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Monday, April 24, 2017
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Danziger on sanctuary cities

Danziger: You Can’t Fight City Hall

To Danziger, the operative word in the phrase “sanctuary cities” is cities — and he frankly doesn’t expect the mayors of tough towns like New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Los Angeles to knuckle under to a clown like the attorney general.

April 22, 2017

Poll: Texans Oppose Border Wall And Sanctuary Cities, Think Immigrants Help More Than They Hurt

Overall, 27 percent of Texans said that immigration or border security is the state’s most important problem — beating out other issues like the economy, political corruption and health care. That was not a surprise, as these subjects regularly rank near the top of public opinion polls in the state. But the survey also revealed stark differences between the heated rhetoric around immigration and the policies lawmakers want to use to address it.

April 19, 2017
Border Wall, Immigration

Trump’s Wall: How Much Money Does The Government Have For It Now?

During the campaign, President Donald Trump promised to build a wall across the southern border some 1,000 miles long. The number of miles the president currently has money for: seven. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials delivered the startling news this week at a conference in San Antonio for businesses eager to win contracts for beefing up security along the border.

April 14, 2017
Wall, Drug cartels

Trump’s Wall Is Already Collapsing

The Mexican president was supposed to come to Washington for a White House meeting in January. But when Trump said it would be better to cancel the trip if Mexico was not willing to pay for the wall, Pena canceled the trip.

April 4, 2017
Refugees

Major Arab States Leave Syrian Refugees ‘Out In The Cold’

Fighting inside Syria continues with grave implications for its population. Gains by the Syrian Arab Army, the government’s force, and its proxies had been swift in the past few months. These forces seized Aleppo and opened a corridor all the way down to Damascus, as well as taking Palmyra from ISIS and other towns in southern Syria.

March 30, 2017
Sweden, Trump

Is Trump Waging a Stealth War of Retaliation Against Sanctuary Cities?

CNN reported on March 25 that an unnamed “senior U.S. immigration official with direct knowledge of ongoing ICE actions” testified that federal authorities have descended upon sanctuary cities to pressure them to cooperate. Journalist Maria Santana wrote, “High-ranking ICE officials have discussed in internal meetings carrying out more raids on those locations [sanctuary cities].”

March 29, 2017
Immigration, Deported

Are Immigrants Destroying Our Way Of Life?

The fear that foreigners will poison our culture or destroy our government has no basis in experience. “Basic indicators of assimilation, from naturalization to English ability, are if anything stronger now than they were a century ago,” University of Washington scholar Jacob Vigdor has written about Hispanics.

March 17, 2017

Dutch PM Rutte Sees Off Anti-Islam Wilders Challenge

Dutch far-right candidate Geert Wilders had pledged to close the Netherlands’ borders to Muslim immigrants, shut mosques, ban sales of the Quran, and leave the European Union if he won the election.

March 16, 2017
Stephen Miller's blurt on travel ban doomed it in court

Striking Down New Travel Ban, Court Cites Trump Adviser’s Blithering On Fox News

In addition to Rudy Giuliani’s admission of the unconstitutional religious discrimination behind the travel ban, the federal district court decision also noted presidential adviser Stephen Miller’s February 21 appearance on Fox News.

March 16, 2017
Trump, Mentally Ill

What Should We Do About A Mentally Ill President?

It’s time to face up to the obvious: The President of the United States is deranged. He is pathologically addicted to lying, bizarrely repeating his most blatant fabrications even after they’ve been totally debunked.

March 10, 2017
Trump, Wall, Mexico

Trump Invites Bids To Build Wall, Emphasizes Importance Of ‘Aesthetics’

In a little-noticed update, the Department of Homeland Security now says it wants a wall that will be “nominally 30 feet tall,” and that bids will be judged on “aesthetics,” as well.

March 9, 2017
Ben Carson, slaves

Does Ben Carson Know The Difference Between Slaves And Immigrants?

Immigrants relocated. Slaves were relocated. They had no more say in the matter than a chair moved from one side of a room to the other. It’s pathetic to have to explain that to a 65-year-old African-American man.

March 8, 2017
Private prisons, deportations

Trump Immigration Policies Are A Boon For Private Prisons

The Trump administration is expanding the use of private prison facilities to handle a massive increase in deportation and is considering a policy of separating women and children who illegally cross the border, according to news reports.

March 7, 2017
Immigration, Deportations

Trump’s Immigration Executive Orders And The Demise Of Due Process

As a result of Trump’s executive orders on immigration, the government is taking a hard-line approach to immigration enforcement — without explicit consideration for a person’s circumstances.

March 7, 2017
Muslim Ban, Immigrant

Trump Rolls Out New Muslim Travel Ban

The rollout of the order will occur over two weeks, perhaps in an effort to avoid the chaos and confusion of — and fierce opposition to — the previous plan’s same-day implementation.

March 6, 2017
Immigrant Detainees

Immigrant Detainees Sue Private Prison Company, Alleging Forced Labor

By relying on the free work of the detainees, the plaintiffs’ attorneys argued, GEO Group maintains its entire facility with just one janitor on the payroll. They claim the company violated the forced labor provision of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.

March 6, 2017
Immigrant, ICE raids, Deportation

Deportation Plans Continue A Legacy Of Discrimination

Soon a series of U.S. Supreme Court rulings could grant unrestrained power to Congress and the president over immigration control. More than 50 million people could be deported. Countless others might be barred from entering. Most of them would be poor, non-white, and non-Christian.

March 6, 2017
Progressives, Protests

Labor And Women’s Rights Activists Plan Mass Protests To Fight Trumpism

Sectors of the U.S. labor movement are throwing their weight behind an International Women’s Day call for mass actions to protest the gendered violence wrought by neoliberalism, from workplace harassment to environmental destruction to the gutting of welfare systems.

March 5, 2017
Rachel Maddow, Trump

Rachel Maddow Debunks ‘Extreme Vetting’ Propaganda Of Muslim Ban

“I look at this, and you know what I think? I think the Muslim ban is dead,” Maddow said on her show in reference to a leaked Homeland Security report.

March 4, 2017
Dr. Seuss

What Dr. Seuss Can Teach Us About Donald Trump

Asked to explain his political views, Theodor Geisel — better known as Dr. Seuss — once said that he was “against people who push other people around.” Were he alive today, he would surely be using his sharp pen to make fun of Donald Trump.

March 4, 2017
Presidential, Trump

Hold The Presses: Trump Tries To Act Presidential

The fancy joint session address to Congress is not a place you can lead chants like, “Lock her up.” Best to avoid the word “carnage” if possible. If you’re the American president, please act like one. For the first time in a long life, Trump tried to do that. Fake gravitas does not become him, but his slick performance fooled half the people.

March 3, 2017
Executive Orders, Trump, Immigrant

Criminologists Rip Misleading Trump Immigrant Crime Office

Crime reporters and criminologists say President Donald Trump’s new federal office devoted to crimes committed by immigrants is unnecessary and that creating such an entity is misleading since foreign-born residents actually commit fewer crimes than most native citizens.

March 3, 2017
Danziger on immigrant ballplayers

Danziger: The Immigrant Sport

If you follow baseball (or beisbol), you know that the American pastime is and always was enriched by immigration. So the Trump hostility to immigrants, as Danziger observes, is also bad for baseball — yet one more aspect of the president’s policies that is (*cough*) alien to our way of life.

March 2, 2017
Conan

#EndorseThis: Conan Goes To Mexico, Faces ‘Extreme Vetting’

On last night’s episode of Conan, the fearless late night host packed a bag and took his show on the road — to Mexico. O’Brien’s goal: Use his comedic platform to build goodwill among our Mexican neighbors.

March 2, 2017
Trump, Tone

Why Trump Changed His Tone

Donald Trump’s address to Congress on Tuesday was a bold attempt to push forward his trademark nationalist agenda—protectionism, restrictions on immigration, a military buildup—but it was also notable for the ways in which he tried to protect himself from charges of racism and xenophobia.

March 1, 2017