Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Caravan’s absurd lawsuit against Trump treads dangerous territory

The migrant caravan making its inexorable progress toward the United States has triggered angry rhetoric by President Trump and the deployment of active duty troops and the National Guard at the southern border. The Trump administration this week escalated matters by issuing a rule barring asylum seekers who enter the United States in violation of a presidential proclamation from being granted asylum.
The caravan has fired off a shot of its own against President Trump: a lawsuit alleging violations of the Fifth Amendment and the Flores Settlement. It’s a dud. Here’s why:
The lawsuit claims to represent a class of “all persons Mexican, Central American, or South American citizens” traveling to the United States or who have attempted entry since Oct. 31, 2018. The plaintiffs claim a “well-documented human rights crisis” in Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador is prompting thousands to seek asylum in the United States.
It is not clear why they omitted Syrians, Sudanese, Somalis, Bangladeshis, et. al. — in other words, why not a class action on anyone’s behalf? After all, the claims are equally applicable to others experiencing human rights crises and interested in seeking asylum in the United States.
Compounding this absurdity, the lawsuit alleges Trump’s actions are “shockingly unconstitutional” and that he “continues to abuse the law, including constitutional rights, to deter Central Americans from exercising their lawful right to seek asylum in the United States.”
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