Daily Dispatch 8/16/18

A new series in which we (will aspire to) offer a sampling of today’s headlines on immigration, race, and related stories.

August 16, 2018:

Americans donate frequent flier miles to migrant families separated under Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy.

This story of a Filipino family demonstrates the decades long effects of family separation.

California Senate will be debating a joint resolution today that will ask Trump and Congress to formally apologize to victims of family separation. Resolutions in Idaho are having a harder time getting passage.

UNICEF report indicates that families separated/deported by Trump will likely return to the U.S. because the situation they return to is made worse by efforts to flee. Here is more information and a link to the full UNICEF report, “Uprooted: Central America and Mexico.”

The Kaiser Family Foundation releases a study on toxic stress in immigrant families under the Trump administration.

A new study examines why so many DACA recipients are choosing not to renew their status.

Senators send a letter to DHS Sec asking the agency to crack down on privately operated detention centers using immigrants as forced labor. Several lawsuits are currently pending around the country against two of the largest contractors, GEO Group and CoreCivic, alleging human trafficking and other state and federal violations.

For viewers of Showtime’s The Affair (or other pop-culture aficionados), actress Catalina Sandino Moreno discusses her character’s complicated and timely immigration storyline in the series’ fourth season.

Continuing coverage of the Trump effort to denaturalize U.S. citizens through a new task force led by Frank Cissna, head of the US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS).

In addition to recently removing“ nation of immigrants” from the agency’s mission statement (see yesterday’s Daily Dispatch), USCIS’s Frank Cissna spoke yesterday at the Center for Immigration Studies – an SPLC designated hate group. I would suggest that the agency vet such groups before agreeing to appear, but, sadly, I’m guessing they did.  

Trump immigration goon Stephen Miller’s plan to expand the phrase “public charge” to include even the Earned Income Credit and to apply to all household members (including US citizens) is aimed at preventing legal immigrants from gaining citizenship, a policy shift that deviates from core conservative principles, says Raul Reyes.  

House Majority Leader and Trump supporter Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was confronted by protesters during talk at Public Policy Institute of California. After claiming that Trump will “solve immigration,” the protesters began chanting “where’s your heart?” – leading McCarthy to lament the elected officials who seek to sow division ( = irony?).

Speaking of discord and irony, Sarah Sanders avoided uncomfortable questions at yesterday’s WH briefing by making the shocking announcement that John Brennan has been stripped of his security clearances due to his “erratic conduct” and “sow[ing] division and chaos” (wow, the country was full of irony yesterday, wasn’t it) and because of Russia – though we all know, thanks to the July date on the August release, that the announcement was intended to distract media attention – and Trump! – from a losing battle with Omarosa Manigault Newman over his use of racial slurs and misogynistic language. This distraction effort is not helped, however, by his threats to go after Susan Rice next, nor by the release of this recording in which Trump suggests a “blacks against whites” season of The Apprentice, nor by his asking for AG Sessions to have Omarosa arrested!! (It’s getting worse…)


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