I need wonder no longer when Orly Taitz is going to sue the federal government over the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children who crossed the US border and have been apprehended by immigration officials.
Taitz has been actively blogging on immigration topics for some time, including this title:
None of the individuals who crossed the US border in the last year or earlier from Mexico or Central America qualify as refugees or asylees. Asylum is given only to people who are persecuted due to their religion, race, ethnicity or political opposition. As such, all of them should be deported immediately
Please, not, only people, who are outside the U.S., can ask for a refugee status. If they are already in the U.s., they do not qualify as refugee
Taitz might want to review the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008. While that Act is a little more dense than I want to dig into, press reports indicate that the law requires a hearing before a child from a non-contiguous country can be deported, for example Carl Hulse of The New York Times wrote:
Originally pushed by a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers as well as by evangelical groups to combat sex trafficking, the bill gave substantial new protections to children entering the country alone who were not from Mexico or Canada by prohibiting them from being quickly sent back to their country of origin.
Taitz wants them summarily loaded onto
boxcars cargo planes and shipped back to their country of origin. She filed a federal lawsuit in Texas, Taitz v. Johnson [Draft of complaint filed], to prevent transportation of detained children from Texas to California citing:
[a] serious threat to public health, spread of infectious diseases, national security threat, crime threat and economic damages
Further Taitz demands that the these persons be immediately deported, or placed in quarantine in a FEMA facility.
One would think that Taitz lacks standing to bring such a lawsuit and that the case will be dismissed on that ground.
- America’s Response to Child Refugees on the Border is Border is Downright Shameful – Joshua Holland at BillMoyers.com.
- Is law to protect children causing human flood at border? GOP sponsor stands by it – CNN
- Congress: 12 work days to compromise on border crisis – CNN
- Immigrant Surge Rooted in Law to Curb Child Trafficking – New York Times