A Gross Miscarriage of Justice

Texas has been much in the news lately.  First you had the winter storms … people dying because of power outages that could have been avoided had it not been for the stubborn resolve of the state to be independent of the rest of the nation.  And off went ol’ Ted Cruz, one of two U.S. Senators representing Texas, to warm, sunny Cancun, Mexico.  Then there were the bills slashing women’s rights, and most recently the attempt to pass bills that would severely restrict about half the state from being able to vote in next year’s election.  It almost seems as if Texas doesn’t consider itself a part of the United States.  Oh wait … they don’t!  In February, State Representative Kyle Biedermann formally filed proposed legislation that would give Texans a chance to explore opting out of the union in a referendum. Biedermann began talking about the potential “Texit” in early December, saying it’s his response to a federal government that is “out of control and does not represent the values of Texans.” 

I say, let ‘em go!  Let the “great” State of Texas opt out of the union, let them figure out how to support their own economy, how to take care of their poor and elderly.  I would predict a mass exodus from Texas into places like Arizona and Oklahoma within a matter of weeks, especially if Texas keeps the ignoble Governor Abbott in charge!

But I’m not here to talk about the secession that isn’t going to happen because it isn’t legal … I’m here to talk about a ruling yesterday by a federal judge in Texas, Andrew S. Hanen of the United States District Court in Houston.  Judge Hanen ruled yesterday that President Barack Obama exceeded his authority when he created the program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), by executive order in 2012.  Nearly a decade after the fact, when thousands of young people who were brought to this country as children, some even still babies, have made this their home, have jobs, school, friends, homes … this judge rules that ultimately they must be sent back???

NO!!!!  NO NO NO NO NO, ‘Judge” Hanen!  I will fight you tooth and nail on this one, as will MOST of the rest of the nation … apart from those who are so white that they think their whiteness entitles them!  Take your Texas narrow-minded ego and shove it somewhere!

Under the judge’s ruling, immigrants enrolled in the program will for now retain the ability to stay and work in the country, though those protections could evaporate.  The Department of Homeland Security may continue to accept new applications and renewals for the program known as DACA but is prohibited from approving any of them.

Since its inception, DACA has enabled more than 800,000 immigrants who were brought illegally to the United States or fell into unlawful status when they were children to remain in the country, finish school, go to college, get jobs, buy homes, and start families.  The former guy often threatened to force the Dreamers as they are known to return to their countries of origin, even though most have no family or connections in those countries.  I thought that with the xenophobic former guy out of the White House, the Dreamers were safe from bigoted persecution.  Obviously, I was wrong.

President Biden has expressed an interest in extending a path to citizenship to the Dreamers, but the Texas ruling throws a wrench into that, though the Biden administration is almost certain to appeal the ruling.  The other option would be for Congress to pass federal legislation, but we’ve seen in the past months that the Republicans in Congress have zero intention of working with the Democrats and once any such bill reached the Senate, it would be subject to the filibuster and certain death on the Senate floor.

Texas is not alone in attempting to end the DACA program … it is joined by a number of other states … most in the South, not coincidentally:  Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nebraska, South Carolina and West Virginia.

Currently, about 650,000 immigrants are enrolled in the program. Among them are some 200,000 frontline workers who have performed essential jobs in health care, agriculture, food processing and education, among others, during the coronavirus pandemic.  About 250,000 U.S.-born children have at least one parent who is enrolled in DACA, and about 1.5 million people in the United States live with a beneficiary of the program.  Most of these people do not have family or friends in their country of origin and many do not even speak the language!  How cruel, how inhumane it would be to simply end the program and deport these people!

Ultimately, the case is likely to end up on the docket of the U.S. Supreme Court.  I wish I had more confidence in the Court’s sense of justice than I have today.  The words at the base of the Statue of Liberty read, in part …

“Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.”

They do NOT say “as long as they are white people of Anglo-Saxon ancestry!!!”

22 thoughts on “A Gross Miscarriage of Justice

    • Thanks, Carolyn! The administration is appealing the decision and hopefully will win the appeal, though I suspect this will work its way to the Supreme Court and … sadly, I don’t have much confidence in the Court today.

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    • You are so right … you see quite clearly from where you sit. If it isn’t either killed or modified, absolutely nothing will be accomplished for at least the next two years, perhaps longer.

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  2. Jill, a party that has a leader who has been compared to Hitleresque by his appointed Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and who invited unrest through false claims and instigated an insurrection against our elected legislature has the temerity to say a new federal government administration that replaced said person is not arguing from a good position. As a former Republican now for thirteen years, my old party is adrift without a tether to truth. Plus, screwing people over and enabling more folks to die because of a impotent and chaotic pandemic response that still festers, does not make for good leadership. Keith

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    • No, it certainly doesn’t make for good leadership … or leadership at all, in my book. Too many people are wearing blinders, failing to recall the lessons of history, else thinking “it can’t happen here”. Oh yes, it CAN happen here and we would do well to sit up and pay attention, but … some are too enthralled by the bright lights, the loud carnival atmosphere. Sigh.

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      • Jill, if they worked for people like the former president, they would quit at their soonest opportinity. They would not be too keen on working for folks like McConnell or McCarthy either. Keith

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        • That’s one thing that puzzles me. So many people have come forward, most anonymously, to tell how horrible it was working for him … so, why didn’t they quit? There is no job worth putting yourself through all of that.

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  4. Aside from the seriousness of your post you actually made me laugh out loud then. State Representative Kyle Biedermann claimed the Federal Government is out of control back in December, .So surely it’s the Republican Government under the previous fella he was unhappy with since Joe Biden and the Democrats didn’t swing into power until January and they’ve had a lot of messes to clean up since then with things like USPS still to go. Maybe if he looked now he’d find things are a lot better.
    Texas has talked about declaring UDI (Unilateral Declaration of Independence) many times and I’ sure they could do it quite successfully though I’d suggest the people if they are given a referendum vote to ditch the power company which let them down so badly last Winter and created huge bills for the residents. If they want the female vote they may have to rethink the draconian laws removing a woman’s right to decide things about her own body. And maybe if they continue with the plans to disenfranchise a section of voters they may lose a proportion of the workforce who may prefer to remain part of the United States. But still, I’m sure they could do it.
    Naturally if they do go they can’t have United States Judges so will have to train and appoint their own, though I guess they just appoint all the ones who live there like Judge Hanen, whose ruling on DACA would hold no water outside Texas as that is a United States matter .I guess some other States would want to join the exodus too and as some of them are heavily reliant on Federal funding either they’d have to do without or Texas would have to fill the breech along with any other self sufficient ones.
    Cwtch

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    • You are so right … how could I have missed that implication??? I think I was just so furious over the judge’s decision that I wasn’t thinking, but you are so right … in December it was the former guy who was sitting in the Oval Office! I doubt he has changed his mind, though, for I think that was just an excuse for him to propose that the state leave the union. Texas has talked about seceding for as long as I can remember, but it’s just that … talk. Since the surrender of the Confederacy at the end of the Civil War, it has been illegal to leave the union. They can propose all the referendums they wish, but they won’t succeed in seceding! And they haven’t even thought it through … people may or may not realize that Texas is not capable of growing all the food and providing all the resources needed to take care of a state with 29 million people! In some ways, it’s fun to think of seeing them try, though … shut down all borders between other states and Texas, cut off imports and exports, let them negotiate trade deals with both other states and other countries. I think they would quickly learn that Governor Abbott is a first-class brainless arsehole and that they have been lied to more than a few times!
      Cwtch

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    • I think it’s sometimes like the teen who chafes under his parents’ restrictive rules and leaves home, hoping for freedom to stay out later, drink beer, etc. He isn’t thinking about how to support himself or where he will live or how he will buy food. These actions by nations also fail to think of the consequences, the benefits they will be losing. You too, Michael, though your Saturday is mostly over now. I hope it was a fun one! xx

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