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Americans should be taking to the streets to say this is not what America is or does. Where is the good America? Most people seem apathetic. Our Democratic politicians try to expose the problem but are impotent in light of the the numb, dumbed-down, shallow public and culture. I guess we need Kim Kardashian to take a stand and lead us. On this July 4, I will not be proud to an American.
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I think so much horrible stuff has come at us over the past 2-1/2 years that we can't digest one before we're hit by two more. I think we have horror exhaustion.

And that's how he can keep doing it.

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The Trump Administration has announced that it is dropping its fight over adding the citizenship question to the 2020 census.

We'll take the victories when we can get them.

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U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean: Conditions at migrant detention center ‘monstrous’

By Christian Menno | Posted at 5:07 PM Updated at 6:37 PM

Congresswoman Madeleine Dean, D-4 of Abington, visited several Customs and Border Patrol facilities in Texas and Florida as part of two separate delegations of lawmakers this week amid controversy surrounding living conditions.

[Omitted first part about children in detention in Texas.]

The conditions inside an El Paso CBP facility toured earlier Monday were “monstrous” and “heartbreaking,” according to Dean.

“It has to change — now,” Dean said in a news release.

“In one small, enclosed area, I saw 15 women, one as old as 58,” Dean continued. “They had been there for 56 days.”

Dean, who was elected in November to represent Pennsylvania’s 4th district that includes parts of eastern Montgomery County, says the women, who had been sleeping on the concrete floor, told her they only are permitted to shower every nine to 15 days.

“Two of the women had epilepsy,” she said. “The faucet in their cell didn’t work, and guards had told them that they could drink from the toilet instead. They told me they didn’t like being treated like dogs. After speaking with us, they now fear retribution.”

More at: https://www.buckscountycouriertimes.com/news/20190702/us-rep-madeleine-dean-conditions-at-migrant-detention-center-monstrous

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People will be at the Fourth of July spectacle in Washington wearing John McCain shirts, Badhorsie, and there will be a Trump baby blimp in the sky over the mall until 9 p.m.
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quote:

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People will be at the Fourth of July spectacle in Washington wearing John McCain shirts, Badhorsie, and there will be a Trump baby blimp in the sky over the mall until 9 p.m.



I am ever-so-grateful I was in my beloved Rockies on the 4th, and did not have to witness Trump and his display in DC.

Did you know that the part of "America the Beautiful" that praises the "purple mountain majesties above the fruited plain," was inspired by Pike's Peak, here in Colorado? And Pike's Peak is one of our "lesser" mountains...

I did not see a single MAGA hat the entire time we were up there, in the southwestern San Juan mountains.
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I didn't know that, Susie. It is beautiful!

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(CNN) - Trump backs away from census citizenship question, orders agencies to hand over citizenship information to Commerce

President Donald Trump retreated from his quest to add a question about US citizenship to the 2020 census on Thursday, declaring instead he would ask government agencies to provide records that could determine a head-count of citizens without polling census-takers directly.

The turnaround comes after Trump repeatedly said he would continue fighting to insert the question despite a Supreme Court ruling that dealt a blow to the effort last month. It reflects legal reality intersecting with Trump's desire to bolster his image as an immigration hard-liner as he moves ahead with his 2020 reelection bid.

Instead of attempting to put the question on census forms, or adding it separately, Trump said he was issuing an executive order directing the Commerce Department to obtain citizenship data through means other than the census. That includes documents from the Department of Homeland Security, which houses citizenship and asylum services, and the Social Security Administration.

Trump repeatedly said in Rose Garden remarks that he was not backing away from attempting a count of US citizens, but acknowledged legal setbacks in inserting a citizenship question on the nationwide population survey. "We are not backing down on our effort to determine the citizenship status of the US population," Trump said in laying out his plan.



Because, of course, it's so important to know this so that the administration can better enforce the Voting Rights Act. *koff*

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Was this just another (non)event to terrorize brown people?



Trump's Nationwide Immigration Raids Fail to Materialize

July 14, 20199:06 PM ET | Bobby Allyn

President Trump's threatened roundup of undocumented immigrant families this weekend that sent migrants in many communities on edge showed few signs of materializing on Sunday, the second time rumors of a large-scale immigration enforcement operation failed to come to fruition.

Instead, in the cities where rumors of mass raids swirled, many immigrants stayed inside their homes, as jitters turned typically vibrant migrant markets and commercial corridors eerily quiet.

Immigrant advocates across the country, meanwhile, took to the streets to demonstrate in protest of the promised roundup.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement would not confirm any arrests, nor would immigrant rights activists.

"The ACLU has not heard reports of any raids today," Ruthie Epstein, the American Civil Liberties Union's deputy director for immigration policy, told NPR.

Much more at: https://www.npr.org/2019/07/14/741653581/trumps-nationwide-immigration-raids-fail-to-materialize



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Probably. Not to mention that there is nowhere to put them. The facilities are beyond full.

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Trump just talked with reporters on the south lawn. He said, among other things, that the raids this weekend were "very successful."

Is this going to be like the miles and miles of border wall he has built? That is, something that exists only in his imagination?

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Oh, yes, Robbie. Lots and lots of arrests happened. "You just haven't heard about them yet," Trump said. And then he said maybe it would be better if ICE never told the media about it at all.

I suppose when you haven't done anything, there's nothing to say....

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(CNN) - ICE official: 'No mass arrests' so far

A US Immigration and Customs Enforcement official with knowledge of operations in several states says there has not been "any surge of arrests or activity or round-ups" in an operation to target thousands of undocumented immigrants subject to deportation orders.

While observers from 10 targeted cities have reported hearing of no significant action, the ICE official's comment is the first acknowledgment from inside the agency that the first few days of the operation have not been as large-scale as suggested.

"This notion that we were going to do this massive sweep -- to be honest, there have been limited results so far," the official told CNN. "There have been no mass arrests." The official went on to tell CNN that ICE "does arrests every day," but right now it's "business as usual."


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(CNN) - Federal judge permanently blocks Trump admin from adding citizenship question to 2020 census

A New York federal judge has issued an order definitively blocking the Trump administration from adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census in any form, despite the administration's insistence it has abandoned plans to add a question on the census. Judge Jesse Furman, in his two-page order, also indicated the seriousness with which the court will continue to monitor this controversial issue, saying,"The Court will retain jurisdiction in this case to enforce the terms of this Order until the 2020 census results are processed and sent to the President by December 31, 2020."

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(CNN) - ACLU sues to block new Trump admin asylum restrictions

The American Civil Liberties Union and other groups sued the Trump administration Tuesday in order to block new restrictions intended to make it more difficult for Central Americans to claim asylum in the United States.

The suit, filed in federal court in California, challenges a new administration rule that would prohibit migrants who have resided or "transited en route" in a third country from seeking asylum in the US. Since most migrants from Central America travel through Mexico, it would prevent those people from making asylum claims.

The new asylum procedures are "effective immediately" and asylum officers are responsible for conducting field training on the new measures within a week, according to an internal memo sent to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services workforce Monday and confirmed to CNN by two sources who read the memo.

In the memo sent to USCIS personnel, asylum chief John Lafferty wrote that the agency was "once again being asked to adapt, and to do so with very little time to train and prepare," according to a source who received the memo.


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(CNN) - Federal judge permanently blocks Trump admin from adding citizenship question to 2020 census




Good.

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(CNN) - ACLU sues to block new Trump admin asylum restrictions




Even better.

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A judge just smacked down one of Trump’s most dangerous moves yet.

"Even as Mueller-mania continues unabated, we mustn’t lose sight of the significance of a new judicial ruling that just temporarily blocked one of President Trump’s most dangerous and indefensible moves yet.

On Wednesday night, a federal judge ordered a hold on Trump’s odious new rule that is designed to effectively end asylum-seeking at the southern border. The judge hasn’t yet ruled on the merits, and the hold will be appealed.

The reason the order is important is that it unmasks the deep cruelty and bad faith at the core of Trump’s immigration agenda in a particularly striking way: The judge flatly declares that the administration must know, based on the available empirical data, that the policy would put untold migrants at serious risk.

The administration knows this, the judge suggests -- yet went ahead with the policy anyway.

The order, by U.S. District Judge Jon S. Tigar in San Francisco, temporarily blocked a new administration rule that renders migrants ineligible for asylum if they don’t first apply for asylum in a country they pass through on the way to the United States, with narrow exceptions.

This means migrants fleeing Honduras or El Salvador would have to apply in Mexico or Guatemala, and migrants fleeing Guatemala would have to apply in Mexico. In practice, most will apply in Mexico.

This is an extreme move. Under current law, any person on U.S. soil — including undocumented immigrants who just crossed or were detained in the interior — who requests asylum or expresses fear of persecution if returned must be granted an asylum interview.
The new policy would effectively end this commitment — and with it the broader commitment, enshrined in international human rights documents and in U.S. law, to the principle that anyone fleeing in desperation to U.S. soil is entitled to appeal for refuge and get a fair hearing.

The order concludes that the policy flouts the law as intended by Congress. Officials had arguedthat the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) allows the administration to set “conditions” on eligibility for asylum. The “condition” here was that migrants must first apply for asylum in another country, and be denied.

But the law also requires that those conditions must be consistent with statute.

And the judge blocked the policy, concluding that the challengers, led by the American Civil Liberties Union, have a good chance of winning on the merits.
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Read moree here.

It's been clear since early in this administration's tenure that it cares little for legislation passed by Congress and signed by previous Presidents. The theory of the "unitary executive" with plenary powers is back, even though that is clearly against our Constitution. We also have an administration that cares little for those with darker skin. It seems to be fueled by hate.
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So true, Cooter....

Long term, we keep relying on the courts to protect us from the executive branch. At the same time, Trump and his Senate Republicans are filling federal judiciary positions with anyone who has a pulse. The courts aren't going to protect us for long....

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US-born teen detained for weeks by CBP says he was told 'you have no rights'
By Nick Valencia, Alberto Moya and Chelsea J. Carter, CNN
Updated 11:48 PM ET, Thu July 25, 2019

Edinburg, Texas (CNN)The Texas-born high school student who was detained by immigration officials for more than three weeks told CNN Thursday he was treated less than human at a US Customs and Border Protection facility.

Francisco Galicia, 18, says he was held in filthy, overcrowded conditions where he was not allowed to shower for 27 days, forced to sleep on a cement floor and not given enough food. By the time he was released Tuesday, after word spread about his detention following a report by The Dallas Morning News, he said he was malnourished, having dropped 26 pounds.

"They were not treating us humanely," Galicia told CNN during a wide-ranging interview. "...The stress was so high, they (detention center agents) were on me all the time. It was like psychological torture to the point where I almost (agreed to be deported). I felt safer to be in the cell than to be with the officers. "

'They threatened me with charges'

The problem began, he says, on June 27 while he was on his way to a college soccer scouting event.

He was traveling with his 17-year-old brother Marlon, as well as a group of friends, from his hometown of Edinburg to Houston when they were stopped at a CBP checkpoint in Falfurrias, about 100 miles north of the US-Mexico border.

Francisco Galicia was born in Texas, and he is an American citizen. As a child, he moved to Mexico with his family and later returned to the US as a teenager. He says he was carrying his state ID, a Social Security card and a wallet-sized birth certificate.

He also had a Mexican tourist visa with him that inaccurately listed his country of birth as Mexico, setting up a conflicting nationality claim, his attorney, Claudia Galan, said.

Both brothers were detained, and Marlon Galicia, who does not have legal status in the US, was retuned to Mexico. Francisco Galicia was sent to an immigration detention center.

"They didn't believe me. I kept telling them over and over, and they kept saying my documents were fake, and they were going to deport me," Galicia said. "...They threatened me with charges -- charges about falsifying documents. Felonies. They kept asking how it was possible for me to not know where I was from. I almost signed (to be deported) because I didn't want to suffer there anymore. "

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials declined a CNN request for comment on Galicia's allegations and pointed back to a joint ICE-CBP statement on Wednesday following the teen's release.
"This individual provided conflicting reports regarding status of citizenship after being apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol and transferred into Immigration and Customs Enforcement Custody," the statement said.
The statement continued, "Situations including conflicting reports from the individual and multiple birth certificates can, and should, take more time to verify. While we continue to research the facts of the situation, the individual has been released from ICE custody."

'You have no rights'

Galicia said he was not allowed to call his family or an attorney while he was detained.

"The moment I got there, we told them we have the right to a phone call and to a lawyer, and they told us, 'you have no rights,'" he said.

Galicia described squalid conditions in the facility where he was held, saying he was held in a small room with about 70 other people. There was one toilet, with no doors or wall.

Every few days, he said, he and those held with him were given wipes.

"It was to clean up but the dirt, but you couldn't get rid of it because so much time had passed since we showered," he said.

Galicia dismissed President Donald Trump's assertion that many of the people crossing the border are "bad actors," who mean to do harm to the US and its people. He said the people he met who were being held with him at the facility meant no harm.

"They just wanted to come for a better future. They were fleeing their countries because they were being threatened or kidnapped," he said.

Attorney says she was given the runaround

While Galicia was being held, an attorney retained by his family said she tried for a least a week to get in touch with the teen while he was being held but was given the runaround by CBP and ICE.

Galan says she tried in vain for at least a week to get in touch with Galicia while he was being held, but was given the runaround by Border Patrol.

"They told him he had no right to an attorney," Galan said. "Once I went to border patrol headquarters, they told me the same thing. ... They said that I couldn't get any information until he consented, but he didn't even know I was trying to get him out."

Galan has said she shared documents two weeks ago with CBP proving Galicia was a US citizen -- including a birth certificate showing he was born in Dallas.

Despite the documentation, the attorney said, Galicia was transferred on Saturday to ICE custody for removal proceedings. He was held in the South Texas Detention Complex in Pearsall until his release Tuesday.

By the time he was released, he had been detained for 27 days: one day at the border patrol checkpoint, 23 days at the Falfurrias processing center and three days in Pearsall.

'I am the eyes and the ears of what's happening'

Galicia showed CNN pieces of paper that he said contained phone numbers of the families of those held with him.

"They asked me to reach out to them to let them know that they're OK. They didn't want me to tell them about the conditions in the detention centers -- they only wanted me to tell them that they were OK," he said.

"...Right now, I'm in a place where I can help those who are still in there -- so people can see how they're treated, and change the way they're treated. I am the eyes and ears of what's happening in there. I can talk. They can't do what I'm doing. "

Galicia says he doesn't know if he will take legal action against the CBP, but he does want a measure of justice.
He said he remains a positive person despite being treated so badly.

"It's made me stronger," he said. "I see life differently after seeing how other people have been suffering. It's made me understand many things like how you can live your life while others are suffering."

https://www.cnn.com/2019/07/25/us/us-citizen-detained-texas/index.html

This is so wrong on so many counts. Not only was he held in squalid conditions, but he was denied a phone call or the chance to talk to a lawyer. CPB and ICE are rogue agencies.
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