This has been quite a week. At the moment, which is later than it should be on a Friday night, I lack the energy to address any of it, but I almost certainly will on Sunday, possibly in conjunction with this month’s delayed, and incomplete, #1000Speak post.
I do, however, want to provide a quick PSA for those of my acquaintance that persist in sharing articles and memes claiming that asylum seekers coming from Central America should have stopped to request asylum at our embassy or one of the consulates in Mexico before coming to the US. **It is not possible.** Under US immigration law, 8 USC § 1158 asylum seekers must be physically present in the United States, or at a port of entry to the United States, in order to request asylum. In spite of what the film and television industries often portray, embassies and consular offices are NOT considered to be US soil. The status of a country’s diplomatic missions in foreign countries are largely governed by the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, and, in a nutshell, they are considered to be the soil of the host country, but with certain special rights and immunities – not to be entered, or searched, by the host country without permission, for example. But it is still territory of the host country.
And so, for the weekend, I leave you with these words from Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s writings collected in Letters and Papers From Prison, published in 1951:
“We must learn to regard people less in the light of what they do or omit to do, and more in the light of what they suffer.”
An odd view of the sky taken around sunset, June 21, 2018