Author: Josh

Important Take Away from Federal Judge Agreeing with Trump on DACA Termination

Immigration and Criminal Attorney Ray Ybarra Maldonado explains the Maryland DACA decision. The Federal Judge in the Maryland case comes to the opposite conclusion that the Judges in the Northern California and New York cases came to.

The Maryland Federal Judge Roger W. Titus goes as far as to state that “[t]his Court does not like the outcome of this case, but is constrained by its constitutionally limited role to the result that it has reached.” The Judge also wrote that he would have chosen a different outcome if he were a different branch of our government. Essentially, Judge Titus is expressing that he is personally in favor of DACA recipients remaining in the Country, yet he believes the arguments in the federal lawsuits are not strong enough to result in a legal victory.

Practically, this has no immediate impact for DACA recipients. Thanks to the injunction issued by the Judge in the Northern District of California USCIS began accepting applications for anyone who had ever been in the DACA program. This decision was supported with a similar order from the New York Judge. The Maryland decision does not immediately result in USCIS stopping to consider these applications. USCIS issued a statement, which was updated on February 14, 2018, stating they they will accept DACA renewals for anyone who has previously had DACA. The U.S. Supreme Court also refused to allow the Trump Administration to appeal directly to them and instead ordered the case be considered by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals first.

The important take away from the Maryland decision is that it is a good prediction of how the Supreme Court will likely rule once the case is in their hands. Now that a dispute between the lower courts exists it is even more certain that the Supreme Court will accept Cert and issue a ruling on DACA. Unfortunately, there is a strong chance that the decision we see from the Supreme Court will be similar to the one issued by the Federal Judge in Maryland. For this reason, it is imperative that the community continues to demand a clean Dream Act prior to the Supreme Court’s ruling.

Fixed Fortifications Are Monuments to Man’s Stupidity

“Fixed fortifications are monuments to man’s stupidity. If mountain ranges and oceans can be overcome, anything made by man can be overcome.” –George S. Patton

The White House’s latest talking points calls for a $25 billion trust fund for the wall system.

25 billion dollars for an object which will really only serve as a symbol to President Trump’s far right rhetoric on immigration. According to the New York Times, from October 2000 through September of 2016, the Border Patrol documented 6,023 deaths of border crossers in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas. If inhospitable terrain such as the Sonoran Desert cannot stop people from migrating, a man made wall will have no deterrent factor whatsoever. A twenty foot wall will result in an increase in sales and production of twenty-five foot ladders. We will see more welding tools taken to the wall, tunnels dug beneath, and creative ways other than ladders to get over the wall.

This is not to imply that we should simply acquiesce to the building of a border wall. Economics aside, the symbolism attached to the border wall is reason enough to object to it. What message are we sending about the people on the “other side” of the wall. That they are dangerous, bad, something needed to be kept out. In an age of instant communication across the globe, a border wall is a symbol that we see our neighbors as inferior. It is clear that President Trump wants the border wall to appease his base. He has rallied the far right and sees this as his opportunity to give back to those who put him in office. The border wall will clearly be seen through the eyes of history as the Monument to Trump’s Stupidity.

Children of Immigrant Deported to Mexico Speak Out: ‘She Belongs With Us’

Guadalupe García de Rayos’ children spoke out in Phoenix on Thursday about watching their mother’s sudden deportation, while immigrants’ rights advocates warned that similar cases are likely to follow across the country. “No one should ever go through the pain of having their mom taken away from them,” García de Rayos’ 14-year-old daughter, Jacqueline, said at a press conference.