Trump flouts the law

Posted 7/10/19
The Trump administration’s disregard for existing law is demonstrable. In the Flores decision, the government can detain asylum-seekers for up to 72 hours - no more. Trump and his minions …

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Trump flouts the law

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The Trump administration’s disregard for existing law is demonstrable. In the Flores decision, the government can detain asylum-seekers for up to 72 hours - no more. Trump and his minions routinely incarcerate refugees (including children) for several weeks. Asylum requests are recognized as a right under U.S. and international law. Trump thwarts this by forcing Mexico to detain asylum seekers on Mexican soil, hoping  refugees will either go away or apply to Mexico for asylum. The sanctity of Congressional appropriations are becoming a joke with Trump seeking to redirect appropriations to other purposes, most notably his wall. I once believed the myth of our “system of checks and balances.” Trump, however, routinely ignores these checks. What he says is law, certainly not something that comes from the courts. We need to stop the slow creep of dictatorship now. Impeachment is our only option. Our representative, Derek Kilmer, needs to vote for impeachment proceedings to begin. Best to face a bully sooner rather than later.

Fayette F. Krause
Port Townsend

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Justin Hale
I think you need to read the Flores decision, show us where in the Flores decision it says that asylum seekers can only be held for 72 hours. True that Asylum seekers have the right to seek asylum in this country, they do not have a right to break our laws in the process. "Impeachment is our only option" On what grounds? Maybe while you're educating yourself on the Flores decision you should also read up on what are impeachable offenses.
Wednesday, July 10
Tom Camfield
Being curious about the specifics of the Flores Settlement Agreement of 1997, I went to the Internet and found most articles were dated June (or July) of last year. The first site I opened was https://supportkind.org/resources/flores-settlement-myth-v-fact/ 'The myth vs. fact article began: by noting: "Juveniles be released from custody without unnecessary delay, and in order of preference to the following: a parent, legal guardian, adult relative, individual specifically designated by the parent, a child welfare licensed program, or, alternatively when family reunification is not possible, an adult seeking custody deemed appropriate by the responsible government agency. "Where they cannot be released because of significant public safety or flight risk concerns, juveniles must be held in the least restrictive setting appropriate to age and special needs, generally, in a nonsecure facility licensed by a child welfare entity and separated from unrelated adults and delinquent offenders." There was more discussion of it all, of course. I turned to another site:https://www.vox.com/2018/6/20/17484546/executive-order-family-separation-flores-settlement-agreement-immigration That one boiled the essentials down even further to: "The Flores settlement requires the federal government to do two things: to place children with a close relative or family friend ‘without unnecessary delay,’ rather than keeping them in custody; and to keep immigrant children who are in custody in the ‘least restrictive conditions’ possible." An interesting account of related detail followed. Extended commentl can get a bit eye-glazing to many in this sort of forum during our impatient era, so I'll keep things short here and just conclude that the letter of the law seems clear enough. And there is an even greater overall consideration for me. 'That is the outright inhumanity being blatantly expressed at our Mexican border under leadership of an individual who seems to believe that he is a god who can rule the world for his personal pleasure. That would be Donald Trump, of course—who likely as not is off golfing as I write this..
Wednesday, July 10
Marge Samuelson
In 1985 Activist groups began a lawsuit against the federal government. A 15 year old Salvadorian Girl name Jenny Flores, was an alien minor in a detention center who many believed to be mistreated. The case wasn't settled until 1997 with the government agreeing to set standards at immigration detention centers on the U.S./Mexico border. It was also to resolve years of litigation against the INS, but that was only partially true. Clinton officials have noted recently they were motivated by a desire to cooperate with the activist plaintiffs to loosen asylum rules. Since 1997 Flores means that all minors in detention accompanied by their parents or not, cannot be held for more than 20 days. Since then the number of apprehended aliens who claim fear as a reason for asylum has soared. 10 fold in the last decade. Congress could pass a law superseding Flores, but has yet to do so. Source: The History of the Flores Settlement, by Mathew Sussis, February 11, 2019
Wednesday, July 10
Justin Hale
Marge and Tom, I see we are reading the same information regarding the Flores decision, and nowhere does it say what Fayette claims. In reality, those who flout our laws are those who enter our country illegally and then fail to appear at their appointed court hearings. But yeah Tom, it's all Trumps fault.
Wednesday, July 10
Marge Samuelson
Your right Justin it isn't Trumps fault. It is the fault of the people who elected him. Let's hope they don't make that mistake again. And while we are at it, wouldn't it be great if all the Democrats rushing in to run for president, take a look at the Senate seats, that's where change really needs to be made.
Wednesday, July 10
tom Camfield
We could argue all day about dysfunctional Donald and it wouldn't add any humanity or real social conscience to his soul. And Marge is certainly right about those Senate seats. I see that Amy McGrath, a former U. S. Marine, will be running against Trump's main henchman, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky. McConnell, as Senate majority leader, is best known for blocking votes on any measures proposed by Obama and more recently on any measures not viewed favorably by Trump. He's done more to block bipartisan government than anyone else in recent history.. So I'll be keeping an eye on Amy's progress and will begin sending her donations as my budget allows if her campaign takes off to any degree at all.
Thursday, July 11
Justin Hale
Fayette is a prime example of those suffering Trump-0-phobia, long on half truths, distortions and hate, short on facts. Unfortunately that describes a sizeable portion of our brain dead populace who believe what the biased MSM feeds them.
Thursday, July 11