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Trump Administration Launches Plan to Indefinitely Detain Migrant Children

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In a stunning escalation, the Trump administration announced Wednesday that it will abrogate a decades-old legal agreement in order to indefinitely detain immigrant families.

The proposed termination of what’s known as the Flores agreement is President Donald Trump’s most aggressive—and most legally suspect—attempt to circumvent legal protections for undocumented children since his disastrous “zero-tolerance” policy resulted in the separation of thousands of immigrant families.

“No child should be a pawn in a scheme to manipulate our immigration system,” Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan told reporters in a press conference Wednesday morning. “This action by the administration is just one part of our overall effort, but it’s an essential one.”


ICE Confines Some Detainees With Mental Illness in Solitary for Months

ICE detains mentally ill for months

As Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detains more immigrants than ever before, detention centers have filed more reports of detainees being held in solitary confinement, according to federal records obtained by the Project On Government Oversight (POGO). In solitary, detainees are locked in a cell and isolated from other people for up to 23 hours a day.

The records, obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, cover the last year of the Obama administration and the Trump administration through early May 2018. There are 6,559 records, each of which represents the confinement of a detainee in solitary (ICE has placed some detainees in solitary more than once). These records advance reporting on ICE’s use of solitary by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists and partner news organizations published earlier this year. The records POGO obtained are the first to cover a significant portion of the current administration.


Ken Cuccinelli: Statue of Liberty Poem Was About ‘People Coming From Europe’

Ken CuccinelliActing Director of Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli went a step further on Tuesday night by insisting that Emma Lazarus’ poem about America accepting the world’s poor and huddled masses only referred to Europeans.

Discussing the Trump administration’s new rule that would penalize legal immigrants who utilize government benefits such as food stamps, Cuccinelli suggested to NPR on Tuesday morning a Trumpian change to Lazarus’ words.


Undocumented immigrants on edge as new Trump immigration policy calls for more deportations

Fast track deportations make immigrants feafulAaron Hall, an immigration attorney in Aurora, Colorado, is still trying to figure out what exactly to tell his clients about a new Trump administration policy that allows federal immigration agents to quickly deport undocumented immigrants they encounter anywhere in the U.S.

For the past 15 years, the fast-track deportation process, known as expedited removal, has been used mostly by Border Patrol agents near the border. But now, for the first time, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents can unilaterally question, arrest, detain and deport undocumented immigrants who have been here for less than two years that they encounter anywhere in the country.

Does that mean immigrants should carry all their papers proving their legal status every time they leave the house? Should undocumented immigrants carry paperwork showing they've been in the country longer than two years? Should all Hispanics approached by ICE remain silent and demand to speak with an attorney?


New Mexico Refused To Give ICE Employment Records, Won’t Let Trump ‘Destroy Families’

ICE arrests not allowed in New MexicoNew Mexico denied U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement requests for the state’s employment records, including records on residents receiving unemployment benefits, the state’s workforce director said.

The workforce system ICE wanted to access includes the names, addresses and financial information of practically every working and unemployed person in the state, Bill McCamley, secretary of the Department of Workforce Solutions, told HuffPost.

“This governor is not going to participate in the Trump administration’s efforts to destroy families,” McCamley added.


Anger as grinning Trump gives thumbs-up while Melania holds El Paso orphan

Thumbs up photo of Donald and Melania is uglyA backlash is building over a picture posted by Melania Trump on Twitter that showed her and Donald Trump smiling broadly while holding a baby who was orphaned in the mass shooting in El Paso.

On a visit to El Paso this week, the president flashed a thumbs-up when posing with the two-month-old, whose parents Andre and Jordan Anchondo were shot dead last Saturday. When the picture was posted on the first lady’s Twitter account on Thursday, it prompted outrage.

On a hospital visit in El Paso, Trump then reignited a dispute with 2020 Democratic contender and former local congressman Beto O’Rourke over crowd sizes, before getting into a Twitter row with the Dayton mayor, Nan Whaley.



680 arrested in ICE raids at Mississippi food processing plants

ICE arrests 680 at workU.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents executed search warrants at food processing plants across Mississippi on Wednesday, resulting in the arrest of 680 people.

They occurred in small towns near Jackson with a workforce made up largely of Latino immigrants, including Bay Springs, Carthage, Canton, Morton, Pelahatchie and Sebastapol. About 600 agents fanned out across the plants involving several companies, surrounding the perimeters to prevent workers from fleeing.

The raids follow President Donald Trump's calls for widespread enforcement of immigration laws and comes after several crackdowns in other states.


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