After fighting for her right to an abortion, immigrant teen finally gets one this morning

Yesterday, the federal appeals court in Washington, DC, ruled that Jane Doe, a 17-year-old immigrant woman in federal custody, had the right to obtain an abortion. This ended a month-long battle with the Trump administration, who repeatedly attempted to block her from terminating her pregnancy. While in a detention center for unaccompanied minors, Doe sought and received a judge’s permission to have an abortion without parental consent. Because the administration felt it perfectly acceptable to make this decision for her, they filed appeal after appeal to delay the abortion. Yet, a state judge, a federal judge, a panel of appeal judges and the full appeals court all said the same thing—Jane Doe is entitled to have the abortion she seeks and it’s absolutely none of the government’s business.

While many of us were worried that the administration would appeal the most recent decision and try to take an appeal to

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Immigrant youth don’t need more false hopes from John Cornyn, they need the DREAM Act

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Politico reports that Texas Sen. John Cornyn is part of a Republican group “privately discussing the contours” of a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) deal, but color me skeptical. Now, advocates would be glad to be proven wrong, but there’s a reason why Cornyn has been awarded the “Biggest Hypocrite on Immigration” trophy by immigrant rights group America’s Voice.

For example, Cornyn’ll offer up optimistic words—or say he’s working on a DACA deal—but when humane immigration proposals have come up, he’s helped derail them. When the DREAM Act passed the House and went to the Senate in 2010, Cornyn opposed it. Then at the Hispanic Leadership Network conference a month later, he “had the audacity to portray himself as a dedicated supporter of immigration reform.” So, take this report with a grain of salt:

“There’s a solution to be had there,” Cornyn said. “But we just need to get on

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Appeals court rules against Trump administration, says immigrant teen has right to an abortion

After several weeks of attempted delays by the Trump administration, a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. ruled on Tuesday that a 17-year-old immigrant woman in custody must be allowed to have the abortion she requested last month. 

A U.S. appeals court has cleared the way for a 17-year-old immigrant held in federal custody to obtain an abortion.

The ruling Tuesday by the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit overruled a decision by a three-judge panel of the court that at least temporarily blocked the teen from having the procedure.

Jane Doe, whose name is not being released in the press, is currently in a detention facility for unaccompanied minors in Texas. She has requested that she be permitted to have an abortion without parental consent since she is in the country without guardians. Though she made the request on September 11, the

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Students worry about a future without DACA: ‘Can I even afford to finish medical school?’

There are currently around 100 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients enrolled in medical school. They’ve had none of daddy’s connections or money to help them get ahead. Facing a wall of obstacles due to their immigration status, it was hard work, determination, and grit that got them to where they are now. But because Donald Trump has rescinded the program and Congress has yet to pass a clean DREAM Act to put them on a path to citizenship, these students are in limbo:

Zarna Patel, 24, is a third-year student at Loyola who was brought to the U.S. from India as a 3-year-old without any legal documents. Her DACA permit expires in January, and she’s trying to renew it so she can continue medical school rotations that require clinical work. If she’s able to work in U.S., Patel will work in disadvantaged areas of Illinois for four years,

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300,000 TPS recipients from El Salvador, Haiti, and Honduras wait to hear if they can stay in U.S.

Hundreds of thousands of people will find out in just a matter of weeks if they’ll be able to continue to live their lives in the United States, or be torn from their homes or driven underground: 

The Department of Homeland Security is considering whether to extend Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to designees whose home countries are recovering from natural disasters or civil wars.

“These are folks that have been in this country for years. Some have been here for almost two decades,” said Armando Carmona, a spokesperson for the National TPS Alliance, which is leading a campaign to maintain the protection. “They work here, they’ve built families here, they have U.S. citizen children.”

Expiration dates for the protection vary by country, with Nicaragua and Honduras facing Jan. 5 expiration dates. DHS decisions on whether they’ll get extensions are expected by Nov. 6.

About 50,000 Haitians have

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‘What happened to him is cruelty’: Yale senior fights for dad’s release from ICE detention

More than 22,000 people have signed a petition in support of Melecio Andazola Marquez, an undocumented father who went into a USCIS appointment earlier this month for what he thought was a routine visit, only to be arrested by ICE agents. His daughter, Yale University senior Viviana, spurred to action, organizing an ICE phone banking station that drew hundreds of her classmates.

But while Melecio is not alone in spirit, he remains in detention, separated from his family—including four U.S. citizen kids—and at risk of deportation. What happened to him is not an appropriate application of the law — it is cruelty,” Viviana writes in her New York Times op-ed. “It’s not just my dad’s story. Under President Trump, every undocumented person living in the United States is a target, a deportation priority”:

My father is undocumented but has lived in the United States since 1998. He has raised four children,

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‘Disturbing’: Advocates slam report Trump administration may seek even more vetting for refugees

It’s been more than three weeks since Stephen Paddock opened fire on concertgoers in Las Vegas, Nevada, killing nearly 60 Americans and injuring over 500 others. According to Mother Jones, more than half of all mass shootings since 1982 have been committed by white men. But that fact doesn’t fit in this racist administration’s white supremacist narrative, which is why Reuters reports that the Trump regime is instead considering taking more steps to make it even more difficult for refugees to come to the U.S.

Refugees are already among the most vetted group of individuals entering the U.S., so the administration’s red tape is intentional. “When you put in additional security checks you can basically halt the system,” said Robert Carey, the former director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement under Obama:

The administration also may expand the use of intensive security checks by multiple federal agencies, called

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Trump is setting the stage for a brutal government shutdown fight

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Are we headed for a Hanukkah government shutdown? If Congress doesn’t pass a spending bill—requiring eight Democratic votes in the Senate—by midnight on December 15, the federal government will shut down. Thanks to Donald Trump, though, the list of legislative priorities that must be resolved just keeps growing: 

Once Obamacare repeal failed, the only major item on Republicans’ agenda for the rest of the year was supposed to be tax reform. But then Trump announced his administration planned to sunset the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, putting upward of 600,000 unauthorized immigrants in limbo; and that it would end the Affordable Care Act’s subsidy payments, a move that will increase premiums for Americans and dig a deeper hole in the national deficit. Trump is forcing Congress’s hand to act, but he hasn’t given a clear or realistic policy directive on immigration or health care.

Congress also keeps putting

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Lifesaving ‘Border Angels’ leave jugs of water for migrants along the U.S./Mexico border

Humanitarian group Border Angels estimates that since 1994, some 10,000 migrants have lost their lives attempting to cross the U.S./Mexico border, dying of dehydration and exposure in the searing desert sun, where temperatures can climb as high as 127 degrees during the day. In Brooks County, Texas, “the bodies and remains of more than 550 undocumented migrants have been discovered.” Hundreds of unidentified bodies, with no way for them to be claimed, are buried in graves in California, Arizona, and Texas, some with markers from Border Angels reading “Not forgotten” and “In our hearts.” But just as important as bringing dignity to the dead is the work Border Angels does for the living. Mother Jones’ Al Kamalizado:

Border Angels is an immigrant-advocacy group that organizes hikes into the southern California desert to distribute water along various routes for migrants crossing the US-Mexico border. Last month, along

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Sessions’ Dept. of Justice will say anything to prevent an undocumented immigrant’s right to choose

On Friday, a panel of the D.C. Circuit’s U.S. Court of Appeals entered an order preventing a 17-year-old undocumented woman in federal detention from exercising her constitutional right to choose. This happened despite the fact that she had already sought and received an order from a Texas state court judge confirming that she was mature enough to make this decision on her own, and that all she needed was the same freedom to visit her doctor for the purposes of terminating her pregnancy, which the Trump/Sessions Department of Justice (DOJ) would readily grant if she were continuing her pregnancy.

Over the weekend, the ACLU filed an emergency petition calling for for the entire D.C. Circuit to review this case, and it makes the same strong arguments as Judge Patricia Ann Millett’s dissent on Friday: time is of the essence, given that Jane Doe is 15 ½ weeks pregnant, her constitutional rights are clear,

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‘We don’t need a warrant’: ICE agents illegally enter Oregon home to arrest man later released

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Carlos Bolanos and his coworker George Cardenas were painting the inside of a Salem, Oregon, home when two ICE agents stepped inside, without their permission and without a warrant, to demand ID from Bolanos, with one saying that “I have reason to believe you’re not in the country legally.” Cardenas began shooting the video when the agents refused to identify themselves and defiantly claimed that “we don’t need a warrant to come in this home. No one lives here”:

One of the agents insisted that there was no one living in the house and, because it was vacant, they didn’t need a warrant. But Cardenas said he never invited any of them inside and continued to ask them to leave. They refused.

“At what point did I say he is here?” Cardenas calmly asked the agents, who are dressed in plainclothes. “At what point did I say

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Lawyers for immigrant teen take her fight for an abortion to full appeals court in Washington, D.C.

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On Friday, Oct. 20, an appeals court in Washington, D.C., ruled that the Trump administration cannot block a 17-year-old undocumented immigrant woman in a detention facility from getting an abortion. In case you are keeping count, that’s now two individual judges (one at the state level, one at the federal level) and an appeals court panel of three judges that have all come to the same conclusion: this young woman has the right to have an abortion if she wants one. Yet the administration is still persisting in its attempt to force this woman into motherhood. 

Despite three court rulings that have been on her side, it is still a real possibility that Jane Doe, as the teen is known, will not get the abortion that she seeks. In Friday’s ruling, while the court said the administration couldn’t block her from an abortion, they also gave immigration authorities

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Attempting to tear the heart out of the American dream

From the podium of the White House press room, senior adviser Stephen Miller stridently stood before America and the world this week and essentially declared that as far as Donald Trump is concerned, the American dream is over.  

The idea that this nation is a refuge for those seeking freedom, that we are open and welcoming to those who hope to improve not just their own station in life but the station of their children, and their children’s children? That is simply not something that our president is interested.

Under Trump’s proposed stricter immigration rules requiring proficiency in English and “high skills,” Trump’s own grandfather Friedrich Trump, who immigrated at age 16 and originally worked as a barber (a trade he had apprenticed in because he was considered too sickly to join his brothers and sisters in the grape fields), would not have been allowed into America from his native Germany.

This argument between Miller and CNN’s Jim Acosta is fairly jarring,

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The timing of Trump’s most white nationalist week yet is no coincidence

The bait and switch: it’s one of the oldest tricks in politics—one of the oldest tricks in life. It’s a fundamentally dishonest ploy, and typically appeals to vulnerable people’s most base instincts in order to get them to, as the term suggests, take the bait. Donald Trump is a master at it.

Trump’s Electoral College victory relied heavily on support from white working-class voters. According to data from the Voter Study Group analyzed by Lee Drutman, Trump won 27 percent of the “populists”—people who are economically left-of-center, i.e. supporters of social spending in general, but conservative on racial and cultural identity issues—who had voted for Barack Obama four years earlier. Furthermore, 14 percent of these Obama-voting populists picked a minor party candidate in 2016. Hillary Clinton won only 59 percent of the populists who went for Obama. On the flip side, Trump held on to 93 percent of the populists who had voted for

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Economist: U.S. workers ‘more likely to lose than to gain from immigration restrictions’

It’s a fact that undocumented immigrants bilk the Secret Service for leased office space and take extravagant golfing vacations at the expense of taxpayer dol—oh wait, that’s someone else. What is a fact, however, is that undocumented immigrants, contrary to the lies fed by the Tweeter-in-Chief, aren’t eligible for public benefits. They also contribute an estimated $12 billion a year in local and state taxes, which means they add to a Social Security fund they’ll never be able to access. Donald Trump claims he wants to protect American workers through his neo-Nazi-endorsed “legal” immigration bill—it’s really an attempt to cut down on non-white immigration—but he should really listen to the experts, not Richard Spencer:

When the federal government banned the use of farmworkers from Mexico in 1964, California’s tomato growers did not enlist Americans to harvest the fragile crop. They replaced the lost workers with tomato-picking machines.

The Trump administration

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Economist: U.S. workers ‘more likely to lose than to gain from immigration restrictions’

It’s a fact that undocumented immigrants bilk the Secret Service for leased office space and take extravagant golfing vacations at the expense of taxpayer dol—oh wait, that’s someone else. What is a fact, however, is that undocumented immigrants, contrary to the lies fed by the Tweeter-in-Chief, aren’t eligible for public benefits. They also contribute an estimated $12 billion a year in local and state taxes, which means they add to a Social Security fund they’ll never be able to access. Donald Trump claims he wants to protect American workers through his neo-Nazi-endorsed “legal” immigration bill—it’s really an attempt to cut down on non-white immigration—but he should really listen to the experts, not Richard Spencer:

When the federal government banned the use of farmworkers from Mexico in 1964, California’s tomato growers did not enlist Americans to harvest the fragile crop. They replaced the lost workers with tomato-picking machines.

The Trump administration

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Economist: U.S. workers ‘more likely to lose than to gain from immigration restrictions’

It’s a fact that undocumented immigrants bilk the Secret Service for leased office space and take extravagant golfing vacations at the expense of taxpayer dol—oh wait, that’s someone else. What is a fact, however, is that undocumented immigrants, contrary to the lies fed by the Tweeter-in-Chief, aren’t eligible for public benefits. They also contribute an estimated $12 billion a year in local and state taxes, which means they add to a Social Security fund they’ll never be able to access. Donald Trump claims he wants to protect American workers through his neo-Nazi-endorsed “legal” immigration bill—it’s really an attempt to cut down on non-white immigration—but he should really listen to the experts, not Richard Spencer:

When the federal government banned the use of farmworkers from Mexico in 1964, California’s tomato growers did not enlist Americans to harvest the fragile crop. They replaced the lost workers with tomato-picking machines.

The Trump administration

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Unshackled ICE agents have arrested dozens of immigrants at New York courthouses

If you’re looking for an example of how a newly unshackled Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is terrorizing immigrants in the Trump era, just look to New York state. In just the first six months of 2017, federal immigration agents have arrested 53 immigrants in or around courthouses, compared to 11 arrests in 2016. The Trump regime has continued to ignore the pleas of four state Supreme Court chief justices to make courthouses “sensitive locations” off-limits to immigration enforcement, and acting Brooklyn district attorney Eric Gonzalez said the sweeps are having their intended effect to sow fear into immigrant communities: “Witnesses are not willing to come forward and cooperate.”

But, as the New York Times reports, “there’s a new game afoot”:

In New York City, judges, defense lawyers and clients have been on high alert for months, watching to see if immigration enforcement officers, many in plain clothes,

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Unshackled ICE agents have arrested dozens of immigrants at New York courthouses

If you’re looking for an example of how a newly unshackled Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is terrorizing immigrants in the Trump era, just look to New York state. In just the first six months of 2017, federal immigration agents have arrested 53 immigrants in or around courthouses, compared to 11 arrests in 2016. The Trump regime has continued to ignore the pleas of four state Supreme Court chief justices to make courthouses “sensitive locations” off-limits to immigration enforcement, and acting Brooklyn district attorney Eric Gonzalez said the sweeps are having their intended effect to sow fear into immigrant communities: “Witnesses are not willing to come forward and cooperate.”

But, as the New York Times reports, “there’s a new game afoot”:

In New York City, judges, defense lawyers and clients have been on high alert for months, watching to see if immigration enforcement officers, many in plain clothes,

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Trump will need to seize private land for his wall, but he doesn’t know how much that costs either

We know now from Donald Trump himself that his promise that Mexico was going to pay for that fucking wall was nothing more than a ruse to perk up the bored racists in his audience. It’s a $70 billion environmental disaster that a majority of American voters don’t want. But it’s a Friday, so let’s be generous for a moment. If—and that’s a big if—Trump manages to begin some sort of photo-op construction on a mile or two using U.S. taxpayer dollars, there’s still a question of how to build a wall on all that private land that doesn’t belong to the U.S. government in the first place. Yes, the federal government has the power of eminent domain, but that costs money, and no one has really discussed that specific amount.

So, Hawaii’s Mazie Hirono, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and all-around bad-ass, demanded some answers:

Sen. Mazie Hirono

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