I am a supporter of Bureaucrat Game. Bureaucrat Game is good when used to further the end of lowering legal and illegal immigration. Bureaucrat Game is good when fighting the Deep State Resistance Saboteurs in the immigration bureaucracy. However, while Bureaucrat Game has brought some improvement to immigration policy and, more important, practice, there is no Bureaucrat Wall yet. And by Bureaucrat Wall, I mean the tortured psycho-sexual fantasies of oppression that scribblers at HuffPo are indulging concerning a limitless anti-immigrant efficiency in immigration policy and practice.
In the two years and 308 days that Donald Trump has been president, he has constructed zero miles of wall along the southern border of the United States. He has, to be fair, replaced or reinforced 76 miles of existing fence and signed it with a sharpie. A private group has also built a barrier less than a mile long with some help from Steve Bannon and money raised on GoFundMe. But along the 2,000 miles from Texas to California, there is no blockade of unscalable steel slats in heat-retaining matte black, no electrified spikes, no moat and no crocodiles. The animating force of Trump’s entire presidency—the idea that radiated a warning of dangerous bigotry to his opponents and a promise of unapologetic nativism to his supporters—will never be built in the way he imagined.
And it doesn’t matter. In the two years and 308 days that Donald Trump has been president, his administration has constructed far more effective barriers to immigration. No new laws have actually been passed. This transformation has mostly come about through subtle administrative shifts—a phrase that vanishes from an internal manual, a form that gets longer, an unannounced revision to a website, a memo, a footnote in a memo. Among immigration lawyers, the cumulative effect of these procedural changes is known as the invisible wall.
[Trump Got His Wall, After All, by Rachel Morris, HuffPo, November 24, 2019]
Not that I am opposed to a Bureaucrat Game Wall. I want everything in this screed to be true, but, sadly, it’s not. In fact, Bureaucrat Game in the Trump Administration has only taken effect at the margins of immigration policy and enforcement, at least up until today, when the only major “invisible wall” got judicial endorsement, the codification of the long standing portion of the invisible wall that, despite being statutory, was never enforced until Donald J. Trump, the public charge rule. [Federal Appeals Court Allows Trump Admin’s ‘Public Charge’ Rule for Immigrants, by Janita Kan, The Epoch Times, December 6, 2019] Of course, no aliens have been affected by this rule yet, so Morris’ screeching is still yet to be endorsed.
But let us examine some of her examples of the “invisible wall” or Bureaucrat Game. Without mentioning his name, Morris makes a reference to a Palestinian terrorist sympathizer who was discovered with jihadi videos on the cell phone when arriving in the United States.
Amidst the chaos at DHS, the restrictionists have already radically scaled back America’s asylum and refugee programs for years to come. But no category of immigrant ( 1 )
The major avenues for legal immigration are via family (including marriage), employment and humanitarian programs for refugees and asylum seekers.
has escaped the uptick of denials and delays—not the Palestinian student with a Harvard scholarship who was deported upon landing in Boston
The Palestinian was Ismail B. Ajjawi, and without any invovlement by any senior Trump Administration officials, he was caught by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) upon arrival, and quite judiciously removed from the United States as a national security threat.
The 17-year-old resident of Tyre, Lebanon, and a member of the class of 2023 said that he was detained for hours by immigration officers upon his arrival at Boston Logan International Airport on Friday. The officers, he said, searched the contents of his phone and laptop, and questioned him about his friends’ social media activity.
“I responded that I have no business with such posts and that I didn’t like, [s]hare or comment on them and told her that I shouldn’t be held responsible for what others post,” Ajjawi said in the statement. “I have no single post on my timeline discussing politics.”
A Customs and Border Protection spokesperson confirmed Ajjawi was “deemed inadmissible” after the questioning, but did not elaborate.
“This individual was deemed inadmissible to the United States based on information discovered during the CBP inspection,” an agency spokesperson said.
Ajjawi had been awarded a scholarship to study in the United States by the nonprofit organization AMIDEAST and, like other Harvard students, planned to move into campus Tuesday.
“The University is working closely with the student’s family and appropriate authorities to resolve this matter so that he can join his classmates in the coming days,” Harvard spokesperson Jason Newton told BuzzFeed News.
[A Palestinian Harvard Student Said He Was Deported Because Of His Friend’s Social Media Posts, by Ellie Hall, BuzzFeed, August 27, 2019]
What the dishonest Rachel Morris did not tell you is that Ajjawi was immediately allowed to return by the Trump Administration. Ajjawi was either issued a new visa or given a waiver, illegally, for the exclusion charge he was deported for. Note that there is no press report that identifies the exclusion charge used to remove Ajjawi, but I presume it was one of the security grounds, Title 8 USC 1182(a)(3), Security and Related Grounds, for which there are no waivers. But despite the “invisible wall,” a possible terrorist returned to the United States. And we know what that might mean, immigrant mass murder.
A Palestinian student bound for Harvard University who was denied entry to the U.S. last month was able to enter the country on his second attempt Monday, shortly before the start of the university’s academic year.
A spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection confirmed the student, Ismail Ajjawi, “overcame all grounds of inadmissibility and was admitted into the United States as a student on a F1 visa.”
The turnabout came 10 days after the agency denied entry to Ajjawi and put him on a plane back to Lebanon, having said they found him inadmissible to the U.S. based on information discovered during a CBP inspection.
[On Second Try, Harvard Student Allowed to Enter U.S., by Elizabeth Reddin, Inside Higher Education, September 4, 2019]
So, despite the “invisible wall,” bureaucrats in Mike Pompeo’s Department of State and Mark Morgan’s CBP, overturned an open-and-shut case of excluding an alien involved in anti-American terrorism or likely terrorism. And this was a Muslim supposedly subject to a ban. So, it appears that there is no “invisible wall” keeping out aliens, but Deep State bureaucrats fighting President Trump.
And to emphasize that there is no “invisible wall,” let me present Hillary Clinton running DHS, not agents of Stephen Miller.
Now we know who we voted for in 2016: Hillary Clinton. It seems I was wrong about Kirstjen Nielsen (LadyDACA ) as the evil monstrosity behind the melt-down at the border and the collapse of interior enforcement. The real brains behind the sabotage is Hillary Clinton. Apparently President Trump has outsourced immigration enforcement to Crooked Hillary and Dianne Feinstein. You think I exaggerate?
An illegal alien from Peru, Selene Saavedra Roman, was, and by “was” I mean she no longer qualifies, a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) beneficiary. She entered the United States illegally, though it’s not clear if she was an Entry Without Inspection (EWI) or an overstay after fraudulently obtaining a non-immigrant visa like Rapper 21 Savage. She then stole a job with an international airline from an American, after which she left the United States to enjoy her new status as a stewardess, travelling by air to Mexico. Upon her return, she was arrested as an illegal alien. But Secretary of DHS Crooked Hillary decided otherwise.
[Trump Administration Outsourcing Immigration Enforcement To…Crooked Hillary?, by Federale, VDare, March 25, 2019]
So, while I wish there was a wall being built, invisible or otherwise, but it’s not true, not yet anyway. There is too much bureaucratic sabotage for any ally of Ken the Knife or Stephen Miller to get much done. Personnel is policy, and President Trump has not yet mastered that part of Bureaucrat Game.
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