Daily Dispatch 11/2/18

November 2, 2018

Top Stories:

What to make of Trump’s claim that he will allow US troops fire on migrants throwing rocks: The Pentagon says that troops will follow standard rules, working in support of CBP officers, who are “absolutely the primary and principal member that will be handling, specifically, the migrants.”

Politico:  News outlets snub Trump’s immigration “policy” speech.

CNN’s Jake Tapper: “We brought out that speech live because we were told by the White House that the president would be introducing a new proposal, a new policy when it came to asylum. That’s not actually what happened. That’s not the first time that this White House has not been honest, but it’s obviously very disappointing when we bring you the news because we were told the president was going to be presenting the policy and he just regurgitates the same speech he gives every night on the campaign trail.”

MSNBC’s Nicole Wallace: “Because he’s used immigration in blatantly political ways, and in an abundance of caution, we’ve decided to monitor those remarks, fact-check them against his rhetoric and record on immigration, and bring you the important news from them.”

Related: A fact-check of Trump’s Thursday remarks.

Other News:

12 Hondurans traveling in caravan filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court charging that Trump’s policies violate due process.

Fact-checkers point out that the central claim of Trump’s recent “Willie Horton”-esque ad is untrue. Bracamontes last entered the US under GW Bush, not Obama.

The Independent offers live updates on the migrant caravan.

Bonus Video:

Stephen Colbert challenges Chris Wallace on immigration policy.

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Daily Dispatch 11/1/18

A sampling of today’s headlines on immigration, race, and related stories.

November 1, 2018

Top Stories:

— Trump delivered remarks on immigration today at 4:15pm ET in the White House Roosevelt Room. Announcements included a ban on asylum for those who enter between points of entry, (apparent) authorization for military to fire on unarmed civilians if they “throw rocks” (“rocks will be considered firearms”), the end of “catch & release” (though churches and non-profits are reporting mass releases of detainees in Texas, Arizona, and California), and hints about a “quite comprehensive” executive order to be issued next week.

— Liberals and Conservatives alike denounce Trump’s “desperate and vile” anti-immigration ad, released yesterday via Tweet just days before midterm elections, comparing it to the 1988 “Willie Horton” ad.

[Be aware that the ad contains multiple instances and variations of the word “f—” and is NSFW.]


Other News:

— Border Patrol warns Texas landowners to expect “armed civilians” on their land as militia groups like the Texas Minutemen announce plans to bring guns to the border.

— June Supreme Court ruling leads ICE to issue “phantom” court dates; immigrants wait in long lines for hearings that don’t exist.

— Birthright citizenship order would cause number of undocumented people in the U.S. to spike, leaving some essentially stateless.

— For the science fans: “Immigration to the US changes a person’s microbiome

Bonus Video:

— South Africa native, Trevor Noah, discusses Trump, immigration, and comedy.

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Daily Dispatch 10/31/18

A sampling of today’s headlines on immigration, race, and related stories.

October 31, 2018


“It’s Ridiculous”:

DJT’s assault on the Constitution continues. Trump confirmed his plans to sign an executive order that will do away with the birthright citizenship guaranteed by the 14th amendment. In an alternative-fact-laced interview with Axios’s Jonathan Swan and Jim VandeHei, Trump said “We’re the only country in the world where a person comes in and has a baby, and the baby is essentially a citizen of the United States for 85 years with all of those benefits.”

If the President meant that we’re the only country in the world where people born on our soil are automatically considered US citizens, then yes, that’s true in that the US is the only country that can grant US citizenship – it would be odd if, say, the Swedes granted US citizenship to anyone, including babies.

But, in the more likely event that he meant to say we are the only country in the world with birthright citizenship (aka jus soli), then that is an “alternative fact.” Trump could have corrected his statement by saying: “We’re the only country in the world… except for Argentina, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Cuba, Dominica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Santa Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay, and Venezuela (plus about 20 or so other countries that offer jus soli with some conditions).”

One can glean from previous statements that he may intend this executive order to be retroactive. This would make the racist foundations of the order clear. Come with me on this brief thought experiment: if my grandmother were not a citizen when my mother was born, then my mother could theoretically lose her citizenship (rendering her stateless) and because my mother was retroactively not a citizen, then I would also lose my citizenship, and so would my daughter. But, oh wait, we’re white, so that won’t happen.

In a separate interview, Trump announced his plans to build tent cities to detain asylum seekers for the entirety of their application process.

And there’s the Central American travel ban.

And “Operation Faithful Patriot”:

From the Brownsville Herald: Troops in riot gear training at the Gateway International Bridge.

Quote of the Day:

As Rev. Will Green (the pastor who, along with Rev. Darrell Hamilton, “attacked” Jeff Sessions with a bible verse yesterday) said in an interview explaining his motivation:

“It’s a scary, disorienting time for a lot of people.”

Yea verily.



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UPDATE: Department of Defense says it’s sending 5,200 troops to U.S.-Mexico border

The following was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.

Department of Defense says it’s sending 5,200 troops to U.S.-Mexico border

Department of Defense says it’s sending 5,200 troops to U.S.-Mexico border” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.

At least 5,200 military troops will be deployed to the U.S. border with Mexico by the end of the week, Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense officials confirmed Monday afternoon.

The troops are in addition to the 2,000 National Guard members who have been in place since April. They are being sent in response to the caravan of Central American migrants that are slowly making their way to the United States after crossing Mexico’s southern border earlier this month.

“Make no mistakes, as we sit right here today, we have 800 soldiers that are on their way to Texas right now,” said Air Force Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, the chief of U.S. Northern Command, during a press conference.

O’Shaughnessy said that number could change, depending on whether the situation dictates a change in strategy. O’Shaughnessy foretold of an operation that is likely to be very different from the current National Guard activity, which mainly happens behind the scenes and assists federal Customs and Border Protection and Border Patrol agents.

In addition to the boots on the ground, the country’s military is also preparing to deploy three helicopter companies that can transport CBP officials in a moment’s notice. Mobile command and medical units are also at the ready, as is enough barbed wire to build up to 22 miles of makeshift barrier, with another 150 miles still available.

“We have combined command posts where our operational commanders will be working side by side to integrate our efforts and make,” O’Shaughnessy.

The military build-up, which was first reported by Reuters Monday morning, comes as President Donald Trump moves ahead with the notion that criminals and Middle Easterners have infiltrated the caravan, which started out with more than 7,000 migrants but has reduced in size this month. He has presented no evidence to support that claim.

The American Civil Liberties Union immediately blasted the move as nothing more than a costly and unnecessary political ploy.

“Sending active military forces to our southern border is not only a huge waste of taxpayer money, but an unnecessary course of action that will further terrorize and militarize our border communities,” Shaw Drake, the policy counsel for the ACLU Border Rights Center in El Paso, said in a statement. “ Military personnel are legally prohibited from engaging in immigration enforcement, and there is no emergency or cost-benefit analysis to justify this sudden deployment.”

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Sessions calls recitation of Scripture an “attack,” touts new Religious Liberty Task Force

The state of our union continues to deteriorate. Today, just as the United Methodist General Board released a statement opposing military deployments to the southern border, a United Methodist minister and a Baptist minister were ejected from a Boston event on (ironically) religious freedom featuring Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  

After reciting Matthew 25:42-43, the minister was met with boos and shouts of “GO HOME!”

Sessions then referred to the words from the Bible as an “attack.”

The video is chilling if it portrays what I fear it does portray: that Trump’s abduction and dislocation of the Republican party can (and perhaps, sadly, already has) spread to the church. Now, admittedly, this was not a crowd of religious leaders, but rather of (mostly) libertarian lawyers. Still, how odd to watch an audience of lawyers at an event in support of religious liberty boo at the words of the Bible and at the act of reciting them.

In light of the events in Pittsburgh and in Kentucky targeting religious communities, following on the heels of the most expansive assassination attempt in US history and the escalating rhetoric around immigration and the free press, we must be watchful and mindful as we pass each of the signposts on the road to Hell. Soon, it will be too late to turn back. 

Here is a rough transcript of the exchange (video below):

Methodist Minister: “I was hungry and you did not feed me. I was a stranger and you did not welcome me. I was naked and you did not clothe me. I was a stranger and you did not welcome me.” Brother Jeff, as a fellow United Methodist I call upon you to repent, to care for those in need, to remember that when you do not care for others, you are wounding the body of Christ.

Sessions: Well, thank you for those remarks and attack, but I would just tell you we do our best every day to fulfill my responsibility to enforce the laws of the United States.

Baptist Minister: But if I may, brother Jeff, [inaudible] …

Audience Member(s):  GO HOME! GO HOME!

Baptist Minister: … [inaudible] in the Methodist Church exercising his free exercise of religion…

[Audience boos]

… is a person who represents the Christian tradition, the faith that everyone here professes to believe in

Audience Member: How would you know?!

Baptist Minister: … I thought we were here to protect religious liberty…

[Audience boos]

… You are escorting me out for exercising my religious freedoms. It doesn’t make any sense. It’s very hypocritical for this group of people to be wanting to protect religious freedoms while you are escorting me out.


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Daily Dispatch 10/29/18

A sampling of today’s headlines on immigration, race, and related stories.

October 29, 2018


Top Story:

Defense Department to hold briefing today at 4pm (per Sarah Sanders in today’s WH briefing). Live coverage should be available on CSPAN when the event begins.

Border USA Mexico

The DOD may send up to 5000 troops to the border, but at the moment it is unclear what role the military will play. CBP wants the military for have a more active role in enforcement, but history shows that such border deployments consist largely of humanitarian relief in the form of medical, engineering, and/or support staff and supplies. CBP union chief wants the military to play a more active enforcement role, DHS Secretary Nielsen is waffling, but the decision will ultimately be left to Defense Secretary Mattis.

Given that the caravan’s arrival is months away, we can assume this ramp-up is mostly meant to serve as a sort of “October surprise” ahead of midterm elections.


More Related Coverage:

From the Daily Beast: “Bolton Kept DHS in the Dark in His Push to Seal the Border Against the Migrant Caravan”

From Politico: “DHS secretary: ‘This caravan is not getting in’”

From Newsweek: “DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says US has no plans ‘right now’ to shoot at caravan”

From the Associated Press: “Trump escalates threats against migrant caravan”

From the Washington Post: “Trump preparing to deliver major immigration speech just days before midterms”

“Trump is considering steps that would bar migrants from crossing the border and deny them a chance to apply for asylum in the United States, measures that legal scholars and immigrant rights groups say would contravene U.S. laws and international treaties, likely triggering challenges in federal court.

“The president, undeterred, has been buoyed by rising approval ratings in recent weeks and eager to cudgel his Democratic rivals on border issues, depicting the migrant caravan moving through Mexico as a menace to U.S. security.

“Administration officials with knowledge of the speech preparations said the exact measures Trump will announce remain under discussion, as attorneys from the Department of Homeland Security, Justice Department and White House attempt to craft policies that put the administration on the least-vulnerable legal footing.”


Other News:

From the New Yorker: “Larry Krasner’s Campaign to End Mass Incarceration: Philadelphia’s District Attorney reinvents the role of the modern prosecutor”

CBP union endorses Democrats, drawing President’s ire.

Census bureau says citizenship question is not the most efficient or cost-effective way to gather citizenship data.



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Daily Dispatch 10/26/18

A sampling of today’s headlines on immigration, race, and related stories.

October 26, 2018


In lieu of our usual Daily Dispatch, we are republishing the following article from the Texas Tribune on Trump’s plans to militarize the border.


Trump considering plan to ban entry of migrants at southern border, deny asylum” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.

Trump considering plan to ban entry of migrants at southern border, deny asylum

President Donald Trump is weighing a plan to shut the U.S. border to Central Americans and deny them the opportunity to seek asylum, asserting similar emergency powers used during the early 2017 “travel ban,” according to administration officials and people familiar with the proposal.

South Texas Border Patrol Vehicle. Photo by Donna Burton/CBP.

Fixated on the migrant caravan moving north through Mexico, President Trump is weighing a plan to shut the U.S. border to Central Americans and deny them the opportunity to seek asylum, asserting similar emergency powers used during the early 2017 “travel ban,” according to administration officials and people familiar with the proposal.

The White House is also preparing to deploy as many as 1,000 additional U.S. troops to assist in security operations at the southern border in anticipation of the caravan’s arrival, officials said.

Under U.S. law, foreign nationals fleeing persecution have the right to apply for asylum once they reach American soil, but the executive order under consideration would suspend that provision and bar Central Americans as a matter of national security, according to those familiar with the proposal.

Such a move would probably trigger immediate challenges in U.S. courts.

With the midterm elections two weeks away, Trump has seized on the migrant caravan as a vehicle for his own campaign messaging, depicting the Central American families as dangerous criminals and Democrats as their enablers.

According to a draft of the proposed rule reviewed by The Washington Post, the administration argues that the president can use his authority under Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act to declare certain migrants ineligible for asylum because it “would be contrary to the national interest” and “detrimental to the interests of the United States.”

The section is the same legal authority he invoked during the travel ban.

Several administration officials cautioned that the proposal is not yet finalized and is one of several measures under consideration. Taken together, they could help physically and legally fortify the southern border in anticipation of the arrival of large numbers of migrants the president characterizes as a threat.

“The Administration is considering wide range administrative, legal and legislative options to address the Democrat-created crisis of mass illegal immigration,” said a White House official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive internal discussions. “No decisions have been made at this time,” the official said. “Nor will we forecast to smugglers or caravans what precise strategies will or will not be deployed.”

Said another administration official when asked about the Central America ban, “Everything is on the table.”

The additional troops would reinforce the 2,000 or so National Guard personnel deployed to the border since April. Under a Pentagon order that could be issued as soon as Friday, they would not make arrests or operate in an enforcement role, according to officials with knowledge of the plan.

The migrant caravan remains more than 900 miles from U.S. territory and has dwindled to about 3,000 people, according to the latest estimates from Mexican authorities. But the scenes of young men breaking through gates along the Guatemala-Mexico border earlier this week have alarmed the White House, and Trump continues to depict the Central American migrant group as a criminal menace and a security threat.

Impoverished families, many of whom are traveling with children and surviving on handouts, comprise the bulk of those advancing slowly through southern Mexico.

The Trump administration has provided no evidence that Middle Easterners and dangerous criminals are mixed in.

One potential problem with the border entry ban under consideration is that migrants who cross illegally would still have to be taken into U.S. custody. The administration could attempt to deny them access to U.S. courts and expedite their deportation, but those migrants would have to be returned to Central America, unless the Mexican government agreed to take them.

Any attempt to force Mexico to take the Central Americans back would risk “potentially major conflict” with its government, said one Department of Homeland Security official familiar with some of the policy proposals that have been under discussion.

The United States has the legal authority to return them “since they let them through in the first place,” the person said.

In recent weeks, record numbers of migrant family members have streamed across the border in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas and into southern Arizona, overwhelming detention capacity and prompting mass releases.

U.S. courts have limited the government’s ability to hold children in immigration jails, so “banning” Central Americans who enter illegally could have little practical effect. A denial of their ability to seek asylum could also matter little. Fewer than 10 percent of Central American applicants are granted asylum by U.S. immigration judges, according to the latest statistics, but many have used the process as a way to gain entry to the United States and remain in the country while their claims slowly proceed through the legal system.

White House officials have put escalating pressure on the Mexican government to stop the caravan, but officials there have declined to block its advance by force.

In a Thursday morning tweet, Trump called again for changes to U.S. immigration laws, which he said “make it tough for us to stop people at the Border.” He added that he is “bringing out the military for this National Emergency. They will be stopped!”

Later, the president tweeted: “To those in the Caravan, turnaround, we are not letting people into the United States illegally. Go back to your Country and if you want, apply for citizenship like millions of others are doing!”

The caravan is still weeks from reaching the U.S. border, and Mexican authorities said the number of migrants has dwindled rapidly, from an estimate of 7,200 by the United Nations early in the week to 3,630 on Wednesday. The Mexican government said it had processed 1,700 asylum claims.

It is not clear what effect the additional military personnel would have, given that many of the migrants, if they reach the United States, would probably attempt to surrender to Border Patrol agents. U.S. officials said the troops would not conduct direct law enforcement but would instead play supporting roles. Those duties were still being defined but are likely to include engineers who can oversee construction, aviation support, and possibly doctors or lawyers who can assist migrants.

Critics have said that a military solution would be costly and ineffective, and they accused Trump of trying to fan public fears over inflated security threats of the caravan to stoke his conservative base ahead of the Nov. 6 midterm elections.

“It’s sad and irresponsible that the president would deploy the world’s strongest military against a group of unarmed migrants, including women and children,” said Kevin Appleby, a policy director at the Center for Migration Studies. “It demonstrates that the administration’s deterrence policies have failed and they are at the point of desperation in their immigration policies. They need a new approach, one that addresses regional challenges and the push factors from the [Central American] region. It’s a waste of tax­payer money.”

The addition of active-duty forces could raise concerns among human rights groups, given that the caravan, which originated in Honduras, is made up largely of families, including children. U.S. officials said the additional forces are not expected to include any “trigger pullers.”

One U.S. official said the troops’ role will be designed so that the Posse Comitatus Act, a federal law that limits the use of the military for domestic law enforcement operations, is not violated. The official compared the deployment to active-duty troops assisting with hurricane relief.

The National Guard personnel already at the border are under direct orders from their respective state governors and remain under those governors’ control. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis issued a memo this year that prohibited them from interacting directly with “migrants or other persons detained,” and that directive is still in place, said Lt. Col. Dave Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesman.

RJ Hauman, government relations director at the Federation for American Immigration Reform, which advocates for lower immigration levels, said Trump deserves credit for the administration’s efforts to crack down on unauthorized immigration. But he added that a military solution to the Central American caravan would be “ineffective” and said the administration should focus on trying to get Congress to tighten asylum laws.

In most cases, children and families who apply for asylum are not legally allowed to be detained for more than a few weeks and are released into the United States as they await hearings before immigration judges — a process that could take more than a year because of backlogs.

Trump administration officials say there has been a rapid increase in asylum cases, especially from Central America in recent years, and they have accused human smugglers of coaching immigrants to make false claims of persecution. Immigrant rights groups said the migrants are fleeing gang violence, organized crime and poverty.

“Sending the military down to the border will be ineffective in preventing these organized incursions so long as our asylum and immigration laws can be so easily abused,” Hauman said.

President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama dispatched National Guard troops to assist in border operations. The missions — one from June 2006 to July 2008 and another from June 2010 to September 2011 — cost a total of $1.35 billion, according to a Government Accountability Office report.

The report found that one of the primary benefits of the National Guard was to bridge gaps while new Border Patrol agents were hired and trained. But the report also found that Pentagon officials believed there was no comprehensive strategy at the border and worried about “mission creep” for Guard personnel. Department of Homeland Security officials, meanwhile, expressed concern that the Pentagon assistance was “ad hoc.”

Use of active-duty service members has been especially sensitive since 1997, when a Marine on a drug surveillance mission shot and killed a high school student in the border village of Redford, Tex. The shooter and other Marines present were investigated, but no charges were brought against them. The U.S. government ultimately agreed to pay a $1.9 million settlement to the student’s family.

This year, the Pentagon has examined providing space to other federal agencies to run camps for migrants on specific military bases, and it said in a June memo to Congress that it would prepare to house up to 20,000 unaccompanied migrant children on bases in coming months.

That plan would have similarities to 2014, when the Obama administration housed about 7,000 unaccompanied children on three military bases. But to date, the U.S. government has not moved forward with opening any camps on military bases.

David Nakamura, Seung Min Kim and Maria Sacchetti contributed to this report.

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2018/10/25/donald-trump-considering-plan-ban-entry-migrants-southern-border/.

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Daily Dispatch 10/25/18

A sampling of today’s headlines on immigration, race, and related stories.

October 25, 2018

Top Story:

Amazon leadership at odds with Amazon employees and shareholders over contracts with ICE. (ACLU files FOIA request for details.)



Though Trump admits he made up the “unknown Middle Easterners” thing, Pence defends the claim in an interesting, and surprisingly more racist, interpretation of Trump’s original meaning: “it’s inconceivable that there are not people of Middle Eastern descent in a crowd of more than 7,000 people.”  

Trump again says he is “bringing out the military” to the border, but the Department of Defense has not yet received any information or orders.

US and Mexican officials weighing legality of various options for dealing with migrant caravan.

From HuffPo: “Here’s What Happens When the Migrant Caravan Gets To The U.S. Border

For Central American migrants, “push factors” at home override US border policies.


The Media:

Fox & Friends reporter hounds family crossing the border, bragging that he had “foiled this attempt” to “illegally cross.”

How media’s use of terms like “caravan” and “deterrence” reinforce Trump’s anti-immigration rhetoric.


Other News:

Administration considers shake-up off HHS’s Office of Refugee Resettlement.

From the Atlantic: “What Happens After You Become the ‘Most Famous Undocumented Immigrant in America’

What recent polls are saying about America’s reaction to Trump’s immigration policies.

Government Accountability Office releases report demonstrating that government agencies were caught unawares by April announcement of “zero tolerance” policy.



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Daily Dispatch Focus on Migrant Caravan 10/24/2018

A sampling of today’s headlines on immigration, race, and related stories.

October 24, 2018

Caravan Edition

Latest Caravan News

Powerful photo essay published yesterday in The Atlantic.

Another photo essay here from the BBC.

Crackdown on migrant caravan is a violation of international law.

Report from Huixtla, Mexico from New York Times, as the caravan begins its 12th day: “This is straight-up biblical,” said Julio Raúl García Márquez, 43, a Guatemalan traveling with his wife, their 1-year-old son and a cousin. They spent part of the night on sheets of cardboard in the central square.”

Journalist José Luis Granados Ceja accompanies the caravan across border between Mexico and Guatemala. “We’re not migrating, we’re fleeing!”

Honduran migrants take part in a caravan heading to the US, on the road linking Ciudad Hidalgo and Tapachula, Chiapas state, Mexico, on October 21, 2018. – Thousands of Honduran migrants resumed their march toward the United States on Sunday from the southern Mexican city of Ciudad Hidalgo, AFP journalists at the scene said. (Photo by Pedro Pardo / AFP) (Photo credit should read PEDRO PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)

Reality Checks

Human Rights First – Myths vs Facts about the caravan.

ISIS? Caravaners attack Mexico’s police? And other lies revealed here.

Luke Barnes and Rebekah Entralgo cover (and debunk) some of the false stories circulating about the caravan.

Background articles on migration

Alianza America’s Oscar Chacon discusses what the caravan is “really telling us.”

U.S. policy supports Honduran “tyrant” – Op-ed from Silvio Carrillo in New York Times (from Dec. 2017)

Mark Tseng-Putterman argues “U.S. empire thrives on amnesia….There can be no common-sense immigration “debate” that conveniently ignores the history of U.S. intervention in Central America.” He offers detailed timelines concerning interventions in EL Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala. (from June 2018)

National Geographic snapshot about gangs in Honduras (from Feb. 2018)


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Daily Dispatch 10/23/18

A sampling of today’s headlines on immigration, race, and related stories.

October 23, 2018


Trump declares, “I’m a nationalist”

“A globalist is a person that wants the globe to do well, frankly not caring about our country so much. And, you know what? We can’t have that. You know, they have a word, it sort of became old-fashioned. It’s called a nationalist. And I say, ‘Really? We’re not supposed to use that word. You know what I am? I’m a nationalist. OK? I’m a nationalist. Use that word. Use that word.”



Stephen King and others respond to Trump’s anti-immigrant tweets.

Google searches on immigration spike in Ohio after Trump’s string of anti-immigration tweets.

Geraldo Rivera’s thoughts on immigration, posted here because the eye-opening comments section demonstrates that racism, xenophobia, and nationalism are very, very real.

More white ladies (… Passport Patty?…): Woman confronts Guatemalan family and demands their passports because they were speaking Spanish while eating dinner at a Virginia restaurant. (Restaurant owners refer to her as a “former customer” and “a vile and loathsome individual” in a Facebook post.)



Do images of the migrant caravan help Trump distort our understanding of immigration? (Yes)

Related: Immigration and race in the midterm campaigns.



Mijente, in cooperation with the National Immigration Project, the Immigrant Defense Project, and Empower LLC, released a report on tech companies that enable ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations.

DC’s Attorney General is suing ICE for violating FOIA requirements in its refusal to turn over documents related to immigration enforcement actions in the District.

From NPR: “ICE appears to end use of federal prisons from immigrant detainees


Other News:

Sessions really won’t let this immigration thing go – now he proposes a new rule that would allow him to rule on immigration cases before the Board of Immigration Appeals has the chance.

From Politifact: “Immigration in 5 charts: a 2018 midterm report

From ABC News: “ ‘Immigrant’: Amid rising displacement, rapper Belly shares an ode of power and pride to immigrants



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