DRACONIAN IMMIGRATION LAW BLOCKED AS TEXAS RECOVERS FROM HARVEY

Another law shot down, thankfully, as the more important issues finally take front and center in Texas.

WHEN A STORM like Hurricane Harvey hits, it’s not easy for impacted communities to get back on their feet. In addition to dealing with the potential mental and physical trauma that comes with the storm, they have to assess damage to their houses and cars and file endless insurance claims. But in Texas, where 1.7 million people are immigrants without proper legal documents, there was one more thing to worry about: an anti-immigrant law that would outlaw so-called sanctuary cities was set to kick in Friday, September 1.

 

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Acting ICE Director Wants Politicians Jailed over Sanctuary Cities

The director of ICE apparently has a grievance with sanctuary cities. Having politicians jailed for standing up for their own cities is just absurd.

Back in the United States, the acting director of ICE—the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency—says politicians who resist the Trump administration’s immigration policies should be arrested and charged with crimes. Thomas Homan made the comment during an appearance on Fox News on Tuesday—one day after California formally declared itself a “sanctuary state” for immigrants.

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New York: Haitian Immigrant Jean Montrevil Detained by ICE

Yet another sad story of someone being displaced, regardless of his clean record and use to society.

In New York City, the daughter of Haitian immigrant Jean Montrevil says her father was arrested Wednesday by ICE agents outside his home in Far Rockaway, Queens, and was taken to the Essex County jail in New Jersey. Jean Montrevil came to the U.S. from Haiti with a green card in 1986 at the age of 17. Last June, when he went to his first check-in under President Trump, Montrevil was detained, handcuffed, processed to be deported, until calls from his supporters apparently prompted his release. Speaking on Democracy Now! last summer, Jean Montrevil described the dangers he could face if he’s deported to Haiti.

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The White House is misleading the public on “chain migration”

Even though the Trump family has benefited from “chain migration,” Trump has weaponized the term to enact policy

On Dec. 15, the White House posted a misleading article to its website that stokes fears about so-called chain migration, in an attempt to push President Donald Trump's anti-immigration policy agenda. "It's time to end chain migration" a tweet from the White House said. "As a result of Chain Migration, a single immigrant admitted to the U.S. has the potential to bring over large numbers of foreign relatives." The White House has since tweeted several times using the term, painting it as a threat that must be acted on. "Ending chain migration and also ending the visa lottery will allow us to have commonsense immigration rules that promote assimilation and wage growth. It also promotes, most importantly, safety."

The term "chain migration" is often used by anti-immigration hardliners who perceive it as a threat and would like to restrict a legal immigrant from helping family members migrate to the U.S. Trump has also used the term to ignite fears over terrorism and to indicate that so-called chain migration is a serious national security threat, even though Lee Cissna, the director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, has said he does not have data to support that claim.

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Two members of Congress among hundreds arrested protesting DACA, TPS decisions

Even congressmen are fed up and taking a stand for the rights of others, regardless of the consequences
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Thousands of protesters gathered at the Capitol Building in Washington, DC to protest the Trump administration's decision to ditch programs protecting immigrants. Over two hundred people were arrested, including two members of Congress.Organized by The New York Immigrant Coalition and CASA Virginia, protesters called for Congress to vote to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act (DACA) and the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program.

 

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Trump’s diversity trap: Immigration fear-mongering vs. jobs

Trump's tactics on immigration, though reckless and destructive, are indeed running out of steam. 

Not to be hyperbolic, but sometimes it feels as though the president of the United States is targeting my very existence.

It began with his campaign. Although he didn’t use the validity of my birth certificate to kick off his racist-fueled rise to the top of a crowded Republican field, Donald Trump took a hardline anti-immigration stance that included the elimination of birthright citizenship. The pesky 14th Amendment that has fallen out of Republican favor lately grants citizenship to any persons born in the United States, regardless of the status of the parents. Trump called the clause of the Constitution that belatedly granted citizenship to former slaves “the biggest magnet for illegal immigration” during his hard-fought primary campaign. Trump was referring to the children of undocumented immigrants when he told Bill O'Reilly, "I don't think they have American citizenship." He probably doesn't know that federal courts have long debated the breadth of application of the controversial constitutional right.

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