President Trump Signs Executive Order on Border Separations


Andrew Donaldson

Born and raised in West Virginia, Andrew has since lived and traveled around the world several times over. Though frequently writing about politics out of a sense of duty and love of country, most of the time he would prefer discussions on history, culture, occasionally nerding on aviation, and his amateur foodie tendencies. He can usually be found misspelling/misusing words on Twitter @four4thefire and his writing website

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  1. Avatar Saul Degraw says:

    Josh Marshall believes that this order is designed to give Trump a way about picking a fight with those awful judges:

    He is worth listening to as one of those most astute observers and analyzers of Trumpism.Report

    • Avatar LeeEsq says:

      Seems keeping true to form. The reverse Midas never fails to dismay.Report

      • Avatar greginak says:

        But Midas was a chunk head whose wish turned out, very predictably, poorly. So a reverse Midas Touch would be to wish wisely and have it turn out well.Report

        • Avatar LeeEsq says:

          Its not the best expression because of the real myth of Midas but colloquially when people say you have the golden touch, its a good thing. They mean that everything you interact with ends up better than it was before hand. A reverse Midas touch means everything you touch turns into waste product. Your right that it should be a reverse Midas touch that it is the better option if we are basing it on myth but people aren’t going to tolerate something that complicated and brainy.Report

          • Avatar greginak says:

            You kids and your new fangled expressions getting all up in my Greco Mytho Poetic stories.Report

            • Not to comment on the main point in question or even the “reverse Midas” point, but it all kind of reminds me of how people say “such-or-such person is a”Cassandra.” Cassandra was right, dammit, and it’s the people who didn’t listen to her who were wrong.Report

            • Avatar bookdragon says:

              Only because the more polite version of the term was used. Other places out there, you will see him referred to as [slang word for excrement] Midas.Report

    • Avatar Kolohe says:

      I always mix up if it’s you or your brother that’s the immigration lawyer. Anyway, is it accurate to say the reputation of immigration judges is that they are are kinda ‘tough’? – i.e. denying the requests of most immigrants that appear before them and ordering their (eventual) deportation? If so, wouldn’t more judges result in clearing out illegal immigrants quicker?Report

      • Avatar LeeEsq says:

        You can make a reliable prediction on whether your client gets asylum based on which IJ they appear before. Their stance on asylum tends to determine their stances on other relief. Many Immigration Judges routinely deny most or even all requests for asylum for relief. Others tend to grant everything they can and others strive to be fair adjudicators. Tough and liberal IJs tend to also be geographically concentrated. Arlington, New York, and San Francisco have a lot of liberal IJs. Atlanta, Charlotte, and Miami are very tough on immigrants.Report

    • Yes he is, one of the reasons I wrote on him specifically with the immigration row that’s going. Though you have to self restrain a bit when writing for public consumption, I loath that guy. It’s too easy to just blanket blame Trump when the rogues gallery like Miller is a dark corner that needs light shined on it.Report

      • Avatar Saul Degraw says:

        But someone like Miller would never have risen so far or so fast without Trump. At best he would be a staffer for some wingut Congress backbencher. Maybe a professional troll online.Report

        • His first gig was working for Michelle Bachman, so there is validity to the accusation. There are many in the Trump admin or associated with them, such as the Millers, Gorkas, and Lewandoskis of the world who could only get access and position with someone like Trump. Like I said, rogues gallery.Report