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:boom: Judge Furman reads Trump the riot act.

A New York federal judge has issued an order definitively blocking the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census in any form, despite the administration’s insistence it has abandoned plans to add a question on the census.

Judge Jesse Furman, in his two-page order, also indicated the seriousness with which the court will continue to monitor this controversial issue, saying,“The Court will retain jurisdiction in this case to enforce the terms of this Order until the 2020 census results are processed and sent to the President by December 31, 2020.”

(David Bythewood) #185

92-year-old Mexican man beaten with a brick on July 4th and told to 'go back to your own country’ by a pack of attackers — WARNING: GRAPHIC VIDEO

Though this happened a year ago, it is relevant given the current rhetoric.

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(David Bythewood) #187

After holding them for 12 hours at O’Hare Airport, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials released three American citizen children, ages 9, 10 and 13, they detained in an elaborate trap to catch their undocumented parents.


Trump’s presidency may be making Latinos sick

President Trump’s presidency may be making some people sick, a growing number of studies suggest. Researchers have begun to identify correlations between Trump’s election and worsening cardiovascular health, sleep problems, anxiety and stress, especially among Latinos in the U.S.

A study published Friday used data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to show an increased risk among Latina women of having babies born prematurely following Trump’s election. The new study is particularly powerful, experts say, because unlike ailments such as depression or stress that can be hard to quantify, births comes with hard data.

“You have a date when the baby should have been born and when it actually is. You have weight, length of stay at hospital. It’s extremely objective data,” said Kjersti Aagaard, an OB/GYN researcher at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital who was not associated with the study.




The Trump administration floated the possibility of admitting zero refugees next year during a recent meeting with officials from the Department of Homeland Security, State Department, the Pentagon and other agencies, according to sources familiar with the meeting.

A number of options are being discussed and the zero option already received pushback from some government officials, according to one source.

The crack down on refugees is in line with the administration’s immigration agenda which has sought to limit entry to the US. Earlier this week, the administration also put in place a regulation that bars most Central American migrants from seeking asylum in the US.

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More dirty tricks.

“Wondering why there’s suddenly a “whopping” rate of imm court no-shows after tiny rates in prior years? The notices to appear don’t have the hearing date! They can’t comply so they’re “fugitive””

Warning: this “article” is pure propaganda:

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Help stop forced labor of detainees

Immigrants detained in a private prison in San Diego allege that they have been subjected to forced labor and threatened with solitary confinement or restricted visitation rights if they refused to work.

Reports of forced labor are not isolated to immigration detention centers. In Oklahoma, offenders sentenced to rehabilitation end up forced into labor on chicken farms , without any recourse or access to an actual recovery program. Prisoners in California are forced into labor and made to risk their lives fighting the state’s wildfires for a dollar an hour or less.

(David Bythewood) #193

Big Banks Are Divesting From Private Prisons, Thanks to Anti-ICE Activism

Autopsy Offers Jarring New Details About the Death of a 16-Year-Old Guatemalan Boy

Days after he was supposed to be in a children’s shelter, Carlos Gregorio Hernandez Vasquez died of the flu near the toilet in his Border Patrol holding cell.

Reuters photo captures Guatemalan mother begging Mexican National Guard soldier to let her into the United States.

This might be a Mexican soldier, but the U.S. put him there, make no mistake. We bullied Mexico into this.

Immigration Officials Snatch 9-Year-Old U.S. Citizen Heading To School, Hold Her For 2 Days

“I was scared. I was completely by myself,” says sobbing fourth-grader.

Medina’s brother, who is also a U.S. citizen, said officials initially accused him of human trafficking and demanded he sign a paper saying that his sister was really his cousin.

“He was told that he would be taken to jail and they were going to charge him for human trafficking and sex trafficking,” Julia’s mom, Thelma Galaxia, told NBC.


More than 100 immigrants were pepper-sprayed at an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Louisiana this weekend, according to a source with knowledge of the matter.

The detainees were pepper-sprayed at the ICE Processing Center in Pine Prairie on Saturday, just a day after guards pepper-sprayed more than 30 immigrant detainees at a separate facility in rural Louisiana.

The incident in Pine Prairie was not publicly disclosed.

The inmates at Pine Prairie — where more than 1,000 ICE detainees can be held at a time — were pepper-sprayed after they demonstrated in the center’s yard, the source said. The inmates were then taken to a separate part of the facility to be decontaminated.

After this story was published, Bryan Cox, an ICE spokesman, confirmed the incident in an email to BuzzFeed News.

Cox said that a "group of ICE detainees refused to depart the outdoor recreation area at the Pine Prairie facility Friday evening."

"After repeated attempts by facility staff and ICE personnel to disperse the group and restore orderly operation of the facility, a brief, calculated use of pepper spray was employed Saturday morning."

(David Bythewood) #195

Dr. Christine Eady Mann works at an immigrant clinic and shelter in Laredo, that had convinced the CBP to bring migrants to them instead of abandoning them at a bus station with no money, food, water, or phone.

The CBP has reversed that policy. This thread details what is happening.

Yesterday, Dr. Claudia Mercado, the local physician who put the clinic together shared photos of migrants walking back into Mexico, as well as photos from the other side of the border of children sleeping on pizza boxes and people seeking shelter under bridges in Mexico.

This thread details it all.

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Under the cover of Trump’s visit to Ohio to turn a tragedy into a campaign ad, ICE conducted a massive raid, arresting 680 people.

Where are Mom and Dad? School on standby to help children in aftermath of ICE raids

Jimmy Aldaoud, a 41-year-old Detroit man, spent most of his life in the U.S., but was swept up in President Donald Trump’s intensified immigration enforcement efforts. Aldaoud was an Iraqi national, but he was born in Greece and came to the U.S. as a young child; he had never lived in Iraq and did not speak Arabic.

#He died after an inability to obtain insulin in Baghdad to treat his diabetes.


:sob: Click link to watch video :point_down:

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A glimpse inside the Central Processing Center, at the heart of the border crisis

Old story, but notable.

Massachusetts Judge Charged With Helping Undocumented Immigrant Escape ICE

State District Judge Shelley Richmond Joseph and a court officer allegedly allowed the man to sneak out the courthouse back door.

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UPDATE on ACLU fight to reunite children separated since BEFORE July 2018: 966 kids names handed over to ACLU so far by the government.

914 on the government’s list don’t appear to have parents’ contact info! When the ACLU raised this problem the government said they don’t have any more info!

Appeals court rules Trump admin must provide hygiene products in migrant facilities


Stephen Miller is an immoral and irascible person. His stoking this fire with his Alt-Right, read White Nationalist positions and setting policy is reprehensible. The only thing more which needs to be said is he needs to go.

How Stephen Miller Rode an Anti-Immigration Wave to the White House

Behind Mr. Miller’s singular grip on the Trump anti-immigrant agenda are forces far bigger than his own hostility toward the foreign-born.

Arriving in Washington as these forces coalesced, Mr. Miller rode the tailwinds with zeal and skill. Warning of terrorism and disturbed by multicultural change, he became the protégé of a Southern senator especially hostile to immigration, Jeff Sessions of Alabama. And he courted allies in the conservative media and immigration-restriction groups.

Mr. Miller, who declined to comment for this article, affects the air of a lone wolf — guarded, strident, purposefully provocative. But he has been shaped by the movement whose ideas and lieutenants he helped install across the government as he consolidated a kind of power unusual for a presidential aide and unique in the Trump White House.


Other suits have been filed on behalf of individuals in immigration detention and against conditions at specific facilities. But Monday’s lawsuit, filed in U.S District Court for the Central District of California, is one of the first arguing that Immigration and Customs Enforcement is deliberately and systematically denying care to about 55,000 migrants in custody at county jails and at both privately and publicly run detention centers.

“We’re hoping that this lawsuit will shine attention on the severity of the problem across the country,” said Elissa Johnson, senior supervising attorney at the Southern Poverty Law Center, one of the lawyers filing the suit. “The issues are so pervasive.”

Who The Fuck Has Sued The Trump Administration
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We call him #PutinsPuppet, but this is a chilling look at how Stephen Miller pulls Trump’s strings.

How Stephen Miller authors Trump’s immigration policy: With unswerving loyalty, Stephen Miller has singular control of an issue central to the presidency.

The #ICEraids in MS are still having horrifying results.

4-month old #BabyJaqueline’s mother has been held in an ICE facility for 12 days. When breastfeeding, women continue to produce milk that needs to be expressed or it can cause pain & swelling.


The Trump Administration wants to get rid of the Flores Settlement Agreement, which prevents the US from detaining migrant children and their families longer than 20 days.

**The Trump administration announced Wednesday that it’s moving ahead with proposed new rules that would allow for the longer term detention of families traveling with children across the U.S.-Mexico border**.

The government’s detention of children has been limited to less than 20 days under a court-approved settlement known as the Flores Settlement Agreement. President Donald Trump and Republicans have repeatedly blamed the 20-day limit for encouraging undocumented migrants from arriving at the border with children, expecting to be released. Administration officials expect the new rule to act as a deterrent measure aimed at immigrant families.

If it withstands review by the judge overseeing the Flores agreement, the new rule change would allow families to be held together in detention throughout their immigration court proceedings. While cases for detained immigrants tend to move more quickly than those who get released, the process can still take multiple months, a DHS official acknowledged Tuesday.

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