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Will the U.S. Continue to be a Nation of Immigrants?

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Speaking of the need for struggle:

 

The Trump Administration Revokes Legal Status for More Than 50,000 Haitian Immigrants

 

http://www.motherjon...ian-immigrants/

 

Introduction:

 

The Department of Homeland Security announced Monday evening that more than 50,000 Haitian immigrants living in the United States will lose the status that protects them from deportation. As of July 22, 2019, they’ll  be forced to return to Haiti or risk living in the United States as undocumented immigrants in an era of heightened fear. 

 

Temporary protected status is granted by DHS to foreign nationals whose home countries are dealing with humanitarian crises such as war or, as in Haiti’s case, a natural disaster. It’s usually renewed in 6 to 18-month intervals. 

 

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck the small Caribbean country in 2010, killing an estimated 300,000 people and leaving millions homeless. President Barack Obama granted the special status to Haitians the following year.

 

Haitians’ TPS had been continually renewed since then, but in May, then-DHS head and now Trump chief of staff John Kelly announced that their status, which was coming up again for renewal in July, would only be renewed for six months and reevaluated in November.

 

Earlier this month, DHS terminated TPS for Nicaraguan immigrants, giving the 2,500 TPS holders until January 5, 2019 to leave the country.

 

Immigration activists and even members of Congress have cautioned the Trump administration against sending Haitian immigrants back. Since the earthquake, Haiti has been dealing with an ongoing cholera epidemic, chronic poverty, and underemployment, exacerbated by the ongoing recovery from Hurricane Matthew which killed hundreds in 2016. Proponents of extending their status also argue that Haitian TPS holders are leading productive lives in the US; according to a studyby the Center for Migration Studies, 80 percent are employed, more than 6,000 have a mortgage, and 27,000 of their children are US citizens.

 

 

I suppose one could argue that this will actually be better for Haiti.  Forcing these folks back to Haiti might mean that they can apply skills learned here in the United States toward rebuilding their own native country.  Still, I definitely do not like the "forcing" part of that observation.


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Because when struggle is engaged in, victories are sometimes achieved.

 

Jeff Sessions Gives In and Sends Federal Funds to Sanctuary Cities

 

http://www.motherjon...nctuary-cities/

 

Introduction:

 

(Mother Jones)  For the first time since September, when a federal judge curtailed the Department of Justice’s power to withhold federal funds from sanctuary cities, Attorney General Jeff Sessions awarded grants on Monday to 36 jurisdictions the agency says are noncompliant with federal immigration authorities. The grants are part of a nearly $1 billion initiative through the Department’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) office to hire more than 800 new full-time police officers in 179 departments.

 

In his statement about the grants, Sessions conceded that only “80 percent of this year’s COPS Hiring Program grantees have agreed to cooperate with federal immigration authorities in their detention facilities.” He commended these recipients for their “commitment to ending…violent crime stemming from illegal immigration.” The remaining 20 percent of recipients did not commit to this kind of cooperation. 

 

 

The funding announcement is a departure from Sessions’ longstanding battle against sanctuary cities. It comes five days after the DOJ sent letters to 29 jurisdictions it has preliminarily deemed non-compliant with federal immigration policy, giving them until December 8 to prove compliance. There’s some overlap between those 29 jurisdictions and the 36 sanctuary jurisdictions that got funding Monday, many of which are in California, including Sacramento.

 

 

One notable recipient of Monday’s COPS grants is Chicago, which launched the lawsuit against Sessions that resulted in September’s preliminary injunction. The city will receive $3,125,000 to add 25 officers who will specialize in gun violence to its 12,000-strong force.

 

 

During his first week in office, Trump issued an executive order in part barring federal grants to sanctuary cities. This section of the directive was struck down in April, and in July, to work around the court order, Sessions announced narrower plans to withhold funding from law enforcement agencies that do not comply with federal immigration authorities. That policy specifically targeted Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grants, which Chicago has used to purchase SWAT equipment, vehicles, and stun guns. 

 

 

 Also, chock up another victory for non-violent non-cooperation.


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Here is another story related to the one above:

 

Federal Judge Blocks Trump's Sanctuary City Order

 

https://www.courthou...er-permanently/

 

 

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SAN FRANCISCO (Courthouse News) —A federal judge Monday permanently struck down one of President Donald Trump’s first executive orders, cutting off funds to “sanctuary cities.”

 

In a summary judgment ruling, U.S. District Judge William Orrick III found Trump’s Jan. 25 executive order violated the Constitution in multiple ways: by invoking spending powers that belong exclusively to Congress, and by placing unrelated conditions on federal grants in violation of the Tenth Amendment.

 

“Federal funding that bears no meaningful relationship to immigration enforcement cannot be threatened merely because a jurisdiction chooses an immigration enforcement strategy of which the President disapproves,” Orrick wrote in a 28-page ruling.

 

Orrick temporarily banned the executive order in April after San Francisco and Santa Clara County filed separate lawsuits against the presidential directive.

 

With billions in annual federal aid on the line, both jurisdictions cited the risk of major budget uncertainty. San Francisco receives $1.2 billion in annual federal aid and $800 million in multiyear grants, while Santa Clara County relies on $1.7 billion each year to fund essential services, including public health and child protective services.

 

 

How ironic that the judge based his decision in part on the Tenth Amendment.  It used to be conservatives that supported the Tenth Amendment and liberals who pushed the envelope.  How times have changed.


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Groups Ask Congress to Intervene in Immigration Detention Facility Conditions

 

 

https://www.courthou...ity-conditions/

 

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ATLANTA (Courthouse News)- The death of 27-year-old who expired after spending 19 days in solitary confinement at a Georgia immigration detention facility has human rights organizations urging Congress to investigate the centers, which the groups say are violating inmate’s human and civil rights.

 

The request for an investigation was made in a letter signed by 70 state and national organizations and delivered to the sixteen members of Georgia’s congressional delegation.

Included with the letter was a report released by the Atlanta nonprofit Project South and the Pennsylvania State University Law School’s Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, Imprisoned Justice: Inside Two Georgia Immigration Detention Centers.

 

The report revealed what the organizations call deplorable conditions at the Stewart Detention Center and Irwin County Detention Center in Georgia. Jean Carlos Jimenez-Joseph died at the Stewart facility on May 15.

 

“ICE [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement] is reporting the death as a suicide,” a Project South press release says. “Following requests from the mother of Jimenez-Joseph, members of El Refugio, an organization that provides hospitality to loved ones visiting those detained at Stewart, attempted to visit Jean Carlos, but were turned away citing the conditions of his solitary confinement.”


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The Taking

 

https://features.pro...operty-seizure/

 

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(Pro Publica) BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS — The land agents started working the border between Texas and Mexico in the spring of 2007. Sometimes they were representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers. Other times they were officers from the U.S. Border Patrol, uniformed in green, guns tucked into side holsters. They visited tumbledown mobile homes and suburban houses with golf course views. They surveyed farms fecund with sugar cane, cotton and sorghum growing by the mud-brown Rio Grande. They delivered their blunt news to ranchers and farmers, sheet metal workers and university professors, auto mechanics and wealthy developers.

 

The federal government was going to build a fence to keep out drug smugglers and immigrants crossing into the United States illegally, they told property owners. The structure was going to cut straight across their land. The government would make a fair offer to buy property, the agents explained. That was the law. But if the owners didn’t want to sell, the next step was federal court. U.S. attorneys would file a lawsuit to seize it. One way or the other, the government would get the land. That, too, was the law.

 

Additional stories and video in this series will explore the fates of landowners who, a decade later, are still waiting to be paid, as well as those who got to keep their property, but saw its value damaged all the same.

 

The visits launched the most aggressive seizure of private land by the federal government in decades. In less than a year, the Department of Homeland Security filed more than 360 eminent domain lawsuits against property owners, involving thousands of acres of land in the border states of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

 

Most of the seized land ran along the Rio Grande, which forms the border between Texas and Mexico. All told, the agency paid $18.2 million to accumulate a ribbon of land occupying almost half the length of the 120 miles of the Rio Grande Valley in southernmost Texas.

 

 


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Ninth Circuit Finds Trump’s 3rd Travel Ban Illegal

 

https://www.courthou...el-ban-illegal/

 

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(Courthouse News) – For the third time since President Donald Trump issued his first executive order banning entry into the United States by travelers from predominantly Muslim nations, the Ninth Circuit blocked the president’s efforts in a per curiam Christmas rebuke issued Friday.

 

Circuit Judges Michael Daly Hawkins, Ronald Gould and Richard Paez did, however, tailor this preliminary injunction to conform to a bit of U.S. Supreme Court advice: limit it to “foreign travelers who have a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.”

 

“For the third time, we are called upon to assess the legality of the president’s efforts to bar over 150 million nationals of six Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States or being issued immigrant visas that they would ordinarily be qualified to receive. To do so, we must consider the statutory and constitutional limits of the president’s power to curtail entry of foreign nationals,” the panel wrote.

 

“Those powers, however, are not without limit. We conclude that the president’s issuance of the proclamation once again exceeds the scope of his delegated authority,” the 77-page order continues.

 

The panel noted the president’s latest executive order fails because he did not satisfy a key prerequisite Congress attached to his suspension authority: he must make a legally sufficient finding that letting a particular person or group of people into the United States would be “detrimental to the interests of the United States.”

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Muslim and civil rights groups and their supporters gather at a rally against “muslim ban” in front of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017.

(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)


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So maybe California will not secede from the Union.  Maybe what will happen is that Trump will wish that it had.

 

California becomes 'sanctuary state' in rebuke of Trump immigration policy

 

http://www.latimes.c...1005-story.html

 

Introduction:

 

(Los Angeles Times) Under threat of possible retaliation by the Trump administration, Gov. Jerry Brown signed landmark “sanctuary state” legislation Thursday, vastly limiting who state and local law enforcement agencies can hold, question and transfer at the request of federal immigration authorities.

 

Senate Bill 54, which takes effect in January, has been blasted as “unconscionable” by U.S. Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions, becoming the focus of a national debate over how far states and cities can go to prevent their officers from enforcing federal immigration laws. Supporters have hailed it as part of a broader effort by majority Democrats in the California Legislature to shield more than 2.3 million immigrants living illegally in the state.

 

Brown took the unusual step of writing a signing message in support of SB 54. He called the legislation a balanced measure that would allow police and sheriff’s agencies to continue targeting dangerous criminals, while protecting hardworking families without legal residency in the country.

 

“In enshrining these new protections, it is important to note what the bill does not do,” Brown wrote. “This bill does not prevent or prohibit Immigration and Customs Enforcement or the Department of Homeland Security from doing their own work in any way.”

 

Legal experts have said federal officials may try to block the law in court to keep it from being implemented. Some doubt such challenges would be successful, pointing to the 10th Amendment and previous rulings in which courts have found the federal government can’t compel local authorities to enforce federal laws.


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Our Revolution President Issues Statement on Dream Act

 

https://ourrevolutio...tatement-dream/

 

Full Statement:

 

"The Dream Act is long overdue. We need a clean Dream Act now. It is abundantly clear that Erika Andiola and the other Dreamer activists are fighting for their future."

 

"It is vitally important that Congress protect the future of 800,000 Dreamers. The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has provided Dreamers, people brought to this country as children, the opportunity to come out of the shadows and pursue the American dream. Our Revolution supports and will continue to push for a clean Dream Act."

 

- President Nina Turner


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The Trump Administration Will End Protected Status for 200,000 Salvadorans

 

http://www.motherjon...00-salvadorans/

 

Introduction:

 

(Mother Jones) The Department of Homeland Security announced on Monday that it is ending temporary legal status for about 200,000 Salvadorans who have lived in the United States since at least 2001. Salvadoran immigrants with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) will face possible deportation if they don’t leave the country by September 2019, or find another way to obtain legal status in the United States.

 

El Salvadorans living in the United States were granted TPS by the Bush administration in 2001 after their home country was hit by a pair of deadly earthquakes. TPS allows people from an impacted country who are already in the United States at the time of a disaster to temporarily remain in the United States.

 

El Salvador’s TPS designation has been renewed 11 times—under Republican and Democratic administrations—since then. A senior administration official said on a call with reporters that conditions related to the earthquakes “no longer exist.”

 

Since the earthquakes, El Salvador has become one of the most violent countries in the world. In 2017, El Salvador’s murder rate was 64 per 100,000 people. That was down from 81 in 2016, but it remains the most dangerous country in Central America. The United States’ murder rate is about 5 per 100,000.

 

In the United States, the Trump administration has focused on murders committed by members of MS-13, a transnational gang that has caused far more destruction in El Salvador. The senior administration official said that violence “doesn’t really apply” to whether El Salvador’s earthquake-related TPS designation is extended. In addition to environmental disasters, TPS can be granted because of “ongoing armed conflict,” as well as “other extraordinary and temporary conditions,” according to US Citizenship and Immigration Services.

 

Later in the Mother Jones article linked above it refers to this Chamer of Commerce statement  of  October 26, 2017, on the issue

 

U.S. Chamber Calls for Extension of TPS for El Salvador, Honduras, Haiti

 

Introduction:

 

(LexisNexis) "The U.S. Chamber of Commerce urges the Department of Homeland Security to extend the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) designations for El Salvador, Honduras, and Haiti. These designations have been in place since 2001, 1999, and 2010 respectively and, according to the Center for Migration Studies, apply to a significant number of individuals – 195,000 Salvadorans, 57,000 Hondurans, and 50,000 Haitians.

 

While the Chamber appreciates that the TPS program is intended to be temporary, the reality is these individuals have now lived and worked in communities across this nation for in some cases nearly two decades now. We urge you to extend the current TPS designations and to work with Congress on a more permanent resolution to the status of these TPS beneficiaries.

 

The labor force participation for each of these nation’s respective TPS populations is over 80%. Terminating these designations would end the work authorization of many key employees for our member companies. Further, the loss of employment authorization for these populations would adversely impact several key industries where TPS recipients make up a significant amount of the workforce. These industries include construction, food processing, hospitality, and home healthcare services.

 

With regard to the construction industry, ending the TPS designation for these three countries will exacerbate existing labor shortages in the industry at a time when such workers are essential to hurricane recovery efforts in states like Texas and Florida. There are an estimated 50,000 construction workers from these three countries who have TPS, many of them residing in these two states. Terminating these individuals’ work authorization would run counter to the administration’s goal of ensuring a timely and full recovery for these disaster areas."


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African immigrants are more educated than most — including people born in U.S.

 

http://www.latimes.c...0112-story.html

 

Introduction:

 

(Los Angeles Times) Lots of the news from sub-Saharan Africa is about war, famine, poverty or political upheaval. So it’s understandable if many Americans think most Africans who immigrate to the United States are poorly educated and desperate.

 

That’s the impression that President Trump left with his comments to members of Congress opposing admission of immigrants from “shithole countries” in Africa and elsewhere.

But research tells another story.

 

While many are refugees, large numbers are beneficiaries of the “diversity visa program” aimed at boosting immigration from underrepresented nations. And on average, African immigrants are better educated that people born in the U.S. or the immigrant population as a whole.

 

“It’s a population that’s very diverse in its educational, economic and English proficiency profile,” said Jeanne Batalova, a senior policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institutethink tank in Washington and coauthor of a report last year on sub-Saharan African immigrants in the U.S. “People came for a variety of reasons and at various times.”


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Lindsey Graham Wants Anti-Immigration Stephen Miller Booted from Negotiations: ‘We Are Going Nowhere’

 

https://www.alternet...tiations-we-are

 

Introduction:

 

(Alternet) Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Sunday warned that President Donald Trump’s hard-right policy adviser Stephen Miller was preventing legislation that could end the current government shutdown.

 

On day two of President Trump’s first government shutdown, Graham told reporters that he was hopeful for a Sunday “breakthrough” that could re-open the government.

But he also cautioned that Trump policy adviser Stephen Miller could kill any immigration deal. Graham suspects Miller is responsible for scuttling an earlier deal on so-called Dreamers after Trump had agreed to it.

 

“Every time we have a proposal, it is only yanked back by staff members. As long as Stephen Miller is in charge of negotiating on immigration, we are going nowhere,” Graham reportedly said.


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White House to Back Legalizing 1.8 Million "Dreamers"

 

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-essential-washington-updates-white-house-to-back-legalizing-1-8-1516919120-htmlstory.html

 

Entire Article:

 

(AP) The White House will propose granting legal status to 1.8 million young immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children, in return for $25 billion for border security, including President Trump’s proposed wall on the southern border.

 

The proposal, an outline of which was delivered to members of Congress by White House officials Thursday, marks a major step for the administration — committing to legalizing a much larger group than Republican conservatives have previously been willing to consider.

 

The proposal would set up a 10- to 12-year path to citizenship for the so-called Dreamers. 


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Trump’s Immigration Bill Was Just Defeated. It Wasn’t Even Close.

 

https://www.motherjo...snt-even-close/

 

Immigration:

 

The hardline immigration bill endorsed by President Donald Trump failed badly in the Senate on Thursday afternoon. It received just 39 votes well short of the 60 needed to take up the measure. Of the four immigration proposals the Senate considered on Thursday, all of which failed, Trump’s favored bill was the only plan that got fewer than 50 votes.

 

As Mother Jones has written, the proposal had three main goals: increasing border security, cutting legal immigration, and providing Dreamers—undocumented immigrants who came to the country as children—with a path to citizenship. The plan, introduced by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), could have cut legal immigration by hundreds of thousands of people per year, while making it much easier to detain immigrants. It was backed by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.).

 

Earlier on Thursday, a White House official, who declined to speak on the record, said, “The administration is four square, 100 percent in support of the Grassley bill.” The official added that the bill would have a chance of getting 60 votes “once people realize that these totally unworkable and reckless schemes have no chance of going anywhere.” In the end, those “schemes,” which called for far less severe cuts to legal immigration, were the only ones to garner significant bipartisan support. But the end result may be no new immigration laws at all.

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A Federal Judge Put Hundreds of Immigrants Behind Bars While Her Husband Invested in Private Prisons

 

https://www.motherjo...rivate-prisons/

 

Introduction:

 

 

(Mother Jones) It was almost lunchtime inside the country’s largest kosher slaughterhouse in Postville, Iowa, on May 12, 2008. The meatpackers, mostly migrants from Guatemala and Mexico, wore earplugs to block out the noise of the machinery and couldn’t hear the two black helicopters hovering overhead or the hundreds of armed federal immigration agents closing in around them until the production line stopped. …

 

Nearly 400 workers were arrested in the bust, which cost $5 million and was then the biggest workplace immigration raid in US history. They were driven to the National Cattle Congress, a fairground in Waterloo, where several federal judges would handle their cases over nine business days. Hearings were held in trailers and a dance hall. Cots were set up for the defendants in a nearby gymnasium. At the time, undocumented immigrants caught in raids like this were usually charged with civil violations and then deported. But most of these defendants, shackled and dragging chains behind them, were charged with criminal fraud for using falsified work documents or Social Security numbers. About 270 people were sentenced to five months in federal prison, in a process that one witness described as a “judicial assembly line.”

 

Overseeing the process was Judge Linda R. Reade, the chief judge of the Northern District of Iowa. She defended the decision to turn a fairground into a courthouse, saying the proceedings were fair and unhurried. The incident sparked allegations of prosecutorial and judicial misconduct and led to congressional hearings. Erik Camayd-Freixas, an interpreter who had worked at the Waterloo proceedings, testified that most of the Spanish-speaking defendants had been pressured to plead guilty. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) said the unconventional process seemed “like a cattle auction, not a criminal prosecution in the United States of America.”

 

Yet amid the national attention, one fact didn’t make the news: Before and after the raid, Reade’s husband owned stock in two private prison companies, and he bought additional prison stock five days before the raid, according to Reade’s financial disclosure forms. Ethics experts say these investments were inappropriate and may have violated the Code of Conduct for United States Judges.

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Protesters march down a street on July 27, 2008, in Postville, Iowa, during an immigration rally. Busloads of people from Chicago, Minneapolis, and other nearby cities came to protest a federal immigration raid of the local Agriprocessors plant. 

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California OK’d to Depose Federal Officials in Sanctuary-Law Fight

 

https://www.courthou...uary-law-fight/

 

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Courthouse News) – A federal judge on Thursday ordered the nation’s top immigration official to answer questions under oath in a contentious U.S. Department of Justice lawsuit against California’s sanctuary laws.

 

U.S. Magistrate Judge Kendall Newman grantedCalifornia’s request to depose acting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement director Thomas Homan, regarding his declaration supporting the Trump administration’s challenge of California’s so-called sanctuary state policies. California will be allowed to cross-examine Homan’s claims that the newly enacted immigration laws “impede” and “pull scarce resources” from ICE and cause the United States “irreparable harm.”

 

The state will have four hours each to interview Homan and Todd Hoffman, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection official, by April 13 in Washington.

 

Newman said the questioning must be limited to specific instances of irreparable injury outlined in Homan and Hoffman’s declarations and also ordered the officials to bring evidence to back up their claims.

 

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra called the ruling a victory for the state.


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Teenage MS-13 Gang Informant Heads Into Final Asylum Hearing

 

https://www.propubli...-asylum-hearing

 

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(ProPublica) What was on track to be a routine deportation hearing in a New York City immigration courtroom Thursday turned into an hours-long administrative battle and a detailed airing of a teenager’s reasons for informing on his gang, MS-13.

 

Amid a flood of attention brought to the case by a ProPublica and New York magazine report published Monday, Judge Thomas Mulligan declined to issue a ruling. Instead, he gave the teen’s lawyer a list of evidence and testimony he wants to see before deciding the case in May. The judge seemed to be sketching a path to a successful asylum claim, and mentioned an alternative defense if asylum cannot be supported.

 

Henry, who asked that his last name be withheld, helped police and the FBI arrest his fellow gang members on Long Island. He worked with law enforcement for about a year, until immigration authorities arrested him last August, using his own disclosures about gang membership to justify his deportation. As a known informant, deportation likely means death for Henry, whose cooperation with police is spelled out in an unsealed Immigration and Customs Enforcement memo. After eight months in detention with MS-13 members threatening his life, his case was looking so hopeless that he decided to go public ahead of his final hearing.

 

 

This is really deeply, deeply sick. One reason Trump rages against Latin American immigrants is because of the drug trade. So here is an immigrant who helped law enforcement prosecute drug dealing gang members who is being expelled because in the course of that assistance he admitted he was an immigrant.  That is unbelievably sick.  ICE is actually effectively working against efforts to bust the drug trading rings up in order to deport all immigrants.  Apparently, in their eyes being an immigrant is worse than being involved in the drug trade.  How sick can you get?


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Trump’s Plan to Dismantle DACA Just Hit a Major Setback

 

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(Mother Jones) A federal judge in Washington, DC, just dealt a major blow to the Trump administration’s plans to end protections for undocumented immigrants who entered the United States as children.

 

In an order issued Tuesday evening, US District Judge John D. Bates called the decision to end Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, “arbitrary and capricious,” and ordered the Trump administration to continue the program and accept new applications. The judge gave the administration 90 days to defend its decision before the ruling would take effect. 

 

Bates wrote that the administration failed to adequately explain why it believes the program was unlawful, and that its “meager legal reasoning” and the Department of Homeland Security’s assessment of litigation risk was not a sufficient reason to sustain the program’s termination.

 

He is the third judge to rule against the Trump administration’s decision to rescind DACA, according to the Washington Post

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Demonstrators at a march supporting Dreamers in Chattanooga, Tennessee. 

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Border Patrol Targets Prominent Humanitarian Group as Criminal Organization

 

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(The Intercept) FROM THE MOMENT Scott Warren was arrested by Border Patrol agents on a remote property just north of the Mexican border, in January this year, there were questions. The 35-year-old college instructor, with a doctorate in geography and a history of academic and humanitarian work along the border, was found in a building known locally as “the Barn,” in the company of two young undocumented men from Mexico.

 

Accused of supplying the men with food, water, clothing, and a place to sleep, he was indicted by a grand jury in February, on two counts of harboring illegal aliens and one count of conspiracy to transport and harbor illegal aliens. The humanitarian aid volunteer could spend up to two decades in prison if convicted and sentenced to consecutive terms.

 

Warren is also one of nine volunteers with No More Deaths, an official ministry of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson, to be hit with federal charges in recent months for leaving water in a remote federal wilderness preserve where migrants routinely disappear and die. His arrest came just hours after No More Deaths published a report that documents evidence of Border Patrol agents destroying jugs of water that the group leaves for migrants in the desert.

 

Now, more than three months after the raid on the Barn, filings in the criminal case against Warren reveal new details about the January operation, bolstering suspicions that law enforcement has come to see No More Deaths, an organization focused on preventing the loss of life in the borderlands, as a criminal organization aimed at aiding the unlawful entry of migrants into the U.S.

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Scott Warren, a professor at Arizona University and a volunteer with No More Deaths, was arrested and charged after Border Patrol allegedly witnessed him giving food and water to two migrants.

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Border Patrol Targets Prominent Humanitarian Group as Criminal Organization

 

https://theintercept...l-organization/

 

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(The Intercept) FROM THE MOMENT Scott Warren was arrested by Border Patrol agents on a remote property just north of the Mexican border, in January this year, there were questions. The 35-year-old college instructor, with a doctorate in geography and a history of academic and humanitarian work along the border, was found in a building known locally as “the Barn,” in the company of two young undocumented men from Mexico.

 

Accused of supplying the men with food, water, clothing, and a place to sleep, he was indicted by a grand jury in February, on two counts of harboring illegal aliens and one count of conspiracy to transport and harbor illegal aliens. The humanitarian aid volunteer could spend up to two decades in prison if convicted and sentenced to consecutive terms.

 

Warren is also one of nine volunteers with No More Deaths, an official ministry of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson, to be hit with federal charges in recent months for leaving water in a remote federal wilderness preserve where migrants routinely disappear and die. His arrest came just hours after No More Deaths published a report that documents evidence of Border Patrol agents destroying jugs of water that the group leaves for migrants in the desert.

 

Now, more than three months after the raid on the Barn, filings in the criminal case against Warren reveal new details about the January operation, bolstering suspicions that law enforcement has come to see No More Deaths, an organization focused on preventing the loss of life in the borderlands, as a criminal organization aimed at aiding the unlawful entry of migrants into the U.S.

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Scott Warren, a professor at Arizona University and a volunteer with No More Deaths, was arrested and charged after Border Patrol allegedly witnessed him giving food and water to two migrants.

Photo: Carrot Quinn

I've worked with No More Deaths before. It's hard to imagine a more intensely liberal group of people. Most of their volunteers are college-age kids or retired people.



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Asylum-Seekers Charged With Illegal Entry at US-Mexico Border

 

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SAN DIEGO (Courthouse News) – Federal authorities on Tuesday charged nearly a dozen suspected asylum-seeking members of a caravan from Central America with illegal entry, as a handful of mothers and children from the group were allowed to begin the asylum process.

 

The Department of Justice filed criminal charges against 11 people suspected to have participated in the month-long caravan, in which hundreds of Central Americans wove their way through Mexico by train and on foot seeking asylum in the United States after fleeing violence in their home countries.

 

The defendants were arrested in different locations within five miles of the San Ysidro Port of Entry near the U.S.-Mexico border in San Diego. Hundreds of other Central Americans wait at the port of entry for processing by immigration officials.


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