anti-immigration extremism

Trump's EO will create numerous "family" detention centers

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Out of the fire and into the frying pan:

Trump's executive order directs the attorney general to promptly file a request with U.S. District Judge Dolly Gree in the Central District of California to modify the Flores Settlement and allow detained migrant families to be held together "throughout the pendency of criminal proceedings ... or other immigration proceedings."

The president directed Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to maintain custody of detained families during criminal proceedings and as their asylum claims are adjudicated. Also, Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis and the heads of other agencies are ordered to find or construct facilities to house the detained families. Finally, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is directed to prioritize the adjudication of cases involving detained families.

"Finding" such facilities won't be that difficult, considering all the big-box retail stores like Wal-Mart that were closed and virtually abandoned. No doubt many developers and banks holding the notes on these dinosaurs are rubbing their hands together in glee, anticipating that monthly lease payment. And of course these people will have to be fed, so there's a lot of money to be made there, too. And as for those 2,000+ children already caged up, this order does absolutely nothing for them:

Durham Sheriff defies judge and turns over detainee to ICE

Proving Durham's voters made the right choice in the Primary:

The Durham County sheriff turned a man over to Immigration and Custom Enforcement officers on Saturday despite a Durham Superior Court judge’s request that law enforcement bring the 35-year-old Honduran to his courtroom on Tuesday. Judge Orlando Hudson had scheduled a hearing for Tuesday after an attorney for Jose Hernandez, a Durham-based window installer, filed a petition accusing Sheriff Mike Andrews of unconstitutionally detaining her client.

Hudson said Saturday he did not issue a formal order demanding Hernandez’s presence on Tuesday. But the judge said Curtis Massey, an attorney for the sheriff, had assured him that Durham deputies would get Hernandez there.

It was only just a few weeks ago when (outgoing) Sheriff Mike Andrews tried to justify his cooperation with ICE by saying he was actually "helping" the undocumented immigrant population, by turning over criminals and keeping ICE from "searching" for them in the community. But as we see in this case, his deputies racially profiled this guy and grabbed him as he left his bank:

Rally in Raleigh to protest inhumane immigrant detention process

Trying to survive the sticky net of ICE roundups:

Immigrant rights groups will hold a press conference and rally to demand an end to immigrant detention Raleigh, NC – On Friday, immigrant rights groups and families of people in detention will hold a press conference and rally at the Wake County Public Safety Center to demand an end to immigrant detention. The action is a part of the Southeast Immigrant Rights Network month of action to denounce the abusive and inhumane immigration detention system. With a string of recent hunger strikes inside detention and 10 deaths in Immigration and Customs Enforcement custody since the start of the fiscal year, immigration detention continues to be exposed as a fatally flawed system that needs to be shut down.

Consider this: If one of your children or another family member was incarcerated, and not given a bail hearing or any other avenue to seek freedom or even information about their legal situation, and were kept behind bars for months with no idea when they might be released, you would understandably be outraged and banging down the institutional doors to straighten that out. There are literally thousands of families going through that right now, but their immigration status makes them vulnerable to what we would call unconstitutional treatment. How can that be? How can we have rights for some but not others? I would argue a Constitution that doesn't cover everybody actually covers nobody. Habits are hard to break, and it's only a matter of time before US citizens are also detained indefinitely. Here are the details of the rally:

Fascism Watch: Rounding up the immigrants

Leaving devastated families in their wake:

A U.S. immigration official says agents arrested fewer than 200 people last week in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia and targeted people in the country illegally and convicted of crimes.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement regional spokesman Bryan Cox said Saturday that the agency's enforcement activities die down over the weekend, but couldn't say none were being carried out.

"Fewer than 200" is surprisingly similar to the rationalizations used for the recent Muslim ban enforcement actions. Actually, it's not surprising at all. That's what brutal tyrants do, they try to play down the numbers of people persecuted by various "programs" instituted to solve problems that don't exist, problems that were created to instill fear and anger in the populace, so the knight in shining armor can ride in and save them. Make no mistake, what we're seeing isn't some new behavior, it's incredibly ancient in origins. And it almost always works, leaving the citizens entrenched in a totalitarian state before the bulk of them realize it's happened.

Fascism Watch: Bullying in schools the new norm

The sheer volume of incidents is heartbreaking:

Report author Maureen Costello, the center’s director of teaching tolerance, says 90 percent of respondents said the election has negatively affected their schools, and many reported disturbing behavior. "Something that we heard over and over again are comments made to students perceived to be immigrants along the lines of 'Have you packed your bags?'” she relates. “'Are you ready to go home?' 'Guess we won't see you tomorrow.' So there's just been a lot of that kind of verbal harassment."

Hooray for Pedro: Deportation flight grounded, for now

With a little help from Alma Adams:

Salmeron, 18, has a pending asylum application, but he was being prepped for imminent deportation Wednesday after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement decided he could no longer stay. His deportation to El Salvador was stopped Friday, however, due to new, more sophisticated tactics being used by local immigrant advocacy groups in taking on federal agencies.

Among those approached were Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, who has called for an end to deportations of Central America youths such as Salmeron, and U.S. Rep. Alma Adams, D-N.C., who says she called ICE and the Department of Homeland Security within hours.

Unfortunately, he has been and still is incarcerated, which is a shocking way to treat somebody (especially so young) with an asylum application pending. But taking a look at some of the comments on this article, it's no surprise we behave much like the blood-thirsty gangs in El Salvador:

Brexit vote reflects alarming increase in xenophobia

And it would be foolish to not attribute some of it to Trumpism:

For months, the political and economic elite had looked on with growing apprehension as Britain flirted with a choice — popularly known as Brexit — that experts had warned could lead to global recession and a rip in the Western alliance. The vote could also lead to Scottish secession, a broader E.U. unraveling and the fall of Prime Minister David Cameron’s government.

But most analysts had predicted this pragmatically minded country would ultimately back away from the move, and opt to keep Britain in an organization regarded as a pillar of the global economic and political order. Instead, a majority of British voters heeded the call of pro-Brexit campaigners to liberate the nation from what many here regard as an oppressive Brussels bureaucracy that enables mass migration into the country.

At first glance, the results appear eerily similar to what we see here in North Carolina and many other red/purple states: Major metropolitan areas swing one way (remain) while rural areas chose another (leave). But a deeper look into the votes reveals some good news. Voters aged 18-49 overwhelmingly chose to remain, to not succumb to anti-immigrant fervor. Again, very similar to how young people over here feel about race and immigration. But while the "Trump effect" may be dying, it's a slow death that may take longer than we'd care to wait:

*Author's note: We usually try to keep BlueNC content relevant to North Carolina issues, but Brexit may have consequences that reach us even here.

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