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Bush’s Political Shenanigans Matter: Dubya’s Illegal Appointees Hammer Asylum Seekers Harder

If you need another reminder that George W. Bush’s political games matter more than as a way of keeping partisan score, go ahead and read today’s piece by Charlie Savage of the New York Times. Savage’s article documents that the immigration judges appointed by the Bush administration — using illegal standards based on partisan loyalty rather than competence — have been more likely to deny asylum requests by immigrants fleeing persecution in their home countries.

But, right, you’re not an asylum seeker fleeing persecution, so it doesn’t matter.

In related news, Michael Mukasey has deployed a squad of Justice Department construction workers to New York City in order to begin work revising Emma Lazarus’ poem engraved at the base of the Statue of Liberty. Renamed “The New New Colossus,” it will read as follows:

Like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
An angry woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned enemy combatant, and her name
Mother of All Battles. From her beacon-hand
Rains world-wide Disdain; her shuttered eyes ignore
The suffering of those that flee without blame.
“Fuck off, ancient lands, we’ve got the pomp!” cries she
With pursed lips. “Give me a break! I’m tired
Of huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore
Sent back to torture, and what’s it to me?
I’ve got a kick ass Chevy 4×4!

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