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Refugees Welcome
« on: November 12, 2020, 11:35:56 pm »
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news.gallup.com/poll/245255/750-million-worldwide-migrate.aspx

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Gallup's surveys throughout this period found 15% of the world's adults -- or more than 750 million people -- saying they would like to move to another country if they had the opportunity.
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The countries where potential migrants say they would like to move -- if they could -- have generally been the same for the past 10 years. In fact, roughly 18 countries attract two-thirds of all potential migrants worldwide.

Although the image of U.S. leadership took a beating between 2016 and 2017, the U.S. continues to be the most desired destination country for potential migrants, as it has since Gallup started tracking these patterns a decade ago.

One in five potential migrants (21%) -- or about 158 million adults worldwide -- name the U.S. as their desired future residence. Canada, Germany, France, Australia and the United Kingdom each appeal to more than 30 million adults.

In other words, the only problem is that many people who currently want to migrate are being violently prohibited from doing so by closed borders which they never chose to be born on the wrong side of.

Note also that emigration from autocratic countries is also likely to reduce the chances of those autocracies being overthrown, as people who like the idea of voting can immigrate to existing democracies and vote there instead of trying to transform existing autocracies into democracies (as our enemies have been encouraging them to do by making migration difficult). Thus ending violence against migrants also helps the continued existence of autocracy as a system of governance, which is of course also in line with our aims.

It is crucial that we at all times talk about the issue in terms of ending violence. Rightists (and even some False Leftists) have made it sound like we are doing migrants a positive favour by letting them migrate. This is nonsense. Letting people move around as they choose is simply refraining from violence against them. (This used to be so obvious that no one even needed to explain it, yet for this very reason a new generation has never had it properly explained to them.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2ys5rsZPuU

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www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/un-general-assembly-endorses-global-migration-accord/2018/12/19/88ab3944-03b0-11e9-958c-0a601226ff6b_story.html

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The U.N. General Assembly endorsed a sweeping accord to ensure safe and orderly migration Wednesday over opposition from five countries, including the United States and Hungary.

The Global Compact for Migration, the first international document dealing with the issue, is not legally binding. But the escalating debate over people leaving their home countries for new ones has sparked increasing opposition and reservations among the U.N.’s 193 member states.

The General Assembly resolution endorsing the compact was approved by a vote of 152-5, with Israel, the Czech Republic and Poland also voting “no” and 12 countries abstaining.
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The drafting process for the global compact was launched after all 193 U.N. member states, including the United States under President Barack Obama, adopted a declaration in 2016 saying no country can manage international migration on its own and agreed to work on a pact.

But the United States under President Donald Trump pulled out a year ago, claiming that numerous provisions in the compact were “inconsistent with U.S. immigration and refugee policies.”

Further information:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Compact_for_Migration

One good thing about this: you know how rightists are always like: "We just want to be like Japan in terms of attitude towards migration!" Well, it's now official: Japan approved the compact. Israel didn't, though.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ASEt-mpCrGA

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Finally a pro-immigration opinion column!

www.nytimes.com/2019/01/16/opinion/open-borders-immigration.html

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There’s Nothing Wrong With Open Borders

Why a brave Democrat should make the case for vastly expanding immigration.

The internet expands the bounds of acceptable discourse, so ideas considered out of bounds not long ago now rocket toward widespread acceptability. See: cannabis legalization, government-run health care, white nationalism and, of course, the flat-earthers.

Yet there’s one political shore that remains stubbornly beyond the horizon. It’s an idea almost nobody in mainstream politics will address, other than to hurl the label as a bloody cudgel.

I’m talking about opening up America’s borders to everyone who wants to move here.

Imagine not just opposing President Trump’s wall but also opposing the nation’s cruel and expensive immigration and border-security apparatus in its entirety. Imagine radically shifting our stance toward outsiders from one of suspicion to one of warm embrace. Imagine that if you passed a minimal background check, you’d be free to live, work, pay taxes and die in the United States. Imagine moving from Nigeria to Nebraska as freely as one might move from Massachusetts to Maine.

There’s a witheringly obvious moral, economic, strategic and cultural case for open borders, and we have a political opportunity to push it. As Democrats jockey for the presidency, there’s room for a brave politician to oppose President Trump’s racist immigration rhetoric not just by fighting his wall and calling for the abolishment of I.C.E. but also by making a proactive and affirmative case for the vast expansion of immigration.

It would be a change from the stale politics of the modern era, in which both parties agreed on the supposed wisdom of “border security” and assumed that immigrants were to be feared.

Exactly. The very vocabulary of "border security" (also nonchalantly used by the unthinking False Left) is absurd. A border is simply a line that marks where one set of institutions (currency, language, etc.) stop applying and another set of institutions start applying. As such, there is no issue of security to speak of. People crossing a border need to be made aware that they are crossing a border, so that they know what rules they now have to follow, and the state for administrative purposes needs to know how many people are crossing in and out, but other than that a border should be as convenient to cross as possible. The very notion of prohibiting people who want to cross a border from doing so is violent, and as such demands retaliatory violence in response.

People migrate because they see opportunity in their destination of choice. What "border security" actually means is using violence to suppress opportunism. It is no different than crippling someone in order to prevent them from pursuing their dreams. It is not enough to verbally condemn or even economically sanction states which do this; such states must be militarily invaded and overthrown.

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As an immigrant, this idea confounds me. My family came to the United States from our native South Africa in the late 1980s. After jumping through lots of expensive and confusing legal hoops, we became citizens in 2000. Obviously, it was a blessing: In rescuing me from a society in which people of my color were systematically oppressed, America has given me a chance at liberty.

But why had I deserved that chance, while so many others back home — because their parents lacked certain skills, money or luck — were denied it?

When you see the immigration system up close, you’re confronted with its bottomless unfairness. The system assumes that people born outside our borders are less deserving of basic rights than those inside. My native-born American friends did not seem to me to warrant any more dignity than my South African ones; according to this nation’s founding documents, we were all created equal. Yet by mere accident of geography, some were given freedom, and others were denied it.

“When you start to think about it, a system of closed borders begins to feel very much like a system of feudal privilege,” said Reece Jones, a professor of geography at the University of Hawaii who argues that Democrats should take up the mantle of open borders. “It’s the same idea that there’s some sort of hereditary rights to privilege based on where you were born.”

This is basically the same point I have been emphasizing all along: no one chooses where they are born, so everyone should be allowed to choose where to live. It's good to see this argument being adopted at last.

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I admit the politics here are perilous. Although America’s borders were open for much of its history — if your ancestors came here voluntarily, there’s a good chance it was thanks to open borders — restrictions on immigration are now baked so deeply into our political culture that any talk of loosening them sparks anger.

People worry that immigrants will bring crime, even though stats show immigrants are no more dangerous than natives. People worry they’ll take jobs away from native workers, even though most studies suggests that immigration is a profound benefit to the economy, and there’s little evidence it hurts native workers. And if we worry that they’ll hoover up welfare benefits, we can impose residency requirements for them.

Another point is that freedom to migrate applies to everyone. For those who dislike immigrants, the best thing they can do both for themselves and for everyone else is to themselves migrate elsewhere. We need to stop wasting time trying to persuade the prejudiced to drop their prejudices and instead just tell them that they are most welcome to leave if they don't like it, but not welcome to bully others into leaving.

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But these are all defensive arguments, and when you’re on defense, you’re losing. For opponents of the president’s xenophobic policies, a better plan is to make the affirmative case for a lot more immigrants.

Economically and strategically, open borders isn’t just a good plan — it’s the only chance we’ve got. America is an aging nation with a stagnant population. We have ample land to house lots more people, but we are increasingly short of workers. And on the global stage, we face two colossi — India and China — which, with their billions, are projected to outstrip American economic hegemony within two decades.

How will we ever compete with such giants? The same way we always have: by inviting the world’s most enthusiastic and creative people — including the people willing to walk here, to risk disease and degradation and death to land here — to live out their best life under liberty.

A new migrant caravan is forming in Honduras, and the president is itching for the resulting political fight.

Here’s hoping Democrats respond with creativity and verve. Not just “No wall.” Not just “Abolish ICE.”

Instead: “Let them in.”

Exactly. In an economically sane world, states would be competing to attract immigrants to their own countries. In a sane world, it wouldn't even just be "Let them in" but moreover "How can we make sure they keep choosing us over all the other countries available?" And the answer would be: by treating fairly and kindly those who arrive, so as to build up a positive reputation for hospitality. This is what constructive immigration policy discussion should be about. In the same way that a company attracts recruits by establishing a reputation for treating its staff well, it should be the duty of a state to attract its folk by establishing a reputation for treating newcomers well. And yes, this includes zero tolerance for the bullies who deliberately try to make life miserable for newcomers so that they stop coming.

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Re: Refugees Welcome
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2020, 11:41:56 pm »
OLD CONTENT contd.

Here is another moral inversion which annoys me, the Trump administration trying to make it look like the country it wants to deport people to is in the wrong for refusing to take these people:

www.dhs.gov/news/2019/01/31/dhs-announces-implementation-visa-sanctions-ghana

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced, in coordination with the Department of State, the implementation of visa sanctions on Ghana due to lack of cooperation in accepting their nationals ordered removed from the United States.

Pursuant to her authority under Section 243(d) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA), Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen notified Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the Government of Ghana has denied or unreasonably delayed accepting their nationals ordered removed from the United States. As a result, Secretary of State Pompeo has ordered consular officers in Ghana to implement visa restrictions on certain categories of visa applicants. Without an appropriate response from Ghana, the scope of these sanctions may be expanded to a wider population. The sanctions will remain in place until the Secretary of Homeland Security notifies Secretary Pompeo that cooperation on removals has improved to an acceptable level.

“Ghana has failed to live up to its obligations under international law to accept the return of its nationals ordered removed from the United States,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen. “The United States routinely cooperates with foreign governments in documenting and accepting U.S. citizens when asked, as appropriate, as do the majority of countries in the world, but Ghana has failed to do so in this case. We hope the Ghanaian government will work with us to reconcile these deficiencies quickly.”

If the people involved wanted to go to Ghana, they would surely go by themselves. Deporting them means forcing them to go there despite they themselves not wanting to go. It is violence. Were Ghana to accept the deportees, Ghana would be passively complicit in this violence. By refusing to accept them, Ghana is honourably rejecting this violence. Ghana is setting an example of what every country should do if demanded to accept deportees.

And the response of the Trump administration is to initiate even more violence by prohibiting other people(!) who want to travel to the US from Ghana from doing so, in order to pressure Ghana to accept its violence against the deportees!

"International law?" According to whom? Western civilization, of course.

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peace_of_Westphalia

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The Peace of Westphalia established the precedent of peace established by diplomatic congress. A new system of political order arose in central Europe, based upon peaceful coexistence among sovereign states. Inter-state aggression was to be held in check by a balance of power, and a norm was established against interference in another state's domestic affairs. As European influence spread across the globe, these Westphalian principles, especially the concept of sovereign states, became central to international law and to the prevailing world order.[2]

**** your Eurocentrism!

REFUGEES WELCOME! DEPORTEES NOT WELCOME!

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Refusing to take deportees works, as I said it would:

www.kurdistan24.net/en/news/9c4b9c4a-8c7d-47f2-a5af-6d06377fbb21

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Finland has suspended the deportation of all Iraqis whose asylum requests have been rejected in a stalemate with the federal government of Iraq, which refuses to accept the forced return of its nationals, a local newspaper reported.
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Finnish police in 2018 so far have deported 150 Iraqi citizens, 128 of which were returned to Iraq, according to the newspaper. Nearly all these deportations were forced returns, meaning the person being deported does not voluntarily leave the country and are escorted by police back to their country of origin.
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The federal government of Iraq has repeatedly refused to sign an agreement with Finland on forced returns of rejected asylum seekers.

Iraq has said that it will not accept anyone who has not voluntarily returned. For this reason, we are not deporting Iraqi nationals for the time being,” said police inspector Ari Jokinen, quoted by Finland’s Yle television channel.

Good for Iraq! Why isn't every country being asked to accept deportees refusing for the same reason? Rejecting refugees is violence. Accepting deportees is also violence.

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OM3XZu_ubwI

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An encouraging development:

www.foxnews.com/politics/tear-down-that-border-wall-the-new-dem-litmus-test

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Beto O’Rourke may have inadvertently got the ball rolling this week on an emerging litmus test for Democrats eyeing the White House in 2020 when he said he “absolutely” supports tearing down the existing barriers along the southern border with Mexico.

Since then, the other Democrats eyeing the 2020 Democratic nomination are facing calls to say whether they agree. And some are now expressing an openness to it, as they work to appeal to a liberal base that argues the wall is immoral.

Hopefully one day this can lead to bombing countries which refuse to tear down their walls, such as Israel and Hungary.

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LOL:

www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-secrets/immigration-court-backlog-up-300-system-on-brink-of-collapse

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In a new 176-page report that repeatedly raps the Trump administration’s policies, the ABA said that the backlog in immigration courts is over 1 million.

“Crucially, the number of cases pending before the immigration courts (which were about 262,000 cases at the time of the 2010 Report) has increased to unprecedented levels. There were more than 760,000 pending cases at the end of FY 2018 and an additional 330,000 cases that could be returned to active dockets in short order,” it said in revealing the latest accurate numbers.

Without fast changes, the lawyer’s group added, the immigration court system will collapse. President Trump has sought to increase the corps of immigration court judges.

How about (*gasp*) simply letting people migrate as they choose?

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europe.infowars.com/sweden-calls-for-sanctions-against-countries-that-refuse-migrants/

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Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven has indicated that he would like to see sanctions levied against European countries that do not participate in migrant 'resettlement.'

Speaking with Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter, PM Löfven was asked about economic penalties for countries that refuse 'refugees' but receive European Union funding, such as Hungary.
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"Hungary is one of the countries that gets the most," Löfven continued. "It is unacceptable that the country that received the most support from the EU said, 'No, we do not take responsibility for immigration.'"

I agree it is unacceptable. I disagree (and find ludicrous the notion) that mere economic sanctions will persuade Hungary to change its mind about accepting refugees, which Hungary considers to be a mortal threat. WMDs would be more effective. The only thing that can change someone's mind about a perceived mortal threat is a more vivid mortal threat. Refugees or airstrikes? That should be the choice we give Hungary.

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At least some people's hearts are on our side:

www.thestranger.com/slog/2019/05/02/40087675/boeing-field-contractors-agree-to-stop-flying-ice-detainees

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Thousands of immigrants detained by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are shuttled out of Seattle every year through our county-owned airport. But that may soon be coming to an end after the private company facilitating these flights through Boeing Field announced Thursday that they would no longer work with the company running these flights.

Modern Aviation, a private company that has a permit from the county to operate flight services like refueling and hangar space for airlines, said Thursday that they will no longer facilitate ICE flights flown by Swift Air, the airline believed to be facilitating these flights. Two other companies that also provide these services at Boeing Field will also no longer work with ICE flights, according to a press release from County Executive Dow Constantine.
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Constantine first mentioned these ICE flights at a press conference back in June of 2018. With Gov. Jay Inslee and Attorney General Bob Ferguson at his side, Constantine pledged to use “everything in my power” to make sure Boeing Field “is not being used to perpetuate this brutality against people.”
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The county wants to put a requirement in these contracts that would stop them from working with ICE, but the county was unable to say exactly when they would be able to renegotiate these contracts, making it unclear if that route was even possible.

Now it looks like the county has avoided forcing these companies into blocking ICE flights by getting all three of the airport’s fixed base operators to voluntarily say no to any flights that are transporting ICE detainees. Airlines need a fixed base operator to run a flight and Parrott told me it was unlikely that a fourth fixed base operator could quickly set up based on size constraints and permitting requirements.

But still, this is only a slowdown, not a solution. ICE will find a way around this given enough time. So long as ICE agents exist, they will continue doing what they are doing. Any true solution must focus on ending the existence of ICE agents.

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cis.org/Sussis/How-Many-Would-Really-Come-if-Borders-Were-Open

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A recent global Gallup poll found that 158 million adults around the world said they would migrate to the United States if they could.

We certainly don't have to worry about a shortage of people wanting to immigrate. The only problem is that rightists are willing to initiate violence to stop them:

slate.com/news-and-politics/2019/05/trump-rally-audience-suggestion-shoot-migrants.html

So are we ready to shoot those who shoot migrants? Because if not, then no matter how many people want to immigrate, they will either be shot trying, or decline to immigrate in order to avoid being shot. Migration is not (as the delusional False Left claims) "inevitable". Whoever is willing to initiate violence can very much stop it, absent others willing to use retaliatory violence to defend it.

Every day this is going on:

dailycaller.com/2019/05/09/self-deportation-spikes-trump/

This would not be going on if they saw ICE agents being shot dead every day. It would tell them that there are people fighting for them, and thus give them the courage to stay on.

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Nice!

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7049815/Hundreds-migrants-occupy-Frances-Charles-Gaulle-airport-call-end-deportations.html

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Hundreds of undocumented migrants occupied a terminal at Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris yesterday to protest against Air France carrying out deportations and demanding they be given permanent residency.

Footage uploaded to Twitter shows some 500 members of the migrant support group La Chapelle Debout gathered in Terminal 2 of France's largest airport.

The protesters called on Air France to 'stop any financial, logistical or political participation in deportations' and demanded a meeting with its leaders, as well as French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe.
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Members of the organisation, which describes itself as the biggest union of undocumented immigrants in France, also call themselves GiletsNoirs - or black vests.

Black Vests >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Yellow Vests

My advice: every Black Vest must own a firearm ASAP.

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« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2020, 11:47:17 pm »
OLD CONTENT contd.

The decisions of every individual make a difference, from aid workers to attorneys to jury members:

www.courthousenews.com/jury-deadlocks-in-case-of-arizonan-who-helped-immigrants/

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TUCSON, Ariz. (CN) – Humanitarian aid worker Scott Warren walked out of court to cheers from supporters today after a jury deadlocked on charges that he helped two undocumented immigrants get into the United States and hid them from border agents.

Warren, 36, thanked his family, friends, lawyers and community for their support since his arrest Jan. 17, 2018. The volunteer for the nonprofit aid group No More Deaths was charged with one count of conspiracy to harbor or transport and two counts of harboring illegal aliens. His seven-day trial before U.S. District Judge Raner Collins went to jurors this past Friday.

In a brief statement outside the courthouse, Warren immediately highlighted the reason he helps immigrants.

“Since my arrest in January of 2018, at least 88 bodies were recovered from the Ajo corridor of the Arizona desert. We know that’s a minimum and many more are out there that have not been found,” Warren said. He noted the government’s response, which includes criminalizing humanitarian aid and planning a wall.

“Today it remains as necessary as ever for humanitarian aid volunteers to stand in solidarity with migrants and refugees,” he said.

Prosecutors claimed Warren conspired with Mexican aid worker Irineo Mujica and No More Deaths nurse Susannah Brown to help two undocumented migrants – Kristian Gerardo Perez-Villanueva from El Salvador and Jose Arnaldo Sacaria-Godoy from Guatemala – into the tiny town of Ajo, Arizona, about 30 miles north of Mexico where No More Deaths maintains a permanent aid station they call the “barn.”

Mujica, prosecutors said, was in contact with Warren in the days before the men climbed the border fence outside Sonoyta, Mexico, across the border from Lukeville, Arizona. The men hiked two nights, eventually getting to Ajo and finding a man who prosecutors say was Mujica, who gave them a ride to the barn.

The jury deliberated two days before coming back deadlocked.

Also in a brief statement outside the courthouse, Warren’s attorney Greg Kuykendall said the U.S. government has long demonized and “otherized” marginalized people, at times excluding them from the nation entirely, but there is another minority in the U.S. that counters the government efforts.

“People who love, honor and respect all people regardless of race or status, people who put to use in order to help the dispossessed, their own birth privilege or their own education privilege or simply their own privilege of being able to make themselves heard,” he said. “Ultimately they do that to change this county.”

Kuykendall declined to guess if prosecutors will retry Warren.

He also declined to directly address claims that the prosecution was in retaliation for a No More Deaths report just days before Warren’s arrest that included video of Border Patrol agents destroying water left by volunteers in the desert, where temperatures routinely exceed 110 degrees and water can save lives.

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We may have more allies than we thought we had:

www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-06-23/acting-dhs-chief-sabotaged-ice-raids-leaking-plan-washington-post

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Since the Washington Post spoiled the surprise and published a report about the Trump Administration's plan to arrest thousands of migrant families who have been denied asylum - prompting the administration to cancel the raids - many have probably been wondering why somebody inside would break President Trump's longstanding policy of not telegraphing your moves in advance.

Well, now that question appears to have been answered by the Washington Examiner: The acting head of DHS, Kevin McAleenan, reportedly leaked the details of the operation (he traveled alongside the WaPo reporter who broke the story earlier this week) in what sources described as a deliberate attempt to sabotage the raids.

According to several sources who spoke with the Examiner, McAleenan had opposed the raids for months. The acting DHS head, who has been credited with pushing the policy of sending more agents to Guatemala, is said to be more concerned with what Congressional Democrats and the 'Never Trumpers' think of his performance than most other members of the administration.
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The White House said it had called off the operation to allow more time for lawmakers to work on a plan to fix legal "loopholes" that have helped to entice migrants to come to the US. In reality, McAleenan successfully stymied the operation by exposing the broad strokes. McAleenan allegedly told WaPo that the mass roundups would take place in 10 cities, including Chicago, Miami and Houston. The mayor of Chicago ordered Chicago Police not to grant ICE access to its databases, and refuse to cooperate in any way with the raids.

One officials said that, by leaking the details of the raid, McAleenan might have been trying to "be the martyr" in the face of blowback against Trump's immigration policies. That is, he was trying to distance himself from the administration's decision making.
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ICE advised the administration to cancel the raids after the leaks not only because targets might have been tipped off by the news and fled wherever they had been staying, but because the leaks could put agents in danger.

As I have been saying the whole time, the most effective way to oppose ICE is to make its agents feel unsafe carrying out their operations. What McAleenan did is nothing compared to what just a few dedicated snipers could do.

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A soft start to Ahimsa?

nbcpalmsprings.com/2019/06/25/border-patrol-agent-struck-with-large-rock-in-calexico/

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A U.S. Border Patrol agent assigned to the Calexico Border Patrol station was assaulted while patrolling near the border wall, Saturday morning.

The incident occurred at around 11:55 a.m., near the intersection of 1 st. Street and Dool Avenue. The agent responded to the area in his patrol vehicle in order to effect the arrest of a man who illegally entered the United States through a breach in an old dilapidated section of wall.

At that time, a second individual threw a soft-ball sized concrete rock through the breach in the wall, which went through the driver side window and struck the agent’s face. Shortly thereafter, the rock thrower absconded.

The rock thrown at the agent caused a serious laceration above the eye which required medical attention. The agent was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment and further evaluation.

Hopefully a sign of more Ahimsa to come.

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Black Vests again:

www.dw.com/en/undocumented-migrants-occupy-paris-pantheon-for-right-to-remain/a-49573802

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"We will remain here until the last one of us has been given documents," the text on a leaflet being handed out at the demonstration declared while young men chanted "black vests" in reference to the recent "yellow vest" protests against high fuel charges, and subsequently against the government.
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Migrant support group "La Chapelle Debout" (Standing Chapel) whose activists were also inside the Pantheon said 700 migrants and their supporters had gained entry to the building at the start of the afternoon and were surrounded by police. The atmosphere was "good-natured," a spokeswoman for the group told AFP. Tourists had been cleared from the building.
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In a statement, the group said they wanted papers and housing for everyone. "We do not want to have to negotiate any more with the interior minister and the prefectures," the group stated. "We want to talk to Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, now!"
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Far-right leader Marine Le Pen condemned the occupation, calling it unacceptable. "In France, the only future for an illegal immigrant should be expulsion, because that's the law," she wrote on Twitter.

The only people obliged to abide by any given law of any country are those who receive protection from the same law in return. For example, we are obliged to not steal because in return the state will protect our property. We are obliged to not run red lights because in return we get to use the safer roads that result from traffic lights. And so on. This principle breaks down when it comes to immigration, because those who abide by a so-called “law” that prohibits them from entering are not in any way protected by this same so-called “law”. On the contrary, they are simply left outside where the state need not care about them at all (and can even bomb them)! Thus so-called “laws” prohibiting immigration are not really laws at all, but tyranny.

In other good news:

www.vox.com/2019/6/29/19927682/border-wall-judge-blocks-us-mexico-california-arizona

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‘The Med is a cemetery with no gravestones,’ refugee rescue organisation says as it announces infant’s tragic death.
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/11/12/baby-six-months-dies-hours-after-being-saved-from-mediterranean

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Re: Refugees Welcome
« Reply #4 on: November 12, 2020, 11:56:18 pm »
OLD CONTENT contd.

www.dailysabah.com/americas/2019/07/09/peruvian-writer-mario-vargas-llosa-nominates-capt-carola-rackete-for-nobel-for-migrant-rescues

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Nobel laureate Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa on Monday called for the Nobel Peace Prize to be awarded to German ship captain Carola Rackete, who was arrested in June for docking a migrant rescue ship without authorization in the Italian port of Lampedusa.

Vargas Llosa made his nomination in an article published in the Argentine daily La Nacion (The Nation) entitled "The captain Rackete, my candidate for the Nobel."

On June 12, Rackete, who works for the German rescue organization Sea-Watch, picked up 53 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea off the coast of Libya. Rackete rejected an offer to dock the "Sea-Watch 3" in Tripoli, which is considered an unsafe port due to the ongoing conflict in the city.

The 31-year-old captain headed the Dutch-flagged ship – which was carrying children, pregnant women and sick migrants – toward the nearest port of Lampedusa. But, on June 14, Italy closed its ports to rescue ships. Italian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini refused to authorize docking, except for 10 migrants in critical need of medical care, until other European countries agreed to take the rest of the migrants.

A desperate Rackete and her crew made inquiries with Malta, France and Germany. They tried petitioning the European Court of Human Rights, which rejected the appeal on grounds that Sea-Watch 3 should have taken the migrants to the nearest country of Tunisia instead.

Two weeks later on June 28, Finland, France, Germany, Luxembourg and Portugal agreed to take in the other 43 migrants.

On June 29, still awaiting authorization, Rackete decided to dock the ship, stating that the migrants aboard were exhausted.

Rackete was arrested after docking the ship and placed under house arrest until July 2, when she was released after a court ruled she had broken no laws and acted to protect the safety of her passengers.

She faces a second hearing on Tuesday on charges of aiding and abetting illegal entry by the migrants and illegal entry into territorial waters.

"When laws, such as those invoked by Matteo Salvini, are irrational and inhuman, it is a moral duty to disobey them, as Carola Rackete did," Vargas Llosa wrote, underscoring that the alternative of letting the migrants die of exhaustion at sea was morally untenable.

"The young German has violated a stupid and cruel law," Vargas Llosa said, adding that Italy's League party and its leader Salvini represent "not respect for legality, but a prejudiced and racist caricature of the Rule of Law."

"And it is precisely he and his followers (too numerous, indeed, and not only in Italy, but in almost all of Europe) who embody the savagery and barbarism of which they accuse immigrants," he continued.

"Thanks to the courage and decency of Carola Rackete, at least these 40 unfortunates will be saved, since there are already five European countries that have offered to receive them," Vargas Llosa added.

Vargas Llosa called for Rackete's trial in Italy to be closely followed, calling on the public to "demand that the judges save the honor and good traditions of Italy trampled today by Salvini and the League."

"I am sure that I will not be the only one asking for that young captain (to receive) the Nobel Peace Prize when the time comes," Vargas Llosa concluded.

I support this. However, gestures like these do not lessen the need to assassinate Salvini ASAP.

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Better than nothing, but will not stop the raids:

www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/hotel-chains-vow-to-block-ice-from-using-rooms-as-backup-detention-centers-during-raids

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Captain Rackete speaks:

www.breitbart.com/europe/2019/07/16/migrant-ngo-captain-demands-europe-500000-migrants/

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Migrant transport NGO Captain Carola Rackete has demanded that Europe take in all asylum seekers from Libya, a number believed to be over half a million people.

The Seas Watch captain told German media that she wanted to see Europe take in all of the migrants currently in Libya, according to German tabloid Bild, saying: “We hear of half a million people in the hands of smugglers or in Libyan refugee camps we need to get out.”

Rackete, who is currently under investigation in connection with aiding illegal migration in Italy, was arrested late last month and then released after forcing her vessel, the Sea Watch-3, into Italian territorial waters without permission and ramming a patrol boat in the process.

“As far as the accident goes, nobody was in mortal danger, that was a minor technical collision. But even politicians should not judge that, but experts alone. In general, all the excitement could have been prevented if Italy had supported us,” Rackete said.

She went on to say that Europe should also take in so-called “climate refugees” arguing that “asylum has no limit!” and went on to say: “The collapse of the climate system causes climate refugees, which we naturally have to absorb. In some African countries, caused by industrialised countries in Europe, the food base is being destroyed.”

According to Rackete, European states like Germany have a “historical responsibility” to Africa because of their colonial past. “There is a historical responsibility to accept refugees who can no longer live in their countries due to the balance of power or the climate situation,” she said.

I agree with all the above. There are going to be more climate refugees in future, whom we need to start preparing to take in now. However:

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Rackete launched a lawsuit for slander against the League party leader earlier this month and has demanded Salvini have his social media platforms on Facebook and Twitter taken away.

Rackete briefly commented on the lawsuit in her interview with Bild saying: “I think you can not put up with everything. He has spread falsehoods and I want him to erase these untruths on Twitter and Facebook. And also that a judge tells him: ‘You can never say that again!'”

Salvini needs to have his life taken away, not his Facebook and Twitter. Salvini is not someone who will let a judge tell him what he can say, or do. He will keep pushing refugees back out to drown until he dies. Therefore his death must be hastened.

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www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7275255/ICE-agents-forced-retreat-activists-link-arms-prevent-man-son-taken.html

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A group of neighbors and activists in Tennessee formed a human chain Monday after Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents tried to detain a man who was with his 12-year-old son.

Cellphone video captured the controversial moment that friends and activists joined hands to allow the father and son to escape into their Forest Ridge home in Nashville, Tennessee's Hermitage neighborhood.
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'They were saying, "if you don’t come out, we’re going to arrest you, we’re going to arrest your 12-year-old son," local attorney Daniel Ayoadeyoon told WFTF. 'That’s just not legal, it’s not the right law.'
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'They don't bother nobody and this is illegal,' one bystander said during the encounter.

'I've been knowing these people for 14 years,' added another neighbor, Felishadae Young. 'It's sad to see these children being ripped away from their parents.'
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'I could see if these people were bad criminals, but they’re not, they’re just trying to provide for their kids,' neighbor Stacey Farley told reporters after the incident. 'They work every day, they come home, the kids jump on their trampoline, it’s just a community.'

Sanctuary cities are banned in Tennessee under a state law that went into effect on January 1, according to Think Progress, but Nashville police chief Steve Anderson has resisted calls for his department to help round up immigrants, saying doing so would make them fear cooperating with police in the city that has the state's largest foreign-born population.

Good work, but ICE will be back. If you do not want ICE back, you need to use firearms. You seem to have a sympathetic police chief, so if every person in the neighbourhood put one bullet each into the ICE agents, is the police going to arrest the entire neighbourhood?

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New subreddit:

www.reddit.com/r/WhereAreTheChildren/

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www.technologyreview.com/f/614146/whole-foods-amazon-palantir-ice-rekognition-technology-backlash/

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A group of anonymous Whole Foods employees is calling out Amazon (which bought the supermarket chain in 2017) for working with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). An open letter, posted via the group’s Twitter account, criticizes Amazon for providing cloud computing services to Palantir, a data analytics company that works for ICE, which has been cracking down on undocumented immigrants. The group, called Whole Worker, also asks Amazon to stop selling its facial-recognition technology, Rekognition, to law enforcement and demands that it stop business with “any other company involved in the continued oppression of marginalized groups.”
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Elsewhere in the company, employees have been protesting Amazon’s relationship with ICE for over a year, though momentum has grown recently because of anti-ICE protests. Last month, employees of Amazon Web Services circulated a letter that also demanded the company stop working with ICE.

Whole Foods > Amazon

news.yahoo.com/migrant-ship-150-board-arrives-123108197.html

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A migrant rescue ship with nearly 150 people on board has docked near an Italian island after a judge in Rome overruled the interior minister Matteo Salvini’s ban on the boat entering the country’s waters.

The Open Arms was stranded in the Mediterranean Sea for nearly two weeks after Mr Salvini said the ship should not be allowed to dock.
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The court ruled that the ban violated international laws and called for “immediate assistance to the to the rescued people most in need”.

Following the ruling, Mr Salvini issued a fresh decree banning the ship from docking at the island of Lampedusa to disembark the passengers.

But the Italian defence minister Elisabetta Trenta, a member of the anti-establishment Five Star Movement, refused to countersign it and said she was “listening to my conscience”.

But when are we going to start seriously punishing those states which violate international law? Because if there is no punishment for violation, there is no pragmatic incentive for following international law. Trenta may have a conscience, but Salvini clearly does not. The very reason law exists is because many people lack conscience and need to be threatened with death in order to be persuaded to not initiate violence.

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Nitpick time: Does it make sense to criticize pretentious and arrogant politicians in the UN for declaring certain "international laws" to be legit in all nations, including ones that do not consent to said laws ~~~ and then to cite the violation of one of those laws as a reason for action against a nation that has done so, even if the law being violated is perfectly moral?

It's better to just say "to Hell with these guys for doing evil ****" rather than "to Hell with these guys for violating a law".

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"politicians in the UN declaring certain "international laws" to be legit in all nations, including ones that do not consent to said laws"

Politicians in the UN speak to UN member states. UN membership is not compulsory. You would think that states disagreeing with UN legal standards would voluntarily leave the UN. In reality, however, they shamelessly want the privileges of UN membership but not the burdens. What I am criticizing is the fact that they are allowed to get away with this by the UN, which instead merely issues impotent "warnings" over and over again that carry no practical consequences with them:

www.euractiv.com/section/justice-home-affairs/news/un-warns-italy-over-tough-law-on-migrant-rescue-boats/

"It's better to just say "to Hell with these guys for doing evil ****""

Sure, but that's for us to say. UN politicians speak within their capacity as UN politicians.

Everyone has to contribute in their own capacity:

www.worldreligionnews.com/religion-news/elca-americas-first-sanctuary-church-body

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Judges are not going be able to help us much longer:

www.nytimes.com/2019/08/10/us/immigration-judges-union-justice-department.html

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The Justice Department has moved to decertify the union of immigration judges, a maneuver that could muffle an organization whose members have sometimes been openly critical of the Trump administration’s immigration enforcement agenda.
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“This is a misguided effort to minimize our impact,” said Judge Amiena Khan, vice president of the judges’ union, which has publicly criticized the use of a quota system in immigration court and other attempts to speed up proceedings.
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“We serve as a check and balance on management prerogatives and that’s why they are doing this to us,” said Judge Khan.
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Both Judge Khan and the union president, Judge Ashley Tabaddor, have spoken out repeatedly against what they say is an attempt to turn immigration judges from neutral arbiters of the law to law enforcement agents enacting the White House’s policies. They have called for immigration judges to be independent of the Justice Department.

Last year, the union criticized the department’s quota system, which required immigration judges to complete 700 cases per year, as well as a move to bar judges from an administrative tool they had previously used to reduce their caseloads. The union says the focus on efficiency impedes judges’ ability to work through complicated cases and could affect the due process rights of immigrants in court.

A day will come when due process will no longer exist at all, at which point firearms will be the only alternative to capitulation.

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Judges with conscience act while they still can (see previous post):

news.yahoo.com/judge-hurries-u-naturalization-pregnant-193453132.html

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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A judge in California had to speed up the naturalization of a pregnant immigrant on Thursday when the woman, anxious to become a U.S. citizen because of President Donald Trump's immigration policies, started experiencing contractions.
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She refused to leave until she was sworn in as a U.S. citizen, said U.S. District Judge Cormac Carney, who performed an impromptu naturalization ceremony before the official event began for immigrants from 114 different countries.
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"I sped up this process because of the fact of the current president, because the immigration laws are under attack," said Tatev, a former California high school history teacher, adding she was fearful her green card, which makes her a legal permanent U.S. resident, would be taken from her.

Trump said on Wednesday his administration was seriously looking at ending the right of citizenship for U.S.-born children of non-citizens and people who immigrated to the United States illegally.
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"I don't want my kid to face these issues growing up in this country and having this be his home and not legally being part of this country," said Tatev, who stays home to care for her 2-year-old daughter.

Tatev said in a phone interview that she arrived in the United States from Armenia when she was 14 and it took her 17 years to first get a green card and then citizenship.

"If he (Trump) doesn't like what's happening, why don't we pass better policies that make it a little easier for people to go through this process instead of having to sneak into this country and go through so many horrible experiences?" she said.

Because Trump is a Westerner. Putting us through horrible experiences gives him a feeling of importance. This is called Western civilization. As a history teacher, surely you know something about this?

And I predicted long ago that our enemies would be going after the Fourteenth Amendment.

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Good news!

thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/458325-illinois-enacts-law-barring-landlords-from-evicting-tenants-over
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Illinois enacts law barring landlords from evicting tenants over immigration status
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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signed a bill into law Wednesday that prohibits landlords in the state from evicting residents due to their immigration status, the second state in the nation to do so.
The law, which passed with bipartisan support through the state legislature after a broader version was vetoed by former Gov. Bruce Rauner (R), also prohibits landlords from using their clients' immigration status in any way to intimidate them, including barring landlords from threatening tenants with calls to immigration officials.

Those found guilty of doing so can be fined up to $2,000 for each violation, according to the governor's website. The bill takes effect immediately.

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news.yahoo.com/italian-doctor-fights-shed-light-mediterraneans-migrant-dead-035822027.html

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Paris (AFP) - For Cristina Cattaneo, the thousands of migrants who have died trying to reach Europe's shores in recent years deserve the same as any other disaster victims: a concerted effort to find out who they were and let their families know the painful truth about their fate.

"The dead need to be identified -- not for the dead, they are lost, but for the living. People need to bury and identify and grieve their dead," Cattaneo, an Italian forensic pathologist, told AFP in an interview.

Since 2013, the laboratory she heads at the University of Milan has been waging a lonely fight to piece together a life from the photos or love letters, school reports and bits of clothing carried by migrants, who have drowned trying to cross the Mediterranean to Europe.

Many younger victims from Eritrea and Sub-Saharan Africa, in particular, she said, also tuck away small pouches of soil from their homelands -- just like the leaves and flowers that Cattaneo herself stashed away on summer trips back to Italy after moving to Canada as a child.

"I was putting them in my pocket to remind me of the place I loved," she said.

"If people could see what these adolescents had in their pockets, they would understand that they are actually us."

Fine, so why are we letting rightists drown us by the thousands and not ensuring rightists die in greater numbers? These are not "disaster victims", these are victims of artificial barriers knowingly and purposefully set up by rightists to be lethal on a mass scale to those who happened to be born on the wrong side through no fault of their own. We should be talking about what rightists deserve. The unjustly dead need not to be buried, identified or grieved, but before all else to be avenged.

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More from the Captain:

news.yahoo.com/captain-broke-italys-migrant-ban-162920782.html

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BARCELONA, Sept 10 (Reuters) - A German captain who defied Italy's ban on boats bringing migrants ashore said on Tuesday she was determined to carry on rescuing migrants from the Mediterranean, even though her ship Sea-Watch 3 remains impounded in an Italian port.

Carola Rackete, in Barcelona to receive an award from the Catalan parliament for her rescue missions, also urged the European Union to agree on a policy for redistributing migrants around the bloc to help relieve the pressure on Italy.

I told you Catalonia was on our side. Imagine if Catalonia had become independent a few years ago (which we supported back then); refugees could be landing there now!

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"We are definitely willing (to continue rescuing migrants) and there's a full crew on board ready to sail at any point ... I think it’s a very, very important duty to rescue people in maritime distress," Rackete, 31, told Reuters.

Sea-Watch 3 is currently detained in the Italian port of Lucata. In June, Rackete piloted the vessel into port on the Italian island of Lampedusa with 41 migrants aboard despite efforts by the then-interior minister Matteo Salvini, leader of the far-right League, to stop her.

Rackete was arrested in Lampedusa and accused of endangering lives by barging into port but a judge threw out the accusations and freed her from house arrest. She still faces possible charges of aiding illegal immigration and defying official orders.

"We are very hopeful that even if it comes to a court case our state of necessity will justify our entering the port," she said, speaking in English.

Unknown numbers of mostly African illegal migrants have drowned in recent years while attempting to cross the Mediterranean by boat from Libya to Italy in search of a better life in Europe.

Italy welcomed in almost all of the migrants rescued by humanitarian groups at sea until a populist coalition government took office in 2018 and immediately sought to close the nation's ports to the charity ships.

Rackete called for a European solution to the problem.

"I would hope that there's an agreement of the European Union to transfer all the people that arrive in Italian ports" to EU countries, she said. "I hope then the Italian state would open the ports and allow people to disembark."

Europe is "responsible in many ways for what is happening in these countries" after centuries of colonialism, Rackete said, adding that naval vessels should again be used to rescue migrants adrift on the Mediterranean.

Asked whether charity boats would no longer be needed with an EU-wide policy in place, she said: "Definitely that would be what we are aiming for."

Exactly.

Nevertheless, what if Salvini comes back and the ports close again? At what point do we finally say we have had enough and will use firearms to keep the ports open?

Also, an article praising Rackete:

www.tellerreport.com/news/2019-07-05---carola-rackete--an-antigone-of-our-time-.rkr49RhxS.html

The most important thing to remember is that such articles should not even be necessary (and would indeed not have been necessary during the Counterculture era). Anyone who needs convincing that Rackete is the good guy and Salvini is the bad guy is already beyond saving.

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Some good news:

news.yahoo.com/italian-government-reaches-eu-deal-163111284.html

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ROME (Reuters) - Italy said on Thursday it had done a deal with EU countries to share out migrants aboard a charity ship at sea in the Mediterranean, resolving the first of what may be repeated episodes that will test the new government in Rome.

The Ocean Viking, run by French charities SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders, is carrying 82 people that it rescued in various operations off Libya this week, and has requested a safe port.

The government, which was sworn in last week, has promised a change of tack compared with the previous administration in which far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini closed Italy's ports to migrant rescue boats.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said after a meeting of his top ministers on Thursday that "several EU countries" had agreed to take in the migrants aboard the Ocean Viking, "which will ensure a rapid and suitable solution" for them.

Nicola Zingaretti, head of the center-left Democratic Party (PD), which now governs with the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement, tweeted that a "positive solution" had been found thanks to the involvement of other EU countries.

However no details were given and a spokeswoman for SOS Mediterranee told Reuters they had not received any indication that their boat could dock at an Italian port.

Update:

news.yahoo.com/break-past-rome-lets-charity-085203994.html

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LAMPEDUSA, Italy, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Italy's new government allowed a French charity ship to head to the island of Lampedusa on Saturday and bring ashore some 82 migrants, reversing the uncompromising, closed-door policy of the previous administration.

The Ocean Viking, run by French charities SOS Mediterranee and Doctors Without Borders (MSF), said on Twitter it had received the green light to sail to Lampedusa, six days after it carried out its first rescue off the coast of Libya.

"The Italian authorities have just offered Ocean Viking a place of safety," MSF said. Local officials confirmed the news.

Italy's government formally took office on Tuesday, promising a new approach to migration following the hardline clampdown on rescue ships introduced by former interior minister, Matteo Salvini, who heads the far-right League.

Also:

www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/sep/12/california-private-prison-ban-immigration-ice

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The private prison industry is set to be upended after California lawmakers passed a bill on Wednesday banning the facilities from operating in the state. The move will probably also close down four large immigration detention facilities that can hold up to 4,500 people at a time.
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The private prison industry is set to be upended after California lawmakers passed a bill on Wednesday banning the facilities from operating in the state. The move will probably also close down four large immigration detention facilities that can hold up to 4,500 people at a time.
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Immigration advocates still worry that Ice and its contractors could find a way to circumvent the ban.

“This legislation is the most powerful we’ve had. It’s a very big step,” said Abeln about AB32. “But we know Geo Group and Ice work in secrecy, and they work to circumvent contract laws, so we’re still monitoring things.”

Servin said that while the new law was a significant victory, there was one other thing immigrants rights groups were concerned about. When several sheriffs’ departments canceled their contracts to house Ice detainees last year, instead of freeing the detainees, Ice moved many of them to prisons in Colorado and Hawaii.

“We have to worry about all the people who are detained right now,” said Servine. “Where will they end up?”

What really matters is turning refugees into voters ASAP. Even some mainstream journalists are finally catching on:

www.counterpunch.org/2019/09/06/migrants-should-automatically-be-offered-care-education-housing-food-and-the-right-to-vote/

Refugees also need to own and know how to use firearms. This could be fairly easily achieved by drafting them into military service. Mainstream journalists have not caught on to this point yet, however.

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news.yahoo.com/asian-american-groups-oppose-cambodian-131654567.html

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LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — Asian American groups are objecting to the Trump administration's efforts to step up deportations of Cambodians with criminal records.

The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center and other groups say more than 50 Cambodian nationals living in Massachusetts, California and elsewhere have been ordered to report to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement next week for removal.

Demonstrations are planned in San Francisco, Sacramento, and Boston next week against the orders.

Kevin Lam, of the Asian American Resource Workshop, says many of those facing deportation served criminal sentences decades ago but are now valuable members of their communities.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say Cambodian deportations rose about 280% from fiscal year 2017 to 2018.

The agency says it respects the groups' rights to demonstrate, but remains committed to enforcing the nation's immigration laws.

The last sentence is the key. How many of the demonstrators are willing to use firearms against ICE? That is the only question that will affect whether the deportations will proceed.

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This is your Captain speaking:



news.yahoo.com/aid-ship-captain-slams-eu-122143883.html

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The comments by Sea Watch 3 captain Carola Rackete came as EU lawmakers were debating Mediterranean search and rescue methods amid the increasing criminalization by member countries of non-governmental organizations, activists and volunteers who help people attempting the perilous Mediterranean Sea crossing.

“The EU member states have engaged in a policy of externalization of their responsibilities and a practice of pushbacks and omissions of rescue, delegating interventions to a country at war, Libya, in breach of international law,” Rackete said to applause and occasional harangues from far-right lawmakers.
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Rackete said she hoped the EU’s new focus on search and rescue methods will result in “some real improvement and not just a mixed bag making it even more difficult for people like me and many, many organizations to carry out solidarity and to help people who are in danger.”
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“Society in general is encouraged to view humanitarians as criminal suspects and individuals and groups are discouraged from providing assistance to vulnerable asylum seekers and migrants,”
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Asked if she would still defy EU authorities in similar circumstances, Rackete _ whose charity vessel remains impounded in Italy _ said: “There is a huge need for ships to be out there. People are dying every day so I would do it again... I was in compliance with the international maritime law.”

This is an understatement. As I have been saying since 2015, every EU member state with a navy should be deploying its ships by the hundreds to ferry refugees across the Mediterranean 24/7. It is absurd to leave such large-scale rescue work to charities alone. Navy vessels could open up dozens more trans-Mediterranean routes, allowing refugees to cross from any part of the South Mediterranean coastline instead having to congregate in only a few spots and wait ridiculous lengths of time for passage as they currently do, thereby in turn trivially solving the problem of overcrowding (and all consequent logistical problems) at the current few waiting spots.

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Good news:

www.nytimes.com/2019/10/04/world/asia/jacinda-ardern-refugees-new-zealand.html

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After months of growing pressure, the government of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand abolished on Friday a policy restricting refugees from Middle Eastern and African countries, a curb imposed by the previous government that refugee advocates called discriminatory and racist.

The reversal of the decade-old rule set New Zealand in opposition to the increasingly restrictive refugee policies of allies like Australia and the United States. Last week, the Trump administration announced a sharp cut to the number of refugees it will accept, and Australia’s system of offshore detention of refugees arriving by sea continues to draw international condemnation.

The move also lifts a political millstone from around the neck of Ms. Ardern, who has been perceived globally after the Christchurch mosque attacks in March as a champion of migrants and refugees. For months, she had been forced to deny that the policy amounted to discrimination because one of her key political allies supported it.

The restriction, introduced by the center-right government that preceded Ms. Ardern’s center-left government, which has been in power for nearly two years, allowed refugees from Middle Eastern or African nations to resettle in New Zealand only if they could prove they already had relatives there.

The rule was ostensibly meant to prioritize refugees closer to home in the Asia-Pacific region. But government documents also revealed a desire to save money on resettlement costs, as well as “broad security concerns” about refugees from Africa and the Middle East.
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Under the now-discarded policy, refugees from the Middle East and Africa were each allocated 14 percent of New Zealand’s annual refugee quota of 1,000 people. But the requirement that they have family links in the country meant officials had struggled to fill the quota, said Murdoch Stephens, a lecturer at Massey University in Wellington and a campaigner against the rule.
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The immigration minister, Iain Lees-Galloway, said on Friday that the Middle East and Africa quotas would each be increased from 14 percent to 15 percent. Fifty percent will continue to be drawn from the Asia-Pacific region, and 20 percent from the Americas.

Earlier, I was worried that Ardern was all talk, but this latest development is encouraging. I think Ardern can be pushed further left if we are skillful about it.

With all this said, let's put things back in perspective:

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New Zealand, a country of about 4.8 million people, will increase its overall quota from 1,000 people annually to 1,500 in 2020. By contrast, the United States, with nearly 330 million people, will accept only 18,000 refugees over the next 12 months.

1500 per year is still utterly pathetic.

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www.yahoo.com/entertainment/21-savage-calls-automatic-citizenship-151855385.html

21 Savage — the rapper who endured his own immigration saga earlier this year — was honored Thursday by the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), where he stated that children who live illegally in America should automatically become citizens.

“When you’re a child, you don’t know what’s going on,” 21 Savage told the Associated Press. “Now, you grow up and got to figure it out. Can’t get a job. Can’t get a license. I’m one of the lucky ones who became successful. It’s a lot of people who can’t.”

The rapper born She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph — who moved to America from the U.K. when he was seven years old — added of immigrant children living in America: “I feel like we should be exempt. I feel like we should automatically become citizens.”

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news.yahoo.com/least-13-dead-migrant-boat-143813658.html

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MILAN (AP) — The deaths of at least 13 people early Monday on an overloaded migrant boat that capsized near the Italian island of Lampedusa have galvanized calls to shut down smuggler routes and revamp search-and-rescue efforts in the deadly central Mediterranean Sea.

The Italian coast guard said one of its vessels was about to begin the rescue about six nautical miles Italy's southernmost island when the boat capsized. Survivors told the U.N. refugee agency that the migrants moved to one side of their unseaworthy vessel when they saw the rescue ship, capsizing it.

Twenty-two people were plucked from the sea and brought to safety. But 13, all women, were pulled dead from the water, and the search was continuing for 15 still missing, including an unknown number of children.

The boat had departed Tunisia, with about 50 people on board, mostly west Africans and Tunisians.

The incident brings to more than 1,000 the number of people who have died in the Mediterranean Sea this year.

"Enough massacres in the sea," Lampedusa Mayor Toto Martello said. "We cannot continue to watch bodies being unloaded of poor people who are following a dream to better their lives. Politicians must react."
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The U.N. refugee agency said that Monday's deadly shipwreck "highlights once again that urgent action is needed to address the situation on the Mediterranean." It called for the European Union to resume its search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean Sea, especially along the dangerous route from Libya.
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In the absence of an EU search and rescue operation, the job of patrolling the Mediterranean has largely been left to humanitarian rescue ships.

But there are fewer of those than a year ago because of sanctions they face under measures adopted when hard-liner Matteo Salvini was interior minister. And once a rescue has been carried out, both Italy and Malta have closed their ports to the NGO ships, leading to days or weeks of haggling with the EU to find a safe harbor.

One of those, Spanish NGO Open Arms, said Monday it rescued 44 people, including one toddler and a months-old baby, on a wooden boat trying to reach European shores.

Gerard Canals, chief of mission of the Open Arms rescue boat, said the boat was found late Sunday in Malta's rescue zone, about 50 nautical miles from Lampedusa.

Canals said that Malta's rescue coordination center told the group not to offer the migrants any assistance, saying that Italy would probably send a patrol boat from Lampedusa, about an hour away. But Open Arms decided to rescue them anyway after waiting five hours because the boat wouldn't have made it to land without fuel and faced adverse weather.

All 44 rescued — 38 men, four women, a 4-year-old boy, and a baby around 6 to 9 months old — were in good condition.

"The surprise was to hear Malta's instructions -- who told us to let them continue to sail. We are evidently talking about a vessel in distress, an overcrowded boat without any type of guarantee that it can reach anywhere, and evidently without enough fuel to reach the island of Lampedusa," Open Arms Founder Oscar Camps told a news conference near Barcelona.

Malta's government declined to comment.

Camps said that had the Open Arms been cleared to rescue the 44 earlier -- instead of waiting five hours -- the ship could have been available to sail to Lampedusa and aid in that rescue -- perhaps saving lives. But he said they were not called in any case, an indication of authorities' reluctance to coordinate with them.

"Once again we denounce that these boats are in distress. They are by themselves, vessels in danger, because of the dimensions, the overweight (overcrowded) and the lack of navigation capacity and little security guarantees they can offer," Camps said. "They must be intervened immediately they cannot be left to their own luck."

Which is what I have been saying.

(Also, people like Martello and Camps are examples of authentic populism. Unfortunately almost no one these days remembers the correct definition of populism.)

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townhall.com/tipsheet/timothymeads/2019/10/08/dc-city-council-votes-unanimously-to-end-working-with-ice-n2554377

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Yesterday, Townhall reported that the Washington D.C. City Council would be considering "emergency" legislation on Tuesday that would order all D.C. government agencies and facilities from cooperating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement as well as other federal immigration authorities unless given an explicit court order. On Tuesday, the D.C. City Council voted unanimously to pass this bill, officially known as the "Sanctuary Values Act."

Good but not good enough. ICE can and will work effectively even without third-party cooperation. Only when ICE is too afraid to even enter a given territory in the first place can that territory truly call itself a sanctuary. This requires willingness by locals  to use firearms to shoot ICE agents on sight RoboCop 3 style:

https://swordofelysium.wordpress.com/2017/09/22/robocop-3-duty-vs-power/

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news.yahoo.com/italy-lets-french-migrant-ship-131850952.html

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ROME, Oct 15 (Reuters) - Charity rescue ship Ocean Viking headed towards the southern Italian port of Taranto on Tuesday after the government gave it authorisation to bring 176 migrants ashore in a decision that angered the far-right League.
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Salvini denounced on Tuesday the decision to let the Ocean Viking dock immediately.

"The Ocean Viking is a French NGO and is Norwegian-flagged. Can you tell me why it has to come to Italy?? Either go to France, or go to Norway," he wrote on Twitter.

Yes, I can tell you why, Salvini. Because Italy is (*gasp*) closer. If the Ocean Viking drops off refugees in Italy, it can return to the Libyan coast sooner and hence pick up the next round of refugees sooner, while the refugees it has just dropped off can (if they wish) travel to France or Norway more efficiently overland. On the other hand, if the Ocean Viking has to sail all the way to France or especially Norway, it will have to take considerably longer getting back to the Libyan coast, during which time the refugees it could have saved might be drowned.

Can you tell me what it says about your supporters that you are so popular while being such an utter moron?

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This would not have happened if no one has to fear being deported:

www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7606715/How-39-desperate-stowaway-migrants-locked-metal-coffin-left-die.html

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The 39 migrants, locked inside a bitterly cold and airless shipping container, never stood a chance – their cries for help fading away with no one to hear them.

The stowaways – 38 adults and one teenager – slowly froze to death in 'absolutely horrendous' conditions after they tried to reach the UK on a cargo ferry from Belgium, it is feared.

Experts yesterday said the temperature inside the refrigerated trailer unit, which is said to usually carry biscuits, might have been as low as -25C (-13F).

The migrants were huddled inside for at least 15 hours by the time the door was opened on an industrial estate in Essex at 1.40am yesterday.
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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn also reflected on the tragedy, branding it 'unbelievable'.

He said: 'Can we just think for a moment of what it must have been like for those 39 people, obviously in a desperate and dangerous situation, for their lives to end, suffocated to death in a container?'
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the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants has already blamed the British government.

The charity's chief executive Satbir Singh said: 'Nobody should be in any doubt that the ultimate responsibility for these deaths lies with government policy which has deliberately closed down safe and legal routes into Britain.'

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www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7642387/Smugglers-Mexico-SAWING-sections-Trumps-virtually-impenetrable-border-wall.html

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Smugglers in Mexico are SAWING through sections of Trump's 'virtually impenetrable' border wall using popular power tools that cost less than $100

Well done! Next, our side needs to shoot through CBP/ICE agents. Practically effective firearms can cost only a few times as much as power tools:

www.cheaperthandirt.com/firearms/rifles/

Whereas the cost of rehiring CBP/ICE agents to replace the dead will go up far faster than the cost of repairing the wall. Again, much of strategy is just elementary number-crunching.

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Support Scott Warren:

news.yahoo.com/second-trial-against-activist-helped-044814624.html

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TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Jury selection started Tuesday in the second trial against an Arizona border activist accused of harboring migrants who sneaked across the U.S.-Mexico border.

Scott Warren, 37, contends he was fulfilling his mission as a humanitarian when he helped two Central American men at a camp run by the border group No More Deaths, which also drops off water jugs in the desert. But prosecutors have said the men were not injured and that Warren conspired to help them evade authorities.
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While Warren has said he was performing a humanitarian mission to help migrants in need, prosecutors contend they were never in distress. They say Warren gave them directions on how to avoid a Border Patrol checkpoint when they left the No More Deaths camp in Ajo in January 2018.

Warren is one of nine No More Deaths members who have been charged with crimes related to their work, although he's the only facing felony charges.

Warren's arrest came months after Border Patrol agents began an investigation into the No More Deaths camp, according to documents released after news organizations sued to get them.

The documents show that in April 2017, an anonymous Ajo resident told Border Patrol officials that he suspected members of the group were harboring immigrants in their building, known as "The Barn."
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Thousands of immigrants have died crossing the border since the mid-1990s, when increased enforcement pushed many to Arizona's scorching desert.

nomoredeaths.org/

Water jugs are not enough, though. Will the water jug protect refugee from being captured by CBP/ICE? What they need most now are firearms.

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I warned long ago that any country stupid enough to accept deportees would be rapidly overloaded (why do you think those people left in the first place?):

qz.com/africa/1751948/returning-migrants-from-europe-cause-problems-for-the-gambia/

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Roughly 38,500 Gambians left the country through ‘irregular’ means between 2013 and 2017.
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As a result, a large number of citizens, mostly young men, sought asylum in Europe. But very few have been allowed to stay. Even more were turned away when Jammeh was toppled after elections in 2017 and the country returned to democracy. More recently, there has been a big push from European Union (EU) member states to return failed asylum seekers back home to The Gambia.
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Despite initial cooperation with the EU on returns, in March 2019 Barrow’s government imposed a moratorium on any further deportations of its nationals from the EU. After a standoff of several months, the moratorium has now been lifted.
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Before the moratorium was imposed in March 2019, the government had started to tentatively cooperate with the EU on return matters. For example, it sent regular missions to Europe to issue nationals with identification documents to facilitate their return.

Relations began to sour when European governments increased returns in a way that authorities in The Gambia viewed as inconsistent with the ‘good practice’ agreement. The agreement stipulates that return numbers should not overstretch the country’s capacity to receive returnees. It also states that adequate notice must be given before asylum seekers are returned. Both of these provisions were allegedly breached.
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The moratorium can be linked to diplomatic and technical inefficiencies, but it is also based on a more fundamental problem for Barrow’s government. By cooperating with the EU on returns, they risk their domestic legitimacy because by and large, most Gambians in Europe do not want to return home.
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Allowing more deportations from the EU is perceived as betrayal by many migrants and their families.
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In these politically tense times, pressing a pause button on returns fulfilled a symbolic function by defending Gambians against foreign national interests. The recent lifting of the moratorium is politically very risky. It paves the way for more of the deeply unpopular chartered return operations.
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In the alternative, the EU could take a more cooperative stance by working on more holistic, development-oriented solutions. A starting point would be to move away from plans to return high numbers of failed asylum seekers. Sending back large numbers of migrants has never been feasible.

The Gambian government will be more honest about its migration dealings with the EU if the agreements are fair and practical. Most importantly, if Gambians had access to fair and practical migration pathways this would lessen cases of irregular migration, which continue to remain high.


If any of the refugees themselves wanted to return to Gambia, they would do so on their own initiative. Therefore deportees are victims of initiated violence. To accept deportees is to be complicit in the violence initiated against them. Another way to look at it is: if another country can make you accept their deportees, you have been reduced to a colony of that country in practice.

On the contrary, all transport crew carrying deportees should be arrested as human traffickers (which is exactly what they are) and executed. Only this will send the message that deportation will not be tolerated.

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/angela-merkel-welcomed-refugees-to-germany-theyre-starting-to-help-the-economy/2019/05/03/4bafa36e-6b60-11e9-bbe7-1c798fb80536_story.html

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Brussels still delusionally thinks it can use pieces of paper to persuade V4:

www.gatestoneinstitute.org/15245/eu-migrants-relocation-quota

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German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer has unveiled a new plan to reform the European asylum system. A draft of the proposal leaked to the media shows that all member states of the European Union would be required to take in illegal migrants.
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The new plan is aimed at replacing the European Union's Dublin Regulation, a law that requires people seeking asylum in the EU to do so in the first European country they reach.

Southern European countries — especially Greece and Italy — have complained that, in the context of mass migration from Africa, Asia and the Middle East, the current system places an unfair and disproportionate burden on them. They say that all EU member states should take equal responsibility for migrants reaching European shores.
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The key part of the document calls for asylum applications to be assessed immediately upon arrival at the EU's external border. From there, a newly created European Union Agency for Asylum (EUAA) would "determine" which member state is responsible for taking in the applicant and processing his or her application.

Seehofer's plan is intended to be permanent and not limited to crisis situations. Notably, the plan does not address the issue of returning illegal migrants back to their countries of origin.

The plan studiously avoids using the politically explosive term "quota" and replaces it with "fair share" (gerechter Anteil). The document also omits the term "mandatory," although it is assumed throughout that the migrant relocation scheme will be compulsory for all EU member states.

If everything goes according to plan, the draft legislation would be adopted by the European Parliament in the second half of 2020 when Germany holds the presidency of the EU. It would then be ratified by the European Council, made up of the leaders of the EU member states.

The new European Commissioner for the Promotion of the European Way of Life, Margaritis Schinas, expressed support for the scheme:

"Migration Commissioner Ylva Johansson and I met Horst Seehofer. We completely agree with Germany. We need this consensus from all Member States, and we are working hard to achieve it."

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, however, voiced his opposition to the German plan. In an interview with the Czech news agency ČTK, he said that he saw through Seehofer's semantics:

"We fundamentally reject illegal migration. We also reject allowing smuggling gangs to decide who will live in Europe. We reject quotas and I am surprised that this issue has once again returned to the negotiating table. I hope that the new European Commission will put a stop to this."

Czech Interior Minister Jan Hamáček said that the Czech Republic would "coordinate our position" with the other members of the Visegrád Four (V4), a cultural and political alliance of four Central European states — the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia.

Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said that the V4 would not bow to EU pressure to accept migrants:

"The V4's position is clear. We are not willing to admit any illegal migrants into central Europe. The success and security of central Europe is thanks to our pursuit of a firm anti-migration policy, and this will endure.

"This is why central Europe is one of the most successful regions of the European Union today, and its engine of growth. We do not tolerate any kind of pressure and we Hungarians insist on our right to decide whom to allow into our country and with whom we wish to live."

OK, so imagine the new plan passes but then V4 simply refuses to abide by it on ground level by physically shutting out refugees sent to them. Then what? As I have said over and over again, the only question of practical importance is how the EU intends to enforce cooperation, specifically whether or not it is willing to militarily destroy V4. Read the last two paragraphs again:

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"The V4's position is clear. We are not willing to admit any illegal migrants into central Europe. The success and security of central Europe is thanks to our pursuit of a firm anti-migration policy, and this will endure.

"This is why central Europe is one of the most successful regions of the European Union today, and its engine of growth. We do not tolerate any kind of pressure and we Hungarians insist on our right to decide whom to allow into our country and with whom we wish to live."

You think mere economic penalties (let alone verbal condemnations) will change their minds? No, they will only change their minds when WMDs are raining down on them every day. If you are not willing to do this to them, then V4 has already won.

What makes it most annoying is how easy it would be if only the major EU powers were willing to use their military strength:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hungarian_Defence_Forces

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Re: Refugees Welcome
« Reply #7 on: November 13, 2020, 12:25:19 am »
OLD CONTENT contd.

Sanctuary cities tested:

www.borderreport.com/news/national/denver-officials-wont-hand-over-information-sought-by-ice/

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Denver officials on Thursday said they would not hand over information requested by U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement on four men wanted for deportation.

ICE, the Homeland Security agency tasked with arresting and deporting people in the U.S. illegally, sent four administrative subpoenas earlier this week to law enforcement looking for information on three Mexican nationals and one Honduran who had been in custody in Denver.

It was the first time subpoenas had been sent to a law enforcement agency — an escalation of the conflict between the Trump administration and so-called sanctuary cities.
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Chad Sublet, Senior Counsel to the Department of Safety in Denver, noted in a letter to ICE officials that the subpoenas were administrative — not issued by a judge — and there was no verifiable information on the documents to show the purpose was for law enforcement and not civil immigration enforcement.

“The documents appear to be a request for information related to alleged violations of civil immigration law,” he wrote. “Based on these facts, we are denying your request.”

Sublet wrote the subpoenas could be “viewed as an effort to intimidate officers into help enforcing civil immigration law.”

Here is what our enemies have to say:

vdare.com/posts/denver-challenges-dhs-subpoena-will-dhs-fold

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A better strategy could be one of two more effective strategies; obtain a search warrant for the information and raid the City of Denver, seize their computer system, and take it away to review at the leisure of the ICE ERO officers. The second strategy, and these two are not necessarily exclusive, is to obtain an arrest warrant for Sublet for violation of Title 8 USC 1324, Bringing In and Harboring Certain Aliens and the above 18 USC 1505. This would be the shock and awe strategy, letting Sanctuary Cities know that DHS and the Department of Justice (DOJ) are serious about punishing their support for illegal immigration.

The only question is does Chad Wolf, DHS Secretary, have the balls to actually do something about Sanctuary Cities, or is he just another Kevin McAleenan? Stephen Miller should make it happen.

So suppose ICE actually does this. Is the self-proclaimed sanctuary city willing to order its local police to shoot the raiding ICE agents? If so, only then can it truly call itself a sanctuary city. If not, then it cannot. Can it?

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNHy_BYwTPs

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Good news:

www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/02/22/greyhound-border-patrol-cant-conduct-immigration-checks-buses/4841999002/

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SEATTLE — Greyhound, the nation's largest bus company, said Friday that it will stop allowing Border Patrol agents without a warrant to board its buses to conduct routine immigration checks.

The company's announcement came one week after The Associated Press reported on a leaked Border Patrol memo confirming that agents can't board private buses without the consent of the bus company. Greyhound had previously insisted that even though it didn't like the immigration checks, it had no choice under federal law but to allow them.

In an emailed statement, the company said it would notify the Department of Homeland Security that it does not consent to unwarranted searches on its buses or in areas of terminals that are not open to the public — such as company offices or any areas a person needs a ticket to access.

Greyhound said it would provide its drivers and bus station employees updated training regarding the new policy, and that it would place stickers on all its buses clearly stating that it does not consent to the searches.
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Greyhound has faced pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union, immigrant rights activists and Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson to stop allowing sweeps on buses within 100 miles of an international border or coastline. In many cases, the buses being checked were not crossing or even approaching an international boundary.

Critics say the practice is intimidating and discriminatory and has become more common under President Donald Trump. Border Patrol arrests videotaped by other passengers have sparked criticism, and Greyhound faces a lawsuit in California alleging that it violated consumer protection laws by facilitating raids.
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“Today’s announcement from Greyhound confirms what should have been obvious to the company since I contacted them a year ago – it has both the power and the responsibility to stand up for its customers, who suffered for far too long from Greyhound’s indifference to CBP’s suspicionless bus raids and harassment," he said.
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“When transportation checks occur on a bus at non-checkpoint locations, the agent must demonstrate that he or she gained access to the bus with the consent of the company’s owner or one of the company’s employees,” the memo states. An agent's actions while on the bus "would not cause a reasonable person to believe that he or she is unable to terminate the encounter with the agent.”

I have been saying since 2017 that warrantless searches should be resisted, including with firearms as necessary if ICE/CBP agents try to force their way in:

aryanism.net/blog/aryan-sanctuary/fighticewithfire/

In other good news:

www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/02/17/ceos-keep-1-million-indian-graduates-in-u-s-jobs-legally/

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Why I love Turkey:

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ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey is sending elite special operations police to the border to stop Greek officers from driving back people who try to cross over to Europe, Turkish authorities said Thursday.

Greek police fired tear gas, stun grenades and water cannons to repel people trying to breach the land border from Turkey's side. Turkish authorities allege that Greece's officers also fired live ammunition and killed a migrant, an assertion Greece denied.

Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said Ankara intends to bring a case before the European Court of Human Rights on behalf of the dead migrant.


But so what if the Court convicts Greece? Who will punish Greece? Conviction is meaningless without punishment, and only military force can punish Greece.

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During a visit to the border area Thursday, Soylu said 1,000 officers from the tactical units of the Police Special Operation Department would be deployed to the Turkey-Greece border to counter the Greek officers working to repel migrants and refugees.

“As of this morning ... we are bringing 1,000 fully equipped special forces police (along) the Meric river system to prevent the pushbacks,” Soylu said. “With the help of Zodiac boats, they will (stop) those who mistreat people.”

Soylu asserted that Greece violated international conventions by using force to stop about 4,900 migrants from getting across the border. He also accused the European Union and Europe's border protection agency Frontex of complicity by remaining silent.

An estimated 4,000-5,000 people near the Pazarkule border crossing, opposite the Greek village of Kastanies, were being prevented from crossing, Soylu said.

“It is a border gate. They are obliged to take them in. They are obliged to take in asylum-seekers,” the minister said.

But he added the migrants were not obliged to use the official border crossing and could cross anywhere along the roughly 200-kilometer (125-mile) -long border. Much of the border is demarcated by a river, and many have tried wading, rowing or swimming across it.

“I want to say that there is no rule that says they have to cross from Pazarkule,” Soylu said.

This is why Turkey deserves to rule the entire region again. But again, just telling Greece what is ethical behaviour will not cause Greece to behave ethically. Only ruthless exercise of raw power can achieve this. Not only does Turkey deserve to rule the region, it must do so (in practice even if not in name) if it is to reliably ensure fair treatment of refugees.

Our enemies also report:

rairfoundation.com/exposed-turkish-government-arms-migrants-with-tear-gas-drones-to-attack-greek-borders-agents/

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We have learned that many mayors of Turkish municipalities as well as businessmen have declared that they will pay for the transport of the refugees to Pazarkole and other points on the border with Greece, so, indeed, the people are coming.
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Greek border police complain that the Turkish side not only are cutting the barbed wire, but also drones with tear gas are sent from Turkey to the migrants.

All encouraging, but the Greek border guards still have better equipment overall. Why not give the refugees assault rifles? They would be able to overwhelm Greek border guards with such firepower, forcing Greece to deploy its military, whereupon Turkey can then deploy its far superior military and crush the Greek military with ease:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_modern_weapons_of_the_Turkish_Air_Force

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They are now calling Greece "the shield of Europe". Clowns....

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Could it be that Erdogan reads this forum?

www.reuters.com/article/us-syria-security-greece-idUSKBN20T0PX

The good guys:

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Turkey’s coastguard rescued about 120 migrants, including small children, early on Friday. The migrants said the Greek coastguard had disconnected their boats’ motors, leaving them adrift in the Aegean.

The bad guys:

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On Lesbos, just a few miles (km) from the Turkish coast, fishermen, hoteliers and shopkeepers expressed concern that more migrant arrivals would further harm their island’s reputation as a dream holiday destination.

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Time for Turkey to flex its military prowess and steamroll into Greece, lebensraum style.

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Will Germany support Turkey just like in the old days?

www.yahoo.com/news/migrants-try-reach-eu-germanys-153735288.html

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BERLIN, March 7 (Reuters) - Social Democrat state premieres on Saturday called for Germany to take in vulnerable refugees from crowded reception camps in Greece, in the latest sign of discord in the ruling coalition over the prospect of a new refugee wave hitting Europe.
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The Social Democrats, Merkel's national coalition partners, control seven of the 16 states that make up the German Federal Republic, and represent a more urban voter base which is more relaxed about immigration.

"Putting all political calculation aside, now is the time to act and at the very least get at least children and young unaccompanied refugees out of this situation," said Michael Mueller, mayor of Berlin.
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In Saturday's statement, the left-wing premieres, including the mayors of the three city-states of Berlin, Hamburg, and Bremen, and the minister-president of Lower Saxony, a major industrial region, demanded a "pact of humanity" under which vulnerable refugees could be shared out across the country.

Not only should Germany accept refugees, the best thing it can do is fast-track them to citizenship so that they can then migrate to other EU countries as they wish. The point is not for Germany to accommodate refugees that other EU countries should be accommodating, but for Germany to use its leverage to undermine the attempts of other EU countries to keep refugees out.

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Erdogan says what I have been saying:

www.rt.com/news/482606-erdogan-greece-open-border/

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Greece should follow Turkey's suit and simply “open the gates” for migrants amassed at the Turkish-Greek border, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said, insisting that thousands of people would simply go to other EU countries.

Erdogan shared his wisdom on how to free Athens from the refugee “burden” while speaking in Istanbul on Sunday.

"Hey Greece! I appeal to you... open the gates as well and be free of this burden. Let them go to other European countries."

So obvious!

Also, good to see that there are still some real Germans left:

www.dw.com/en/germany-thousands-rally-urging-government-to-accept-more-refugees/a-52678683

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Up to 5,000 people gathered in Hamburg on Saturday in protest of the German government's handling of the fresh migrant crisis unfolding at the Turkish-Greek border.

The rally took place in response to the rush by thousands of and migrants and refugees in Turkey — many from Afghanistan, Iran and Syria — towards the EU border last week after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that the frontier had been reopened. Germany, along with other EU countries, has maintained that the border remains closed.

"When Europe officially closes its borders and state-condoned violence against those seeking refuge escalates, then everyone needs to go to the streets in solidarity with the right to asylum," said protest organizer Christoph Kleine of the activist group "Seebrücke" (Sea bridge).
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"I am ashamed of Europe," Heiko Habbe of the migrants' consultancy group "Fluchtpunkt," told EPD news agency. Placards on display read "Stop war, not people" and "Help!"

The protesters' demands echo those made by several German politicians on the left, who have asked Chancellor Angela Merkel to take in vulnerable refugees.

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us.yahoo.com/news/msf-urges-greece-evacuate-migrant-160034891.html

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ATHENS, March 13 (Reuters) - Medical charity Medicins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has urged Greece to immediately evacuate migrants from overcrowded camps on its islands due to a high risk of the coronavirus spreading swiftly among people living in squalid conditions.

Greece reported its first fatality from the virus on Thursday, in the town of Patra on the mainland. It has confirmed 117 cases of coronavirus so far, including one on the island of Lesbos, where the notorious Moria camp is located.

"The evacuation of the camps on the Greek islands is now more urgent than ever," the charity said.

"We need to be realistic: It would be impossible to contain an outbreak in such camp settings," it said, adding that it had not yet seen a credible emergency plan in case of an outbreak.

More than 40,000 asylum-seekers are living in camps, which are operating far beyond their capacity on five Greek islands.

MSF did not specify where it thought the Greek authorities should transfer the migrants but said both Greece and the European Union should act swiftly to avert a disaster.

Just set them free! They can worry for themselves about where to go so long as they are allowed to move wherever they want!

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The Moria camp on Lesbos was set up to accommodate 3,000 people but now hosts at least five times that number. The MSF said that in parts of the Moria camp some 1,300 people shared just one water tap and there was no soap available.

"Forcing people to live there as part of Europe’s containment policy was always irresponsible, but with the virus spreading, it is on the verge of becoming criminal if no action is taken to protect people," it said.

That is an understatement. Actually, it warrants WMDs being dropped on Greece in response.

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www.ekathimerini.com/250486/article/ekathimerini/news/erdogan-says-turkey-will-chase-greek-boats-in-the-aegean

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday appeared to applaud a seemingly deliberate attempt by a Turkish Coast Guard vessel to ram into a Greek Coast Guard patrol off the coast of the Greek island of Kos in the early hours.

“They will run away and we will chase them. That’s how it will be from now on,” Erdogan said, according to reports in the Greek media, in translated comments.

His comments come after the Greek Shipping Ministry issued a statement saying that it is treating the early morning incident off the coast of Kos as a deliberate attempt by the Turkish Coast Guard to ram into the Greek vessel.

#IStandWithTurkey

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Re: Refugees Welcome
« Reply #8 on: November 13, 2020, 12:37:17 am »
OLD CONTENT contd.

Good move:

www.yahoo.com/news/guatemala-turns-tables-blocking-u-174716314.html

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Guatemala on Tuesday became the first Central American nation to block deportation flights from the United States in an effort to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, a dramatic turnabout on Trump administration policies barring entry to asylum seekers from the region.

All countries should block all deportation flights as an ethical duty irrespective of conditions, no less than should all countries accept asylum seekers. To fail to block a deportation flight is to be a passive accomplice to initiated violence.

That it took coronavirus to spur Guatemala into action is disappointing in itself, though of course it is better than no action at all.

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Guatemala’s move to refuse deportations will have a significant impact on the Trump administration’s efforts to ramp up a controversial agreement under which the United States sends migrants who are seeking asylum in the United States to Guatemala instead, even those who aren’t Guatemalan citizens.
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Casa del Migrante, a shelter in Guatemala City that since November has housed hundreds of Salvadorans and Hondurans returned under the U.S.-Guatemala agreement, announced over the weekend that it would stop receiving immigrants who had been deported from the U.S. or Mexico.

Mauro Verzeletti, director of the shelter, declared Guatemala's action "extraordinary" and "a victory." For days, he had called for the U.S. to stop deportation flights to Guatemala, to slow the spread of the virus. He said the immigrants were already vulnerable to illnesses because they arrived from the U.S. physically exhausted and simply “in a really bad condition.”

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Coronavirus spurs more to say what we have been saying for years:

www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/why-must-close-border-camps-161701327.html

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Here in America, we have detention camps full of people. We are currently in the midst of a pandemic.

That bodes very poorly for the people in those camps.

If you are someone who studies history — or even just watched the HBO show Years and Years — this might make you think about the camps the British operated during the Boer war in South Africa, at the turn of the 20th century. These camps were for refugees, and they were kept deliberately overcrowded. The British officials hoped that, rather than having to kill the refugees themselves, the unsanitary conditions in the camps would do the work for them. They did. Disease festered and killed off thousands in those camps — including 22,000 children. A century later, Britain’s actions during that war are remembered as an incident of genocide.

Today, the camps on the Mexican-American border suffer from similarly unsanitary conditions and dangerous overcrowding. After visiting the camps, Dr. Dolly Lucio Sevier issued a medical declaration that children at those facilities have “no adequate access to medical care, basic sanitation, water, or adequate food.” Teen mothers in the camps have claimed that they’re unable to wash out their babies’ bottles. Many of them haven’t been able to wash their hands. Dr. Sevier remarked that those conditions are “tantamount to intentionally causing the spread of disease.”
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In an environment like the camps, coronavirus will spread like wildfire, and its effects will be similarly devastating, because the lives of the people at the camps have not been prioritized in the past, and doubtfully will be moving forward. Remember: As you share those memes about songs to sing while washing your hands remember that until very recently children at the detention camps were not allowed to have soap. While we might bemoan the lack of available toilet paper at the pharmacy, the people in detention camps have been told to drink out of toilets.

So, perhaps it’s not surprising that, reportedly, the immigrants aren’t even being informed of what’s happening.

“Nobody has come from the administration and told us about coronavirus. Nobody,” explained an asylum seeker at the Port Isabel Detention Center near Brownsville to the San Antonio Express. The same man claimed he sleeps in a room with 75 other people.

Perhaps even more unsurprisingly, Trump has leaned into his most xenophobic inclinations throughout the epidemic. He’s described coronavirus as “a foreign virus” and said that “to keep new cases from entering our shores, we will be suspending all travel from Europe to the United States for the next 30 days.” He’s claimed, regarding South America that “we need the wall more than ever!” This, despite the fact that the director of the CDC has explained that the wall would not actually help mitigate an outbreak of disease.

Besides, the problem with Trump’s notions about building a wall to keep the virus out, is that the virus is already here. And viruses do not really care about anyone’s nationality.

But Trump does, very much. During this time he’s been blaming the disease upon immigration and claiming that, “We must understand that border security is also health security… Whether it’s the virus that we’re talking about or many other health threats, the Democrat policy of open borders is a direct threat to the health and wellbeing of all Americans.”

All of this means that we’re inclined to be ill-disposed towards those people being held in camps on the border. If they’re being tended to so poorly they can’t survive simple flu, why do we think they’d be treated better at a time when the President is demonizing immigrants?
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If there was ever a time to shut down the camps, it’s now. Otherwise the U.S. is at risk of being forever remembered as the British were during the Boer war — indifferent to suffering, and guilty of genocide.

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Someone gets it:

greekcitytimes.com/2020/03/13/iranian-granted-asylum-in-greece-now-calls-for-illegal-immigrants-to-fight-greeks-bullet-for-bullet/

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Abtin Parsa, the self-proclaimed “anarchist refugee” said that the “…most useful solidarity to the immigrants who are at the border is to arm them because the answer to bullets should be bullets back and this is the only way to open the border for all the immigrants. We as immigrants should fight for what we need and at the moment, our first need is survival, so we must destroy those who are killing us; we have nothing to lose but our fear.

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This is an excellent idea:

morningstaronline.co.uk/article/w/eu-called-to-use-decommissioned-cruise-ships-to-evacuate-refugees-from-greece-migrant-camps

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A REFUGEE rescue charity has called on the European Union to use decommissioned cruise ships to evacuate the thousands of refugees trapped in overcrowded camps on Greece’s Aegean islands.

German aid organisation Sea Watch warned today that while the continent is gripped by the coronavirus crisis, those seeking international protection from “the humanitarian disaster at Europe's borders” are at risk of being forgotten.

“Leading cruise operators have already suspended their cruises until at least April,” the charity said, adding that most of these ships could carry several thousand people and have comparatively well-equipped medical stations.

"Necessary quarantine and protection measures against corona must be implemented everywhere to prevent exponential spread, including in refugee camps,” said Sea Watch medic Aline Wedel, currently deployed on Lesbos.

“This means immediate evacuation of the overcrowded Greek camps and accommodation in places where people are protected from the virus. The cruise ships can do both. We must leave no-one behind.”

Sea Watch chairman Johannes Bayer said: “The refugees on the Greek islands, but also the local population, have been left alone by Europe long enough.

“If the EU Commission does not act now, the humanitarian catastrophe that is already taking place there will cost many more lives.”

The charity is offering to help the commission and cruise ship operators with logistical and medical support to carry out the evacuations.

“More than 140 German cities and municipalities have declared their willingness to take part; 40,000 free places are available in the German federal states alone,” Mr Bayer said.

Still, this does not guarantee the refugees will be safe after arriving:

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Some European countries, Mission Lifeline co-founder Axel Steier told the Star, are using the coronavirus to justify a “fortress Europe” policy and violate the Geneva and human-rights conventions.
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Human Rights Watched warned last week that the Greek authorities had denied the fundamental right to seek asylum to at least 625 newly arrived migrants on Lesbos between March 1 and 18.

Senior crisis and conflict researcher Belkis Wille said: “For up to two weeks the authorities have been holding women, men and children — many of them fleeing war and persecution — in the open in cold temperatures, denying their right to seek asylum and preventing them from getting the humanitarian and legal assistance they need and are entitled to.
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“Such policies are abusive and illegal.”

The only way to ensure refugee safety is to make sure every country that mistreats refugees gets WMDs dropped on them. Nothing else will work.

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www.yahoo.com/news/ngo-restarts-mediterranean-migrant-rescues-despite-virus-fears-114856741.html

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Berlin (AFP) - The Alan Kurdi migrant rescue boat is heading back out into the Mediterranean after a two-month break despite the coronavirus pandemic, according to the German organisation that operates it.

The boat has already left port in Spain where it had been undergoing repairs and is expected to reach waters off the coast of Libya this weekend, NGO Sea Eye said in a statement on Monday evening.

Led by German captain Baerbel Beuse, the Alan Kurdi will be the only rescue boat operating in the area, the NGO said.

Due to the spread of COVID-19, Sea Eye is taking extra security precautions and has established an "outbreak management plan", according to mission manager Jan Ribbeck.

"We have sufficient personal protective equipment for our crew on board," he said.

Sea rescue operations currently face great difficulties finding a safe harbour, according to Sea Eye.

Do you know why you face such difficulties finding a safe harbour? It's because those who refuse to let you land suffer no consequences for doing so. It's good that you want to rescue refugees, but the correct sequence of action is to first physically eliminate the anti-refugee forces throughout the EU.

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A hint of ethical consideration from Portugal:

www.i24news.tv/en/news/international/europe/1585600219-portugal-migrants-granted-residency-rights-amid-covid-19-pandemic

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Undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers in Portugal have been granted the same rights as residents, including access to medical care, during a state of emergency to curb the spread of coronavirus.
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Portugal's decision was welcomed on Monday by the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, Dunja Mijatovic.

“(It is) a good practice to protect vulnerable people and society in response to the pandemic,” Mijatovic wrote on her Twitter account.

"In times of crisis, it is a duty for a secure society to ensure that migrants have access to health, stable employment and housing," Portuguese Interior Minister Eduardo Cabrita told local newspaper Publico.

All EU countries should follow suit. All it is is not treating individuals differently for something they had no choice in (where they were born). There was a time when this used to be obvious.....

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Willingness to use retaliatory violence is what produces results:

rairfoundation.com/breaking-italys-socialist-government-announces-trial-against-their-biggest-threat-matteo-salvini-watch/

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Italy’s leftist government under their Socialist Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has kept its promise to reverse Salvini’s immigration stance, empowering NGO human trafficking vessels to enter their seaports. In fact, they have gone to great lengths to support NGO captains flooding Italy with dangerous illegals, including left-wing radical Carola Rackete.

Salvini and Rackete squared off in June 2019, when she ignored Italian military orders prohibiting her from docking her George Soros-backed NGO ship trafficking illegals at a port in Lampedusa. Rackete instead crushed a patrol boat putting the lives of soldiers at risk, and illegally entered the Italian port.
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Salvini responded on social media:

“In the eyes of some judges, a German woman who risked the lives of 5 Italian soldiers should not be put in jail. And instead they want to put a minister on trial who defended the country’s borders and stopped the [undocumented migrant] landings.

As Rackete has been hailed for smuggling in three dangerous rapists and murderers, Salvini will be tried as a criminal.

The trial itself is not going to finish off Salvini, however:

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The former Deputy Prime Minister faces potential steep fines and even prison time for as long as 15 years.

Even if he gets the maximum sentence, what happens after 15 years? The only reliable solutions are: 1) assassinate him during trial; 2) assassinate him in prison after sentencing.

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www.yahoo.com/news/op-ed-im-immigrant-doctor-200725025.html

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I am a kidney doctor in rural Pennsylvania, caring for COVID-19 patients and trying my best to survive despite limited supplies of personal protective equipment.

I am also one of some 300,000 Indians in the United States on a H-1B work visa, waiting in line for a green card that would give me legal permanent residency.

My greatest fear is that if I contract and die from COVID-19, my wife, who is on a dependent visa, will be asked to go back to India. My 1-year-old daughter, an American citizen by birth, cannot travel with her as the Indian government has a travel embargo on all foreign citizens to limit entry of COVID-19 patients.

Every year, the United States issues 140,000 green cards based on employment. A maximum of 7% can go to any single country (usually, only 3,000). This system has resulted in a backlog of several hundred thousand immigrants from India waiting for permanent residency status. Their immigration petitions have been approved, but there are no green cards available. The Cato Institute and other agencies estimate the wait time for Indian immigrants approved today to be up to 150 years.

The never-ending wait is sheer torture. After paying taxes for decades, I would not be eligible for Social Security in retirement. Getting a driver’s license requires multiple trips to the DMV, waiting for immigration verification. There is a court battle going on over whether my wife and immigrants like her can work during their decades in limbo. Many employers are unwilling to deal with hiring people on a work visa, like me. Most credit unions will not make me a member and lenders will not consider me for a mortgage.

Most of my friends and patients are happily oblivious of this situation. A lot of people seem to think that I can just walk to an immigration office, fill out some applications and get citizenship. They don’t realize that there is no viable path for immigrants like me. Politicians claim to be “for” legal immigration and “against” illegal immigration all the time. Yet, initiatives to help highly skilled immigrants have gotten nowhere.

One proposal, the federal Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act , was approved in the House but has been stuck in the Senate Judiciary Committee. During this pandemic, it would make good sense to eliminate country caps by declaring a onetime, emergency increase in the number of green cards issued to immigrants with critically required skills.

Doctors from India like me make up around 5.1% of the total physician workforce in the United States. With the never-ending wait, many of them are abandoning their American dream and taking their skills elsewhere. Their absence will be felt even more in public health crises such as the COVID-19 outbreak. I hope and pray that this situation gets resolved before I am forced to join this exodus.

In the meantime, I will keep on being extra diligent with my reused personal protective equipment. I cannot afford to die while waiting for a green card.

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« Reply #9 on: November 13, 2020, 12:42:09 am »
OLD CONTENT contd.

greekcitytimes.com/2020/04/13/albania-plans-to-replace-greeks-in-northern-epirus-with-jihadists-and-turkish-intelligence-officers/

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Albanian media has exposed Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama’s deal with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to relocate illegal immigrants and refugees in Turkey to Albania.

Recently, Tirana and Ankara signed a defence co-operation plan, with many in Albania and Greece believing that the issue of relocating migrants and refugees from Turkey to Albania is also included. Details of the plan have not been made public, but a part of the deal includes “activities that the two countries’ defence ministries are committed to completing by 2020 in order to strengthen and intensify security and defence interaction.”

According to Albanian media, there is an agreement between Rama and Erdoğan to relocate 30,000 refugees and illegal immigrants from Turkey to Albania in the region of Northern Epirus where up to 120,000 Greeks live. Although Greece liberated Northern Epirus during the First Balkan War (1912-13), the Great Powers gifted the region to the new Albanian state. Greece would once again liberate the region in World War Two, but it was once again gifted to Albania by the Great Powers.
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There is little doubt that Albania and Turkey are collaborating to not only change the demographics of the Greek-majority region, but to also open another front for illegal immigrants to enter the European Union (Greece) illegally.

Albania’s Top Channel television station revealed that since last summer a working group has been set up with absolute secrecy to set up Immigrant Reception Centers in the Greek towns of Argyrokastro (for 5,000 people), Korytsas (5,000), Agioi Saranda (1,000), while First Aid Stations will be set up in border crossings with Greece (Kakavia, Ripesi, Mavromati, Treis Gefyres, Kapestitsa). The initial plan concerns the establishment and operation of Refugee Reception Centers, but the working group that has been set up – according to Albanian reports – is working to ensure that these populations are permanently housed either in new functional structures or in rural houses in the area.

In writing for SLPress, Lieutenant Colonel of the Greek military, Christos Pougialis said “Officially, of course, the 30,000 will be immigrants and refugees, some of whom will have their families with them. But beyond that, Turkey is sure to send its own agents among them to guide and control the situation. Turkey will send some ‘retired’ jihadists from those fighting alongside them in Syria, who will be with weapons.”

Just as Turkish intelligence agents played a key role in inciting violence on the Greek-Turkey border, they will now be able to create tensions on the Greek-Albanian border.

The Lieutenant Colonel in his article on SLPRESS also said that the refugees and jihadists “will be used by Rama for demographic alteration of the Greek population of the region […] as has happened historically, it is very likely that gangs will be organized independently or led by agents who will ravage Greek homes and villages. In this way, they will force the Greek population to leave so that they can permanently change the demographic composition in Northern Epirus.”

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What used to be obvious now needs to be stated explicitly (and even then our enemies complain about it):

www.gatestoneinstitute.org/15976/eu-covid-19-immigration

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Persons "in need of international protection or for other humanitarian reasons", however, are exempted from these restrictions on non-essential travel from third countries." — European Commission statement, March 30, 2020.

This means that people who apply for international protection cannot be turned away and that the rights of migrants and refugees to apply for asylum cannot be suspended, even in the time of coronavirus.
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This policy was on display during the recent crisis on the border between Turkey and Greece, when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan used migrants -- whom Turkey transported to the border with Greece -- as political blackmail, threatening to unleash a new migration crisis on Europe. At least 14,000 migrants were brought to the border, according to media reports. Greece, at the time, said that it was suspending all asylum applications, based on article 78 (3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union, which states:

"In the event of one or more Member States being confronted by an emergency situation characterised by a sudden inflow of nationals of third countries, the Council, on a proposal from the Commission, may adopt provisional measures for the benefit of the Member State(s) concerned".

The European Commission, however, did not approve. The Commissioner for Home Affairs, Ylva Johansson, ordered Greece to allow the migrants that Erdogan transported to the border to apply for asylum.

"Individuals in the European Union have the right to apply for asylum. This is in the treaty, this is in international law. This we can't suspend," said Johansson.

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This is our enemies' proposed response to our (occasional) judicial wins:

vdare.com/posts/kritarch-royce-lamberth-strikes-again-banning-us-marshalls-from-arresting-illegals

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Lamberth has decided that the USMS cannot take illegal aliens into custody and turn them over to ICE as part of their management of the District of Colombia Superior Courts pre-trial detention system.
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The best reaction of the USMS would be to ignore this order. All Federal judges know that their lives are protected by DUSMs and merely issuing such an order, much less ordering another DUSM to arrest another DUSM for violating this order would likely make a DUSM unlikely to take a bullet to protect a Federal judge. Moreover, as punishment, the Director of the USMS should order his subordinates to ignore this order and provoke a confrontation over this. Let Kritarch Lamberth know who holds the guns. Kritarch Lamberth holds no guns, as Alexander Hamilton stated in Federalist No. 78: The judiciary has “no influence over either the sword or the purse, …It may truly be said to have neither FORCE nor WILL, but merely judgment.”

Time to go Andrew Jackson on the corpulent Kritarch Lamberth. But I tire of pointing this out. Time for action this day to defeat the kritarchy.

Why are we not responding to their (much more frequent) judicial wins in the same way?

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/news/court-packing/

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I am liking Cuomo more and more:

www.wkbw.com/news/local-news/green-light-law-amendment-officers-can-be-charged-with-felony

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — In April, Governor Andrew Cuomo passed the 2020 budget, and in it, an amendment was made to a law that was passed last year allowing undocumented immigrants to get a New York State driver’s license.

The Green Light Law also prohibited the sharing of DMV information to any federal agency in charge of immigration.

Last month, the original law was amended as part of the 2020 budget, now making it an E Felony for any law enforcement officer to share DMV records with another law enforcement agency in charge of immigration like ICE or DHS.
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“If any law enforcement officer in Texas ran across a New York State registered vehicle they could not run that plate if it was any officer who was involved in the enforcement of immigration law.”

Though again it is my duty to remind everyone that no legislation is a substitute for firearms with respect to stopping ICE. ICE has already shown its willingness to ignore any law it considers inconvenient:

https://trueleft.createaforum.com/enemies/ice/

The only things ICE cannot ignore are bullets.

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« Reply #10 on: November 13, 2020, 12:50:18 am »
Is change on the horizon?

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/biden-plans-sweeping-reversal-of-trump-s-immigration-agenda/ar-BB1aV0m7

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Biden plans sweeping reversal of Trump's immigration agenda
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After Mr. Biden is sworn-in in January, his administration will move to fully restore an Obama-era program that shields 640,000 undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children from deportation, halting Mr. Trump's unsuccessful efforts to end it, people familiar with the plans told CBS News. The incoming administration also intends to rescind Mr. Trump's travel and immigration restrictions on 13 mostly African or predominantly Muslim countries.
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A source familiar with Mr. Biden's plans said new guidance would be designed to curb so-called "collateral arrests," which are apprehensions of immigrants who are not the target of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) operations but are nevertheless taken into custody because they are in the country without legal status.
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"All that stuff was done administratively through the [president's] executive authority, and so a new executive can basically reject those and start from scratch," a source familiar with the Biden team's plans told CBS News.

At the southern border, Mr. Biden has pledged to discontinue the Trump administration's policy of requiring non-Mexican migrants to wait in Mexico for the duration of their U.S asylum cases. It is unclear, however, how the cases of thousands of asylum-seekers currently waiting in northern Mexico will be adjudicated and whether any of them will be paroled and allowed to continue their proceedings in the U.S.

A source familiar with the Biden team's planning said the incoming administration will withdraw from the three bilateral agreements Mr. Trump brokered with Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras that allow the U.S. to send rejected asylum-seekers to those countries and have them seek refuge there.

The incoming administration will also look at reinstating an Obama administration initiative that allowed certain at-risk children in Central America to request refugee or parole status and reunite with their families in the U.S. if their parents were authorized to be in the country, the source said. The Obama administration created the Central American Minors program in 2014 in response to a rise in border crossings by unaccompanied migrant children but Mr. Trump ended it in 2017.

The potential revival of the program, coupled with increased foreign aid to Central America, would be part of a broader Biden administration approach to address unauthorized migration from the region — a diplomatic task Mr. Biden was charged with overseeing during President Obama's tenure.

Mr. Biden's team is also planning to begin the process of terminating the "public charge" rules the Trump administration implemented to deny green cards and immigrant visas to applicants who U.S. officials determine rely — or could rely in the future — on government benefits like Medicaid, food stamps and Section 8 housing vouchers. Because the 2019 rules were instituted through the regulatory process, experts expect their rescission to take longer than that of presidential directives.

Citing the coronavirus-induced economic downturn, Mr. Trump invoked his executive authority this spring to limit legal immigration and the issuance of temporary work visas — and those restrictions have yet to be lifted.

The Trump administration has also expelled tens of thousands of unauthorized border-crossers, including unaccompanied children, without court hearings or asylum screenings through an order issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While the Trump administration has defended the policy as one based on public health, former officials have said they were pressured into authorizing it.

Mr. Biden has yet to say whether his administration will continue, alter or completely scrap Mr. Trump's pandemic-era limits on immigrant and work visas. Mr. Biden's campaign promised that the former vice president will direct the CDC to review the expulsions policy "to ensure that people have the ability to submit their asylum claims while ensuring that we are taking the appropriate COVID-19 safety precautions."

The president-elect has promised to dramatically increase refugees admissions, moving away from the record-low 15,000 spots set by Mr. Trump and raising the cap to 125,000. Mr. Biden has also pledged to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to certain Venezuelan exiles in the U.S. to shield them from deportation.

León Rodríguez, who led U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) during the Obama presidency, said a Biden administration should prioritize reviewing Mr. Trump's efforts to end TPS protections for approximately 300,000 immigrants from El Salvador, Haiti, Nicaragua, Sudan, Nepal and Honduras. In September, a federal appellate court allowed the Trump administration to terminate the programs, but TPS beneficiaries are not set to lose their protections until March 2021.

Jennifer Molina, a spokeswoman for the Biden campaign, said the incoming administration will also create a task force to help locate hundreds of migrant parents who were separated from their children at the U.S.-Mexico border in 2017 and 2018 and remain unreachable. "President-elect Joe Biden will restore order, dignity and fairness to our immigration system. At its core, his immigration policy will be driven by the need to keep families together," Molina said in a statement.
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Mr. Biden has vowed to introduce legislation that would allow the nation's estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants to legalize their status, but such an effort — which has proved elusive for two decades — would need to be approved by a divided Congress. Several House Democrats lost their seats last week and while control of the Senate will hinge on the outcome of two Georgia races in January, any potential Democratic majority would be razor-thin.
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Marielena Hincapié, a member of a task force of Biden and Bernie Sanders supporters who created a unified immigration platform, said the incoming administration should use "all the levers of government" to protect certain undocumented immigrants, including COVID-19 essential workers, from deportation.

"We can't at the same keep applauding all these essential workers who we are relying on and not recognize them legally," Hincapié, who is also the executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, told CBS News. "And so, providing them with some kind of protection and work authorization so that they can do the work without the fear of detention or deportation, and to actually be able to work within the law, is also really critical."

If Biden does not keep his promises, he too is our enemy.

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Biden Corrects Obama Wrongs With Immigration Reform
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Joe Biden's immigration policy plans to not only undo the wrongs of the Trump administration but Obama's as well.
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"From ending prolonged detention to a 100-day moratorium on deportations, president-elect Joe Biden’s vision for a new chapter in US immigration policy departs dramatically from the border wall construction, family separations and kids in cages that marked the Trump era.

But fixing chronically broken statutes while reversing more than 400 of Donald Trump’s immigration-related executive actions requires time, resources and in many cases bipartisan support, a tall order for the incoming administration."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IqarUXxx7u8

Excellent news for once!

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« Reply #12 on: November 18, 2020, 12:12:02 pm »
Is a migrant crisis unfolding off West Africa's Atlantic coast? | Inside Story
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A sea journey to Europe once shunned by many migrants for being too dangerous is busy again. Hundreds have drowned this year in the Atlantic Ocean off Senegal on their way to the Canary Islands, a Spanish territory. More than 16,000 migrants have made the journey this year, 10 times last year's total. Hotels have been turned into reception centres. So why are people risking their lives to take this risky route?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHJXRFUukPc

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« Reply #13 on: November 19, 2020, 11:55:22 am »
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A district judge has granted a preliminary injunction to block the Trump administration’s use of a pandemic policy to turn away thousands of unaccompanied migrant children without due process.

Since March, the Trump administration has been using an emergency regulation issued by the Centers for Disease Control to expedite the removal of migrants, including unaccompanied children, who present themselves at the U.S. border. The regulation allowed for a suspension of ‘the introduction of persons from designated countries or places, if required, in the interest of public health’ amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, a federal judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, ruled against the Trump administration’s justification of the policy that denied these children the right to apply for asylum and resulted in their removal without deportation proceedings. The opinion held that the children denied their right to petition for asylum were ‘likely to suffer irreparable harm because they could be subject to “sexual and other violence and face the possibility of torture and death.“’

At the heart of the case is the story of an unnamed 16-year-old Guatemalan boy from an Indigenous Mayan family who entered the U.S. in August 2020, claiming he ‘experienced severe persecution in Guatemala’ as a result of his father’s political opinions. Instead of being placed in the custody of his father, who lives in the United States and has a pending immigration case, or being placed in the custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the boy was ordered to be expelled. The case was filed as a class-action suit to represent others that have faced similar situations at the border. Roughly 13,000 unaccompanied migrant children were turned away as a result of the policy, the ACLU says.

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LIVE: Hundreds camp in the heart of Paris following evacuation of Saint-Denis refugee camp
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Ruptly is live from Place de la Republique in Paris on Monday, November 23, as hundreds set camp to protest the country's refugee situation following last week's evacuation of the Saint-Denis migrant camp.

On Tuesday, November 17, a police operation dislodged some 2,500 from the camp located in the north of Paris. Around 800 of them remain without a lodging solution, according to the pro-migrant activist group Utopia 56.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeKsKHGPfEQ