Immigration and Customs Enforcement is stepping up enforcement operations in so-called “sanctuary cities” in an effort to convince these jurisdictions to better cooperate with federal efforts, a CNN report says Friday.
A senior immigration official with direct knowledge of ongoing ICE actions says officials have “discussed in internal meetings carrying out more raids on those locations,” the outlet reports.
On Monday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew Austin raised a similar prospect, about a raid conducted in Texas in February.
“There’s been questions about whether Austin [Texas] is being targeted,” the judge said. “We had a briefing…. that we could expect a big operation, agents coming in from out of town… it was at least related to us in that meeting that it was a result of the sheriff’s new policy that this was going to happen.”
Austin, Texas, the state’s capital, is in a high-profile dispute with the governor over its sanctuary status.
“Texas as a state, and I as a governor, are coming down hard on sanctuary city policies,” Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, told Fox News. “The city of Austin was recently identified by ICE or the Department of Homeland Security as the worst offender in the entire United States of America with regard to releasing people from behind bars who were subject to an ICE retainer or an ICE hold request.”
The genderless movement is firing ahead, fast and furious, while those who cleave to traditional views are considered anachronistic at best, and bigoted at worst.
In June 2016, Oregon Judge Amy Hehn granted legal gender “non-binary” status to Portland resident Jamie Shupe. But this month, Hehn went a step further, granting video game designer “Patch” the right to be genderless.
History was quietly made in Oregon this month when a judge granted a Portlander’s request to become genderless.
Patch, a 27-year-old video game designer, is likely the first legally agender person in the United States.
Patch told O’Hara that the concept of gender had always seemed foreign. Born Patrick Abbatiello, Patch now has no legal surname. “I feel no identity or closeness with any pronouns I’ve come across,” Patch said. “What describes me is my name.”
A little more than two weeks after a federal appeals court ruling that cleared the way for removal of the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee at Lee Circle and three other monuments related to the Confederacy, Take ‘Em Down NOLA, the grassroots group that has fought for the monuments’ removal, is calling for the city to expand its plans.
New Orleanians should not be satisfied with the removal of the four monuments, and instead push for a much more widespread clearance of monuments, street names, school names and other tributes to those tied to white supremacy, leaders of Take ‘Em Down NOLA told a crowd of supporters during a Thursday night (March 23) meeting at Cafe Istanbul in the Marigny.
“If we are serious about taking down these white-supremacist monuments, then we need to take them all down,” said Malcolm Suber, a coordinator for the group. “This is just a partial victory.”
Suber and other Take ‘Em Down NOLA leaders urged attendees to press New Orleans City Council members for a measure that would specifically ban public tributes to figures who held slaves, promoted the Confederacy or otherwise contributed to white-supremacist social structures.
In a written statement issued by the group, members called for “immediate action to remove all monuments, school names and street signs dedicated to White Supremacists.”
“These structures litter our city with visual reminders of the horrid legacy of slavery that terrorized so many of this city’s ancestors. They misrepresent our community. We demand the freedom to live in a city where we are not forced to pay taxes for the maintenance of public symbols that demean us and psychologically terrorize us,” the statement reads.
An Illinois mom behind a viral Facebook post spoke to Fox 2/News 11 Wednesday.
Her son, Hunter, 4, has been suspended from his preschool for bringing a shell casing from a fired bullet to school.
He’d been at the preschool for about a year, she said, and now was in tears.
Neither she nor Hunter’s dad knew it, but he found something he thought was pretty neat and he took it to school Tuesday to show his friends.
“This is a spent .22 caliber bullet casing,” Kristy Jackson said, holding the object that got Hunter into so much trouble.
I was met with a stone-faced teacher who said that my son had a shotgun bullet. I was horrified thinking, ‘where could he have gotten this?’” Jackson said, recalling when she picked up Hunter from the preschool in Troy, IL, Tuesday.
Hunter’s parents got a letter from the school’s director saying Hunter had been suspended for 7 days. The letter says they’d repeatedly been reminded about Hunter using other toys as make believe guns, in violation of school policy including Monday, when Jackson picked Hunter up from the preschool, the day before the shell casing incident.
The teenage illegal immigrants charged with raping a 14-year-old girl in the bathroom of a Maryland public high school last week entered the United States under an Obama program that’s accommodated tens of thousands of Central American youths who crossed the Mexican border. The administration coined them Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) and portrayed them as innocent, desperate kids fleeing violence and famine in their homeland. Most are from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala and the influx has overwhelmed border agents, government health agencies and military bases that serve as shelters not to mention public schools nationwide.
This week two of the UACs protected by Obama’s outlaw amnesty measures were charged with the rape of a ninth-grader at Rockville High School in Montgomery County, a Maryland jurisdiction that offers illegal aliens sanctuary. The illegal immigrants, 17-year-old Jose Montano and 18-year-old Henry Sanchez, were both charged with first-degree rape and two counts of first-degree sexual offense. Both illegal aliens were in the ninth grade like their victim, according local news reports. Montano came to the U.S. from El Salvador and Sanchez, who reportedly had been ordered deported, from Guatemala. Both are being held without bail. Several local media outlets printed a letter sent to parents by the school district describing the rape as a “serious incident” that “is being addressed.”
At the National Center for Public Policy Research, expressed frustration with the company’s vow to hire 10,000 refugees in response to President Trump’s travel ban order.
Danhof questioned why CEO Howard Schultz’s heart wasn’t “heavy” when the Obama administration’s State Department in 2011 stopped processing visas for six months for refugees from Iraq.
“I have two quick questions: I understand that as you said ‘not every decision is based on economics,’ but economics are a hard reality. So, the first question is how much will investors have to spend so that company can properly vet refugees that the federal government admits it can’t always afford to vet? And why were you willing to have Starbucks’ reputation take a beating by attacking President Trump’s executive order when you lacked the courage to speak out against Obama/Clinton travel ban.”
Danhof’s question was met with audible boos from the audience.
Schultz responded that it’s not about politics, but instead it’s about compassion.
“If there’s one message that I think, I hope, you came away with today it’s that none of the things we’ve tried to do as a company, which is based on humanity and compassion, is based on politics. But it’s based on principles and our core beliefs,” Schultz said.
Police in South Carolina say a 19-year-old black man spray-painted racist, misogynistic and anti-gay graffiti on three buildings, including a library named for one of the black victims of the Charleston church shootings.
A police report says the graffiti left at the Cynthia Hurd Library on March 13 targeted black women, the police and white people. Hurd was one of nine black parishioners fatally shot by a white supremacist at the Emanuel AME Church in 2015.
A police report says graffiti on the other three buildings included racial slurs against blacks and Hispanics.
Jail records show Cainin Milton was arrested Thursday and charged with four counts of malicious injury to real property. The records didn’t show an attorney for Milton, and no police report was available to explain a possible motive.
A new report has found that millennials don’t consider themselves adults until they reach the age of 30.
Yes, you read that correctly.
According to The Wrap, research compiled by David Poltrack, CBS’ chief research officer and their ratings expert, as well as Nielsen Catalina Solutions, found that millennials consider themselves adults at age 30 because that’s when they typically are completely responsible for themselves – they no longer reside with their parents and pay entirely for their own bills.
A key reason for this shift is economic: the job market has been sluggish since the 2007-2009 recession, worsened by the rising cost of housing. The employment situation has also been particularly tough for recent college graduates who are drowning in student loan debt.
The Trump administration’s approval of the controversial TransCanada Corp pipeline means more North American crude and fuel could ultimately flow out to the world market.
The pipeline would also further cement the bonds between the two key North American producers and increase the interdependence of the U.S. on Canada, as a source of imported oil, over OPEC and other producers. Canada supplies about half of the nearly 8 million barrels a day of oil imported by the U.S.
On Friday, President Donald Trump kept a campaign promise, as the State Department approved the 800,000 barrel a day northern leg of the Keystone pipeline. Held up for years by the Obama administration, the pipeline is planned to take oil from the Canadian sands in Alberta down to Steele City, Neb., where it could then head either to the Gulf Coast or Midwest refineries.
Two groups and several community members are suing a Virginia city and their city council after the council voted to remove a statue of General Robert E. Lee.
The Monument Fund, Inc. and the Virginia Division of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Inc. are suing Charlottesville and the Charlottesville City Council for the pending removal of the General Lee statue, as well as a statue of Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson and the renaming of Lee Park and Jackson Park, as reported by The Cavalier Daily.
The removal of the two statues could cost $700,000, according to Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Guides to mounting a car terror attack were available on Google and Twitter last night.
The vile manuals were online despite widespread warnings that UK jihadists use them for training.
Fanatics are urged to deploy large vehicles as ‘tools of war’ before going on a stabbing rampage – the template for Wednesday’s atrocity in Westminster. Boris Johnson accused social media websites of inciting terrorism.
And Google’s YouTube video platform was found to be raking in money from conspiracy theories saying the London outrage was a hoax.
As the maniac behind the attack was unmasked as 52-year-old Khalid Masood:
The security services faced questions because he was known to police and MI5;
Home Secretary Amber Rudd denied failures but admitted: ‘One got through’;
It emerged MPs had raised concerns about the Commons gates Masood waltzed through;