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Living in fear every single day as immigration raids wreak havoc

For the 71,000 undocumented residents in Gwinett county, Georgia, roundups, raids and fear are a part of everyday life At 6.10am on a freezing, dark January morning, just moments before he opened Superior Tools & Equipment, Gustavo Ramirez caught a flash of blue light racing towards his shop. Shoppers were lining up outside his Norcross, Georgia, store to pick up nails, ladders and pieces of wood before a day of hard labor. He peered outside, expecting a police car to whiz by the strip mall. Instead, the car stoppedin front…

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Trump officials move to restrict immigrants who use public benefits

Proposals mean permanent residence applicants could be judged a burden for receiving legal benefits like food aid The Trump administration on Saturday said it would propose making it harder for foreigners living in the United States to qualify for permanent US residency if they have received public benefits such as food aid, public housing or Medicaid. The proposed regulation from the Department of Homeland Security would instruct immigration officers to consider whether a person has received a range of taxpayer-funded benefits to which they are legally entitled in determining whether…

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Child separations: Trump faces extreme backlash from public and his own party

Public reaction to the border policy is disquieting many Republicans facing midterm elections Donald Trump heads to Capitol Hill on Tuesday afternoon facing an extraordinary backlash from his own party and the American public over his policy of quotes from the Bible nor get-tough talk can soften the images of Why are families being separated at the southern US border? video explainer One issue does cross the divide. Four in five voters support allowing undocumented migrants brought to the US as children, so-called Dreamers, to remain and apply for citizenship.…

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Sanders uses Bible to defend Trump’s separation of children from families at border

Press secretary rejects criticism of Jeff Sessions citing Romans 13 to justify policy and says it is very biblical to enforce the law Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, invoked the Bible to defend the Trump administrations immigration policy of separating mothers from their children. She was speaking at Thursdays White House briefing, in response to a question about comments made by the attorney general Jeff Sessions, where he cited a passage in the Bible to justify the policy. I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his…

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Mexican laborer: we were told Texas ride that killed 10 would be air-conditioned

Adan Lalravega, who fainted during the sweltering ride in a tractor-trailer, describes hearing children begging for water: People were despairing Adan Lara Vega said he was told the $5,500 he was being charged to be smuggled into the United States would include an air-conditioned truck ride. Instead, the 27-year-old Mexican laborer climbed with his friends into a pitch-black, metal tractor-trailer compartment that lacked ventilation a deadly oven that would

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US judge halts deportation of more than 100 Iraqi Christians

Attorneys argued the mostly Chaldean Christians, who were picked up during a series of raids in Detroit, would face death or persecution if they returned to Iraq A federal district judge on Thursday temporarily blocked the deportation of more than 100 Iraqi Christians who attorneys said would face death or persecution if returned to their birth country. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) Trump issued a travel ban for seven Muslim-majority countries including Iraq. That ban was struck down by a federal court and the revised ban, which does not include…

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Deportation of ‘Dreamer’ to Mexico appears to be first under Trump

Juan Manuel Montes has lived in the US since age nine and was supposedly protected by Obama-era policy, prompting an outcry from activists Federal agents have deported a Dreamer to Mexico, possibly the first such documented case under USA Today, prompted an outcry from immigrant activists and others who used the hashtag #JusticeForJuan. Juan Montes was the target of abusive law enforcement officers and deported from his family and home, said Greisa Martinez, advocacy director of at least 10 have been detained, according to United We Dream. Montes, who suffered…

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Donald Trump to overhaul H-1B visa program that admits foreign workers

Temporary worker visa that brings tens of thousands to US annually will be revamped to address alleged abuses, as Trump plays to American working class In a bid to court working class voters, Donald Trump will sign an executive order on Tuesday to revamp a temporary visa programme used to bring foreign workers to fill jobs in the US. The president will use a visit to a manufacturing company in Kenosha, Wisconsin, a crucial state he snatched from Hillary Clinton in the election, to promote his latest Buy America Hire…

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Trump’s border wall plan hits snag as congressman backs environmental suit

Ral Grijalva of Arizona joins Center for Biological Diversity in call for environmental analysis that could delay any construction for several years A US congressman and environmental group have filed the executive order calling for homeland security to begin immediate construction of the wall. Homeland Security has since begun a border wall beauty pageant expected to take place in San Diego this summer. American environmental laws are some of the oldest and strongest in the world, and they should apply to the borderlands just as they do everywhere else, Grijalva,…

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