations. Call if you see ICE activity. Undocumented folx, please see attached card for safety guidelines. https://twitter.com/SanctuaryDMV/status/1142590405386616832
BREAKING: @TheJusticeDept says it hasn't decided on whether to adopt "new rationale" for the citizenship question, more discovery would be "premature" in the #2020Census litigation, and the final judgment should remain in place. @CourthouseNews https://twitter.com/KlasfeldReports/status/1147204991674933248
US government inspectors found people held at DHS border facilities in "standing room only" conditions FOR A WEEK.

"When detainees observed us, they banged on the cell windows, shouted, pressed notes to the window with their time in custody"

Gov Report: https://www.oig.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/assets/2019-07/OIG-19-51-Jul19_.pdf
These are pictures from the actual US government inspector report, PDF linked above.

Trump first claimed this did not happen.

This shows definitively otherwise.

He then said they deserve it for coming here illegally, in the same 3-tweet thread.

They do not.

Nobody does.
Trump's #gaslighting today in claiming reports corroborated by the DHS itself, journalists, lawyers, and members of Congress is heinous.

And it encourages monstrous behavior from ICE and the BP, behavior like this.

#TrumpLiesMatter #DontLookAway https://twitter.com/jomareewade/status/1144619605480083457
Trump wants to invite the press in to see his concentration camps, but only SOME press, and on his terms.

Tyrants and persecutors have a long history of sanitizing press tours: https://twitter.com/windthin/status/1148287930059956225
Note that claims by Ross that the Census is already being printed run counter to both reports that a budget for materials was NOT approved as of July 1st and their continued insistence they can continue to push for the question.
To get the citizenship question case to SCOTUS more swiftly, the DOJ insisted it must bypass the appeals court so it could make its deadlines.

Its sudden willingness to throw out deadlines and keep fighting means this was all just another lie and excuse. https://twitter.com/JoyceWhiteVance/status/1148294719107153923
After a judge denied their efforts to switch their lawyers and Trump threatened an EO to add the racist, gerrymandering citizenship question to the #2020Census, Donnie says he'll seek citizenship info from existing federal records, still ignoring SCOTUS. https://nyti.ms/2JueDd6 
The raids were all part of a larger show today playing to his base:

-Tell Dem Congresswomen of color to "go back to their countries"
-Declare Pence's hoax #ConcentrationCamp visit a success
-Release propaganda trying to re-write his bullying & racism https://twitter.com/windthin/status/1150531927188869120
The Trump regime has been disingenuously reporting a "whopping" rate of no shows by asylum seekers for court dates.

Sound suspicious, considering under Obama it was well over 95%?

It should: https://twitter.com/brianschatz/status/1152611944215351296
Here's the lie that they're not showing up, by the by. Fair warning, this article is PURE propaganda designed to make it seem like immigrants are throwing off their court dates en masse.

#ChaosControl #Disinformation #Misinformation https://ijr.com/dhs-secretary-whopping-percentage-migrants-dont-show-hearing/
Another tactic being used is jailing immigrants and charging them outrageous bail they can't possibly afford, a tactic used against minorities across the country as well. https://twitter.com/DemocracyStorm/status/1152959010041225218
During a key meeting of security officials on refugee admissions last week, a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services representative who is closely aligned with White House immigration adviser Stephen Miller suggested setting a cap at ZERO. https://politi.co/2JGdHCr 
Well, this is definitely illegal and will get challenged.

The Trump regime has finalized a plan to bypass immigration courts and deport undocumented immigrants who cannot prove they’ve been present continuously in the U.S. for two years or more. https://www.politico.com/story/2019/07/22/trump-administration-immigrant-deportations-dhs-1607459
The clearest indication the Trump administration is just eager to kill people is that it's rushing to do THREE executions in a week using a new, untried, untested method of lethal injection, already proven unstable. https://twitter.com/helenprejean/status/1154438171863764994
This is a monstrous act, even for Bill Barr.

Attorney General William Barr ruled Monday that immigrants fearing persecution because of threats against their family members are no longer eligible for asylum. https://n.pr/2GCpVKp 
What started as a post became a thread. The ACLU has filed papers that show nearly 1000 children have been taken AFTER the court order to stop family separations. Here are numerous articles showing just how worrisome that is: https://twitter.com/windthin/status/1156654821027524614
Emails show Stephen Miller pressed hard to limit green cards

One former Trump official said White House senior adviser Stephen Miller has maintained a “singular obsession” with the public charge rule. https://politi.co/2MxhZ0J 
Note that the article above, Stephen Miller's push to kill the Green Card and shut down legal immigration, is one of the things the El Paso terrorist listed he was for in his manifesto.

#WhiteSupremacistTerrorism #WhiteNationalistTerrorism #ElPasoTerroristAttack
This is a clear and blatant attempt to remove protections so the Trump regime can pressure immigration judges to force their racist, anti-immigrant agenda.

Trump Administration Seeks Decertification Of Immigration Judges' Union https://n.pr/2KHfO8m 
A thread by @jomareewade on the nearly 1,000 kids separated by the government AFTER the order to stop.

966 kids names have been handed over to ACLU so far by the Trump regime; 914 on the government's list don't appear to have parents' contact info! https://twitter.com/jomareewade/status/1162015031107760128
The Trump regime wants to pour more federal funding into Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) by shifting money out of other Department of Homeland Security accounts.

Again. https://politi.co/2yZs2DH 
We already know the Trump regime intended to make child kidnapping permanent and won't give kids flu shots. This is another step in a horrific direction.

Migrant Families Would Face Indefinite Detention Under New Trump Rule https://nyti.ms/2zfUotD 
The purpose behind this move is the cynical, and false, Trump regime claim that migrants are using children as "passports" to get into the US

Trump administration moves to terminate court agreement, hold migrant children and parents longer https://wapo.st/2P7h6im?tid=ss_tw
US moves to abolish child migrant custody limits

Migrant families who cross the southern border of the US illegally could be detained indefinitely under a new regulation announced by the Trump administration. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49425624
The steps the Trump regime is taking to end the Flores Agreement aren't legal. They will be challenged, but children will suffer while that happens... as planned.

The Flores Agreement Protected Migrant Children for Decades. New Regulations Aim to End It. http://a.msn.com/01/en-us/AAG57Dd?ocid=st
The Trump regime is enacting a policy to deny work to asylum-seekers who come over the border.

Denial of work is a very old way of keeping people down. Here's a thread about that, and the Trump regime's efforts to harass people into giving up and leaving. https://twitter.com/windthin/status/1166210155043807232
The cruelty... https://twitter.com/SixPersistsBlue/status/1166199623335239680
...is... https://twitter.com/axidentaliberal/status/1166191602374782976
...the point.

A devastating thread.

The immigration judge knew the man would probably die if he was sent back.

He sent him back anyway.

The man died.

This is who we are now.

Read it all. https://twitter.com/matt_cam/status/1166161730914988033
Trump is so desperate to get a wall built before the election that he will do ANYTHING to make it happen.

Seize land.

Break laws.

Promise pardons.

A thread: https://twitter.com/windthin/status/1166699037887803392
Here is the actual document, blandly titled Defining "Residence" in Statutory Provisions Related to Citizenship.

This also applies to U.S. government employees abroad, making the betrayal even deeper and broader.
https://www.uscis.gov/sites/default/files/policymanual/updates/20190828-ResidenceForCitizenship.pdf
This action also appears to be illegal, going against U.S. Code 1401 on Nationals and citizens of United States at birth. Note section D, where if at least one parent is a citizen who spent at least one year in the U.S. or a territory, they are a citizen. https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/8/1401?fbclid=IwAR0y3vI55_3-VImhLEThY4Sfpr7W_9LxeAn3OtM84X4vCV4AOg4V7WidfpM
And so after causing an utter panic and uproar, the clown show that is this regime has "clarified" things.

But not really. https://twitter.com/LisaDNews/status/1166822024301428737
I'll add that this strikes home; my wife works for a major company that provides security for other companies, a common practice.

Her union got her a pay raise and back pay when we found out her pay was nowhere near that of her colleagues.

Now they couldn't do that.
In fact, I am uncertain her union can even exist now, since its whole function is providing security for properties they don't own. And security is surely not the only industry affected by this.
1/3 Trump Wants Marshall Billingslea, a Torture Proponent to Lead U.S. Human Rights Policy.

As a senior Pentagon official under Bush, he advocated for the use of torture techniques, against the sound advice of top military lawyers.
https://politi.co/2Icd,m9h  via @politicomag
2/3 Billingslea’s history promoting torture is well documented. This is his fact sheet compiled by humanitarian group Human Rights First.

https://www.humanrightsfirst.org/sites/default/files/Billingslea_Fact_Sheet.pdf
The New Sanctuary Coalition's response to the lie-filled propaganda letter Trump's terrorist ICE put out on September 12th: https://twitter.com/NewSanctuaryNYC/status/1173756683862118400
The press, public, and even lawyers are being denied access to Laredo asylum hearing "tent courts" via "Presidential directive" under the excuse that they're located at a port of entry. https://twitter.com/marianaatencio/status/1173695811135389696
Trump cut the American refugee program by almost half. The administration will accept 18,000 refugees over the next 12 months – down from the current limit of 30,000. Obama allowed 110,000 in 2016. https://nyti.ms/2nAVkpL 
Immigrant Population Growth in the U.S. Slows to a Trickle

The influx of immigrants into the U.S. declined more than 70% in 2018 – or by about 200,000 people from the year before. https://nyti.ms/2niUPk0 
2/2 The federal statute that governs vacancies states that acting officials in cabinet-level positions must either be next in line for a position or hold a Senate-confirmed position; neither man is. https://politi.co/2oZAmBW  via @politico
And here's Trump pushing for Ken Cuccinelli to be the next DHS Secretary despite it being illegal.
The Trump regime is quietly making it harder to find out what’s truly happening in our immigration courts by keeping immigration judges, asylum officers, and ICE attorneys from speaking out about what they’re seeing. https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/10/immigration-judges-gag-rule.html via @slate
After blowing through 4 heads of the Department of Homeland Security in 3 years, Trump has found a way to use a little-known loophole to finally install the fascist commandant he truly wants: Ken Cuccinelli.

11 posts: https://twitter.com/windthin/status/1189799020740395008
1/2 Oregon District Judge Michael Simon has temporarily blocked a rule proposed by Donald Trump that would require immigrants to prove they will have health insurance within 30 days of arrival in the US, or can pay for medical care. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-50278527
2/2 The sole purpose of this policy was to make it more difficult & punishing for immigrants to enter the U.S.

https://twitter.com/MedicaidNowSC/status/1191010795963998208
1/2 At least 5460 children have been separated from their parents.

Incredibly, having shattered so many families, the Trump regime threw up its hands & declared the task of reuniting them beyond its capabilities. Even now, volunteers working under the coordination of the ACLU
2/3 That makes us one of only 13 countries to vote against the historic resolution.

Instead, we supported two failed amendments proposed by Russia, one stating the death penalty was not necessarily “a human rights violation”, another that it was not a form of torture.
3/3 And we abstained on a “sovereignty amendment”, put forward by Saudi Arabia, that stated “the right of all countries to develop their own laws and penalties”.
A thread about new revelations concerning the Trump regime attempt to subvert the #2020Census through the work of deceased GOP strategist Thomas Hofeller. https://twitter.com/JonathanTopaz/status/1195127456287592448
The Trump regime has taken efforts to block immigration from Africa and Central and South America, but it seems Gordon Sondland was working on increasing immigration from Europe... with Stephen Miller. https://twitter.com/John_Hudson/status/1195134462004285440
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