Mexican people, we are not going to pay any single cent for such a stupid wall, and they need to know that. And it’s going to be completely useless.

Former Mexican President Felipe Calderon in response to Donald Trump’s repeated claims that Mexico will pay for a proposed border wall between the United States and Mexico. 

Trump responded in usual Trump fashion with ignorance and insults.

Donald Trump cracks anchor baby joke about Jorge Ramos

Now that Donald Trump and Univision have settled their $500 million lawsuit over the network’s dumping of Trump’s Miss Universe pageant, Trump has agreed to an interview with Jorge Ramos. Ramos was the journalist Trump threw out of an August press conference. In light of this potential interview, Trump cracked a joke at the expense of million of immigrants.


A propos de la notion d’afflux de migrants et réfugiés en Europe

Source : Monique Chemillier-Gendreau (juriste, professeur émérite à Paris VII et Présidente d’honneur de l’Association française des juristes démocrates), dans l’entretien “L’Europe des camps” (dans la série d’entretiens Penser Critique, réalisée par Thomas Lacoste - que je vous recommande d’ailleurs).

Il est important de noter que cet entretien a été réalisé en 2007, les chiffres sont donc différents aujourd’hui.

Néanmoins, si l’on regarde par exemple la courbe de l'excédent migratoire (entrants - sortants) en France rapporté à la population française totale, voici ce que l’on obtient (en se basant sur les chiffres de l’INSEE : x, x) :

(Pour info, le pic en 1962 correspond à la fin de la guerre d’Algérie.)

On voit donc que “l’afflux exceptionnel” de ces dernières années, dont on nous rebat les oreilles, est en réalité un mythe, et que, pour la France, on est en-dessous des chiffres de 2007.

Sur les 1 millions de migrants et réfugiés entrant en Europe dont parle la presse (on n’a pas encore de chiffres officiels sur 2015), si la France prenait équitablement sa part, elle accueillerait environ 127.000 personnes. Pour rappel et à titre de comparaison, la France avait accueilli sans aucun problème 120.000 réfugiés vietnamiens et cambodgiens en 1979, à une époque où la France ne comptait que 53,5 millions de personnes, et où on était également dans un contexte de crise économique.

Donc la prochaine fois que vous lirez ou entendrez parler de ce fameux “afflux”, prenez un peu de recul, et demandez-vous pourquoi on essaye de vous faire peur.

sayheyala asked:

What happens if there's a tie vote in the supreme court?

In a nutshell, when there’s a tie, the Lower Court’s decision stands. (This is the decision appealed to SCOTUS).

Other questions: What does this mean for [specific cases] this term (clean air, abortion rights, immigration, unions, voting, Paris Climate Convention, affirmative action, ObamaCare birth control coverage, etc.)

I’m gathering the sources as I write, so for the time being, here’s an excerpt from a Vox article (with links to Gov Docs). I’ll post the official sources later tonight.

via Vox

In the case of a tie, the lower court’s decision is upheld and no precedent is set. The court traditionally does not issue an opinion.

Here are some of the most consequential cases still pending before the court. It’s not clear that all of them were likely to result in 5-4 splits, but here’s what could happen if they end up as a 4-4 tie:

  • Whole Women’s Health v. Cole: A challenge to the Texas law that has closed about half of the state’s abortion clinics since 2013, and the first major abortion case in nearly a decade. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled largely in favor of the law, meaning a tie would leave it in place without setting a new precedent on abortion.
  • US v. Texas: The challenge to President Obama’s 2014 executive action on immigration, which would protect about 4 million people — including unauthorized immigrants who’d come to the US as children and are now older than 30, as well as some parents of US citizens or permanent residents  — from deportation. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the Obama administration in November; a tie would uphold that decision.
  • Evenwel v. Abbott: A case considering whether all residents or only eligible voters should be counted when drawing state legislative districts. Counting those who are not eligible to vote — convicted felons, immigrants who are not citizens, and children, among others — generally helps Democrats; not counting those people would give a bigger voice to white and rural voters. The lower court, the US District Court for the western district of Texas, held that everyone should be counted; a tie would uphold that.
  • Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association: A case challenging whether public employees who are not members of a union can be required to pay an “agency fee” or “fair share fee” to cover the cost of collective bargaining for the contract that also applies to them. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the California nonunion teachers who argued they should not have to pay, but they did so for the case to be appealed to the Supreme Court, which would have to overturn a precedent to find in the nonunion teachers’ favor.
  • Zubik v. Burwell: A challenge to the Obama administration’s accommodation for religious nonprofits who object to being required to offer health insurance covering birth control. (The nonprofits themselves are not required to pay for the coverage, but they must submit a form so that the insurers themselves will do so.) The Third Circuit Court of Appeals found the accommodation is not a burden on religious freedom.
  • Fisher v. Texas: A challenge to Texas’ use of affirmative action in admissions that the court has already decided once before, in 2013, and sent back to a lower court. Justice Elena Kagan has recused herself because she dealt with the case as solicitor general, meaning only seven justices will be voting on the final opinion and a tie is not possible. Anthony Kennedy is the swing vote, with the decision likely to be 4-3.

This will only take like 5 minutes of your time - my friend was born in Canada, but has spent most of his life (from first grade on) here in the US. His visa will be expiring soon, but he’s lived here for about 15 years. The US is all he knows. He needs 10,000 signatures to reach the White House (it’s an ambitious number, I know) but if you could just sign the petition it would mean so much for him!!!
Also, PLEASE reblog, this needs to pick up! He has until March!!!!!

If all goes well I’ll be drinking tea with my hubby in just 8 weeks! Of course I’m trying not to get my hopes up too high, but after double, triple, and quadruple checking our documents I am confident that we will be approved. My biometrics appointment is Tuesday and I will be shipping everything to England immediately afterwards. 

The stress of it all and the waiting is so hard especially when the one person I’d like to lean on is across an ocean and a mound of paperwork from me. Things have been a little rough to say the least. We’ve had a LOT of really big, Adult conversations, but I’m trying to keep it all in perspective.

This too shall pass.

L.A. Public Schools Will Now Be ‘Safe Zones’ Where ICE Can’t Get To Immigrant Students

The second largest public school district in the United States is taking a stand against immigration raids. Los Angeles United School District voted this week to make all of its schools a “safe zone” for students, meaning that it will not allow immigration officials to enter district property.

“In 2012, the Obama administration deported 409,849 undocumented [people], the highest number of deportations on record so far. Overall, 1.5 million undocumented [people] were deported in President Obama’s first term. And while deportations break families apart, it is hardest on children, especially those born in the United States who regularly stay behind when their parents or guardians are deported. The number of children left without guardians has tripled in the last five years, from 8,041 in 2008 to 24,481 children in 2012, and these numbers may represent only a fraction of the total number.”

Why Immigration is a Feminist Issue 

(Photo Credit: From ‪#‎ShutdownICE‬ action in San Francisco, January 26th, 2016, by Reyna Maldonado)

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We call it ‘back home’
knowing full well
that the majority of us
may never go back.
That we may spend
but a handful of weeks
in the tropic heat
and relentless traffic,
tolerating family members
we may have convinced
ourselves to have missed,
but very few will submit
to that final pull to return.
We know our land, our soil
as back home, but for many of us
it is only the home we left back,
the one we left so far behind
to be thrust into a lifelong search
of another, of another, of another.
—  Nav K, back home
"History does not repeat itself; it merely rhymes."

In the 1940s, after the fall of France to the Nazis, many Americans concluded that Nazi spies posing as Jewish refugees were flocking to the US, leading to radical immigration reform and security barriers. So, are we witnessing history replay itself now with the Syrian refugee crisis?

Image: Boarding at Hamburg Harbor. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.


White supremacist politicians in New Zealand

  1. Old white British dude comes to New Zealand
  2. Becomes a politician
  3. Campaigns for immigration into New Zealand from Asia to be banned

One of the rare decent journalists in New Zealand tears him a new one.

The rest of the media couldn’t have the decency to call it what it is. Instead the usual “was that racist?” poll pops up.

The first 40 comments that followed were 2:1 in favor of the idea that the Brown’s comments were not racist. Wouldn’t expect anything different from a bunch of inbred shitheads.

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