A seven year old girl and her father traveled a thousand miles, fleeing violence in Guatemala and hoping for refuge in this country and now the little girl, Jakelin, is dead. Late on Christmas Eve, an eight year old boy, Felipe, also died in custody at the border. My father liberated prison camps in WW2. Our government now builds detention camps for children. Our immigration system is broken, but there is something also broken in people who defend this sort of evil as necessary. It would be difficult to change their hearts, but it is possible to change the circumstances that create so much suffering and we must try.
On Nov. 9 the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice published an interim final rule setting the stage for Trump to issue by “proclamation” — a prohibition on asylum for those who cross the southern border without permission. A presidential proclamation cannot supersede a statute. This proclamation is in direct violation of 8 U.S.C. §1158(a)(1), which reads that any immigrant “who is physically present in the United States or who arrives in the United States (whether or not at a designated port of arrival and including an alien who is brought to the United States after having been interdicted in international or United States waters), irrespective of such alien’s status, may apply for asylum.” So this ‘proclamation’ is not only immoral, it is illegal. You may want to make this point when you comment. Comments are open until January 8th. Follow this link.
The EPA is subject to the shutdown, which means its ability to protect polluters is hampered for the time being. Earlier, the agency managed to repeal the Clean Power Plan which limited greenhouse emissions from fossil-fuel-fired power plants. They have begun to publish pieces of their new plan. Many power plant operators actually opposed these changes because they had already installed the proper equipment for compliance. However, the EPA is barreling ahead to replace carbon capture with wishful thinking known as the Best System of Emission Reduction (BSER). The fact that the EPA is headed by a coal lobbyist and climate change denier should give one pause. His ‘best system’ would be no system at all. You may comment here. We have until early February.
In common, standing side-by-side, we have power. We can choose to fight oppression, to defend the rule of law, and to protect our water and air. Keep up the good fight.