2019-05-04: Social Media Postees

'Sick, Dystopian Stuff': Former Trump Adviser Kelly Joins Board of Company Running Immigrant Detention Centers
Julia Conley, staff writer | commondreams.org | 2019-05-03
In what one critic deemed a "nauseating example of the revolving door" through which powerful political players often move into the private sector, former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly joined the board of a company which owns some of the largest detention centers for unaccompanied children who cross the U.S.-Mexico border. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…
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Proposed new census question steps up Trump administration's racist attacks on immigrants
Satya Vatti | liberationnews.org | 2019-05-03
Given the track record of the U.S. government, with its racist history of deportations, incarceration and family separations under both the Democratic and Republican parties, the citizenship question on the census is sure to incite anxieties and fear among immigrants who are repeatedly scapegoated by politicians for mass unemployment and poverty that are in fact products of the capitalist economic system.
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Guatemalan boy detained by US Border Patrol dies after succumbing to illness
wsws.org | 2019-05-03
The 16 year old, who has not been named, is the third immigrant child to die in government custody in just five months.
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Warren Calls for Investigation of Surveillance at Family Separation Protests
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-03
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., of has called on the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General to launch an investigation into the department's alleged surveillance practices. This comes in the wake of a report that claimed a private intelligence firm had provided law enforcement officials at the agency with information on hundreds of protests against President Trump's policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border. | "This most recent reporting raises questions about the government surveillance of Americans exercising their constitutional rights to organ…
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We Can't Back People Who Hate Our Kids: Kentucky & Minnesota Teachers of Year Boycott Trump Meeting
Democracy Now! | democracynow.org | 2019-05-03
We speak with two award-winning teachers who are trying to teach Trump a lesson. On Monday, Jessica Dueñas, the 2019 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, and Kelly Holstine, the 2018 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, boycotted a White House ceremony honoring them and other state winners of the award in protest of the Trump administration's education policies. But Dueñas and Holstine skipped the event to register their opposition to Trump's policies on immigration, education and LGBTQ rights, saying many of the White House policies directly impact their immigrant and refugee students.
www.democracynow.org/2019/5/3/we_can_t_b…

Kentucky and Minnesota Teachers of Year Boycott Trump Meeting
Staff | truthout.org | 2019-05-03
We speak with two award-winning teachers who are trying to teach Trump a lesson. On Monday, Jessica Dueñas, the 2019 Kentucky Teacher of the Year, and Kelly Holstine, the 2019 Minnesota Teacher of the Year, boycotted a White House ceremony honoring them and other state winners of the award in protest of the Trump administration's education policies. But Dueñas and Holstine skipped the event to register their opposition to Trump's policies on immigration, education and LGBTQ rights, saying many of the White House policies directly impact their immigrant and refugee students. | Transcript:…
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Migrants, asylum seekers detained in Hungary 'deliberately deprived of food': UN human rights office
United Nations | un.org | 2019-05-03
The UN human rights office (OHCHR) said on Friday it was alarmed by reports that migrants and asylum seekers who are being held in Hungarian detention centres are being "deliberately deprived of food in contravention of international laws and standards".
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A Border Crisis of Our Own Making
Jean Stokan | counterpunch.org | 2019-05-03
For more than 30 years, I've led faith-focused delegations to Central America — and since 2016, to U.S.-Mexico border communities. We've taken nuns, bishops, rabbis, and grassroots congregants to learn about realities rarely covered in the news. This April our delegation visited El Paso, Brownsville, and McAllen, Texas, as well as Juarez and Matamoras, Mexico.
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Federal Funds Should Not Be Used to Detain Children at the U.S. Southern Border
commondreams.org | 2019-05-03
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SPLC Action Fund: Florida immigration enforcement bill dangerous, unnecessary and unconstitutional
Scott McCoy, Senior Policy Counsel, SPLC Action Fund | splcenter.org | 2019-05-03
The Florida Legislature this week passed Senate Bill 168, which would ban so-called "sanctuary cities."
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Hundreds march to Minnesota Capitol on May 1 to demand drivers licenses for immigrants
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-02
Saint Paul, MN – Hundreds of immigrants, union members and activists marched to the Minnesota State Capitol on May 1, International Workers Day. They demanded that the state legislature pass a bill to give immigrants access to drivers licenses, without adding amendments to further criminalize immigrants. They also raised other demands for immigrant and workers' rights while commemorating the workers who lost their lives in 1886 in the struggle for an eight-hour workday. | The march was organized by the May 1st Coalition – Twin Cities, which includes a variety of grassroots immigrant rights and social justice orga…
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Peter Thiel's Palantir Was Used To Bust Relatives of Migrant Children, New Documents Show
Sam Biddle | theintercept.com | 2019-05-02
Palantir, the CIA-funded data analysis company founded by billionaire Trump adviser Peter Thiel, provided software at the center of a 2017 operation targeting unaccompanied children and their families, newly released Homeland Security documents show. | The documents undercut prior statements from Palantir, in which the company tried to draw a clean line between the wing of ICE devoted strictly to deportations and the enforcement of immigration laws, and its $38 million contract with Homeland Security Investigations, or H…
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Attorney General Barr Says ICE Has Power to Lock Up Asylum Seekers Without Hearings
aclu.org | 2019-05-02
The Constitution does not allow the government to lock people up without due process of law. | Today the ACLU, the ACLU of Washington, the American Immigration Council, and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project launched a legal challenge to the Trump administration's latest assault on people who have come to the United States to seek refuge from persecution: jailing asylum seekers without even allowing a judge to decide if there's any reaso…
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May Day rally and march set for LA
Fight Back | fightbacknews.org | 2019-05-01
Los Angeles, CA – Boyle Heights families, workers and students will march on May 1, International Worker's Day, to protest Trump's anti-immigrant attacks and demand no wall on the Mexico border and no deportations. The May Day rally and march will start at 4: 30 at the corner of Chavez and Mathews streets; and end at Mariachi Plaza for a rally. | According to a statement from march organizers, "The 5th annual May Day in Boyle Heights unites poor working-class families, students, teachers and workers to demand 'Legalization for All,' respect and equality for Mexican-Americans and Latinos." | The march will include…
www.fightbacknews.org/2019/4/30/may-day-…

Court certifies class action in lawsuit on behalf of children detained by Trump administration
splcenter.org | 2019-04-30
A federal court certified as a class action an SPLC lawsuit challenging the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement's (ORR) policies and practices regarding the release of unaccompanied minors and the reunification of immigrant families — a ruling with the potential to help end the prolonged detention of immigrant children across the United States.
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Gains by Abyei interim force can help advance resolution of border issues between Sudan and South Sudan, UN peacekeeping chief says
United Nations | un.org | 2019-04-30
The United Nations security force for Abyei remains essential to stability in the border regions between Sudan and South Sudan, the UN peacekeeping chief said on Tuesday, proposing the creation of a civilian unit to support progress towards political resolution of the dispute between the neighboring countries, and requesting a six-month extension of its mandate.
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We Got U.S. Border Officials to Testify Under Oath. Here's What We Found Out
aclu.org | 2019-04-30
ICE and CBP allow unfettered, warrantless searches of travelers' digital devices, and empower officers to dodge the Fourth Amendment | In September 2017, we, along with the Electronic Frontier Foundation, sued the federal government for its warrantless and suspicionless searches of phones and laptops at airports and other U.S. ports of entry. | The government immediately tried to dismiss our case, arguing that t…
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Homeland Security Used a Private Intelligence Firm to Monitor Family Separation Protests
Ryan Devereaux | theintercept.com | 2019-04-29
The calls for action were mounting. It was mid-June, and the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy, which saw thousands of migrant children separated from their parents, was producing waves of outrage. By the end of the month, hundreds of protests were planned in towns and cities across the country. As the plans moved forward, others took notice. | In the days leading up to the protests, a private intelligence company that works with the Department of Homeland Security was monitoring the activity on the ground. Documents shared with The Intercept by the American Immigration Council, obtained through a fr…
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New Mexico Town Worked to Oust Vigilantes Who Partnered With Border Patrol
Rachel Janik and Hatewatch Staff | splcenter.org | 2019-04-26
Just days after a New Mexico town helped evict militia members who held migrants against their will, guests on an antigovernment radio show suggested another militia group establish a camp in Texas.
splcenter.org/hatewatch/2019/04/26/new-m…

Appeals Court Decision Upholds First Amendment Rights Of Undocumented Immigrants
Kevin Gosztola | shadowproof.com | 2019-04-26
In a victory for undocumented immigrants who engage in activism, a federal appeals court found activist Ravi Ragbir had a valid claim against Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which attempted to deport him in retaliation for his political speech.
shadowproof.com/2019/04/26/appeals-court…

Unequal Justice: As the Next Census Approaches, Will the Supreme Court Side with Trump in his War on Immigrants?
Bill Blum | progressive.org | 2019-04-25
The idea for reinstating the citizenship question came from discussions including White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, both of whom have long histories as proponents of anti-immigrant policies.
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Protest Song Of The Week: 'All Some Kind Of Dream' By Josh Ritter
CJ Baker | shadowproof.com | 2019-04-24
Over his two-decade career, Josh Ritter has become a well-respected singer-songwriter known for his narrative lyrics. In "All Some Kind Of Dream," addressing Donald Trump's anti-immigrant policies, Josh Ritter balances mournful indictment with hope human compassion will win out in the end.
shadowproof.com/2019/04/24/protest-song-…

SPLC answers questions about antigovernment extremists who detain migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border
splcenter.org | 2019-04-23
In recent days, media outlets have reported that armed militia groups, acting as border vigilantes, have been detaining migrants at gunpoint along the along the U.S.-Mexico border.
splcenter.org/news/2019/04/23/splc-answe…

Statement of the family of activist and radio host Blase Bonpane upon his passing
Bonpane Family | liberationnews.org | 2019-04-22
Bonpane played a key role in raising awareness of government directed violence throughout Central America during the 1980s by leading delegations of politicians, activists, celebrities, and students on trips to Nicaragua.
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