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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.


During his eight years as president of the United States, Barack Obama deported a staggering 2.5 million people. That figure represents a 23 percent increase over the Bush administration, without including the hundreds of thousands who self-deported or were turned away at the border. In 2014, Janet Murguía, president of the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), labeled Obama the “deporter-in-chief.”

The title seems almost quaint in the age of Donald Trump.

Within weeks of his taking office, arrests by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement increased 32.6 percent. By mid-March, the number of arrests of immigrants with no prior criminal record had doubled. Dan Satterberg, head prosecutor in King County, Washington State, asserts that ICE has been “emboldened in a way that I have never seen.” NCLR and other immigrants’ rights groups are the first to say that the U.S.’ immigration system is badly in need of reform. But under Trump, ICE has terrorized immigrant communities, discouraging them from reporting crimes or working with law enforcement.

Here are eight ICE horror stories from Trump’s seven-plus months in office.

1. Iraqi Refugees Who Helped U.S. Government Detained at JFK Airport

Shortly after taking office, Trump issued an executive order targeting travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries: Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Sudan, Somalia and Yemen. Two of the order’s victims were Hameed Khalid Darweesh and Haider Sameer Abdulkhaleq Alshawi, Iraqi refugees who had assisted the U.S. government during the Iraq War. Alshawi’s wife worked for a U.S. contractor, while Darweesh had been an interpreter for the U.S. Army in Baghdad and Mosul.

Both men had flown in and out of the U.S. without issue during the Obama administration, but were detained at New York City’s JFK Airport in January under Trump’s “Muslim ban.” The ACLU filed a habeas corpus petition on their behalf shortly thereafter.

2. Mexican Transgender Woman Arrested After Reporting Domestic Violence

In February, Irvin Gonzalez, an undocumented transgender woman from Mexico who was staying in a domestic violence shelter in El Paso, Texas, appeared in court to obtain a protective order from her alleged abuser, who she claimed had punched, strangled and kicked her on multiple occasions. The judge in the case complied, but Gonzalez was detained by ICE agents outside the courtroom and has since been indicted on charges of illegally reentering the U.S. Gonzalez’ alleged abuser, she said, had alerted ICE to her whereabouts. According to the Huffington Post, she could face 10 years in prison if convicted.

3. Salvadoran Refugee With Brain Tumor Removed From Hospital

In February, ICE agents forcibly removed Sara Beltrán Hernández from a Texas hospital where she was being treated for a brain tumor and returned her to one of its facilities. According to her lawyers, Hernández applied for asylum in the U.S. in 2015 after receiving death threats from gang members in El Salvador; her request was denied. Relatives have said that although her tumor is considered benign, she suffers from nausea, dizziness, lack of appetite and difficulty walking. After outcry from Amnesty International and other human rights organizations, Hernández was released from detention in early March.

4. Australian Tourist Mistreated and Humiliated at Honolulu Airport

After the ordeal Australian tourist Molly Hill suffered in May, it’s not hard to understand why the U.S. travel industry will lose an estimated $1.3 billion in 2017, according to the Global Business Travel Association. When Hill arrived at Honolulu’s airport on May 15, she planned to visit her American boyfriend and stay in the U.S. for 88 days—a perfectly legal visit, as Australian citizens can stay up to 90 days without a visa. Hill had a return ticket, indicating that she had no intention of violating U.S. immigration laws. Customs and Border Protection detained her all the same; she was refused entry, handcuffed, interrogated, strip-searched and kept in an ICE facility overnight before being put on a plane back to Australia (which cost her an additional $620).

5. Baltimore Restaurant Loses About 30 Immigrant Employees After ICE Announces Audit

Gene Singleton, owner of the Boat House Canton Restaurant in Baltimore, lost approximately 30 of his employees—roughly one-third of his staff—in June after an ICE agent demanded to see a list of everyone who had worked for him in the last two years. While Singleton told the Washington Post he was confident in the legal status of staff, he believed those who quit were “fearful of being separated from their families.”

Losing 30 employees at once has proven costly and disruptive to Singleton’s business. John Sandweg, who was an acting ICE director under the Obama administration, found Singleton’s version of the events plausible, telling the Washington Post, “It wouldn’t surprise me if you had people who are lawfully able to work but are just frightened and flee.” According to Sandweg, ICE audits of businesses under Obama generally occurred when egregious crimes were suspected, whereas “Trump has gone to a more randomized approach.”

6. Immigrants Injured While Working Denied Workers’ Comp

If Republicans were earnest in their desire to reduce the number of undocumented workers in the U.S., they would 1) support comprehensive immigration reform and a coherent, straight-forward path to citizenship; and 2) support a heavily unionized workforce, with all the benefits and protections that go with union membership. Instead, businesses profit from cheap, undocumented labor, while Republicans in Florida, Ohio and elsewhere have been pushing for laws or bills that deny them worker’s compensation should they be injured on the job.

NPR recently reported that in Florida, an unholy alliance of employers and insurers has been working together to deny injury claims made by undocumented workers; one private investigative firm they employ, Command Investigations, even posts a wall of shame featuring pictures of its arrests. Critics of this arrangement assert it encourages businesses to hire indocumentados for low wages, knowing employers won’t have to pay for their injuries should they get hurt on the job.

David Michaels, the most recent director of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, told NPR, “It’s infuriating to think that when workers are hurt in the United States, they’re essentially discarded. If employers know that workers are too afraid to apply for workers’ compensation, what’s the incentive to work safely?”

7. Veteran ICE Agent Characterizes Trump Administration as Contemptuous of Immigrants

Earlier this year, a veteran ICE agent, frustrated with the direction the agency has taken under Trump, agreed to be interviewed by the New Yorker’s Jonathan Blitzer on condition of anonymity. The agent characterized ICE’s new culture as one of extreme “contempt” for immigrants. According to the agent, longstanding protocols that were followed under the George W. Bush and Obama administrations—such as providing language interpreters when needed—were being met with disdain by the Trump administration.

“We used to look at things through the totality of the circumstances when it came to a removal order; that’s out the window,” he told the New Yorker. “The problem is that now, there are lots of people who feel free to feel contempt.”

8. Immigrants Fear Reporting Domestic Violence

Stan Germán, executive director of New York County Defender Services, has asserted that under President Trump, ICE has become so aggressive that even immigrants who are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents are worried about showing up in court. In May, a survey sponsored by the Tahirih Justice Center, ASISTA, the Asian Pacific Institute on Gender-Based Violence and the National Network to End Domestic Violence, confirmed that immigrants have become less likely to report incidents of domestic violence or sexual assault.

The report surveyed roughly 700 social and legal services providers. Seventy-eight percent of respondents said that immigrant abuse survivors were more reluctant to contact police. According to the survey, “Survivors have a lot of questions about how they can safely plan under the new administration.” The report also noted that a 16-year-old survivor had attempted suicide because she feared her attacker would report her family to ICE.

Alex Henderson’s work has appeared in the L.A. Weekly, Billboard, Spin, Creem, the Pasadena Weekly and many other publications. Follow him on Twitter @alexvhenderson.


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84 responses to “8 Immigration Horror Stories From Trump’s Radicalized And Empowered ICE Agency”

  1. FireBaron says:

    As a reminder, Teflon Donnie’s mother was an illegal alien, too. She stayed well past her visa. Another calling for closing our borders is the Canadian-Born Senator from Texas. Guess now that he is here, he doesn’t want anyone else coming.

    • AlfredSonny says:

      Since Teflon Donnie has yet to show his spouse’s immigration papers, does it mean Melania is an illegal alien and should be deported?

      • Eleanore Whitaker says:

        Not only that but everyone in NY City wants to know how Melania’s father and mother got here since they are known followers of Putin.

        • Leftout says:

          Melania was a wife of an American, many peoples use this ruse. In this case Trump picked a beauty. Putin
          Is a leader of the Russians, this is what some need a strong leader. From each culture emerges a leader for the times , it is up to the people to make that choice if they are able, sans NRA.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            And again, you lie. Melania Knavs (German variant Knauss) was NEVER married to anyone until she married Trump.

            She is an immigrant from Slovenia who entered the US ONLY because Trump used his money to get her here. Until she married Trump, she was PORN model. I am so sure you’d have had NO problem with Michelle Obama being a porn model right hick?

            Putin is a murdering assassin. That what you hicks want for a president? Gee…funny how you didn’t want that when Obama was president.

            Putin has thus far had over 41 journalists murdered. Nemtsov was poisoned by Putin’s men 3 times with the same poison Kara-Murza and Litvenenko were poisoned with: Polonium 210, accessible ONLY by the Russian government.

            We will be rid of Trump because he has one too many times lied about his relationship with Putin and Russia.

          • Leftout says:

            I did not know that Michelle was a porn star. Nor doni have anything against Trump being able to bring a house keeper to his home, at keast he tiok care of her and all offsprings unlike….. notes from Clinton” essays on family happiness ”
            As for Putin he is a product of his culture. Using Polonium Is a bit messy and slow, hard to believe but an interesting experiment. I can see where journalists can be annoying though. Putin evidently lacks patience with them.
            Polonium Is more widely available then in Russian candy bars. But to use it as a murder device is almost suicidal and it is tracable compared To a good dose of succinyl choline or Potassium hard candy mints.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            No surprise there that you didn’t know Melanifuk was a porn model. You never knew your Mommy was also a common dockside harlot, did you?

            You are a moron. My hope is your brain dies a slow and very painful death and your body is loaded with Polonium 210 when your lover Putin takes over.

            Men like you should have been aborted at birth. You do not impress anyone but your egomaniacal self.

            Stop masturbating so often. It’s warped your brain.

          • Leftout says:

            You are a name caller as your friends , with no facts to back you up. You. You may be right about my heritage but i overcame it. I have normal sex and do not rely on mechanical jack hammers. Lets Meet at Rio Diner, I’ll buy.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            You talk about name calling? When your Lard Ass in Chief has called more names in his life time than you could possibly compete with?

            As for you, sorry I don’t associate with low life loser who cannot possibly accept truth and facts.

            That is your downfall. Yours and minds like yours. When you fail to recognize that people with more intelligence and experience have backed you narrow minded beak brains into a corner, you make fools of yourselves. Being the town clown must be fun for you since it’s all your kind know.

      • Leftout says:

        Hell no she is too pretty, and she wears stilettos to keep above the flood levels and spear a gator if necessaire.

        • Eleanore Whitaker says:

          There is a time and a place for everything under the sun. The time and place for stiletto heels was not where people were being evacuated from flood waters. And why did she need to wear that stupid baseball cap with the words “First Lady?” Not sure people struggling with floods would know a porn model when they see one?

          • Leftout says:

            PEople find her inspirational and practical w stiletto shoes. These types of shoes keep your feet/heels dry. Porn star ?! Even the woman at the well was forgiven by Jesus. Of course your favorite, Mohamad the merciful , would have stoned her, what a guy. Some women liked to be treated a little rough i guess, then Islam is for You.
            We all have something in our closets.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            People nearly drowing find her and inspiration and stilettos practical? You are a real dope aren’t you?

            Porn star. My favorite is none of you nosy body business. But you religious Bible Thumpers love David Koresh and worship him don’t you? Like him, you men in the south and midwest never know when to shut your big, mostly stupid mouths.

          • Leftout says:

            Once Again I am A northerner went to school many places to experience other cultures that enclavwd in different areas, French creole, Italian NYC, Pollock Chicago, Hungarian New Brunswick, Black Bronx, Pinay Jersey City, mid eastern Jersey City.
            Irish La Jolla, Mexican SanDiego….

    • dpaano says:

      Actually, I think the problem is that Canada doesn’t want him back!

    • Dominick Vila says:

      The same goes for Melania, who was working in NYC with a tourist visa.

  2. AlfredSonny says:

    God bless Gropenfurhrer Trump.

  3. Eleanore Whitaker says:

    Trump…the first Anchor Baby White House occupant. Mommy Mary Ann was an immigrant who only got to remain in the US because she opened her legs wide and let Daddy Fred impregnate her with Donny and four other kids.

    Now Trump has a gaggle of anchor babies from Ivana and Melania. None of his sons would be here if Trump hadn’t married Ivana and Melania, two aliens from European countries.

    Notice how slicky boy manages to play down his own anchor babies who DACA’s themselves into billions?

    • Leftout says:

      Mommy Mary was legal , you are splitting hairs ,if you will , about having legs wide open for impregnation. Fornication can occur even if legs are closed.
      ….notes of Bill Clinton unabridged

      You must be a virgin…..god bless you and hang on to that attribute if you can , Eleanore. Perhaps we can meet.?

      • Eleanore Whitaker says:

        She only became LEGAL when she married Fred Trump. If you knew anything at all about immigration, which you obviously do not. You would know that shortly after World War II, as a result of soldiers marrying war brides from Europe, these women were allowed to become citizens without going through the immigration process. Don’t bother to deny. My half brother married a French war bride as soon as the war ended.

        As for Bill Clinton, unless you have NEVER (and I suspect that IS YOUR problem) played with women, you’d know that Fred and Donny both marry gold diggers.

        I never needed any man. I have always been capable of earning my own living, paying ALL my own taxes and only kept men around long enough for amusement. You should be so lucky with the women who stay 100 miles from you.

  4. Leftout says:

    The number of cases cited are indeed small and they are here ILLEGALLY, so a good job done by ICE thus far. For children borne/born here, they should go and return to their home countries with their parents so as to minimize family separation, , no big thing here either.

    • A curious and abhorrent sentiment expressed by a so-called PhD in Biochemistry. Which substantiates the general sentiment that the more formal education a person has, coupled with a weak and dismal spiritual personality, the less likely the person will be of any use to society in a meaningful and sustained manner.
      Pride as expressed by “Leftout’s ” comment is a sign of a soul that is rotted out and has been wasted.

      You, buddy are just another ordinary Nazi, with dark and satanic sentiments.

      • Leftout says:

        You are obsessed by being bothered by Satan and other excuses for personal weaknesses. i pray Sunday and daily /non requirement/ for the less fortunate. Satan of course does not exist it is a contrivance for the timid and weak. I lack pride since i am extemely humble, my greatest trait.Being educated is separate from using the acquired knowlwdge.

        • Eleanore Whitaker says:

          You are obviously incapable of a sane, rational thought. Why bother to post ONLY YOUR opinion that no one else cares to know?

          As for your religious BS, we’ve seen what men who go religious fanatic do…David Koresh, Jim Jones remind you of how murderous you boys who think you can ram religion down other people’s throats can be?

          Then, there are the sex addicts like Jimmy Swaggart, all tears and repentence AFTER you boinks half of his female parishioners and gets caught in a motel. Or, how about the crooks like Jim and Tammy Faye Baker? Or that other moron, Joel Osteen who passes the plate that keeps him in a billionaire mansion while his people float away in Hurricane Harvey?

          Please, do us all a favor and keep your damn religion to yourself. You fanatics are phonies.

          Or as my ex’s darling grandmother, a true woman of the South, used to say, “Ah hate a damn man who gits religion. Y’all know he has a lot of sins in his back pocket.”

          • Leftout says:

            Wow you go off quickly, I am Not religious, i attend church because i was indoctrinated and i am a hypocrite sinner? Only sinners
            Go to church , and some
            Brcause they are thanking a God for thier good fortune as well.
            So say me. I am trying ti find a God and I think there may be such only ,since Aaron thinks that i am lucky to be alive after mocking Socialism.
            Ah Still love ya Mam. God bless ya!

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            You attend church because you are a fearful, naive individual who fears Satan right?

            Socialism IS about God. Did you think Ghandi, Buddha, Mohammed or Jesus would first look at the color of a person’s skin and then do what you religious extremists do? Decide who gets to enjoy American freedoms?

            Just who do you think you are? Stalin? Hitler? Those are the same gods men like Trump follow. His own wife, Ivana Trump told the NY Daily News that Trump went to “bed every night reading Hitler’s speeches.”

            Sorry but I don’t fall for the phony drawl or the swagger. Your plantation charm was fine and dandy when your Big Daddy owned the land. You don’t. Time to grow up.

          • Leftout says:

            Ghandi, Buddha and jesus lived in a Homgenous society and were not affected by peoples skin color. Mohhamad of course did not like infidels of any color, he was inclusively diverse in that respect….Md. would be good working in an HR department.

            All leaders of religious thought have been considered extemists as Jesus.
            John Lennon had it right no religions
            Only closed borders.

            Trump may have read Hitler as many have as well as the inspiring words of Churchill of the same period.

            The phony drawl and swagger is a response to your statement.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            You are obviously educated in some southern or midewestern religious school.

            As I recall, Ghandi’s lived in a society where there was a “caste system.” Mohammed lived in a society that had black slaves.

            Jesus was the son of David but Israelites became slaves of Egyptians.

            Trump much preferred Hitler and his Mein Kampf as his wife stated to Churchill whom Trump often criticized. You don’t know anything about Trump. I do. I live in NJ. I know all about his sex capades in Plato’s Retreat in NY city. I also know all about how he tried desperately to be part of the Blue Noses of the Knickerbocker set and was refused entry into their elite clubs.

            I would suggest if you attempt to pretend you know Trump so well, you start with NY media, not some hick media that only published bias.

          • Leftout says:

            I am a Notherner educated in the South , Boston, Philadelphia and NJ, so i know of Trump, never liked his carousing , maybe because i was ugly as sin and was only able to attract virgins. There is still one left in Boston, ugly also , but a great personality, hope she never changes.

            There you go”As I recall, Ghandi’s lived in a society where there was a “caste system.” Mohammed lived in a society that had black slaves.”

            Should we tear down the islamic flag or smash the big rock at Mecca because Md had black slaves – some were attractive to Md , from what i read about the ole stinker , he liked the young ones.

            But that is my POINT, they were all unique times and cultures with different more’s. Ghandi /india had a cast system -Still exists.

            Egyptians had Jewish slaves, must have been a lot of whining in that bunch, Do we take down the Egyptian Confederate Flag and tear down the sphinx and Pyramids to correct history. WTF are we all nuts about silly things. good Grief.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            First off, the KKK, skinheads and White Supremacists have to stop being allowed to parade through out streets armed with assault weapons as they were seen doing in front of the Charlottesville Jewish temple.

            As for you anti Semitic BS, your white skin doesn’t get you into heaven even because you liked to tear virginity from young women you seem all too obsessed with.

            That goddamn Confederate Flag should NOT be allowed to fly in public. It is the flag of Confederates who sought to destroy the union George Washington fought the British to preserve.

            The Civil War was the south’s way of using states’ rights to keep, own, buy and sell human beings. They intended to break up the Union of the United States. That makes them coward bastard traitors.

            The Confederacy was about dividing the United States into 2 countries ONLY so lazy bum whites didn’t have to work. Once Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation that freed the black slaves, your white ancestors became poor white sharecroppers who then blamed the blacks. So who’s the screwed up in the head? Seems like you need to go back to school and get REAL history, not the whitewashed BS you were taught.

          • Leftout says:

            As i said it was a different culture back then, but just men knew it had to end, like the Egyptians and the Jewish slaves.

          • You’re way off topic. Stop adding to many ancient events to your purported proof—it confuses you since you can’t understand the context of the past in terms of events today. Which leads you to compare apples with oranges so to speak.
            How would you know what Egyptians and Jews thought and had to confront over 2000 years ago? The time and money you spent on education—if you really were educated—was an utter waste.
            The proof of that? Just read your posts for a change, compare the absurdities of such with any articles presented, and you’ll see at last what I mean—maybe.

          • Leftout says:

            Different times different cultures, certainly ansurd for modern times!

          • Leftout says:

            Many of our problems originate from ancient events, olde stinker is a bit of irrevernce needed to color Mds personality. You are tooo serious.

          • You imply that Muhammad had “black slaves”. That first of all should tip you off that you don’t understand neither the social milieu nor the reason for slavery.
            “Old stinker”—resorting to name-calling? How would you know how the Prophet Muhammad smelled like, unless you’re just talking out of your anal canal?

            Leftout, you sure have become deranged and have lost your soul. By your being a nationalist—what does that mean to you and how does it address the problems confronting humanity the world over?

          • Beethoven says:

            You correctly pointed out the prejudice existing in Ghandi’s and Mohammed’s societies. You could have added that Jesus, a Jew, was a member of a group that considered their neighbors and ethnic brothers and sisters, the Samaritans, an inferior people who should not be treated as equals, because they chose to worship the same god in a place other than Jerusalem, which the Jews considered the only acceptable worship center for their god.

          • dpaano says:

            Of course, what these idiots don’t realize is that Jesus was middle eastern, brown (not white), and loved ALL races, colors, and creeds!

        • Eleanore Whitaker says:

          You just proved you are NO PhD in biochemistry. I worked for chemists and biochemists at Akzo Chemie, CPS and an environmental lab. None of them were religious fanatics. In fact, you only prove what a liar you are. Get thee to a confessor liar.

          • Beethoven says:

            I have to disagree with you. I have known PhDs and MDs in various fields, including chemistry and biology, who were racist bigots and basic SOBs. A higher education usually leads to greater understanding and appreciation of the differences in people and their beliefs, but not always.

          • dpaano says:

            Certainly not in Leftout’s case….

          • Leftout says:

            Ha , i have known the same in BLM, and whities perhaps 2% as in all groups, no surprise here. Not me however.

          • Leftout says:

            I am too a Biochemist, ethanol CH3CH2OH , my favorite by product
            Of yeast and glucose, so there!
            How am i a Religious fanatic, i drink, sin and look at Women,Not guys.

          • A biochemist who can’t fathom that the chemistry of your brain has gone terribly awry. Too much partisan bigotry will do that.
            A biochemist indeed!
            What good is a degree when you have an adolescent perspective of life and of humanity?
            Your racist nature makes defunct any schooling you may have achieved.
            By the way—Are you a masochist? So far you’re just posting drivel inviting rebuke.

          • Leftout says:

            Again name calling . Present an argument that I can answer to. Ill give you one argument. I know you can do it you appear well educated. Racism, anything ??? Yiu can not get me on racism or anything else.
            Respectfully waiting.

  5. ICE is carving out an abysmal status for itself as a resurrection of the Gestapo.
    Like so many government agencies who see themselves as guardians of an antiquated and closed-minded regime, like the Trump presidency, ICE presents itself as a depressing and frightening Right-Wing thug outfit. Not unlike the Right-Wing terrorist factions in Latin America, working on behalf of dictatorships.

    • Leftout says:

      You are a bit over dramatic. Trump is not republican nor democrat, he handily defeated all of them. Trump represents a Middle America- third party- of independent minded people comprising 60% of the population. There is a republican party of olde elected officials with no support from the public,

      • Eleanore Whitaker says:

        Trump defeated no one. There is already more than enough evidence of Russian hacking into the 2016 election to help Trump win.

        You don’t “defeat” when you “cheat.”

        60 of the popultion did NOT vote for him. If that was the case, he’d have won the popular vote, which he DID NOT.

        And now, the one thing that has not been looked at by the FEC is HOW he won the Electoral College.

        The Republican Party killed itself when they allowed an incompetent moron who knows nothing about government other than how to beat it out of more and more rules and regulations, to run from their party.

        Already 2 solidly Republican districts in VA have voted out the GOP candidates.

        • Leftout says:

          The Russian connection has yet to be proven, whereas the subterfuge of Debbie Wasermann Schultz in undermining Bernie Sanders is known and now the Pakistani connection. The election was truly rigged
          In favor of the Hilary But the people voted against it.

          • Eleanore Whitaker says:

            Liar. The Russian connection was proven in 2008 when Donald Jr. told Fortune Magazine: “Russia business makes up a considerable amount of our assets.”

            Trump also tweeted this in 2013: “Do you think Putin will be going to The Miss Universe Pageant in November in Moscow – if so, will he become my new best friend?”
            11:17 PM – Jun 18, 2013

            In 1987 Trump visited Russia to investigate developing a hotel. In 1996 Trump partnered with Liggett-Ducat, a small company, and planned to build an upscale residential development on a Liggett-Ducat property in Moscow. Trump commissioned New York architect Ted Liebman, who did the sketches. In Russia, Trump promoted the proposal and acclaimed the Russian economic market. At a news conference reported by The Moscow Times, Trump said he hadn’t been “as impressed with the potential of a city as I have been with Moscow” in contrast to other cities had visited “all over the world told Turbo News that the “Trump Organization

            Trump was associated with Tevfik Arif, formerly a Soviet commerce official and founder of a development company called the Bayrock Group, of which Sater was also a partner. Bayrock searched for deals in Russia while Trump branded towers were attempting to further expand in the United States. Sater said, “We looked at some very, very large properties in Russia,” on the scale of “…a large Vegas high-rise.”

            In 2007, Bayrock organized a potential deal in Moscow between Trump International Hotel and Russian investors.

            Sorry if the truth hurts. There is also the matter of Iskanka being involved with the Mammadov Crime family over the proposed hotel in Azerbahjain back in 2013.

            There is more than enough evidence of Trump’s relationship with Putin to remove him from office.

          • Leftout says:

            These are just business dealings as as is true For apple and GE, not related to any sinister trqasonous cabal to make adulterated Hershey bars in Moscow

          • Have you lost your mind? Too much Trump on the brain?
            Your lurid imagination has gotten the better of you.

          • Leftout says:

            Government business is different as
            When Obama intimated to the Russia PM that “we can strike a better Nuc deal after i get re elected, ” to me that is treason.

      • And you simply are a cad and a menace to humanity. Nothing over dramatic about the truth of your wretched nature.

        • Leftout says:

          You name call and do not bring forth any argument. You must work in a safe government job or teaching.

          • Your comments are my proof. Do you not understand the relationship of what we post with what is in your heart? Only a dense individual would fail to see this cause-and-effect dynamic.

            Since you are incapable of recalling your past posts, I suggest you review your last messages over the course of just one year—no need to go back to the Civil War era which reflects some of your sentiments today.

            And don’t concern yourself with where I work—distractions like that are methods used by immature and limited minds.

            If you wonder why I’m rebuking with with such regularity, it is simply because you have chosen to present yourself as a closed-minded man with hints of racialist tendencies as demonstrated in past posts of yours—the racist aspect is clear in your post on the topic of ICE’s heavy-handed procedures. If you can prove otherwise, please post something cogent and convincing to disprove my assertions. And your clearly nationalistic bent is another sign of decadence.

            What do I mean when I say “nationalism” is your handicap and a detriment? Well, to any mind with an modicum of intellect will readily determine how nationalism figures into the current state of turmoil roiling every nation on the face of the planet. DO you not understand this? You r comments about immigrants and ICE doing a great job is clear testimony of your harmful nationalist tendencies.

            Of the three false gods cited by one of the Central Figures of the Baha’i Faith, they are as follows:
            1) Communism; 2) Nationalism; 3) Racialism
            We’ll give you a pass on item 1, but your previous and recent statements show you are worshiping “Racialism” and “Nationalism”

            Is this proof enough for you? Or must I go into further scathing details? The days of nationalism and racism are drwing to a close, and not a moment too soon. So, as long as you persist in worshiping your “Whiteness” and rigid nationalism, then prepare for more rebuking. I’ll be more than happy to oblige a masochist.

          • Leftout says:

            I am a “Nationalist” placing the countires interest first for all who live within its borders. That is not Racism. Without the country (citizens) we are nothing. It is an Americanism that others want and come here and fight for and try to maintain. Nationalism
            As Per ISIS /racism?is surely to be expunged, now that is narrow minded. Every country has its culture that is unique and appealing. The US has its own culture of self reliance and helping those in need to reclaim theor dreams. We as a nation offer help blood tears to everyone with mo need for repayment. Not many can claim
            such we share our good fortune .

          • A Nationalist? What the hell does that mean in an age when the earth has become as one country insofar as our interconnectedness.

            A “Nationalist” is an antiquated neanderthal incapable of moving forward to join the rest of humanity in its movement forward; a “Nationalist” is a small-minded little man afraid of interacting with all members of society regardless of artificial boundaries imposed by those constrained by the notion of “Limited Unity”.
            In short, a Nationalist is a lost soul, lost in the wilderness of vain imaginations and puerile tendencies, too immature to be considered an adult who has undergone spiritual and emotional maturity.

            In this category we have Putin, Trump, yourself, the GOP, white supremacists, etc.

            Maybe you should identify yourself as a White Nationalist—just nationalist doesn’t fit the bill for you.

          • Leftout says:

            Nay only as i stated ,an American
            Attitude for ALL for the Country and citizens

          • Leftout says:

            Interconnectiveness tell that to the UK and how other countries
            Are being over run by unassimilatables

          • Independent1 says:

            You’re clearly living in the fantasy of your own lies!! You clearly don’t realize just how big of fascist/racist you really are!!

          • Leftout says:

            Nay not a fascist, only as i stated.

          • Independent1 says:

            You can deny it all you want but that doesn’t change the fact you’re clearly a racist fascist!!! You’re living in your own fantasy lie!!

          • Leftout says:

            You have no argument to back your name calling. Racist is all you guys can say and can not give any instances to support your claims. All we ask is one solid statement.

          • Independent1 says:

            Sorry there lowlife, but YOU ARE what you allow and what you support. And you clearly support Donald Trump who is one of the most racist animals that ever live. I won’t even call him human because he doesn’t qualify as a human. Humans at least have some modicum of empathy for other humans; which narcissistic Trump doesn’t have – Trump has not one ounce of empathy for anyone besides himself.

            So if you don’t think you’re a racist – YOU ARE LYING EVEN TO YOURSELF!!!!!

            Donald Trump’s long history of racism, from the 1970s to 2017

          • Leftout says:

            You guys are soooo frustrated and falling , flailing deep into the abysmal swamp of obscurity. Racism gets you retribution.

      • ray says:

        what planet do you live on.

      • Oh left out one—does it matter what label we assign to Trump? Are you that shallow and bereft of perception to understand that Trump is a creation of the GOP, doing their bidding by promoting their agenda?

        Are you truly that obtuse and mentally lazy not to delve deeply into matters confronting American society?

        • Leftout says:

          Your chacterizations are colored byyour strong ideologies, thats ok. The GOP tried To reel Trump in during the Primaries but failed to do so. Voters were tired Of contrived milk toast responses and personalities. He does not lead the voters the Voters are Wanting a person to carry thier concerns in a manner , no cliches , no political BS. Trump is not a politician and Does
          Not need the GoP, he already corrected immigration, border security by executing existing Laws. All he needs to correct Is healthcare as a one oayer private System paid into by everyone. . Trump is a one oayer advocate.

      • Independent1 says:

        What a load of absolute hogwash!! The vast majority of Americans reject Trump; less than 20% approve of his presidency!!

        You lie like the chicken little that you are!!

        A new polling low for Trump: Just 16 percent ‘like’ his conduct as president

        ‘He’s let me down’: Supporters from a key Rust Belt city are turning on Trump

        Numbers show that most voters rejected Trump

        Fox News Poll: Americans Think Donald Trump Is An Unstable, Dishonest, Immoral Bully

        • dpaano says:

          I just read this morning that 64% of his voter base disagree with him in doing away with the protection for the Dreamers. He thinks that by pawning it off to Congress….he will not get all the blame for this if they don’t do anything about it. That’s interesting because it means some of his ardent voters are now seeing him for what he is…..a liar! I’m sure they’re wondering what else he lied to them about during his campaign!

    • Eleanore Whitaker says:

      The idea that Trump is the boss of Senators and Congresspersons is beginning to get under their skins. The reality of the Republican Party is that it knowingly refused to properly vet Trump the candidate and now they own his vicious, impulsive behavior.

      We all know that the south and Midwest has NEVER accepted that they lost the Civil War. The hatred for Hispanics in Texas goes back to the days of the Alamo when Santa Ana beat Texan butts. Forever after, Texas tried desperately to use states’ rights to violated Constitutional rights of immigrants, Hispanics in particular.

      Yet, recent data on the number of immigrant workers shows Texas is No. 1 in the hiring of undocumented workers. These workers make up 31% of the Texas populatiuon.

      But the lazy bum cowboys and southern plantation mentalities will NEVER admit they won’t do the work immigrants and minorities do like working in slaughter houses, poultry farms cleaning chicken coops, serving the high and mighty as maids and housekeepers in homes and hotels and casinos as Trump does down at Mar-a-Lago and did in his NJ hotels and casinos when he owned them.

      They won’t work out in the hot sun for 8 to 10 hours every day sowing and picking crops. Too too too much work for them. Oh no. They’d rather force all of us to convert back to coal for heating and cooling so they can mine coal like their grandpappy Yokums all did.

      • dpaano says:

        Already, in California, we have had Dole cut back on their strawberry fields due to a lack of people to pick their crops….can’t imagine what strawberries are going to cost next year! The same has happened in much of our central valley agricultural areas! Trump doesn’t seem to realize that what he’s doing will end up costing the lower and middle class more money because of higher produce costs, etc. I bet he hasn’t stepped into a grocery store to buy groceries in his entire life!! He has NO idea of the cost of items and what the prices will do if he gets rid of the very people who do the hard word to bring these products to our grocery stores!

        • The GOP would call enforcing policies leading to shortages of workers, for doing jobs most Americans won’t do, Fiscal Responsibility.

          • dpaano says:

            The problem with our president and his minions, as well as the rest of the GOP, is that they fail to see the consequences of their actions in most cases. This is one of them….this is NOT going to bring back American jobs and, in fact, will cause others to lose their jobs. It will cause prices of our produce to go sky high, and it will close many businesses that have been started by many of these Dreamers….again with job losses.

    • dpaano says:

      And no unlike the Nazi groups that rounded up the Jews and shipped them off to Auschwitz and other concentration camps! These “centers” that ICE uses to keep these immigrants before they are shipped out of the country are the same thing….concentration camps! You can call it whatever you want….it still smells the same!

  6. Eleanore Whitaker says:

    Most of us here in NJ find Trump’s “get even” tactics typical. Why does he hate Muslims? Because he now blames the 3 Muslim high rollers he allowed to launder money in his Taj Mahal Casino for him having to pay a $25 million fine to FinCEN in 2013.

    Why does he hate Hispanics? Could be he is hoping to deport all 4400 of those Hispanic employees at his NJ casinos and hotels he hired and then refused to pay back wages who sued him. Not to mention the union contractors he also stiffed.

    Trump is a spoiled, overindulged child in a man’s body. He cannot remain rational for longer than a half day, at which point he goes off the deep end in his infamous Tweet storms.

    What is no longer amusing is that Trump believes he is our employer and he makes all the decisions, pointing and delegating jobs he can’t do because he lacks the experience and knowledge.

    Already he is demurring and bristling at the restrictions placed on him by Kelly, Mattis and McMaster.

  7. dpaano says:

    First of all, Trump is an out-and-out liar (which we all know). He promised during his campaign to leave the Dreamers alone, and now he’s gone back on that promise….much like he’s gone back on many of his other promises in the past several months. He obviously has NO idea how his immigration policies are causing problems to this country economically! He doesn’t realize that these immigrants work, pay taxes, pay into Social Security (without the benefit of EVER enjoying the benefit), and help our economy. He seems to think that by throwing these people out….this will make jobs for Americans, but today’s Americans won’t do many of the jobs that our immigrants do.
    Secondly, Sessions is an out-and-out racist! He also is totally unaware of what will happen with our economy if they throw the Dreamers out of the country….all he wants to do is to “cleanse” the country of our African Americans and our Latinos, and to my way of thinking, that’s racist! He needs to be impeached or whatever they do to nominees or chairpersons in OUR government! What is being done in the name of this administration in many areas; i.e., education, climate control, environmental, etc. is totally sad and it is NOT making this country great! What WOULD make this country great again would be to get rid of Trump and his unqualified cabinet members!

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