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

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Mass ICE Raids Leave a rail of Misery and Broken Communities

 

https://theintercept...postville-iowa/

 

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(The Intercept) A MONTH AFTER dozens of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents surrounded a meatpacking plant in Morristown, Tennessee, and detained 97 men and women who worked there, the tight-knit rural community is still reeling, but the initial shock has seeped into a quiet pain, as families adjust to lives without work and their loved ones.

As those shipped to immigration detention facilities across the country started appearing before judges for bond hearings this month, some families were reunited, though still facing deportation proceedings, while others braced for long separations. As of Thursday, 20 of those arrested on April 5 were released — but many more remained in detention. “Tragedy continues to unfold,” said Stephanie Teatro, co-executive director of the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition. “Some families are getting really terrible news.”

 

The Trump administration has promised more worksite immigration enforcement. In January, ICE’s Acting Director Thomas Homan said these operations would increase by “400 percent.” As The Intercept reportedlast month, ICE appeared to take workers at the Southeastern Provision plant into custody based on their ethnicity, rather than asking question to determine whether they were eligible for arrest and deportation. The day after the raid, about 550 children missed school.  At least 160 children found themselves without at least one of their parents.

 

On Tuesday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said he is “not shedding tears” about the families torn apart by the raid. “You don’t get to get an advantage in this country by having large numbers of illegal workers working for you,” Sessions added, referring to the plant’s American owners. “You don’t get to benefit from being in this country and looking around the world for the cheapest worker you can find.”

 


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Limit on Court Disclosure of Immigration Status Signed Into Law

 

https://www.courthou...igned-into-law/

 

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (Courthouse News) – One day after President Donald Trump railed against California’s immigration policies and called some of its undocumented residents “animals,” Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a measure meant to keep immigration agents out of California’s courtrooms.

 

The pro-immigrant measure prohibits the disclosure of litigant and witness immigration statuses in criminal and civil hearings without a judge’s prior consent. Supporters say the measure will encourage immigrants to testify by removing the fear of having their immigration status revealed in open court.

 

Attempted arrests by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents has skyrocketed during the Trump administration, prompting California Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye to ask U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions to stop courthouse deportations.

 

State lawmakers said they are sending the Trump administration a clear message: keep ICE out of state courts.

 

“Our courthouses should be places of justice, not places where immigrants are threatened with deportation,” said state Sen. Scott Wiener in a statement. “This law makes everyone in our community safer by ensuring that witnesses and victims of crime are not afraid to report crimes, go to court, and hold criminals accountable.”

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Asylum-Seeker’s Appellate Demand Fought at Ninth Circuit

 

https://www.courthou...-ninth-circuit/

 

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PORTLAND, Ore. (Courthouse News) – An ACLU attorney told a Ninth Circuit panel Thursday the U.S. government’s refusal to grant asylum to a Sri Lankan member of the Tamil ethnic minority or allow him to appeal the decision is unconstitutional.

 

Vijayakumar Thuraissigiam was jailed, beaten and tortured for his political activity during the civil war between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, according to court documents.

 

Thuraissigiam went into hiding and fled the country in 2016, after Sri Lankan intelligence officers tortured him a second time. On Feb. 17, 2017, he made it through Latin America and walked across the U.S.-Mexico border, where a border patrol agent arrested him just 25 yards into the United States.

 

The 46-year-old was ordered to leave the U.S. after an asylum agent rejected his claim that his political past would condemn him to persecution, torture and death if he was forced to return to Sri Lanka. Thuraissigiam, who is currently jailed at the Otay Mesa Detention Center in San Diego, says the agent conducted a “cursory administrative asylum hearing” and refused to hear important contextual information before refusing his claim.

 

Thuraissigiam sued the Department of Homeland Security in federal court in Los Angeles, claiming the asylum agent conducted a “wholly inadequate” review of his claim and refused to consider evidence that Tamils in Sri Lanka are subject to torture.

 

 

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ICE are the gestapo.


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I mentioned this a few months ago: what's actually going on in those ICE camps?


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And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future.


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https://www.citylab....-mapped/558275/

 

ICE is a real problem in my area, there are community watches, bicycle brigades and whatnot to combat them but there's only so much a community can do against people with guns and the ability to imprison you when the majority of the country is on their side.


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Not sure if anyone has pointed it out yet but the USA will always be a nation of immigrants, They'll just be a nation of hypocritical bigoted immigrants. 

 

(unless the country is someday given back to the Native Americans, but I think we can all be confident that won't happen)


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Not sure if anyone has pointed it out yet but the USA will always be a nation of immigrants, They'll just be a nation of hypocritical bigoted immigrants. 

 

(unless the country is someday given back to the Native Americans, but I think we can all be confident that won't happen)

"Is this just a manifestation of the usual terrible media reporting & people ignoring evidence that doesn't fit their narrative?...  talking points that are not supported by the numbers. ... none of it is backed by any real evidence, its just anecdotes and "a feeling" that this is happening, usually from too much outrage porn."- Alislaws- Scholastically coincidental?


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Not sure if anyone has pointed it out yet but the USA will always be a nation of immigrants, They'll just be a nation of hypocritical bigoted immigrants. 

 

(unless the country is someday given back to the Native Americans, but I think we can all be confident that won't happen)

"Is this just a manifestation of the usual terrible media reporting & people ignoring evidence that doesn't fit their narrative?...  talking points that are not supported by the numbers. ... none of it is backed by any real evidence, its just anecdotes and "a feeling" that this is happening, usually from too much outrage porn."- Alislaws- Scholastically coincidental?

 

 

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Its not quite the same thing, but I was definitely reducing this to very basic level. I find whenever I get distracted by wordplay, or a sort of "well technically" post, it tends to reduce the complexity of the issue to make the point or the joke or whatever. Its a bad habit, and I need to stop trying to be amusing or clever and stick to sincerity, because it probably get my pov across better.  

 

But I'm still 100% correct, the USA is a nation made almost entirely of people who came from other countries and people who's ancestors came from other countries and stole the USA from the people who lived there before. in that sense it is and always will be a nation of immigrants. 

 

If they start driving out and preventing any new immigrants, then they will be being hypocritical immigrants. If they chose to control immigration by ethnicity or religion or other similar factors, then they will be bigoted immigrants.

 

I do think we should try to avoid playing into the assumption that the current inhabitants of the USA are the morally justified rightful rulers of that land, while the native American descendants are sitting on tribal reservations, with unpleasantly high suicide rates. (and who still have their rights ignored whenever the Govt. feels like It)

 

EDIT: I'm not sure if  TG was calling me to account for my hypocrisy (which was my initial take), or if he thinks the whole anti-immigrant issue is also a result of the media chasing outrage $$$?



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Not sure if anyone has pointed it out yet but the USA will always be a nation of immigrants, They'll just be a nation of hypocritical bigoted immigrants. 

 

(unless the country is someday given back to the Native Americans, but I think we can all be confident that won't happen)

The Native Americans are immigrants too.


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Not sure if anyone has pointed it out yet but the USA will always be a nation of immigrants, They'll just be a nation of hypocritical bigoted immigrants. 

 

(unless the country is someday given back to the Native Americans, but I think we can all be confident that won't happen)

The Native Americans are immigrants too.

Yeah, everyone is if you go back far enough, its almost like this anti-immigrant sentiment worldwide has very little moral justification for it beyond "We stole this, and we sure as shit won't share it!"


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Fuck it, we're all immigrants everywhere. Back to Ethiopia, everyone. We'll live in caves and use stone hand axes to get to the bone marrow of our prey


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In GOP Immigration Battle, Factions Split Over Citizenship

 

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

 

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Divisions over whether to provide a conduit to citizenship for young “Dreamer” immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally loomed as the pivotal sticking point Wednesday as House Republicans searched for a solution to their campaign-season standoff over an issue that has split them for years.

 

In bargaining Wednesday, moderates told conservatives that any deal would have to include steps that could ultimately lead to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of Dreamers. The issue was left unresolved, according to two Republicans who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe private talks.

 

Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., a leader of moderates trying to force leaders to hold votes on the issue, told reporters that of all his immigration priorities, permanent status for Dreamers was “most important” and “essential.” But Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., leader of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus, said that “no special pathway to citizenship” would be acceptable to conservatives.

 

“Why would we give blanket waivers to people who came here illegally?” Meadows told reporters.

 

Curbelo and Meadows both said it was possible to find middle ground between their positions. But compromise has eluded party leaders for years, and it remained unclear how they would resolve the impasse by next month, when House leaders have promised showdown immigration votes.


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Fuck it, we're all immigrants everywhere. Back to Ethiopia, everyone. We'll live in caves and use stone hand axes to get to the bone marrow of our prey

 

 

True. 

 

Even if one defaults to the "but who was here first principle" you still have a couple aspects here in the U.S. 

 

First, are the Native Americans.

 

Second, much of the southwest was Mexican before it became part of the U.S.  Before that were Spaniards.  Those Spaniards did not deliberately come here to take the land away from the Native Americans, rather they simply sought to convert them to Christianity. 

 

Folks from the northern mid-west, the south, and even the east totally fail to understand all of that or its consequences.  Hence the continued inability to deal with this issue.


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Here’s How the Government Managed to Lose Track of 1,500 Migrant Children

 

https://www.motherjo...grant-children/

 

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(Mother Jones) At a Senate hearing last month, Steven Wagner told legislators that the refugee resettlement office he oversees had lost track of nearly 1,500 migrant children. In Wagner’s words, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) was “unable to determine with certainty the whereabouts” of 1,475 children between October and December. The admission raised an obvious question: How do you lose 1,500 kids?

 

The answer to that question is even more important now that the Trump administration is seeking to criminally prosecute everyone who crosses the US-Mexico border, including parents. The policy is likely to separate thousands of families who arrive at the border by placing parents into the criminal justice system. Without their parents, children will be placed into the custody of ORR.

 

The agency will then work to find the children sponsors—ideally close relatives—who can take care of them while their parents are prosecuted. The agency is already responsible for finding sponsors—often parents who came before their children—for minors who arrive at the border alone. At the April hearing, Wagner said that 80 percent of the sponsors ORR was able to reach late last year were still hosting the children placed with them. Most of the other minors could not be located, although some were determined to have moved in with non-sponsors, run away, or been deported.

 

I interviewed Michelle Brané, the director of the Migrant Rights and Justice program at the Women’s Refugee Commission and a leading expert on immigration detention and the ORR, about how the agency loses track of children and why the Trump administration’s policies could make the problem worse (see linked article).


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We call ourselves a Christian nation with family values, then we separate children from their parents and turn them over to those engaged in human trafficking.  It doesn't get any sicker or more hypocritical than that folks 

 

Almost 1,500 Migrant Children Placed in Homes by the U.S. Government Went Missing Last Year

 

http://time.com/5256734/government-missing-migrant-children/

 

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(Time) An AP investigation found in 2016 that more than two dozen unaccompanied children had been sent to homes where they were sexually assaulted, starved or forced to work for little or no pay. At the time, many adult sponsors didn’t undergo thorough background checks, government officials rarely visited homes and in some cases had no idea that sponsors had taken in several unrelated children, a possible sign of human trafficking.

 

Since then, the Health and Human Services Department has boosted outreach to at-risk children deemed to need extra protection, and last year offered post-placement services to about one-third of unaccompanied minors, according to the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations.

 

…From October to December 2017, HHS called 7,635 children the agency had placed with sponsors, and found 6,075 of the children were still living with their sponsors, 28 had run away, five had been deported and 52 were living with someone else. The rest were missing, said Steven Wagner, acting assistant secretary at HHS.

Republican Sen. Rob Portman gave HHS and the Department of Homeland Security until Monday to deliver a time frame for improving monitoring.

 

…Portman began investigating after a case in his home state of Ohio, where eight Guatemalan teens were placed with human traffickers and forced to work on egg farms under threats of death. Six people have been convicted and sentenced to federal prison for their participation in the trafficking scheme that began in 2013.

 

 

 

At least some of those traffickers are being prosecuted.  Still, that children of immigrants have suffered from these policies is an outrage.


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Documents Reveal Horrific Abuse of Migrant Children by Border Patrol Agents

 

https://www.alternet...r-patrol-agents

 

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(Alternet) Internal government documents dating back to 2009 and obtained through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago School of Law, detail horror stories of child abuse, physical and sexual assault, verbal abuse and medical negligence at the hands of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents. The details should be a national security concern, because border agents were already “monstrous” under Barack Obama, and under Donald Trump they have been unleashed and stand to endanger untold numbers:

 

In one complaint we obtained, a Border Patrol agent grabbed a girl he claimed was running away, handcuffed her to someone else and dragged them together along the ground, causing “two bruises on her neck, scratches to her shoulders and arms, and thorns in her head.” A 16-year-old recounted that a Border Patrol agent threw him down before he used his boot to smash his head into the ground.

 

Other children allege that agents assaulted them with their feet, fists, flashlights, and Tasers. In one case, an agent ran over a 17-year-old with a patrol vehicle and then got out and punched the child in the head and body. Often, children noted that other agents witnessed the abuse or saw the injuries but refused them medical attention. In one case, agents accused a pregnant minor of lying about the pain — which turned out to be labor contractions preceding a stillbirth.

 

The records, from the Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, a DHS oversight agency, “show that the leadership at Customs and Border Protection were well aware of the allegations of unlawful child abuse—including people still now directing the agency—yet there is no indication that any individual official was ever held accountable for abuse,” the ACLU continues. Yet, this could be just a sliver of the abuse at the hands of government officials—the ACLU has yet to issue a report on the rest of the 30,000 documents spreading over three other agencies, including Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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U.S. Senator Barred From Visiting Detained Refugee Kids

 

https://www.courthou...d-refugee-kids/

 

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(Courthouse News) – Staff at a Texas detention center where hundreds of children are being held while their parents await hearings on their applications for asylum refused to allow U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley to access the facility over the weekend.

 

Merkley said the Trump administration is trying to hide what was happening inside the facility and called the children’s detention “a horrific policy for America.”

 

The Oregon Democrat told press he tried to arrange a visit to Casa Padre, a Brownsville, Texas, facility run by the nonprofit Southwest Key Programs under a contract with the Office of Refugee Resettlement, but staff with the Department of Homeland security told him he would not be allowed in. Merkley said the privacy concerns raised by the government were a sham and could be addressed by simply not talking to detainees who did not want their identities made public and by not taking pictures of kids detained in the facilities.

 

So on Sunday, Merkley went anyway. In a video recorded by his staff and posted on the senator’s Facebook page, he stood outside the facility, a converted Walmart, and tried to get a tour – or at least some answers.

 

“I think it’s outrageous that this facility is being closed off to the press and closed off to members of Congress,” Merkley said. “When an organization has something to hide, not allowing members of Congress to see it, in a democracy, is completely unacceptable and we have to push back.”

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U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., waits to be let inside a detention facility holding children separated from the asylum-seeking parents. 

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She Was Enslaved by Salvadoran Guerrillas. That Makes Her Ineligible for Asylum.

 

https://www.motherjo...ble-for-asylum/

 

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(Mother Jones) She watched as Salvadoran guerrillas made her husband dig his own grave and then murdered him. She was forced to cook, clean, and wash clothes for the guerrillas under threat of death. But after she fled El Salvador for the United States, she was denied asylum. And on Wednesday, the government upheld that denial because her forced labor constituted “material support” for terrorism.

 

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*Sticks tongue firmly in cheek*

 

Ok, I think I have figured out how to resolve this immigrant situation.  First, we start with the most recent immigrants.  Then we work our way backward - second generation Asian, third generation Hispanic, eastern European, French descendants, British descendants, etc.  Finally, we will arrive at the American Indian, who will be the one group allowed to stay.

 

American Indians Forge New Paths to Build Healthy Communities

 

https://nonprofitqua...hy-communities/

 

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(Nonprofit Quarterly) Although they are America’s original inhabitants, when it comes to US policy, American Indians often suffer from invisibility. According to the 2010 US Census, American Indians number 5.2 million, 71 percent of whom live in urban areas. Another 22 percentlive on tribal lands. A more recent 2016 Census estimate suggests that the 2010 numbers are understated and that American Indians and Alaska Natives number 6.7 million—more than two percent of the US population.

 

One of many signs of this invisibility is in politics. Today, the number of American Indians in Congress is two, or less than 0.4 percent of Congress. The number of American Indian women who have served in Congress since the founding of the country is zero.

 

Of course, the American Indian experience is rooted in a history of genocide and colonialism. This experience, notes Indian Country Today, has now been medically shown to have been “woven into the DNA of Native Americans.” As Mary Annette Pember notes in the article, “Trauma experienced by earlier generations can influence the structure of our genes, making them more likely to ‘switch on’ negative responses to stress and trauma.”

 

In this context, the health disparities affecting American Indians are dispiriting but not surprising. 

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