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Select Articles | The Challenges and Opportunities of Undocumented Immigrants, Week Ending June 16, 2018

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  • The Politics of Marginalizing the ‘Other’ * The delusion of deporting the country’s troubles away by banishing “criminal aliens” * I Don't Need to 'Understand' Anyone Who Still Supports This President * Border Patrol Kicked, Punched Migrant Children, Threatened Some With Sexual Abuse, ACLU Alleges * ‘It’s Horrendous’: The Heartache of a Migrant Boy Taken From His Father.
  • Related: Trump, critics trade angry immigration charges, falsehoods.

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The Politics of Marginalizing the ‘Other’, Klaus Marre and DonkeyHotey, Who.What.Why. 

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January 28, 2018 | The Trump administration and allied news outlets are rallying disenchanted whites around the idea that Hispanics are to blame for their position in society. Their rhetoric and actions send a clear message: Brown people are not welcome here.
MAGA Is No More Than a Hollow Nationalistic Slogan

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/ICE%20Police%20Officer.jpgThe delusion of deporting the country’s troubles away by banishing “criminal aliens”, David L. Wilson, Truthout / Salon 

On April 17 the Supreme Court handed down a ruling that limited some of the excuses the government can use for deporting people. At issue in the case, Sessions v. Dimaya, was the meaning of “crime of violence” in immigration law; immigration judges have relied on this very broad category to order some non-citizens deported as “criminal aliens.” The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in 2015 that the category was unconstitutionally vague and therefore not a basis for deportation, and the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision upheld the Ninth Circuit’s ruling.

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I Don't Need to 'Understand' Anyone Who Still Supports This President*. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Trump%20Speaks%20at%20a%20Rally.jpgJune 8, 2018 | The New York Times had a story on Friday that should’ve brought shame and derision upon anyone who voted for the racist monster in the White House, and upon the racist monster that the other racist monster installed at the head of the Department of Justice. The United States government is now committing human rights atrocities within its own borders and against the most vulnerable people it can find. I don’t need to “understand,” much less take seriously, anyone who still supports this president* and his administration* because, if you do, you’ve taken the idea of America and run battery acid through its veins.

What his administration* is doing to these migrant children is a national disgrace.

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Border Patrol Kicked, Punched Migrant Children, Threatened Some With Sexual Abuse, ACLU Alleges, Gillian Edevane, Newsweek 

http://s.newsweek.com/sites/www.newsweek.com/files/styles/full/public/2018/05/23/gettyimages-953089246.jpg Central American migrants travelling in the 'Migrant Via Crucis' caravan sleep outside 'El Chaparral' port of entry to US while waiting to be received by US authorities, in Tijuana, Baja California State, Mexico on April 30, 2018. Guillermo Arias/AFP/Getty Images

The ACLU released a new report detailing abuse allegations minors have made against CBP officers. 5/23/18 | Migrant children under the care of United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) were allegedly beaten, threatened with sexual violence and repeatedly assaulted while in custody between 2009 and 2014, according to a report released Wednesday from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School.

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‘It’s Horrendous’: The Heartache of a Migrant Boy Taken From His Father. Miriam Jordan, New York (NY) Times

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Immigrant%20Youngster%27s%20Drawing%20of%20His%20Family.jpgJune 7, 2018 | When he landed in Michigan in late May, all the weary little boy carried was a trash bag stuffed with dirty clothes from his dayslong trek across Mexico, and two small pieces of paper — one a stick-figure drawing of his family from Honduras, the other a sketch of his father, who had been arrested and led away after they arrived at the United States border in El Paso.

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Trump, critics trade angry immigration charges, falsehoods. Jill Colvin, Associated Press  / Minneapolis (MN) StarTribune

 

http://stmedia.stimg.co/1527527223_10003361+Trump+Memorial+Day.JPG?w=525President Donald Trump speaks at the Memorial Amphitheater in Arlington National Cemetery on Memorial Day, Monday, May 28, 2018 in Arlington, Va. / Alex Brandon, Associated Press <ap.org>

  • Misleading tweets by liberal activists fuel Trump.
  • Related: How Liberals and Their Talking Points Are Fueling the Alt-Right and Trump

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Special Report | Obama Paved the Way for a Torturer to Become CIA Director

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  • Part 1: Ray McGovern: Will A Torturer Become CIA Director
  • Gina Haspel faced a confirmation hearing on Wednesday to become CIA director despite her record of supporting torture, which even the Pentagon admitted does not work
  • Part 2: Jeremy Scahill: Obama Paved Way for Haspel to Head CIA by Failing to Hold Torturers Accountable
  • The elephant in the room of all of this is that the CIA and the U.S. military’s darkest elements, they’re in a golden era right now.

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Part 1: Ray McGovern: Will A Torturer Become CIA Director

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America, the Jesuit weekly, asked Ray to do a short article on Gina Haspel before Wednesday’s hearing on her nomination to head the CIA.  First, Ray sets out to disabuse America readers of the notion that “torture works.”  He then delves into the moral implications and hits so close to home that the editors end up withholding an imprimatur to protect one of their own.  Actually, the whole thing is really sad — you might even say scandalous.

Ray McGovern, Ray McGovern.com / Consortium News

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May 8, 2018 | The Senate Intelligence Committee is scheduled on Wednesday to decide whether to recommend that Gina Haspel be confirmed as director of the Central Intelligence Agency. The mind boggles.

It is no secret that Haspel oversaw detainee torture, including waterboarding, at a CIA “black site” base in Thailand. The nonprofit National Security Archive, housed at The George Washington University, reports that Haspel later drafted a cable ordering the destruction of dozens of videotapes of torture sessions, including some from before her arrival. Haspel also helped feed repeated lies about the supposed effectiveness of torture to CIA superiors, Congress, and two presidents.

https://consortiumnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Ray-Headshot-cropped-150x150.jpeg Ray McGovern works with Tell the Word, a publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Savior in inner-city Washington, D.C.. A Fordham alumnus, he spent 27 years as a CIA analyst, from the Kennedy administration to the first Bush administration. He holds a certificate in theological studies from Georgetown and is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

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Part 2: Jeremy Scahill: Obama Paved Way for Haspel to Head CIA by Failing to Hold Torturers Accountable

The elephant in the room of all of this is that the CIA and the U.S. military’s darkest elements, they’re in a golden era right now. Trump is an ideal person for them. Establishment neocons hate the man, but they love what’s going on right now. And, unfortunately, they’re in an alliance increasingly with liberals.

http://cache.boston.com/resize/bonzai-fba/Globe_Photo/2010/09/18/1284856024_4238/300h.jpg May 10, 2018 | On Capitol Hill Wednesday, President Trump’s nominee to head the CIA, Gina Haspel, announced she would not restart the CIA’s interrogation program. But she repeatedly refused to call the CIA’s post-9/11 treatment of prisoners “torture,” and declined to state whether she believes torture is immoral. Haspel’s comments came in testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee, as she made her case to become the first woman to head the agency. Haspel is a 33-year CIA veteran who was responsible for running a secret CIA black site in Thailand in 2002, where one prisoner was waterboarded and tortured in other ways. Haspel also oversaw the destruction of videotapes showing torture at the black site. At least two Republican senators have come out against her—Rand Paul and John McCain, who said her “role in overseeing the use of torture is disturbing & her refusal to acknowledge torture’s immorality is disqualifying.” But Haspel may still be confirmed with the help of Democratic lawmakers. Democratic Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia has already announced he will back Haspel.

We speak with Jeremy Scahill, co-founder of the Intercept and host of the weekly podcast “Intercepted.”

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What we know about illegal immigration from Mexico

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Here’s what we know about illegal immigration from Mexico.

Ana Gonzalez-Barrera and Jens Manuel Krogstad, Pew Research Center

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March 2, 2017 | There were 11.7 million immigrants from Mexico living in the U.S. in 2014, and about half of them were in the country illegally, according to Pew Research Center estimates. Mexico is the country’s largest source of immigrants, making up 28% of all U.S. immigrants.

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/INS%20Visa%20Approval%20Stamp_0.jpgWith President Donald Trump’s administration taking steps to reduce the number of unauthorized immigrants in the U.S. — including through the construction of a wall at the southern border — here’s what we know about illegal immigration from Mexico.

http://www.pewresearch.org/files/2016/05/Ana-G.jpgAna Gonzalez-Barrera is a senior researcher focusing on Hispanics, immigration and demographics at Pew Research Center.

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Jens Manuel Krogstad is a writer/editor focusing on Hispanics, immigration and demographics at Pew Research Center.
 

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The Isolation Of Julian Assange Is The Silencing Of Us All

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  • If there is no freedom of speech for Julian Assange, there is no freedom of speech for any of us — regardless of the disparate opinions we hold.
  • Related: Rachel Meeropol on Illegal Detentions,

John Pilger, Dissident Voice

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April 3rd, 2018 | In this letter, twenty-seven writers, journalists, film-makers, artists, academics, former intelligence officers and democrats call on the government of Ecuador to allow Julian Assange his right of freedom of speech.

https://dissidentvoice.org/wp-content/themes/dissident/images/header.jpg If it was ever clear that the case of Julian Assange was never just a legal case, but a struggle for the protection of basic human rights, it is now.

John Pilger is an internationally renowned investigative journalist and documentary filmmaker. His latest film is The War on Democracy. His most recent book is Freedom Next Time: Resisting the Empire (2006).

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Rachel Meeropol on Illegal Detentions, Rachel Meeropol, Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR)

https://fair.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/John-Ashcroft.jpg Former US Attorney John Ashcroft

It seems to me incredibly relevant that the communities likely to be subjected to discriminatory and arbitrary national security policies are black and brown communities … . That it seems that the rights of those individuals maybe don’t weigh quite as heavily as the rights of others, and that’s something we have to confront.

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