‘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.

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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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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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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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Sen. Tammy Duckworth introduces legislation to protect immigrant vets from deportation

Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth, a former U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and veteran of the Iraq War, has introduced a series of bills that would bar the U.S. government from deporting veterans convicted of nonviolent crimes, ensure the return of veterans who have already been deported, allow currently deported veterans to access V.A. services, and require military training locations provide naturalization services for active-duty service members. 

While there are no exact numbers, NBC News estimated that some 230 veterans have been kicked out of the U.S. after serving in the military:

“Men and women willing to wear our uniform shouldn’t be deported by the same nation they risked their lives to defend,” Duckworth said in a statement. “These pieces of legislation will help service members become citizens and help veterans who have been deported return to this country, enabling them to live here with their families, and

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DHS inspector general gives side-eye to Trump’s plan to hire 15,000 additional immigration agents

A new report from the DHS inspector general is calling bull on Donald Trump’s $3 billion dollar mass deportation plan to hire 15,000 additional immigration agents, saying that his administration would need to vet 1.2 million candidates in order to find enough qualified agents who will stick around. Quite a challenge for a man who could barely vet his own communications director.

The report also “calls into question whether DHS officials even need 15,000 new hires to target undocumented immigrants. Agency leaders have done such poor planning for what their workforce should look like, with an understaffed, poorly trained human resources operation, that they cannot justify thousands of new employees, the report says.”

With border crossings at record lows—thanks in large part $20 billion-a-year his predecessor pumped into immigration enforcement—the inspector general said that “neither [U.S. Customs and Border Protection] nor [ICE] could provide complete data to support the operational

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DHS inspector general gives side-eye to Trump’s plan to hire 15,000 additional immigration agents

A new report from the DHS inspector general is calling bull on Donald Trump’s $3 billion dollar mass deportation plan to hire 15,000 additional immigration agents, saying that his administration would need to vet 1.2 million candidates in order to find enough qualified agents who will stick around. Quite a challenge for a man who could barely vet his own communications director.

The report also “calls into question whether DHS officials even need 15,000 new hires to target undocumented immigrants. Agency leaders have done such poor planning for what their workforce should look like, with an understaffed, poorly trained human resources operation, that they cannot justify thousands of new employees, the report says.”

With border crossings at record lows—thanks in large part $20 billion-a-year his predecessor pumped into immigration enforcement—the inspector general said that “neither [U.S. Customs and Border Protection] nor [ICE] could provide complete data to support the operational

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In California, disgruntled employers may be siccing ICE on workers who report labor violations

Among the most disturbing patterns emerging in the Trump era is Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents stalking undocumented immigrants at courthouses, including targeting victims at a New York human trafficking court. The chief justices of the California Supreme Court, the Connecticut Supreme Court, the New Jersey Supreme Court, and the Rhode Island Supreme Court (so far) have all taken the extraordinary steps by condemning former Department of Homeland Security Sec. John Kelly and Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III for the actions, with California’s Tani Cantil-Sakauye writing that “we encourage the vulnerable to come to our courthouses for help. But immigration arrests, or the fear of arrests at or near courthouses, disrupt court activities and the lives of those seeking justice.”

Now ICE appears to be taking their thuggery to labor dispute proceedings in California:

Federal immigration agents have shown up twice at California

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In California, disgruntled employers may be siccing ICE on workers who report labor violations

Among the most disturbing patterns emerging in the Trump era is Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents stalking undocumented immigrants at courthouses, including targeting victims at a New York human trafficking court. The chief justices of the California Supreme Court, the Connecticut Supreme Court, the New Jersey Supreme Court, and the Rhode Island Supreme Court (so far) have all taken the extraordinary steps by condemning former Department of Homeland Security Sec. John Kelly and Attorney General Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III for the actions, with California’s Tani Cantil-Sakauye writing that “we encourage the vulnerable to come to our courthouses for help. But immigration arrests, or the fear of arrests at or near courthouses, disrupt court activities and the lives of those seeking justice.”

Now ICE appears to be taking their thuggery to labor dispute proceedings in California:

Federal immigration agents have shown up twice at California

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The wall ‘is the least important thing’: Trump finally admits he conned his supporters

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Joan McCarter covered some of the absolutely bonkers quotes from the newly released transcripts of Donald Trump’s rants—er, phone conversations—with various world leaders following his inauguration, but his call with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto about his precious border wall has to take the cake.

Sure, Trump spent the entirety of his presidential campaign boasting that the monstrosity would not only be “big and beautiful,” but that Mexico would gladly foot the estimated $70 billion dollar bill. Mexican leaders, however, have consistently said absolutely fucking not.”

So after taking office and being forced with the reality that, “Oh shit, I’m actually president now and this means I have to make good on that whole Mexico paying thing,” Trump used the call to tell Peña Nieto that if they can’t at least agree to some empty word salad to convince Trump supporters that a wall would eventually happen thanks

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This is the face of an immigrant mom whose children have just been deported

This is the face of an immigrant mom whose two sons have been deported. Just days after they were arrested and detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) despite following their rules by checking in with the agency, undocumented brothers Diego and Lizandro Claros Saravia were deported Wednesday.

Lizandro, a rising soccer star, was supposed to leave that day to begin practice at Louisburg College in North Carolina. But that’s precisely why the two brothers were arrested to begin with, according to their attorney. “The ICE agents told me they were deporting the kids because Lizandro got into college, and that showed they intended to stay in the U.S.,” he said. 

“Their attorney says was the fastest deportation process he has ever seen”:

In El Salvador, the brothers were to be met by two aunts and three grandparents. But their family here — including their parents; their older

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‘What’s the thing with boats?’ and other deep thoughts Trump shared with world leaders

Who would’ve thunk that popular vote loser Donald Trump’s completely made-up phone calls would be less unhinged than the real thing? Truth really is stranger than fiction when it comes to Trump. A day after we find out he completely fabricated telephone conversations with the leaders of both the Boy Scouts and Mexico, Trump’s real conversations with world leaders have been leaked. It’s as bad, and horribly hilarious, as you could imagine.

First, his call with Mexican President Peña Nieto on January 27, after Peña Nieto cancelled a trip to D.C. following Trump’s signing an executive order to begin construction and tweets about how Mexico is totally going to pay for it. Peña Nieto kicks it off, reiterating “we find this completely unacceptable for Mexicans to pay for the wall that you are thinking of building.”

How else is Trump going to answer? “In the latest election, I

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