Category: DACA

Six proposals to end the separation of families immigrating illegally at the border are before Congress

Exhausted yet? Can’t quit now, though. The issue is too important. This article gives you links to an analysis of each piece of proposed legislation. None of them suit me perfectly, though each has a legitimate response to different facets of very genuine problems.

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The Trump administration’s separation of families at the border, explained.

When it first became clear that the Trump administration was engaging in wide-scale family separation, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly waved off questions about the policy by saying that children would be sent to “foster care or whatever.” The vagueness and inaccuracy were telling.

The administration knows it is separating families. It does not appear to believe it’s its job to reunite them.

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‘Prison-like’ migrant youth shelter is understaffed, unequipped for Trump’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy, insider says

Colleagues at a government-contracted shelter in Arizona had a specific request for Antar Davidson when three Brazilian migrant children arrived: “Tell them they can’t hug.”

Davidson, 32, is of Brazilian descent and speaks Portuguese. He said the siblings — ages 16, 10 and 6 — were distraught after being separated from their parents at the border. The children were “huddled together, tears streaming down their faces,” he said.

Officials had told them their parents were “lost,” which they interpreted to mean dead. Davidson said he told the children he didn’t know where their parents were, but that they had to be strong.

“The 16-year-old, he looks at me and says, ‘How?’” Davidson said. As he watched the youth cry, he thought, “This is not healthy.”

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Following more Democratic support, immigration discharge petition just three signatures from success

With House Democrats Filemon Vela and Vicente González this week adding their signatures to the immigration discharge petition—the Texas congressmen had not joined over concerns “it could end in legislation that funds a border wall, which they oppose”—the total number of supporters has now reached 215. Just three more, and this bipartisan coalition will be able to bypass Republican Speaker Paul Ryan and force a vote on permanent protections for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Speaks in Code. Here’s What He’s Really Saying.

“Jeff Sessions’s past behavior has demonstrated active hostility to many Americans. As a prosecutor in Alabama, he prosecuted civil rights activists for doing nothing more than assisting African-Americans to vote, because to him, that was a crime. He has characterized the NAACP as forcing civil rights down the throats of white people. This is a remarkable statement, one that appears to reflect a belief that white people decide when and just how many civil rights people of color should receive.”

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In ‘complete victory’ for Los Angeles, judge rules DOJ can’t tie funding to cooperation with ICE

Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is hell-bent on rigging the immigration courts against immigrants and due process, but in the courtrooms out of his clutches, he continues to lose:

A federal judge in Los Angeles ruled this week that the U.S. Department of Justice cannot withhold public safety, policing grants in so-called “sanctuary cities” where local law enforcement officials can choose not to turn over suspected undocumented immigrants in custody over to federal immigration authorities.

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Sign and send the petition to Congress: Congress has the power to save the census.

This is another chapter in the racially based playbook for the Republican game of permanent majority, minority oppression, and ethnic cleansing versus fair voting, one vote-one voice, and participation in government of the people, by the people and for the people. It is an affront to the principles of representative Democracy and a moral disgrace, no matter what rationale you hide it behind.

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