Trump’s recent Executive Order seeking to limit rights of declaration of asylum, encouraged me to re-examine all of the Executive Orders issued by the Trump administration regarding immigration and refugee resettlement. I have avoided the topic of DACA, as that is a novel unto itself.
November 9, 2018. Presidential Proclamation Addressing Mass Migration Through the Southern Border of the United States
In short, this document says, “If you enter the country illegally, you may not seek or be granted asylum.”
It’s idiotic to say the least. It will garner vigorous legal challenges from many sources as it is in discord with our own and international laws. In honesty, I tell you, what Trump is attempting to do is force-funnel all asylum seekers into now congested, and over-taxed ports of entry in order to create a crowded, hostile atmosphere from which he may direct the National Guard,or Border Patrol, or any damn official with a gun, to open fire on all of the angry, drug-dealing, rapist, gang member, goddamn Mexicans. So, you can join the mob at entry points, or be an illegal that may never-ever seek asylum.
It’s a manufactured crisis. (explained here)
That’s the whole plan here folks. Trump’s people know this Executive Order won’t last. Manufactured violence is the goddamn money shot Trump longs for. The order doesn’t need to last forever, only long enough for someone to get shot.
“See??!!! I told you they were all animals.”
January 25, 2017. Executive Order “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States”
An Executive order to punish “Sanctuary Cities” by withholding Federal funding.
Overturned multiple times in multiple jurisdictions for very good reason as plainly noted below. Most recently, August 2, 2018 US Circuit Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.
“Under the principle of Separation of Powers and in consideration of the Spending Clause, which vests exclusive power to Congress to impose conditions on federal grants, the Executive Branch may not refuse to disperse the federal grants in question without congressional authorization. Because Congress has not acted, we affirm the district court’s grant of summary judgment to the City and County of San Francisco and the County of Santa Clara.”
January 25, 2018. Executive Order: Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements
An Executive Order to build the wall along the southern border with Mexico.
Meaningless. This is merely an empty proclamation as it has no Congressional funding. Without funding, it is only words on paper.
January 27, 2018. Executive Order Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States
The “Muslim” travel ban #1. Poorly written, poorly executed, and legally hampered by the idiot words that came out of Donny’s mouth repeatedly.
Overturned in multiply jurisdictions.
March 6, 2017 Memorandum for the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Homeland Security
A rewrite and second attempt at the “Muslim” travel ban. 90 day limit. This also had the effect of stalling any refugee resettlement.
Partially upheld by the Supreme Court. Allowed to go into it’s partial effect on June 2017 for 6 blacklisted nations. Included a 120 day freeze of refugee resettlement. Expired.
September 29, 2017 Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of State
A memorandum outlining the amount of refugees to be admitted into the US for 2018. Total number= 45,000. Down from 110,000 as set the previous year by the Obama administration. Particularly insidious considering the worldwide refugee crisis. There is every reason to believe this administration would like to get that number down as low as possible (with zero being the ideal number), as the vast majority of these people are non-white.
Africa . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19,000
East Asia . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5,000
Europe and Central Asia . . . . . . . . 2,000
Latin America/Caribbean . . . . . . . . 1,500
Near East/South Asia . . . . . . . . . 17,500
How many refugees did the US actually end up admitting under the Trump administration for fiscal year 2018? (Oct 1-Sept 30 is a fiscal year) 22,491 out of the 45,000 allotted. Fiscal year 2017, under mostly the Trump administration’s guidance- 53,701 out of the 110,000 allotted by the Obama administration.
October 24, 2017. Presidential Executive Order on Resuming the United States Refugee Admissions Program with Enhanced Vetting Capabilities
A resumption of application for refugee resettlement but with “Enhanced Vetting.” A statement Trump absolutely fucking loved to say, but it was never clear what the fuck it meant, and this document did little to clarify that except it would take at least 90 extra days. It is applied to 11 haphazardly selected and unnamed nations. It was clearly a way to slow down refugees from entering the US.
“The lack of these arrivals, at a time they were legally ordered to resume, is just one window into how the Trump administration has slowed the resettlement process through administrative obstacles, lack of proper staffing and “enhanced security measures,” say advocates and former staffers. Many of them are starting to wonder if the dysfunction is intentional. “The program isn’t being managed—or, it’s being managed to fail,” said Bob Carey, former director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement during the Obama Administration. “What couldn’t be achieved through executive orders is being achieved through administrative roadblocks or lack of will.”
“These workers’ impression of engineered chaos comes as the State Department is already using low numbers of refugees to justify the closure of dozens of offices of resettlement agencies, which are private nonprofits that contract with the federal government. The resettlement agencies and employees still standing are left with the question of how to do their jobs under an administration that at best is making resettlement a very low priority.”
April 4, 2018. Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of Defense, the Attorney General, and the Secretary of Homeland Security
The first installment of: Donny sees a scary video on Fox News about a migrant “caravan” rapidly approaching the US border. These people will assuredly shoot us all full of drugs and butt-rape practically everyone. In response to this very, very real boogeyman, Trump requests the States to call up their National Guard.
At the time, many State’s Governors refused to send National Guard. Later, many removed their National Guard as they wanted nothing to do with the Trump Administration’s subsequent “Family Separation” policies. The best estimate is 450 people actually approached the border from this caravan, of those- 110 entered illegally, but it is uncertain how many of those 110 were forcibly turned away from ports of entry as some clearly were. Of the 110 the estimate is– 11 were actually charged with illegal entry into the US.
April 6, 2018. Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, the Attorney General, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, and the Secretary of Homeland Security
Trump declares, with the stroke of a pen, “Catch and Release is OVER.” Directs US agencies to go about constructing detention facilities. All of these types of orders under the pretense of the threat of drugs, smuggling, and gang members just pouring in through the border. This order ultimately lead to the realization that the Trump Administration’s “zero tolerance policy” was in fact, a “family separation policy.”
Initial reporting– “The Trump administration was left with few options after a series of court orders. A federal judge last month ordered the reunification of children under five by 10 July. That deadline was not met, officials acknowledged, while noting plans were under way on Tuesday to reunite up to 54 migrant children under five with their parents.”
June 20, 2018. Affording Congress an Opportunity to Address Family Separation
The Trump Administration dumps their “zero-tolerance” fuck-up on Congress…and blames Congress for it.
“This Administration will initiate proceedings to enforce this and other criminal provisions of the INA until and unless Congress directs otherwise. It is also the policy of this Administration to maintain family unity, including by detaining alien families together where appropriate and consistent with law and available resources. It is unfortunate that Congress’s failure to act and court orders have put the Administration in the position of separating alien families to effectively enforce the law.”
The Administration’s proposal for refugee resettlement for 2019?
East Asia 4,000
Europe and Central Asia 3,000
Latin America and the Caribbean 3,000
Near East and South Asia 9,000
TOTAL PROPOSED CEILING 30,000
For real. 30,000.