Daily Dispatch 10/18/18
A sampling of today’s headlines on immigration, race, and related stories.
October 18, 2018
Arizona-based for-profit, VisionQuest National LTD, received funds from HHS to house UACs in Philadelphia, but officials in this “sanctuary city” won’t allow kids to be incarcerated on their watch.
Elizabeth Warren sends a letter to HHS’s Alex Azar (cc Kirstjen Nielsen), asking for clarification on whether he misled Congress regarding the existence of a database to track separated families.
Activist arrested for aiding undocumented immigrants fights the charges on grounds of religious freedom because “his faith compels him to offer assistance to people in dire need, including immigrants.”
Political bias in hiring immigration judges sheds light on how Sessions is re-shaping immigration courts.
ICE subpoenas immigration lawyer who refuses to reveal the source of a leaked memo offering guidance to ICE attorneys on how to implement Sessions’s ruling against domestic / gang violence as grounds for asylum.
Northern Lights (or Joints and the Joint):
Canada legalizes marijuana, but workers in the newly above-board industry risk a “lifetime ban” from the US. Congress has requested a briefing from Nielsen and CBP Commissioner McAleenan “concerning the impact of Canada’s legalization of recreational cannabis on cross-border transit.”
From Politico: POT PARDONS COMING — The Trudeau government plans to announce today it will grant pardons for convictions of simple possession of marijuana in Canada, a high-ranking government official told POLITICO. The full details will come within days or weeks, he said.
BOP fears low-security prisons will reach capacity soon due to “Attorney General’s April 11, 2017 and May 10, 2017 guidance regarding the aggressive prosecution of certain crimes” (i.e. zero tolerance immigration enforcement).
From The Guardian: “‘I live in fear’: under Trump, life for America’s immigrants can change in a flash”
From The Atlantic: “Some Immigrant Parents Fear Losing Their Children Forever”
We have today informed the countries of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador that if they allow their citizens, or others, to journey through their borders and up to the United States, with the intention of entering our country illegally, all payments made to them will STOP (END)!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2018
Anybody entering the United States illegally will be arrested and detained, prior to being sent back to their country!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 17, 2018
….In addition to stopping all payments to these countries, which seem to have almost no control over their population, I must, in the strongest of terms, ask Mexico to stop this onslaught – and if unable to do so I will call up the U.S. Military and CLOSE OUR SOUTHERN BORDER!..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2018
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