10-year-old Rosamaria, detained for over a week, has been released

Rosamaria Hernandez, the 10-year-old special needs child explicably targeted by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and taken into custody following emergency gallbladder surgery, was released earlier today after more than a week in detention:

“We’re just thrilled — it’s such a relief,” said one of her lawyers, Michael Tan, a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union. “It’s actually quite overwhelming. This was the first time in her life she was separated from her family.”

Of the next step in her case, he added, “There’s really no reason to be targeting Rosa Maria for deportation,” given her age and condition.

“Finally, Rosa Maria has been released to her family where she belongs,” Representative Joaquin Castro, a Democrat who represents the San Antonio area, said in a statement on Friday evening. “This young girl and her loved ones have been through a traumatizing ordeal.”

He added: “The United

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The ‘diversity visa’ program Trump is attacking also produced a Muslim immigrant hero

After near-silence on a domestic terror attack in Charlottesville that killed one and a mass shooting in Las Vegas that killed dozens and injured hundreds, Donald Trump finally found an incident of terrorism he was willing to get shouty and red-faced about. He made no call for the perpetrator of the Charlottesville attack to be summarily put to death, as he has for the New York attacker. He offered up not a single damn bit of legal change that would prevent future mass murderers from, next time, killing even more Americans, but he insisted that the New York attacker could be pinned on a specific immigration program.

This is because Donald Trump is a blustering xenophobe and racist, a half-senile old man who reliably only offers up outrage when the perpetrator of a violent attack is an immigrant, non-white, Muslim, or any combination of the three.

So here’s a story

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Government officials have repeatedly blocked detained 10-year-old child from accessing post-op care

An attorney with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) tells Broadly that government officials have now twice blocked 10-year-old Rosamaria Hernandez from two follow-up medical visits with her primary doctor and surgeon following her emergency gallbladder surgery last week. Rosamaria’s doctors recommended that she be discharged to relatives and allowed to recover at home after the procedure, but Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents ignored the advice of medical professionals and have instead kept the girl, who has cerebral palsy, locked up in a Texas detention center for unaccompanied minors. The child’s “doctors, lawyers, and family have maintained that her health and safety are in danger at the facility where she’s been detained … the government has yet to comply with multiple requests for the child’s release”:

When Rosa was discharged, Border Patrol officers violated doctor’s orders to return the child to her family and instead took her to a child housing facility in San Antonio operated by

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Trump’s interview with Laura Ingraham: We don’t need diplomats, but we need more wall money

Donald Trump doesn’t just go on Twitter to get his unfiltered message out to America. After all, Twitter can be out for five minutes. But Fox News never pauses in their effort to not just spread the gospel of Trump, but help Glorious Leader when he hits tricky patches with language, or math, or logic. On Thursday, it was Lara Ingraham’s turn to prop Trump up for the evening, and their wide-ranging discussion covered immigrants (how to not have them), the State Department workers (how not to have them), and of course, Hillary (how would we live without her). And many, many things were said.

Trump on who’s really important around here:

INGRAHAM: And there—there’s a concern that the State Department currently is undermining your agenda.
TRUMP: So we don’t need all the people that they want. You know, don’t forget, I’m a businessperson and I tell my people,

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New GOP-led migrant guest worker proposal ‘a recipe for worker exploitation’

United Farm Workers, Farmworker Justice, and other immigrant rights advocates are opposing a GOP-led migrant guest worker proposal that “would gut protections for workers, substantially lower wages for migrants, and expose even more workers to exploitation.” The bill’s Republican author is suspect enough: in the past, he’s sought to turbo-boost Donald Trump’s mass deportation force by hiring thousands more Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and them arming them with “M-4 rifles or equivalents”: 

The latest attempt is a bill by Virginia Rep. Robert Goodlatte, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and one of the biggest proponents of reforming the H-2A.  The bill,which narrowly cleared the committee last Wednesday, would overhaul the current guest worker program and replace it with a new H-2C visa for bringing in foreign agricultural workers to the US. In contrast to the current H2-A visa, the new program, called the Agricultural Guestworker

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Homeland Security seeking tech to scan everyone’s face as they drive over the border

Nextgov reports that the Department of Homeland Security is on the hunt for new technology to identify people driving over the border—without even requiring them to leave their car. 

The Homeland Security Department wants technology that can passively scan the faces of foreign nationals crossing the U.S. border by car, ensuring that the individuals who enter the country are the same ones who leave it.

DHS’ Silicon Valley outpost is hosting an industry day Nov. 14 to solicit solutions that would let Customs and Border Protection scan people’s faces, even if they’re wearing sunglasses, hats or are looking away from the camera, without requiring them to slow down or exit the car.

If you’re a bit worried about this technology, that’s a reasonable reaction. They did pay some lip service to privacy. In DHS’s official request for the technology they mention:

In addition, innovative approaches that allow for

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Democrats eye government shutdown if Republicans fail to protect Dreamers

Democrats are weighing an option of last resort if Republicans fail to protect some 700,000 Dreamers from deportation by year’s end—forcing a government shutdown. Politico writes:

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), a prospective 2020 presidential hopeful, raised the specter of a year-end showdown last week when she declared she wouldn’t vote for a spending bill that doesn’t help children of undocumented immigrants who came to the country as minors. Republicans will need Democratic votes — definitely in the Senate and almost certainly in the House, too — to pass legislation to keep the government funded. […]

But a number of other Democratic senators said they aren’t willing to go there — at least not yet.

“It is a topic which we are not raising at this point, because we hope we don’t even need to think about it,” said Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), a party

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