On a bridge over the Rio Grande, immigrants seeking asylum wait for a chance to enter the U.S.

Rio Grande (TT) – On Sunday and Monday night, 22-year-old Marcos Samayoa slept on pieces of old cardboard on a concrete sidewalk. He was perched above the Rio Grande, surrounded by a small pack of strangers on the international bridge that connects this Mexican border city to Brownsville, with his dusty green backpack and an old pair of sneakers. A few yards away, on the Texas side of the line, three Customs and Border Protection agents watched. It had been a long journey from Samayoa’s hometown of Mazatenango in southwest Guatemala….

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The Administration of Mayor Rahm Emanuel Keeps Monitoring Protesters

Chicago, IL (ProPublica) – Even before thousands of demonstrators gathered in downtown Chicago to speak out against President Donald Trump’s inauguration last year, city police were watching. Recently released police and city records show that officers combed through social media posts and opened a formal information-gathering investigation into the protesters. Then, throughout that day — Jan. 20, 2017 — police and top aides to Mayor Rahm Emanuel closely tracked the movements of protesters, from when they boarded trains and buses in their neighborhoods and continuing through hours of rallies and marches…

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George Soros Buys Shares in New York Times Newspaper

New York, NY (Sputnik) – Billionaire globalist George Soros has been accused of attempting to meddle in the internal affairs, including elections and other democratic processes, of sovereign nations to suit his own political agenda. Soros’ investment firm, Soros Fund Management LLC, has purchased over $3 million worth of shares in the New York Times, according to recent filings to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Dan Gainor, vice president of business and culture at the Media Research Center, described the move as a “big step” up from his previous endeavors in journalism and the media. Wikimedia READ MORE: ‘Soros is…

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How Racial Profiling Goes Unchecked in Immigration Enforcement

Pennsylvania (ProPublica) – When immigration officers raided a rural Pennsylvania poultry transport company early last year, a lawyer for five undocumented men arrested saw plenty of evidence their rights had been violated. The Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers had no warrant to drive past the company’s “No Trespassing” signs and block the exits with their vans, or to demand documentation on the workers’ legal status. According to witnesses, the officers seemed to target workers solely based on their ethnicity: They lined up Latinos for questioning and asked white employees to lead…

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Nevermind the Wall — They’re Building Warehouses

US (OW) – Most mornings lately, I’ve woken up to two things. First I hear my toddler, sounding off that it’s time to get up. Then I see the news stories about other toddlers our immigration authorities ripped away from their parents. For weeks, I’ve felt the gnawing need to write something, anything, about it. But God, where even to begin? First, there are the stories. The Congolese asylum seeker who heard her six-year-old scream “Don’t take me away from my mommy!” and couldn’t reach her. The woman forced to put her 18-month-old…

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Long Live the Litigators

Washington, DC (OtherWords) – Shortly after Donald Trump was awarded the presidency by our perverted and antiquated electoral system, I got desperate calls from some normally non-political family members and friends. They wanted to know what they could do to counter the governing debacle they knew would come. Most asked where they could give money. I had only one answer: “Give to the litigators.” While think tanks and policy shops are also a much-needed resource in a democracy, groups that directly challenge the government in court can sometimes stop the worst…

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Officials Excluded Hundreds of Homeless San Diegans From Latest Homeless Census

San Diego, CA  (VOSD) – San Diego’s latest homeless census left out hundreds of people living in RVs, and enrolled in programs at the San Diego Rescue Mission. Those people are typically included in the annual point-in-time count, which the region uses to monitor its progress combating homelessness and the resources the issue requires. They were excluded this year, officials with the countywide group responsible for the effort confirmed. pixabay.com Yet earlier this month, when local leaders including County Supervisor Ron Roberts and City Councilman Chris Ward announced the results, they…

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Africa’s First Medical Cannabis Dispensary Opening in South Africa

South Africa (TD) – In a milestone moment, the first legal medical cannabis dispensary on the African continent is about to open. The dispensary, which will open on June 1 in the South African city of Durban, will sell imported products containing cannabidiol (CBD), a compound from the cannabis plant which offers a host of therapeutic and medical uses. This is legal, as the country’s Medicines Control Council rescheduled CBD in October 2017, meaning it can be legally possessed and used if acquired by a patient with a prescription. The dispensary does…

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Our Immigration Debate Needs a Lot More Humanity

US (OtherWords) –  I don’t think I’m alone in believing there’s an intrinsic value to human life. That is, any human, no matter who they are or what they’re like, has worth simply because they’re human. On some basic level, all of us are equal and precious. That’s why many of us would save a human from a burning building before we’d try to save a dog. And why we’d go to extreme lengths to save the human if it’s at all possible. No doubt you have people you love,…

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US to Strip Funding from Women’s Health Providers

Washington, DC (HRW) – The Trump Administration yesterday proposed a policy that would ban organizations providing abortion services in the US from receiving federal family planning money, known as Title X funding. This proposed rule is aimed at defunding Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of women’s health care in the country. It will inflict tremendous harm on poor women and women of color in the US, who are more likely to depend on healthcare providers who receive this funding. The proposed rule, introduced by the US Department of Health and Human…

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