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U.S. Citizens are also detained at Trump "concentration camps."

ICE Is Dangerously Inaccurate
Even American citizens are not immune from immigration raids.
By Darlena Cunha
July 12, 2019

Ms. Nuetzi is a cheerful white woman who spent her childhood in Ocala, Fla., and has been an elementary school secretary in Gainesville for 20 years. In 2016, she voted for Donald Trump, and was ecstatic when he won. A year later, her driver’s license expired.

Ms. Nuetzi went to the motor vehicles agency to get a new one, and for the first time in her life, officials did not accept her birth certificate...

“I called to get a new passport, and they told me to go to immigration,” Ms. Nuetzi said. “But why would I go to immigration? I’m not an immigrant. Then I called Homeland Security and the woman on the other end of the line started laughing at me.”

It proved nearly impossible for Ms. Nuetzi to extract herself from the ICE machine.

Davino Watson is a U.S. citizen who was 23 years old when ICE held him for more than three years. A New Yorker, he was eventually dropped off in Alabama with no explanation and no money. After he was released, Mr. Watson filed a complaint and a court awarded him compensation in 2016. The next year, an appeals court decided the statute of limitations for that complaint had expired while he was still in ICE custody.

more true stories by the New York Times:

According to CBS News:

Who will be targeted in the expected ICE roundups of immigrant families?
JULY 13, 2019 / 9:07 AM / CBS NEWS

Will families be separated because of this operation? (ie ICE raids on Sunday 7/14/19)
Deportations can lead to family separations, as they have in the past. Roundups would not only affect undocumented immigrants with pending removal orders, but also so-called "mixed-status" families with members who are green card holders and U.S. citizens — mostly U.S.-born children.
Posted by real Cannabis calm | Sat Jul 13, 2019, 05:31 PM (19 replies)


Who will be targeted in the expected ICE roundups of immigrant families?
JULY 13, 2019 / 9:07 AM / CBS NEWS

As part of a crackdown pushed by President Trump, immigration authorities are slated to carry out a series of roundups targeting undocumented families on Sunday, according to two administration officials.

The administration has repeatedly said the migrants that would be targeted by the operation already enjoyed due process in the immigration court system...

Reichlin-Melnick said many people did not receive a notice to appear in court because these are often sent to the wrong addresses, with erroneous dates or different locations and other bureaucratic errors.

Deportations can lead to family separations, as they have in the past. Roundups would not only affect undocumented immigrants with pending removal orders, but also so-called "mixed-status" families with members who are green card holders and U.S. citizens — mostly U.S.-born children.

These young US citizens will be sent to hideously overcrowded, Trump detention camps, without due process of law.
Posted by real Cannabis calm | Sat Jul 13, 2019, 03:16 PM (4 replies)

NY.T. Friday Briefing on Epstein & Census Question w/ CNN news on ICE raids

New York Times briefing: Trump retreats on census question
President Trump said on Thursday that he was abandoning his push to ask about citizenship status in next year’s census. He has ordered officials to compile the data from other federal records instead.

“We are not backing down,” Mr. Trump said, but his executive order appeared merely to reiterate plans that the Commerce Department announced last year.

Why it matters: A citizenship question could have made immigrants afraid to participate in the census. Government experts predicted that about 6.5 million people might have gone uncounted as a result. That would have skewed representation when congressional districts are allocated in 2021, and affected federal funding.

The background: The lineage of citizenship questions in America highlights more than a century of partisan fights over the country’s racial makeup.

In typical GOP hypocrisy, Epstein, who apparently has enough dirt on Trump and other high ranking Republicans to manipulate them, has more rights than legal refugees, immigrants and work-Visa holders, already in the USA.

How Epstein dodged sex offender registries
Federal law requires all 50 states to implement sex offender registries. But the requirements vary considerably from state to state.

Jeffrey Epstein, the New York financier who faces federal sex-trafficking charges, registered in Florida, where he pleaded guilty to two state felony charges in 2008. But he avoided check-ins with the authorities in New York by changing his official residence to the Virgin Islands. And in

New Mexico, where he had a palatial home, he could skip inclusion in the state registry entirely.

What to know about the ICE raids scheduled for this weekend
By Priscilla Alvarez, CNN
Updated 5:03 PM ET, Thu July 11, 2019

How realistic are Trump's mass deportation threats?

(CNN)Immigration and Customs Enforcement is scheduled to move forward with an operation targeting migrant families with court-ordered removals that had previously been called off by President Donald Trump, according to a US official.

ICE, an agency within the Department of Homeland Security, is charged, in part, with deporting undocumented immigrants. A senior immigration official told CNN that the details of the ICE operation, currently slated to start on Sunday, will be largely the same as the one postponed last month.
ICE to begin nationwide immigration raids Sunday

The New York Times first reported on the upcoming raids, saying they are expected to take place in at least 10 cities. The raids will occur "over multiple days" and will include "collateral" deportations in which "authorities might detain immigrants who happened to be on the scene, even though they were not targets of the raids."

Posted by real Cannabis calm | Fri Jul 12, 2019, 10:06 AM (0 replies)

Wise words by Gandhi that apply to Trump

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it--always.”

― Mahatma Gandhi

Posted by real Cannabis calm | Thu Jul 11, 2019, 05:44 PM (5 replies)

BREAKING: New York Times - Acosta Defends Role in Brokering Epstein Plea Deal

Acosta Defends Role in Brokering Epstein Plea Deal
By Katie Rogers, Maggie Haberman and Peter Baker
July 10, 2019

WASHINGTON — Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta on Wednesday publicly defended his role in overseeing the prosecution of Jeffrey E. Epstein for sex crimes committed in Florida over a decade ago, bucking a growing chorus of Democratic calls for his resignation.

Mr. Acosta said he faced a tough choice between accepting a plea deal that was not as tough as he wished it would be and going to trial with witnesses who were scared to testify in what he described as “a roll of the dice” that might not result in a conviction and prison term.

“I wanted to help them,” Mr. Acosta said of the victims during a nationally televised news conference at the Labor Department headquarters. “That is why we intervened. And that’s what the prosecutors of my office did — they insisted that he go to jail and put the world on notice that he was and is a sexual predator.”

According to an earlier Miami Herald news article, here is the whole truth:

How a future Trump Cabinet member gave a serial sex abuser the deal of a lifetime
NOV. 28, 2018

On the morning of the breakfast meeting, a deal was struck — an extraordinary plea agreement that would conceal the full extent of Epstein’s crimes and the number of people involved.

Not only would Epstein serve just 13 months in the county jail, but the deal — called a non-prosecution agreement — essentially shut down an ongoing FBI probe into whether there were more victims and other powerful people who took part in Epstein’s sex crimes, according to a Miami Herald examination of thousands of emails, court documents and FBI records.

The pact required Epstein to plead guilty to two prostitution charges in state court. Epstein and four of his accomplices named in the agreement received immunity from all federal criminal charges. But even more unusual, the deal included wording that granted immunity to “any potential co-conspirators’’ who were also involved in Epstein’s crimes. These accomplices or participants were not identified in the agreement, leaving it open to interpretation whether it possibly referred to other influential people who were having sex with underage girls at Epstein’s various homes or on his plane.

As part of the arrangement, Acosta agreed, despite a federal law to the contrary, that the deal would be kept from the victims. As a result, the non-prosecution agreement was sealed until after it was approved by the judge, thereby averting any chance that the girls — or anyone else — might show up in court and try to derail it.

Also, another Miami Herald news article reported that Acosta gave Epstein work release privileges despite rules that barred work release for sex offenders, in Florida.

Posted by real Cannabis calm | Wed Jul 10, 2019, 03:38 PM (7 replies)

READ: House Democrats sue IRS to obtain Trump's tax returns

House Dems lawsuit to obtain Trump's tax returns.
Updated 12:21 PM ET, Tue July 2, 2019

(CNN) - The Democratic-led House Ways and Means Committee is suing the Treasury Department, the IRS and their respective leaders, Steve Mnuchin and Charles Rettig, in an effort to obtain President Donald Trump's tax returns, according to the federal court in Washington.
read the complete, formal lawsuit here:

House Democrats Sue For Trump's Tax Returns
NPR July 2, 20191:25 PM ET

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal, D-Mass., sued Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig to obtain six years of President Trump's tax returns.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., is the latest step in a months-long battle with the Trump administration over the president's tax records. Democrats want the court to enforce a subpoena requesting the returns.

Mnuchin rejected the subpoena in May, citing guidance from the Department of Justice. At the time Mnuchin said the request lacked a "legitimate legislative purpose."

Democrats argue in the court filing that the committee has the right to access Trump's private tax information under Section 6103 of the U.S. tax code, which says, "Treasury 'shall furnish' the Committee with 'any' requested tax return information" from any U.S. citizen, including the president.

commentary: How can ANY Trump supporter fail to see that Trump is not only Obstructing Justice but also hiding crimes associated with income tax evasion?
Posted by real Cannabis calm | Wed Jul 10, 2019, 09:23 AM (8 replies)

New York Times Wednesday Briefing: "TRUMP VIOLATED CONSTITUTION" on Twitter

New Twitter rules for a president (and for everyone else)
A federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday that President Trump had violated the Constitution by blocking Twitter users who criticized or mocked him. Because he uses Twitter to conduct government business, the court said, he could not exclude Americans from reading or engaging with his posts because he did not like their opinions.

The ruling was one of the highest-profile decisions yet in a growing constellation of cases addressing what the First Amendment means in a time when political expression increasingly takes place online.
Posted by real Cannabis calm | Wed Jul 10, 2019, 08:35 AM (9 replies)

Contrary to Trump Claims Recession Appears Imminent

A critical recession indicator used by the Fed just hit its highest level since the financial crisis
Carmen Reinicke
Jul. 9, 2019, 08:36 AM

A probability model used by the New York Fed to calculate the odds of a recession in the next 12 months just hit 32%, the highest level since 2009. A reading above 30% has preceded all recent recessions.

A key recession tracker just hit its highest level since 2009, sending a signal that an economic downturn may be looming on the horizon.

The New York Federal Reserve's probability model, which predicts the probability of a US recession in the next 12 months, delivered a reading of 32.9% for June.

That could mean tough times ahead, considering the measure has breached the 30% threshold before every recession since 1960. It sat at a precarious 28% in May.

According to the Washington Post:

President Trump’s repeated claim: 'The greatest economy in the history of our country’

— President Trump, in a tweet, June 4

"We have the strongest economy in the history of our nation."

— Trump, in remarks to reporters, June 15

"We have the greatest economy in the history of our country."

— Trump, in remarks on a White House vlog, Aug. 24

“We have the best economy the country's ever had and it's getting better.”
Posted by real Cannabis calm | Tue Jul 9, 2019, 05:38 PM (18 replies)

BREAKING: Trump makes it harder for allies to get accurate reports on his "alarming administration"

Trump tweets likely deal UK ambassador a fatal blow
Stephen Collinson Profile
Analysis by Stephen Collinson, CNN
Updated 2:57 PM ET, Tue July 9, 2019

(CNN) - Only a month after basking in the pageantry and lavish hospitality that only Queen Elizabeth II can lay on, President Donald Trump is back to telling Britain who is boss.

With a devastating set of tweets that all but declared Ambassador Sir Kim Darroch persona-non-grata, the President did more than simply feed a personal grudge. He turned Britain's extreme discomfort into political leverage over America's best friend.

By making it clear he would prefer an envoy more sympathetic to his worldview, Trump is effectively trying to make it more difficult for another country to get accurate diplomatic reporting and internal intelligence on an administration that has alarmed many foreign allies -- not just Britain.
Posted by real Cannabis calm | Tue Jul 9, 2019, 03:42 PM (4 replies)

Republican Governor is trying to destroy his state's university system

Alaska’s governor is trying to destroy its universities. The state may never recover
by Cas Mudde (The Guardian)

Mike Dunleavy (R) wants to cut the Alaskan university system by $130m – a staggering 41% of its budget.

In a shocking example of political overreach, Dunleavy announced 182 line-item vetoes to his state’s 2020 budget last week. He thereby cut the budget proposed by the Alaska legislature by almost $410m in general funds. Almost one-third of the cuts will come from the University of Alaska system, which will see its budget cut by $130m – a staggering 41%.

Dunleavy has defended his draconian budget cuts as a “policy choice” to increase the Permanent Fund dividend Alaskans receive each year – a major election promise he made during his campaign. While this might be good news for drug dealers – research shows a 14% increase in substance-abuse incidents the day after the annual payout – there is little evidence that the dividends actually boost the state economy. But the University of Alaska system does.


Alaska GOP Gov. Dunleavy disbands state climate response team
Alaska Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy has formally disbanded the task force formed by his predecessor to guide the state's response to global warming.
Posted by real Cannabis calm | Mon Jul 8, 2019, 03:00 PM (8 replies)
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