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Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Immigration Effect

President Trump has promised to increase U.S. economic growth – in fact, he’s banking on it. The budget he proposed to Congress in May assumes a 3 percent growth rate, and the White House website promises a return to 4 percent annual economic growth. Both predictions are far higher than the roughly 2 percent growth rate assumed by the Congressional Budget Office or the Federal Reserve.

July 20, 2017

Advocacy Groups Protest Trump’s Immigration Pick

As President Trump’s pick to lead the agency that approves immigration petitions heads towards likely confirmation, more than 300 advocacy organizations are urging the Senate to oppose it, citing ProPublica’s examination of the nominee’s record.

July 19, 2017

Fox News Hates That An Oregon Bill Provides Immigrants With Health Care — Including Abortion

On Fox News’ The Story with Martha MacCallum, host Martha MacCallum slammed an Oregon bill that would protect reproductive health care for all — including undocumented immigrants. MacCallum used the segment to misinform about the bill, combining xenophobic statements about immigrants with misinformation…

July 19, 2017
Immigrant, ICE raids, Deportation

ICE Officers Told To Take Action Against All Undocumented Immigrants Encountered While On Duty

The head of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement unit in charge of deportations has directed his officers to take action against all undocumented immigrants they may cross paths with, regardless of criminal histories. The guidance appears to go beyond the Trump administration’s publicly stated aims, and some advocates say may explain a marked increase in immigration arrests.

July 8, 2017

The Sessions Chronicles

So if you’re trying to figure out what makes Jeff Sessions tick, it is worth digging deep. It is Sessions who’ll likely be the one left standing once Bannon, Spicer, Kushner, and all the rest of this Friends and Family administration are gone—probably even after Trump himself oozes into irrelevance.

July 6, 2017

Attorney Group Says Kobach Violated Federal Law By Promoting Voter Commission

A national group of civil rights attorneys says that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach may have violated a federal law by promoting his work on President Donald Trump’s voter commission on his campaign website. The Lawyers’ Committee Civil Rights Under Law, a nonprofit group founded in 1963 at the request of President John Kennedy as a way to safeguard civil rights, filed a Hatch Act complaint against Kobach on Monday with the Office of Special Counsel, an independent watchdog within the federal government.

July 4, 2017

Hate Crimes On the Rise In California

According to statistics released by the state Department of Justice on Monday, there was an overall increase of hate crimes by 11.2 percent from 2015 to 2016, with a particular spike in hate crimes against black people. Overall, the department recorded 931 incidents in 2016, with the most common crime involving a racial bias (most often against black people) and the second most common a bias against gay people.

July 4, 2017

Donald Trump’s Limit On Refugees Approaching Fast

There are nearly three months left in the government’s fiscal year, but authorities will soon hit a cap on the number of refugees allowed into the nation under a contentious Trump administration policy. This week, the U.S. will likely accept a total of 50,000 refugees so far this fiscal year, USA Today reported Monday. The ceiling was set by President Donald Trump as part of his multi pronged plan to curtail immigration. It would mark the lowest total number of refugees allowed into the U.S. in a decade.

July 4, 2017
Trump economy fix

Trump’s Travel Ban Is Legal But Dumb

This week the Supreme Court unblocked most aspects of President Trump’s executive order limiting entry into the United States, signaling that the restrictions are likely to be upheld. That makes sense because the reasons that two federal appeals court offered for upholding injunctions against Trump’s order are unpersuasive. But the fact that Trump’s policy is legal does not make it smart.

June 28, 2017

New York High School Student Arrested By ICE Hours Before Prom

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.

June 17, 2017

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

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.

June 17, 2017
Travel Ban

Trump’s Travel Ban Is Security Theater

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.

June 12, 2017

Is Breitbart Doomed?

Breitbart became a conservative media juggernaut by riding the rising tide of the racist, misogynistic “alt-right” and Donald Trump’s bigoted presidential campaign. But amid a massive advertiser boycott and faltering website traffic, the site has been forced to backpedal — at least somewhat — from the reputation that was responsible for its popularity in the first place.

June 8, 2017

Professional Racist Richard Spencer Makes His Money Off Cotton Farms And Black Labor

The first is the innate supremacy of whiteness: The idea that white people’s superior inventiveness, strength and vision have made them high achievers who earned every bit of their status. The second is that non-white people (around the world, but particularly in the United States) serve only as a burden to white greatness.

June 4, 2017
Al Franken

Excerpt: Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

Al Franken is one of the smartest, funniest people ever to enter American politics — and his sharp new memoir will make you think and laugh on every page. In this excerpt he goes straight at Donald Trump on immigration, a topic of profound relevance in his home state of Minnesota.

June 4, 2017

Sweden Is Far Right Gateway Into Europe

Sweden is known as a bastion of progressive values and policies, but underneath the dominant ideology, there is a motivated, well-connected nativist movement that has existed for decades and is now re-emerging, armed with fake news.

May 30, 2017

Leading Right-Wing Think Tank Caught Circulating White Nationalist Propaganda Over 2,000 Times

For Krikorian, he’s been making the most of it by arguing in the mainstream press that his group, long attacked from across the political spectrum for its connections to eugenics-friendly white nationalists and shoddy research, doesn’t deserve to be labeled a hate group.

May 26, 2017
Trump, Democracy

Trump’s Immigration Pick Attacked Obama Programs In Ghost-Written Senate Letters

If letters written by Lee Francis Cissna, the president’s nominee to head U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, are any guide, he’s poised to dismantle Obama-era policies like a humanitarian program for Central American children.

May 25, 2017

Danziger: What If They Built A Wall And Nobody Came?

To Danziger it is obvious what shoppers will find in supermarket produce sections across America if Trump’s immigration policy ever succeeds in driving away the migrant workforce: not much to eat.

May 25, 2017
Maan Singh Khalsa

California Hate Crime Against Sikh Man Yields Prison Terms For Assailants

“My attackers hit me with their fists, knocked off my turban, and yelled, ‘Cut his fucking hair.’ They yanked my hair through the window and used a knife to saw parts of it off. In the course of the attack, as I tried to protect my hair and my head, my right finger was stabbed, and eventually required amputation.”

May 22, 2017
Immigration, Deportations

Trump Administration Arrests Of Noncriminal Immigrants Up 150 Percent

But on one point, Trump pretended to care about nuance: He would not, he stated on multiple occasions, target undocumented immigrants indiscriminately, but would focus on those with criminal records—the “bad hombres,” to use the president’s own ridiculous words. Predictably, this has not been the case in practice.

May 22, 2017
Trump, American First

50 Terrible Ideas That Could Become Law If Trump Is Impeached And Pence Becomes President

Vice-President Pence, along with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell are cut from the same far-right cloth of every other Republican presidential candidate in 2016.

May 21, 2017

Stop Blaming Workers, The Bosses Made This Mess

The signs in our streets have inscriptions in both languages… Unless the stream of the importation could be turned they will soon so outnumber us that all the advantages we have will not be able to preserve our language, and even our government will become precarious.”

May 17, 2017

Immigrants In Detention Centers Are Often Hundreds Of Miles From Legal Help

“Without an attorney, it’s almost impossible to win your case in the immigration courts. You don’t even really know what to say or what the standards are,” said Rosenbluth, who works for a private law firm and took on the cases for a fee.

May 17, 2017

Trumpty Dumpty: He’s Off The Wall

As President Trump is finding out in his ill-fated war with Mexico, the problem that world powers have when they pick fights with seemingly powerless countries is that even small dogs have sharp teeth.

May 11, 2017