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Trump’s Final Attempt to Sabotage the Census Has Officially Failed

Originally Published in Slate Mark Joseph Stern - January 15, 2021 President Donald Trump in Harlingen, Texas, on Tuesday. Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images The Trump administration’s final attempt to sabotage the census is dead. On Friday, the Justice Department told a federal judge that the Census Bureau would not release data on the number ...

A New Watchdog Report Reveals Just How Obsessed Trump Officials Were With Family Separation

Originally Published in Mother Jones Fernanda Echavarri and Noah Lanard - January 14, 2021 Jeff Sessions was the driving force behind the policy, but there’s plenty of blame to go around. MCALLEN, TX - JUNE 12, 2018: Central American asylum seekers wait as U.S. Border Patrol agents take them into custody near McAllen, Texas. The ...

Who is ‘essential’? Food and farm workers left in limbo in vaccine priorities

Originally Published in Politico Ximena Bustillo and Ryan McCrimmon The nation’s food workers, hit hard by Covid-19 infections throughout the crisis, are finding resistance in the race to get vaccinated. The industry is clamoring to prioritize frontline food workers who kept Americans fed throughout the worst of the pandemic even as thousands of them fell ...

Protesters Who Fled Hong Kong Arrive in U.S., Seeking Asylum

Originally Published in The New York Times Michael Forsythe - January 16, 2021 The national security law imposed on Hong Kong last year by the Chinese government has snuffed out many forms of dissent.Credit...Lam Yik Fei for The New York Times Last July, five young men boarded a recreational boat in a remote harbor in ...

Biden to prioritize legal status for millions of immigrants

Originally Published in The Washington Post Elliot Spagat - January 16, 2021 SAN DIEGO — President-elect Joe Biden’s decision to immediately ask Congress to offer legal status to an estimated 11 million people in the country has surprised advocates given how the issue has long divided Democrats and Republicans, even within their own parties. Biden ...

Biden To Unveil Plan To Offer Legal Status For Millions Of Immigrants

Originally Published in HuffPost Elliot Spagat - January 17, 2021 President-elect Joe Biden is expected to announce the legislation on immigration on his first day in office. SAN DIEGO (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden’s decision to immediately ask Congress to offer legal status to an estimated 11 million people in the country has surprised advocates ...

Justice Department Knew 2018 Border Policy Would Separate Children From Families

Originally Published in NPR Dustin Jones - January 14, 2021 Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions visits California in April 2017. Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz has released a critical review of Sessions' 2018 zero tolerance policy on people trying to cross the Southwest border. Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions knew ...

Trump and Aides Drove Family Separation at Border, Documents Say

Originally Published in The New York Times Michael D. Shear - January 14, 2021 WASHINGTON — President Trump and top aides in the White House aggressively pushed the get-tough policy that led migrant children to be separated from adults at the border with Mexico, according to a top Justice Department official in a new report ...

Watchdog: DOJ bungled ‘zero tolerance’ immigration policy

Originally Published in The Washington Post Colleen Long - January 14, 2021 WASHINGTON — Justice Department leaders under President Donald Trump knew their 2018 “zero tolerance” border policy would result in family separations but pressed on with prosecutions even as other agencies became overwhelmed with migrants, a government watchdog report released Thursday has found. The ...
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