Again and again, the federal government continues to deny im/migrants the most elementary human rights. On Sept. 11, seven of the nine unelected, appointed-for-life “justices” on the U.S. Supreme Court again sided with the Trump administration against asylum seekers. This seven included Elena Kagan and Stephen Breyer, two of the four members of the so-called “liberal wing.” The court provisionally upheld a July 16 order, promulgated by U.S. Attorney General William Barr and the Department of Homeland Security, to deny entry to asylum seekers who travel through a third country — Central Americans who pass through Guatemala and/or Mexico. Now they must first apply for and be denied asylum in those countries before they can apply for asylum here. The American Civil Liberties Union represented migrant organizations which sued to have the order overturned. On July 24, Judge Jon S. Tigar of the Federal District Court in San Francisco and Judge Timothy Kelly of the Federal District Court in Washington issued contradictory rulings. Judge Tigar issued an injunction ordering that all asylum requests continue to be accepted without the new stipulations and said his ruling applied countrywide. Judge Kelly ruled that the racist rule could stand.In August, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals narrowed enforcement of Judge Tigar’s injunction to those states in the Ninth Circuit. On Sept. 9, Judge Tigar reissued his injunction for the whole country, citing “administrability issues” that would result if different rules applied to different regions.Normally the case would have to make its way through the lower courts before it got to SCOTUS. Solicitor General Noel Francisco made an “emergency” appeal to the high court, seeking to limit Tigar’s order even further. The alleged emergency, by which Francisco’s appeal bypassed the standard progression through the courts, was a potential new “surge of asylum-seekers.” (New York Times, Sept. 11)The one-paragraph, unsigned majority decision stayed Judge Tigar’s decision to block Trump’s order, as well as the Ninth Circuit Decision allowing Tigar’s injunction to stand within the proscribed area.Central American migrants targetedThe specific aim of this new xenophobic ruling, following the SCOTUS decision to allow Pentagon funds to be diverted to building Trump’s border wall, is to keep Hondurans, Salvadorans and Guatemalans out. In this fiscal year alone, Customs and Border Patrol has arrested nearly 420,000 asylum seekers from those three countries. They include whole families and unaccompanied children, now languishing in concentration camps.Central Americans are coming here to escape state and paramilitary terror in their home countries, a product of U.S. foreign policy under both Democratic and Republican administrations. Now, even if someone is denied asylum in Mexico or Guatemala, they still have to wait there for their U.S. asylum cases to be heard here. Conditions on either side of the border are deplorable. Dissenting Justice Sonia Sotomayor, joined by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, pointed out that the rule in question is “probably illegal.” The current U.S. asylum statute “generally provides that any noncitizen ‘physically present in the United States or who arrives in the United States … may apply for asylum,’ §1158(a)(1). And unlike the rule, the [Ninth] District Court explained, the statute provides narrow, carefully calibrated exceptions to asylum eligibility.”However, it is not unprecedented for SCOTUS to make a blatantly racist decision concerning im/migrants. In 1889, the court upheld the Scott Act, an amendment to the Chinese Exclusion Act barring legal Chinese residents from reentering the U.S. after leaving the country temporarily. From its creation in 1789, the Supreme Court has made all kinds of reactionary decisions protecting the property of the rich.The high court’s stay of Judge Tigar’s injunction is provisional while the lawsuits make their way through each court level. The ACLU is “hopeful we’ll prevail at the end of the day. The lives of thousands of families are at stake.” The key to winning in the courts is, as always, building a powerful grassroots movement to challenge the oppressive status quo.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this
Brookville, In. — A Metamora woman is facing charges following a fentanyl-related overdose death. Kelly Neville, 31, is being held without bond for dealing in a controlled substance resulting in death in the Franklin County Security Center.Court documents allege Neville sold the substance to Jeffery Schultz at the Family Dollar store in Metamora October 5, 2018, his body was found on the restroom floor two days later.Neville reportedly confessed to her role in the transaction while being held on an unrelated offense at the Ripley County Jail.Officials say the investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible.
Five of the top 10 teams in last week’s College Football Playoff Poll, including three of the top five, suffered defeats last weekend, throwing the status quo into complete disarray.No. 2 Clemson University lost 43-42 to University of Pittsburgh on a last-second field goal. No. 3 University of Michigan suffered a similar fate, falling on the road at unranked University of Iowa 14-13 when the Hawkeyes pushed through with a field goal as time expired. No. 4 University of Washington looked uninspired against No. 20 University of Southern California at home during its 26-13 defeat.So when the University of Wisconsin football team learns of its fate in the freshest state of CFP rankings come Tuesday night, UW will be one of the few teams to survive last weekend, following its 48-3 demolition of the University of Illinois Saturday.Football: Wisconsin rolls over Illinois for fourth consecutive winThe University of Wisconsin football team won their fourth straight game Saturday afternoon after cruising past unranked University of Illinois Read…Still, the happenings across college football Saturday served as a tough reminder for the Badgers to never take an opponent lightly — a sentiment that will have to be embodied throughout the final two weeks of the regular season against Purdue University and the University of Minnesota if Wisconsin wants to clinch the Big Ten West title and earn a berth to the conference championship game on Dec. 3 in Indianapolis.“You have to take every opponent seriously,” redshirt junior outside linebacker T.J. Watt said. “These guys are getting recruited to play football too.”Players on any team, regardless of record, can turn it on any given Saturday and give even the best teams in the country a run for their money, Watt said. Plus, upsets happen all the time.“You have to know that it’s happened, and it’s going to continue to happen,” Watt said. “So you just have to really block everything out and try not to listen to all the noise, stick to your basics and just handle business.”The mentality of keeping laser focus on the task at hands come straight from the top in UW head coach Paul Chryst, Watt said. Chryst said Monday it’s important for his team do just that.Chryst added getting right into the game film of the next opponent sets the tone for the week.“I think it helps us be in the moment,” Chryst said. “I think that you have to be.”Chryst also said there’s recent history (i.e. last weekend) of the danger of overlooking an opponent. This week, he joked, the coaching staff will have a dictionary lesson with the players on the word “assume”.For senior cornerback Sojourn Shelton, he uses the team’s motto of “Win The Day” to stay in the present. He said the approach has come with experience and maturity, and Shelton knows the team’s bid to the College Football Playoff won’t happen this week or next week, but the opportunity can be lost in any given game — just like what may have happened to Michigan, Clemson or Washington.Geistlinger & Hayes: Everything you need to know about Saturday’s CFB lineup Nov. 12The Badger Herald Sports section’s weekly double feature is highlighting all of the weekend’s biggest games outside of Madison each Saturday. Read…“You gotta just worry about yourself and stay in your lane, and that’s what we’re doing as a team,” Shelton said. “It’s crazy to see what happened this past weekend and I don’t think we want to put ourselves in that position.“This week is Purdue week. This is all we can worry about,” Shelton said.Injury ReportFor the second consecutive week, UW released a shorter and more promising injury report. Sophomore nose tackle Olive Sagapolu is still out with a right arm injury. Chryst said Sagapolu is “ramping up” his workouts but was unsure of when he would return.Zack Baun, Jacob Maxwell and Austin Ramesh were all listed as questionable.Getting healthyWatt battled a sore left shoulder for a couple weeks, but last week played without a brace and said he experienced no pain.“Overall, I feel really good,” Watt said. “I’m in-season healthy.”Junior cornerback Natrell Jamerson returned against Illinois after missing two months. Shelton said Jamerson was effective on Saturday, noting Jamerson’s pass break-up that was almost an interception on his first play back.“He hasn’t dropped off,” Shelton said. “He had a solid game on Saturday. It’s pretty cool to have him back, to have his charisma back in this group.”