Trump's government denying passports to some Americans born near U.S.-Mexico border: WaPo

Gessen’s Rule 1: Believe the autocrat.


These people aren’t even immigrants at all though, from what I understand; they’re natural born citizens.


It’s the expected next step from the regime. First, they went after Latinx undocumented immigrants, then Latinx naturalised citizens, then Latinx citizens born in South Texas using the excuse that there was some incidence of fraud decades ago that was no fault of the individuals affected.

They’re continuing to set up a regime where legitimate and long-established U.S. citizenship can be pulled at the whim of the executive branch and its political aims. And they’re not done yet.


This is what happens when you elect a bunch of guys who watched Born in East L.A. and didn’t realize that Cheech Marin was actually supposed to be the protagonist.


First: “Republicans are just against undocumented immigrants, not legal immigrants!”

And then: “Republicans are just against immigrants, not Latino citizens!”

And now: “Republicans are just against Latino citizens living near the border!”

It’s obvious what comes next, right? Got brown skin? You’re going to the camps.

What’s the strategy for fighting this? 'Cause Trump, Stephen Miller, and ICE are fucking dying to start making some human-skin lampshades, and eventually, they’ll just start ignoring protests and complaints from the press.


Rhetorical question, right?

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Lawsuits, lawsuits, lawsuits. This is a direct violation of the 14th Amendment citizenship clause.

At this point there is no way it is humanly possible for me to treat conservatives in a polite and civil manner. They are fucking up this country in abominable ways. Stripping citizenship of natural born citizens, concentration camps, goon squads. THIS IS NOT WHAT AMERICA IS ABOUT!


Do non citizens really have standing to sue once they’ve been stripped of their citizenship?


Unfortunately, it is. Always has been.

The Trail of Tears, the Moro Wars, the Mexican Repatriation Act, the slave patrols, the burning of Black Wall Street, etc etc etc.

It’s always been there. It’s just more visible now.


Yes. Especially since they were wrongfully stripped of their citizenship. Citizenship or even legal residence does not affect standing in US courts. There is precedent for suing to have one’s citizenship determined by court.


This is shit we should have been putting behind us as lessons learned, never to be repeated.

Right now I am in righteous fury, Godzilla stomping Tokyo mode.


I just saw this poem today:

I sometimes fear that
people think that fascism arrives in fancy dress
worn by grotesques and monsters
as played out in endless re-runs of the Nazis.

Fascism arrives as your friend.
It will restore your honour,
make you feel proud,
protect your house,
give you a job,
clean up the neighbourhood,
remind you of how great you once were,
clear out the venal and the corrupt,
remove anything you feel is unlike you…

It doesn’t walk in saying,
“Our programme means militias, mass imprisonments, transportations, war and persecution.”

– Michael Rosen (2014)


Um…innocent until proven guilty?




I am Godzilla, and you are Japan!


I get where you’re coming from.

I spend a fair bit of time here highlighting some of the more unsavoury aspects of American history. For pretty much every sin of the Trump administration, there is a close equivalent in American history, often not that distant.

I’m not doing this because I hate Americans, or because I think that non-Americans are superior.

I’m doing it because I’m trying to get through to people that “let’s just return everything to how it was before” is not an adequate response to the current catastrophe. Doubling down on xenophobic patriotism, as the Dem establishment are currently doing, is an utterly counterproductive strategy.

The Trumpists are not an aberration from American history; they are the natural culmination of it. To deal with the problem, we need to pull the weed by the roots.

The roots of this one go all the way back to Manifest Destiny and the 3/5ths Compromise.


I’m with you here.

[Late night, too much booze in me total rant mode, you can skip if you want]

Its one thing to point out a continuum of misdeeds, racism, and mayhem. But unless it is tempered with the anger not to let it repeat, to learn from our mistakes, to aspire to be better than that, there is no point in bringing it up.

I accept that is how America was. I acknowledge we must confront our history head on without sugarcoating or revisionism. I do not accept it is how American must be or always will be. As Freedom Loving Americans we have a duty to be pissed off about such things as they unfold.


Obviously it is horrible for an American citizen to have this happen. But the source article says the issue is that the State Dept is asking for additional documents from people whose birth certificate was issued by midwives and birth attendants who also issued fraudulent certificates.
The WaPo article links this as one source:

a key passage:
“In 1992, the INS began investigating midwives in the Rio Grande Valley, which encompasses several counties along the Texas-Mexico border. The agency received information about an exorbitant number of birth records in Cameron County, the farthest south, Trevino said.
An undercover sting operation found midwives were being paid anywhere from $300 to $5,000 to falsify birth records for Mexican children. At least 900 fake documents have been identified.”


Here is a damaged, twist fuck who spray-dyes himself to look tan and only looks like an orange buffoon. Its like body dysmorphia. Being the sick envious POS that he is he attacks the very people he wants to resemble. We need to get this creep out of office. He is bent on starting a race war.