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Special Report | Our Grotesque Immigration Policy Demonstrates Our Nation's Moral Decay 1/(2)

  •    http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Featured%20story%20banner.jpgPart 1: Two Grotesque Immigration Stories Demonstrate Our Nation's Moral Decay
  • A vicious operation by ICE, and the death of a seven-year-old girl in BorderPatrolcustody, are searing reminders.
  • Part 2: The Troops Don't Deserve This
  • You support the troops? Don't let the president* use them as political props.
  • Related: Here’s why every child at the border belongs to all of us. 

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Part 1: Two Grotesque Immigration Stories Demonstrate Our Nation's Moral Decay
 

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A vicious operation by ICE, and the death of a seven-year-old girl in Border Patrol
custody, are searing reminders.

Jack Holmes, Esquire

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But perhaps nothing compares to our treatment of children brought to our border by their parents.

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Part 2: The Troops Don't Deserve This

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You support the troops? Don't let the president* use them as political props.

Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

Oct 30, 2018 | I think it's time for everyone who Supports The Troops actually to do so. I think if you applaud the Troops that are introduced at ballgames, or if you Thank Them For Their Service in airports, or stick yellow ribbons on the bumper of your SUV, you should be marching right now on the White House to protest the fact that the president* of United States has enlisted 5,000 of the Troops into a racist fantasy that he's peddling for political advantage—and a racist fantasy that already has a body count, at that—and to protest the waste of taxpayer money spent on moving a brigade-level mass of men to the southern border to fend off an "invasion" of shoeless Central American peasants who, in any case, are still at least a month of walking south of Brownsville.

If you Support The Troops, scream and holler and push back hard against the use of the U.S. Army as set decoration for his most recent spasm of bigoted insanity. From The New York Times:

Charles P. Pierce, Esquire

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Here’s why every child at the border belongs to all of us. Leo J. O'Donovan, America Magazine

https://www.americamagazine.org/sites/default/files/styles/article_image_750_x_503_/public/main_image/20180719T1120-18693-CNS-TEXAS-IMMIGRATION-BISHOPS.jpg.png?itok=L6myt79B / Anita Areli Ramirez Mejia, an asylum seeker from Honduras, hugs her 6-year-old son, Jenri, July 13 at La Posada Providencia shelter in San Benito, Texas. The mother and son were reunited after being separated near the Mexico-U.S. border. (CNS photo/Loren Elliott, Reuters) 
 
Our advocacy was based on the intrinsic dignity and inalienable value of all human beings and their equal and essential rights as members of the human family. 

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Here’s why every child at the border belongs to all of us.

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Anita Areli Ramirez Mejia, an asylum seeker from Honduras, hugs her 6-year-old son, Jenri, July 13 at La Posada Providencia shelter in San Benito, Texas. The mother and son were reunited after being separated near the Mexico-U.S. border. (CNS photo/Loren Elliott, Reuters) 
 
Our advocacy was based on the intrinsic dignity and inalienable value of all human beings and their equal and essential rights as members of the human family. 

Leo J. O'Donovan, America Magazine
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October 05, 2018 | Who are the children whose terrified faces we have seen in images from our southern border as they were literally torn from their mother’s arms? They were, yes, Mexican and Salvadoran, Guatemalan and Honduran. But whose were they also and truly?

In the days after World Refugee Day this year, Jesuit Refugee Service/USA was clear about its care. We urged the U.S. government to ensure that people are not criminally punished for trying to seek asylum and that the rights and dignity of children and families entering the United States are respected. We affirmed that U.S. policies calling for the indefinite detention of families seeking asylum are contrary to Catholic teaching and violate the rights of asylum seekers and the dignity of children and their families. They also put at risk the long-term mental health and well-being of children and their parents. 
Leo J. O'Donovan https://www.americamagazine.org/voices/leo-j-odonovan-sj> is president emeritus of Georgetown University and director of mission at Jesuit Refugee Service/USA.

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Special Project | US Immigration Policy: Hate Unbound

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Story 1: Robert Reich | Hate Unbound, * Story 2: Trump and the GOP Have Blood on Their Hands for Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting * Story 3: ‘The US Immigration System Is Inherently Abusive and Violent and Racist’ * Story 4: Tell Congress To Protect Immigrant Families * Story 5: Do Family Separation and Detention Deter Immigration? * Story 6: Morality and Immigration: 4 Overlooked Stats Everyone Is Missing in the Border Crisis Debate * Related: Column: Sorting out facts and fears in the immigration debate * Related: Gaza in Arizona: The secret militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border

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Week Ending November 3, 2018 |

Story 1: Robert Reich | Hate Unbound, Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Website 

http://evergreenedigest.org/sites/default/files/Immigrant%20Waves%20US%20Flag%20Over%20His%20Shoulders.jpgTuesday, October 30, 2018 | Demagogues rarely commit violence directly. Instead, they use blame, ridicule, fear and hate – and then leave the violence to others. That way, they can always claim 'it wasn’t me. I don’t have blood on my hands.
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Story 2: Trump and the GOP Have Blood on Their Hands for Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting, Amy Goodman, Democracy Now / Portside

October 29,2018 | ... this political violence is not happening in isolation. The murder of these 11 Jews in Pittsburgh is inextricably linked to the murder of the two black shoppers in Kentucky, to the slaughter of black worshipers in Charleston in 2015 ...

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Story 3: ‘The US Immigration System Is Inherently Abusive and Violent and Racist’, Janine Jackson, FAIR.org
October
19,2018 | Janine Jackson interviewed Tina Vasquez about reporting on immigration for the October 19, 2018, episode of CounterSpin. This is a lightly edited transcript.

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Story 4: Tell Congress To Protect Immigrant Families, Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) <>
October, 2018 | Tell Congress: Pass DACA, Abolish ICE, End Deportations
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July
 24, 2018| The administration’s family separation policy has not had its intended effect. A new analysis of data from a longer period of time illustrates that family detention has not acted as a deterrent either.
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June 22,
 2018 | There has been a great deal of finger-pointing over who’s to blame.
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Column: Sorting out facts and fears in the immigration debate, Michael Leiber, Lyndsay Boggess, Bryanna Fox and Richard Moule, Jr., Special to the Tampa Bay (FL) Times

http://www.tampabay.com/storyimage/HI/20180706/ARTICLE/307069997/AR/0/AR-307069997.jpg?MaxW=950&cachebuster=68821A young girl grasps her mother's hand as dozens of undocumented immigrant families are released from detention at the bus station in McAllen, Texas, June 26, 2018. Trump administration officials said on Wednesday that it would be difficult to comply with the timetable in a federal court order requiring the reunification of migrant children and parents who were separated at the border. (Callaghan O'Hare/New York Times)

  • The research does not indicate that there is a growing illegal immigration problem, or that immigrants commit more crime.
  • Related: Select Articles | The Challenges and Opportunities of Undocumented Immigrants, Week Ending June 16, 2018

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Gaza in Arizona: The secret militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border, Todd Miller and Gabriel M. Schivone, TomDispatch.com

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  • How Israeli High-Tech Firms Will Up-Armor the U.S.-Mexican Border
  • A once-peaceful region has been transformed into a low-intensity war zone. Here's how it went so bad.
     

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Unions Can Protect Workers From Deportation. This Coalition of 3.5 Million Is Showing How.

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Teamsters, Working Families United, National TPS Alliance, LA County Federation of Labor, CARECEN, National Day Laborer Organizing Network, Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy (LAANE), Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) gathered together for a rally'nin Wilmington on Wednesday, October. 3, 2018. This marked the end of a 3-day strike by truckers and warehouse workers. (Photo by Brittany Murray/Digital First Media/Long Beach Press-Telegram via Getty Images) 

  • “We don’t ask that the government help take care of us. Just give us residency so we can continue to work hard with our families and move forward.” -- Cesar Rodriguez, the port driver and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holder from Los Angeles
  • Related: The Path Back to Equality Leads Through Unions.

Heather Gies, In These Times

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http://inthesetimes.com/images/2011/headers/BlogHed_working.gifThursday, Oct 18, 2018 | After more than two decades living, working, and building a family in the United States, Cesar Rodriguez feels his life is in limbo. The driver for the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach from El Salvador is one of more than 300,000 immigrants at risk of losing their temporary legal status in the U.S. after the Trump administration scrapped the program for a handful of countries.

“I’m a trucker, and I make my living with my license. Without my license, I lose my job,” Rodriguez told In These Times. “If I lose my job, I would lose everything—even my family, because I wouldn’t have a way to support them.”

Heather Gies <http://inthesetimes.com/community/profile/322906> is a freelance journalist who writes about human rights, resource conflicts and politics in Latin America. She is also an editor at Upside Down World.

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The Path Back to Equality Leads Through Unions. Nathan Pippenger, Democracy

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  • Related: New Study Confirms That American Workers Are Getting Ripped Off.

 




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