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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Trump’s Wall Is Performance Art, Not Border Security

Reprinted with permission from Creators.

Donald Trump loves the ceremonial parts of his job, and his trip to California to inspect prototypes for a border wall was pure theater. He got to project toughness, point to something tangible, make big promises and take credit — without actually accomplishing anything. He’s not a president; he’s a performance artist.

Of all his campaign pledges, none was more appealing to those at his rallies than the border wall, and none was more harebrained. The idea of creating an impermeable vacuum seal on our southern perimeter was appealing to opponents of immigration (legal or not) and drug smuggling.…

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ICE Aggressively Targeting Most Vocal Immigration Activists

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

According to a report by Rewire News, a Latina activist on reproductive justice was detained this week after she visited the Immigration and Customs office in Tucson, Arizona. The report noted that the check-in had been planned and scheduled in advance but when activist Alejandra Pablos came to the office, she was detained by ICE members. People close to Pablos point to her activism as the possible reason behind her detention.

Pablos, who is affiliated with the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH), also works for the pro-choice program known as “We Testify” which shares stories and accounts on abortion access through the National Network of Abortion Funds.…

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California Rejects Sessions’ Nuisance ‘Sanctuary’ Lawsuit

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Jeff Sessions escalated his crusade against immigrants Tuesday with a lawsuit against California over the state’s current immigration laws. But California politicians are responding forcefully.

The lawsuit is focused on three California “sanctuary state” laws that deal with how state law enforcement agencies and businesses interact with federal immigration agencies.

Sessions’ Department of Justice claims the laws are unconstitutional.

But California Attorney General Xavier Becerra disagrees. “We are doing nothing to intrude on the work of federal government to do immigration enforcement,” he said. “We are doing what we believe is best to make sure the people of California are safe.”


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