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Sunday, December 17, 2017

The Taking: How Construction Of The First Border Wall Abused Texans

Reprinted with permission from ProPublica.

This story was co-published with the Texas Tribune.

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.



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The Fraudulent Case For The Border Wall

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

One night last month, a Border Patrol officer in southwest Texas was killed and his partner seriously hurt while on patrol near the Mexican border. What quickly emerged was a gruesome tale. The officers were “ambushed by a group of illegal aliens” who smashed their heads with rocks, according to the head of the union representing Border Patrol agents.

An array of elected leaders reacted with outrage. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said the bloodshed illustrated “the ongoing threat that an unsecure border poses to the safety of our communities.” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott offered a reward for information leading to the arrest of those who are guilty of the “murder” of Rogelio Martinez.…

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Fascist Trolls And White Nationalists Defend Trump’s Anti-Muslim Video Retweets

Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.

On Wednesday morning, President Donald Trump retweeted three anti-Muslim videos posted by Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of the far-right, ultranationalist Britain First political organization, who has previously been “found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment.” Trump’s retweets of three videos attempting to link Muslims to violent crime, one of which has been debunked and the other two of which lacked context, were praised by white nationalists and far-right ideologues on Twitter and by Internet trolls on 4chan, 8chan, and Reddit message boards. At least one prominent fake news website also defended Trump’s retweets.

Prominent white nationalist David Duke:



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