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The facts about Republicans’ hysteria over brown people
President Donald Trump tweeted a new ad that is almost too racist to believe on Wednesday.
The ad from Trump’s campaign, which accuses Democrats of allowing Mexicans and Central Americans to murder Americans, is the latest escalation in Republicans’ very obvious attempts to stoke fear about brown people and distract from unpopular conservative policies. The president’s party is widely expected to lose control of one chamber of Congress in Tuesday’s midterm elections.
While smearing immigrants is a time-honored tradition for many on the right, the president’s efforts to make a major campaign issue out of a migrant caravan traveling north from Central America (and currently 1,000 miles away from the U.S. border) has been echoed by prominent Republicans, Fox News, and numerous other propagandists in conservative media.
But don’t just take our word for it. Let’s dig into the data to show why Republicans’ recent cherry-picking has no basis in reality.
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The Trump Administration Had a 5-Year-Old Sign Away Her Right to Be Reunited With Her Family
There is seemingly no end to the trauma migrant families are enduring as a result of the Trump administration’s family separation policy: The New Yorker reports that a five-year-old Honduran girl named Helen was separated from her family, detained, and then, before a bond hearing (established by an agreement known as the 1997 Flores Settlement), was given a legal form to sign. At the bottom, it read,“I withdraw my previous request for a Flores bond hearing.” And “beneath that line,” the New Yorker reports, “the five-year-old signed her name in wobbly letters.”
Arizona Shelter Shut in Latest Case of Migrant Child Abuse
Staff members at a Phoenix-area shelter for unaccompanied migrant children physically abused three children, leading to the closure of the shelter, federal officials said. It was the latest in a series of incidents of alleged abuse involving staff members at shelters and children.
Southwest Key’s Hacienda del Sol shelter was shut down last Friday, but federal officials did not reveal the reason behind the closure until Tuesday.
The Texas-based federal contractor has fired the staffers involved in the Sept. 18 incident, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement.
British paedophile who set up advice line for child molesters is sued for damages by five Filipinos who say he abused them in first legal case of its kind
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Non-Christian refugees shut out of Trump's America
The Trump administration has again cut the number of refugees allowed into the U.S., and the overwhelming majority of the small group of refugees who were admitted this past year are Christians.
Vatican’s Response to 1,000 Children Abused by Priests? ‘No Comment.’
On Wednesday morning, Pope Francis stood in the window of the apostolic palace looking over St. Peter’s Square and blessed the crowds that had gathered for the Catholic celebration of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary into heaven. He talked about saints and heaven and sent his prayers to the victims of the bridge collapse in the northern Italian city of Genoa the day before.
But the pope didn’t mention the latest horrific news revealed about his church: that a Pennsylvania grand jury had just handed down a damning 1,356-page account of rampant abuse that involved 1,000 kids, 300 priests, and 70 years of silence. “We, the members of this grand jury, need you to hear this,” the report began. But there was no sign Wednesday that Pope Francis was listening. He offered no prayer for the victims of his own churchmen who have been suffocated under a veil of complicity and shame for decades.
The Daily Beast
CHARGES FILED AGAINST MAN ACCUSED OF GROPING TEEN GIRLS AT PALM DESERT WALMART
Australia archbishop gets house detention for abuse cover-up
Sexual assault survivors react to report condemning alleged abuse by hundreds of ‘predator priests’
COURT APPROVES LAWSUIT AGAINST MORMON CHURCH OVER ALLEGED RAPE
Chicago-area megachurch paid $3.25M over child sexual abuse
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Immigrant teens were strapped to chairs and had bags put over their heads. Virginia just decided that’s not abuse.
91-year-old man beaten with brick, told 'go back to Mexico'
Tears glistened on the black and purple bruises covering 91-year-old Rodolfo Rodriguez's face as he described being attacked by a group of people while going for a walk on the Fourth of July.
"I can't walk anymore," Rodriguez said in Spanish. "I'm in so much pain."
He'll be turning 92 in September, Rodriguez said, and he's never been hurt like this before, in a life working the fields with cattle and corn.
He had traveled from Michoacan, Mexico, to visit his family in Willowbrook, California, a city in Los Angeles County, his grandson Erik Mendoza said.
California, long a holdout, adopts mass immigration hearings
MAN APOLOGIZES FOR CURSING NEIGHBORS PLAYING LATIN MUSIC ON FOURTH OF JULY, WISHES THEY'D 'ASSIMILATE MORE'
Moron Harangues Woman In Park For Wearing Puerto Rico Shirt In America
Arrest made in beating of 91-year-old who reportedly was told to 'go back to Mexico'
The Officer Who Just Watched As A Man Went On A Racist Tirade Against A Woman For Her Puerto Rico Shirt Has Resigned
Dental Hygienist Allegedly Fatally Rammed Woman with Her Mercedes — and Said God Made Her Do It
A 46-year-old Florida woman who allegedly admitted to fatally striking a woman with her Mercedes Benz will stand trial this fall on several charges, a court official tell PEOPLE.
April Thomason, 46, is accused of killing Stephanie Collins on Sept. 16, 2015, as the 49-year-old woman was walking with her friend on a Key West sidewalk.
Thomason faces charges of second-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, leaving the scene of a fatal crash, and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charges, according to court records obtained by PEOPLE.
Buddhist leader locked his victim in a bathroom to sexually assault her, report claims
STUDENT SUES UNIVERSITY AFTER MAN WHO BELIEVED GOD COMMANDED HIM TO MAKE HUMAN SACRIFICE SLASHES HER
Priest on 'Personal Leave' after Altar-Top Gay Sex Video Comes to Light
Tennessee pastor accused of raping teen at worship center
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Kansas investigates shelter for migrant kids that employs man with history of sex crimes
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Rita Moreno Absolutely Kills It With Spine-Tingling Independence Day Performance
Screen legend Rita Moreno delivered a goosebump-inducing reading of “The New Colossus,” the Emma Lazarus poem written for the Statue of Liberty, during an Independence Day celebration on Wednesday.
Backed by the Boston Pops as part of its annual July 4 “Fireworks Spectacular,” the 86-year-old described seeing Lady Liberty, then launched into an unforgettable version of the sonnet engraved in bronze on the statue’s pedestal...
Jon Stewart Urges Public to "Prevail" Against Trump's "Cruelty"
After President Donald Trump slammed three late-night hosts in one rally speech earlier this week, Jon Stewart made a surprise appearance on CBS' The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to offer his own fighting words to the president.
"Hello, Donald. It's me, the guy you made sure everyone knew was Jewish on Twitter," the former Daily Show host comedian began. "I know you're upset about all the criticism you've been taking with the fake news and the fake late-night shows. It's just that we're all still having a hard time adjusting to your presidency as it goes into its' 500th year."
"What Donald Trump wants is for us to stop calling his cruelty, and fear and divisiveness wrong. But to join him in calling it right. This we will not do. By not yielding we will prevail," he urged the CBS late-night audience.
Susan Sarandon Arrested at Protest Against Trump’s Immigration Policy: 'Keep Fighting'
In Texas it was another anti-Trump immigration protest. Then the tears began to flow
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Late-night hosts conspire against Trump
There Can Be No Resistance Without Obstruction and Impeachment
I'm marching to make America the country my parents dreamed of
Jeff Sessions just signed the death warrant for LGBTQ asylum seekers
The order is going to disproportionately affect LGBTQ asylum seekers, many of them the victims of gang violence in their home countries. In fact, Sessions all but called LGBTQ asylum seekers out in his memo by refering to “certain populations.” In essence, Sessions said, it’s not America’s problem if you’re going to be killed for being gay or trans.
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ICE Detained a 50-Year U.S. Resident Outside the Home He Owns and Now It’s Trying to Deport Him
Randy Rainbow Is Back — and Mad as Hell
Lately, we've been jonesing for Randy Rainbow's musical-infused takedowns of the Trump administration. After a few weeks of silence, Rainbow satiated us with a savage takedown of the president's decision to rescind DACA and throw the lives of 800,000 young undocumented people into peril.
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Chicago is suing the Trump administration over its policies on sanctuary cities
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is digging in his heels in the fight against President Donald Trump’s policies on so-called sanctuary cities, and other threatened municipalities might soon follow his lead.
During a Sunday night press conference, Emanuel announced that the city of Chicago plans file a federal lawsuit on Monday in an effort to stop Trump and the U.S. Justice Department from holding crime prevention grants hostage from cities that don’t comply with federal immigration enforcement policies.
The suit, which two outside law firms helped the city to file on a pro-bono basis, contends that the new qualifications for cities to receive public safety grants are unconstitutional.
“Chicago will not be blackmailed into changing our values, and we are and will remain a welcoming city,” Emanuel said during the press conference, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
5 reasons why we should care about the crisis in Venezuela
You've seen the news reports: the protests in the streets, the long lines at the stores. But you may not have paid much attention to the chaos gripping Venezuela.
How are events in a socialist country of 30 million people, thousands of miles away, relevant to your life, you may have wondered.
Here are five reasons why the Venezuelan crisis should matter to all of us.
It's creating thousands of new refugees:
The food and medicine shortages, soaring prices, political instability and violence have forced tens of thousands of Venezuelans to flee. They're now the top asylum seekers in the US, ahead of citizens from China, Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador. It's the first time Venezuelans have topped the list.
More than 21,600 Venezuelans have sought asylum so far in the 2017 fiscal year. That's almost four times higher than in 2015, when 5,605 Venezuelans applied for asylum.
These 3 Gay Muslim Immigrants Are Scared for Their Lives (And Why Wouldn’t They Be?)
Right after Trump had been inaugurated, I met my friend Mo at the Eagle, a gay bar in the Silver Lake neighborhood of Los Angeles.
“I can’t help but be scared,” he said to me. “People like me, with Trump as president, what happens to us?”
People like him should be scared.
Mo is from Syria. He’s Muslim. He’s gay. And he’s living here illegally.
Mo has lived in the States for nine years. He has been involved with the same man for seven of those years. He’s a part of my community.
“I can’t go back to that world where I have no voice, where all I can do is hide,” he said. He laughed, but there was no humor in it. “And yet, now I can’t help but wonder if maybe that is exactly what is going to happen here. I moved to the U.S. to have a voice, to be open about who I am, to be free. Now I turn on the news and I begin to feel as if I’m everything this country hates: gay, Arab, immigrant. I’m treated like a terrorist when I actually love this country.”
Jeremy Christian indicted on 15 counts
The Portland man accused of stabbing three men who were defending two young women on a light rail train has been indicted on 15 charges, including counts related to an alleged incident the day before.
Jeremy Christian faces state charges of aggravated murder (two counts), attempted murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, second-degree intimidation (three counts), menacing (two counts) and unlawful use of a weapon (five counts).
Four charges are in connection with an incident the day before the May 26 stabbings, the indictment says.
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