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Immigration crackdown strains farms nationwide - The Boston Globe

Immigration crackdown strains farms nationwide - The Boston Globe | Upsetment | Scoop.it
President Trump’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants has dropped a blanket of fear and worry on farmers.
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I know Upstate New York isn't part of New England, but the same thing is happening in Vermont and elsewhere. As a kid, our place in Maine was across the lake from a small dairy farm. I could see how hard that family worked;  how their lives were dictated not by the clock or calendar but the animals. Today, the American dairy industry—especially the small guys—depends on workers from Central America, and those workers are getting scared (and for good reason). Just one more threat from the Trump administration to our economy. As a Broody New Englander, it truly makes me sad to see the pain that is coming down the pike, not just to these hard-working immigrants but to the rest of us when we can't get cream for our coffee, milk for our kids, or ice cream to go on our apple pie. 
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After Trump’s immigration order, anxiety grows in Florida’s farm fields

After Trump’s immigration order, anxiety grows in Florida’s farm fields | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Parks and schools are empty. Mass is filled. And most everyone is looking for a lawyer.
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As the grandson of four immigrants, I think these hardworking people who are providing so much of the labor in the American food industry should be encouraged to be here. Perhaps it's time to restructure our immigration system to make it easier for them to get working papers. That may not mean they get a path to citizenship, but they certainly are needed here. If the cost of picking vegetables, slaughtering and packing meat, and processing chickens goes up, not only will American consumers suffer but so will our exports. 
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Protesters Arrested Trying to Block Deportation of Woman Who Lived in U.S. for Decades

Protesters Arrested Trying to Block Deportation of Woman Who Lived in U.S. for Decades | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Police arrested seven people outside a Phoenix ICE office Wednesday as officials tried to transport a longtime U.S. resident
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Somebody's house is going to get dirty or perhaps it is a restaurant that has lost a line cook. Somehow, I doubt that this lady was a threat to national security or that she was taking a job some American citizen wanted. Are we better off if we deport her? Will this make America great again? Meanwhile, she's lived here for years without doing anything to hurt anyone. Obviously a worker and liked; maybe, she's the kind of person we should be happy to have. This story makes me sad, what about you? 
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Trump plans to shame sanctuary cities by publishing a weekly list of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants

Trump plans to shame sanctuary cities by publishing a weekly list of crimes committed by undocumented immigrants | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Breitbart features a "Black Crime" tag and Steve Bannon may have convinced Trump to replicate it at the White House
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While I am all for deporting undocumented aliens—other than dreamers and even dreamers if they are found guilty of serious crimes—this in effect will deprive people of due process. The man doesn't understand that he has been elected to a job that has specific duties, responsibilities, and limits. Now, if he wants to do something helpful to getting rid of such predators, how about federal assistance to pay for the lawyers necessary both for prosecution and defense to try there cases? How about proposing that those who are undocumented be tried more quickly by helping to move their cases to the head of the criminal justice line. There are things a thoughtful POTUS could do. As for sanctuary cities, I guess he doesn't believe in the federal system but in the centralization of power: what a surprise! 
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Instead Of Detailing His Immigration Policy, Trump Polls Town Hall Crowd

Instead Of Detailing His Immigration Policy, Trump Polls Town Hall Crowd | Upsetment | Scoop.it
After signaling over the past few days that he could soften his policy on immigration and deportation, Donald Trump on Wednesday night made it clear that he has yet to finalize his policy.

During the second installment of his Fox News town hall with Sean Hannity, Trump dodged questions about the specifics of his immigration policy and instead polled the audience on what he should do.
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The good news is that Trump seems to be figuring out that he doesn't know what he's doing. The bad news is that he things a bunch of people at a rally can show him the way. Seriously, is this leadership? Nope, it's called being a carnival barker. 
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Congress betrays Afghans who risked their lives to help the U.S.

Congress betrays Afghans who risked their lives to help the U.S. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Cutting back on a special visa program is a mistake.
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Once again the US congress shows that it is not to be trusted, certainly not by people in other country's who are asked to risk their lives to help us. Meanwhile, if we look at the wonderful people who have come here under just such circumstances, people from the Philippines, Korea, and Vietnam, they make great contributions to America.Only a few have made it here from Afghanistan so far, but we should be welcoming them. 
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Texas May Deny Birth Certificates to Immigrants' Children, Judge Rules

Texas May Deny Birth Certificates to Immigrants' Children, Judge Rules | Upsetment | Scoop.it
He said more evidence is needed
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This seems to violate not only the Fourteenth Amendment but all rules of reason. The child is born; that is the necessary evidence of his/her birth lying in the bassinet. If you question the parents' names, then indicate the nature of the basis of their identification on the certificate and issue a temporary one, but don't deny the child's existence. Oh, wait, you say there's no room in the inn or even in the stable? Now I understand. You say they're Samaritans? Now I follow you completely.

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The 5 Factors Driving Europe's Deadly Migrants Crisis

The 5 Factors Driving Europe's Deadly Migrants Crisis | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The economic and political reasons behind a humanitarian tragedy
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It is relatively easy to talk about what Europe should do, but let a few thousand flee Central America for the U.S., and we become enraged. It is easy to comment on what more Turkey could do, but we reject the Dream Act and refuse to accept young men and women who have been raised here no matter that they had no say in the coming and including those who have done nothing wrong and tried to be good Americans. So should we be lecturing the rest of the world about xenophobia or looking at the log in our own American eye?

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Lawmaker bungles immigration facts at town hall meeting

Lawmaker bungles immigration facts at town hall meeting | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) earns Four Pinocchios for misleading his constituents on immigration issues.
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In addition to all the criticisms of Rep Gosar's erroneous statements that are given in this argument, the Social Security taxes paid by these people could only be claimed if they were not using a phony Social Security number for employment. If they try to claim those payments, they will be in effect pleading guilty to the felony of filing false documents, which would make them then eligible for deportation. Interestingly, if you go north in Arizona, you find lots of anti-Mexican prejudice and relatively few Hispanics. Of course you find lots of idiots, but that's another matter; we have them everywhere.

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When She Was 14, Diane Guerrero Came Home To Find An Empty House. Her Story Is Like Many Others.

When She Was 14, Diane Guerrero Came Home To Find An Empty House. Her Story Is Like Many Others. | Upsetment | Scoop.it

There is no simple answer Things that matter. Pass 'em on.

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There is no simple answer to the issue of immigration. I will say that while this is a moving personal story, the only fault I can find is with a bureaucracy that didn't follow-up to make sure a 14 year old girl was okay. In all honesty, those who live in the U.S. illegally don't get that much sympathy from me. But then again, I don't know why they were here. Were they promised an opportunity, perhaps lied to? Did they come legally and overstay because their children were born here? (By the way is her brother an American citizen?) So many questions and so much human cost. Anybody have a simple answer? I sure don't.

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California mayor at center of immigration debate charged with DUI

California mayor at center of immigration debate charged with DUI | Upsetment | Scoop.it
By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A Southern California mayor who made headlines leading a local backlash against a flood of Central American immigrants across the U.S. border, has been charged with felony drunk driving in connection with an accident that injured four teenage girls. Alan Long, who resigned as mayor of Murrieta, California, last week, days after his arrest, was formally charged on Thursday with one count of driving while under the influence of alcohol causing bodily injury,
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Why is it that so many conservative haters are themselves such scum? Absolutely, block buses refuge kids; can't allow them on your city's streets; they may get in the way of your own drunk driving. What a piece of crap. I hope those who followed him now feel suitably embarrassed, but I doubt it.

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How the U.S. Sold Out Indian Asylum Seekers on the Border

How the U.S. Sold Out Indian Asylum Seekers on the Border | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Dozens of Sikh men fleeing political persecution showed up on the Texas border last year—and U.S. immigration allegedly outed them to their home government.
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In addition to being a clear violation of our laws, this act by ICE is against everything our country stands for. Perhaps we can send the people responsible to India or some other place and keep these Sikh refugees here, where they can become good American citizens. Don't get me wrong, I am pro India in most things, but I do know that in many areas the Sikhs face terrible treatment.

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Obama aides were warned of brewing border crisis

Obama aides were warned of brewing border crisis | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Administration officials initially saw influx of unaccompanied children as ‘local problem,’ said one expert.
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Is is always easy in hindsight to know which crises should have been attended to. It is also very easy to turn each event into a media crisis instead of recognizing it as a problem needing solution. I am not sure these kids, no matter how sad the story, represent a crisis. I am absolutely certain that their status represents a problem, actually part of a problem which must be addressed through immigration reform. The real crisis is the grid-locking of government which makes it so difficult to deal with anything and everything.

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Steve King Won't Back Down From His Tweet About 'Somebody Else's Babies'

Steve King Won't Back Down From His Tweet About 'Somebody Else's Babies' | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) on Monday morning doubled down on his Sunday tweet saying that "civilization" will not be restored with "somebody else's babies."

During an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo, King said that he "meant exactly what I said" in the tweet.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
What do you think? Is American culture in danger because of the numbers of immigrants coming here and having children while those who live here already (by which I think he means Whites even though he tries to say that isn't it) are having fewer children? Is American culture somehow superior? Is Steve King the voice of hate, of objectifying and demonizing others, or is he a clarion call for America to wake up and protect herself? I really want to hear your views and would love to have somebody who wants to discuss this with me on It Matters Radio. (Message me for that.)
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Federal agents conduct immigration enforcement raids in at least six states

Federal agents conduct immigration enforcement raids in at least six states | Upsetment | Scoop.it
The raids mark the first large-scale immigration action since President Trump’s Jan. 26 order to crack down on the estimated 11 million immigrants living here illegally.
Kenneth Weene's insight:
Under Obama more people were deported than ever before, and this was done while making sure that the relatively innocent had little to fear and that the processes of justice were respected. I have never felt good about letting the bureaucrats and enforcers of the world get too much power. So, when I looked at this photo, I took a moment to look at the officers' faces. Do you see brown or black faces? I don't. There is something very much wrong waiting to happen here. Sure, let's keep getting rid of the thugs, the serious criminals, and the domestic abusers, but let's not build an American gestapo or home guard. And, by the way, if we want to stop terrorism, this is quite simply the wrong population with which to start. Not many suicide bombers to be found among Hispanic Catholics. I'm going to say that the real motivation behind this stuff is not keeping us safe but keeping us white. In the end, white Americans are going to be outnumbered; and at some point—some fearful point—we will have that "slave rebellion," the fear of which has been a cornerstone of American policy since before the revolution. IMO, we will have it not because people of other colors are violent or filled with hate but because we have been too foolish and too self-serving to work towards reconciliation. 
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Trump’s immigration order requires bureaucrats to figure out who is Christian. That’s not easy.

Trump’s immigration order requires bureaucrats to figure out who is Christian. That’s not easy. | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Customs officials and visa officers would suddenly become theologians.
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When did the land of religious liberty start imposing religious tests on immigrants? 
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They grew up as American citizens, then learned that they weren’t

They grew up as American citizens, then learned that they weren’t | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Brought here as children but never naturalized, international adoptees push to close the legal loophole that keeps them from citizenship.
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This is one of the saddest immigration topic of all. These aren't even the dream kids, they are the used kids, used by people who wanted to adopt but had no notion of responsibility. Should they be considered illegal aliens? To say they are would mean America had no conscience or compassion? 
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Migrant mothers at Pennsylvania center suspend hunger strike ‘due to threats’

Migrant mothers at Pennsylvania center suspend hunger strike ‘due to threats’ | Upsetment | Scoop.it
22 women who refused meals to protest their indefinite detention at the Berks County Residential Center in Pennsylvania say officials ‘pushed’ them to eat
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As part of America's determination to guard our borders, we have become inhumane in the treatment of families. Obviously, the best solution if for places like El Salvador to become safe places for mothers and their children, but until then can we call ourselves a good nation while we lock these people up and try to send them back to the fire that rages in their homeland? Perhaps people who have suffered so much to get here deserve sanctuary, perhaps conditional and temporary but certainly not cruel detention without education for the children and freedom for the rule-abiding. 
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Large Companies Game H-1B Visa Program, Costing the U.S. Jobs

Large Companies Game H-1B Visa Program, Costing the U.S. Jobs | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Critics say a program meant to help American firms hire foreigners with special skills is instead being dominated by outsourcing companies that move jobs offshore.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

It is time to recognize that large corporations exist that have no purpose that is helpful to the economy but rather a plan to milk it for all that can be taken. There goal in hiring abroad is not to find just the right employee but to find a source of relatively cheap labor. Thankfully, on Tuesday, Senators Richard Durbin of Illinois, a Democrat, and Charles H. Grassley of Iowa, a Republican, introduced a bill to change the H-1B program and another temporary work visa, the L-1B, to raise wage requirements, increase monitoring and enforcement and add other protections for American workers. “The H-1B visa program was never meant to replace qualified American workers,” the senators said.

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Donald Trump Releases Plan to Combat Illegal Immigration

Donald Trump Releases Plan to Combat Illegal Immigration | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A position paper that appeared on Donald J. Trump’s website centered on three principles: a wall on the Mexican border, law enforcement and economic improvement.
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So he's going to add cost to trade with our biggest trading partner, making us more dependent on goods from China and of course doing great harm to the economies of Texas, New Mexico, California, and Arizona. He's going to personally change the constitution, which is why the children of illegals born here are US citizens, and he's going to deport all the dream act kids, who are so deserving of our sympathy. Oh, and he wants to add more federal workers to a department that has already proven somewhat inadequate and often corrupt. E-verify is good. Of course, there's some question if his own companies used it. Raising wages is good, too; but how that will help with immigration is not at all clear. Meanwhile, under Obama, the immigration problems have been greatly reduced.

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Lawmaker claims illegal immigrants released by Obama are committing a murder a day

Lawmaker claims illegal immigrants released by Obama are committing a murder a day | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Tex.) earns 4 Pinocchios for making an assertion that lacks any basis in fact.
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I wouldn't bother posting this story were it not for the certainty that some of my conservative friends will hop on the lie and, not knowing that it is a falsehood, promulgate Mr. Sessions's xenophobic stupidity.

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Filipinos who fought to aid U.S. in World War II still await green cards for grown children

Filipinos who fought to aid U.S. in World War II still await green cards for grown children | Upsetment | Scoop.it
Many veterans got U.S. citizenship in 1990, but a global backlog keeps their adult kids from living here.
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As a nation we take such pride in our sense of fairness and justice, but we tend to forget the simple maxim: Justice deferred is justice denied. Soon the opportunity for justice will have died out with the few who still survive this policy of neglecting our obligation.

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Arizona Law on Immigrant Smuggling Is Struck Down

Arizona Law on Immigrant Smuggling Is Struck Down | Upsetment | Scoop.it
A federal district county judge ruled that the law, which allowed a sheriff to target immigrants, was trumped by federal statutes.
Kenneth Weene's insight:

Much as I love Arizona, I detest the mean-spirited anger towards Mexican and other immigrant populations. Not just towards those who do not have proper documents and who should not be allowed to stay but towards the hardworking and decent folks who provide much of the labor we need done and even towards those who are professionals and mainstays of our community. Worse, the state has turned a blind eye to those who encourage the undocumented from coming here, the business owners who take advantage of the most needy and those most desperate to work. Stiffen the penalties for employing undocumented workers and the problem will disappear.

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Child's detention despite citizenship reveals immigration case woes

Child's detention despite citizenship reveals immigration case woes | Upsetment | Scoop.it
An 11-year-old boy — one of hundreds who have been shuttled to an immigration detention facility in the middle of the New Mexican desert — was released this week after it was discovered that he is a U.S. citizen, according to the child's attorney.
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When you tell a bureaucracy to hurry, this is the kind of mistake that is going to happen. Is this our better natures? Is this the shining city on the hill? While I believe have to protect our borders and to stop illegal immigration, the way to do it is through the best practices and with care and compassion.

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House Republicans Vote To Deport 550,000 Kids Who Have Spent Much of Their Lives In The US

House Republicans Vote To Deport 550,000 Kids Who Have Spent Much of Their Lives In The US | Upsetment | Scoop.it
In an act of absurd cruelty House Republicans, along with four Democrats, voted to deport 550,000 children who have nothing to do with the crisis on the border.
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This is so against the values of an humanitarian (or Christian) nation as to be mind-boggling. This is the antithesis of the Dream Act, which the vast majority of Americans support. Remember, these people were children when they were brought here. Had no say or (in many cases) knowledge of the laws. They have grown up here, many thinking they were Americans, obeying the law and striving to be part of our society. The ones I know have continued to be good and responsible "Americans" even if that was not their legally accurate status. Are we not a better nation than this?

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