2019-04-17: Social Media Postees

The Shocking Parallels Between 1919 and 2019
STAFF | truthdig.com | 2019-04-17
Reading about immigration policy, religious and racial bigotry, and terrorism fears in America in 1919 offers an eerie sense of decades melting away and past and present blurring together. | The blend isn't exact. Bigotry was expressed much more explicitly a century ago, not in code as it usually is now. Jim Crow laws in the South and other forms of racial segregation in the rest of the country were seen by most white Americans as the normal state of affairs. In the national debate on immigration, the most inflammatory rhetoric was largely aimed at immigrants from Asia, not Latin America or the Middle East; Slavs…
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New Wave of Central American Migrants is Moving Through Mexico
teleSUR | telesurenglish.net | 2019-04-16
Migrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras are moving from the southeast Mexican state of Chiapas towards the United States with hundreds of families in dire need of food and water. | RELATED: | Sanctuary Cities to Welcome Migrants If Trump's Idea Goes Thru | "We have not received any help from civilians or entities or the government … the only thing that accompanies us are police vehicles … so that we don't step into the high speed lane," Luisa Maria Rosell, a Guatem…
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Empowering Border Patrol To Make Asylum Decisions Drastically Increases Danger For Immigrants
Natascha Elena Uhlmann | shadowproof.com | 2019-04-16
Department of Homeland Security is placing migrants in harms way with plans to task Border Patrol with facilitating the early stages of the asylum process.
shadowproof.com/2019/04/16/empowering-bo…

Fearing Arrest, Undocumented Immigrants Forgo Lifesaving Medical Care
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-16
In a dorm-style health center that serves homeless people in San Francisco's Mission District, a middle-aged woman named Raquel Escatel lay on a twin bed in early 2018. | Escatel, an undocumented immigrant, had become alarmingly thin as her body tried to battle the cancerous growths inside her. But even as she stoically followed the advice of medical staff working to restore her health, she wrestled with regrets about leaving her family in Mexico and about whether she had failed as a mother. | If only doctors could heal her, Escatel made clear to those around her, she might be able to restore her torn relation…
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Trump's Racist Policies Make 2019 Look Like 1919
STAFF | truthout.org | 2019-04-16
Reading about immigration policy, religious and racial bigotry, and terrorism fears in America in 1919 offers an eerie sense of decades melting away and past and present blurring together. | The blend isn't exact. Bigotry was expressed much more explicitly a century ago, not in code as it usually is now. Jim Crow laws in the South and other forms of racial segregation in the rest of the country were seen by most white Americans as the normal state of affairs. In the national debate on immigration, the most inflammatory rhetoric was largely aimed at immigrants from Asia, not Latin America or the Middle East; Sl…
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'I finally agree with Cher': Trump says illegal immigrants WILL be sent to sanctuary cities
RT | rt.com | 2019-04-15
US President Donald Trump agreed with singer and liberal activist Cher that California can't even take care of its own citizens, but tweeted he will follow through on his threat to start sending illegal immigrants there. | …
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A Honduran Asylum-Seeker Was Brutally Murdered After Being Deported — From Mexico
Eileen Grench | theintercept.com | 2019-04-13
Terror raced through Teresa Gonzales as both the clarity of the message and the ambiguity of the threat hit her at once. "We have a present for you waiting outside," read the text, which appeared on her daughter Rosa's cellphone during Saturday worship. "Mom, they're threatening me," said Rosa, eyes wide. | Teresa, whose family members' names have been changed for their protection, had gone to worship at her church in central Tegucigalpa, bringing Rosa, 16, along with her. Teresa — a short, sturdy woman with round cheeks and tightly curled, black hair — tried to attend service with her family on a dai…
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The Other Americans: Trump and the Exodus He's Helped Create
Jeff Abbott | progressive.org | 2019-04-11
U.S. humanitarian aid to Central America has long failed to achieve its goals. But ending it is likely to make matters worse.
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Utah Passed a Law to Protect Noncitizens From Automatic Deportation
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-04-09
By reducing the maximum penalty for a misdemeanor by one day, lawmakers reduced the harm of an unfair federal immigration law | Utah is known for its red rock canyons, steep ski slopes, and a mega-majority Republican legislature. And now it can be recognized as one of just a handful of states to pass legislation that helps noncitizens avoid deportation if they are convicted of a misdemeanor. | The bill, which was signed into law by Gov. Gary Herbert on March 25, clarifies that misdemeanor convictions in Utah can no longer be interpreted as aggravate…
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Kirstjen Nielsen's Cruel Legacy: Outgoing DHS Secretary Proudly Separated Families & Caged Children
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-04-09
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has been forced out of her role at the helm of President Trump's immigration policy after reportedly resisting a move by the president to revive his family separation policy at the U.S. border. We look at Nielsen's legacy with Renée Feltz, a Democracy Now! correspondent and producer who has long reported on the criminalization of immigrants, family detention and the business of detention. Nielsen oversaw Trump's "zero tolerance" family separation policy last year and came under fire by Democrats for lying to Congress about the policy, as well as for withh…
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Trump Picks Family Separation Advocate Kevin McAleenan to Be Acting Secretary of Homeland Security
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-04-09
By elevating McAleenan, the president has signaled that he seeks to maximize cruelty. | With his selection of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Kevin McAleenan to serve as acting secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), President Trump has once again shown that he has no regrets over his administration's disastrous policy of separating families. | McAleenan was one of the three DHS officials to recommend the cruel and inhumane policy to outgoing Secretary Kirstjen…
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Kirstjen Nielsen's Brutal and Calamitous Leadership of the Department of Homeland Security Comes to an End
ACLU | aclu.org | 2019-04-08
She implemented some of the Trump administration's most vicious policies and repeatedly violated the law. | Late yesterday, President Trump announced that Kirstjen Nielsen has resigned as the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Trump said that Kevin McAleenan, the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), will serve as Acting Secretary. | Nielsen's tenure as head of one of the country's largest government agencies was a humanitarian catastrophe, consistently showing a clear disregard for civil rights and people's lives. Indeed, just over a week prior to her resignation, CBP age…
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A Poet Gives Witness to War
Dennis J. Bernstein | progressive.org | 2019-04-04
In her new book, Carolyn Forché recounts travels in El Salvador during some of its bloodiest days in the dark Reagan 1980s. "The refugees now coming from Central America are normal people," she says, "running away from something that we helped create…
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