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A Massachusetts Lawmaker Teeters on the Edge of a Felony
The Daily Caller has published a story about Democratic Massachusetts State Rep. Michelle DuBois' vigorous efforts to warn a local community of impending ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) raids via her Facebook account. She apparently deleted (or changed privacy settings) on the series of posts to make them inaccessible after receiving a significant amount of adverse feedback, but the Daily Caller saved and has shown pictures of the posts as a part of the article.

After being criticized by a Massachusetts sheriff for "completely undermin[ing] law enforcement", DuBois attempted to justify what she had done by absurdly suggesting that she was doing ICE a favor:

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Sometimes the Immigration System Works: For Instance, Anya the EB-1A
My colleagues and I typically write about what is wrong with the immigration system, and what changes are needed. That's perfectly appropriate because much needs to be done.

But sometimes the system works well, and it is appropriate to report that, too.

I was not looking for exemplars of this kind when I met Anya (not her real name). As I do every spring, I was volunteering to help graduate students at a major D.C.-area university with their income tax returns, and she was next in line.

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Better Data on H-1B's Effects Needed
A number of people have asked my why I have not commented on the recent Wall Street Journal article about a study that found H-1B drives down computer worker wages . Apparently many people think I should be pointing out that H-1B has driven down IT wages by 2.5 percent.

The reason I have not promoted this study is the same reason I have not promoted similar studies: I do not believe the data supports the result.

Obviously, under the law of supply of and demand, more foreign computer workers means lower wages for domestic workers. But how much lower?

read more

Pro Bono Lawyers Are NOT 'Public Defenders' in Removal Proceedings
The Miami Herald recently published an article, "Free 'public defender's office' would represent immigrants in deportation proceedings", that lays out the nascent effort spearheaded by former federal judge Shira Scheindlin, under the name "American Immigrant Representation Project" (AIRP) that its participants hope will eventually establish itself sufficiently to become nationwide and well-entrenched enough to provide representation to most if not all aliens in removal courts.

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H-1B Allows Companies to Create Software Disasters for Less
I recently wrote about the huge failure rate in software projects . Currently only about a quarter of software projects are successful, another quarter are complete disasters, and the rest fall somewhere in between.

Considering the high rate of failure, lawsuits against vendors that produce such disasters are rare. So it was surprising for me to see that MillerCoors has filed a lawsuit against the Indian H-1B bodyshop HCL . HCL is the company that supplied Disney with H-1B replacements when the "Most Miserable Place on Earth" got rid of its American programmers. MillerCoors seeks $100 million in compensatory damages in its lawsuit.

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The Government's Puzzling Laptop Prohibition
The U.S. government has announced that if you are flying directly to the United States from one of 10 listed international airports in the Middle East and North Africa, you may not carry a laptop into the cabin , for security reasons. All the airports are in Muslim-majority countries.

There is no ban on carrying laptops (and similar items) on U.S.-bound flights from other airports.

read more

Senate Holds a Rare Hearing on Immigration-Related Marriage Fraud
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a rare hearing earlier this month on a long-neglected subject, immigration-related married fraud .

Two U.S. citizens came forward to testify that they had been hoodwinked by aliens who subsequently abused the witnesses after securing what they had wanted in the first place not love and marriage, but a green card.

read more

While the White House Trolls the Press, the SPLC Pulls a Stunt of Its Own
Introductory Note: Last Monday, this blog drew on a "Fresh Air" podcast to report on the New Yorker playing a supportive role as the Southern Poverty Law Center revives the sinister tradition of the Hollywood black list . Now another podcast leads us to another example of the ideological axis between the hate-mongering mob from Montgomery, Ala,. and the normally respectable New Yorker, the editorial voice of the Manhattan liberal consensus.

For the second time in a month, a writer for the New Yorker has demonstrated the astonishing ability of the "hate group" vigilantes of the SPLC to snooker the cosmopolitan cognoscenti up there in the Big Apple.

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LAPD Boss Charlie Beck: Fearmonger in Chief
The Associated Press is reporting that Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has tied a statistical drop for the first quarter of this year in reports of domestic violence and sexual assault crimes by Latinos to fears of deportation. He's quoted as saying: "Imagine your sister, your mother, not reporting a sexual assault for fear that their family will be torn apart."

There are, of course, any number of reasons why such a drop might have taken place, and we don't know yet whether it's a statistical anomaly or even whether the anomaly is the result of book-cooking. If the Obama administration cooked the books at the federal level, and it did, is there any reason to think it might not happen at the local level to advance a political agenda? Certainly Beck has repeatedly demonstrated his sensitivity to the pro-sanctuary vibe of his political bosses in city hall.

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Mexico Reforms Education Law to Benefit Deportees
Mexico's President Peña Nieto recently put into effect reforms to the General Education Law primarily to benefit Mexicans deported from the United States.

The reforms will make it easier to revalidate education, eliminate bureaucratic barriers, simplify the revalidation of professions, and facilitate the entry of students into the national education system despite a lack of academic or identity documents.

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A Massachusetts Lawmaker Teeters on the Edge of a Felony
The Daily Caller has published a story about Democratic Massachusetts State Rep. Michelle DuBois' vigorous efforts to warn a local community of impending ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) raids via her Facebook account. She apparently deleted (or changed privacy settings) on the series of posts to make them inaccessible after receiving a significant amount of adverse feedback, but the Daily Caller saved and has shown pictures of the posts as a part of the article.

After being criticized by a Massachusetts sheriff for "completely undermin[ing] law enforcement", DuBois attempted to justify what she had done by absurdly suggesting that she was doing ICE a favor:

read more

Sometimes the Immigration System Works: For Instance, Anya the EB-1A
My colleagues and I typically write about what is wrong with the immigration system, and what changes are needed. That's perfectly appropriate because much needs to be done.

But sometimes the system works well, and it is appropriate to report that, too.

I was not looking for exemplars of this kind when I met Anya (not her real name). As I do every spring, I was volunteering to help graduate students at a major D.C.-area university with their income tax returns, and she was next in line.

read more

Better Data on H-1B's Effects Needed
A number of people have asked my why I have not commented on the recent Wall Street Journal article about a study that found H-1B drives down computer worker wages . Apparently many people think I should be pointing out that H-1B has driven down IT wages by 2.5 percent.

The reason I have not promoted this study is the same reason I have not promoted similar studies: I do not believe the data supports the result.

Obviously, under the law of supply of and demand, more foreign computer workers means lower wages for domestic workers. But how much lower?

read more

Pro Bono Lawyers Are NOT 'Public Defenders' in Removal Proceedings
The Miami Herald recently published an article, "Free 'public defender's office' would represent immigrants in deportation proceedings", that lays out the nascent effort spearheaded by former federal judge Shira Scheindlin, under the name "American Immigrant Representation Project" (AIRP) that its participants hope will eventually establish itself sufficiently to become nationwide and well-entrenched enough to provide representation to most if not all aliens in removal courts.

read more

H-1B Allows Companies to Create Software Disasters for Less
I recently wrote about the huge failure rate in software projects . Currently only about a quarter of software projects are successful, another quarter are complete disasters, and the rest fall somewhere in between.

Considering the high rate of failure, lawsuits against vendors that produce such disasters are rare. So it was surprising for me to see that MillerCoors has filed a lawsuit against the Indian H-1B bodyshop HCL . HCL is the company that supplied Disney with H-1B replacements when the "Most Miserable Place on Earth" got rid of its American programmers. MillerCoors seeks $100 million in compensatory damages in its lawsuit.

read more

The Government's Puzzling Laptop Prohibition
The U.S. government has announced that if you are flying directly to the United States from one of 10 listed international airports in the Middle East and North Africa, you may not carry a laptop into the cabin , for security reasons. All the airports are in Muslim-majority countries.

There is no ban on carrying laptops (and similar items) on U.S.-bound flights from other airports.

read more

Senate Holds a Rare Hearing on Immigration-Related Marriage Fraud
The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee held a rare hearing earlier this month on a long-neglected subject, immigration-related married fraud .

Two U.S. citizens came forward to testify that they had been hoodwinked by aliens who subsequently abused the witnesses after securing what they had wanted in the first place not love and marriage, but a green card.

read more

While the White House Trolls the Press, the SPLC Pulls a Stunt of Its Own
Introductory Note: Last Monday, this blog drew on a "Fresh Air" podcast to report on the New Yorker playing a supportive role as the Southern Poverty Law Center revives the sinister tradition of the Hollywood black list . Now another podcast leads us to another example of the ideological axis between the hate-mongering mob from Montgomery, Ala,. and the normally respectable New Yorker, the editorial voice of the Manhattan liberal consensus.

For the second time in a month, a writer for the New Yorker has demonstrated the astonishing ability of the "hate group" vigilantes of the SPLC to snooker the cosmopolitan cognoscenti up there in the Big Apple.

read more

LAPD Boss Charlie Beck: Fearmonger in Chief
The Associated Press is reporting that Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck has tied a statistical drop for the first quarter of this year in reports of domestic violence and sexual assault crimes by Latinos to fears of deportation. He's quoted as saying: "Imagine your sister, your mother, not reporting a sexual assault for fear that their family will be torn apart."

There are, of course, any number of reasons why such a drop might have taken place, and we don't know yet whether it's a statistical anomaly or even whether the anomaly is the result of book-cooking. If the Obama administration cooked the books at the federal level, and it did, is there any reason to think it might not happen at the local level to advance a political agenda? Certainly Beck has repeatedly demonstrated his sensitivity to the pro-sanctuary vibe of his political bosses in city hall.

read more

Mexico Reforms Education Law to Benefit Deportees
Mexico's President Peña Nieto recently put into effect reforms to the General Education Law primarily to benefit Mexicans deported from the United States.

The reforms will make it easier to revalidate education, eliminate bureaucratic barriers, simplify the revalidation of professions, and facilitate the entry of students into the national education system despite a lack of academic or identity documents.

read more

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The police union that endorsed Trump is now opposing him on defunding sanctuary cities Campaign Action The national police union that enthusiastically¬†endorsed¬†Donald Trump¬†during the presidential election¬†has now warned him that could put public safety at risk if he intends to cut federal grants to so-called sanctuary cities." So much for being the and order" candidate: The executive director of the Fraternal Order of Police, Jim Pasco,¬†told¬†Reuters after a White House meeting between the president and police union leaders on Tuesday that the move to restrict grants from sanctuary cities could hurt police departments. His comments come after Attorney General¬†Jeff Sessions¬†earlier this week announced state and local governments seeking Justice Department grants must certify they are not sanctuary cities to receive money. The Justice Department may not allow sanctuary cities to use grants from its Office of Justice Programs and Community Oriented Policing Services, which give money to local and state police departments. This isn't the first time the union leader has warned the regime¬†about the consequences of starving police¬†departments of grants, either. told Reuters he met with Sessions last month and warned him the police union would not support restrictions on funding to police." But Trump and Sessions went ahead and doubled-down on the threats anyway. It's almost like they really aren't concerned about public safety, but just want any excuse¬†to demonize¬†and scapegoat¬†immigrants. …

San Francisco's Mayor Is Right Sanctuary Cities Are Safer Cities The Trump administration's policies and actions based on a portrayal of undocumented immigrants as a criminal menace to be rounded up and deported misses a very important fact sanctuary cities are safer cities. On Monday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions'¬†threatened¬†to withhold billions of dollars in federal law enforcement grants to sanctuary cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities by shielding undocumented immigrants from arrest and deportation. From the very first day of his presidential candidacy when he appeared before an audience that included paid actors and announced he was running by calling Mexicans criminals and¬†Trump has¬†ceaselessly sought to portray¬†undocumented immigrants fleeing endemic poverty and violence in their native countries as a menace to US public safety. strongly urge our nation's states and cities and counties to consider carefully the harm they are doing to their citizens by refusing to enforce our immigration laws and to rethink these policies," Sessions said at the White House on Monday, referring to sanctuary cities. policies make their cities and states less safe public safety as well as national security are at stake and put them at risk of losing federal dollars." Sanctuary city leaders and proponents, as well as immigrant and other human rights rights advocates, have vowed to fight the administration's threatened funding cuts. of making us safer, the Trump administration is spreading fear and promoting race-based scapegoating," California state Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Le√≥n (D-Los Angeles)¬†said¬†in a statement. gun-to-the-head method to force resistant cities and counties to participate in Trump's inhumane and counterproductive mass-deportation is unconstitutional and will fail." In San Francisco, one of the nation's first and most outspoken sanctuary cities, Mayor Ed Lee (D)¬†tweeted, knows that #SanctuaryCities are safer, more productive, healthie …

Trump immigration crackdown is resulting in less food and health care for impoverished American kids
The Trump regime's open racism, travel bans, threats to "sanctuary cities," and already stepped-up deportation efforts are having one big, probably-not-intentional-but-who-knows effect: More kids are going hungry. That's because families with undocumented family members are staying away from government programs they're entitled to, out of fear that merely interacting with the programs will turn them into Trump administration targets .

Of the 20 organizations working with documented and undocumented immigrants that I spoke with in recent weeks, 17 said they had seen legally eligible families declining to enroll or even unenrolling from programs, including SNAP, Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program, free school lunches, and the Women, Infants, and Children program. […

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Through policy changes and simple anti-immigrant posturing, the Trump era will likely increase poverty and hunger in Latino communities, experts said, with childrenmany cases, citizen childrenthe hardest hit.

Stories of government officers staking out schools in order to nab undocumented parents has resulted in more absenteeism. Stories of agents arresting DREAMers have families living in constant fear. And yes, American children may be going without food because their families don't want to risk drawing attention to other, non-citizen family members.

Elected official: Trump regime's threat to withhold federal funds 'nothing short of blackmail' Elected state leaders are vowing to fight back the Trump regime's strong-armed threats to withhold as much as $4 billion in federal dollars over local measures that protect undocumented immigrant families, even though studies show that so-called policies actually make cities safer.¬†NY Attorney General¬†Eric¬†Schneiderman:¬† what Attorney General Sessions implied this afternoon, state and local governments and law enforcement have broad authority under the Constitution to not participate in federal immigration enforcement. my office's legal guidance makes clear, President Trump lacks the constitutional authority to broadly cut off funding to states and cities just because they have lawfully acted to protect immigrant families. safety depends on trust between law enforcement and those they bravely serve; yet, again and again, President Trump's draconian policies only serve to undercut that trust. office will continue to ensure local governments have the tools they need to legally protect their immigrant communities and we won't stop fighting to beat back President Trump's un-American immigration policies." Trump Administration is pushing an unrealistic and mean spirited executive order," tweeted NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio. they want a fight, we'll see them in court." …

Following Trumpcare flop, Trump is back to scapegoating undocumented immigrants
Trumpcare flopped bigly last week, so Donald Trump's regime has fallen back to doing what they always do best: attacking undocumented immigrants and their families. During a press conference earlier today,  Attorney General Jeff Sessions pledged to punish cities that have taken or will take steps to protect undocumented immigrants, by starving them of federal dollars:

Sessions said Monday that the Justice Department will begin using federal law to prevent any "sanctuary cities" from receiving much coveted federal grants for state and local law enforcement.

"I urge our nation's states and cities to consider carefully the harm they are doing to their citizens by refusing to enforce our immigration laws, and to rethink these policies," Sessions said from the White House. "Such policies make their cities and states less safe, and put them at risk of losing valuable federal dollars."

General Jeff Sessions seeks to create a police state in which local and state law enforcement are acting at the behest of the federal government to round up immigrants in communities across the country," said Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

seeking to comply with the constitution and protect immigrant communities should be able to do so without heavy-handed threats from the federal government. We will continue to stand up against this administration's actions that promote unlawful profiling and xenophobia."

I guess the other 40% are being posted by me?? So,¬†this headline over at the Washington Examiner¬†caught my eye this morning…

Obamascare: 60% of online Obamacare defenders 'paid to post' hits on critics A majority of online and social media defenders of Obamacare are professionals who are "paid to post,"¬†according to a digital expert. "Sixty percent of all the posts were made from 100 profiles, posting between the hours of 9 and 5 Pacific Time," said Michael Brown. "They were paid to post." His¬†shocking analysis was revealed on this weekend's Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson, broadcast on Sinclair stations and streamed live Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Her upcoming show focuses on information wars and Brown was describing what happened when he had a problem with Obamacare and complained online. Brown said that¬†social media is used to manipulate opinion, proven in the last presidential election. OK. First of all,¬†"social media is used to manipulate opinion"¬†isn't exactly a "shocking analysis". Secondly, if the name "Sharyl Attkisson" rings a bell, it's because she's the former CBS reporter who¬†falsely claimed that the Obama administration had hacked her computer¬†and was spying on everything she typed…

when it turned out that: …

An inspector general report concluded¬†that Sharyl Attkisson's¬†merely had her key stuck when text disappeared from her computer, and said there's no evidence that government officials erased stories. …

The elimination of text in the video she posted to be caused by the backspace key being stuck, rather than a remote intrusion," the DOJ report said. Anyway, Attkisson, no longer with CBS, has her own show on a bunch of Sinclair TV stations (Sinclair is, ironically, an¬†openly right-wing media company which promotes¬†conservative media stories), and a couple of days ago she apparently had a "digital expert" on to explain how there's supposedly only 100 people who are posting 60% of all pro-ACA online media entries: She [Attkisson] reports that¬†he evaluated 226,000 pro-Obamacare p …

Photos and Reflections, Defend our Constitution and Support Jeanette Vizguerra, Denver, Colorado On February 18th, I attended a rally in support of defending our constitution at Civic Center Park in Denver Colorado and participated in a mile march, behind hundreds of others, to the First Unitarian Church in show of support for Jeanette Vizguerra. Jeanette is staying at the church seeking sanctuary from deportation. ¬†Standing before the church listening to the social activists and the ministers voicing concern for Jeaneatte and the thousands of others like her, many of whom stepped out of the shadows in 2012 under DACA (Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals), and who now face the long and frightening arm of terror engineered by trump and his band of nationalist thugs in Washington, I realized how very, very far as a nation we have regressed and that we have literally slipped back to a darker time more ignorant time. It felt surreal. However, even though the experience was frightening and surreal it was also uplifting, filled with hope, inspiration and resistance. We resistance protestors are not going anywhere and in the words of one of my favorite protest signs targeting trump CAN DO THIS EVERY WEEKEND ASSHOLE" and we will! Again for your enjoyment I have posted some photos from the rally and support march. I hope you feel the love for tolerance, democracy, justice and freedom from these photos as I felt photographing them. Please feel free to share my photos, and to find in them the beauty, love, defiance, resistance and unparalleled spirit and will of free thinking people. We will resist until trump and his band of white nationalist are removed from the honorable halls of democracy that they continue to make mockery of. Please support the immigrant communities in your area and where possible advocate for sanctuary city status. Just last week in Colorado a bill was defeated that attempted to make criminals of those of us seeking sanctuary city status for our immigrant communities. The GOP will continue to find ways to undermine the resistance. It is import …

Senator Murray wanted a story: Here's mine. For 15 years, Margarita has worked in Environmental Services for a hospital. That means she's the housekeeper. She cleans the floors of vomit, blood and the bodily waste that we don't want to think about, smell or see. She's 62 years old but looks much older. She has arthritis in her knees and her back hurts, but she works long hours, 6 days a week. Her family needs what she earns to help pay the bills. She is my English student. My other English student, Abeba, explains why Margarita arrives late for class. a long way from the other wing of the hospital," she says. Abeba hopes that by studying English, one day she will be able to pass the Nursing Assistant exam. She also works hard as a housekeeper in the hospital. She wants a better job. On this night, Margarita¬†walks into the room and begins to cry. Tears roll down her cheeks as she explains that she has not slept in four nights. She's exhausted. She has a headache. Her arthritis is particularly painful. She wants to drop out of class. She tells me that it's too much for her with her full-time hospital job and taking care of her family when she gets home. Now her tears have turned into sobs. It's hard to understand her. says I'm a criminal. ¬†I'm no criminal." ¬† Margarita is referring to Donald Trump. She is frightened. She is an immigrant from Mexico. Her niece and nephew are Dreamers. think I'm a criminal." She cries harder. Even though Washington is a Sanctuary State, she's terrified her family is not safe. She again says she can't sleep. She can't stop crying. Abeba is from Ethiopia and has beautiful, large brown eyes with thick eyelashes. do they think will clean the hospital?" Abeba asks. will pick the fruit? They will miss us when they get rid of us." My hatred for Donald Trump swells within me. I get up and close the door to the classroom. I give them both a hug. We sit there hugging and crying together for several minutes. I tell them that the majority of Americans love them. I t …

Seattle mayor lays the groundwork to sue Trump: 'We believe the rule of law is on our side'
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is ready to challenge Donald Trump's executive orders targeting Dreamers and sanctuary cities.

Seattle is planning to fire off "a series of Freedom of Information requests" to multiple federal agencies, Murray said in his State of the City address. The city will give the White House and Department of Homeland Security the deadline of 20 business days to respond.¬†[…

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"The city must be able to provide accurate information to immigrants and refugees and their families living in Seattle," Murray will say. "We will seek to determine the administration's definition of 'sanctuary cities' and the enforcement actions the federal government may take against us.

"We will also seek detailed information about the administration's changes to travel policy as well as changes to immigration status, including the DACA program."

Detailed information may be hard to come by, considering the dishonesty and incompetence coming out of Trump and everyone around him. But if Murray doesn't get answers, or isn't satisfied with what he hears, believe the rule of law is on our side, and we will take legal action if the federal government does not answer our requests in a timely manner."

Dems need more clarity on Immigration A new Poll by Harvard-Harris¬†shows the challenges for Democrats on Immigration policies. For example, Sanctury Cities are overwhelmingly unpopular: An overwhelming majority of Americans believe that cities that arrest illegal immigrants for crimes should be required to turn them over to federal authorities. The survey shows that President Trump has broad public support in his effort to crack down on sanctuary cities. A Harvard-Harris poll provided exclusively to The Hill found that 80 percent of voters say local authorities should have to comply with the law by reporting to federal agents the illegal immigrants they come into contact with. Local Government and businesses disobeying or selectively enforcing¬†Immigration Laws is not popular. Donald Trump centered his campaign messaging around Immigration and Deportations and unfortunately, there's not a lot of sympathy among the American people for Deportations of Illegal Immigrants. So we're on the wrong side of this issue in terms of Public opinion.¬† The solution for Dems in my opinion is to focus more on Immigration Reform legislation and less on defending Sanctuary Cities. Anytime we're advocating disobeying or not enforcing the Law, we're at a disadvantage. The more productive approach is to propose changes to Immigration Laws (i.e. amnesty, temporary worker programs etc).¬† I'm of the opinion that Immigrants, legal and undocumented, are a Net Benefit to our nation's¬†economy.¬† Once we get past the objections to Laws not being enforced, it's easier to promote Immigration Reform and the Net benefits of immigration.¬† …

We Shall Win: Sanctuary Cities & Sean Trainor
The past two weeks, I've written about how we must disrupt. The vote is coming up soon on my city becoming a sanctuary city. The racists are out, with insane leaps of logic, like are the other side of the facts?" can't believe you said People!'" and my personal favorite, someone tried to compare the Stasi to immigrants."

Because obviously East Germany's secret police are the exact same as an undocumented immigrant.

I wanted to make an image that ties why I'm fighting for a sanctuary city status to who's going to lose. 100 years from now, I hope we can look back and see Donald Trump as Millard Fillmore . Sean Trainor is a professor at the Department of History and Warrington College of Business Administration at the University of Florida. He wrote an incredible article on the parallels of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 and the modern Sanctuary Cities .

CUA Events: Santa Rosa (2/11) Denver (2/25) & Glacier Nat'l Park (6/30)! Interesting Times?
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If you are new to the site or have been lurking, we invite you to join in the friendly banter here. Don't be shy, say anything, it will be well received.¬†href="http://www.dailykos.com/story/2017/02/09/1631569/-Help-Travis-County-StrongerTogether-Help-The-Sanctuary-City-Of-Austin-Texas" title="Help Travis County #StrongerTogether Help The Sanctuary City Of Austin, Texas">Help Travis County #StrongerTogether Help The Sanctuary City Of Austin, Texas Newly elected Travis County Sheriff¬† Sally Hernandez and the city of Austin have drawn the ire of Texas Governor Greg Abbott because of the sheriff's policy on immigrants arrested by her department. Now, the governor has responded to Sheriff Hernandez' refusal to buckle under by cutting off grant money earmarked for victim services, criminal diversion and rehabilitation programs. 14 positions in a program dealing with veterans w/ PTSD have been cut. In response, city officials, with the assistance of¬†State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez have launched a donation site,¬†Travis County #StrongerTogether, to raise money to save programs threatened by the governor's action. A local news story explaining the sheriff's policy on detained immigrants, as well as the governor's retaliatory response, can be found here. Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez She has directed deputies and staff of the Travis County Sheriff's Department to not honor most warrantless requests from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to extend the detention of people booked into the local jail. If there's no warrant, the sheriff's policy agrees to detain only those charged with murder, aggravated sexual assault or human smuggling. In addition, the Austin Police department has a policy of not inquiring into people's immigration status during routine police interactions, and does not make itself available to assist with ICE actions in the city. The governor, after several days of rants and threats that can best be described as Trumpian in nature, has ordered the blocking of $1.8 million in criminal justice grants, and is pushing for even harsher retaliatory action, as explained in this story. Texas Governor Gregg Abbott are working on laws that will, one, ban sanctuary cities, remove from office any officeholder who promotes sanctuary cities [and] impose criminal penalties, as well as financial penalties," he said. she doesn't, we will remove her from office." The defunded programs are aime …

CA lawmaker demands proof of Melania Trump's immigration status in protest of Trump's exec orders
California state senator Nancy Skinner (D-CA) is asking for the Trump administration to clear up, once and for all, the haze surrounding first lady Melania Trump's immigration status.

"No one in the Trump operation has released any of the documentation to indicate what was the circumstance, or whether she had full legal status," Skinner told POLITICO. "We only know they had a lawyer look at whatever papers she chose to give."

Melania Trump, who came to New York City from Slovenia in 1996 to pursue her modeling career, was the subject of an AP investigation last November.  The investigation found that she had been paid  for 10 modeling jobs in the U.S. before she had legal permission to work. Her visa allowed her to be in the country and search for employment, but it did not permit paid work at that time.

While some more hypocritical types are poo poohing this move, Sen. Skinner points out that President Trump has some super harsh edicts he's had his evil overlord Steve Bannon write up for him to sign. Those edicts affect immigrants.

Sen. Skinner's demand comes as part of her protest against Trump's executive order on sanctuary cities. The order blocks all "federal grants, except as deemed necessary for law enforcement" to sanctuary cities.

We don't need to see a birth certificate Mr. President, we just need to see the papers.

You can go over to Heavy Mettle's diary to discuss.

Sanctuary city mayors aren't backing down to Trump's threats Now this is more like it. Donald Trump signed an executive order to cut off funding to cities that don't turn over their immigrants to Trump's deportation force or other federal (anti-)immigration officials on Tuesday, but the mayors of those sanctuary cities didn't back down. In fact, they were defiant. Boston's Marty Walsh was truly inspiring.¬†"This is America who's behind me," he said, standing in front of a group of immigrant city workers. He¬†promised¬†support for immigrants in Boston: anyone who feels threatened today, or vulnerable, you are safe in Boston," Mr. Walsh said at a news conference. will do everything lawful in our powerful to protect you. If necessary, we will use City Hall itself to shelter and protect anyone who's targeted unjustly." […

] can use my office, they can use any office in this building," Mr. Walsh said. be able to use this building as a safe space." Other big city mayors stood just as firm: "This city will not be bullied by this administration," [Seattle Mayor Ed] Murray said. "We believe we have the rule of law and the courts on our side." They're also ready for a legal fight: Both [San Francisco Mayor Ed] Lee and [New York City Mayor Bill] de Blasio said that early readings of the executive order¬†by their cities' attorneys suggest that the document is vaguely written and predicted that the Trump administration would face a tough legal battle if it tries to use it as a basis to slash funding. is less here than meets the eye," De Blasio said of the order. here than meets the eye" could be the motto of the entire Trump regime, unless you're talking about evil. Then it's always more than meets the eye. This willingness to stand and fight is so good to see. More of this, please. …

Three dozen sanctuary cities renew commitment to defy Trump's immigration plans Campaign Action At least 37 cities are holding firm to their commitments to undocumented immigrants in the face of Donald Trump's pledge to "cancel all federal funding to sanctuary cities." Despite that threat, Politico finds that none of these cities are wavering on their policy to limit their cooperation with federal immigration officials.¬† But with six weeks to go until the inauguration, POLITICO identified not one city that is reconsidering its policies such as not asking residents about their immigration status or detaining people solely because of that status on account of the presidential election. Instead, officials in at least 37 cities listed below have doubled down since Trump's election, reaffirming their current policies or practices in public statements, despite the threat of pushback from the incoming administration, and at least four cities have newly declared themselves sanctuary cities since Trump's win. Ten other cities have said they will wait to see what Trump does but are not currently making any changes, according to local news reports and inquiries from POLITICO.¬† Trump's pledge to cut off all federal funding to such cities would face significant legal hurdles. As immigration attorney David Leopold writes:¬†Sanctuary cities are following immigration law.¬†Still, don't put it past Trump to trynothing he hates more than anyone who defies his wishes, regardless of whether those wishes are legal. …

California cities and schools continue steps to protect undocumented immigrants from Trump
A California city tucked in conservative Orange County, California, officially became a "sanctuary city" Tuesday when Santa Ana officials passed a resolution to shield its undocumented immigrants from federal immigration officials. Jessica Kwong writes :

Council members voted 5-0 Tuesday in favor of adopting a sanctuary resolution that requires the city to strengthen various policies that already exist to further protect residents.

Those policies include prohibiting the use of city resources for immigration enforcement, reaffirming commitment to preventing biased-based policing, exercising maximum discretion in policing, protecting sensitive information, and providing training for affected employees, officials and agents.

The council is also considering going beyond the resolution to pass an ordinance, which would be legally binding on city officials.

Elsewhere in California, local school districts are actively working to ease the anxiety of their many immigrant students. Mike McPhate writes:

The automated voice mail went out to every public school parent in San Francisco.

are committed to providing a safe space for learning for each and every one of our students, including recent immigrants regardless of immigration status. We will continue to uphold San Francisco's sanctuary city for all immigrants." […

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Sanctuary cities stand firm against Trump's deportation plans, despite the threat of lost funds not afraid of you," seems to be the message from sanctuary cities to President-elect Donald Trump. Sanctuary citiesthat limit their cooperation with federal immigration authority's efforts to deport illegal immigrantsfacing the loss of federal aid if they fail to cooperate with Trump's mass deportation threats. Since (Trump's) ¬†election, local officials in at least 18 major "sanctuary" cities have pledged to limit their cooperation with federal immigration officials. By¬†one estimate, 12 of these cities account for roughly 20 percent of all undocumented immigrants in the United States. Trump's threat¬†could mean the loss of 1 to 25 percent of a city's budget, or, as the Los Angles Times reported, Trump's advisors are considering specifically targeting law enforcement funding.¬†¬† If local authorities refuse to cooperate, Trump's advisors are looking at withholding some federal law enforcement funds and equipment that go to state and local police agencies for holding federal prisoners or improving police practices. Most¬†cities receive grants for their police departments to buy equipment, provide training and, oh yeah, fight terrorism. Let us¬†pause for a moment and think of¬†New York, Chicago and¬†San Francisco without any extra funds to fight terrorism. ¬† In some cities the loss would be smallpercent of Portland's city budget and 2 percent of its police budgetin others, like Washington, D.C., the loss would be a catastrophic¬†25 percent of the city budget. New York would face losing 9 percent of the city budget or $7 billion, and $185 million of the police budget.¬†To which Mayor Bill DeBlasio responded: "We are not going to sacrifice a half million people who live among us, who are part of our community. We are not going to tear families apart."¬† …

Mayor Bill Peduto (D) Stands Up To Trump & Pat Toomey (R) By Making Pittsburgh A Sanctuary City Tea Party U.S. Senator and overall terrible person, Pat Toomey (R. PA), fresh off his incredibly narrow re-election win took to the U.S. Senate floor and made his first request to Bigot-Elect Donald Trump: Pennsylvania U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey urged President-elect Donald Trump to take immediate action against Philadelphia and other sanctuary cities for not cooperating with federal immigration authorities. "I hope that our president will take the executive order steps that he can to at least diminish this problem," Toomey said Wednesday from the Senate floor. Toomey rattled off the names of three Philadelphia criminals in recent years who allegedly entered the country illegally. He said the city refused to alert Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents about the individuals once they were released. "How can this possibly happen?" Toomey said. "That a city would knowingly, willfully and repeatedly choose to release dangerous criminals, including child molesters, who don't even have a right to be in the United States in the first place because they came here illegally." Toomey is hoping that the Republican majority in Congress passes his bill, which will deprive sanctuary cities of federal community development block grants. Philadelphia used nearly $39 million in block grants this year. I know, he's terrible. So I would like to give a shout out to the mayor of my home town of Pittsburgh for this: The President-Elect made undocumented immigrants the chief target of his campaign and pledged to end so-called cities" by cutting off federal funding. Nonetheless according to Nick Keppler of Public Source, Pittsburgh is looking to officially join the ranks of cities, Philadelphia among them, that prohibit individuals from being investigated purely for reasons relating to their immigration status. Pittsburgh Bureau of Police practice is to honor requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to detain those wanted in criminal investigations, but to ref …

Major cities prep to defy Trump's mass deportation scheme The cities of Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, and San Francisco all have something in common: Local officials have vowed to combat the mass deportations Donald Trump promised on the campaign trail. The New York Times writes: Across the nation, officials in sanctuary cities are gearing up to oppose President-elect Donald J. Trump if he follows through on a campaign promise to deport millions of illegal immigrants. They are promising to maintain their policies of limiting local law enforcement cooperation with federal immigration agents. In doing so, municipal officials risk losing millions of dollars in federal assistance for their cities that helps pay for services like fighting crime and running homeless shelters. Mr. Trump has vowed to block all federal funding for cities where local law enforcement agencies do not cooperate with Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents. […

] like to compare this to conscientious objector status," said Mayor Libby Schaaf of Oakland, Calif. are not going to use our resources to enforce what we believe are unjust immigration laws." There's numerous reasons for local officials to resist¬†cooperating¬†with federal immigration authorities on¬†mass deportations, not least of which is the fact that ratting out undocumented immigrants who aren't committing crimes would completely undermine any trust immigrant communities have with local police. That trust is essential. And that doesn't even take into consideration¬†the fact that immigrants are also essential to the thriving economies and culture¬†in all these cities. Some 500 cities have reportedly¬†adopted policies limiting coordination with federal immigration officials.¬†If Trump wants to make good on his massive deportation promise¬†to all those white folks who believe immigrants are stealing their jobs, he's going to have a hard time doing it at the expense of the cities where immigrants have become part of the lifeblood¬†of the greater community. Red states r …

Activists push colleges to make their campuses sanctuary sites for the undocumented A movement has begun on college campuses across the nation to shield undocumented students, staff and their family members from deportation. The basic idea is similar to what's outlined in this piece from the University of Wisconsin's campus newspaper, The Daily Cardinal: Following President-elect Donald Trump's Tuesday victory,¬†a letter has begun circulating online calling on UW-Madison administrators to protect students, staff and their family members face imminent deportation" because of their undocumented status. […

] The letter calls on Chancellor Rebecca Blank as well as other senior administrators to declare the UW-Madison campus as a sanctuary for community members who are undocumented or those who have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which is a program that allows certain immigrants to receive renewable two-year work permits. UW-Madison students Sergio M. Gonz√°lez,¬†Laura P. Minero and professor Cindy I-Fen Cheng wrote the letter Saturday, which has been signed more than 2,500 times by faculty members, students and alumni as of 5 p.m Sunday. Similar efforts have emerged at UC-San Diego, Yale, other Ivy League schools, and elsewhere to limit the ability of local law enforcement and campus police to cooperate with federal Immigration, Customs and Enforcement (ICE) officers. The idea builds on a policy many large urban areas have adopted that encourages undocumented immigrants to cooperate with local authorities without fear of being turned over to federal immigration officials. Cities such as Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Seattle, have all enacted similar measures and are promising to stay true that commitment in the face of a Trump administration.¬† xNew – .@LAPDChiefBeck: "We are not going to work in conjunction with Homeland Security on deportation efforts. That is not our job…

" t.co/nqGh7Gvd9UJessica Yellin (@JessicaYellin) November 14, 2016 …

New York and Los Angeles will remain sanctuary cities, mayors say
The mayors of New York and Los Angeles are not planning to back down to Donald Trump's anti-immigrant crusade. Both say their cities will continue to require judge's orders to hold undocumented immigrants in jail, rather than doing so just because Immigration and Customs Enforcement asks:

"We are not going to sacrifice a half million people who live among us, who are part of our community," de Blasio said, referring to an estimate of the number of unauthorized immigrants living in New York. "We are not going to tear families apart."

De Blasio said Trump's threat to withhold funds from sanctuary cities was "dangerous," but it was too soon to tell whether the president-elect intended to follow through on all his proposals. 

In Los Angeles:

"We comply with federal immigration agencies, but insist that detainer requests be handled constitutionally," Connie Llanos, the [mayor's] spokeswoman, said in an email.

"It is Mayor Garcetti's sincere hope that no president would violate those principles, the very foundation of our nation, by taking punitive action on cities that are simply protecting the well being of residents."

A lot of people are going to need to stand up to a lot of bullying if this country is going to remain a functioning constitutional democracy.

The Immigration Debate is Racism. Period. Unless you've been hiding under a rock waiting for this election season to go away, you've heard something about immigration. ¬†This past week in particular has focused on the issue as the racist- I mean Republican nominee wavered on the issue for days before giving a speech on the issue. ¬†Nothing he said means anything. ¬†The reason people are angry about illegal immigration has nothing to do with the economic distress which fuels their anger. I could point out to the rabid Trump supporters that the 12 million that they wanted deported in December are now 11 million, but I won't. ¬†Oh, wait, I just did. ¬†I won't point out to them that the only border they care about securing is the one with Mexico. ¬†Oops. ¬†I mean, does Canada need a wall? ¬†What about the thousands of miles of coastline? On the Right wing side, ALL illegals are Mexicans. ¬†Or Muslims posing as Mexicans and crossing our southern border. ¬†Does this make any sense? ¬†Some of the 12 no 11 million illegals might be models who came to this country on visas which expressly prohibit employment, but I just randomly selected another reason why someone may not be here legally. Republicans like to criminalize Americans"TM. ¬†They often refer to them as law breakers, even though the only law they broke is a fake. ¬†After We came here, we passed a law saying nobody else could. ¬†I'm sure the Native Americans wish they had thought of that. I have written before¬†that racism, at it's core, is dehumanizing. ¬†They call undocumented people criminals which makes them less than human. ¬†They ask children of undocumented people if they are proud of their law breaking parents. ¬†Many on the right talk about how their forebears came here legally. ¬†They didn't. ¬†They came here before laws were written to say I got mine go away! Conservative policies do not work. ¬†Even if TrickleDown did work the middle class would only be left with a trickle. ¬†The problem is that the top 1% is so greedy that they are not happy …

"UNBELIEVABLE" – indeed. Every single word ¬† August 31, 2016:¬† ¬†a few years, immigration, as a share of national population is set to break all historical records. ¬† The time has come for a new immigration commission to develop a new set of reforms to our legal immigration system in order to achieve the following goals; ¬†keep immigration levels,¬†measured by population share, within¬†historical norms."¬†¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Trump, republican presidential candidate. 8/31/2016 I'll get back to that dog-whistle (bullhorn) in a moment ¬† ¬†Pure white supremacy talk¬†there. All¬†the rest of Trump's bloviating¬†is bullshit. It's been exhaustively¬†studied and documented ¬† I doubt that when Trump vowed¬†he'd the David-Oliver Bill" (Act), as spelled out here by the white supremacist CIS, he had any idea about the particulars of 287(g)¬†that law enforcement institutions were exploiting as a cash cow.¬†Or as one Tennessee sheriff boasted:¬†¬†as part of his toolkit to "stack these violators like cordwood." , enabling what¬†Civil liberties groups (ACLU)¬†called¬†a vehicle for racial and ethnic profiling. Just another industry" akin to the cradle to prison¬†pipeline of the PIC that¬†republican profiteers aren't willing to let go of ¬† ¬†The fact is, Sanctuary Cities are safer¬†and that¬†immigrants of all kinds are actually less likely to commit crimes than those born inside the United States …

Which House Dems Voted against Consumer Protection, Good Governance, and Basic Rights This Week? On Thursday, the House passed the FY 2017 financial appropriations bill. As you can probably guess, it's badwith cuts to vital regulatory agencies and dangerous policy riders. Here's an overview of what's in it: H.R. 5485 appropriates $21.735 billion in discretionary budget authority for Fiscal Year 2017, a cut of $1.5 billion (6%) below FY 2016 and $2.7 billion (11%) below the President's request.¬† These cuts will severely impair the federal government's ability to serve the American people.¬† The Treasury Department's budget is cut $246 million below FY 2016, and $1.449 billion less than the President's request and the Internal Revenue Service's budget is cut $236 million below FY 2016, and $1.281 billion less than the President's request.¬† The measure also contains deep cuts to a number of other critical programs, including cuts to the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the Federal Buildings Fund.¬† The bill also restricts the District of Columbia's ability to manage its own affairs in the areas of women's health, education, and locally raised tax revenue.¬† In addition to severe cuts, the measure contains a number of controversial policy riders, including provisions prohibiting implementation of the Affordable Care Act's coverage requirements and restricting reproductive health services coverage in the health insurance marketplaces and Federal Employee Health Benefits (FEHB) program. The measure would require the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to become subject to the annual appropriations process and would change the structure of CFPB from a directorship to a 5-member commission which would make it harder for the CFPB to issue regulations and guidance.¬† The bill would further impede the autonomy of the District of Columbia by: (1) prohibiting D.C. from using its local funds to further legalize marijuana; (2) rep …

Supreme Court vacancy watch Day 144: Sham 'immigration reform' in the Senate
It's Wednesday, July 6 and Day 144 since Justice Antonin Scalia died and Mitch McConnell laid down his Supreme Court blockade: No meetings, no hearings, no votes on his replacement. It's also Day 107 since President Obama named Merrick Garland to be Scalia's replacement. What's the Senate doing today instead of considering the Supreme Court nominee? 

It's all about  fake immigration reform today, or "throw Pat Toomey a bone" day. They'll start considering the Pennsylvania Republican's "sanctuary cities" bill, which he's trying to make a campaign issue . Rather than doing anything about immigration, the bill would, as Minority Leader Harry Reid said this morning , "follow Trump's lead in demonizing and criminalizing immigrant Latino families."

He's going to try to make lemonade from this, however, and is challenging Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to have the open amendment process that he's been promising since taking control of the Senate.

The Republican leader said he wants a robust amendment process. Well, we'll be happy to give him one. We'll have a number of amendments on guns. We'll have a number of amendments on Zika, and we'll do something about comprehensive immigration reform. So we're going to take a look at that. [‚…] We're happy to do that. This may be an opportunity for us to move forward on those issues.

Just watch how fast McConnell shuts that open amendment process down.

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PA-Sen: McGinty (D) Goes After Toomey (R) On Zika Funding & Calls Out Trump's BS On Trade Katie McGinty (D. PA) is hitting Tea Party U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R. PA) and GOP Presidential nominee, Donald Trump, on two key issues. First, there's Toomey on this issue: McGinty held a phone conference criticizing GOP Senator Pat Toomey for his previous votes against bills that would have provided funding to fight the spread of zika, and for his support of a recent bill that would provide zika funding, while slashing support for the Affordable Care Act. The former State Secretary of Environmental Protection says lawmakers have the ability to ward off zika, before it spreads in the state like West Nile Virus. we can't do it with a lot of hot air and a lot of rhetoric," the Democrat nominee for U.S. Senate said. we need to do is provide the resources so that the experts can take action." McGinty partnered with Patricia Aiken of the PA Association of Staff Nurses to underscore the medical community's concern about funding zika efforts. And when it comes to Trump, McGinty published an op-ed piece in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on this issue: Donald Trump thundered into Western Pennsylvania last weekand, as usual, he mostly made a lot of noise. But I tuned in since he was talking about trade, and we do need to change course on bad trade deals if we are going to address our most urgent need: rebuilding the middle class with family-sustaining jobs. Most of Mr. Trump's speech was nonsense. Anyone who thinks the problem in America is that people make too much money or that women just need to work harder if they expect equal pay is not in touch with how hard people already work and how stagnant incomes have been. Mr. Trump focused on two issues that have helped him make millions: trade deals and putting Chinese profits ahead of American jobs. Here in Pennsylvania, we have seen firsthand the negative impact of bad trade deals. Factories have been shut down. Thousands of jobs have been lost. The Trans-Pacific Partnership would only make things worse. Independe …

PA-Sen: Pat Toomey (R) Reminds Us How Much He Loves War And Hates Diplomacy By Trashing Iran Deal Ah, well, good to know: Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey is continuing to voice his opposition to the nuclear deal reached last year with Iran, claiming it has increased the likelihood that the Iranians will eventually acquire nuclear weapons. Toomey, in an interview with Dom Giordano on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT, accused the White House overlooking Iran's flouting of the agreement's language and assisting their economic development. don't think this deal blocks Iran's path to a nuclear weapon. I think it paves their path to a nuclear weapon. There's a relatively recent development in the last few weeks and months that have been very disturbing and I've been very outspoken about them‚… and that is the administration is now going beyond the obligations of the Iran nuclear deal. The Iranians, mind you, have refused to sign it. They have refused to ratify it. They do not acknowledge that they are bound by it. But this administration, the Obama administration, not only has released upwards of $100 billion to Iran, but they have now decided that it is their self appointed role to facilitate Iran's economic integration into the global economy." Toomey's campaign seems to be centered around making the voters scared: Still, the turn toward non-ideological innocuousness isn't universal. Pennsylvania senator Pat Toomey has taken the sheriff strategy more literally than his colleagues and embraced strains of Trump's law-and-order ethos in the process. rioters destroyed American cities, Pat Toomey stood strong with police," a voice-over assures the Keystone State cops in an ad released in late March. x YouTube Video Toomey has called it outrageous for his Democratic opponent Katie McGinty to tie him to Donald Trump. But he's also shown no qualms about nationalizing their race. "She can do whatever she's going to feel she needs to do," Toomey told Philadelphia radio host Dom Giordano in late April. "But the fact is, she is in lockstep with [Democratic front-runner] Hillary C …

PA-Sen: Toomey (R) Channels Ted Cruz's "New York Values" Attack Line With #PhillyMcGinty Campaign Tea Party U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R. PA) today revealed his big re-election strategy: Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey addressed the dilemma of running for re-election with Donald Trump at the top of his party's ticket come November and believes there are both positives and negatives that could impact his fate. Toomey, talking with Chris Stigall on Talk Radio 1210 WPHT, stated there are currently no plans to coordinate their efforts inside the commonwealth. definitely going to run my own campaign. We will run separate campaigns. Whether our paths cross, whether we are together at an event, I don't know. I don't rule that out. That would be a function of the logistics and what makes sense on a given moment in the campaign." He believes that while the specter of Trump presents a full array of possibilities, he will just focus on defeating his opponent. think Pennsylvania voters are very capable of distinguishing between two completely separate people, candidates, different races. Pennsylvania is famous for ticket splitting. Donald Trump might win Pennsylvania. He could win Pennsylvania. He could win this general election. He could drive turnout in a way that is very helpful to guys like me and also some of the things he has said have been outrageous. And they are offensive. That could be problematic. But I think that voters have a sense of who I am and they're going to make the decision in my race based on the contrast between me and Katie McGinty." But Toomey's big strategy of going after McGinty involves anti-immigration fear mongering that Trump is known for: After blasting his Democratic challenger repeatedly over comments on sanctuary cities, Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey took the issue back to the Senate floor with a proposal to penalize local officials who refuse to cooperate with federal immigration officials. The amendment that Toomey introduced Wednesday would strip federal community development money from cities or counties that do not detain pris …

PA-Sen: Koch Brothers Make Katie McGinty (D) Their Next Target In Their Attempt To Save Toomey (R) Things are about to get expensive in Pennsylvania: The liberal boogeymen known as Charles and David Koch will be getting involved in Pennsylvania's Senate contest. According to Tim Alberta and Eliana Johnson of the National Review, the Koch brothers plan to spend money on TV ads in the Toomey/McGinty race. Their network is focusing on just four states at the moment: Nevada, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. While Alberta and Johnson mention Florida as a possible fifth race, there is hesitancy about that state's late primary. Apparently, they are put off by a spike in ad rates in September. As a result, any TV spots in PA will likely air over the summer. But the DSCC is making Pennsylvania a top priority: The campaign arm for the Senate Democrats is launching its second round of general election ad buys, committing $12 million to three of the most contested Senate races on Monday evening, a source familiar with the buy told POLITICO. The bulk of the money, $8.2 million, will be spent in Pennsylvania. Democrats are looking to knock off GOP Sen. Pat Toomey after Katie McGinty won a bruising Democratic primary against former Rep. Joe Sestak, propelled in part by an endorsement and rare ad campaign on behalf of McGinty by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Democrats are also committing $2 million each to Wisconsin and Illinois, where Sens. Ron Johnson and Mark Kirk are considered the most vulnerable Republican incumbents. Pennsylvania is an important race for a couple of reasons besides leading the path for Democrats to take back the Senate. McGinty's candidacy and win has the potential to make history: In a state where women have had trouble moving to the national level of politics, Pennsylvania Democrat Katie McGinty is looking to beat Republican incumbent Pat Toomey and break a gender barrier Nov. 8 by becoming the state's first female U.S. senator. If successful, she also may open more doors for more women in Pennsylvania politics. political parties w …

PA-Sen: Toomey (R) Channels His Inner Donald Trump By Attacking McGinty (D) on Sanctuary Cities He's totally channeling Donald Trump: x YouTube Video The¬†war of words¬†between the Republican Senator Patrick Toomey and his general election opponent Democrat Katie McGinty continues to heat up. This time, the Toomey campaign released a radio ad hitting McGinty over her¬†position¬†on cities". A¬†sanctuary city¬†is not a standard legal term. Instead, the term is employed loosely, usually be critics, to describe cities or counties where there is some barrier preventing local law enforcement from working with federal immigration officials.¬†Philadelphia¬†has been considered a sanctuary city under Mayor Kenny. The sixty-second spot, titled Difference", paints McGinty as supporting an extreme and dangerous policy. As the Toomey campaign points out, the¬†Department of Homeland Security wants Philadelphiato reverse its status. Additionally, former Mayor of Philadelphia and Governor Ed Rendell, who also serves as Katie McGinty's campaign chair,¬†has argued against¬†Philadelphia's sanctuary city status. Toomey¬†called out Mayor Kenny¬†for his actions as soon as he made Philadelphia a sanctuary city. With presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump at the top of the ticket¬†immigration and sanctuary cities¬†are likely to remain a big topic for the entire election. Of course McGinty fired back: Toomey's attack on the refusal of the nation's fifth-largest city to cooperate with federal immigration authorities brought a swift response from McGinty. Her campaign accused Toomey of lacking "moral authority" on the issue and of making the matter worse by opposing bipartisan immigration legislation in the U.S. Senate and embracing the "hateful" policies of the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump. McGinty's campaign said she does not believe sanctuary cities are "the solution." However, it said the federal government's recent willingness to ease its "one-size-fits all" request in favor of working with sanctuary cities to identify violent criminals or offenders "is …

Other than national news: GOP violence against people @ the state & local level continues apace ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Amanda Marcotte @ Salon writes (March 13, 2016): While the nation watches the presidential race, there are scary things happening at state legislatures What's going on in Republican-run state legislatures is just as terrifying as the GOP presidential race Meanwhile: ¬† ¬†It's easy to get inured to the relentless drumbeat of stories of¬†Republican-controlled state legislatures passing bills codifying the culture war obsessions of the right, and with the Republican primary serving as a distraction, the state horror show is getting less national attention than it usually does. Which is how Republicans like it, because they can maximize the damage while minimizing the pushback. That's why it's critical to pay attention, even if it can, at times, be overwhelming. ¬† ¬† ¬†The republican's prurient obsession with sex,¬†guns,¬†money, and punishment has been the catalyst for violence against women,¬†the LGBT community, and immigrants¬†on a national scale for many years. Since their 2010 victories,¬†the GOP has gone¬†rabid at the state and local level.¬† ¬† ¬† ¬†Amanda Marcotte lays it out¬†clearly with this well sourced¬†compilation of republican legislation, state by state. ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† * ¬†* ¬†* Here is some of the low down on the republican forced-birth¬†agenda: passed a massive bill that will¬†cut off access to both birth control and abortion, by slashing¬†funding and passing medically punitive¬†restrictions to make it too expensive to offer affordable care to women, especially through Planned Parenthood. Legislature has passed a bill¬†that forces a woman to give birth if a doctor has detected a fetal abnormality even¬†a pregnant woman who contracts Zika¬† state Sen. Nathan Dahm is pushing a bill¬†that would strip any doctor who performs an abortion of his or her medical license. Sen.¬†Joseph¬†Silk, went one further,authoring a bill that would charge anyone who performs an abortion¬†of¬†murder. Iowa,¬†s …

State and Local Immigration Updates: California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Texas, Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump have emerged as the winners of the New Hampshire primaries. Despite Donald Trump pulling the entire Republican field to the right on immigration, only 1 in 7 Republican voters rated it¬†as their top issue. And as the attention of presidential candidates shifts to South Carolina, there are plenty of noteworthy local and state immigration developments to keep up with. SANCTUARY CITIES:¬†Fox News Latino reports how¬†legislation seeking to ban¬†so-called sanctuary cities is currently being considered in about a dozen state, including Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin. CALIFORNIA:¬†Thanks to Assembly Bill 60, over¬†600,000 undocumented immigrantshave been able to obtain a driver's license in California. Applications have exceeded expectations since the bill's implementation a year ago. Currently,¬†12 states and Washington, D.C.¬†currently allow undocumented immigrants to legally drive on our roads. In terms of sheer numbers, California ranks far above all. CONNECTICUT:¬†After¬†securing in-state tuition¬†at state colleges and universities last yeast, undocumented students across Connecticut are now asking the state legislature to grant them institutional aid. Earlier today, Senate President Pro-tempore¬†Martin Looney called the measure¬†investment in our future" and went on to say that Connecticut not just benefit these students, but would benefit all of us." FLORIDA:¬†An anti-immigrant proposal in the Florida Legislature seems to have hit a roadblock. The¬†Tampa Tribune¬†writes that HB 675 has hit a end," while theTampa Bay Times¬†reports the measure as Both sources cite that Senator Diaz de la Portilla, a Miami Republican, has pledged to not hear the measure in committee. of the immigration bills are going to be heard,"¬†he said. But Francesca Menes from the Florida Immigrant Coalition¬†reminds advocates¬†a good sign, but anything could happen." GEORGIA:¬†In an at …

Trump Inspired Legislation Threatens Florida Ahead Of The Election Two years ago, Florida Republicans found themselves hand in hand with Latinos and immigrants across the state. Republicans in the state legislature, led by then House Speaker Will Weatherford, passed a bill that would grant undocumented immigrants in-state tuition at Florida's public colleges and universities. But incredibly, the state legislature is now pushing anti-immigrant legislation that would take our state a step backwards. As¬†Ted Cruz and Donald Trump continue to lead in the polls, Republicans in the state house are using their¬†popularity as an excuse to to revert back to their previous anti-immigrant stance, and propose legislation that would negatively impact communities all across Florida. One of the proposals currently being considered by the legislature is House Bill 9. Sponsored by Miami Republican Carlos Trujillo, House Bill 9 would charge undocumented immigrants who violate federal deportation orders with a third degree felony. The second proposal, House Bill 675 sponsored by Yalaha Republican Larry Metz, would restrain the sovereignty of local governments across Florida by denying them the ability to engage in common sense community policing. While legislators in Tallahassee may want you to believe that these morally corrupt proposals would help fix our nation's broken immigration system, the truth is that both House Bill 9 and House Bill 675 carry expensive price tags that would strain the limited resources of our state's local governments and law enforcement. Representative Trujillo's proposal would leave local police susceptible to Fourth Amendment violations, pinning costly litigation expenses on cities and counties who may mistakenly accuse an immigrant of violating a deportation order. Meanwhile, Representative Metz's bill would force local law enforcement to act as federal immigration agents, trampling over the sovereignty of our local police, counties, and cities. Furthermore, House Bill 675 would have taxpayers cover all of the costs of lo …

If Democrats are losing the culture wars, then why are liberal positions so popular? A growing majority of Americans support legalizing marijuana In the wake of this week's off-year elections, Molly Ball penned a painfully off-base piece in the Atlantic arguing that Democrats fared poorly on Tuesday because, as the headline put it, "liberals are losing the culture wars." There are many things wrong with Ball's argument: For one, progressives actually had a pretty good election night, thanks to a huge sweep of Pennsylvania's Supreme Court that will give Democrats control over the next round for legislative redistricting. For another, Ball tries to brush away the very serious problem any analyst faces when comparing presidential elections with midterm yearseven worse, freakazoid elections in odd-numbered years like this one. "To be sure," Ball hand-waves 676 words into her column, "Tuesday was an off-off-year election with dismally low voter turnout, waged in just a handful of locales." To be sure, indeed! But here's the heart of the matter: On most of the "culture war" issues that Ball cites as a source of Democratic woe, the majority of Americans support the mainstream Democratic position! Let's look at Ball's catalog one by one: In Tuesday's elections, voters rejected recreational marijuana, transgender rights, and illegal-immigrant sanctuaries; they reacted equivocally to gun-control arguments; and they handed a surprise victory to a Republican gubernatorial candidate who emphasized his opposition to gay marriage. Below we'll take a look at actual public opinion on each of these issues. …

Which Two Senate Democrats Joined the GOP's Attack on Sanctuary Cities?
David Vitter (R-LA)'s campaign for governor hasn't been going very well lately, so in order to help give him a boost, Mitch McConnell brought up his xenophobic "Stop Sanctuary Policies and Protect Americans Act" on Tuesday.

The House voted on similar legislation back in June .

Vitter's bill would withhold federal funding from "sanctuary cities," those that protect their residents from deportation, limit police coordination with federal immigration enforcement, and prioritize trust-building measures among immigrant communities.

Rather than increasing public safety, Vitter's bill would undermine it. The policies the bill attacks are essential to public safety because they make people feel safe in reporting crimes to the police. No one should have to be too afraid to report a robbery, assault, or rape because of the threat of deportation.

The vote on the motion to proceed on Vitter's bill was 54 to 45 .

One Republican–Mark Kirk (R-IL)–joined Democrats in voting against it.

Two Democrats–Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Joe Donnelly (D-IN)–joined Republicans in voting for it.

States are cracking down on 'sanctuary cities'
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Which 6 Democrats Just Voted to Punish Sanctuary Cities? Yesterday, the House passed the so-called Enforce the Law for Sanctuary Cities Act. The bill would deny federal criminal justice grants to local governments that have adopted policies to limit when law enforcement officers may gather and disseminate information about any person's immigration status. ¬†These policies are important for public safety because immigrants can report crimes without fearing deportation. Here is the long statement against the bill in the House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer's daily caucus briefing: H.R. 3009 is purportedly coming to the Floor in an effort to respond to the tragic death of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco earlier this month, but unfortunately H.R. 3009 does not actually address the problem. Instead it is another cynical, political effort to appeal to the most right-wing, anti-immigrant base of the Republican party. H.R. 3009 claims to be a legislative solution to the tragic death earlier this month of Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco by Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an undocumented immigrant. ¬†In point of fact, H.R. 3009, had it been law, would not have prevented the sequence of events in the months leading up to this tragedy, which began when the Federal Bureau of Prisons, after holding Lopez-Sanchez for illegal entry into the U.S, in March 2015 transferred him to the custody of the San Francisco's sheriff office based on a 20-year-old warrant for a marijuana charge in the expectation that the local district attorney would prosecute Lopez-Sanchez. ¬†Rather than pursue the charge, however, the city's district attorney chose to drop it, which led the sheriff's office to release Lopez-Sanchez, without notification to federal immigration officials, into the local community in April rather than to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for deportation. In retrospect, it seems that a combination of miscommunication and bureaucratic errors contributed to this tragedy. What has become clear in the three weeks since this tragedy occurred …

San Francisco, sanctuary city, safer than Dallas or Fort Worth Republican presidential candidates, notably Donald Trump as well as Jeb! Bush and Rand Paul, are politicizing the killing of 32-year-old Kathryn Steinle in San Francisco last week in a random attack allegedly by an immigrant, Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez. They are calling for an end to "sanctuary cities," blaming that policy for Steinle's death. These cities have a policy of not honoring U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention, but evidence suggests that this policy seems to be making cities safer, not more dangerous. If the GOP candidates are to be believed, then we should have seen a rise in San Francisco's murder rate in the 26 years since it enacted its sanctuary law, and a further spike since 2013, when the city amended the law to cover even repeat felons such as Lopez-Sanchez. Instead, the city's murder rate has fallen to its lowest level in decades. [‚…] We're seeing a similar phenomenon throughout California. According to a Department of Justice report released last week, the number of homicides in the state fell to to 1,691 last year, the lowest since 1971. Meanwhile, the state legislature and all but a few counties have enacted sanctuary laws, though they vary in the sorts of protections offered. It's worth noting that crime has fallen nationwide in recent years, but San Francisco's murder rate is also low compared to that of comparable cities that don't have sanctuary policies. Yep. Those are two similar-sized cities in Texas where the crime rate is significantly higher than in San Francisco. That doesn't necessarily mean that it's all about San Francisco's sanctuary statusmight have as much to do with Texas's firearm obsession. But what we do know, according to studies from the Department of Urban Planning and Policy at the University of Illinois-Chicago and the Police Foundation reported in this story, is that legal and undocumented immigrant populations are less likely to want to cooperate with police when police are involved in imm …

Perry's "Killer" Campaign Tactics
It's no secret here in Texas that our Secessionist-in-Chief has resorted to some rather aggressive campaign tactics to maintain his position at the top of our Lone Star State political food chain. I've been pointing out that we can expect more of the same in his presidential bid, given the stakes involved. You're likely to see moves that would make Karl Rove's dirty tricks look like school-yard pranks. However, since I'm a Cassandra given the gift of prophecy but fated never to be believed today, I thought you might like to hear it from another source.

Ken Herman , of the Austin Statesman newspaper, has been getting requests for some Perry campaign specifically, a request that people be reminded that Perry has on more than one occasion accused his opponents of killing people.

Now, coming from a man who has executed 234 people without a single sleepless night, it wouldn't be unreasonable to think this is opening up a big ol' can of Texas worms. Believe me, it's not. It's simply Perry's way of asserting himself as the alpha-killer. When he kills, it's a matter of "justice" being served.

Read on below the bloodstain for Ken Herman's revelations on Perry's campaign smears.

Perry's Immigration Paradox: Placating Texas Businesses while Pandering to the Tea Party It's another 100-degree-plus day here in Texas, and our secessionist-in-chief is feeling the heat on immigration. ¬† From: Houston Chronicle From On a Sunday in June 2001, the first-year governor of Texas signed legislation allowing undocumented immigrants to attend Texas colleges and universities at in-state tuition rates instead of paying international fees. Supporters of the legislation called it the Texas Dream Act. On a June morning 10 years later, that same governor convened a special session of the Texas Legislature and urged lawmakers to pass a bill that would outlaw so-called "sanctuary cities," places where police are not allowed to ask the immigration status of people they detain. Hispanic lawmakers, most of them Democrats, considered the bill a personal affront; they warned the governor that he risked a backlash among Hispanic voters. The sanctuary city measure, which already had failed during the regular session, failed again, due in larger measure to opposition from powerful Texas business interests. It's no secret that these Texas business interests" are perfectly happy with the immigration status quo. There's no easier way to make a profit than to staff your business with folks who are willing to work long hours for below-minimum-wage pay. They're not going to complain about their pay or unfair workplace conditions or drop a dime to OSHA about egregious safety problems, as they'd risk deportation. Perry's not the brightest bulb in the candelabra, so it's got to be tough to reassure the Texas business interests" (campaign donors) while concurrently pandering to the Tea Party and right-wing zealots who won't be satisfied until we evict all the brown people and lock down our borders. Following in the shuffling, laissez-faire cowboy-boot-steps of his predecessor, George W. Bush: Perry has built a reputation over the years for taking a relatively moderate approach to immigration issues. He appointed the state's first Hispanic secretary …

Weekly Immigration Wire: Building Up to Change
by Nezua, TMC MediaWire Blogger
As the U.S. moves closer and closer to enacting immigration reform, the situation on the ground is evolving as well. Nothing is static for an issue that touches so many people across so many communities. This week's wire follows up on trends observed last week : holding mainstream media accountable, enforcement tactics, and immigration's positive effect on the economy.

Bill O'Reilly and Immigration
Fox'News', ever eager to over-simplify the often complex issue of illegal immigration, is quick to assume that if you have entered this country illegally that you are: a drug dealer, or a murderer, maybe a rapist, or terrorist, or simply are attempting to 'take advantage' of America in some way.

During the 8/23 installment of The O'Reilly Factor, Bill had on two congresswomen ( Marsha Blackburn : R-TN and Thelma Drake : R-VA ) who are trying to push through legislation that says any so-called "sanctuary city" could lose ALL federal funding if any 'non-citizen' is arrested for ANYTHING and ICE is not notified.  

So, what could this really mean?  My thoughts below the fold.    

The Wurlitzer and the Sanctuary When I went into church this morning, the door above the room where worship services are held was labeled with a single word: sanctuary. ¬†That's true for many protestant churches, and for other religions, as well. ¬†The word means simply "sacred place," and it's long been associated not just with the center of a church or temple, but with the protection that comes from being in such places. ¬†Centuries of tradition have lent a degree of both formal and informal protection to those seeking refuge inside a church. ¬†We're still shocked today when we hear stories like those produced during the massacre in Rwanda, where the tradition of sanctuary was so frequently and cruelly violated. With that kind of association, you might think that Republicans, who present themselves as the guardians of Christian values, might feel a bit of reservation in attacking the word "sanctuary." ¬†On the face of it, demonizing a word that means sacred place is simply ludicrous. ¬†And yet, Republicans have been tuning the Mighty Wurlitzer, preparing to give it the old college try. For the last few years, the idea that "sanctuary cities" are attracting lawless "illegals" has ¬†gone from an occasional red-faced rant of the Michael Savage and Ann Coulter variety, to a staple of slightly less frothing political pundits. ¬†It's followed a similar course in the Republican presidential campaign, with attacks on sanctuary cities first coming from the spit-flecked lips of Tom Tancredo, and now moving front and center of a new ad from supposed frontrunner candidate, Willard Romney. "Immigration laws don't work if they're ignored," the ad's announcer states. "That's the problem with cities like Newark, San Francisco and New York City that adopt sanctuary policies. Sanctuary cities become magnets that encourage illegal immigration and undermine secure borders." The not at all veiled effort here is to tie sanctuary cities to recent violence in Newark that's why Jersey gets top billing over the cities the righ …

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Mississippi Governor Signs Anti-Sanctuary Bill A victory against sanctuary policies in Mississippi.

Sessions to Back" Funds from Sanctuary Cities Attorney General Jeff Sessions promised to crack down on funding for sanctuary cities that refuse to obey the law.

DHS Ignores Likely Fraud by Immigrants Claiming Benefits GAO find that DHS is not following up on fraud reports.

Are Immigrants Truly Jobs Americans Don't Want?' It's often said immigrants fill jobs that American citizens won't take. But is this really true?

Maryland Values Criminal Aliens More than Crime Victims In the wake of a vicious sexual assault by illegal aliens Maryland pushes shocking sanctuary legislation

If You Build It, They Won't Come Even before the first block of concrete is poured, President Trump's executive order has already had a positive impact on the border.

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NewsHounds: Fox Likens CT Gov. Malloy's Immigrant Protections To George Wallace's Racism 2017-02-28 Only Fox News would spin Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy's efforts to provide protections for undocumented immigrants as racism akin to George Wallace's segregationist views. | Last week, Malloy visited Tucker Carlson Tonight where Carlson deployed his sandbags to suggest that Malloy's sanctuary state policy is to blame for a "fiscal wreck" in his state. | Two days later, Cavuto on Business went after Malloy, too.
WEKU: Bowling Green Business Becomes 'Sanctuary Restaurant' 2017-02-25 Lisa Autry: Some Kentucky businesses are placing their names on a growing national list of sanctuary restaurants.
Beaumont Enterprise: Orange church is sanctuary for black community 2017-02-25 TThe nervous hands of 9-year-old Amorren Coleman reached out for the microphone as he stood alone on the stage at Mount Zion Baptist Church, staring wide-eyed at a buzzing congregation waiting for him to perform. Coleman's voice trembled, overpowered by the band's opening notes of Break Every Chain. Mount Zion, built in 1871, is widely known as Orange's Mother Church, a place that nurtures spiritual and educational growth, and in its past…
Catholic Culture: Popular movements call for sanctuary, disruption; blast racism, 'all forms of human hierarchy' 2017-02-23 A chief provider and curator of Catholic information on the web since 1996. Our editorial voice, always faithful to the teachings of the Church, assists and inspires Catholic clergy and laity.
WKSU News: New Ohio State Lawmaker attacks Immigrants, Refugees as Harbingers of Crime, Dems Call It Racism 2017-02-08 Jo Ingles: The fight over how the state should deal with immigration issues has Republicans and Democrats at the Statehouse backing competing bills.
Liberation: From sanctuary city to liberated city 2017-02-01 Liberation Staff: In just one week, with several strokes of a pen, Trump unleashed upon the working class in the U.S. an attack not seen in decades. From his attack on the flawed Affordable Care Act to the banning of immigrants from Muslim countries to the explicit targeting of "sanctuary cities," the actions demonstrated that the bigoted, racist and sexist rhetoric heard on the campaign trail was in fact the foundation of the Trump program.
The Chicago Maroon: Sanctuary Status 2017-01-27 A 2012 executive order known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protects undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children. President Donald Trump has vowed to overturn the order, which could possibly lead to the deportation of thousands of students across the nation. University President Robert Zimmer was one of 300 college presidents who signed a statement last November supporting DACA.
Fox 32 Chicago: Chicago restaurant joins 'sanctuary restaurant' movement 2017-01-08 Honey Butter Fried Chicken has joined the sanctuary restaurant movement focused on stopping discrimination and hate in the restaurant industry.
KEYE TV: Two Austin eateries pledge to become 'Sanctuary Restaurants' 2017-01-05 CBS Austin: Two Austin restaurants have signed a nationwide pledge to become Sanctuary Restaurants in order to promote hate- and discrimination-free workplaces.Black Star Co-op at 7020 Easy Wind Drive and L'Oca d'Oro at 1900 Simond Ave.
The Heights: LTE: A Response to 'To Move Forward, Eradicate Must Acknowledge Efforts' 2016-12-08 Eradicate BC Racism responds to an editorial that called on them to adequately acknowledge their demands that were met by the University.
The Heights: Student Assembly Calls for BC to Become Sanctuary Campus 2016-12-05 The Student Assembly endorsed a petition by Eradicate BC Racism Sunday night that calls for BC to protect its undocumented students.
The Justice: Community works toward unity at town hall event 2016-11-22 Scholars reflected on the recent election and discussed ways to build unity at an event last week.
OPB News: PSU Joins Portland Public Schools In Offering 'Sanctuary' To Immigrant Students 2016-11-19 Rob Manning: "Fascism is authoritarian and that's what (Trump) is," declared one high school–aged girl. | "How is he authoritarian though?" asked a counterprotester, recording the protest with his cellphone.
In These Times: Why Our Universities Must Provide Sanctuary to Undocumented Immigrants 2016-11-18 In the age of Trump, it's more important than ever for our learning institutions to join the fight against racism and xenophobia. | Universities also have a special ability, and thus a special responsibility, to create safe spaces for undocumented people and everyone threatened by our soon-to-be president. Both students and workers must be able to participate in their university's community without fearing for their safety.
Q13 FOX: Seattle mayor Ed Murray decries Trump's 'racism' 2016-11-09 Mayor Ed Murray says the country has elected a leader who has demonstrated outright misogyny and displayed racism and authoritarian tendencies.
Bryan-College Station Eagle: St. Francis Wolf Sanctuary 2016-09-28 Scenes from Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, at the St. Francis Wolf Sanctuary in Montgomery, Texas. | Three year old male wolfdog Rajah relaxes under a tree in his enclosure Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, at the St. Francis Wolf Sanctuary in Montgomery, Texas. | Two year old wolf Lapua, left, attempt to goad her enclosure-mate, three year old Rajah, into wrestling with her Friday, Sept. 23, 2016, at the St.
San Antonio Current: Newsmonger: Racist Messages Over Gun Signs, Indigenous Peoples Spurned Again and Sanctuary Cities 2015-11-11 Mark Reagan: Hate Speech During the last legislative session, freshman Rep. Diego Bernal, a former San Antonio City Council member, fought hard against Texas' new open carry…

Young returnees start over in Mexico after growing up in the U.S

Here is a video on the start over for people deported back to Mexico, and how much harder life can be once they return then it was ever before.

Published on Jan 6, 2016

Even before recent raids by the Department of Homeland Security, hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants have been deported annually. And those who grew up in the U.S. have found themselves living in what feels like a foreign country. Special correspondent Fred de Sam Lazaro talks to some young people who are starting over and feeling culture shock after having to leave the U.S.

Immigrant Rights Activists Vow to Continue Fighting Deportations as Obama Prepares Executive Order

Here is an older video featuring Immigrant Rights activists taking a stand against former President Obama. The relevancy is almost unreal. 

Published on Nov 17, 2014

democracynow.org – As President Obama vows to protect millions of undocumented immigrants from deportation, we speak to two people who could be directly impacted by an executive order. Rosi Carrasco and her daughter, Ireri Unzueta Carrasco, are both members of Organized Communities Against Deportations. We first interviewed Rosi when she was about to get arrested during a protest at the Democratic National Convention in 2012 calling for Obama to stop deportations. She was born in Mexico and has lived in the United States for 20 years. Ireri was a DREAM Act activist and recipient of the Deferred Action Program.

Sanders says concern for immigrant rights led to voting against 2007 immigration reform

Here is a clip of Bernie Sanders speaking on just why he didn't vote for a 2007 reform bill. He knows what is right and how to stand for Immigrant rights, and so should you.

Published on Feb 11, 2016

Sen. Bernie Sanders addressed his vote against a comprehensive immigration reform bill in 2007 at the PBS NewsHour Democratic Debate Thursday in Milwaukee.

"I did vote against it," Sanders said, citing the Southern Poverty Law Center and other groups' concerns that the guest worker programs involved "were akin to slavery" as his reason.

What Happens When I Go To Immigration Court? (English)

Here is a very educational video for people who are about to experience Immigration court.

Published on Jan 17, 2013

"What Happens When I Go To Immigration Court?" is an educational video produced to orient children who are placed in immigration proceedings and must appear in immigration court before the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). The video uses child-centered techniques to familiarize the child with these administrative legal proceedings. It also helps put the children at ease and begins to foster the trust and openness needed for representing the child during the immigration court proceeding.

Families, Security and Immigrant Rights | The New School for Public Engagement

Here is video of various people speaking on the families and security of Immigrants from "The New School". This is well made for those who have time to view it in its entirety.

Uploaded on Feb 27, 2012

Learn about Social Policy and Global Studies at The New School, a university in New York City offering distinguished degree, certificate, and continuing education programs in art and design, liberal arts, management and policy, and the performing arts. THE NEW SCHOOL | www.newschool.edu