A series in which we (will aspire to) offer a sampling of today’s headlines on immigration, race, and related stories.
September 12, 2018
Hurricanes Schmurricanes: “They haven’t seen anything like what’s coming at us in 25, 30 years, maybe ever. It’s tremendously big and tremendously wet,” Trump says as he diverts $10 million from FEMA to ICE for increased immigrant detention. FEMA warns that Florence could be a far-reaching, devastating disaster with widespread road closures and power outages that could last for days, but assures reporters that it’s fine, they don’t need the extra $10 million.
After all, Trump reassured us that things went so well in Puerto Rico, despite its "island nature," that it is truly an "unsung success," adding this bite of word-salad: "it was one of the best jobs that's ever been done with respect to what this is all about."
(I’m sure ICE will volunteer to “shelter” any bilingual coastal residents.)
Tornillo tent city to triple capacity in order to warehouse up to 3800 kids on military base. (Recall the incident commander called the whole thing “an incredibly dumb, stupid decision made by our leadership.”)
More Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics:
Contrary to Trump’s dishonest rhetoric, 86% of families actually do show up for immigration hearings – 90%+ of asylum seekers.
Breaking News (jk):
This article on immigration, diversity, and the myth of the “melting pot” – from 1916.
At the Border:
Michael Avenatti among the lawyers gambling to reunite families in the US and get asylum granted.
Video of CBP agent who resigned after realizing undocumented immigrants “just want a better life.”
Around the World:
European Union strips Hungary of Parliamentary vote for violating democratic values with recent anti-immigration laws. (More coverage from WaPo.)
Italy is non contento about being investigated by UN human rights office after reports of anti-immigrant violence.
German Chancellor slams the far-right, reminding the Bundestag that neo-Nazi violence ist nicht so gut.
Meanwhile, Juncker tells EU Parliament genuch with the nationalism already.
Behind the Paywalls:
On the 100 migrants who drowned in the Mediterranean Sea and those who could have prevented the tragedy (from NYT).
Number of families crossing the US-Mexico border surges in August (from WaPo).
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