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Saturday, February 16, 2019

The Calculated Cruelty Of Trump’s War On Immigrants

Reprinted with permission from TomDispatch.

“Make America Cruel Again.” That’s how journalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning author David Shipler has reformulated Donald Trump’s trademark slogan. Shipler’s version is particularly apt when you think about the president’s record over the last two years on refugee resettlement and other humanitarian-related immigration issues.

President Trump’s border-wall obsession and the political uproar over it have dominated the news, while the alleged dangers of illegal immigrants — whose numbers he wildly exaggerates — have dominated his rhetoric. But the way he’s altered immigration policy affects many more people than just the migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border who are at the center of the wall debate.…

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Homeland Security Promoted False Information To Reject Refugees

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

 

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) was caught issuing orders to distort information, and in some cases outright lie, to say war-torn nations were safer, in an effort to justify refusing refugees as part of the Trump administration’s aggressive efforts against immigrants.

In a lawsuit naming DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and her deputy Elaine Duker as defendants, the ACLU retrieved internal messages in which the DHS asked staff to extract “positive gems” about war-torn nations.

The documents obtained by the ACLU outline a plan to justify sending back over 300,000 refugees trying to escape dangerous situations, according to NPR reporting.…

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Judge Threatens Sessions With Contempt In Asylum Case

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

A federal judge in Washington on Thursday threatened to hold Attorney General Jeff Sessions in contempt after the Trump Administration tried to deport a woman and her daughter during their deportation proceedings, the Washington Post reports.

U.S. District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan called the government’s effort “pretty outrageous” as he halted the deportation that was apparently already in progress.

The woman, “Carmen,” is being represented by the American Civil Liberties Union in a court case challenging the Trump administration’s decision to bar domestic and gang violence victims from seeking asylum in the U.S. According to the Post, attorneys for Carmen learned “during a brief recess” in court that the woman and her daughter had been removed from a family detention center and were heading for an airport in San Antonio.…

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