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A complement to the "Liberal tears" t-shirts seen at Trump rallies. Which makes sense, because regardless of party, the best measure of your success is how much your opponent is crying.…
Jere Miles of HSI says at field hearing no women detained in Mississippi raid were breastfeeding. In fact, there was at least one case, widely circulated. She was not only detained, but prosecuted too. She bonded out of criminal custody, but remains detained by ICE.
Fun fact: Davy Crockett immigrated illegally to Texas, then part of Mexico.
Abe Lincoln, the guns god and gas prez
Trump says Texas "made a fortune" with his hurricane aid. What the fuck?
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Some people's idea of making America great is listening to "Beat It" really loud a bunch of times in a row
Native Marylander to actual Texan: You are not an actual Texan 🤦‍♂️…U
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“The progressive left, they are not our opponents. They are our enemy.” lt. dan goes full fash!
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Sen. John Cornyn now denouncing the "radical angry left," at a Trump rally where folks are wearing shirts demanding "liberal tears."
I hear this a lot, but previous ICE worksite raids resulted in charges against employers. That's likely in the Mississippi case too, though it may take a while because reviewing the evidence they seized takes time.…
The Trump administration is prosecuting more Mississippi workers after ICE raids.
Judge Gee issued a tentative ruling from the bench blocking the Trump admin's rule, which seeks to detain undocumented children indefinitely. Gee said the rule was inconsistent with the terms of Flores and would not terminate the settlement agreement. A final ruling is expected.
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Nothing calls people's attention like "engaging digital content"
BREAKING- At least 75 people detained in August ICE raids in Mississippi have signed voluntary deportation orders to go back to Guatemala, according to a local priest who works with families of local undocumented immigrants. “They grew desperate after being in jail for weeks.”
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W/ Cuellar as lone holdout on impeachment among TX Ds in Congress, primary foe @JCisnerosTX comes out in support & applies pressure. "It’s time for Rep. Cuellar to put his constitutional duty ahead of his support for Trump & call for a ... impeachment inquiry," she says in sttmnt
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I pressed the authors this morning on this . They say they were negotiating for an OTR conversation but a Rep for Kavanaugh demanded they say "Kavanaugh declined to comment" in their book if the meeting were to occur. You can watch it for yourself here……
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During the first 11 months of FY 2019 court records reveal a total of 384,977 new cases. If the pace of filings continues through the final month of this fiscal year, FY 2019 will mark a new filing record. .cc @julito77 @Maria_Hinojosa @latinorebels @LatinoUSA…
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Immigration court backlog tops 1M cases, per TRAC -- not counting the 300K+ administratively closed cases reopened by Sessions
Another attempt by mass media to target the Latin world bites the dust.…
The word "problematic" is vague to the point of meaninglessness. There's rarely a good reason to say it, let alone set it in print. Instead, just tell us what the problem is.
Honestly, @JulianCastro is a stealth debate attacker. No one seems him coming. #DemDebate
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Style guide suggestion: ban all use of "let's be clear." Instead, just avoid vague language.
Day before #ElPasoShooting , @GovAbbott sent fundraising letter, raising fears about demographics in #Texas: "Unless you and I want liberals to succeed in their plan to transform Texas -- and our entire country -- through illegal immigration, this is a message we MUST send."…
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SCOOP: Email sent from the DOJ to all immigration court employees this week included a link to a post on a white nationalist website that “directly attacks sitting immigration judges with racial and ethnically tinged slurs."…
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Nothing to see here, just the Justice Department emailing immigration judges a VDare blog post with slurs in it.… via @Haleaziz
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Okay this one is funny for 2 reasons, 1) 'it's fine because we believe it is fine' logic and 2) DHS pushing the view that states have no role in enforcing immigration law given, you know, their constant push to make local police their deputies in enforcing immigration law.
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Scoop: ICE has started using another for-profit jail in Louisiana. It is the seventh jail that ICE has started using there since February. ICE is a detaining a record-high of 55,220 people, far more than Congress provided funding for.…
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Fox News wasn't "excluded." NAHJ just said it won't take Fox’s money, and with good reason. I used to work for Fox News Latino -- a site the company scrapped a month after Trump won -- and I think @NAHJ made a fair call. Fox should heed @HugoBalta’s serious concerns.…
But these things haven't actually happened. Especially the banner claim. Interior deportations stood at 95K last year. That doesn't even hit 2014 levels. We're still in a bull market. No new libel law. There's a wide gap between what Trump says and reality.…
It asked Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) & Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) to join NAHJ in returning $16,666 share of $50K sponsorship but they refused opting instead to give Fox News a larger platform to discuss what they label a “teachable moment.”
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.@NAHJ returns $16,666 sponsorship check to Fox News because it champions “the fair and accurate treatment of Hispanics, Latinos in newsrooms and news coverage” and cannot allow others to lie under the pretext of exercising their First Amendment right.…
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Es urgente incorporar a corresponsales especializados, dedicados exclusivamente a la cobertura medio ambiental. No solo desde la dimensión ecológica, también desde el ángulo político, informando sobre las políticas públicas que deben implementarse para aliviar la emergencia.
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@RoqPlanas If I am desperate to find something positive to say about the last few years, it might be that Trump’s open cruelty toward immigrants has helped some people find moral clarity that they struggled to find before he was president. Hope it lasts.
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The Obama admin also sought to detain migrant children indefinitely in family lock ups. The current 20-day limit, in fact, was established in a federal ruling that curbed the Obama admin's family detention policy.…
@onetosixvedado You could buy the entire Guatemalan coffee harvest AND double the amount you pay every single person for their coffee and it still would be less than what @CBP budgets for building 65 miles of border wall
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I wonder if the GOP will have the votes to undo their hilarious accidental decriminalization of marijuana by the time next session rolls around. I'm no expert, but I kinda doubt it.…
Beginning to come to the conclusion that Republican deficit hysteria under Obama was bunk
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Every time I have heard DHS give stats of “fraudulent families” at the border, the number is different. Regardless, it’s a small fraction of just suspicious families, and somewhere less than 1% of total families coming to the US. Exact % impossible with data they provide.
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It's almost as if America thinks kids and families deserve special treatment.…
The harm caused by the mass raid in Mississippi is why people are calling for the repeal of laws used to criminalize and demonize immigrant communities. @RoqPlanas…
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Several of the Mississippi migrant workers that the Trump admin prosecuted on immigration charges had long histories here. Two were last removed in 1997. Three were picked up in a separate Mississippi ICE raid a decade ago. Eight appear to have lived for years in Mississippi.…
The Trump administration is prosecuting 41 of the workers from the Mississippi ICE raid for immigration crimes -- using the same law that some Democratic presidential nominees want to repeal. Criminalization of immigration extends way beyond the border.
Obama often claimed his administration was focused on deporting criminals - "felons, not families." But @RoqPlanas FOIA'd the data, and found more than half of deportees in Obama's second term didn't commit a crime more serious than entering the country:…
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Under Obama, ICE highlighted stats showing that many migrants arrested at the border were criminals. But most were guilty only of immigration crimes.… # via @RoqPlanas .cc @LatinoUSA @latinorebels @julito77
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