Sunday, August 11, 2019

Donald Trump 'Is' the immigration problem he rants about

 
Earlier this week, the government conducted raids on agricultural processing facilities in Mississippi, arresting hundreds of undocumented workers. What you didn’t see, however, was the owners of those plants being led out in handcuffs, despite the fact that they almost certainly knew whom they were employing.
That is good news for President Trump, because if we lived in a country where the people who hire undocumented workers faced a serious threat of prosecution, he’d be in big trouble.
 The Post’s Joshua Partlow and David A. Fahrenthold report:
 
For nearly two decades, the Trump Organization has relied on a roving crew of Latin American employees to build fountains and waterfalls, sidewalks and rock walls at the company’s winery and its golf courses from New York to Florida.
Other employees at Trump clubs were so impressed by the laborers — who did strenuous work with heavy stone — that they nicknamed them “Los Picapiedras,” Spanish for “the Flintstones.”
For years, their ranks have included workers who entered the United States illegally, according to two former members of the crew. Another employee, still with the company, said that remains true today.
President Trump “doesn’t want undocumented people in the country,” said one worker, Jorge Castro, a 55-year-old immigrant from Ecuador without legal status who left the company in April after nine years. “But at his properties, he still has them.”
 
Partlow and Fahrenthold have identified at least eight Trump properties that employed undocumented workers, and interviewed dozens of them. As one said, “If you’re a good worker, papers don’t matter.”
And it’s not like this is some kind of anomaly. Trump has been employing undocumented workers for his entire career. Some of the people who built Trump Tower four decades ago later sued him, recounting “nightmare memories of backbreaking 12-hour shifts and of being cheated with 200 other undocumented Polish immigrants out of meager wages and fringe benefits.” According to this investigation, his modeling agency, Trump Model Management, brought in foreign models without working papers, instructed them to lie to customs officials about what they were doing in the United States, and kept them in squalid conditions while withholding most of their pay.
 
And there’s one other contradiction: At Mar-a-Lago, Trump hires foreign cooks, wait staff and housekeepers, claiming he can’t find Americans who’ll do the work. At least that is legal. But the basic fact remains: Trump tells his  supporters that undocumented immigrants represent an “invasion” of murderous outsiders who must be stopped at all costs, yet once they get here he hires them to work for him. Which of course means that he’s part of the reason that they come in the first place.

It’s a bit strange that Democrats don’t talk about this more often, especially given that a big part of the reason Trump got elected in 2016 was his argument that the American system is “rigged” against the interests of ordinary people. It was a powerful argument because it was true. Millions of voters who felt at the mercy of corporations and a government they believe didn’t care about them but instead functioned for the benefit of the wealthy and powerful nodded along in agreement when Trump said it.
The best counter-argument Democrats could offer isn’t that Trump is wrong and the system isn’t rigged, because it plainly is. The best counter-argument is that Trump himself is the one doing the rigging, cutting taxes for the wealthy and slashing regulations for corporations while he dodges his own taxes and employs undocumented workers.

Thursday, August 08, 2019

ICE Raids Arrest and Handcuff 680 People in Mississippi


"Government please show some heart, let my parent be free with everybody else please…" she said through sobs. "…My dad didn't do nothing. He's not a criminal.

Friends, coworkers and family watch as US immigration officials raid a Koch Foods plant in Morton.
The operation is largest of its kind in at least a decade and comes after mass shooting suspect ranted about ‘Hispanic invasion’.
 
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents swept through seven work sites in six cities across Mississippi on Wednesday, arresting approximately 680 people the agency said were undocumented immigrants in what officials said is the largest single-state workplace enforcement action in U.S. history.
The raids targeted agricultural processing plants, part of a year-long investigation into illegal employment of immigrants in the state, officials said. They did not say how many individuals they were targeting in the operations, nor what proportion of those taken into custody were what ICE calls “collateral” arrests — those who were swept up along with those ICE was seeking.
ICE acting director Matthew Albence said at a news conference in Jackson, Miss., that some of those arrested will be prosecuted for crimes, others will be swiftly deported, and some will be released pending immigration court hearings. Albence said the raids were part of normal ICE operations that seek to enforce U.S. immigration laws.
 

The Trump administration has been openly stepping up pressure on the nearly 11 million immigrants believed to be in the United States illegally, threatening mass arrests of families who have arrived recently as part of an effort to deter migrants from coming to the country. The administration also has sought to turn away asylum seekers — forcing some to await their court hearings in Mexico — and now plans to deport some Central Americans to Guatemala to seek asylum there instead as part of an international agreement.
 
Although President Trump telegraphed the family raids several times, they have not gone forward in full force. But ICE has continued operations that it says primarily target immigrants with criminal convictions as well as those who have been deemed deportable in U.S. courts. The Mississippi raids were a stark reminder that the administration is continuing to press on immigration, with some of its largest enforcement efforts to date.
“The arrests today were the result of a year-long criminal investigation, and the arrests and warrants executed today were just another step in that investigation,” Albence said Wednesday.

ICE Homeland Security Investigations conducted the operation in partnership with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Mississippi. ICE said such enforcement efforts are focused both on those who are seeking to work unlawfully in the United States and the employers who knowingly hire them.
“To those who use illegal aliens for a competitive advantage or to make a quick buck, we have something to say to you: If we find you have violated federal criminal law, we are coming for you,” said Mike Hurst, the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi. But he declined to comment on whether anyone other than the immigrant workers would be charged as a result of the operation, which he said is ongoing.
Alabama-based Peco Farms Inc. confirmed in a statement that ICE raided three of its poultry processing plants in Mississippi, and the company said it is cooperating fully with federal authorities.

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ICE routinely declines to provide details about individuals in its custody, but the number of those without known criminal histories out of those arrested in recent operations suggests a substantial proportion of “collaterals” during such raids.
A July analysis of ICE data by the American Immigration Council shows that ICE has cast a wider net in its arrest raids under the Trump administration than previously “in its search for individuals who may be deportable from the United States.”
Department of Homeland Security officials, emphasizing the severity of a mass influx of migrants at the Mexican border, have said repeatedly in recent months that ICE detention facilities are at capacity, forcing a backlog of detained immigrants at Border Patrol stations that are ill-equipped to hold people for long periods of time. A July report by the DHS Office of the Inspector General described ICE detention centers as “operating at or above capacity.”
“During the week of our visits, ICE had approximately 54,000 beds occupied nationwide, but was only funded for 42,000 beds,” the OIG report said. “In our discussions with ICE field management about this situation, they explained that their capacity to find additional bed space is strained.”


Handcuffed female workers are escorted into a bus in Morton, Miss., for transportation to a processing center following the raid. (Rogelio V. Solis/AP)
 
Congress in June approved a $4.6 billion emergency border aid package, and nearly $209 million was designated for ICE.
Speaking before a House Oversight Committee hearing in late July, Albence said the border crisis continues to strain resources, and he asked for more funding, saying that ICE capacity limits mean there is still a massive backlog in Border Patrol stations.“ICE is currently detaining over 53,000 single adults, and there are approximately 8,000 single adults in CBP custody awaiting processing or transfer to ICE,” Albence told members of Congress. 

Two people are taken into custody at the plant.
Two plant workers are arrested and handcuffed
 
The raids in Mississippi came just days after a gunman killed 22 people in El Paso after reportedly driving across Texas with the intention of attacking immigrants near the U.S. border, an event that has struck fear into many Hispanic residents across the country. Coupled with Trump supporters chanting about sending minorities back to their countries and the president’s own references to an immigrant “invasion,” immigrant communities from coast to coast have been put on edge.

This image released by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) shows a Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) officer guarding suspected illegal aliens on August 7, 2019
Those detained had been taken to a Mississippi National Guard hangar for questioning.

Forrest, Mississippi where one of the ICE raids happened, children of those who were arrested are left alone in the streets crying for help. Strangers and neighbors are taking them to a local gym to be put up for the night.

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More images as volunteers try to feed the kids donated food and drinks for dinner tonight. But most children are still devastated and crying for their parents and can’t eat.

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Officials said the Mississippi operation, which they said involved the mobilization of nearly 650 federal agents from across the country, was the result of a long-standing investigation that had no ties to current events. Albence said the shooting in El Paso was “horrific,” but he said the raid operation had been planned long beforehand, “and we intended to carry it out.”

A reporter at the news conference pointed out that the poultry farms seemed likely to have been employing illegal labor for years and asked: “Why now? . . . Do you feel like you’re being directed by President Trump to do this?”
“I feel like I’ve been directed to enforce the law,” Hurst responded.



Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Obama and Others on mass murder and Trump



Former President Barack Obama released a pointed statement condemning "language coming out of the mouths of any of our leaders" that "normalizes racist sentiments." The statement, which did not directly name President Donald Trump, follows two mass shootings in the US in the span of 13 hours -- one of which involved a white supremacist suspect.


 
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley talks to reporters about President Trump’s planned Wednesday visit, saying she was “disappointed” with his Monday remarks and that “his rhetoric has been painful for many in our community.”

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Jared Kushner Baltimore Slum Lord

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It strikes one as ironic and hypocritical, reading how the president attacked a city and region when his own son-in-law was directly involved in creating the rat infested living conditions he was criticizing.


President Trump targeted Baltimore in his most recent Twitter outburst, describing Rep. Elijah Cummings as a “brutal bully” and calling his district, Maryland’s Seventh, a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess.” Ironically, Trump’s rendition of Baltimore matches the way local tenants have described rental properties owned by his son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner.

Kushner Companies, where Jared was CEO from 2008 to 2017 before joining the Trump administration, owns some 9,000 rental properties in Maryland, with more than 7,200 in Baltimore county. As reported by the Washington Post, the real estate firm has generated hundreds of complaints including raw sewage coming from kitchen sinks; rodent and maggot infestations; mold; and faulty electrical wiring.

Numerous others complain of illegal fees and threats of eviction to force their rent payment.
“Basically, Kushner has been creating a race to the bottom in terms of poorly maintained properties,” Shannon Darrow, a program manager at the tenant advocacy group Fair Housing Action Center of Maryland, said. “He’s been very, very deeply implicated.”
Baltimore county officials fined Kushner Companies in 2017 for violating over 200 code violations in their apartments.

“We expect all landlords to comply with the code requirements that protect the health and safety of their tenants,” county officials said in a statement, “even if the landlord’s father-in-law is president of the United States.”
“We had to both threaten significant fines as well as withholding federal payments to ensure there was compliance."

Kushner Companies Were Supposed To Provide Subsidized Housing

The New York Times reported in 2017 that because Baltimore County has no public housing, Kushner Company’s properties served as the “de facto substitute". The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has given Kushner's real estate firm $6 million in subsidies since 2015.
The company was using local taxpayer dollars to help subsidize these apartments and they remained in terrible condition.
Although Kushner Companies received federal aid to help provide housing for low-income residents, the company’s affiliates aggressively pursued former tenants for unpaid debt, filing at least 1,250 legal actions against tenants from 2013 to 2017. Judges awarded a total of $5.4 million to Kushner affiliates against tenants who owed $4,400 on average.

Kushner’s Conflicts Of Interest

Kushner still retains an ownership stake in the company, which is facing ongoing lawsuits for the alleged violations. Kushner’s firm moved the suits to state court after a federal judge ruled the company’s investors had to be disclosed.
Kushner Companies isn’t the only business involved with the president’s son-in-law under public scrutiny. Cadre, a real-estate company partly owned by Kushner, has risen fivefold in value since Kushner joined the White House in 2017. Located in the Cayman Islands, a tax haven that guarantees accounting secrecy, Cadre manages more than $522 million in assets. Because the firm’s investors are not disclosed to the public, in fact, are kept in strict confidentiality, critics are concerned it could be used by foreign leaders, foreign industrial magnates and billionaires to influence Kushner’s policy agenda.

Despite maintaining 25% ownership of Cadre, Kushner failed to include the company on his first ethics disclosure, contributing to controversy regarding his security clearance.
And Kushner is handling delicate foreign policy for America...a position of great importance and trust. Irony and hypocrisy abound.

Trump: Black leaders boycotting him go against 'own people'

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 The Associated Press       SARAH RANKIN        Jul 30th 2019 
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — President Donald Trump said Tuesday that black legislators planning to boycott his appearance at a Virginia event commemorating the 400th anniversary of the rise of American democracy are going "against their own people."

Trump said African Americans "love the job" he's doing and are "happy as hell" with his recent comments criticizing a majority black district in the Baltimore area and its congressman.

Trump spoke at the White House before heading to historic Jamestown in Virginia.

Black state lawmakers plan to stay away from Trump's speech, in part over what they call Trump's disparaging comments about minority leaders.

A last-minute announcement that the president would participate in the Jamestown commemoration Tuesday marking the first representative assembly in the Western Hemisphere injected tension into an event years in the making. Some other top Democrats have also pledged a boycott in protest.

"The commemoration of the birth of this nation and its democracy will be tarnished unduly with the participation of the President, who continues to make degrading comments toward minority leaders, promulgate policies that harm marginalized communities, and use racist and xenophobic rhetoric," the caucus said in a statement Monday.

The boycott comes after Trump's weekend comments referring to U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings' majority-black Baltimore-area district as a "disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess." A caucus statement didn't specifically mention Cummings but said Trump's "repeated attacks on Black legislators and comments about Black communities makes him ill-suited to honor and commemorate such a monumental period in history."

Black Caucus chairman Del. Lamont Bagby told The Associated Press in an interview that the group reached a unanimous decision to boycott the event more than a week ago but that the president has "continued his attacks" since then, including with his remarks about Cummings' district.

The anniversary comes at a time of heightened election-year partisanship in the aftermath of political scandals that rocked Virginia's top state elected leadership.

In Washington, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said the caucus was pushing "a political agenda."

"President Trump passed criminal justice reform, developed opportunity zones securing record-setting investment in distressed communities, and pushed policies that created the lowest unemployment rates ever for African Americans, so it's a bit confusing and unfortunate that the VLBC would choose to push a political agenda instead of celebrate this milestone for our nation," she said in a statement.

Caucus members also pledged to boycott the rest of a weeklong series of events marking the anniversary and have instead planned alternative commemorations Tuesday in Richmond, Virginia's capital.

At an early-morning ceremony, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam told a gathering of dignitaries that the ideals of freedom and representative government spread from Jamestown in 1619. But he also noted the first assembly was significant for those not included: women, enslaved Africans and Native Americans.

Northam called that the paradox of Virginia, America and its representative democracy.

Trump is scheduled to give remarks later Tuesday morning, joining with state and national leaders and others at a commemorative session of the Virginia General Assembly.

Today's Virginia General Assembly, considered the oldest continuously operating legislative body in North America, grew out of the assembly that first gathered in 1619.

The anniversary comes as lawmakers in Virginia are grappling with the fallout from scandals that engulfed the state's top three elected officials earlier this year.

A blackface photo scandal nearly destroyed Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam's career. Then, as it looked like Democratic Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax might ascend to the governorship, two women accused him of sexual assault. Fairfax, who plans to attend Tuesday, has vehemently denied those allegations.

Attorney General Mark Herring, also a Democrat, has separately faced calls to resign after acknowledging he dressed in blackface decades ago.


All three men remain in office.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Mueller edges closer to saying Trump committed obstruction


Yahoo News                DYLAN STABLEFORD
In his congressional testimony Wednesday, former special counsel Robert Mueller again walked up to the line of saying President Trump committed obstruction of justice — but didn’t quite cross it.

Mueller reiterated the assertion in his report that he was constrained from bringing charges against Trump because of a 2000 memo from the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, which states that “the indictment or criminal prosecution of a sitting president would unconstitutionally undermine the capacity of the executive branch to perform its constitutionally assigned functions.”

Mueller’s report, which was released in April, detailed 10 incidents of possible obstruction of justice by Trump.
Under questioning from Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., Mueller agreed that Trump’s conduct appeared to meet the three requirements for a charge of obstruction: an ongoing federal judicial proceeding, knowledge of that proceeding, and a corrupt attempt to interfere with the proceeding. But he stopped short of saying that the president actually committed a felony.

“The reason, again, that you did not indict Donald Trump is because of OLC opinion that you cannot indict a sitting president, correct?” Lieu asked Mueller.

 “That is correct,” Mueller replied.


Mueller was also asked by Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., whether "lies by Trump campaign officials and administration officials impeded" his investigation.

Earlier in his testimony, Mueller said that while the longstanding policy prevents the Justice Department with charging the president with a crime, Trump could be indicted after he leaves the White House.

“Could you charge the president with a crime after he left office?” Rep. Ken Buck, R-Colo., asked Mueller.

“Yes,” Mueller replied.

“You believe that he committed — you believe that you could charge the president of the United States with obstruction of justice after he left office?” Buck asked.
Mueller answered “yes,” but the exchange did not clarify whether he was just acknowledging that the impediment to indicting Trump would be removed after he left office, or claiming that the evidence was sufficient to sustain a charge.
So, the report does not state, nor imply, Trump did anything specifically that was or could be felonious...it pointed to actions which "could be" "considered reasonable" for further investigations, but allegations of impropriety where not found within the scope of the investigations fact findings. The Dems are using "double speak" to invalidate the past 2 years of investigative analysis. The Dems have concluded Trump is guilty and are going to extreme efforts to "make it so".
Innocent until Proven Guilty - a hallmark of American Law, a foundation upon the establishment of the Constitution, is being demolished by the Dems.

Let's hear from  Witchy :
Some one needs to remind Nunes that it was Republicans who started the Steele Dossier and that John McCain gave it to the FBI first
Update: 
 A Conflake was just trying to bully Mueller and tell him he did not have the power to exonerate Cheeto.....but but but Cheeto is the one who said Mueller exonerated him!!!!
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The Washington Free Beacon, a conservative website funded in large part by New York hedge fund billionaire Paul Singer, initially retained the firm Fusion GPS that conducted opposition research on Donald Trump and a number of other Republican candidates.
I thought the GOP were the party of family values and law and order. The Russian Crime boss is none of those. Trump is an adulterer and he has broken just about every law there is to break. He cons people out of their money like Trump University, refuses to pay contractors that do work for him, uses his position in the WH to profit his companies, invites Russians into the WH, colluded with Russians and betrayed the country for his own personal gain. I don’t believe anything the con man says?
How can there be law in order when the guy in the WH is a criminal? From day one, trump attacked our FBI and Intel officials. The FBI was known as honorable until trump came along? Trump is supposed to represent the law for all the people of this country. Instead, he chooses to enforce the law on others like DACA and Muslims while claiming foul when he himself is under criminal investigation. Now trump has kidnapped children and babies from parents. Even worse, girls are missing and can’t be found. Why isn’t this a crime? 
 Where is congress? What does it mean when the guy that’s supposed to protect us and enforce laws is the law breaker?
Can we please learn a lesson from this? Never allow a person to run for office that refuses to show his tax return, declared bankruptcies, can’t get a security clearance, American banks will not give him a lone, known to be an ill moral person or has shown himself to lack wisdom!
Meanwhile, the REPUBLICANS were UNABLE TO REFUTE A SINGLE FACT ON COLLUSION and obvious OBSTRUCTION.  We have a FELON in the White House.  He can join his buddies in the JAIL CELL.
Not one Republican could REFUTE a SINGLE FACT about Trump AND HIS OBSTRUCTION.
When you watch the Hearing  and see all this People in that Room  and Outside , they all want to take a Paycheck home. Guess what . We the   People pay all their  Paychecks  for all that  Nonsense ,beyond obvious what happened....cheeto is an illegitimate president, corruptly installed by a hostile foreign power and a corrupt electoral college.....time for the House to hold preliminary impeachment hearings and eventual impeachment of this criminal president.

A word from our  house expert---Mr. Humble :

This is the REPBUBS. attempt when they SEE the " WALLS " of TRUTH is EASY!; you got it CLEARLY from the LYING "TRUMPASAURUS " REPUB'S GOP ( GRAND OLD PARTY ); all of AMERICA can SEE how the MAGA/MAWA AGENDA is TREATING this country! I don't know about you AMERICA?! but EVEN in the 100's of YEARS; REPUBLICANS has went to 1) SUPPRESSION of the VOTING for PEOPLE of COLOR, 2) The LIMITATIONS at the POLLING PLACES, of REACHING QUOTAS for those that were LOCKED OUT of VOTING, 3) USING ICE to ( WITHOUT WARRANTS REMOVE ) people that have BEEN in this COUNTRY 10+ or 4) TAKING away woman of COLOR + NON COLOR the ABILITY to make THEIR OWN ASSERTION as to WHY she isn't COMPETENT enough REGARDLESS of AGE/SUPER SUPERVISED MENTOR?!; IT is as CLEAR the SUPPRESSION the GOP (GRAND OLD PARTY) " the WRINKLED NECK CLUB " I want " JUSTICE for ( NEVER MIND KAPERNICK ) but the HATE GROUPS that follow HIS as a POTUS the INCREASE to HATE GENERATED BY HIM!: GOD BLESS THE REAL AMERICA!( the DIVERSIVED AMERICA)

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Elizabeth Warren Doesn’t Have To ‘Look At His Heart’ To Know Trump Is Racist

The Democratic senator said the president is “trying to stir up as much hatred and dissension in this country as possible.”
By David Moye
Sen. Elizabeth Warren has a plan for everything, it seems ― except for calling President Donald Trump a racist.

At a time when Trump is being widely condemned for his racist Twitter tirade against four congresswomen ― and even though he has used the name “Pocahontas” as a slur against Warren on multiple occasions ― the Massachusetts Democrat declined to directly call the president a racist.

But she willingly described his words and deeds as racist.

When CNN’s Manu Raju asked Warren on Tuesday if she considered Trump to be racist, the Democratic presidential candidate sought to change the subject to the bigger issue: how Trump’s actions affect the country at large.

“I just think what the president has said is appalling, and he’s trying to stir up as much hatred and dissension in this country as possible,” Warren said, according to Mediaite. “Because it serves his political ends. He thinks if he can set American against American, that somehow he prospers. But I’ll tell you this, the United States suffers.”

Raju asked her again: “Is the president a racist?”

“Look at his remarks,” Warren replied. “He’s made racist remarks, and he’s been racially hateful to people. That’s what matters.”

Raju pressed on, perhaps feeling that the senator was beating around the issue.

She responded that the journalist didn’t need a direct answer from her when there is tons of evidence from Trump himself.

“I don’t have to look at his heart ― that’s not the point,” Warren said. “He behaves ― look at what he’s done, it’s racist. What he’s done over and over and over ― it’s not the first time.”


Manu Raju

@mkraju
 Elizabeth Warren to us on whether she thinks Trump is a racist: "I don't have to look at his heart ... Look at what he's done. It's racist, what he's done over and over andmbedded video

Say it loud Senator  Warren ...the Cheeto Blimp is going town.
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