From the Department of Are You Fucking Kidding Me:
Three fathers who were separated from their young children when they tried to migrate to the US want millions of dollars in compensation from the US government for the toll the months of separation took on their families.
The Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and law firm Covington & Burlington filed administrative claims Thursday seeking damages from the US government on behalf of three men who were separated from their children at the border. The separation caused lasting harm for the families, the advocacy group and law firm said in a news release.
The filings describe children who cry in the night, refuse to eat and are fearful of going out, and parents struggling with guilt and anxiety.
The involvement of the SPLC should immediately tell you that this is some insane Leftist bullshit. These are the same guys who labled the Family Research Council a “hate group” which prompted a nutball Leftist named Floyd Lee Corkins II to try to shoot up FRC headquarters.
One father, identified as M.C.L., said since returning to Guatemala after seeking asylum in the US, he and his wife have been keeping watch over their 7-year-old son as he sleeps at night, according to the filing.
The boy lives in a perpetual state of fear and they worry he may try to leave or hurt himself at night, the filing says. His mother carries him to bed, holding him while he cries until he falls asleep.
A year after returning to Guatemala, the child struggles in school, frequently refuses to eat and is afraid of police officers, the filing says.
“This is a stark difference from the child A.C.R. was before he was separated from his father,” the complaint says. “Before the separation, A.C.R. was a normal, happy child.”
Meantime, M.C.L. is struggling with guilt over not having done more to prevent the separation, according to the filing.
He feels guilty? Good. He should feel guilty. Notice that it says he was seeking asylum in the US but it doesn’t give any details. Did he abandon his claim or was it denied?
A father identified as R.Z.G. didn’t see his 9-year-old daughter for 253 days after they presented themselves at the port of entry, according to the filing. R.Z.G. says he made repeated attempts to find his daughter during his detention and deportation.
Now that they are back together, he says, “I ask God to carry my family forward,” the filing says.
His daughter alleges she was abused by immigrations officers, the complaint says.
The child, “once a well-adjusted young girl with many friends, now prefers to stay at home with her mother and her brothers,” the filing says. She does not socialize with other children and is afraid to travel and to be away from her father.
Her parents are suffering from anxiety and depression after the separation, the complaint says.
The lack of specificity and detail is another red flag. Another is the claim that they were separated “after they presented themselves at the port of entry.” The Border Patrol doesn’t take people into custody when they apply for asylum at a port of entry. They tell them to take a number and wait in Mexico until their asylum application is processed. There is a long backlog of asylum cases due to the surge in asylum requests, most of which (90%) are bogus.
They take people into custody when they illegally enter the country and then request asylum when they are caught. More recently there have been a lot of people crossing the border then seeking out the Border Patrol. I suspect they are told to do that because someone wants to overload our system to create a “crisis.”
It is important to note that the people being detained pending the adjudication of their asylum claims can get released whenever they want. All they have to do is drop the asylum claim and agree to deportation. First offenders who don’t request asylum are released and deported within a few days of being apprehended.
There are two main things fueling our immigration crisis. The first is the immigrants themselves. Many of them have been led to believe that there will soon be some new amnesty deal that will grant illegal aliens in the United States some kind of permanent status or citizenship. They are rushing to get here before it passes so they can qualify.
They have also been told that if they show up with a child they will not be detained or deported but will instead be released and given a date to appear for processing their asylum requests. Once released they can disappear into the immigration underworld and never show up for their hearings.
This used to be true, but President Trump tried to put a stop to this abuse of the asylum process by ending the “catch and release” policy of Former Occupant Obama. That’s when the media began shrieking about “kids in cages.”
The second thing fueling the immigration crisis are the individuals and groups encouraging and even funding illegal immigration. We know they are doing it, sometimes openly and sometimes covertly, because the immigrants have told us they are.
Some people blame Leftist billionaire George Soros, but even though it might be true it is not an established fact. Let me clarify that last sentence – We know that Soros funds some immigration advocacy groups, but we don’t know who all he funds, how much funding he provides, or what exactly the funding is for. Nor do we know who else may be involved. It would not surprise me to learn that some of our enemies and/or frenemies are covertly trying to stir up trouble as well.
The Democrats would say this is all some baseless far-right tinfoil hat conspiracy theory, but a Democrat Congresswoman from Texas was caught sending her staff down to Mexico to coach would-be asylum seekers on how to game our system. These are the same Democrats who claim that Russian collusion is a proven fact and any suggestion that the Deep State tried to frame Trump is a baseless far-right conspiracy theory.
The news media seems curiously uninterested in either theory. They occaisonally mention them in order to denounce them, but they have made no effort to investigate them either to prove them true or to debunk them. If the media knows anything they are keeping their lips zipped. If they truly don’t know anything it is because they don’t want to know.
But somebody is encouraging and coaching people in Guatamala to come here. Somebody is feeding them and providing them with transportation north. Several thousand people cannot walk over 1000 miles in a week.
The timing of these bogus lawsuits is revealing. There is no way that these cases will come to trial before the election. Don’t be surprised if the funding for these lawsuits suddely dries up after the election and the plaintiffs are cut loose. I’d like to know who is footing the bill, because these are not contingency fee cases.
Discovery alone will cost tens of thousands of dollars for each case. The plaintiffs are back in Guatamala, maklng it difficult for anyone to interview them or any potential witnesses. The government will have to go thru their lawyers to get information. The media, however, could track them down and question them. But they won’t.
This is not about justice, this is vexatious litigation. It will give the SPLC a tool to demand discovery from the Trump administration on a range of issues. As with all the other investigations the inquisitors don’t have anything on Trump but they are hoping to find something (anything) they can use against him.
This is a textbook example of lawfare.