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Friday, January 18, 2019

Donald Trump tweet: Border rancher: "We've found prayer rugs out here. It's unreal." Washington Examiner People coming across the Southern Border from many countries, some of which would be a big surprise. read more


Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Donald Trump, Dec 18 2018: "Illegal immigration costs the United States more than 200 Billion Dollars a year. How was this allowed to happen?" read more


Tuesday, October 30, 2018

A predominantly black youth football team in Maryland was thrown out of its league and banned from the playoffs without being given a reason, reports Fox Baltimore. The Reisterstown Mustangs went undefeated in the Carroll County Youth Football and Cheer league, but after the season concluded, and before the playoffs, they were sent a letter saying they had been thrown out of the league and would not be allowed in the playoffs. read more


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Alright, now that Humtake has blown our minds with his "numbers change" analysis:

Toss a few more on the vast pile of lies we know the Trump administration has told about its cruel family separation policy. Sen. Jeff Merkley released a draft memo, leaked by a whistleblower, showing that the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security thoroughly gamed out different ways they could tear children from their parents and use it as a deterrent to keep migrants from seeking asylum at the border.

The memo dates to December 2017, when border crossings were dramatically lower than in December 2016, yet is titled "Policy Options to Respond to Border Surge of Illegal Immigration." In the memo and in comments on it, Trump administration officials floated the possibility of taking children from their parents but then denying them a hearing before an immigration judge and deporting the whole family -- without necessarily reunifying them first. "It appears that they wanted to have it both ways," ACLU lawyer Lee Gelernt said. "To separate children from their parents but deny them the full protections generally awarded to unaccompanied children."

The draft memo also considered restricting green cards available to abused, abandoned, or neglected children, as well as previewing the policy of intensive background checks of people who agreed to sponsor unaccompanied migrant children. Publicly, the Trump administration claims that this is for the safety of the children -- children they held in detention camps -- but the memo acknowledged that the policy would lead to kids being held longer.

Raw Story

Democrats head to Puerto Rico to assess the 'shocking' reality while Republicans play political game

This past weekend, 36 Democratic members of Congress traveled to Puerto Rico -- the largest congressional delegation ever to travel to the island. The purpose of their visit was to attend meetings sponsored by BOLD PAC, the super PAC that also raises funds for the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and the Latino Victory Fund. The visit also coincided with the opening performance of the Puerto Rico run of the Broadway hit show Hamilton, which premiered in San Juan on Friday night.

After discussions with local leaders and seeing the devastation first-hand, Cárdenas noted that the amount of congressionally approved funds to actually arrive in Puerto Rico is nothing short of "shocking." He said that tens of billions have been approved, but that only a tiny amount has made its way there -- contributing to the economic decline and death toll resulting from Hurricane Maria.

Just look at how far Trump and company will go to scapegoat Democrats. It's laughable, but especially when it comes to Puerto Rico. When was the last time Republicans even mentioned the island at all or tried to help its residents? In fact, this is the most anyone in that party has talked about Puerto Rico since Trump took office -- except for blaming Puerto Ricans for blowing Trump's budget out of whack after Hurricane Maria, taking potshots at San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz, and calling Puerto Ricans lazy.

They even resorted to lies about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi being on the trip. This turned out not to be true, and Trump's bestie and Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro had to backtrack the lies she spewed about Pelosi during the weekend.

Daily Kos

‘Wasting taxpayer money': Border Patrol union deletes old web page trashing Trump's border wall idea

The union which represents Border Patrol agents recently removed an old web page in which it trashed the idea of a border wall, Politico reports.

"Walls and fences are temporary solutions that focus on the symptom (illegal immigration) rather than the problem (employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens)," the union wrote.

Raw Story

Trump demands border wall in Texas visit, but spotlights contraband seized at ports of entry

President Donald Trump visited McAllen on Thursday to dramatize his demands for a border wall, though he ended up illustrating the case with drugs and guns captured at ports of entry rather than unguarded sections of the frontier.

At a briefing intended to help drum up support for the wall, customs and Border Patrol officials showed the president heroin, cash and weapons seized at ports of entry -- doing little to reinforce the case that unfenced sections of the border are a problem that justifies a disruptive government shutdown or costly construction project.

The Dallas Morning News

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