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California lawmakers want to block police from helping federal drug agents take action against marijuana license holders 23.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

With federal authorities hinting at a possible crackdown on state-licensed marijuana dealers, a group of California lawmakers wants to block local police and sheriff’s departments from assisting such investigations and arrests unless compelled by a court order.

A bill by six Democratic legislators...

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There is no excuse for an alleged rape at Rockville High 23.3.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Montgomery County should review security policies, but the case shouldn’t be used as fodder for immigrant-bashing.
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In pre-emptive strike against Trump, Colorado House tries to block state from cooperating with a Muslim registry 23.3.2017 Headlines: All Headlines
In its most forceful action yet aimed at the Trump administration, Colorado House Democrats on Wednesday gave preliminary approval to a measure barring state and local governments in Colorado from cooperating with the federal government on any efforts deemed "discriminatory and unconstitutional."
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Anti-terrorism officers heighten nervousness on light rail 22.3.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: Law & Justice
Why would anyone think it was a raid? Because the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has Minneapolis and Hennepin County in its sights.
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Why Jeff Sessions Is Threatening to Crack Down on Marijuana 22.3.2017 Truthout - All Articles
Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks during a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, DC, March 2, 2017. (Photo: Doug Mills / The New York Times) Stories like this are funded by readers like you, not by sponsors or advertisers. Click here to donate to Truthout now! Attorney General Jeff Sessions told a gathering of law enforcement officials in Richmond, Virginia last week that legalizing marijuana would not make the United States "a better place," and he is "astonished" by the suggestion that cannabis could be used to combat the nation's "heroin crisis." Two days later, New Mexico -- which has suffered from by high rates of opiate-related deaths for years -- moved to do just that. On Friday, New Mexico's legislature approved a bill that would make patients diagnosed with opiate disorders eligible for the state's medical marijuana program. The idea already has the blessing of the state's Medical Advisory Board, and if approved by the governor, New Mexico would become the first state ...
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Pattern of Deportation as Retaliation Emerging in Trump Era 22.3.2017 Truthout.com
  Activists display signs during the #NoBanNoWall Emergency protest at O'Hare Airport in Chicago, Illinois, January 28, 2017. (Photo: Sarah-Ji ; Edited: LW / TO) Recent Immigration and Customs Enforcement actions raise questions about the Trump Administration using deportation proceedings to punish political opponents -- both institutions and individuals. Three undocumented activists in Vermont were arrested over the past week by ICE agents -- two of them, while leaving the office of an organization that advocates for immigrants' rights. In Texas, meanwhile, a federal magistrate judge on Monday confirmed that immigration agents were conducting raids in response to policy changes carried out by the county seat of Austin. The Texas-based federal magistrate, Judge Andrew Austin, recalled how ICE officials had told him to "expect a big operation" and that it was "a result of the [Travis County] sheriff's new policy." This assertion was  confirmed  by the testimony of an ICE Agent named Laron ...
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Fear Spreads in Immigrant Communities 22.3.2017 ConsortiumNews.com
President Trump’s roundup of undocumented workers has spread fear though immigrant communities unsure what to expect as federal agents coordinate with local police to hunt people down, reports Dennis J Bernstein. By Dennis J Bernstein There is “widespread fear” in…Read more →
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Salt Lake City School District commits to protecting privacy of undocumented students 22.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Members of the Salt Lake City School District board took a stand against the harassment and deportation of undocumented students on Tuesday, voting unanimously for a safe schools resolution pushed by an immigration advocacy group. The resolution directs district employees to reject efforts by individuals or agencies to enforce federal immigration law on school grounds, “except in the rarest cases,” and to avoid collecting or maintaining information on the immigration status of individual studen... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Some of Hogan’s statements on Rockville rape miss the mark 22.3.2017 Washington Post: Politics
Responding to a reporter’s question on Tuesday, Gov. Larry Hogan mischaracterized federal law on educating immigrants, amnesty for undocumented minors.
GOP health care bill changes would cut more funding to Medi-Cal 22.3.2017 SFGate: Business & Technology
House Republicans’ proposed changes to the American Health Care Act — the GOP’s plan to replace the Affordable Care Act — could reduce federal funding to Medi-Cal, California’s insurance program for the poor, even more dramatically than the original bill sought to do, health experts said. A spokeswoman for the Department of Health Care Services, which administers Medi-Cal, said the agency “cannot speculate as to any potential changes to the Medicaid program that may occur under proposed federal legislation.” [...] Tim Jost, a health law professor at Washington & Lee University, said he would be surprised if California headed down this path, which some Republican-led states have attempted in recent years, only to be denied by the Obama administration. The new Republican amendments would also give states the option of choosing between two types of Medicaid federal funding starting in 2020, though both options would result in a significant reduction of federal dollars to Medi-Cal. On the individual ...
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Rockville High rape case draws attention at White House briefing 22.3.2017 Washington Post: Politics
Trump spokesman Sean Spicer, asked about the case, says local officials need to reexamine their policies.
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Immigrants increasingly flowing across US border into Canada 22.3.2017 Salt Lake Tribune
Toronto • Canadian authorities on Tuesday reported a surge of asylum seekers crossing illegally from the U.S. in the first two months of the year. The new statistics show that the total remains small, but the number of people detained is growing and is nearly half of the illegal entries reported in all of 2016. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police intercepted 476 border crossers nationwide in January and 658 in February for a total of 1,134 during Canada’s two coldest months. Most of the crossings ...
Questions linger over whether labor nominee Alex Acosta will stand up for workers 22.3.2017 Washington Post
The Labor nominee is a conservative law school dean who “plays it close to the vest.” Senators will grill him on his views and work record during tomorrow's confirmation hearing.
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Malibu's self-serving 'sanctuary city' sop is fooling no one 21.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

To the editor: The 3-2 vote by Malibu Council members to make their city a “sanctuary” for undocumented immigrants is by no means a gesture of solidarity with illegal workers, but rather an elitist, hypocritical effort to preserve the status quo — a modern form of indentured servitude. (“Malibu...

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Fear Of Deportation Spurs 4 Women To Drop Domestic Abuse Cases In Denver 21.3.2017 NPR: Morning Edition
Denver City Attorney Kristin Bronson says the presence of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in courtrooms is deterring undocumented crime witnesses, including abuse victims, from testifying.
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More refugees expected to flee to Canada in 2017 21.3.2017 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The Manitoba Interfaith Immigration Council, which provides legal assistance for refugees looking for asylum, expects to handle 1,000 asylum claims this year -- about five times the 2016 amount.
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'I just read your article’: Readers comment on a story about Texas neighbors and their feelings about immigration 21.3.2017 Washington Post
'I just read your article’: Readers comment on a story about Texas neighbors and their feelings about immigration
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Ups and downs 20.3.2017 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Ups and downs
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Malibu becomes a sanctuary city — in solidarity with its gardeners, cooks and others in the U.S. illegally 20.3.2017 LA Times: Commentary

The discussion inside Malibu City Hall over whether to become a sanctuary city last week bore the usual hallmarks of the heated national debate over illegal immigration.

While some residents praised the proposal, others blamed those who are in the country illegally for crime and called the move...

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Trump's crackdown focuses on people in the U.S. illegally – but not on the businesses that hire them 20.3.2017 LA Times: Nation

Nearly 20 years ago, Mark Reed, then a top boss for the Immigration and Naturalization Service, sent agents into Nebraska to crack down on meatpackers hiring immigrants who were in the country illegally.

Agents pored over records to ferret out forged documents or fake Social Security numbers, and...

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