Despite vocal support from faith leaders and members of the Metuchen, New Jersey, community, Arino Massie was deported by ICE last week after living in the U.S. for 16 years. Massie, a Chinese Christian, fled Indonesia nearly two decades ago to escape religious persecution. Arino had been undocumented since overstaying his tourist visa (despite Trump’s claims, “research shows that the majority of people in the country without permission are those who overstayed their visas rather than walking across a border”), and missed the deadline to apply for asylum.
In the time since then Arino married, had a son, and as part of an agreement his church was able to strike with ICE, had instructions to check in annually with the agency. But despite the fact that Arino followed ICE’s instructions by checking in, he was taken into custody earlier this year. By last week, he was gone. A group of other
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Minneapolis Metro Transit Police have launched an investigation after a trumped-up transit officer—who has yet to be publicly identified—was filmed asking a passenger if he was “here illegally.” As a sanctuary city, Minneapolis “city employees, including police, are prohibited from asking about the immigration status of someone unless it’s directly relevant to a crime being investigated.” You’d think a citation and fine would be the usual route here, until the part-time officer took it upon himself to become an ICE agent and begin badgering the man about his legal status. Ricardo Morales, a fellow passenger who eventually stepped in to remind the officer about his job description, was there to film the incident:
According to Morales, two Metro transit police officers entered the train and asked passengers for proof they had paid the train fare. One young man “didn’t have a satisfactory answer” for the officer, Morales told the Star Tribune. That’s when Morales started
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Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III, America’s most racist Keebler elf, appeared to eat some humble pie yesterday after backing off the Department of Justice’s ongoing threats to strip money from sanctuary cities. The Huffington Post reported that the DOJ capitulation was “admitting what legal experts have said for months: In most cases, the department can’t do that.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions released a memo explaining how the department will carry out President Donald Trump’s executive order meant to crack down on so-called “sanctuary cities,” defining them more narrowly than before.
Sure, the new 2018 budget slashes billions from food assistance, cancer research, and disability benefits, but the Trump regime has still miraculously found plenty of taxpayer money for two of his favorite, racist pet projects. Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney unveiled a budget proposal asking for billions to terrorize immigrant families, expand Trump’s mass deportation force that has been targeting moms and dads with no criminal record, and to build some of that f*cking wall that Mexico was supposed to pay for:
The budget proposed by the White House on Tuesday includes $2.6 billion for border security — $1.6 billion of which will be for “bricks and mortar for a wall,” Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney told reporters on Monday.
In addition to the wall money, another $1 billion would cover investments at the border like aircraft, communications equipment, weapons, surveillance technology, road infrastructure and inspection equipment, according
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A month after popular vote loser Donald Trump’s election, some 450 houses of worship nationwide pledged to become sanctuaries for undocumented immigrants, with one church in the Los Angeles area calling for “holy resistance” to his mass deportation force. And houses of worship have heeded the call, with the number of congregations vowing to protect immigrants from ICE doubling to 800, according to a new report from 60 Minutes. Undocumented parents like Jeanette Vizguerra—recently named one of Time’s 100 most influential people—have fled to churches for safety and as a last recourse. 60 Minutes talked to another immigrant who has gone into sanctuary, transcribed below:
Sixto Paz: This is my country. I’m working hard.
Sixto Paz would have been deported 10 months ago if he hadn’t confined himself to Shadow Rock United Church of Christ in Phoenix. Ismael Delgado moved in four months ago.
Ismael Delgado: We came to work.
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With only about a week remaining in the Texas legislative session, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick—a polite Christian man who has called the U.S. citizen children of immigrants “anchor babies” and said that their parents bring “third world diseases” despite the fact Mexicans and Central Americans have better vaccination rates than Americans—basically put a gun to the state budget’s head and threatened to pull the trigger unless legislators got moving on bills attacking transgender school kids and gay couples trying to adopt. You know, priorities in a state that still has the highest uninsured rate in the nation. This past weekend, legislators gave in to Patrick’s demands:
The House passed a measure that would prohibit transgender students in public and charter schools from using a bathroom that matches their gender identity.
Though the legislation is much narrower, it drew comparisons to the contentious North Carolina bill that spurred boycotts and protests,
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Senators Tim Kaine, Mark Warner, and Rep. Don Beyer are among the Virginia advocates rallying for the release of Liliana Cruz Mendez, a Salvadoran mom of two arrested by ICE this week, despite the fact that she followed the rules and appeared for her routine check-in. According to immigrant rights group CASA, Liliana has never been convicted of a crime and has a 2013 misdemeanor conviction for driving without a license. This is a reality many undocumented immigrants who must travel in order to support their families face in states that do not allow them to apply for driver’s licenses, like Virginia. But because Donald Trump is redefining “criminal” in order to justify rounding up as many undocumented immigrants as possible, even driving infractions can become deportable offenses:
Cruz Mendez came to America in 2006, when she was 18, to join a brother living in Virginia, CASA said. She [had]
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