A draft memo leaked from the Department of Homeland Security, indicating that the government may soon call up National Guard units to detain and deport undocumented immigrants – not exactly what most Guard personnel enlisted to do, as Danziger notes. But if ordered to tear immigrant families apart, at least they can offer the usual excuse.
Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton was a triumph of racial resentment and fears about demographic change, a primal scream from whites who are anxious about an America that is becoming increasingly diverse. But for all the xenophobia that Trump encourages, his supporters will be disappointed to learn that white Americans are headed, inexorably, for minority status, based on legal immigration and birth rates.
The loss by the embattled sheriff came as he faced a criminal contempt charge for violating a court order against racial profiling.
Whether Trump may be accurately defined as a “fascist” or not, his political ascent increasingly resembles a “Saturday Night Live” version of the rise of Hitler or Mussolini. Both dictators were mocked as buffoons in their day, but when they suddenly came to power, the joke was no longer quite so funny.
Apizaco (Mexico) (AFP) — Texas Governor Rick Perry’s plan to send troops to reinforce the Mexican border was enough to deter Salvadoran couple Edwin and Sandra, who decided to make a difficult trek through New Mexico instead. The young couple, who are expecting a baby in six months, are crossing Mexico aboard an infamous freight […]
By Christy Hoppe, The Dallas Morning News AUSTIN, Texas — The governor’s office confirmed this morning that Rick Perry will order 1,000 National Guard troops to the Texas border to beef up patrols in South Texas. But sheriffs along the border said they have not been consulted and question the wisdom of sending military personnel […]
By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times Demonstrations began Tuesday in the Arizona town of Oracle, the latest municipality trying to come to grips with the surge in children and women from Central America who have illegally crossed into the United States in record numbers, straining local patience and politics. The demonstrations, those in support and […]
By Cindy Carcamo, Los Angeles Times NOGALES, Ariz. — Moments after Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson took his first tour of a southern Arizona detention facility housing about 900 migrant children in makeshift cages Wednesday, he had a message for Central American parents who are on the brink of sending their children illegally and alone […]
By Brian Bennett, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Tuesday he had ordered five dozen additional criminal investigators to Texas to prosecute human smugglers responsible for bringing children across the border illegally. Johnson disclosed the beefed-up federal presence during a sometimes-acrimonious congressional hearing in which Republicans blamed a […]
By Alfonso Chardy, El Nuevo Herald MIAMI — After spotting a disabled pleasure boat with five people aboard drifting 21 miles east of Miami, a Good Samaritan contacted the U.S. Coast Guard. The five men aboard did have mechanical trouble that mid-April morning, but they did not want any assistance from the Coast Guard. Turns out, […]
By Patrick McGreevy, Los Angeles Times SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Federal authorities have rejected California’s proposed design for a driver’s license for immigrants in the U.S. illegally, saying it is not distinguishable enough for security purposes from permits given to citizens. The Washington officials want the license to state clearly on its face “that it is not […]
By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Republican Jeb Bush knew that calling illegal immigration an “act of love” was going to light up the political world even before he made the unorthodox comment, and then he did it anyway. The former Florida governor and potential 2016 Republican presidential contender served up a tough-love […]