The Trump regime's new restrictions on asylum that will place it out of reach for most people crossing the border have gone into effect, but immigration agents have no idea what they're doing according to NPR.
Memos addressed to employees of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) show that, just like the rest of us, agents on the border and their supervisors didn't know the new policy was coming until after it was reported in the news.
In the Monday night memo obtained by NPR, the head of asylum at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, John Lafferty, said asylum officers were "once again being asked to adapt, and to do so with very little time to train and prepare."
Lafferty went on to commend his staff at USCIS while noting the suddenness of the new rule. "If I didn't know that we have some of the most dedicated, most adaptable, and most talented public servants presently serving in the federal government, I would be concerned about being able to implement these changes on such short notice," he said.
The new rules were published in the federal register on Monday afternoon, federal employees responsible for implementing the rules learned about it Monday night, and the rules into effect the next morning.
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is asking a federal court to block the new restrictions, at least temporarily, and the fact that there was seemingly no preparation for implementing the restrictions may or may not bolster their case.
Trump recently appointed infamous whacko-bird racist Ken Cuccinelli as the acting director of USCIS and this has his fingerprints all over it. A hateful and cruel policy that is also incompetently implemented on a whim is exactly what you're going to get when you appoint men of his low caliber to positions like this.
Even though Cuccinelli is doing what Trump wants him to do, there will come a time when Trump blames him just as he blamed his predecessors for not achieving the impossible.
Everyone who works with Trump is eventually humiliated.