Trump Administration denying passports to Americans born along US-Mexico border, even jailing and trying to deport some of them.

By |2018-08-31T04:51:34-08:00August 30th, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , , |23 Comments

Papers, please!

Courtesy of Business Insider

The Trump administration is denying passports to hundreds of Americans who live along the US-Mexico border, accusing them of using fraudulent birth certificates and demanding additional proof that they were, indeed, born in the United States, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

In some cases, those people have reportedly even had their passports revoked, been jailed, and thrown into deportation proceedings, according to immigration attorneys.

One American, whom The Post identified only as “Juan,” served in the US Army, Border Patrol, and currently as a state prison guard — but when he applied to renew his passport, the State Department said in a letter it didn’t believe he was a US citizen, and asked for documents like evidence of his mother’s prenatal care, a baptismal certificate, and rental agreements from his infancy.

“I served my country. I fought for my country,” Juan told The Post, adding that the accusations infuriated him.

Citizens like Juan have come to the government’s attention because their birth certificates indicate they were born with the assistance of midwives in Texas’ Rio Grande Valley region between the 1950s and the 1990s.

The government alleges that some of those doctors and midwives who worked in the area gave US birth certificates to babies who were actually born in Mexico — an accusation that several birth attendants admitted to in court in the 1990s.

Apparently, the Obama Administration also flirted with this policy but backed off when challenged by the ACLU in 2009. 

It seems clear to me that this is yet another racially driven policy being used to demonize Hispanic Americans and to make them feel unwelcome in their own country. 

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  1. Anonymous August 30, 2018 at 11:30 am

    That’s just the beginning of what Trump and Co. are doing. We need them out. They are super paranoid of brown people. It’s like they are afraid that they will end up the minority. Uh, duh. It’s like they are the minority trying to pull the same bullshit the South Afrikkeners pulled on the black people of that country.

  2. Anonymous August 30, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Joe Biden’s Eulogy Of John McCain Contained A Stinging Indictment Of Trump

    Former Vice President Joe Biden’s eulogy of John McCain never mentioned Trump’s name, but still contained a stinging indictment of Trump’s character and the kinds of politics that he practices.


    • anon August 30, 2018 at 12:15 pm

      “Joe Biden’s description of John McCain’s beliefs said it all

      John McCain’s belief in honor, courage, integrity, and American ideals used to be common among American political leaders. It used to be called public service, or doing the right thing.”
      “Joe Biden mentioned that McCain could not stand the abuse of power, while the current occupant of the White House is rewriting the book on presidential abuse of power.’

    • Beaglemom August 30, 2018 at 4:28 pm

      Joe Biden’s eulogy also took on Republican members of the Senate, some of whom were present in the Phoenix, Arizona, church where the service was held.

      I have wondered if John McCain participated in the Inauguration Day 2009 meeting with McConnell when it was decided to block President Obama at every step of the way. Eight years of GOP sedition began that day. It must have been easy for the Republicans to slide into treason with the 2016 election.

  3. Anonymous August 30, 2018 at 11:42 am

    CNN panel reveals how Joe Biden’s eulogy for John McCain destroyed Donald Trump without even mentioning his name

    …“I also thought Joe Biden’s eulogy was extraordinary because it seemed to me, it was on three levels,” said CNN special correspondent Jamie Gangel. “It was a eulogy to comfort his family and his friends, a eulogy to celebrate the man and his legacy, but I also think it had a third audience, that was Donald Trump. So many of the things that he talked about, about John McCain, respect, dignity, civility, bipartisanship, they are just that much more potent in this day and age.”

    • anon August 30, 2018 at 12:22 pm

      Return to DC

  4. Anonymous August 30, 2018 at 11:49 am

    Legal U.S. Immigrants Face Prison And Even Deportation For Voting
    One of Trump’s top federal prosecutors in North Carolina is going after noncitizen voters, and it could have dire consequences.

  5. Anonymous August 30, 2018 at 11:55 am

    Donald Trump Cancels 2019 Federal Employee Pay Raises ‘to Put Our Nation on a Fiscally Sustainable Course’

    In a letter addressed to House Speaker Paul Ryan, President Donald Trump announced he is canceling a pay raise that most civilian federal employees were due to receive in January. The president cited budgetary constraints.

    “Under current law, locality pay increases averaging 25.70 percent, costing $25 billion, would go into effect in January 2019, in addition to a 2.01 percent across-the-board increase for the base General Schedule. We must maintain efforts to put our Nation on a fiscally sustainable course, and Federal agency budgets cannot sustain such increases,” the president’s letter read in part.

    The president added that he’s determined that for 2019 “both across-the-board pay increases and locality pay increases will be set at zero.”

    • anonymous August 30, 2018 at 1:54 pm

      “The president’s critics say his reasons for the cancellation are disingenuous. Bloomberg reporter Sahil Kapur noted that, by contrast, the president’s tax plan, per a report from the Congressional Budget Office, is projected to cost the Treasury “an average of $190 billion each year for the next decade.”
      “The president was also heavily criticized by progressive military advocacy organization VoteVets. In a statement, Will Fischer, an Iraq War veteran and VoteVet’s Director of Government Outreach, called the move “simply obscene.” “Our hard-working veterans sacrificed for this country, and at a time when wages are stagnant and inflation is on the horizon, it is simply cruel to cancel that so many of these veterans in the workforce were depending on,”

      “the piggy bank that’s being robbed.”

      • Anonymous August 30, 2018 at 5:27 pm

        And Republican Federal employees will still vote Republican in November.

        Trump and the Republicans know they can fuck over people and still not lose Republican votes. What they don’t seem to grasp is it’s the Independents they need to worry about.

  6. Anonymous August 30, 2018 at 12:03 pm

    Now Trump is coming for legal marijuana laws.

    Inside The Trump Administration’s Secret War On Weed
    The Marijuana Policy Coordination Committee wants to counteract positive marijuana messages and identify problems with state legalization initiatives

    The White House has secretly amassed a committee of federal agencies from across the government to combat public support for marijuana and cast state legalization measures in a negative light, while attempting to portray the drug as a national threat, according to interviews with agency staff and documents obtained by BuzzFeed News.

    The Marijuana Policy Coordination Committee, as it’s named in White House memos and emails, instructed 14 federal agencies and the Drug Enforcement Administration this month to submit “data demonstrating the most significant negative trends” about marijuana and the “threats” it poses to the country.

    In an ironic twist, the committee complained in one memo that the narrative around marijuana is unfairly biased in favor of the drug. But rather than seek objective information, the committee’s records show it is asking officials only to portray marijuana in a negative light, regardless of what the data show.

    Sen. Michael Bennet, a Democrat from Colorado, where voters legalized marijuana in 2012, sent a vehement letter to the White House on Thursday that accused its new anti-marijuana committee of trying to skew data for “backward” political purposes and asked the administration to reverse course.

    “I am deeply concerned by this intentional effort to mislead the American people,” said Bennet, who noted the eight states with legalization laws are ready to work with the administration. “At a time when we should be investing in objective and peer-reviewed scientific research on marijuana and the effects of legalization, the White House is instead using taxpayer money to spread a politically-driven narrative.”

    BuzzFeed News first reported Wednesday on the existence of the Marijuana Policy Coordination Committee, a massive coalition of federal agencies assembled by the White House. Officials issued memos to 14 agencies and the Drug Enforcement Administration indicating it seeks to combat public support for cannabis and find problems with legalization measures. The memos sought solely negative information on the drug, in part to prepare a report for President Donald Trump, who has previously supported states’ rights on marijuana.

    In the letter to James Carroll, acting director of the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy, Bennet cited BuzzFeed News’ reporting, noting that one of the committee memos described trying to “turn the tide” on marijuana attitudes and saying officials wanted only “data demonstrating negative trends.”

    “The only way to ‘turn the tide’ on any issue with the public is to be a credible voice,” the senator wrote. “By cherry-picking data to support pre-ordained and misinformed conclusions on marijuana, the Trump administration has further eroded any credibility it has on this issue.”

  7. Anonymous August 30, 2018 at 12:24 pm
    • knOw August 30, 2018 at 1:11 pm

      The Obamas have pledged $2M to summer jobs programs in Chicago. Today Obama passed out life advice in a casual, chill convo with some amazed young people: “Don’t be afraid,” he said. Rich people, famous people, “they’re just people.” #OMG #ICantBelieveItsObama

      He got cheers from teachers at @SolorioHS, who stormed the balcony to get a glimpse. “I cant think of a more important job,” @BarackObama told them. “You guys should be really proud of what you do.”
      #backtoschool #Obama

  8. Anon August 30, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    OT “What makes this particularly strange, he argues, is that this golf course has been a major money loser for the Trump Organization — but that’s not stopping it from using nothing but cash to fund the project.

    The Trump Organization roughly a decade ago stopped taking on debt to finance its projects and instead went on a buying spree using cash-only transactions.

    The big mystery, as de Haldevang points out, is where all this cash is coming from to spend on money-losing projects. ”

  9. Anonymous August 30, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    These are the most and least biased news outlets in the US, according to Americans

    Here are the survey’s results for how biased respondents thought each news outlet was overall, ranked from most to least biased (a negative score indicates more people said the outlet was more biased than unbiased, while a positive score indicates more people thought the outlet was more unbiased than biased):

  10. UncleTom August 30, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    OT/ Bet not:

    “In the brief order that did not give any reasons for the decision, three conservative members of the court, Justices Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch, said they would have granted the agency’s request.”

  11. anon August 30, 2018 at 1:42 pm

    OT?”“We’re seeing the airwaves flooded [with O’Rourke’s TV ads],” Cruz said. “We’ve got to save our resources to turn out and mobilize conservatives.””

  12. anonymous August 30, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    ” Trump has not, by any means, picked up where Obama left off, as the article initially suggested. He has, instead, revived and expanded one of the Bush administration’s cruelest policies.

    Bush’s Department of State appears to have begun refusing passports to Hispanic citizens in 2003,” ” the Post article originally blamed the Obama administration for beginning the passport revocation scheme. Later, it was edited—without a correction or update—to state that “the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations” denied passports to Americans born to midwives near the border. It’s true that the Department of State did not officially halt this practice until several months into Obama’s first term. But it’s not accurate to assign blame equally to both presidents. The Bush administration started the scheme; it later began to wind it down; and the Obama administration formally ended it.” “Gupta told me, the president is seeking “to attack U.S. citizens on the basis of race.” And he will seize on whatever pretext he requires to throw racial minorities out of the country.”

  13. UScitizens August 30, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    “It’s a hypothesis supported by a Harvard study published in May, which estimated that the death toll in Puerto Rico was closer to 5,000 and found that most deaths in the months after Hurricane Maria were a result of interruption of medical care.

    But Santos-Burgoa stressed it’s not just Puerto Rico that is need of a mortality surveillance system that gives officials possibly lifesaving information in the aftermath of a natural disaster; all states and jurisdictions should have such a system as part of their disaster preparedness plans.”

  14. Anonymous August 30, 2018 at 4:30 pm

    Those Hispanics for trump had better rethink their vote,he will be coming for them next.

  15. Anonymous August 30, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    I said the Muslim ban was only the beginning. Next came the kidnapping and extortion of asylum seekers. Then revoking citizenship from naturalized citizens. And finally he is attacking natural born Americans based on color and race.

    It gives me no pleasure to have called it, nor to say TOLD YOU SO.

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