It is just as true that putting family first can mean doing everything one can to oppose the continued harm this president is inflicting on families across the country. This requires one to define family as something bigger than the number of people living under your roof. One must also be willing to go toe-to-toe with Donald Trump in defense of other families.
From the time they first flirted at a party, Anne and Ludvin Franco were inseparable. It did not matter that Anne, a waitress, was Pennsylvania Dutch going back generations, while Ludvin, a cook, had grown up in the scrublands of eastern Guatemala.
Trump showed his racist colors when he kicked off his campaign by calling Mexican immigrants “rapists,” and now he wants to remind America that he is still exactly that racist. On Thursday afternoon, he traveled to West Virginia for what was billed as a “Roundtable Discussion on Tax Reform,” but turned into a nasty political rally that reached rock bottom rather quickly.
Jakiw Palij is an actual criminal immigrant who lied about his murderous Nazi background in order to get American citizenship, and is now living out his final years on a “leafy, tree-lined street” in Queens, New York. Despite efforts by local lawmakers to have Palij deported, the 94-year-old remains in the U.S., unmentioned in Trump’s rants and unmolested by ICE agents.
Trump is not ousting them because they are criminals or layabouts, leeching off the public treasury. He is pushing them out because they are immigrants of a darker hue, and he and his most loyal supporters don’t want them here. In another move meant to discourage legal immigrants, the Trump administration plans to change federal rules on government assistance, according to published reports.
Steve Bannon revealed to a Swedish newspaper that he will be visiting the country to “learn from” the Sweden Democrats (SD), an anti-immigration, anti-Muslim party attempting to rebrand away from its neo-Nazi roots. In seeking alliances with Sweden’s most prominent right-wing party leaders, Bannon is trying to dig himself out of the political irrelevance his downfall has brought.
Trump spent Easter morning rage-tweeting about immigration and threatening to punish children by ending his support for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, an Obama-era policy that allows qualified undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children to stay in the country.
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross’ decision Monday to add a controversial question on citizenship to the 2020 census came in the face of opposition from career officials at the Census Bureau who fear it will depress response rates, especially from immigrants.
Congress is rushing to pass a massive omnibus spending bill by the end of the week to avoid a government shutdown. One thing that the bill, which will keep the government open through September, won’t fund is Trump’s long-promised border wall.
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.
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.
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.
At last, the White House has shared a bit of the mystery behind Melania Trump’s immigration to the U.S. The Washington Post reports that in 2001, Melania received a highly coveted EB-1 visa, generally reserved for renowned leaders in the arts, sciences and business world. Hmm….
The Supreme Court levied a blow to the Trump administration on Monday as it refused to review a federal ruling that keeps the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, partially alive. Though well received, immigration advocates have cautioned that the victory will be short-lived unless Congress takes meaningful action to address the fate of so-called Dreamers.
In a speech to conservatives at a convention outside Washington, he also bashed opposition Democrats for failing to back his proposal for putting 1.8 million so-called “Dreamer” immigrants on a pathway to citizenship in exchange for tightening border security and severely restricting legal immigration.
First lady Melania Trump’s parents have become permanent US residents, their lawyer said Wednesday, apparently taking advantage of a family unification program pilloried by the president. “I can confirm that Mrs. Trump’s parents are both lawfully admitted to the United States as permanent residents,” lawyer Michael Wildes said in a statement.
Every year or so, Republicans politicize a new phrase, wielding it as a kind of weapon to slash away at the truth and logic. Most recently, that honor goes to “chain migration,” a 1960s academic term that the GOP has rebranded as a signifier of open borders and the browning of America. As it turns out, the expression may actually have more personal associations.
Perez became a permanent resident in 1989 and said he mistakenly thought he became a citizen because of his military service. He served half of a 15-year prison sentence after he was pleaded guilty to distributing less than 100 grams of cocaine. After his release from prison in September 2016, he was turned over to ICE and sent to a Wisconsin detention center to await deportation.
Mendham Township Deputy Mayor Rick Blood, who is also the public works director in Roxbury, said he did not write the eight-paragraph screed but copied it from someone else, whom he declined to identify, before posting it to his Facebook page on Sunday morning.
As the deadline to renew the Dream Act approaches, the 800,000 mostly young Dreamers have endured abuse from the government and mainstream media alike. They’ve become political chess pieces for legislators with little regard for their fate, and have withstood racist and dishonest name-calling from the Trump administration.
A sweeping two-year budget deal announced by Senate leaders Wednesday promises to end the shutdown threats that have plagued Congress, but fails to address the nagging issue of immigration and will add to a deficit already ballooning because of the GOP tax cut plan.
In tweets shared on Tuesday morning, Donald Trump used NFL player Edwin Jackson’s death to exacerbate anti-immigrant sentiment across the nation. The president tweeted that it was “so disgraceful that a person illegally in our country killed @Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson.
In last Tuesday’s testimony by Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, all the attention was on whether she had heard Donald Trump use a derogatory scatological phrase at a meeting with senators. Overlooked in the coverage was new evidence that when it comes to his favorite proposal, Trump is full of something. In reference to a […]
Global condemnation of the remark as racist has put the president on the defensive amid bipartisan attempts to negotiate a budget deal that would avert a looming government shutdown and remove the threat of deportation of the so-called “dreamers.”
“What do we want Haitians here for?” the president asked, according to the people briefed. “Why do we want all these people from Africa here? Why do we want all these people from shithole countries?” The president added, “We should have people from places like Norway.”