Nothing to see here–move along

“The White House this year has turned the Department of Homeland Security — which oversees securing the country’s borders, disaster relief efforts and addressing domestic terrorism and cybersecurity threats — into a revolving door of officials, creating a void of permanent leadership.”

The firing of John Mitnick is the latest in a year of turnover at the Department of Homeland Security.

legal, smegal says the administration

The fact that this undoubtedly violates international law means nothing. Nonetheless, I expect the courts to strike this down. Not that Trump can’t do, he just can’t do it by executive order. Under current law, you can be denied asylum if you are found to be “firmly resettled” in a third country. See 8 CFR §208.15 for the definition of firm resettlement. The administration could change this regulation but to do so, they would have to use the procedures set forth in the Administrative Procedure Act. Alternatively, Congress could change the law by legislation. Since this is unlikely to hold up in court, I take it that this is just another piece of red meat thrown to Trump’s base to keep them happy.

The new rule breaks US laws written by Congress and international treaties the US adopted decades ago.

When sorrows come, they come not single spies

“Climate change, when layered onto a mix of economic instability, violence and weak governance, can become fuel — a threat multiplier that could aggravate Honduras’ vulnerabilities, leaving people little choice but to flee. Already, immigration analysts note that roughly half the adults apprehended at the U.S. border work in agriculture, underscoring the precarious nature of their lives at home.”

Farmers in rural Honduras and Guatemala are living on the edge of hunger, not knowing if the next harvest will come.