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Military experts are worried about Pentagon’s move to end citizenship for military service program

Immigrant soldiers fill a critical skills gap.CREDIT: PixabayThe Pentagon is reportedly set to end a military program providing an accelerated citizenship process for immigrant recruits with specialized skills. But some military experts are cautioning against the government’s decision.Since 2008, the Military Accessions Vital to National Interest (MAVNI) program has recruited highly qualified … [Read more...]

Traffic stops in Georgia are leaving children without their immigrant parents

It would appear any infraction found during a police interaction can lead to deportation.Foreign nationals were arrested in February 2017 during a targeted enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). CREDIT: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement/ Bryan CoxAlicia Ortiz-Mojica, an undocumented immigrant from Mexico, was driving with her two daughters for a … [Read more...]

Officers ask for car accident victim’s immigration status before offering medical aid

The victim later had to return to the scene of the crime where he was detained for deportation proceedings.Marcos Antonio Huete (right) lays on the sidewalk after being hit by a car. CREDIT: ScreengrabMarcos Antonio Huete, a 31-year-old Honduran immigrant, was biking to work when he was hit by a pickup truck last month. As he laid sprawled on the grassy sidewalk with his bike still on the roadway, … [Read more...]

British officials scold the US for leaking intelligence on the Manchester attack

Israeli officials were similarly alarmed after Trump shared their intelligence with the Russians.A soldier stands guard at Downing Street, in London, Thursday, May 25, 2017. CREDIT: AP Photo/Kirsty WigglesworthIntelligence shared between the United Kingdom and the United States “must remain secure,” British Prime Minister Theresa May will emphasize to President Donald Trump, following leaks of the … [Read more...]

Why Sheriff Clarke will be a disaster in his new job, according to his predecessor

‘Just plain awful’Sheriff David Clarke Jr. CREDIT: AP Photo/Jacquelyn MartinSheriff David Clarke Jr.— a controversial law enforcement official known for his outlandish remarks and fatal detention practices — announced Wednesday that he would be appointed as an Assistant Secretary within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in June.According to various media outlets, former DHS personnel, … [Read more...]

Immigrants faced worms in food and medical neglect at 2 detention centers in Georgia

“Major medical needs take ten to fifteen days to address.”In this April 13, 2009, file photo, an employee waits at the front gate of the Stewart Detention Facility, a Corrections Corporation of America immigration facility in Lumpkin, Ga. CCA. CREDIT: AP Photo/Kate Brumback, FileImmigrant detainees routinely received substandard health care and were given unsanitary food and water that made them … [Read more...]

DREAMer smeared as a ‘gang member’ by ICE released after judge finds he poses no threat

He was initially accused to be a gang member.Daniel Ramirez Medina, center, walks out of the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash., with his attorney, Luis Cortes, right, and his brother, left, who has not been identified by name, after Ramirez was released from federal custody, Wednesday, March 29, 2017. CREDIT: AP Photo/Ted S. WarrenA 24-year-old undocumented immigrant protected under … [Read more...]

Trump’s Secretary of State nominee won’t rule out a Muslim registry

It’s one of Trump’s most controversial policy proposals.Secretary of State-designate Rex Tillerson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2017, at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. CREDIT: AP Photo/J. Scott ApplewhiteRex Tillerson, President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of State, won’t rule out support for Trump’s controversial … [Read more...]

After deriding it for weeks, Trump now claims to be a ‘big fan’ of the intelligence community

Trump has not attended intelligence briefings on Russia since Election Day.President-elect Donald Trump (R) and his wife Melania. CREDIT: AP Photo/Evan VucciPresident-elect Donald Trump (R) has spent weeks openly casting doubt on the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment that the Russian government intervened in November’s general election. But now he is suggesting that he is a “big fan” of … [Read more...]

Trump’s Treasury pick Steve Mnuchin oversaw 50,000 foreclosures against the vulnerable

OneWest tried to foreclose on an 80-year-old man who didn’t violate the terms of his loan.Steve Mnuchin. CREDIT: AP Photo/Evan VucciPresident-elect Donald Trump’s treasury nomination oversaw the aggressive foreclosure of homes belonging to vulnerable populations — particularly the elderly — when he was chairman of OneWest Bank, Propublica reported.During his tenure at OneWest, Steve Mnuchin headed … [Read more...]

The U.S. government quietly deported 200 Haitian immigrants in November

As many as 4,400 Haitian immigrants are currently detained.In this Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 photo, shoes are scattered among the debris of a home destroyed by Hurricane Matthew, in Port-a-Piment, a district of Les Cayes, Haiti. CREDIT: AP Photo/Dieu Nalio CheryWhen Hurricane Matthew hit Haiti in early October, the U.S. government temporarily stopped deportation flights back to the country, giving … [Read more...]

Congressman says white supremacists and civil rights protesters are equally ‘disgusting’

“Both are disgusting.”Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI). CREDIT: AP Photo/Susan Walsh, FileDuring an interview on CNN’s The Lead on Tuesday, Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) defended President-elect Donald Trump’s delayed disavowal of his white supremacist supporters by saying that anti-Trump and “Black Lives Matter” protesters are just as “disgusting, for different ways.”In response to CNN guest host Jim Sciutto’s … [Read more...]

Gambia becomes third African country to pull out of the International Criminal Court

Gambian officials criticized the court as the “International Caucasian Court.”Gambian President Yahya Jammeh. CREDIT: AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, File.Gambia is the third African country to withdraw from the International Criminal Court (ICC), following accusations that the tribunal focuses on persecuting and humiliating “people of colour, especially Africans.”The move comes mere weeks after South … [Read more...]

Immigrants Aren’t Lucky Enough To Get Second Chances

Harsh federal immigration laws force people into a prison-to-deportation pipeline, even after they’ve served their time.CREDIT: AP PHOTO/MARK HUMPHREYLast week, President Obama granted 214 commutations as part of an effort to grant pardons to people who committed non-violent, low-level criminal offenses. Obama now has the distinction of shortening the sentences of more federal inmates than any … [Read more...]