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‘It Feels Like We Are Prisoners’: Migrant Children Describe Trauma At Florida Detention Center

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Lawyers say the facility violates child welfare standards, and that no minor should be held at Homestead for more than 20 days.
Related: Trump’s border cruelty is a test of our national character.

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Angelina Chapin, Huffington Post

5/31/2019 | Immigrant children described being put in isolation for eight days, deprived of physical touch and constantly sobbing at a temporary detention center in Homestead, Florida, according to a motion filed by immigration lawyers on Friday.

The lawyers claim the facility violates child welfare standards, and want a court order stating the government cannot hold children at Homestead for more than 20 days.

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Trump’s border cruelty is a test of our national character. Jim Hightower, Hightower Lowdown

  • https://hightowerlowdown.org/wp-content/uploads/2018-07_Familias-750x400.jpgThis is not just a matter of Trump’s character, but also of ours. Our government’s immigration policies raise a fundamental question about our people’s moral fortitude: Will we as a society stand up to our own xenophobic, demagogic government pressing us to abandon–no, to betray–America’s historic democratic values?
  • Related: Trump is lying about immigrant crime – and the research proves it.


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Trump’s border cruelty is a test of our national character.


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  • This is not just a matter of Trump’s character, but also of ours. Our government’s immigration policies raise a fundamental question about our people’s moral fortitude: Will we as a society stand up to our own xenophobic, demagogic government pressing us to abandon–no, to betray–America’s historic democratic values?
  • Related: Trump is lying about immigrant crime – and the research proves it.

Jim Hightower, Hightower Lowdown

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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Do%20Something%20sidebar%201.jpgSpring, 2019 | In early June, I traveled to “The Valley,” as the McAllen-Brownsville area of Texas is called, down where the Rio Grande empties into the Gulf of Mexico. This river, the fourth longest in the US, forms the entire Texas-Mexico border, meandering south and east 1,250 miles from our far-west desert city of El Paso to the semi-tropical tip of my state. Its cartographic function aside, the narrow and shallow Rio Grande has historically been viewed by families in the region as more a connector than a divider, and it has long fostered a rich, cross-fertilized culture along its length, uniting generations of us Americanos with our Mexicano neighbors.

While I had gone there to talk politics at a union conference, I wasn’t about to pass up the chance to wallow awhile in the rich Tex-Mex experience. So I took an extra half day to savor shrimp just-plucked from the Gulf, quaff a couple or three good Mexican cervezas, let my mind drift to the lazy tempo of palm trees swaying in the sea breeze, and generally absorb the area’s unique spirit, character, http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Do%20Something%20sidebar%202.jpgand centuries-old sense of place. Altogether pleasant…

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Trump is lying about immigrant crime – and the research proves it. Mary Bauer, Southern Poverty Law Center

  • Since he began campaigning, President Trump has demonized Latino immigrants as “criminals.” He has called them “rapists,” drug dealers, “animals” and “bad hombres” who “infest our country.”
  • Related: 12 Ways to Make Sense of the Complex Humanitarian Crisis Happening on the US-Mexico Border.
  • Related: To Defeat ICE, We Need to Target Its Backers -- Microsoft and Amazon

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To Defeat ICE, We Need to Target Its Backers -- Microsoft and Amazon

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  • More than a decade has passed since the giant immigration rights protests of May Day, 2006, and activists now face the most toxic political climate yet faced by our generation. We need coordinated strategies that target the technologies created by companies like Microsoft and Amazon that are supporting Immigration and Custom Enforcement's (ICE) targeted attacks against our community.
  • Related: Trump is lying about immigrant crime – and the research proves it.

Jacinta Gonzalez, Truthout


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http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/ICE%20is%20creating%20a%20police%20surveillance%20state%20sidebar.jpgWednesday, May 1, 2019 | Over 10 years ago today, we saw a historic turning point in Latinx politics, especially for Latinx immigrants who bravely stood together to build political power for our shared future.

Culminating on May Day 2006, millions of people marched in protests in more than 140 cities in 39 states across the country in response to the “Border Protection, Anti-Terrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act” — a draconian piece of legislation passed in 2005 by the House of Representatives, but not by the Senate, that sought to raise penalties for unauthorized immigration and classified undocumented immigrants and anyone who helped them enter or remain in the U.S. as felons. The introduction of this anti-immigrant legislation resulted in a wave of Latinx voters at the polls and the beginning of the “undocumented, unafraid” movement.

Jacinta Gonzalez is a senior campaign organizer at Mijente and an expert in organizing against immigration enforcement and criminalization of Latinx and immigrant communities.

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Trump is lying about immigrant crime – and the research proves it. Mary Bauer, Southern Poverty Law Center

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Since he began campaigning, President Trump has demonized Latino immigrants as “criminals.” He has called them “rapists,” drug dealers, “animals” and “bad hombres” who “infest our country.”
 

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Since he began campaigning, President Trump has demonized Latino immigrants as “criminals.” He has called them “rapists,” drug dealers, “animals” and “bad hombres” who “infest our country.”

Mary Bauer, Southern Poverty Law Center

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May 17, 2019 | He has claimed that immigrant gang members “take a young, beautiful girl, 16, 15 and others and they slice them and dice them with a knife because they want them to go through excruciating pain before they die.” 
Along the border, he has claimed without any evidence at all, that “[w]omen are tied up, with duct tape on their faces, put in the backs of vans.”

Trump deploys this dehumanizing language to justify his inhumane policies of caging children, shredding the asylum system in violation of the law, shattering families across America, incarcerating tens of thousands of law-abiding people in inhumane prisons, and more. 

But he is wrong.

https://www.splcenter.org/sites/default/files/styles/splc_person_circle_small/public/leg_mary-bauer_07-23-18_mleland_01bw_web_0.jpg?itok=sJfwPfD8 / Mary Bauer: Deputy Legal Director, Immigrant Justice, Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC)

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12 Ways to Make Sense of the Complex Humanitarian Crisis Happening on the US-Mexico Border, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest

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  • Part 1: Tomgram: William deBuys, 12 Ways to Make Sense of the Border Mess
  • How to make a difficult situation awful.
  • Part 2: What's happening on U.S.-Mexico border is a complex humanitarian crisis
  • And, no, a 'big, beautiful wall' isn't going to solve the problem. 
  • Related: Special Report | US Immigration Policy: Cruel, Racist, In Decay

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To Defeat ICE, We Need to Target Its Backers -- Microsoft and Amazon, Jacinta Gonzalez, Truthout

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  • More than a decade has passed since the giant immigration rights protests of May Day, 2006, and activists now face the most toxic political climate yet faced by our generation. We need coordinated strategies that target the technologies created by companies like Microsoft and Amazon that are supporting Immigration and Custom Enforcement's (ICE) targeted attacks against our community.
  • Related: Trump is lying about immigrant crime – and the research proves it.

 

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Series, Universal Empire | Part 2: How Neocons Push for War by Cooking the Books

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/ An 1898 editorial cartoon by Leon Barritt. The cartoon features newspaper publishers Joseph Pulitzer, left, and William Randolph Hearst dressed as Yellow Kid, a popular cartoon character of the day. It is a satire of their papers' role in drumming up U.S. public opinion to go to war with Spain. (Wikimedia)

  • From the outset of the Cold War in the late 1940s, an odd coalition of ex-Trotskyist radicals and right-wing business associations had lobbied heavily for big military budgets, advanced weapons systems and aggressive action to confront Soviet Communism.
  • Related: Series, Universal Empire | Part 1: American Imperialism Leads the World Into Dante's Vision of Hell
  • Related: The Price of Empire ~ umber haque

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Apr 25, 2017 | Most Americans outside Washington policy circles don’t know about Team B, where it came from or what it did, nor are they aware of its roots in the Fourth International, the Trotskyist branch of the Communist International. Lawrence J. Korb, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and assistant secretary of defense from 1981 to 1985, attributed the intelligence failure represented by 9/11 to Team B and had this to say about it in a 2004 article for the Los Angeles Times.

 http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Open%20Quotes.jpgThe roots of the problem go back to May 6, 1976, when the director of Central Intelligence, George H.W. Bush, created the first Team B to assess a report his agency had done on Soviet strategic objectives. The report — a National Intelligence Estimate, or NIE, completed the previous year — did not endorse a worst-case scenario of Soviet capabilities and, as a result, some outsiders demanded access to the same classified intelligence used by the CIA in preparing it so that they could come to their own conclusions.

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Series, Universal Empire | Part 1: American Imperialism Leads the World Into Dante's Vision of Hell

The Price of Empire ~ umair haque, Robert Gore, Eudaimonia / Straight Line Logic

But violence and greed and cruelty cannot lead anyone anymore to prosperity in the 21st century. There is nobody left to colonize and exploit left but yourself, your very own society, in a world which is out of easy frontiers and helpless peoples.
The price of empire is a nation's soul.


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