In a week where many of us are debating buying Crazy Glue to put our “Mueller Time” mugs back together after smashing them three weeks ago, there has been a curious development in immigration law – the detention of asylum seekers. Yes, Virginia, America routinely detains asylum seekers in jail facilities when coming to the border to seek asylum. (Imagine how much longer the Sound of Music would have been if the von Trapps were detained and spread out around…

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Asylum is in the news. There is the “border crisis” at our Southern border where increasing numbers of families and unaccompanied minors are coming to the border in search of safety. Then, less reported, are events in the courts revolving around Iraqis facing deportation to their country. Starting first with Iraq. In June 2017, Immigration and Customs began rounding up Iraqis in the United States to deport them. Reports are that the people arrested were chiefly Iraqi Chaldeans, the primary…

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With all the present attention to the wall and asylum seekers at the border and caged babies and deaths while in U.S. immigration custody, our attention is concentrated on Customs and Border Protection (I am not one for zero tolerance, but any journalist who calls it Customs and Border Patrol should be fired, as here and here.) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Skirting intense scrutiny, the other bureau in the immigration triumvirate is U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services which has…

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When I started this blog long before 2001 it had the theme, “What if he was a foreigner?” The concept was to show how celebrity Americans who committed crimes would have ended up – usually deported – if they were not Americans. I apply the same treatment to Mr. Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph who is not an American, having been born in England. Mr. Bin Abraham-Joseph, or is it Mr. Abraham Joseph or Mr. Abraham or Mr. Joseph (no matter what…

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