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This Week in Immigration Under Trump 2/17/18

This is what happened this week in immigration.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Video: This Is What ‘Zero Tolerance’ Looks Like

Scenes from a chaotic week in the Trump administration’s border crackdown.

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This Week In Immigration Under Trump 6/3/2018

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US immigration agents double number of workplace raids.

ICE announced that it has doubled the number of workplace raids.

ICE says it conducted 3,410 workplace raids in the past 6 months, up from 1,716 raids the same time a year ago.

The raids have created a crisis for families for families due to lost income.

“All of a sudden, everything is gone and you don’t know what’s going to happen.” – Yahel Salazar, whose husband was arrested by ICE after a slaughterhouse raid.

Agreement Between Refugee Agency and ICE Raises Concerns.

Potential sponsors of unaccompanied migrant children will now have their fingerprints and immigration status inspected by ICE.

The requirement comes from an April 13th agreement signed between ICE and the Office of Refugee Resettlement.

The agencies claim that the information is used to provide for the safety of the children.

But critics note that it could have a chilling effect on potential sponsors, leading many children remaining in detention.

Death in detention

A transgender migrant is the fifth death in ICE’s custody in 2018.

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

She spent the last week of her life in ICU until her death on May 25.

182 people have died in ICE’s custody since 2003.

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