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Undocumented immigrants fight to be counted in the census

Undocumented immigrants fight to be counted in the census

President Donald Trump’s recent memorandum on excluding undocumented citizens from congressional apportionment threatens to reignite fear and confusion about participating in the census and whether it will be used for immigration enforcement. While the census apportionment count is used to ensure apportionment is representative of growing districts across the country, it is functionally no different than the census population counts used to determine how communities receive funding and resources. The memorandum’s effects extend beyond congressional appointments and harm communities by undermining…

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Ohio governor reverses hydroxychloroquine ban after discredited doctors meet with Pence

Ohio governor reverses hydroxychloroquine ban after discredited doctors meet with Pence

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine abruptly reversed course on Thursday, requesting that the Ohio Pharmacy Board halt a rule set to go into effect today that would have essentially banned the use of the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) for the treatment of COVID-19 patients in Ohio. The request came just two days after a discredited pair of “doctors,” embraced and promoted by fringe right-wing groups such as the Tea Party Patriots and the Save Our Country Coalition, met with Vice President Mike Pence to urge…

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GOP congressman reprimanded for 11 ethics violations, including fake loan he made to his campaign

GOP congressman reprimanded for 11 ethics violations, including fake loan he made to his campaign

Republican Rep. David Schweikert agreed to pay a $50,000 fine, accept a formal reprimand, and admit to 11 different violations of congressional rules and campaign finance laws in a deal with the bipartisan House Ethics Committee to conclude its two-year-long investigation of the congressman. But while the matter may now officially be closed, Schweikert’s already uncertain political future is now only more endangered. The Ethics Committee’s wide-ranging findings fell into four categories: (1) “campaign finance violations and reporting errors”; (2)…

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‘It’s such an uncertainty, not to be able to plan my life’: DACA recipients slam new attacks

‘It’s such an uncertainty, not to be able to plan my life’: DACA recipients slam new attacks

Young immigrants protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program thought that they’d be able to live their lives with just a bit more ease after the Supreme Court ruled last month that the Trump administration unlawfully ended the program. Instead, they’re not only grappling with the reality that the administration is outright defying the courts and refusing to reopen the program to other young immigrants, but it’s also moving to slash their protections. “It’s such an uncertainty, not to be…

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Cartoon: Chad Wolf’s goon squad!

Cartoon: Chad Wolf’s goon squad!

The regular cops are still wilding out, and adding the Republicans’ secret police to the mix right as pandemic relief expires is a recipe for (even more) disaster. Powered by WPeMatico

Family jailed for nearly 11 months now fears ICE may tear them apart in just days

Family jailed for nearly 11 months now fears ICE may tear them apart in just days

Claudia, a mother who has been detained with her 8-year-old son for nearly 11 months at a migrant family jail in Texas, told CBS News over the phone that she knows that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has the ability to release her family together right now. Officials “have the option of letting us leave with our children,” she said. But she’s worried that officials may present her with a “binary choice” that’s really no choice at all when a federal judge’s…

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Portland woman said she’s had it with Trump—’I will not support a tyranist any longer’

Portland woman said she’s had it with Trump—’I will not support a tyranist any longer’

As Donald Trump and U.S. Attorney General Bill Barr prepare to unleash more federal forces in Seattle, Chicago, and other large cities in the U.S., protest crowds are still swelling in Portland—and there are some new faces in the crowd. At least one of them was willing to talk to MSNBC, declaring: “As of last night, I am no longer a Trump supporter.”  Watch as the unnamed woman explains why she can no longer support Trump. Polling also suggests that she’s not the…

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We’ll prosecute: Two chief prosecutors tell Trump and federal agents to back off their cities

We’ll prosecute: Two chief prosecutors tell Trump and federal agents to back off their cities

The top prosecutors of two major American cities issued a preemptive warning to both Donald Trump and federal agents Friday, pledging in an op-ed to prosecute Trump’s troops if they violate the law in their cities.   State attorney for Baltimore City Marilyn Mosby and Philadelphia district attorney Larry Krasner called the images of fatigue-clad federal agents attacking and snatching peaceful protesters off Portland streets “Orwellian” and said they were particularly concerned by Donald Trump’s talk of deploying his unmarked militia to their cities. …

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USCIS has postponed furlough of more than half of its workforce until end of August, senator says

USCIS has postponed furlough of more than half of its workforce until end of August, senator says

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is postponing its furlough of more than half of its workforce for nearly another month, Senate Appropriations Vice Chair Patrick Leahy said on Friday. The agency had been set to furlough 13,000 of its 20,000 employees on Aug. 3 until revised estimates showed the agency actually had enough funds to continue work for several more weeks, his office said. Leahy said in Friday’s announcement that the furlough date has now been postponed through Aug. 31 as he works to ensure USCIS’ continuity.  …

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