Daily Dispatch 10/18/18

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

October 18, 2018

 

Kidz Inc.

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.

Courts:

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).

Fear:

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

Tantrums:

Trump threatens to “STOP (END)!” federal aid to Central American countries and send the military to close the southern border to the caravan of Honduran migrants.

 

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