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Meet the lawyers who dropped everything to work for free rescuing airport detainees

  • When word came down that, thanks to President Donald Trump’s Friday executive order, visitors and would-be immigrants to the United States were being detained at airports across the country, an ad hoc contingent of lawyers sprang into action. 
  • While thousands protested outside the nation’s international airports, the lawyers’ mission was simple: show up at airports, talk to families of detained travelers caught up in Trump’s Muslim ban and offer legal services pro bono.

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This is a great idea! Since republicans are so deplorable, California should not have any. California should only have liberals, progressives and democrats. California should also have no immigration laws. Everyone welcome, because you cannot discriminate against people! California should have no police, because they are all racist, no military because they only want war, and no corporations because they are capitalist. California should have free healthcare for all. This would be great for them.



When he was in prison, Lorenzo Palma strongly suspected he was an American citizen. He had spent his whole life in the United States, and he knew his grandfather was born in El Paso, Texas, in 1914.

Palma had served five years for an assault conviction and was about to be released on parole, but immigration officials had stopped his release because they wanted to deport him. They said he wasn’t a U.S. citizen.

So in the summer of 2014, Palma found himself among dozens of inmates about to face an immigration judge in Huntsville, Texas. “They would sit us by groups of 10 and they would start deporting left and right,” he said.

Getting the paperwork to prove his citizenship was hard: He didn’t have money to call his mother in El Paso, Texas, so he was forced to send letters asking her to find the documents.

When it was Palma’s turn in court, Judge Richard Walton was short. Palma tried to explain that he was an American. But Walton simply asked Palma if he wanted time to get a lawyer; Palma said yes. Court recordings obtained by NPR show that Palma then softly asked Walton what his chances were of staying in the country.

You Say You’re An American, But What If You Had To Prove It Or Be Deported?

Photos: Bree Lamb for NPR
Women Are Leading The Resistance Against Trump
Who run the world... er... resistance against authoritarian forces?

Here’s a quick rundown of nine of the women who have dedicated their time, power and political capital to upholding the democratic principles on which the United States was founded ― even under Trump:

Former Acting Attorney General Sally Q. Yates

Sent a letter to top attorneys at the Department of Justice instructing them not to defend President Trump’s executive order banning immigration from the Muslim-majority countries

U.S. District Judge Ann Donnelly

The first judge to rule on a lawsuit filed in opposition to President Trump’s executive order

 U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema

Within an hour of Donnelly’s rulling, Judge Brinkema issued a temporary restraining order, blocking the deportation of green card holders who were being detained at Dulles International Airport. She also ruled that lawyers must be allowed access to the Dulles detainees.

U.S. District Judge Allison Burroughs and Magistrate Judge Judith Dein

Issued a seven-day restraining order from Massachusetts blocking the executive order, which not only prevents the deportation of detainees, but also the detention of approved refugees, as well as visa and green card holders from the seven countries specified in President Trump’s executive order.

Tamika Mallory, Linda Sarsour, Bob Bland and Carmen Perez

Co-chairs of the Women’s March on Washington

something that frustrates me about the whole “not my president”/“doesn’t share the values of this country” rhetoric is that he DOES

he DOES share the values of this country and to act like he does not and like this is atypical is to reject the past several hundred years of US and US colonial history.

our failure as white people has been collective, a collective refusal to fully look the past in the face and speak honestly about what we have done–we haven’t even done that, let alone made genuine steps to repairing the harm of generations done to generations.

we can see this everywhere we look, from the 3/5s clause to the oregon constitution, from slavery, the electoral college, the failure of the ERA to pass to the first anti-immigrant laws (which were also the first anti-sex worker laws), the gutting of the VRA, the gutting of the right to abortion–we are not the country that we pretend to be and we never have been.

whenever a new protection was proffered to a new group it was done unwillingly, half heartedly, a quarter-assedly, and only after great and massive protest.

we are not the country that we pretend to be and we never have been.

so yes, this is our president. millions of people don’t deserve him, but white people, we did create him. he shares most of the foundational values of this country: disrespect of women, distrust of people of colour; self interest and interest in capital above rights; and a willingness to say things to appease people with no intention of follow through or a direct intent to lie. ask any native american and they’ll tell you: this is a foundational bedrock trait of the united states of america.

he is OUR president as white people. whether we’re queer or women or both, this is still on us, who knew (or should have known) better. this is on every white person ever. we should have been undoing this for decades, we should have pressed the issue, we should have gone harder and we didn’t.

i don’t want him, i hope we can get rid of him, but he is most definitely OURS and a deus ex machina save to hillary WOULD NOT relieve us of culpability and responsibility.

we gotta change.

trump is our ugly white face in the mirror, and we have to change that.
Alabama immigration: crops rot as workers vanish to avoid crackdown
The day before harsh new laws came into effect, Brian Cash had 65 Hispanic men picking tomatoes. Now he has none
By Ed Pilkington

One of the downsides of trying to run undocumented migrants out of America is that there is no one left to do the hard work of farming.  As all Americans are about to find out when their grocery bills skyrocket…

What do you ask Santa for when you are a child locked up by the US government?

At an immigration detention center in Pennsylvania, a group of 19 children – some as young as two – are about to spend their second consecutive Christmas essentially behind bars as immigration laws leave them in limbo.

The Guardian published their Christmas wishlists – all of which asked for freedom.

‘To leave here with my mommy’

“Dear Santa, this Christmas I would like: Frozen-themed headphones, shoes, an iPad, candy, a skateboard, to leave here with my mommy. I am 6 years old.” 

‘To be with the person waiting for me’

“Dear Santa Clos? I am a girl who has her whole life ahead of her and I want the same freedom as any other girl and on this day, the only thing I ask is to be with the person who is waiting for me on the outside and that person has a very tiny heart [she is referring to her little sister].”

‘Roast beef pupusas’

“Dear Santa, I love computers, PlayStation, go to the beach, video games, but in here it’s not allowed. That’s why I want my liberty. I also love roast beef pupusas. I’m six years old.”

‘My liberty and more things’

“Dear Santa Claus, I want a present and that present should be my liberty and more things. I’m two years old.”


Toronto U professor:
-The word ‘radical’ is problematic
-Caliphate and Sharia law is normal and not extremist

“Even the word ‘radicalization’ is a problem […] Because anyone who supports sharia is considered an extremist.”

“But from an Islamic point of view there is absolutely nothing radical about wanting a caliphate, wanting sharia. It’s a completely normal, traditional point of view.

This professor is on so many layers of tolerance she needs to watch out she doesn’t inadvertently redpill all her students.

Latinos report more than twice as much discrimination as a decade ago, study shows

  • In a study published in the online journal Social Science & Medicine — Population Health, researchers found that 68% of Latinos reported some kind of discrimination from fellow Americans. 
  • Researchers named anti-immigration laws like Arizona’s SB-1070 as one source of the anti-Latino sentiment.
  •  They also discussed the unintended effects of anti-Latino discrimination, namely its effects on Latino health. Read more

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Alabama immigration: crops rot as workers vanish to avoid crackdown | US news | The Guardian

georgia was just the start and now it’s gaining traction.

Brian Cash can put a figure to the cost of Alabama’s new immigration law: at least $100,000. That’s the value of the tomatoes he has personally ripening out in his fields and that are going unpicked because his Hispanic workforce vanished literally overnight.

For generations, Cash’s family have farmed 125 acres atop the Chandler mountain, a plateau in the north of the state about nine miles long and two miles wide. It’s perfect tomato-growing country – the soil is sandy and rich, and the elevation provides a breeze that keeps frost at bay and allows early planting.

For four months every year he employs almost exclusively Hispanic male workers to pick the harvest. This year he had 64 men out in the fields.
Then HB56 came into effect, the new law that makes it a crime not to carry valid immigration documents and forces the police to check on anyone they suspect may be in the country illegally.

“For all the white people looking at Canada’s immigration website. You DO NOT get to colonize an entire country, murder all of the indigenous people, enslave African people and force them to build your infrastructure, pass anti-immigration laws to keep out refugees from countries where the US has started wars and then LEAVE THE COUNTRY because you elected a president who ran on the same racist and xenophobic ideals that built this country.”

-Amina Maya

Trump’s America won’t be kind to immigrants, the country’s largest police union predicts

  • The Fraternal Order of Police, America’s largest labor union of police officers, gearing up for the Trump administration.
  • The FOP circulated an internal document outlining what its members should expect in the first 100 days of Trump’s presidency. 
  • The document was leaked to the public last weekend.
  • The two-page document outlined 15 actions the incoming president could take using his executive authority. 
  • They include ending Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which provides temporary relief from deportation for undocumented immigrants who arrived in America as children
  • 728,000 such immigrants, known as “dreamers,” have registered with the program since 2012, according to the federal government. 
  • The Trump administration may also expand 287(g), known as the “Secure Communities” program, which allows local law enforcement agencies to enforce federal immigration law.
  • James Pasco, Jr., executive director of the FOP, said that the union was not offering suggestions for the Trump administration. 
  • Rather, it merely outlined what FOP members should prepare for based on comments Trump made on the campaign trail. Read more

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A Trump Adviser Was Photographed Holding A Plan To Question Immigrants About “Sharia Law”
Kris Kobach's plan also includes reducing the intake of Syrian immigrants to zero.
By Mary Ann Georgantopoulos

The Kansas Secretary of State was photographed holding a “strategic plan” before a meeting with President-elect Donald Trump on Sunday that includes ways barring immigrants from entering the US, including asking about “support of Sharia law, jihad, equality of men and women, and the United States Constitution” and reintroducing a registry.

Kris Kobach, reportedly jockeying for a position in the Trump administration, is an immigration hardliner reportedly advising Trump and was the author of a now-defunct post-9/11 registry program, called NSEERS, for immigrants from Muslim countries.

Kobach and Trump posed for photographers before their meeting at Trump’s Bedminster, New Jersey golf course. Kobach was holding a stack of papers — the front of which was partially visible.


While the front page is partially covered by Kobach’s hand and arm, the top portion is visible and mentions questioning “high-risk” immigrants as a way to apparently fight terrorism.

A former homeland security expert told BuzzFeed News that NSEERS would, logistically, be relatively easy to re-implement. The document also called for reducing the “intake of Syrian refugees to zero.”

I am feeling sad and angry today, so I painted one of my favorite symbols of America.

At the time the Statue of Liberty was placed, immigration to the US was still limited to “free white persons of good character.”

The Statue of Liberty was dedicated just two years after the Chinese Exclusion Act, which prohibited all Chinese immigration.

The Statue of Liberty became a national monument in 1924, the same year Arabs and Asians were banned from immigration(Africans were restricted).

The Immigration Act of 1924 established a preference for specific immigrant groups that would “preserve the ideal of America homogeneity.”

And this is why the Statue of Liberty means a lot to me. She has been physically present through a history of racist immigration laws. But her message of hope, and solidarity, and welcome still remain aspirational. She is not what America *is*, she is what America could be.

And that is why I, as an immigrant(from a majority Muslim country, no less), get teary every goddamn time I think of the Statue of Liberty.