Immigration Protests Everywhere in Cities and Towns, Large and Small

Worland, Wyoming     Family separation and child incarceration continues to be a political flashpoint.  President Trump may have been at one of his golf clubs again this weekend, but his zero-tolerance policy and criminalization of immigration by migrants often asking for asylum has not quelled the rage despite his attempt to get a mulligan with his do-over executive order.

Little has changed to date.  Close to 2000 children are still separated from their families.  A federal court judge in California has issued a temporary restraining order demanding that the policy be suspended and giving the administration only ten days to assure that children have been in at least telephonic contact with their parents, only fifteen days to unite children under five with their parents, and only thirty days to unite all children with their families.  Though polls indicate that America is confused about what to do about immigration, they are united with the vast majority opposing child incarceration and family separation.

Protests broke out all over the country in cities large and small with thousands participating to demand family unification.  As reported in the New York Times:

Washington was the political epicenter of the protests, similar scenes unfolded in cities around the country, including large, border cities like El Paso, state capitals like Salt Lake City and Atlanta, and smaller, interior towns like Redding, Calif. In total, organizers anticipated more than 700 protests, in all 50 states and even internationally.

Two hundred rallied in Covington, Louisiana of all places in the conservative north shore across from New Orleans.  Another two hundred rallied in Lafayette, Louisiana in the heart of a blood red congressional district.  The same story repeats over and over again as Americans draw a bold line.    No matter what is said in the West Wing border patrol officers on the border trying to obey the order and the law are releasing families rather than separating them when captured crossing the border.

Before the weekend protests women led the way with more than 500 arrested including actress Susan Sarandon and Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, a Democrat from Seattle.  She was quoted saying:

“The idea of kids in cages and asylum seekers in prisons and moms being separated from breast-feeding children, this is just beyond politics, it really is just about right and wrong.”

This crisis won’t go away with a simple signature.

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Criminal Employers

ice-raidPhoenix Immigration reform advocates have increasingly lodged the criticism that the Obama Administration, the state of Arizona, and many other jurisdictions is criminalizing immigrants.  Part of this lies in the simple Arpaio aberration of taking a civil infraction, which is how an immigration violation exists in law, and making it a criminal issue, largely in the court of public opinion.

As part of the Administration policy, criminalizing the employers has become more aggressive and effective in their weapons against immigrants.  From today’s Times:

“Under a policy that went into effect in April 2009, the Obama administration is taking a much tougher stance on employers who hire illegal immigrants than any administration in decades. Enforcement agents have subjected businesses across the country to much greater scrutiny, using tactics that were almost nonexistent until two years ago. Federal officials said they expected to announce record numbers of investigations and fines by the end of the year. As of July 31, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, an arm of the Department of Homeland Security, had announced investigations of 2,073 businesses so far this year, outpacing the 1,461 conducted in all of 2009.”

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