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Americans Would Lose Billions, Trump Backs Away From Threat To Shut Down Border Soon

(Washington, DC) — President Trump is backing away from his threat to shut down the southern border soon. At the White House today, Trump said he is giving Mexico a one-year warning to stem the flow of illicit drugs into the U.S.

He also threatened to impose tariffs on new motor vehicles that are being moved across the border. Trump argued that the U.S. immigration system is the most ridiculous thing he has ever seen. He blamed Democrats and made another pitch for a massive border wall.

Trump said the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs into the U.S. must be stopped. Trump plans to visit a location on the border in Southern California tomorrow.

It appears someone talked some sense in him.  Shutting the border down would cost the United States billions of dollars and cripple the economy. Everything from avocados to autos pass through the border.

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Rapper 21 Savage Released From ICE Custody On Bond

(AP) – Rapper 21 Savage is out on bond from federal immigration custody. His lawyer Alex Spiro spoke about the circumstances that led to his arrest and eventual release.

Spiro says, “The bottom line is ICE has said that it was a targeted operation. Whatever targeted means.  Meaning if they were looking for any old immigrant or if they wanted to set an example with him. We don’t now yet.  While he’s out here, we want his hearing.  We want his freedom. “

U.S. authorities say the British citizen overstayed his work visa and has a felony conviction. The 26-year-old legally entered the U.S. in 2005 and his visa expired in July 2006. Savage was slated to perform at the Grammy Awards last Sunday but was forced to cancel. It’s unclear when a deportation hearing will be scheduled.

El Paso Detainees Being Force-Fed

(El Paso, TX-AP) — Immigrants at a detention center in El Paso, Texas are being force-fed by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Two migrants started a hunger strike December 30th and others soon joined in. At least six detainees are being hydrated and fed against their will, according to a statement from ICE.

The force-feeding was approved by a federal judge earlier this month. Four other detainees are also on hunger strike at other detention centers in Miami, Phoenix, San Francisco and San Diego. ICE didn’t say what the motive for the hunger strikes is.

Sessions Unhappy With Judge’s Ruling Restoring DACA

(Washington, DC) – Attorney General Jeff Sessions is vowing to fight a judge’s order to restore DACA. A federal judge issued the ruling last Friday, saying the White House failed to lay out its justification for ending the Obama-era program protecting immigrants brought to the U.S. illegally as children.

Sessions argues the Trump administration has the authority to rescind the policy because it was created by a presidential order. He adds that the judge’s ruling was improper because the changes DACA brought about should be made by Congress.

Illegal Immigrant Pizza Deliveryman Out Of Jail After Judge Orders Release

(New York, NY) – An illegal immigrant who was detained for several weeks after delivering food to an Army base in Brooklyn is free. A federal judge ordered Pablo Villavicencio’s release.

The Ecuadorian native had disobeyed an order to leave the country in 2010. The judge said he’s been a model citizen, he’s supporting his family, and he pays his taxes. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo calls Villavicencio’s release “a victory for New Yorkers and for basic human rights.”

NY And Several Other States Sue Over Family Separations

(Washington, DC) – Seventeen states are suing the federal government over the Trump administration’s family separation policy. In an announcement today, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said New York and 16 other states were suing to protect the well-being of children.

Officials from both side of the aisle have criticized the government’s “zero tolerance” policy and say last week’s executive order from President Trump reuniting families does not go far enough to reunite families.

15-Year-Old Migrant In Mexico After Escaping Child Care Facility

(Brownsville, TX) – A 15-year-old boy is in Mexico after running away from a migrant shelter in Texas. The boy was being sheltered at a child care facility in Brownsville in South Texas near the border with Mexico when he left Saturday.

After police scoured the area, it was reported that he had crossed the border into Mexico. A man who claims to be the boy’s father is now working to get him back to his native Honduras. Officials at the shelter say they aren’t allowed to restrain kids because it’s not a detention center.

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.

 

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.

 

More Migrants At Border, Ready For Asylum Push

(San Diego, CA) – Hundreds of Central American migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. are getting ready to turn themselves in to Customs agents. A caravan of men, women and children are in Tijuana, Mexico.

They are expected to hit the border crossing at the U.S. late this afternoon hoping to make it into the United States under the asylum law. Lawyers from the U.S. have been setting up shop at shelters where the group has been staying, letting them know what they are in for when they meet Border Agents.

President Trump has told the Department of Homeland Security not to let the people into the country.