November 6, 2018
The Trump administration cancelled a U.S. Border Patrol “crowd control exercise” that was scheduled to take place in El Paso today during the election:
The agency had planned a "mobile field force demonstration" — the latest conspicuous show of force at the border by the federal government ahead of the midterm elections. President Donald Trump recently ordered thousands of U.S. troops to the border, warning of a coming "invasion" by a caravan of Central American migrants who are currently in southern Mexico.
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No truth….will there be consequences?
In the build up to the election, Trump has consistently lied about immigration in order to energize his base with nationalistic rhetoric. A senior administrative assistant said, ““It doesn’t matter if it’s 100 percent accurate. This is the play.” Over the last 6 years views on immigration have become a significant predictor of voter preference- especially among white voters. Will Trump’s "play" work?
The real border crisis
Lack of accountability and transparency dominates U.S. immigration policy, especially at the border where thousands of troops have been arriving recently to prepare for...what exactly?
Related: ICE shuts down Freedom for Immigrants visitation program at the Otay Mesa Detention Facility behind new rules aimed at not allowing volunteers to share information about conditions inside the facility.
The hotline for the facility was also shut down. Freedom for Immigrants is raising money to defray the costs of detainees making phone calls - they are charged up to $25 for 15 minute phone calls!!
In the Courts
Yesterday, the Department of Justice petitioned the Supreme Court to intervene in several cases over the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Over the last year and half, three different federal courts have ruled against the Trump administration’s efforts to terminate the DACA program.
Motel 6 will pay up to $7.6 million to Latinx guests in order to settle a class-action lawsuit. The lawsuit claimed that Motel 6 violated guest privacy by regularly providing guest lists to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents.
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