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Trump Hardens Immigration Stance, Saying, “We Need the Wall

President trump always has something to say about his proposed wall. His aggression towards building it will be its downfall.

President Donald Trump hardened his position on immigration Wednesday, a day after he appeared to support a wide-reaching deal that could grant millions of undocumented people a pathway to citizenship. During a meeting with congressional leaders on Tuesday, Trump repeatedly said he would “take the heat” for a sweeping immigration deal, which would likely be opposed by much of his far-right-wing anti-immigrant base. President Trump also said he wanted a bill to protect the 800,000 young undocumented people known as DREAMers, whose protections he attempted to rescind late last year when he canceled DACA—the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. But on Wednesday, Trump reversed course, telling reporters he would reject any immigration deal that doesn’t provide funding for a militarized border wall.

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ICE Agents Target Scores of 7-Eleven Stores in Immigration Sweep

As shown in the picture below, ICE agents have been swarming in on immigrants, regardless if any of them are commiting a crime. 

Trump’s remarks came just hours after agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement—or ICE—raided nearly 100 7-Eleven stores around the U.S., delivering audit notices and arresting 21 people. Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan said the raids were meant to serve as a warning to employers that ICE would hold businesses accountable if they hire undocumented immigrants.



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In Immigration Victory, Judge Blocks Trump from Ending DACA Program

A solid victory against those who are against the DACA program and migrants as a whole.

In a major blow to President Trump’s anti-immigration agenda, a U.S. judge in San Francisco has temporarily stopped the Trump administration from ending the DACAprogram—that’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The Obama-era program gave nearly 800,000 young undocumented people legal permission to live and work in the United States. President Trump announced he was ending the program late last year. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge William Alsup ruled the DACA program must remain in place, amid multiple lawsuits over Trump’s decision to rescind the program.


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Colbert roasts Trump for his ridiculous televised meeting on immigration

Funnyman Stephen Colbert throw a few comedy punches at Trump and Immigration, thankfully never missing the point.

CBS "Late Show" host Stephen Colbert was having none of President Donald Trump's Tuesday immigration nonsense.
“Today, Donald Trump held a bipartisan meeting on immigration reform focused mainly on reforming our policy of having immigrants,” Colbert observed.

He joked about the forced urgency of Trump's self-imposed crisis.

“If the two sides can’t find a compromise the federal government is going to shut down on January 20, or as historians call it: ‘one year too late,'” Colbert said.

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Washington State Sues Motel 6 After Guests’ Information Given to ICE

Washington state filed suit against the budget hotel chain Motel 6 on Wednesday, accusing it of violating anti-discrimination and privacy laws by handing over personal information of hotel guests to ICE. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson says hotel managers gave the names, dates of birth, driver’s license numbers and license plate numbers of some 9,000 guests to immigration officers, who scrutinized the lists for “Latino-sounding names,” leading to the arrests of at least six people. The lawsuit comes four months after the Phoenix New Times reported Motel 6 managers in Arizona had a similar cooperation agreement with ICE.

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Really bad ’80s nostalgia: Donald Trump’s misguided war on crime and immigration may undo years of bipartisan progress

Back in early 2015 it looked as though America might be on the verge of a rare moment for recent times, when leaders of both parties might come together to pass an important bipartisan reform. Over several years both the right and the left had reached a consensus that the draconian mandatory minimum sentencing laws passed in the 1980s and 1990s had been overzealous and counterproductive. Politicians on both sides of the aisle were actually working together on the federal level to eliminate many such sentences, especially after data gathered in states like Texas and Georgia made clear that doing so could save governments money and reduce crime rates.

Mandatory minimum laws were mostly aimed at drug-related crimes and came about in a burst of emotional reactions to tabloid-style stories in the 1980s. Early in that decade the crack cocaine epidemic had everyone spooked, largely because opportunistic politicians stoked the story for political gain. The case that many people still remember is that of 22-year-old college basketball star Len Bias, who died of a cocaine-induced heart attack just two days after being drafted by the Boston Celtics. Facing a big midterm election, the Democrat-dominated Congress saw the public outcry as an opportunity to quickly push through the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986.

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Trump Meeting with Lawmakers to Debate DREAMers & Border Wall Funding

The debate continues as President Trump seeks more funding for a wall that maybe never be built.

In more news on immigration, President Trump is meeting with Republican and Democratic lawmakers at the White House today to debate funding for Trump’s border wall and the future of nearly 800,000 young undocumented immigrants known as DREAMers. Trump is demanding $33 billion over a decade to fund the expansion of the militarized border wall and to hire 10,000 additional immigration agents. In exchange, he’s proposing Congress authorize protections for the undocumented young people who had been protected under DACA—that’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals—before Trump rescinded the Obama-era policy late last year. Immigrant rights groups and Democratic lawmakers have slammed Trump for trying to use the DREAMers in order to win his far-right, anti-immigrant demands. White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who was formerly the secretary of homeland security, has been in charge of reaching out to lawmakers for the talks and will be at today’s meeting. Over the weekend, while speaking at a press conference at Camp David, President Trump vowed there will be no resolution on DACA without billions of dollars in funding for the border wall.

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