Immigration

Birtherism is Now Official Trump Regime Policy

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

According to the Washington Post, the Trump regime has begun detaining and deporting Hispanic people who are American citizens based on little more than suspicion alone.

Even Hispanics who've served in the U.S. military and the Border Patrol are being swept up and deported even though they have birth certificates certifying that they were born in the United States.

The deportations are reportedly based on the suspicions that their birth certificates were issued fraudulently.

The government alleges that from the 1950s through the 1990s, some midwives and physicians along the Texas-Mexico border provided U.S. birth certificates to babies who were actually born in Mexico. In a series of federal court cases in the 1990s, several birth attendants admitted to providing fraudulent documents. [...]

Attorneys say these cases, where the government’s doubts about an official birth certificate lead to immigration detention, are increasingly common. “I’ve had probably 20 people who have been sent to the detention center — U.S. citizens,” said Jaime Diez, an attorney in Brownsville.

Diez represents dozens of U.S. citizens who were denied their passports or had their passports suddenly revoked. Among them are soldiers and Border Patrol agents. In some cases, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have arrived at his clients’ homes without notice and taken passports away.

The Trump regime is reportedly asking people to provide extraordinary proof of their citizenship that virtually no one could provide, such as proof that their mother received neo-natal care inside the United States decades ago. Many of them may not have even received that kind of care, which is why so many babies in the area were delivered the old-fashioned way. They couldn't afford anything else.

These individuals can't provide the proof the government is asking for, but the government also can't prove their birth certificates are fake.

This is an even sketchier version of Birtherism. And now that we know it's happening, I'm sure the legal challenges will pile up and you can add this to the GOP's list of things Democrats will investigate if they regain control of oversight.

  • katanahamon

    Go listen to the Nancy MacLean interview from Bob’s “Interviews From Earth One” show..she gives a great background as to why we are experiencing this shitstorm..

  • Draxiar

    This country will have much to make up for after this filthy asshole is gone.

    • katanahamon

      Yep..Nancy MacLean lays it all out in Bob’s interview..

  • muselet

    The Trump regime is reportedly asking people to provide extraordinary proof of their citizenship that virtually no one could provide.…

    Thus turning the burden of proof on its head.

    There is no aspect of this story that isn’t disgusting.

    –alopecia

  • Unfortunately, this policy was enforced under the Obama Admin but to a MUCH lesser degree and then they were sued by the ACLU, which caused the Administration to stop prosecuting such cases. Well since Trumpov was placed into office they decided to go after these cases with a gusto ignoring the ACLU settlement.
    I wonder if an injunction can be requested but IANAL so IDK…..Apparently Miller installed people who share his worldview (i.e., white supremacy) in key positions just so they could implement such policies. So not only do they have people threatening to kill reporters, now they are stripping citizenship away from actual citizens. Can someone please tell me when this nightmare is going to end? /rhetorical, of course

    • Georgie
    • Badgerite

      That is the thing. They cannot constitutionally strip citizenship from actual citizens on the basis of a supposition and nothing more. Which is what they are doing.
      American citizens and in fact even undocumented immigrants have a right, under the Constitution of the United States to Due Process of law. That, to me and I’m sure to just about any court, means that you cannot just assume a birth certificate to be invalid. It would be like telling someone, “you live in the neighborhood of the bank and are a tall male, so prove to me that you are not the tall male who robbed that bank 30 years ago.” But, of course, this regime has shown a nasty propensity to ignore the law and the courts and the constitution and do just as it pleases in harassing citizens of the ‘wrong’ look or ethnicity. There are still something like 500 children who were forcibly separated from their parents and who are currently orphaned by the United States of America irrespective of what the courts have ordered this administration to do. If these are ‘Christians’, I think I’d rather worship a tree. At least the tree does no intentional harm.

  • Badgerite

    This is a denial of Due Process to American citizens. Straight up. And it is simply unconstitutional. The fact that a midwife may have provided a fraudulent birth certificate to some people does not show that any given person who was delivered by a midwife or even that midwife is not a US citizen and that their particular birth certificate is fraudulent. The burden must be on the state to prove otherwise.
    Not the citizen.

    • Aynwrong

      They’ve taken immigration policy into black helicopter territory. I hate these people.

      • katanahamon

        I say “Black Van Brigade,” but it’s all the same..

  • Aynwrong

    I was listening to an interview today in which Jake Tapper said it was unfair to call Slenderman Steven Miller a Nazi because Miller is Jewish.

    These are policies that Miller creates.

    I disagree with Jake Tapper.

    • Draxiar

      Psssst…Jake, Holocaust victims weren’t limited to Jews.

      • Aynwrong

        Indeed. You don’t end up with bigots who hate Muslims but are cool with Jews any more than someone who obsesses over which bathroom transgender people use but are supportive of gay rights. That’s not how it works.

        Bigots don’t compartmentalize their hatreds.

        • Draxiar

          They don’t…rather, they rationalize it AND never see any hypocrisy that might come back on them.

    • Badgerite

      It’s a fine line between Nazism and white supremacist ‘nationalism’, isn’t it.
      The only part of Nazism that Miller would maybe be against is the primary target.
      Change the primary target to other groups, and he is fine with it.
      As he has amply demonstrated.

  • Nazis.

    What else is there to say?