The news strikes just as a related breaking news story crosses the cables”Judge blocks Trump administration policy of returning asylum seekers to Mexico but won’t instantly put order in place.”
President Donald Trump today educated federal agents to break the law. “If judges give you trouble,” that the President instructed the armed guys,”Say,’Sorry, judge, I can’t do it.'”
Observations from Twitter, below.
This may be the most terrifying: Turns out that Stephen Miller is most likely the most effective and consequential celebrity in the Executive branch save Trump himself.
— Marty Lederman (@marty_lederman) April 8, 2019
Behind the scenes, two sources told CNN, the President told boundary representatives to not let migrants in. Tell them we don’t have the capacity, ” he explained. If judges give you trouble, say,”Sorry, assess, I can not do it. We don’t have the space.”
Interesting play-by-play here, from @jaketapper: Trump pushed to close El Paso boundary, told admin officials to restart family separations and agents not to acknowledge migrants @CNNPolitics https://t.co/eq8FiIuP2K
For those following our litigation in reaction and the Trump attacks on asylum, a quick recap of some matters courts have blocked:
– Family separation
– No-Parole coverage
– Exclusion of national and gang-violence asserts
– Asylum prohibit between POEs
– Forced return to Mexico
Told agents not to let migrants in
Trump doesn’t like those judges.
Trump advisor clarified Trump would dare discuss bringing family separations as a coverage. As stated by the adviser the president”believes it’s the best leverage point to force a compromise” with Democrats on immigration.
This is the kind of thing a Congressional committee with oversight electricity could look into https://t.co/lrFIgedZov
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) April 8, 2019
— Omar C. Jadwat (@OmarJadwat) April 8, 2019
— Noah Shachtman (@NoahShachtman) April 8, 2019
Last Friday, the President visited Calexico, California, where he said,”We’re full, our system’s full, our nation’s full — can’t come in! Our nation is complete, what do you do? We can not deal with our country is complete. Can not come in, I am sorry. It’s very simple.”
“Miller believed Nielsen was a soft-on-the-border Bushy and she believed he had been a egomaniacal lunatic who loathed brown people. Obviously , that made for awkward moments in the Oval [Office] and Cabinet Room,” said a former senior Trump official. https://t.co/6dIxpzaMyd
After the President left the area, agents sought further advice from their leaders, who told them that they were not giving them that direction and if they did what the President said they would take on personal liability. You need to follow the law, they were advised.