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Dem Lawmakers Concerned By Conditions At Texas Border Detention Center

(McAllen, TX) – A group of more than 20 Congressional Democrats touring a border patrol detention facility in Texas yesterday called the conditions “unacceptable” and “cruel.” California Representative Jackie Speier said the U.S. needs to come up with a better system to handle immigrant families with children.

Speier says the process should be taken out of the criminal justice system and put it into the social services system. One Democratic lawmaker called for the UN to investigate the use of wire cages to hold children, saying it’s a violation of human rights.

Thousands of people in cities across the country are demonstrating against the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy on illegal immigration. “Keep Families Together” rallies took place yesterday in New York, Texas, Florida, California and other states. Demonstrators formed a human chain to block a bus carrying children outside the detention center in McAllen, Texas.

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Protesters block a bus carrying children outside of the detention center in McAllen Texas.

A rally and prayer vigil outside an East Harlem child care agency where dozens of recently separated children arrived drew the Reverend Al Sharpton and other New York City officials. More than five-thousand people gathered at a rally in San Diego to support reuniting families. Although it was not needed, (he could’ve just picked up the phone), President Trump signed an executive order that immigrant families crossing the border illegally will no longer be separated.42879919991_6627a2fcfe_k.0More than 23-hundred children were taken from their parents in recent weeks under the previous policy.

 

L.A. Mayor Fights Feds On Helping Migrant Kids

(Los Angeles, CA) – L.A.’s mayor says his office isn’t getting any federal help in an effort to assist migrant children. Mayor Eric Garcetti said today the city is working to identify an estimated 100 children believed to be in Los Angeles after being separated from their parents.

Garcetti says the federal government is not providing any information about the children and there is no legal grounds for the city to make that happen. Garcetti believes the children in the city were being placed in group homes and foster care through organizations contracted with the federal government.

He says most of the kids are believed to be “among the very youngest.”

Frontier Airlines To Feds: No Separated Immigrant Kids On Our Flights

(Denver, CO) – Another airline has declared they don’t want the federal government to use its planes to transport kids separated from their immigrant families. In a Facebook post, Denver-based Frontier Airlines said yesterday they will not knowingly allow their flights to transport migrant children.

The airline says they pride themselves on being a family airline and are not aware if they have been used to transport these children. Earlier, American Airlines and United Airlines also made the same determination. President Donald Trump today signed an executive order ending family separations at the border.

Protesters Crash Homeland Security’s Secretary’s Dinner At DC Mexican Restaurant

(Washington, DC) – A Democratic Socialist group says it protested the Homeland Security chief while she ate at a Mexican restaurant. The protesters confronted Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen last night over a policy that has resulted in children being separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The group posted a video of the protest. There was no reaction from Nielsen or her dinner companion at the restaurant. A DHS spokesman says Nielsen shares their concerns about current immigration laws.

Alabama Musician’s Facebook Post Loses Him Gigs

(Birmingham, AL) – A Birmingham musician’s shows have been canceled as a result of an offensive political Facebook post. This week, Phillip McCain posted that he would volunteer to shoot immigrants and didn’t care about their kids or their lives.

The posts have been pulled but the screenshots are still available online. McCain told AL.com that he’s been kicked out of his band and lost solo gigs as a result of him voicing his opinion.

“I’ll tell ya what I’ll volunteer to shoot their a**es when they approach the border. Problem solved. No more illegal f***ks coming in here. Period,” the original Facebook post stated.

“I don’t give a s**t about them, their kids, their s****y life or asylum. I care about American kids and American families. You’ve got to be a complete idiot to not get it, but then again we are talking about the libtard agenda. Liberalism is a mental disorder and I’m d**n sure glad that I’m not dumb s**t.”

Former NSA Director Compares U.S. Immigration Police To Nazi Germany

(SL) – A former National Security Agency director is comparing the U.S. immigration policy to Nazi Germany. On his personal Twitter account Saturday, former NSA and CIA Director Michael Hayden posted a photo of train tracks entering the concentration camps of Auschwitz with the caption,”Other governments have separated mothers and children.”

Hayden’s post is in response to the controversial zero-tolerance immigration policy initiated recently by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.5b1c92f61ae6621e008b4b8f-750-500The policy allows immigrants who have crossed into the U.S. illegally to be separated from their parents when they are detained. But Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen tweeted yesterday saying there’s been misrepresentation from the media and advocacy groups about what’s going on. She said there is no policy of separating families at the border.

Five Dead In Fatal Border Patrol Chase

(Dimmit County, TX) – A high speed Border Patrol chase in South Texas is leaving at least five people dead. The SUV that was fleeing Border Patrol agents was going about 100 miles per hour when it flipped in Big Wells, southwest of San Antonio.

Twelve of the 14 people riding in the vehicle were ejected from it. Authorities say the driver and one passenger are U.S. citizens, but 12 others were illegal immigrants.

Trump Using Immigrant Children As Bargaining Chips

(Washington, DC) — The leader of New York City’s two-point-eight million Catholics says the Trump administration’s policy of separating kids and parents is “un-biblical.”

Cardinal Timothy Dolan says references to scripture by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to justify the practice is “un-American” and goes against human decency.

Dolan told CNN the Apostle Paul would not endorse the immigration policy. Sessions referenced the apostle in remarks last week, saying Paul preached to obey the laws of the government. Dolan said sessions might need a Sunday School refresher.

Sessions in fact needs Sunday School, Vacation bible school, bible study and quite frankly baptism to get himself straight. Omitting the most important parts of the scripture he quoted pulls on just how desperate the Trump administration is to push its agenda by any means necessary….even at the heartless bottom of all bottoms …act of separating children from their parents at the border and blaming democrats while at it.

Trump says he’s just following the law that democrats enforced, which is not true. And even more so, nowhere in the law does it say anything about child separation where immigrants are concerned. DHS says under the law, authorities may separate children from their parents or legal guardians for several reasons, including if those adults are referred for criminal prosecution, but that doesn’t seem to apply here.

The Department of Homeland Security says the Trump administration separated nearly two-thousand children from their parents or guardians at the border between April 19th and May 31st.  And a more grave concern…where are they exactly? Reportedly, the children are spread out in 100 different shelters across 17 different states.

Above all, the most disturbing part of the immigration debacle is the usage of these children and their families for leverage and getting a few bills passed and the wall built. The Department of Homeland Security says Attorney General Jeff Sessions directed federal attorneys on the border to prosecute all adults who enter the country illegally, including those with children. Trump says Democrats can fix the problem by working with Republicans on an immigration bill that funds the border wall. A cruel tactic indeed to try and get democrats to negotiate and it will surely backfire.

Love thy neighbor.

 

Pizza Delivery Man Detained By ICE Gets Emergency Stay

(Brooklyn, NY) – An illegal immigrant pizza delivery man detained by ICE after delivering food to an Army base in New York will be allowed to stay in the country — for now. The Legal Aid Society says Pablo Villavicencio-Calderon was granted an emergency stay through July 20 by a federal judge.

During the delivery to Fort Hamilton in Brooklyn last week, military personnel asked Villavicencio-Calderon about his immigration status, then detained him and turned him over to ICE.

His wife Sandra, told NBC New York that she was concerned her husband could have been deported as early as Monday.