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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

Refugees, asylum seekers, and others from the wrong countries are unwelcome in Trump’s America – notably people of color and Muslims.

His November 8 immigration order has nothing to do with protecting national security or US sovereignty – everything to do with longstanding bipartisan racism, undemocratic Dems as hostile to freedom and justice for all as Republicans.

On Monday, US District Judge Jon Tigar issued a temporary restraining order, blocking enforcement of Trump’s November ban, effective December 19, saying:

“The rule barring asylum for immigrants who enter the country outside a port of entry irreconcilably conflicts with the (Immigration and Nationality Act) and the expressed intent of Congress,” adding: 

“Whatever the scope of the President’s authority, he may not rewrite the immigration laws to impose a condition that Congress has expressly forbidden.”

Trump’s order also violates the 1951 UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, its 1967 Protocol, and the US Refugee Act of 1980.

Refugees and asylum seekers, fearing persecution or fleeing war zones, are entitled to protection under the above laws.

Trump’s (In)Justice Department unjustifiably claims otherwise, saying “(i)t is absurd that a set of advocacy groups can be found to have standing to sue to stop the entire federal government from acting so that illegal aliens can receive a government benefit to which they are not entitled.”

Trump’s November order flagrantly violated international, constitutional, and US statute laws. No legitimate tribunal would uphold it.

The Supreme Court may have final say on this issue. It’s unclear if its extremist majority will go along with or reject Trump’s clearly illegal order.

Majority Supremes upheld Trump’s travel ban, largely targeting unwanted Muslims from targeted countries, prohibiting them from traveling to America – the ban unrelated to national security like DLT’s November order.

On Thanksgiving Day, Trump authorized lethal force against aliens seeking asylum in America by attempting to enter along the Mexican border.

Thousands of US troops are deployed to block their entry. According to his “decision memorandum,” they’re authorized to use “a show or use of force (including lethal force, where necessary), crowd control, temporary detention, and cursory search” as permitted by war secretary Mattis to protect Customs and Border Protection (CPB) agents.

In early November, Trump said “(a)nybody throwing stones (and) rocks…we will consider that a firearm. We’re not going to put up with that. They want to throw rocks at our military, our military fights back. I told them to consider it a rifle.”

Federal law permits use of lethal force only in self-defense or to defend others when their safety is jeopardized – only when “all lesser means have failed or cannot reasonably be employed.” 

Trump’s authorization borders on flagrant illegality. According to attorney Brad Moss, specializing in national security issues:

“They are pushing DOD’s authority right up to the line of what is permitted without violating the restrictions of Posse Comitatus” law (1878) – prohibiting use of military force domestically, except as constitutionally allowed or expressly authorized by Congress in times of an insurrection or other national emergency, Moss adding:

“Active duty personnel can respond in self-defense of border officials, but the perfect world does not exist in factual reality in which this subjective concept can be neatly applied to the environment of border enforcement.”

Posse Comitatus violations include using military personnel for crowd control and detention of refugees or asylum seekers.

“That becomes the undefined gray line between emergency circumstances and routine border enforcement,” said Moss, adding:

“The fine print of when either such behavior is permissible needs to be fleshed out by the government in far more detail.”

“It is virtually guaranteed that” military personnel deployed for activities domestically for any purpose will commit Posse Comitatus violations – intentionally or otherwise.

They’re trained for combat – not to perform police or border control duties. If violence erupts against asylum seekers, military forces will bear responsibility.

Yet individuals harmed will be blamed, the way it always is in America and in its war theaters – victims blamed for crimes committed against them.

On Thanksgiving Day, a reported 5,900 military troops and 2,100 National Guard forces are deployed along the US/Mexican border, awaiting what Trump wrongfully called “an invasion” with “hardened criminals.”

As border-crossing attempts are made, considerable bloodshed is possible, individuals seeking safe haven from violent countries encountering it along America’s southern border.

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.