Two dramatic new development illustrate the terrible human cost of the Trump/Miller administration's policy of making hatred of and cruelty toward brown immigrant the basis of America's immigration policy.

First, ThinkProgress reports the drowning of a Salvadorian father and daughter who waited for months in Mexico to file their US asylum claim and then finally tried to swim the Rio Grande to reach the US. See:

The father and daughter in that photo waited months to claim asylum before trying to cross the river

In a second major development, the Washington Post reports on June 26 that the U.S. asylum officers union has filed an amicus brief in a lawsuit in now before the 9th Circuit opposing Trump's "Remain in Mexico" directive against asylum seekers - a policy which flies in the face of the reality that Mexico is not a "safe third country" within the meaning of America;s asylum laws or by any other standard or definition. See, WP:

U.S.asylum officers say Trump's 'Remain in Mexico' policy is threatening migrants' lives, ask federal court to end it

The story quotes from the union's brief as follows:

"Asylum officers are duty bound to protect vulnerable asylum-seekers from persecution...They should not be forced to honor departmental directives that are contrary to the moral fabric of our Nation and our international and domestic legal obligations."

The brief contends that Mexico is too dangerous for asylum seekers, and that forcing asylum seekers to stay in that country pending hearings on their cases violates the principle of "non-refoulement" - i.e. sending refugees back to areas of danger, which is at the heart of US and international asylum law.

The above ThinkProgress report on the drowning of the Salvadorean refugee and his daughter also highlights the end result of Trump's brutal "Remain in Mexico" policy - danger and death. According to the article:

"...Martinez-Ramirez and his family swam across the river after they grew frustrated and being unable to present themselves to U.S. authorities and request asylum. Requesting asylum is legal, and migrants have the right to do so without being criminalized, rejected, or separated from their families."


The fact that the above two stories deal with asylum does not mean that Trump's policies of cruelty and lawless actions against nonwhite immigrants are limited to that area of law only.

They pervade every aspect of his immigration agenda - barring all but at a tiny number of refugees - banning Muslims - ending DACA - imposing distorted and inflated interpretations of the "public charge" requirement to deny legitimate green card and visa applications - trying to abolish most family immigration and all diversity visas - issuing biased and hostile RFE's and denials in H-1B and many other employment-based cases to an unprecedented degree, and imposing many more unreasonable and damaging delays than under previous administrations in processing even the most routine application for legal immigration benefits.

This is not to mention the Trump/Miller attempt to terrorize immigration immigrant community by threatening massive ICE deportation raids and roundups - something all too familiar to those who know about the history of fascism in Europe.

And this is not even the first time that an immigration employees union has spoken out against the cruel and destructive actions which affect their own ability to carry out their duties according to law. As I have discussed in previous comments, the USCIS employees union has protested Trump's appointment of Ken Cuccinelli, who has an appalling history of bigoted statements and proposals against brown immigrants, ss acting director of that agency,

The union has warned that Cuccinelli's appointment could destroy the entire agency, on which legal immigration in America mainly depends. These immigration employee union protests show the depths to which America has sunk under Donald Trump's agenda of placing bigotry and prejudice against nonwhite immigrants at the center of this nation's immigration policies.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law