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Trump administration halts visas for unmarried same sex partners of foreign diplomats who must marry to remain in the US but who could end up criminally punished if they're from the more than 70 countries where it remains illegal

  • The US State Department announced in July that they would be rolling back its policy of granting visas to foreign diplomats' same sex partners unless married
  • Same sex marriage is illegal in most of the world so those who opt to get married to stay in the US under a visa could face persecution at home
  • Policy change officially went into effect Monday & couples have until December 31 to get married- if they don't they need to leave within a month of deadline
  • Currently only 25 countries recognize same sex marriage while in more than 70 others it is punishable under the law
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...-foreign-diplomats-criminal-charges-home.html
 

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Trump vows his border wall WILL be paid for by Mexico, prompting immediate denial from them that 'we will NEVER pay for a wall'

  • 'The wall will be paid for very easily, by Mexico,' President Trump said
  • He made his declaration one day after he signed a trade deal with Mexico
  • But Mexico's Secretary of Foreign Affairs tweeted an almost immediate denial
  • 'We will NEVER pay for a wall,' Luis Videgaray Caso wrote
  • Trump's border wall is estimated to cost $25 billion
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/art...d-Mexico-prompting-immediate-denial-them.html
Im afraid there will be no wall, dems wont fund it nor the rinos and trump will not shut .gov down to try to make them fund it, were getting a very small slice of the pie we were promised , barely crumbs. The deep state is winning again on the Kav and he will not be voted in, too many rinos in his way. The only solace is that Killary lost. Im afraid were seeing the last of the late great united states. What hath god wrought.
 

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Maybe if we all donate some railroad ties? I got a bunch rotting away in the back yard.
 

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Nooses in cells, rotting teeth — report details harsh conditions at Adelanto immigration facility

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Brittny Mejia, Paloma Esquivel
12 hrs ago




Federal inspectors have issued a scathing report on conditions at the Adelanto ICE Processing Center, which houses more than 1,000 immigrant detainees in the high desert, after officials found nooses made of bed sheets in cells, improper use of disciplinary segregation and inadequate medical care during an unannounced visit to the facility earlier this year.

The report comes one year after immigrant advocates raised alarms about conditions at the facility after three detainees died there in a three-month period in 2017. One of them, Osmar Epifanio Gonzalez-Gadba, 32, of Nicaragua, died six days after he was found hanging from bed sheets in his cell.

The Los Angeles Times reported in August 2017 that there were at least five attempted suicides at the facility, according to a review of 911 calls.

The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General, which is tasked with providing independent oversight of DHS, issued the alert late last month, saying the problems officials found during their visit in May “pose significant health and safety risks at the facility" and are in need of immediate attention.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment. But the report notes that ICE agreed with a recommendation to conduct a full review of the facility and its management by the GEO Group, which owns and operates the facility.

During their May visit, inspectors found braided bed sheets, referred to as “nooses” by staff and detainees, hanging from vents in about 15 of 20 male detainee cells.

“When we asked two contract guards who oversaw the housing units why they did not remove the bed sheets, they echoed it was not a high priority,” the report says. ICE’s “lack of response to address this matter at the Adelanto Center shows a disregard for detainee health and safety.”

The report notes that in the months after Gonzalez' suicide, ICE compliance reports documented at least three suicide attempts by hanging at Adelanto, two of which specifically used bed sheets.

One detainee told inspectors that he had seen “a few attempted suicides using the braided sheets by the vents.”

“The guards laugh at them and call them ‘suicide failures’ once they are back from medical,” the detainee told officials.

The report also notes that some detainees reported waiting “weeks and months” to see a doctor and said that appointments were canceled without explanation, with detainees placed back on the waiting list.

From November 2017 to April 2018, detainees filed 80 medical grievances with the facility for not receiving urgent care, not being seen for months for persistent health conditions and not receiving prescribed medication, according to the report.

The report notes that ICE’s own death reviews for three Adelanto detainees who died since 2015 also cited medical care deficiencies related to providing necessary and adequate care in a timely manner.

“ICE must take these continuing violations seriously and address them immediately,” the report states.

The report also highlights serious problems with dental care at the facility, saying detainees are placed on waitlists for months and, sometimes, years to receive basic care, “resulting in tooth loss and unnecessary extractions in some cases.”

No detainees have received fillings in the last four years, according to the report. One detainee reported multiple teeth falling out while waiting more than two years for cavities to be filled.

One dentist at the facility said he did not have time to complete cleanings or fillings, according to the report.

“The dentist dismissed the necessity of fillings if patients commit to brushing and flossing,” the report states. “Floss is only available through detainee commissary accounts, but the dentist suggested detainees could use string from their socks to floss if they were dedicated to dental hygiene.”

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Where is my wall, why can't Trump make a stand, Or was this always a false promise?
 

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PICTURED: White woman arrested for hurling abuse at two Mexican shoppers for speaking Spanish in a grocery store and demanding they learn English because 'you're in my country'

  • Linda Dwire has been charged with two counts of bias-motivated harassment
  • Was booked into jail after the confrontation at a City Market in Rifle, Colorado
  • She was filmed harassing the two women after asking if they lived in the US
  • Bystander Kamira Trent then stepped in and told her to stop berating the pair
  • Trent threatened to call the cops and told Dwire to get out of the store
  • After Dwire was arrested, she insisted her outburst was nothing to do with race, but was a 'patriotic thing'
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Judge Halts Trump’s TPS Block, Cites Racism and Prejudice
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A federal judge is pushing back on the Trump administration's immigration policies. US District Judge Edward Chen ordered a halt on a plan to end an immigration program that lets hundreds of thousands of immigrants live and work in the US. The administration wants to end the Temporary Protected Status program for people from Sudan, Nicaragua Haiti, and El Salvador. For analysis, RT America’s Scottie Nell Hughes is joined by attorney and former Georgia state representative Ladawn Jones and conservative commentator Steve Malzberg.
 

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Top House Republican will introduce bill to FULLY fund Trump's $23.4 billion border wall in bid to make midterms a referendum on immigration (and no, Mexico isn't paying)

  • House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy plans to introduce the legislation
  • Congress appropriated $1.6 billion for improved border fencing
  • Trump said at his Iowa rally Tuesday 'we keep getting big chunks and we keep building that wall'
  • He said it's 'going up right now'
  • Democrats and many Republicans are dug in against fully funding Trump's 2016 campaign promise
  • Trump said during his campaign Mexico would pay for the wall
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...LLY-fund-Trumps-23-4-billion-border-wall.html
 

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Melania Trump says that she was 'blindsided' by husband's zero-tolerance policy that separated parents from their children - prompting her June visit to Texas

  • While speaking for her ABC News' special 'Being Melania,' the First Lady said that first time she learned of the Trump administration's policy, she acted 'right away'
  • 'It was unacceptable for me to see children and parents separated. It was heartbreaking. And I reacted with my own voice,' she added
  • Melania Trump made an unexpected trip to Upbring New Hope Children's Shelter, where 55 children were being held
  • She asserted that she disagreed with President Trump's policy that separated thousands of parents from their children
  • The fashionista also claimed that she supported chain migration and wore her controversial jacket as a jab to the media and the left
  • In June, her spokeswoman claimed that there was no message behind the jacket
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Democrats unfazed by Trump, GOP leaders' shutdown threats over border wall


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If President Trump pushes for a partial shutdown of the government after the midterm elections to get money for his border wall, Democrats are confident they’ll come out on top.

Republican leaders in both chambers have signaled they’re willing to fight Democrats for the money. House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said they want $5 billion for the structure, more than the $1.6 billion agreed to in the Senate.

But Democrats will only entertain the proposal if Trump is willing to negotiate and include relief for recipients of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program that Trump scrapped.

“There were three [deals], and the White House has walked away from all of them,” said Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill. “I have no confidence that the administration can reach an agreement.”

But if Republicans stand by their demand for the money, and Democrats refuse to go along, the GOP-controlled Congress could force a partial shutdown of the Homeland Security Department. “Right after the election, we’re doing something very strong on the wall,” Trump said on "Fox and Friends" this week.

“I don’t believe a shutdown is anything the Republicans can brag about since they’re in charge,” said Durbin. ”It will be a further illustration of the ineptitude of this party ... I can’t believe they’d be so foolish as to think it’s a winner.”

Democrats are increasingly optimistic they’ll flip control of the House in November, giving them no incentive to concede to GOP demands.

“The side that normally loses the shutdown is the one that’s making the demand, so if they’re making the demands, then I think they’re in a pretty weak position,” said Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn. “If all we’re asking for is a continuing resolution or flat funding, I’m not sure we’ll be on the losing side of that — it’s a lot easier to hold your ground when you’re not asking for anything.”

Murphy added that he’s “skeptical” the “stars will align in a lame duck” session of Congress for a deal on border funding in exchange for protections for young undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children.

“Anything having to do with immigration, speaking personally, the Dreamers should be a starting condition,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn.

A tall border wall paid for by Mexico was one of Trump’s primary campaign promises, and if the president picks a fight over funding, Democrats intend to remind voters.

“Trump said that the border wall would be paid for by the Mexicans,” said Rep. Gerry Connelly, D-Va. “If he wants to shut down the government because U.S. taxpayers now are supposed to be paying for the wall, good luck on explaining that to the American people.”

“We’d be glad to have that debate because I’ve got you on video, rally after rally after rally,” Connelly added. “Some of us are never going to let him or the public forget that.”

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Hold on tight! Three thousand people separated by the U.S.- Mexico border reunite for a VERY emotional three-minute reunion, bringing together some families who have been separated for decades

  • On Saturday Hugs Not Walls reunited separated families for three minutes
  • The semi-annual event reunites families separated at the U.S.- Mexico border
  • Powerful photos from the event reveal the tearful and emotional reunions
  • An airhorn blared and border patrol agents opened the door in the border fence
  • During the three minutes Los Tigres del Norte's song 'America' played on repeat
  • Families members from Mexico wore white T-shirts while those coming from the U.S. side wore blue T-shirts
  • Families that have been separated for years and decades were briefly reunited
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G.O.P. Finds an Unexpectedly Potent Line of Attack: Immigration


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By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS
1 hr ago


WASHINGTON — Not long ago, as heart-rending images of migrant children separated from their parents at the border filled the airwaves, the issue of immigration seemed to be losing some of its potency as a weapon for Republicans with the midterm elections approaching.

But Republican candidates across the country, leaning on the scorched-earth campaign playbook employed by President Trump, saw an opening nonetheless, painting Democrats as the ones pursuing an extreme immigration agenda that would fill the country with “sanctuary cities” where violent criminals roam free.

The strategy, in play in a growing number of races, may be working. As a tight battle for control of Congress enters its closing weeks, Democrats have found that in politically competitive states, particularly ones that Mr. Trump carried in 2016, the attacks can easily turn crucial voting blocs against Democrats.

“Sanctuary attacks pack a punch,” says a four-page memorandum, prepared by the liberal Center for American Progress and the centrist think tank Third Way, that has been shared at about a dozen briefings for Democrats in recent weeks. The New York Times obtained a copy of the memo, whose findings are based on interviews and surveys conducted over the summer.

Many of the Republican attacks use misleading language and employ overblown claims about the dangers of immigrants. But the fear-based appeal demonstrates how Mr. Trump has overcome months of negative headlines about his hard-edge immigration policies to make the issue a potentially profitable one as Republicans try to preserve their slim Senate majority and defy projections that they will lose the House.
Democrats, the strategists who prepared the memo advised, could neutralize the attacks if they responded head-on. But they should spend “as little time as possible” talking about immigration itself, and instead pivot to more fruitful issues for Democrats like health care and taxation.

The strategists worry that Republicans’ foreboding immigration message is far more personal to most voters than the more modulated position of Democrats, whose push to protect the young immigrants known as Dreamers and to ensure humane treatment of undocumented people does not, in many cases, affect voters themselves.

“It is very difficult to win on immigration with vulnerable voters in the states Trump carried in 2016,” the strategy memo said, arguing that “even the most draconian of Republican policies,” such as family separation and threats to deport the Dreamers — undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children — failed to sway most of them.

But where Democrats see caution signs, Republicans see opportunities. Matt Gorman, the communications director of the National Republican Congressional Committee, the party’s House campaign arm, said immigration themes — “sanctuary cities” in particular, as well as liberal calls to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement — were among voters’ top concerns in some places where Hillary Clinton won in 2016 and where Republicans are now battling to hang on to competitive seats.

“It’s a surprising development in a way, but at least in certain swing districts, it’s a way for Republicans to really go on offense,” Mr. Gorman said. “What we are really focused on is localizing it, so it’s about what people are experiencing in their own communities.”

In Pennsylvania, a Republican congressional candidate invoked the rape of a 5-year-old girl by an unauthorized immigrant to attack his Democratic rival’s stance on immigration. In North Dakota, a Republican Senate candidate accused his Democratic opponent of wanting to let cities “hide illegal immigrants, especially those who commit violent crimes.” Mr. Trump has been blunter: Democrats, he said, support “sanctuary cities of death.”

The problem for Democrats begins with that term: The loaded phrase refers to jurisdictions that limit their cooperation with federal immigration authorities, declining to hold undocumented immigrants past their release dates even if Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE, has requested that they remain detained for possible deportation.

But during his campaign rallies, Mr. Trump — who made a harsh immigration message, which critics called racist, a key component of his 2016 campaign — has portrayed “sanctuary cities” as lawless places where danger lurks around every corner.

“Every day, sanctuary cities are unleashing vicious predators and bloodthirsty killers, like MS-13, into our communities,” Mr. Trump said in Southaven, Miss., referring to the brutal transnational gang with roots in Central America. “They go out and they hide out in sanctuary cities. Then they come into our cities and our towns.”

But Republicans’ dark warnings have their limits and risks, including the potential to alienate some women who recoil from the hardest-edge, most racially charged attacks. And the researchers found that they do not resonate with white, college-educated voters.

In Democratic-leaning states, immigration is a perilous issue for Republicans, as Democrats work to tie them to the Trump administration’s restrictive policies in general and the family separation crisis in particular. But in competitive districts and states, it can be particularly potent with groups that Democrats must win if they are to have a shot at wresting control of the House or the Senate: voters without a college education, older women and independent voters.

“Republicans want to try and see if this is an issue that actually can bring some of the women that they’ve been bleeding home,” said Navin Nayak, the executive director of the Center for American Progress Action Fund. “The challenge Democrats face right now is that voters don’t really know what they stand for on immigration, so an attack on sanctuary cities or ICE, which concerns a lot of voters, has the potential to have more salience unless you respond.”

Democrats can insulate themselves if they mount a defense, as Sharice Davids, a House candidate in Kansas, did when the political action committee affiliated with the House speaker, Paul D. Ryan, unleashed a barrage of immigration-themed attacks ads against her, accusing her of supporting “open borders” and the abolishment of ICE.

The Republican effort appears to have fallen flat; the National Republican Congressional Committee has canceled a large advertising purchase in the district, in a sign that it considers the Republican who now holds the seat, Kevin Yoder, a lost cause. In Ms. Davids’s rebuttal ad, in which she speaks directly into a camera, she says Republicans are “twisting my words” on immigration and charges that Mr. Yoder “plays politics with immigration, but does nothing.”

Frank Sharry, the executive director of America’s Voice, a pro-immigration group, is advising Democrats to stick to practical concerns that directly affect voters’ daily lives.

“Democrats have figured out that talking like Republicans doesn’t get you many Republicans, and demoralizes your base, and that instead, you can decry the racism in these attacks, and pivot to the kitchen table issues that most voters care about without throwing immigrants under the bus,” Mr. Sharry said.

That tough Republican talk can be heard in anti-immigration messages around the country. On Wednesday, the National Republican Congressional Committee released an ad in which a frightened-looking white woman locks the windows and doors and lowers the blinds in her darkened house as police lights flash outside and she criticizes the immigration record of Ann Kirkpatrick, a Democratic former representative now running for another seat in Arizona. “We, who live here, are forgotten,” the woman says, invoking language Mr. Trump often uses to describe his supporters, “the forgotten men and women.”

Still, shortly after releasing the spot, the committee canceled television buys in the Arizona race, where a New York Times/Sienna poll found Ms. Kirkpatrick with an 11-point advantage.

In August, John Chrin, a Republican candidate in Pennsylvania, ran an advertisement branding his Democratic opponent, Representative Matt Cartwright, “a disgrace” for supporting “sanctuary cities.” The spot shows an image of a young girl playing hopscotch as the narrator tells the story of a 5-year-old girl raped by an undocumented immigrant who had been released from police custody in Philadelphia after charges of aggravated assault were dropped. ICE had requested that he be detained until he could be picked up for possible deportation.

In North Dakota, Representative Kevin Cramer, a Republican, has charged that Senator Heidi Heitkamp, the Democrat he is leading in the Senate race, supported federal funding for “sanctuary cities that ignore the rule of law and put our citizens and law enforcement officers at risk.”

“If you can plug your facts into the kind of things that people are afraid of, you win, and Trump has been really good at playing to these fears and that uncertainty,” said Tamar Jacoby, the president of ImmigrationWorks USA, a nonprofit group representing employers who rely on immigrant labor.

“If people feel that they are getting the short end of the stick, which a lot of people in America do, and somebody says it’s because somebody else has benefited at your expense, voters buy it,” added Ms. Jacoby, who has advised members of both parties. “And Trump knows that better than anyone.”

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/polit...e-of-attack-immigration/ar-BBOnbGi?ocid=ientp
 

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'We're going to drop in on Donald Trump': Job-seeking mother-of three who fears for her family's safety says president 'has to take us in' as she joins northbound migrant group entering Guatemala that has DOUBLED in size

  • Up to 3,000 migrants crossed from Honduras into Guatemala on Monday
  • Washington DC warned that migrants should not try to enter the United States illegally
  • Andrea Fernandez, 24, who left Honduras with a newborn baby, a 5-year-old daughter and 7-year-old son because she said she could not find work
  • Central American countries are under mounting pressure from U.S. President Donald Trump's administration to do more to curb mass migration
  • Rows of Guatemalan police in black uniforms, some wearing helmets and shields, initially blocked migrants from reaching a customs booth
  • Mexico's migration institute said in a statement on Monday that march participants would need to follow immigration rules to enter the country, without specifying the criteria
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Number of families crossing border illegally soars by 80 PERCENT after Trump's canceled his zero-tolerance separation policy

  • U.S. Border Patrol agents arresting 16,658 family members in September, the highest one-month total on record
  • New stats from Homeland Security were obtained by The Washington Post
  • They show an 80 percent rise in the number of migrant families since President Trump ended his 'zero tolerance' policy on immigration
  • Trump was said to be furious at the new numbers
  • He has been advising Republicans to make immigration an election issue
  • Trump's advice comes as the midterms are less than three weeks away
  • Trump sees immigration as one of the issues that helped him win in 2016
  • Republican chances of keeping the House are sinking but GOP is hopeful they will maintain control of the Senate
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Video shows Walmart employee telling El Salvadorian immigrant in fluent Spanish to speak English 'because we're in Texas'

  • Joel Aparicio, a father-of-two and small business owner from Houston, posted the video recorded at a Pasadena, Texas, Walmart Sunday
  • It shows a staffer named Cecilia telling Aparicio in both English and fluent Spanish that he needs to speak English because they're in Texas
  • Interaction happened while the woman was trying to fix a self-checkout machine Aparicio was using
  • Video has been viewed more than 425,000 times and has drawn 4,400 comments, including threats from people claiming to be Cecilia's relatives

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Trump tells Republicans to make 'horrendous, weak and outdated immigration laws' part of their final midterm election sale pitch as massive immigrant caravan heads north from Central America

  • President Trump's advice comes as the midterms are less than three weeks away
  • Trump sees immigration as one of the issues that helped him win in 2016
  • Republican chances of keeping the House are sinking but GOP is hopeful they will maintain control of the Senate
  • Trump's urging coincides with images from Central American immigrants' march to the United States flood the news

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How US War & Policies Fuel the Migrant Crisis
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Anya Parampil tells us about the Trump Administration’s plan to allow the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) Program for immigrants to expire, telling us which countries will be impacted by the move and how US wars of aggression and neoliberal policies are driving the migrant crisis. ANSWER Coalition Organizer, Gloria la Riva, joins In Question to explain why this aspect of the immigration debate is ignored by the mainstream media.
 

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Jeff Sessions Is Quietly Transforming the Nation’s Immigration Courts


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Dorothea Lay was on track to become a member of the Board of Immigration Appeals, part of the Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review. Her 25-year government career had prepared her for the post, as reflected in four letters of recommendation from academics and current and former officials. In December 2016, nine months after submitting her application, she was offered the job. But administrations changed, Jeff Sessions assumed the role of attorney general, and by early 2018, the offer was withdrawn.

Why?

That’s the question at the center of a complaint filed by Lay, an Idaho native, with the Office of Special Counsel, an independent federal investigative body. In a letter to Lay, 53, the Executive Office for Immigration Review said it rescinded her offer because “the needs of the agency have evolved,” even though the agency announced around the same time that it wanted to expand the size of the appeals board. The complaint suggests that political considerations may have been taken into account in reviewing Lay’s background, citing Lay’s letters of recommendation from people who “had liberal backgrounds or were perceived as having liberal backgrounds.”

The suspicion of politically based hiring has lingered among Democrats, who raised concerns in April and again in May. In the May letter, directed to Michael E. Horowitz, Democrats urged the inspector general of the Justice Department to investigate “allegations of politicized hiring practices,” citing cases in which offers for immigration judges and Board of Immigration Appeals positions had been delayed or withdrawn. (Lay’s attorney, Zachary Henige, is also representing two other people who claim their offers were withdrawn over political differences.) Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd responded to the Democrats’ allegations in a letter: “As stated in every immigration judge hiring announcement, the Department of Justice does not discriminate on the basis of political affiliation.”

The investigation into Lay’s complaint is ongoing, so it’s still not clear whether there were ulterior motives behind the withdrawal of her offer. But the case speaks to how DOJ can pick and choose who fills roles and in doing so, influence who’s at the helm of deciding immigration cases.
This isn’t unique to this administration. The Justice Department has considerable leeway when appointing immigration judges—the immigration courts are part of its direct purview. The attorney general therefore has unique authority to overrule decisions and hire immigration judges. To that end, Sessions appears to be shaping the court by, at the very least, hiring former law enforcement officials as immigration judges.

[Read: The end of civil rights]

“The more you bring people from the same background, the same set of experiences, the same perspective, the more you expose the court to criticism,” said Ashley Tabaddor, the president of the National Association of Immigration Judges. “Those decisions will be more open to being questioned.”

Of the 140 judges hired since Donald Trump’s inauguration, more than half have past prosecutorial experience or some other government experience. The pace of hiring has also stepped up: In fiscal year 2017, the Justice Department hired 64 immigration judges, compared to 81 in fiscal year 2018—bringing the total of immigration judges to 395, according to data released by EOIR. Sessions’s hiring spree is not unusual—and it’s also not unwarranted: His predecessors brought on new immigration judges, and the immigration court backlog also continues to creep up, with the latest figure at more than 760, 000 pending cases. Of the newly hired immigration judges, at least half had received conditional offers during the Obama administration, said Kathryn Mattingly, assistant press secretary at EOIR, in an email.

It’s not just how many immigration judges are being brought on but where they’re being located. EOIR has hired immigration judges for two adjudication centers—in Falls Church, Virginia, and Fort Worth, Texas—where cases from around the country will be heard through video teleconferencing. Judges will be located at the centers, while attorneys and respondents will be in separate locations. According to Rob Barnes, a regional public information officer for EOIR, immigration judges at these centers will be evaluated like others. It’s likely then that thousands of immigration cases will be heard with respondents never seeing a judge face to face.

Across the board, there appears to be a preference for people who come from an enforcement background, according to biographies of newly hired immigration judges posted by the Justice Department. Of the 23 judges announced in August, more than half previously worked with the Department of Homeland Security, and of those remaining, most came from a law enforcement background. In September, EOIR announced 46 new immigration judges, two of which will serve in a supervisory role: 19 previously worked for ICE, 10 had served at DOJ or as a former local prosecutor, and seven had a background in military (one of whom previously served in Guantánamo). It’s not yet known how these judges will rule once they’re on the bench and whether their enforcement background will inform their decisions. But experts, attorneys, and current and former immigration judges have warned about hiring too many people from government before.

“It’s not that we’re saying [those] with law enforcement or military background are unqualified,” Tabaddor, the head of the immigration judges association, told me. “A diverse bench is what brings fairness and legitimacy to court. It’s very important for a court to be reflective of the people it serves and the community at large to gain legitimacy and respect.”

Mattingly, the EOIR spokeswoman, has provided a series of specific qualifications that all candidates for immigration judge must possess.
Previous administrations also pulled from within government, reasoning that candidates have already passed background checks and can therefore be hired more quickly. But that can present some challenges. It’s possible that having spent years fighting in court on behalf of the government, an individual might be biased, said Jeremy McKinney, an immigration lawyer in North Carolina. The American Immigration Lawyers Association, of which McKinney is a part of, and National Association of Immigration Judges, have called for the pool of immigration judges to also include people from private firms and academia.

[Read: Trump’s immigration crackdown is overwhelming a strained system]

Their concerns were backed up by Booz Allen Hamilton, which conducted a year-long study of the immigration court system at EOIR’s direction. The April 2017 study found that at least 41 percent of immigration judges previously worked in the Department of Homeland Security, and nearly 20 percent worked at other branches within the Justice Department. The report recommended broadening “hiring pools and outreach programs to increase diversity of experience among [immigration judges].” It’s not clear whether the Justice Department took the study into account in putting together its hiring plan in April 2017, the same month the study was presumably handed over.

The hiring of immigration judges has always been a contentious issue: complaints have been lodged about there not being enough career diversity; it often takes months to hire judges (though the Justice Department recently pushed the time it took down from an average of 742 days to about 266 days); and political affiliations have previously been weighed in selecting judges. In 2008, the Inspector General issued a report on the hiring practices of DOJ in selecting attorneys, immigration judges, and members of the Board of Immigration Appeals. The report concluded that hiring based on political or ideological affiliation is in violation of department policy.

The fear, as expressed by some Democrats, legal experts and immigration advocates, is that Sessions is improperly seeking out conservatives in order to to influence the tilt of the nation’s immigration courts and hire a large cadre of immigration judges who will likely far outlast his tenure.
“I think he’s trying to get a complacent judiciary: ‘Forget the title, you guys are really DOJ employees, you’re out there to carry out my policies,’” said Paul W. Schmidt, former chairman of EOIR’s Board of Immigration Appeals from 1995 to 2001 and a former immigration judge.

Beyond who the Justice Department decides to bring on board, the message Sessions sends down to judges can also heavily influence their decisions, as direct reports to the department, Schmidt and others argue.

[Read: The Democratic effort to keep Jeff Sessions in office]

In September, for example, Sessions delivered remarks to a new class of immigration judges, the largest in history, according to the Justice Department, in which he pressed them to decide cases swiftly. “You have an obligation to decide cases efficiently and to keep our federal laws functioning effectively, fairly, and consistently,” he said. “As you take on this critically important role, I hope that you will be imaginative and inventive in order to manage a high-volume caseload. I do not apologize for expecting you to perform, at a high level, efficiently and effectively.”

The message was striking given who it’s intended for. “If he was speaking to attorneys, that’d be normal. He has the right to set prosecutorial policy,” McKinney said. “That doesn’t translate to immigration judges.” Judges—even when they are DOJ employees—are expected to be independent. By effectively telling them how to handle cases and how quickly, the Justice Department is infringing upon that independence, McKinney said.

And Sessions’s words weren’t just an expression of what he hopes judges will do either. As of October 1, the expectation to “efficiently and effectively” adjudicate cases is being enforced. Earlier this year, the Justice Department took the unprecedented step of rolling out quotas for judges. To receive a “satisfactory” performance evaluation, judges are required to clear at least 700 cases a year. According to the Justice Department, judges complete 678 cases a year on average now, meaning they will have to pick up the pace to remain in good standing.
This fall, DOJ expects to bring on at least 75 more immigration judges. Even if Sessions days as attorney general are numbered, as Trump has suggested, his selections will decide the fate of immigrants, for years to come.

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Trump threatens to send MILITARY to seal southern border if Mexico doesn't stop Central American immigrants including 'MANY CRIMINALS' from reaching the U.S.

  • Trump warned Mexico that he will use the U.S. military to seal the border unless they help slow down the flow of illegal immigrants from the south
  • A massive caravan of 4,000 Central Americans is transiting through Mexico to the United States without visas or other travel papers
  • Trump is threatening to cancel all U.S. payments, including humanitarian aid, to El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala
  • U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested 16,658 family members in September, the highest one-month total on record
  • Numbers show 80 per cent increase in the number of illegal immigrant families since Trump ended his 'zero tolerance' policy
  • He has been advising Republicans to make immigration an election issue, and blames Democrats for existing border weaknesses
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Mexico dispatches two Boeing 727s full of federal police officers to intercept migrant caravan from Honduras heading to the US that has defied Trump's warnings and continues to grow

  • Hundreds of Mexican Federal Police Officers arrived at the southern border region of Chiapas on Wednesday
  • A column of some 4,000 Honduran migrants is marching through Guatemala towards the Mexican border
  • Mexican police insist that they are not there to stop the entry of migrants, but to facilitate order at the border
  • Trump has threatened to pull back international aid from any country that allows caravan to pass to the U.S.
  • He threatened on Thursday to send the military to seal the U.S.-Mexico border
  • Migrant marchers have now reached Guatemala City about 180 miles from the border with Mexico

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Caravan of 4,000 "Asylum Seekers" From Honduras Storm US Border (REACTION)
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A caravan of "migrants" claim to seek asylum fleeing Honduras has grown to 4,000, and the Mexican government has sent 500 additional federal police to its border with Guatemala in anticipation of their arrival, according to U.S. government documents obtained by NBC News.

Part of the caravan, which has split into two groups, is approaching the Mexico-Guatemala border amid a surge in border crossings on the U.S.-Mexico border.

In September, U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended more than 41,400 undocumented immigrants, up from 37,544 in August, according to numbers not yet released publicly but obtained by NBC News. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that the numbers of families and children traveling on their own surged to record levels in September.

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Honduran migrant caravan grows to 4,000 amid spike in U.S. border crossings
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More Honduran migrants seek to join U.S.-bound group in Guatemala
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Trump's chief of staff and national security advisor clash in profanity-laden shouting match outside Oval Office after Trump threatens to use the military to close the southern border

  • Aides worried one of the men might resign afterward
  • The clash came amid the furor over the alleged murder of Jamal Khashoggi
  • CNN reported the fight was over a rise in border crossings
  • Trump threatened Thursday to use the military to 'CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!''
  • John Bolton joined the administration in March and has taken a hard line against the International Criminal Court, calling it 'dead to us'
  • Bolton also took a hard line on Iran
  • Kelly's departure has been rumored for months but he has endured
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Trump threatens to send MILITARY to seal southern border if Mexico doesn't stop Central American immigrants including 'MANY CRIMINALS' from reaching the U.S.

  • Trump warned Mexico that he will use the U.S. military to seal the border unless they help slow down the flow of illegal immigrants from the south
  • A massive caravan of 4,000 Central Americans is transiting through Mexico to the United States without visas or other travel papers
  • Trump is threatening to cancel all U.S. payments, including humanitarian aid, to El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala
  • U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested 16,658 family members in September, the highest one-month total on record
  • Numbers show 80 per cent increase in the number of illegal immigrant families since Trump ended his 'zero tolerance' policy
  • He has been advising Republicans to make immigration an election issue, and blames Democrats for existing border weaknesses
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Anyone recognize the symbol on the white truck at the 3:20 minute mark?

( ( (Every fucking time!!!) ) )

 

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You mean you don't see the star on the white truck?

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Caravan of thousands of Honduran migrants TURNS AROUND after being confronted by armed police at Mexican border in Guatemala after Trump's call for action is met

  • The largest group in the caravan, around 2,000-3,000 people, turned back two blocks from the Mexican border in Guatemala on Friday
  • The border is being heavily protected on both sides by Mexican and Guatemalan troops
  • The migrants retreated on Friday morning to discuss how they would approach after clashing with police
  • On Thursday night, a smaller, breakaway group managed to get over the border
  • They are now marching towards the US and White House officials are monitoring them
  • One man has been arrested, an immigration activist who was arrested on the other side of the border
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Caravan of thousands of Honduran migrants TURNS AROUND after being confronted by armed police at Mexican border in Guatemala after Trump's call for action is met

  • The largest group in the caravan, around 2,000-3,000 people, turned back two blocks from the Mexican border in Guatemala on Friday
  • The border is being heavily protected on both sides by Mexican and Guatemalan troops
  • The migrants retreated on Friday morning to discuss how they would approach after clashing with police
  • On Thursday night, a smaller, breakaway group managed to get over the border
  • They are now marching towards the US and White House officials are monitoring them
  • One man has been arrested, an immigration activist who was arrested on the other side of the border
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...n-migrants-TURN-Mexican-border-Guatemala.html
It's amazing how persuasive a group of guys in riot gear with guns can be!
 

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May have spoken a bit too soon. Just head on tv they're still coming.
 

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'Chuck & Nancy, call me!': Trump blames 'obstructive' Democrats saying that if they'd 'come together, we could write up and agree to new immigration laws in less than one hour' as tired migrants bathe at the Mexican border

  • The president took to his Twitter on Saturday morning to blast Democrats for not working to get proper immigration laws
  • He said: 'Look at the needless pain and suffering that they are causing. Look at the horrors taking place on the Border. Chuck & Nancy, call me!'
  • On Friday, some of the 4,000 migrants in the caravan burst through a Guatemalan border fence and rushed onto the bridge over the Suchiate River
  • Police and immigration agents began letting small groups of 10, 20 or 30 people through the gates if they wanted to apply for refugee status
  • Some migrants, tired of waiting, jumped off the bridge into the Suchiate River on Friday
  • Migrants organized a rope brigade to ford its muddy waters, and some floated across on rafts operated by local residents

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...laws-tired-migrants-bathe-Mexican-border.html
 

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Caravan of migrants swells to 7,000 and stretches more than a mile long as they continue marching towards the U.S. border - but Trump warns full efforts are being made to stop the 'onslaught of illegal aliens'

  • Central American migrants advancing toward the U.S. border in Mexico has swelled to 7,000 people
  • Thousands of mostly Honduran migrants rose at dawn on Sunday and continued their trek northward
  • They walked towards the Mexican town of Tapachula, 10 abreast in a line stretching approximately a mile
  • Police in riot gear were deployed at highway junctions and a military helicopter circled overhead
  • Mexican immigration authorities only allowed some 640 migrants through the border crossing Saturday
  • The slow process prompted several thousand to cross the river illegally by rafts or even swimming
  • President Donald Trump has threatened to halt aid to Honduras and Guatemala, and potentially close down the U.S. border with Mexico if the march is not stopped
  • Trump fired off a tweet on Sunday afternoon, saying efforts were being made to stop the 'onslaught of illegal aliens from crossing'
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6300649/Caravan-migrants-swells-5-000-eye-US.html
 

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