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Trump to Migrant Parents Whose Children Were Taken at the Border: Let The ACLU Find Your Family

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Trump to Migrant Parents Whose Children Were Taken at the Border: Let The ACLU Find Your Family

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  1. Clarification.
    Please keep this in mind.ļæ½Post by Wyeth Ruthven
    ā€œSo, I did immigration casework for Senator Fritz Hollings, studied immigration law at law school under a former INS general counsel, and worked for a border Congressman in the district that included the Rio Grande Valley. So hear me out:ļæ½1. These people in detention have not committed a crime.ļæ½2. I don’t mean that in a moral or a figurative sense. I mean literally. It is NOT a crime to ask for asylum.ļæ½3. These people didn’t jump a fence, they didn’t sneak into the back yard. They are knocking on the front door and saying “People are trying to kill me in my home country, will you let me in?”ļæ½4. Now, I didn’t fall off the turnip truck. Some of these people are lying. That’s why you have a hearing. And because they might wander off, these people are held in detention until the hearing.ļæ½5. This hearing is NOT in a criminal court. It’s in an immigration court. Because these people have not committed a crime.ļæ½6. Immigration court is not like criminal court. You don’t have a right to an attorney.ļæ½7. So these people are waiting around, separated from their children, with no attorney, until they get a hearing.ļæ½8. In 2015, the median wait for an immigration hearing was 404 days.ļæ½9. Here’s where it gets even more twisted.ļæ½10. If people plead guilty to asylum fraud, they get their kids back and get deported.ļæ½11. So these people knock on the front door, which is perfectly legal, and we take their kids, and tell them the quickest way to get them back is to confess.ļæ½12. If someone committed a crime – shoplifting, armed robbery, murder – and you took their kids away to make them confess, that confession would be thrown out.ļæ½13. But these confessions are lawful, because this isn’t criminal court.ļæ½14. Because these people haven’t committed a crime.ļæ½15. Now some people think that if we make it so unpleasant for these people, they will stop trying to cross the border.ļæ½16. But the message this sends isn’t “Go Home.” The message it sends is “Sneak in.”ļæ½17. If they go home, they think they will be murdered. If they request asylum, they are separated from their children.ļæ½18. If they sneak in successfully, they’re safe. If they sneak in and get caught, they are no worse off than if they sought asylum legally.ļæ½19. And remember, these people haven’t committed a crime.ā€

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