Daily Dispatch 9/18/18

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

September 18, 2018

Making America White Again:

Miller Trumps Pompeo: Drastic cuts to refugee program – lowering cap from 110,000 to 50,000 to 45,000 and now to 30,000 – a priority of Miller’s Make America White Again agenda, despite pushback from Pompeo and the Pentagon.

Related: White House is “tickled pink” that their campaign of “bureaucratic strangulation” has led to the lowest number of refugees in the nearly 40-year history of the program. Why? … … … Yep, racism – you got it.

Related: The Judiciary Committee, required by law to be notified of such a change, said… oh, never mind, no one told Congress.

This American diplomat notices a trend in the State Department – it’s getting whiter. Some minority diplomats resigned, but the rest have been fired, demoted, or passed up for promotion. And the number of women has dropped 7% under Trump. This author resigned after she and a fellow officer were told they couldn’t pass the “Breitbart Test.”

Hunting for Victims:

“Hunting for victims,” Border Patrol serial killer targeted vulnerable communities, and may have used his intel position to monitor progress of police investigating the deaths of the women he executed.

(CBP responds by placing the confessed serial killer on “indefinite unpaid suspension.”)

Fighting Back:

Austin and other “freedom cities” get creative to skirt “sanctuary city” crackdown and state laws. In Texas, “police officers can ask people they stop about their immigration status,” but in Austin police are also required to inform them of their right to refuse to answer.

The Devil Went Down to Georgia:

An outstanding, in-depth, 4-part look inside ICE / CoreCivic’s Stewart Detention Center in rural Georgia, the nation’s largest.

Solitary confinement cell at Stewart Detention Center (Georgia Bureau of Investigation)

Dreamers:

Christian Science Monitor offers a profile of DACA recipients a year after Trump announced the program’s end.

At the Border:

ICE assigns “fake dates” for court appearances – creating chaos in courthouses and confusion for anyone who’s never heard of “September 31st” (an obscure bi-millennial leap year?).

CBP’s McAleenan to inspect children’s facilities as number of families and unaccompanied minors held at the border increase.

Mexican officials find 124 starving Central Americans in cargo trucks in Oaxaca – half of them kids.

Get your very own piece of the border wall in NM – live public auction on December 3rd.

Update:

Huffington Post accuses Washington Post of twisting data in its report alleging the Trump administration denying passports to Latino citizens at the border, but WaPo stands by its story.

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