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Trump Sending Tactical Units Into Cities To Round Up Immigrants

The Trump is administration is deploying tactical units into multiple sanctuary cities as part of an effort to assist U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in its campaign to detain migrants.

The units are being deployed “in order to enhance the integrity of the immigration system, protect public safety, and strengthen our national security,” Customs and Border Protection spokesman Lawrence Payne told the New York Times.

According to an email sent to CBP personnel, the deployment of the tactical teams will run from February through May.

The elite units, described by the Times as the “SWAT team of the border patrol,” will have gear such as stun grenades and have gone through training like that of the Special Forces. According to the outlet, “the officers typically conduct high-risk operations targeting individuals who are known to be violent, many of them with extensive criminal records.”

The planned deployment will affect cities including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Houston, Boston, New Orleans, Detroit, and Newark, New Jersey.

ICE already operates in those cities and the deployment will add an increased degree of militarism to its immigration operations.

Donald Trump has often attacked and criticized sanctuary cities as part of his anti-immigrant rhetoric.

“The state of California passed an outrageous law declaring their whole state to be a sanctuary for criminal illegal immigrants — a very terrible sanctuary — with catastrophic results,” Trump said in his recent State of the Union address.

At a campaign rally in New Hampshire, Trump complained about “left-wing politicians” who “support sanctuary cities that release criminal aliens directly into the American community.”

Under Trump, immigrant communities have expressed fears about agencies like ICE coming into communities and separating families from each other. In some instances, ICE has even apprehended and detained American citizens, despite claims that they only target migrants.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump said that he would use a “deportation force” to remove 11 million immigrants from the United States.

“You’re going to have a deportation force, and you’re going to do it humanely,” he claimed at the time.

Multiple studies have shown that migrants are statistically far less likely to commit crimes than natural-born U.S. citizens.

Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.

Trump Threatens To Send Migrants Into ‘Sanctuary Cities’

Trump is growing increasingly unhinged over his hatred of immigrants, confirming on Friday that he wants to send people seeking asylum in the U.S. to so-called “sanctuary cities” as punishment to Democrats.

“Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities,” Trump tweeted, all random capitalizations his. “Only The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy – so this should make them very happy!”

There is so much wrong with this proposal it’s hard to know where to begin.

First, however, it needs to be said that White House officials explicitly told ABC News that this proposal was “floated and rejected” — a claim that was clearly a lie given that Trump just confirmed the proposal is still on the table.

Second, the premise that sending immigrants and asylum-seekers into Democratic-controlled cities is a punishment is so incredibly racist that it’s hard to believe anyone would think it, let alone broadcast it aloud as Trump is doing.

The people Trump is trying to weaponize against Democrats are families, many of them with young children, who are risking their lives to flee violence in their home countries. They are merely seeking the chance to live without fear and gain the ability to give their children a better life.

Yet Trump — as he’s said many times — views these immigrants as violent criminals and “animals.”And he thinks that by sending them into Democratic-controlled cities, they’ll bring so much crime and violence that Democrats will see the light and back some of Trump’s immigration proposals.

Of course, this is merely a racist Trump fever dream that will never come true.

Data show that immigrants commit far less crime than native-born citizens. And because Democrats are neither racist nor scared of immigrants coming to their cities — particularly cities that have specific policies of welcoming and protecting immigrants — they are condemning Trump’s proposal for what it is: a stupid, racist idea.

“It’s just another notion that is unworthy of the presidency of the United States and disrespectful of the challenges that we face as a county, as a people, to address who we are: a nation of immigrants,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told reporters on Friday, according to the Hill newspaper.

Trump’s plan may also backfire. Sending immigrants to sanctuary cities, where they will be welcomed by residents and not demonized and otherized, is the exact opposite of what Trump intends. And threatening Democrats to cave to his draconian proposals — to give him what he wants or else — is not likely to work for him either.

Published with permission of The American Independent.

Second Federal Judge Blasts Commerce Secretary’s Census Scheme

A federal judge slammed Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross on Wednesday for breaking the law and violating the Constitution in a scheme to manipulate the 2020 census. The case, initiated by a lawsuit from the state of California, revolves around a citizenship question Ross wants included on the census.

In his 126-page ruling, Judge Richard Seeborg found that Ross violated both the Administrative Procedure Act and the Enumeration Clause of the Constitution.

Seeborg wrote that Ross engaged in “a cynical search to find some reason, any reason, or an agency request to justify that preordained result” rather than working within the confines of the law.

A citizenship question on the census would result in undercounting Latinos and undocumented people living in the United States, thus undermining the very purpose of the decennial census.

In fact, Ross knew the impact of adding such a question and moved forward with his attempt anyway. Seeborg recognized the “unrefuted evidence” from Census Bureau staff showing a citizenship question would depress response rates among Latino and noncitizen communities.

California, home of the largest number of Hispanic people, argued that any effort to undercount people living in the state could impact their representation in both Congress and the electoral college, since both are based on population. In fact, the Washington Post previously reported that the overall result would benefit Republicans for the next decade.

Further, census data is used to allocate federal funds, so undercounting certain segments of the population could have dramatic impacts on both state and local funding formulas.

In the end, Seeborg found that Ross “acted in bad faith” throughout the process.

This was the second federal court to rule against the Trump administration’s racist attempts to undercount Latinos in the 2020 census. Earlier this year, Judge Jesse M. Furman of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York ruled Ross made “egregious” violations of the law in his attempt to add the question.

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case based on Furman’s ruling, with arguments scheduled to take place on April 23. The court will ultimately decide if the Trump administration’s racist attempts to manipulate the census are out of bounds.

Published with permission of The American Independent.

Trump’s Golf Club Hired Enough Undocumented Workers To Support A Town

Trump has built his brand on vilifying undocumented immigrants, appealing to the GOP base’s bigotry to build support for his anti-immigrant, nationalistic policies.

Yet despite railing against undocumented immigrants and calling for an unnecessary border wall to keep them out, Trump himself has profited off undocumented labor at his ritzy golf clubs across the country.

And according to a report published Friday by the Washington Post, Trump’s golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey employed so many undocumented workers that “Trump money” helped residents of one entire town in Costa Rica buy houses and support their families.

“My whole town practically lived there,” said one former Bedminster maintenance worker from the town of Santa Teresa de Cajon, which over the years has supplied Trump’s New Jersey club with dozens of undocumented workers, former employees told the Post.

The hiring of undocumented labor at the Bedminster golf club was “systematic” and an “open secret,” according to the Washington Post’s report, which was based on interviews with more than a dozen people from Latin America who worked at the club.

News of undocumented labor at the Bedminster club first broke in December, when two undocumented housekeepers who had worked there told their story to the New York Times.

But the Post’s new report reveals the shocking scope of the matter. Trump essentially had a pipeline of undocumented workers from Costa Rica who helped build and later maintain the club in New Jersey — as the Trump Organization demanded more and more cheap labor, and as more and more workers shared news of the opportunity with their friends and family back home.

“Many of us helped him get what he has today,” one undocumented worker living in Costa Rica told the Washington Post. “This golf course was built by illegals.”

Trump also benefited from drastically underpaying the workers for what their labor was actually worth.

The work performed ranged from groundskeeping to operating heavy machinery such as bulldozers and excavators. The Trump Organization only paid the undocumented workers $10 or less per hour for the heavy machinery work — far less than the $51 to $55 dollar per hour salaries that workers who were licensed to operate heavy machinery would have made, according to the Washington Post.

That means Trump was arguably taking away jobs from the blue collar workers he claims to support, and profiting off of the undocumented workers he has attacked.

You don’t have to go far back to find Trump comments that lay out how hypocritical his practice of profiting off undocumented labor is.

In fact, just go back to his racist State of the Union address from Tuesday night.

“Tolerance for illegal immigration is not compassionate; it is actually very cruel,” Trump said in the speech, in which he lied about the supposed ill effects illegal immigration has on jobs and society.

Eric Trump, who now “leads” the Trump Organization, and the White House both declined to comment to the Washington Post on Trump’s practice of hiring undocumented workers at Trump’s Bedminster club.

For a group of people who normally lie with ease, even the Trump family can’t seem to lie its way out of this hypocritical mess.

Published with permission of The American Independent.