Robert A. Vella
President Trump’s Gestapo-style roundup raids against undocumented immigrants, which had been postponed once previously, failed to materialize yesterday. Like most of the threats he makes, this one dissipated in a puff of smoke. Perhaps Trump got cold feet over the negative imagery these raids would produce. Perhaps he never intended to carry them out and was only feeding rhetorical red meat to his rabid base of supporters. Perhaps immigration and law enforcement officials refused to obey his orders. Perhaps Trump just botched the procedural logistics. Whatever the reason, I suppose we’ll find out soon enough. Regardless, Trump is building up a long record of empty threats. He tried in vain to intimidate North Korea with a rain of destruction, and then he kissed and made-up with its brutal dictator Kim Jong-un. He never fired Special Counsel Robert Mueller even though he was itching badly to do so. He capitulated on the government shutdown after proclaiming it would continue indefinitely until Congress funded his border wall. He backed Iran into a corner when he withdrew the U.S. from the Iran Nuclear Agreement and then threatened military action against it; but, so far he has not taken such action. Trump went down kicking and screaming like a petulant child over his transparent and futile attempts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. Even Trump’s trade tariff threats, which he has mostly followed through on, have been riddled with exceptions and loopholes carved out for special interests that had pressured him. As I have said before, Trump is analogous to a schoolyard bully who has no stomach for real fighting. He tries to get what he wants with bravado and bluster, but will back down in the face of determined resistance. Trump supporters thought they were getting a ruthless lion-king, but all they really got was an insecure paper tiger. I wonder why anyone would still take anything Trump says as serious and believable. His credibility as President of the United States is nonexistent.
President Donald Trump’s vow to launch a nationwide deportation sweep fell short of expectations on Sunday, with only a small number of operations that appeared to fall closer in line with routine enforcement.
While the effort seems to have been downgraded — or perhaps just delayed — immigrant communities across the U.S. were still on red alert.
Jorge-Mario Cabrera with the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights, or CHIRLA, in Los Angeles told ABC News’ Clayton Sandell that most of the calls the organization has received are people inquiring about their legal rights and that most reports of ICE vans in the city turned out to be unfounded.
WASHINGTON – The Trump administration moved Monday to prevent most migrants from claiming political asylum in the United States, requiring them to make their claims in other countries first.
A new proposed rule will almost certainly be challenged in court. Previous administration attempts to restrict asylum claims have been struck down.
The current proposal “will decrease forum shopping by economic migrants and those who seek to exploit our asylum system to obtain entry to the United States,” Attorney General William Barr said in a statement.
Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, who is under pressure at home not to seal a migration deal with the United States, on Sunday called off White House talks with Donald Trump with just a day to spare, his office announced.
The meeting scheduled for Monday in Washington has been pushed back over “speculation” about the signing of a possible deal, the Guatemalan government said in a statement.
Adlerstein is not new to activism, she’s an organizer with Movimiento Cosecha, a movement that works to secure better conditions for immigrants. As she watched pundits and politicians debate whether or not to call migrant detention centers “concentration camps”, she was reminded of the Holocaust refrain she was raised on: “Never Again.”
“Never Again,” she thought, is now.
A week later, on Sunday June 30, about 200 protesters under the banner of the newly formed Never Again Action protested outside a detention center in Elizabeth, New Jersey. Thirty-six people were arrested that day, and the demonstration sparked a burgeoning movement.