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Monday, June 26, 2017

New York High School Student Arrested By ICE Hours Before Prom

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

On June 8, Diego Ismael Puma Macancela was planning to attend his high school prom. Instead, the Ossining, New York high school senior was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and placed into deportation proceedings. Diego came to America with his mother in 2014, fleeing gang violence in his native Ecuador, according to a statement from the New York Immigration Coalition, an advocacy organization. His mother was detained June 7, according to NBC News New York, and Diego had escaped to a cousin’s apartment, fearing he might be next.

The reprieve was shortlived; ICE agents showed up to arrest him the next day.…

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As Temperatures Climb To 120 Degrees, Border Patrol Agents Raid Humanitarian Aid Camps On Arizona Border

Reprinted with permission from Alternet.
By Lauren Kaori Gurley

Thirty armed Border Patrol agents with 15 trucks, two quads and a helicopter raided an Arizona humanitarian aid camp Thursday, arresting four migrants who were receiving medical attention, according to the humanitarian aid group, No More Deaths.

As southern Arizona prepares for 120-degree temperatures over the weekend and extreme heat advisories in the coming months, the raiding of aid camps providing water and care could prevent migrants from seeking life-saving medical assistance. On Thursday, temperatures reached 105 degrees in Arivaca, northwest of Nogales, Arizona, where the No More Deaths camp is located.…

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Trump’s Travel Ban Is Security Theater

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

Donald Trump is starting to sound like a critic of his own administration. “The Justice Dept. should have stayed with the original Travel Ban, not the watered down, politically correct version they submitted to S.C.,” he tweeted on Monday, referring to the executive order currently before the Supreme Court.

It was Trump, not the Justice Department, who decided to issue that revised order, based on the reasonable expectation that it would be easier to defend in court. And contrary to Trump’s claim that his “smart, vigilant and tough” policy provides “an extra level of safety,” there is little reason to think either version of the travel ban would reduce the average American’s already tiny risk of being killed by a terrorist.

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