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This Week in Immigration Under Trump 5/26/18

Education Secretary Betsy Devos said this week that schools can call ICE on students.

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Betsy DeVos says schools can call ICE on undocumented students.

Education Secretary Betsy Devos said this week that schools can call ICE on students.

Various groups pointed out that a 1982 Supreme Court decision guarantees education for all kids.

Immigration attorneys warn that Devos’ comments could have a chilling impact on attendance by immigrant students.

The ACLU joined the chorus of protests, saying in a statement: “Let’s be clear: Any school that reports a child to ICE would violate the Constitution.”


US says it’s not ‘legally responsible’ for 1,500 immigrant children lost.

The US lost track of 1,500 unaccompanied immigrant children.

The federal government routinely puts children in homes of sponsors.

But admits it has lost track of 1,500 of them, claiming that it is not “legally responsible.”

The revelation comes after last month’s announcement from feds that they will separate undocumented children from parents.

 

Trump’s Pick to Run Refugee Program is from known anti-immigrant hate group.

President Trump on Thursday nominated a fellow at an anti-immigrant group, known as the Center for Immigration Studies, to run federal refugee program.

Ronald Mortensen would serve as assistant secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration.

Mortensen has written often against undocumented immigrants, referring to the “myth of the noble, law-abiding illegal alien.”

He has accused undocumented immigrants of “destroying the lives of American men, women, and children.”

Mortensen is awaiting approval by the Senate.

 

Border Patrol slightly changes account of undocumented woman’s fatal shooting.

US Customs and Border Protection changed its account on Friday about an agent’s fatal shooting of an undocumented immigrant.

Claudia Patricia Gómez Gonzáles was was shot in the head by a Customs Border Police (CBP) agent in Rio Bravo, Texas, close to the border with Mexico.

The agency now reports that migrants “rushed” the officer. Initially it said that the migrants attacked him with “blunt objects.”

It also referred to the victim as a “member of the group.” Initially it had called him an “assailant.”

 

ICE detainee from Honduras passes away in New Mexico hospital

A transgender Honduran woman in ICE’s custody died on Friday.

An autopsy is pending about the cause of her death.

She was admitted to a hospital on May 17 with symptoms of pneumonia, dehydration, and HIV-related complications.

She was transferred to the ICU the same day, where she stayed until her death.

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Epicenters of Refuge

Video: Who Patrols the Border Patrol?

This month U.S. Border Patrol agents met 200 peaceful, interfaith demonstrators with military-style M4 rifles and tear gas launchers.

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Immigration

Central American Caravan: Militia Members Head for the Border

U.S. soldiers are not the only ones heading to the border in advance of the migrant caravan. Armed civilian militias have joined a call to deploy their members.

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The Golden State of Hate

Video: California’s Anti-Jewish Hate Crimes Are Rising

California continues to lead the nation with the largest concentration of hate groups. A recent Anti-Defamation League report claims the state experienced 268 anti-Semitic incidents in 2017.

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Labor & Economy

Video: Rising Rents Force a Choice Between Eating or Shelter

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 15 million American households experienced food insecurity at some point in 2017.

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Criminal Justice

A Law Ending Cash Bail Gives Judges Enormous Power Over Defendants

A recently signed bill was supposed to end the tyranny of money bail over low-income people in California’s jails. But critics say it is an example of good intentions becoming bad law.

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Criminal Justice

Video: Los Angeles Rejects Spy Program

According to its critics, what the Los Angeles Police Department advertised as a community engagement tool turned out to be a surveillance program of local Muslims.

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Hate Crime Watch

Video: Make California Hate Again

Hate crimes have increased 17.4 percent — from 931 incidents in 2016, to 1,093 incidents in 2017.

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Criminal Justice

Video: California Leads Nation in Fatal Officer Use-of-Force Incidents

Recent reports on the use of force by California law enforcement officers reveal a rise in the number of deadly civilian encounters with police.

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Environment

Video: Questions Surround Slow Exide Lead Clean-up

California allocated $176 million to test and clean 2,500 lead-threatened properties surrounding the closed Exide battery plant near downtown Los Angeles. To date only 335 parcels have been cleaned.

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Immigration

Supreme Court Enforces Muslim Ban

This week the high court upheld the Trump administration’s travel ban that barred nearly all travelers from five mostly Muslim countries.

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