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Shutdown Over Border Wall Stops Over 42,000 Immigration Hearings in Their Tracks

"Largely, the individuals in the immigration courts and the ones getting their cases cancelled during the shutdown are on the lower end of the economic spectrum," said Alan Pollack, a New Jersey immigration attorney.


A report by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse says that the tally of canceled immigration hearings, currently almost 43,000 for the shutdown period, would likely grow by 20,000 for each additional week the government fails to reopen.

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Mother of Baby Who Died After Detainment in Immigration Facility Sues U.S. for $60M

Yazmin Juarez lost her baby girl, Mariee, to a respiratory infection after she received subpar in a detention center in Texas.

Yazmin Juarez and her 19-month-old daughter, Mariee, entered a U.S. immigrant facility in Dilley, Texas. While in the detention center, the toddler developed a severe respiratory infection. Six weeks later the baby succumbed to the effects of the infection and now her mother is suing the U.S. government for $60 million for wrongful death.

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Trump to Order Troops to Defend Border Control Agents: Report

The Trump administration is creating a narrative that refugees escaping violence and poverty in Central America and seeking asylum are dangerous.

US Secretary of Defense James Mattis speaks to troops at Base Camp Donna, Texas. (Reuters/US Army)

President Trump will announce on Tuesday, according to reports, that active duty troops are going to be deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border in order to "protect" Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel from refugees who are mostly escaping violence and poverty in Central America and seek asylum.

"It is expected the Pentagon and U.S. Northern Command will amend the current document detailing the rules governing the 'use of force' on the border mission," according to a CNN report.

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Motel 6 to Pay Millions in Settlement for Giving Guest Lists to ICE

Latino guests were the main targets, and individual checks aren't nearly enough for the "inconvenience."

Motel 6 has agreed to pay at least $7.6 million to settle a class-action lawsuit after multiple locations of the hotel chain surrendered guest lists to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.

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Trump's EPA Chief is a Fan of Racist Alt-Right Social Media Posts

Andrew Wheeler also joins the club of Trump's administrators who deny being racist.

Ethics violations pushed Scott Pruit, former EPA Chief to resign last year, and President Trump replaced him with Andrew Wheeler, a former coal lobbyist, who likes racist social media posts about the Obamas.

American Bridge 21st Century, a Democratic political action committee, found social media posts belonging to Wheeler that spanned defending alt-right member Milo Yiannopoulos' tweet to encourage the harassment of actress Leslie Jones, to liking Infowars tweets, to Dinesh D'Souza's discrediting of Brett Kavanaugh's accuser, to an ape depiction of the Obamas.

Wheeler's response to the outing of his favorite social media posts:

"Over the years, I have been a prolific social media user, and liked, and inadvertently liked, countless social media posts," Wheeler said, in an email to The Huffington Post. "Specifically, I do not remember the post depicting President Obama and the First Lady. As for some of the other posts, I agreed with the content and was unaware of the sources."

Some racists in Trump's camp, who were outed, lost their positions. Carl Higbie of AmeriCorps stepped down after racist and sexist remarks he made on radio surfaced. Ian Smith of Homeland Security resigned after his ties to white nationalists were revealed on emails. Rev. Jamie Johnson, also of Homeland Security, resigned after his comments surfaced about Black people being lazy, and Islam being a violent religion.

For those lucky enough to stay on the White House payroll, they continue to be policy makers.

Ronald Vitiello, acting ICE director, attended an anti-immigration group's conference last month (Federation for American Immigration Reform) where an anti-Muslim group, ACT for America, honored former ICE Director Thomas Homan.

Stephen Miller, White House adviser, helped institute the Muslim travel ban, separate immigrant children and parents, and is working on plans to limit and strip citizenship of documented immigrants. He was heard saying last year in National Security Council meetings: "We must save Americans from these immigrant criminals!"

And, of course, Mike Pence lauded former Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who was found guilty of ignoring a judge's order to stop systematic racial profiling patrols in the Phoenix area, as a "tireless champion of strong borders and the rule of law." Arpaio was pardoned by Trump last year, and ran for (but lost) an US Senate seat.

Reader Question: Do you buy Wheeler's explanation of inadvertently liking posts and not remembering or being unaware of sources? Join The Conversation below.

During a celebration of ICE and Custom Border Patrol, President Trump, appeasing his base, highlighted the fact that a Latino patrol officer, Adrian Anzaldua, speaks English.

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America's Relationship with ICE on the Rocks...Ain't No Big Surprise

Republicans to let bill to disband the agency come to the floor.


The biggest four-letter word in the English language for Democrats has been Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Now they will get what they want thanks to Republicans in the House. House Republicans like their hand and are going all in: They are allowing a Democratic bill to come to the floor thinking they have public opinion on their side.

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Mexican Man in ICE Custody Dies by Apparent Suicide

Efrain De La Rosa, 40, took his own life, according to a preliminary investigation.


A Mexican man being held in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody has died, seemingly by suicide, ICE announced Thursday. He is the eighth person to die in ICE's custody this year.

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Life Interrupted: No Peace For Trump's Camp

Protestors continue to stop luxuries like dining and shopping for team Trump while policies erode immigrant families.


Family separations continue to yield an uproar from the American public in large ways, like the 600 marches in late June, and in smaller impactful ways — namely confronting President Trump's camp during their leisure time. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Steve Bannon were both interrupted this past weekend.

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President Donald Trump is doubling down on his inflammatory rhetoric concerning undocumented immigrants. Trump depicted who he claims to be gang members of MS-13 as an "infestation" of pests coming across United States borders.

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Former ICE Chief of Counsel Sentenced to Four Years in Prison for Fraud and Identity Theft

His victims were the immigrants he attempted to deport. Oh, the irony.

Raphael A. Sanchez , former chief of counsel for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), in Seattle- was sentenced to four years in federal prison for fraudulently opening up credit cards and taking out loans under seven immigrants' identities during a period starting in 2013 and ending in 2017. Our gracious Justice Department offered the thieving attorney a plea deal in exchange for a breakdown of his elaborate scheme.

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Sen. Gillibrand: Get Rid of ICE

"I believe that it has become a deportation force," said Gillibrand, a potential presidential candidate for 2020.


Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) believes it's time to get rid of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and start over.

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