Tragedy & The Promise: The History Behind American Asylum


The Daily / The New York Times (11/27/18)

As large groups of Central American migrants approach the U.S. border, the Trump administration is making it more difficult for them to apply for asylum.

Is the president undermining the original concept of asylum, or is he restoring it?

On today’s episode:

Background reading:

  • The temporary closing of a border crossing in Southern California became a confrontation between Central American migrants trying to enter the United States and the American and Mexican governments trying to hold them back.

  • The discord stems, in part, from confusion over what legal status, if any, the migrants are entitled to as the Trump administration moves to limit options. We answered some common questions about the situation.

  • Many migrants are wrestling with their next steps: Should they fashion a life in Mexico, or keep their sights — and hopes — trained on the United States?

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  • Homeland Security Reports 14,000 Children Separated From Their Families & Held In Government Concentration Camps — The Young Turks provides a good round-up of the incompetent cruel human rights violation of the Trump administration botched immigrant round-ups. US taxpayers are paying the bill for the private prison corporations running the concentration camp system: Link to 9-Minute Video


Finally, A Democrat With Spine! Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Shuts Down Racists Ex-Trump Aide Sebastian Gorka & Sen. Lindsey Graham

By Ron Dicker
The HuffPost (11/27/18)

Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) on Monday fired back at former Donald Trump aide Sebastian Gorka for calling her “an insult to intelligent and empathic humans everywhere.”

Gorka attacked Ocasio-Cortez, the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, after she noted in a tweet on Sunday that migrants seeking refugee status don’t deserve to be treated like criminals at the U.S. border. She cited Jews fleeing Nazi Germany and families escaping Rwanda as examples of other groups who weren’t criminals for wanting asylum.

The comparison set off some critics, including Gorka, who called Ocasio-Cortez’s reference to genocides “disgraceful.”

But that only revved up Ocasio-Cortez. She said Gorka’s apparent support of white supremacists got him forced out of the Trump administration. “Pretty sure we’re on the right side of history if you’re my opposition,” she tweeted. …

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