A series in which we (will aspire to) offer a sampling of today’s headlines on immigration, race, and related stories.
September 6, 2018
-- Senator Corey Booker (D-NJ) pledges to risk expulsion from the Senate by releasing “racial profiling” email in defiance of “committee confidential” designation for papers in the Kavanaugh confirmation hearing. “I am going to release the email about racial profiling. And I understand that the penalty comes with potential ousting from the Senate. And if Sen. Cornyn believes that I violated Senate rules, I openly invite and accept the consequences,” he said. (Read the released email here.)
Other Senate Judiciary Dems (Durbin, Hirono, and Blumenthal among them) back him up, threatening to release additional documents and face expulsion with him.
After Cornyn read rules of expulsion, Booker responded, “Bring it.”
This is big:
-- Trump administration is withdrawing from Flores Settlement Agreement, freeing them from the settlement’s restrictions, such as the 20 day limit on how long kids can be detained with their parents. The administration claims its new regulations will ensure the core commitment of the agreement to ensure that children are treated “with dignity, respect, and special concern for their particular vulnerability as minors.” However, advocates are rightfully skeptical given this administration's track record of concern for children. The new regulations face a mandatory 60 day public comment period followed by 45 day window for Flores counsel to challenge the changes in court.
-- Australia’s top immigration official under Senate investigation for abuse of power in granting / denying humanitarian visas.
-- People rally around six Tunisian fishermen facing trial in Italy for human trafficking after rescuing migrants from Mediterranean Sea.
-- DOJ rejected intelligence assessment on national security risks posed by refugees, favoring a report by immigration hard-liners that former officials claim “misstates evidence and inflates the threat posed by people born outside the US.”
-- Tulsa, OK jail makes millions detaining immigrants for ICE.
-- On immigration, Trump, and Orwell’s other novel – from America magazine.
The (Real) Resistance:
-- Atlanta's mayor announces the city will no longer cooperate with ICE and demands removal of all detainees in city jails.
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