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Michael Harriot Michael Harriot yesterday at 20:00.

What They Mean When They Say 'Send Her Back'

What They Mean When They Say 'Send Her Back'

What is an American?

Is it defined by borders, treaties, laws and the Constitution or is it a nebulous set of mutable ideas and fluctuating standards? And who gets to decide? Is it as everchanging as this country’s boundary lines or was it set in stone by the cabal of white men who first conceived of this experiment in democracy?

What constitutes an American has always been a fickle concept....

Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jul 16, 2019 at 00:30. 20 comments

Trump Says Racist Nonsense Because He Means It and Because He Knows He Can Win on It

Trump Says Racist Nonsense Because He Means It and Because He Knows He Can Win on It

Donald Trump, in a series of tweets from Sunday night well into Monday morning, doubled down on his racist, xenophobic criticism of four Democratic congresswomen, Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley. After calling on the congresswomen to go back to their countries and fix them , Trump followed up his attack by demanding an apology—making abundantly...

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Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jul 15, 2019 at 16:44.

News Networks Airing Trump’s Immigration Speech Tonight Did Not Have That Same Energy for Obama in 2014

News Networks Airing Trump’s Immigration Speech Tonight Did Not Have That Same Energy for Obama in 2014

Tuesday night, as multiple news networks are set to air Donald Trump’s address on immigration—a speech that promises to deliver a smorgasbord of lies, live and in primetime—it’s worthwhile to remember that broadcasters could just as easily choose not to air the president.

In fact, it’s a decision they have made before. As multiple outlets and pundits have noted, news networks chose in 2014 not...

Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Jul 15, 2019 at 15:45.

Atlanta Mayor Sends Message to Trump That She Won’t Allow ICE Detainees to Be Housed in City’s Jails

Atlanta Mayor Sends Message to Trump That She Won’t Allow ICE Detainees to Be Housed in City’s Jails

On Wednesday, newly elected Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced that she is no longer allowing city jails to accept detainees from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

On the same day that the president signed an executive order that would stop the separation of children from their loved ones at the U.S. border, Bottoms signed her own executive order to stop Atlanta jails from...

Dara Sharif Dara Sharif Jul 15, 2019 at 15:16.

Supreme Court’s Conservative Majority Seems Poised to OK Citizenship Question on 2020 Census—No Matter the Cost to Heavily Immigrant Communities

Supreme Court’s Conservative Majority Seems Poised to OK Citizenship Question on 2020 Census—No Matter the Cost to Heavily Immigrant Communities

The U.S. Supreme Court seems to be headed toward backing a Trump administration move to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, even if doing so risks undercounting Latinos and other groups with heavy immigrant populations.

Based on comments and questions raised by the conservative majority in listening to arguments Tuesday, it appeared that the five justices appointed by Republican...

Aliya Semper Ewing Aliya Semper Ewing Jul 15, 2019 at 13:42.

A Federal Judge in California Temporarily Blocked Trump’s Border Wall Funds

A Federal Judge in California Temporarily Blocked Trump’s Border Wall Funds

 

On Friday, a federal judge in California temporarily blocked Donald Trump’s invalid administration, preventing the transfer of $1 billion in Defense Department funds to build a border fencing wall.

As reported by NPR, U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam’s injunction “did not include ruling on an additional $3.6 billion in funds from military construction projects that have yet to be...

Jul 15, 2019 at 13:17.

I'm an Intersex Black Woman. My Voice Matters. Listen

I'm an Intersex Black Woman. My Voice Matters. Listen

Editor’s note: Intersex Awareness Day is October 26.

I was born intersex. It is a condition in which a child is born with male and female genitalia. I came to America seeking asylum because the condition made me a target in my country, where being associated with the LGBTQ community is illegal and could get you killed. There, people are bullied into remaining in the closet. They can never...

Ibn Safir Ibn Safir Jul 15, 2019 at 12:56.

Four Volunteers Convicted for Leaving Food and Water Near Border as Four More Await Trial

Four Volunteers Convicted for Leaving Food and Water Near Border as Four More Await Trial

Four of the nine volunteers working with the aid group No More Deaths are set to stand trial over exhibiting common decency to migrants near the U.S.-Mexico border.

After four workers were convicted of misdemeanor charges for leaving food and water for migrants crossing in 2017, four more are set to stand trial over similar charges between now and March, according to the group. The...

Ibn Safir Ibn Safir Jul 15, 2019 at 04:00.

7-Year-Old Jakelin Caal Maquin Died from Sepsis, Medical Examiners Say

7-Year-Old Jakelin Caal Maquin Died from Sepsis, Medical Examiners Say

Seven-year-old Jakelin Caal Maquin, the small girl who died while migrating to the United States from Guatemala, died from a bacterial infection known as streptococcal sepsis while in U.S. Customs and Border Protection custody, according to an autopsy.

The El Paso medical examiner released the autopsy report Friday. Sepsis was found in Maquin’s lungs, liver and spleen. She died in December,

Michael Harriot Michael Harriot Jul 15, 2019 at 02:07.

Maybe Black People Need a Wall

Maybe Black People Need a Wall

On Tuesday, a few hours before Donald Trump’s Shout-Outs of the Union speech, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall announced that he wouldn’t bring charges against the police officer who shot and killed 21-year-old Emantic Bradford Jr.

Alabama Attorney General Releases Video, Rules Police Shooting of Emantic Bradford Jr. Was Justified

A medical examiner determined that Emantic “EJ”...

Breanna Edwards Breanna Edwards Jul 14, 2019 at 21:28.

Bank of America Accused of Freezing Accounts of Customers Over Citizenship Inquiries

Bank of America Accused of Freezing Accounts of Customers Over Citizenship Inquiries

Imagine you get up one day looking to pay your bills or just buy yourself some breakfast, but despite the fact that you have more than sufficient funds in your bank account, you somehow do not have access to your own damn money.

Apparently, that’s what has been happening to Bank of America customers in the past few months, specifically due to questions surrounding their legal status in the...

Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Jul 14, 2019 at 19:30.

There Was a Secret White House Plan for Mass Arrests of Immigrant Families. When DHS Officials Pushed Back, They Were Fired

There Was a Secret White House Plan for Mass Arrests of Immigrant Families. When DHS Officials Pushed Back, They Were Fired

Former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen had always been the cherry on top of Trump’s orange vomit sundae. She was the PTA-mom face of Trump’s zero-tolerance immigration policy and was not only complicit in Trump’s fake creation of a humanitarian crisis at the border, she testified in front of Congress that migrant children weren’t being separated from their families anymore than...

Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Jul 14, 2019 at 12:08.

Trump Administration Wanted to Release Detained Immigrants to Sanctuary Cities to Target Those Who Opposed the President's Border Wall: Report

Trump Administration Wanted to Release Detained Immigrants to Sanctuary Cities to Target Those Who Opposed the President's Border Wall: Report

Because the Trump administration takes its cues from The Walking Dead and thus believes that immigrants crossing the border are akin to zombies, a new report reveals that Trump officials tried to pressure the Department of Homeland Security into releasing walkers detained immigrants into sanctuary cities as retaliation against those who opposed the president’s plan for a border...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jul 14, 2019 at 08:39.

21 Savage's Legal Team Sets It Straight: He Is Not a Convicted Felon, ICE 'Provided Incorrect Information'

21 Savage's Legal Team Sets It Straight: He Is Not a Convicted Felon, ICE 'Provided Incorrect Information'

21 Savage (birth name: She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph) is currently in ICE custody.

He arrived in the United States from the United Kingdom at the tender age of seven, therefore making him akin to a “Dreamer,” the name lovingly given to individuals who may temporarily benefit from the immigration policy, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Additionally, there is the DREAM Act, a bill...

Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jul 14, 2019 at 04:31.

Melania Trump and the Hypocrisy of White American Motherhood

Melania Trump and the Hypocrisy of White American Motherhood

Over the last few years, much of the conversation around Melania Trump has hinged on her foreignness—both in the literal sense, and in the ways she breaks from White House traditions: She’s a former lingerie model, the first first lady in more than two centuries to be born outside of the U.S., and the only one whose native language isn’t English. News outlets have balked at her gauche sense...

Tonja Renée Stidhum Tonja Renée Stidhum Jul 13, 2019 at 20:19.

21 Savage 'In Lockdown For 23 Hours a Day' with Little Human Contact, Says Co-Manager 

21 Savage 'In Lockdown For 23 Hours a Day' with Little Human Contact, Says Co-Manager 

21 Savage’s co-manager Mega Meezy has reportedly provided some insight into the young rapper’s conditions while in detainment.

According to Complex, Meezy took to Twitter on Tuesday after a quick phone call with 21 Savage and relayed that the details of his confinement were inhumane.

The tweet, which has since been deleted, read as follows:

Just got off phone wit Savage ... he is in lockdown for...

Anne Branigin Anne Branigin Jul 13, 2019 at 19:48.

Ayanna Pressley Opposes Increased ICE Funding: ‘They’ve Proven Themselves Corrupt’

Ayanna Pressley Opposes Increased ICE Funding: ‘They’ve Proven Themselves Corrupt’

Donald Trump may not have gotten his wall on the U.S./Mexico border, but a new bill approved by Congress yesterday may still give him and his administration plenty of means to harass, detain, and deport tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants and migrants.

Among the lawmakers who pushed back against the bill, which would substantively increase funding for Immigrations and Customs...

Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Stephen A. Crockett Jr. Jul 13, 2019 at 13:32.

Trump Wants to End Birthright Citizenship. Here’s Why That’s Not Happening

Trump Wants to End Birthright Citizenship. Here’s Why That’s Not Happening

President Donald Trump believes, like most white nationalists, that America is his country. Not sure how this belief came to be, but it’s certainly at the core of white nationalist rhetoric.

By now everyone has seen footage of some exasperated racists shouting, “Get out of my country!” to some unsuspecting person who is trying to figure out how in the fuck this became their country when they...

Ibn Safir Ibn Safir Jul 13, 2019 at 07:10.

Former Trump Chief of Staff Joins Board Overseeing 'Prison-like' Facility for Migrant Children

Former Trump Chief of Staff Joins Board Overseeing 'Prison-like' Facility for Migrant Children

Former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly has joined the board of Caliburn International, owners of Comprehensive Health Services Inc., which operated a Florida facility for children described as “prison-like” by congressional Democrats.

Kelly, who left the White House in January, was already on the board before his stint serving under Trump. He stepped down in January of 2017, according to...

Ibn Safir Ibn Safir Jul 13, 2019 at 04:33.

Trump Administration to Require Visa Applicants to List ‘Social Media Identifiers,’ Previous Phone Numbers

Trump Administration to Require Visa Applicants to List ‘Social Media Identifiers,’ Previous Phone Numbers

According to CBS News, the State Department is now requiring nearly all applicants for United States visas to submit their social media usernames, previous email addresses and phone numbers, a vast expansion of immigrant and visitor screening under the Trump administration.

Applicants for certain diplomatic and official visas are exempt from the new measure.

The new applications list social...

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