The President of Ecuador Just Went Off on Julian Assange, Explaining Why They Withdrew His Asylum Status, and We Totally Get It
Julian Assange, the Australian programmer, created Wikileaks under the guise of a safe space for whistleblowers who feared death or imprisonment to share information. But it quickly became a political tool to be aimed at specific targets.
Whether or not Assange sold his website's services to the highest bidder is still unclear. But his one-time hero status definitely saw a revision as Wikileaks' political machinations were exposed.
Donald Trump's New Rule Barring Those Who Enter the U.S. Illegally From Seeking Asylum Just Got Shut Down in Court, and Immigration Advocates Are Cheering
A US District Court in California foiled President Donald Trump's plan to use executive orders and presidential proclamations to override immigration legislation, at least temporarily. The President previously claimed he could use his powers to override even the US Constitution despite critics stating otherwise, however the court ruled otherwise.
In early November, Trump signed a proclamation restricting migrants abilities to request asylum. However asylum is defined by existing law and several groups—including 12 Hondurans traveling with the migrant caravan from their home country—took the Trump administration to court over the new rules.
The ACLU Just Said What We're All Thinking About Trump's Call to End Due Process for Migrants at the Border
After exploiting families of murder victims to create a false narrative that ignored actual crime statistics and was quickly debunked, President Donald Trump took to Twitter to propose another means of dealing with immigration: eliminate due process under the law.
Unfortunately for him, Trump's latest proposal met with the same success as his angel family show and autograph session.
Trump's Homeland Security Chief Just Tried to Claim There Is No Family Separation Policy--It Did Not End Well
In early May, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced his department, the Department of Justice, would treat all immigrants without proper paperwork prior to entry into the United States as criminals. In the past, certain categories of immigrants were sent to civil court for immigration hearings instead of being detained and sent to criminal court.
This Trump administration change meant all pregnant women, families with children, even those voluntarily surrendering to request asylum from violence and tyranny would be treated like criminals and detained to be sent to criminal court. In the past, many of these cases would be treated as civil violations, meaning they would not be detained and would be sent to civil court for processing of their request for legal immigration status.
Syrian refugees have been banned by Executive Order from entering the United States, and the European Union member states remain divided over who will shoulder the burden of the refugees amassing along their borders. Every month, hundreds of thousands of refugees flee the violence and atrocities in their Middle East homelands. But the images of crowded, small boats and drowned children have not motivated Brussels-based bureaucrats to do more to help their plight. Most European governments seem reluctant to cooperate effectively with one another, let alone establish plans on how to absorb these people into their territories.
In the EU, due largely to proximity and a flurry of border closures in the Balkans, Greece receives the highest number of refugees, originating primarily from the Syrian war zone. But those lucky enough to cross the Aegean Sea from Turkey and reach the shores of Lesbos and other Greek islands face circumstances far different from what they had imagined. Most are abandoned in makeshift camps, waiting for days or even months for their documents to be processed so that they can seek lawful asylum in Europe.