On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded two dozen Justice Department guidances issued by past administrations, most of them under Barack Obama, and some of which sought to make life in the United States slightly more navigable for asylum seekers and refugees.
Among the 24 guidances that Sessions considered “unnecessary, outdated, inconsistent with existing law, or otherwise improper” was which said that asylum seekers and refugees have a right to seek work in the United States. The guidance, issued in May 2011, said that refugees and asylees “may possess a variety of documents that prove employment authorization,” that they could could obtain a Social Security card without employment restrictions, and that they are “authorized to work indefinitely because of their status.”
The New York Daily News reports that Sessions also rescinded a guidance that asked employers to “avoid ‘citizens only’ hiring policies,” such as asking for the prospective employee’s immigration status. And in addition to furthering his never-ending pursuit of life harder for migrants, the Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that some of the other guidances rescinded include ones that “encouraged the use of race to promote diversity” in college admissions.
“The American people deserve to have their voices heard and a government that is accountable to them. When issuing regulations, federal agencies must abide by constitutional principles and follow the rules set forth by Congress and the President,” Sessions said in a statement. “In previous administrations, however, agencies often tried to impose new rules on the American people without any public notice or comment period, simply by sending a letter or posting a guidance document on a website. That’s wrong, and it’s not good government.”
“In the Trump administration, we are restoring the rule of law,” he added.
Gently suggesting that schools should aimed to diversify their student bodies, or that companies shouldn’t discriminate against people who’ve fled violence, natural disasters, or war? Folks, that’s bad government, and very disrespectful of the rule of law. Please don’t look at who the president or anyone else in this administration is, especially the guy who would trade the Mississippi River for three Wahlburgers franchises. God bless America.