Soil Touching

Judge Jon S. Tigar of the United States District Court in San Francisco issued a temporary restraining order that blocks the government from carrying out a new rule that denies protections to people who enter the country illegally. The order, which suspends the rule until the case is decided by the court, applies nationally.

Yes, because God forbid human traffickers are prevented from making money.

There are few things more cruel and ridiculous than tying asylum claims to “soil touching.” People are forced to degrade themselves and expose themselves to great danger as they trek, in horrible conditions, towards the possibility of touching the magical soil.

There is a lot of magical thinking tied to geography, in general. Many folks seem to think that some places experience violence and poor living conditions and others don’t because of how they are situated. It’s so weird.


8 thoughts on “Soil Touching”

  1. Like US, Israel will not sign the UN World Pact on Migration this December.

    \ In recent years, Israeli authorities have reduced to zero the flow of migrants from Africa, having blocked their borders with Egypt, and now they are looking for an opportunity to expel about 40,000 illegal immigrants who managed to penetrate it.


      1. “How do all these unauthorized individuals even manage to GET INTO these countries in the first place?”

        Not sure about the US case but in Europe (esp the Mediterranean) not only are there human trafficking networks, but NGOs work directly with the traffickers in things like coordinating launch times for boats (not to mention coaching the migrants on what to say and do once they reach European soil). There was a video recently where someone from an NGO was laughing at how stupid those doing the interviews are and how easy it is to con them….

        The shortest most brutal description is that human beings are now a good traded between traffickers, NGOs and European governments.


      2. I know in the US, there are the people who enter the country legally and then overstay their visa. There are also people who enter the country through the border stations, but disguised or hidden from view. The legitimate crossing is left to the hired ‘coyote,’ many of whom are human traffickers seeking to capitalize on desperate people and their children.

        Also, there is no border wall, so there are people who enter the US all along the US-Mexican border.

        There is also the case of the children of illegal immigrants, who are often considered illegal immigrants themselves. And people who from other countries are sometimes considered illegal immigrants if their adopted parents didn’t fill out the correct paperwork and pay the correct fees. There are people in this population who have been deported to countries in which they know absolutely no one and don’t even speak the language, because it’s not where they grew up.


  2. Was shocked by this info, so decided to share for people who won’t read the entire post:

    // Life expectancy in the United States fell in both 2015 and 2016. The drop (from 78.9 years in 2014 to 78.6 years in 2016) corresponded to an increase in deaths related to hopelessness: drug overdoses and suicides. In the face of such news, the rhetoric of inevitable progress becomes unconvincing.

    The drop may be relatively small but

    // Anderson said he is particularly concerned about drug overdose deaths, most of which are opioid-related.
    “We have data for almost half of 2017 at this point. It’s still quite provisional, but it suggests that we’re in for another increase” in drug-related deaths, he said. “If we’re not careful, we could end up with declining life expectancy for three years in a row, which we haven’t seen since the Spanish flu, 100 years ago.”


  3. What do you think about this development?

    Democrats push to allow hijabs, kippahs In Congress
    The move would enable legislators to don Jewish skullcaps, Islamic headscarves inside the House; however, international law experts contend that government functionaries should not be allowed to outwardly express religiosity.,7340,L-5410403,00.html

    I am with international experts on this one.

    Btw, in Israel wearing a kippah everywhere is of course permitted, but America is not Israel.


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