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Saturday, May 27, 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

Privatized For-Profit Immigrant Detention Centers Are A ‘Living Nightmare,’ Investigation Shows

A new investigation provides a chilling glimpse into the nightmarish conditions in privatized, for-profit immigrant detention centers in the U.S. Migrants fleeing violence and poverty, some of whom have unsuccessfully tried to apply for asylum, are forced to eat rotten food and drink contaminated water.

May 9, 2017
Trump, Allies

Will This Be The Biggest May Day Ever In The U.S.?

The alliance between labor, immigrants, and communities of color in California and elsewhere has resulted in powerful progressive political victories that have rejected Trumpism and the right-wing Republican machine over the last 10 years. This is a movement that must spread throughout the country to embrace a progressive vision for the future.

April 30, 2017

Former Director Of Anti-Immigration Group Set To Be Named Ombudsman At U.S. Immigration Agency

A former director of an anti-immigration group, Julie Kirchner, is expected to be named as ombudsman to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services on Monday, according to a person with knowledge of the pending appointment. Kirchner was from 2005 to 2015 director of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a group that has advocated for extreme restrictions on immigration.

April 29, 2017
Boycott, Trump

May Day, Reinvigorated To Fight Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Policies

Events are planned nationwide. In Houston, Texas, workers and allies will gather and wear red for a morning rally and march. In California (Oakland, San Francisco and Sacramento), there are multiple marches occurring throughout the day and even after 5pm, for those unable to strike during work hours. Also on the West Coast, in Vancouver, Washington, local chapters of the ACLU and Indivisible groups are meeting for a march and rally, also after the workday.

April 29, 2017
Trump sued 34 times

6 Reasons Trump and Sessions Are Constitutional Idiots When It Comes To Threatening and Punishing Sanctuary Cities

While the White House ridiculed that order—Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said, “It’s the 9th Circuit going bananas”—that’s exactly the opposite of what U.S. District Court Judge William H. Orrick wrote in his 49-page ruling. Trump and his White House team have gone off the rails, Orrick wrote, ignoring the Constitution, offering arguments that make no legal sense and making repeated threats that show a lack of control.

April 27, 2017
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

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