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A Veteran ICE Agent, Disillusioned with the Trump Era, Speaks Out

NNIRR - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 2:02pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Jonathan Blitzer Story Publisher:  The New Yorker

In March, two months after President Trump took office, I received a text message from a veteran agent at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ice).

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Massachusetts top court: State can't comply with immigration detainers

NNIRR - Mon, 07/24/2017 - 2:02pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Scott Malone Story Publisher:  Reuters

Massachusetts police do not have the authority to detain illegal immigrants solely to buy time for federal law enforcement officials to take them into custody, the state's top court ruled on Monday.

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CAAAV Awarded Community Land Trusts Learning Exchange for Community Controlled Development

CAAAV - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 6:24pm

CAAAV is proud to receive an award to join the Community Land Trust (CLT) Learning Exchange that will provide technical assistance towards forming a Community Land Trust in Chinatown.

To ensure low-income Asian immigrant communities have homes, we need to support housing development models that emphasize community control, not unchecked private housing development that prioritize profits over people.

“A CLT is a not-for-profit organization formed to own land and to maintain control and oversight of houses or rental buildings located on the land. The CLT sells the buildings to qualified buyers but retains ownership of the land to preserve the long term affordability of its housing resources.”

Learn more about the Community Land Trusts Capacity Building Initiative here: http://www.amny.com/…/city-gets-1-65m-to-maintain-expand-af…

Full Press Release: http://www.amny.com/…/city-gets-1-65m-to-maintain-expand-af…

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RELEASE: Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign condemns proposed rate hikes, calls for Act 48

VWC - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 2:39pm

For Immediate Release: 20 July 2017

Contact: Keith Brunner, 802-363-9615

Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign condemns proposed rate hikes, calls for Act 48

Montpelier - Today over thirty people attended a public forum held by the Green Mountain Care Board to oppose proposed health insurance rate hikes.

The board is reviewing a proposal from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont to raise next year’s Vermont Health Connect rates by an average of 12.7%, a move that campaigners say could prevent thousands of people from accessing the care they need to stay healthy. This year’s rate proposal is the highest since the GMCB was created.

“2017 was supposed to be the year that Vermont’s first-in-the-nation universal healthcare plan came into effect,” said Vermont Workers’ Center president Ellen Schwartz. “Instead, we’re still battling with the health insurance industry over rates that will reduce people’s ability to access healthcare, increase medical debt, and worsen the health and economic well-being of our communities.”

The Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign is calling on legislators and Governor Scott to finish the work of designing and implementing Green Mountain Care, the healthcare system laid out in Vermont’s landmark 2011 healthcare law, Act 48. [1]

“Vermont’s elected officials have a moral obligation to stand in solidarity with the most vulnerable in our state by implementing Act 48, and protecting our communities from Washington’s attacks on our healthcare,” said Genevieve Mertens, a nurse and union member at UVM Medical Center.

The Green Mountain Care Board is holding a second public hearing on health insurance rates on Thursday, July 27th, from 5pm - 7pm, and collecting public comments until July 26th.

NOTES FOR EDITORS

  1. Act 48 states that, “The purpose of Green Mountain Care is to provide, as a public good, comprehensive, affordable, high-quality, publicly financed health care coverage for all Vermont residents in a seamless and equitable manner regardless of income, assets, health status, or availability of other health coverage.” Link: http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/Acts/ACT048.pdf

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RELEASE: Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign condemns proposed rate hikes, calls for Act 48

VWC - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 2:39pm

For Immediate Release: 20 July 2017

Contact: Keith Brunner, 802-363-9615

Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign condemns proposed rate hikes, calls for Act 48

Montpelier - Today over thirty people attended a public forum held by the Green Mountain Care Board to oppose proposed health insurance rate hikes.

The board is reviewing a proposal from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont to raise next year’s Vermont Health Connect rates by an average of 12.7%, a move that campaigners say could prevent thousands of people from accessing the care they need to stay healthy. This year’s rate proposal is the highest since the GMCB was created.

“2017 was supposed to be the year that Vermont’s first-in-the-nation universal healthcare plan came into effect,” said Vermont Workers’ Center president Ellen Schwartz. “Instead, we’re still battling with the health insurance industry over rates that will reduce people’s ability to access healthcare, increase medical debt, and worsen the health and economic well-being of our communities.”

The Healthcare is a Human Right Campaign is calling on legislators and Governor Scott to finish the work of designing and implementing Green Mountain Care, the healthcare system laid out in Vermont’s landmark 2011 healthcare law, Act 48. [1]

“Vermont’s elected officials have a moral obligation to stand in solidarity with the most vulnerable in our state by implementing Act 48, and protecting our communities from Washington’s attacks on our healthcare,” said Genevieve Mertens, a nurse and union member at UVM Medical Center.

The Green Mountain Care Board is holding a second public hearing on health insurance rates on Thursday, July 27th, from 5pm - 7pm, and collecting public comments until July 26th.

NOTES FOR EDITORS

  1. Act 48 states that, “The purpose of Green Mountain Care is to provide, as a public good, comprehensive, affordable, high-quality, publicly financed health care coverage for all Vermont residents in a seamless and equitable manner regardless of income, assets, health status, or availability of other health coverage.” Link: http://www.leg.state.vt.us/docs/2012/Acts/ACT048.pdf

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Part 2: Haitian Immigrant & Father of Four Faces Deportation Despite Lack of Fair Hearing in Court

NNIRR - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 2:10pm
Story Type:  Article Story Publisher:  Democracy Now

AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The War and Peace Report.

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Lawmakers Just Introduced a Dream Act Bill. What Does It Mean for You?

NNIRR - Thu, 07/20/2017 - 2:06pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Greisa Martinez Story Publisher:  Medium

Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced(1) a bipartisan bill called the Dream Act of 2017.

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Supreme Court allows Trump travel ban enforcement, but says it must allow broader exemptions for relatives

NNIRR - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 2:09pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Robert Barnes Story Publisher:  The Washington Post

The Supreme Court on Wednesday once again compromised on President Trump’s travel ban, saying the government may enforce tightened restrictions on refugees for now but also must allow into the country more travelers from six mostly Muslim countries who have family members already here.

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Jail Where Sandra Bland Died Now Authorized to Detain Undocumented Immigrants

NNIRR - Wed, 07/19/2017 - 2:00pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Amanda Sakuma Story Publisher:  Color Lines

The Texas jail where Sandra Bland was found dead in her cell two years ago has quietly been enlisted by federal authorities in recent months to help target undocumented immigrants for deportatio

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Washington to send Texas National Guard $2.3M for border security

NNIRR - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 3:27pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Sean Collins Walsh Story Publisher:  American Statesman

The federal government will send $2.3 million to the Texas National Guard this year as part of a four-state border security preparedness program, Lt. Col. Travis Walters said Monday.

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What This American Family Went Through at the Border Was Clearly Unconstitutional

NNIRR - Tue, 07/18/2017 - 1:40pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Hugh Handeyside Story Publisher:  ACLU

Increasing border detentions and a ballooning American watchlisting system are two major drivers of government abuse. A lawsuit the ACLU filed last week challenges both.

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Why Trump's travel ban hits women the hardest

NNIRR - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 1:47pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Michelle Chen Story Publisher:  The Guardian

Trump’s “Muslim ban” is a frontal assault on many universal human rights principles.

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Private Land Is Being Seized in Texas to Build the Border Wall

NNIRR - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 1:40pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Joshua Breisblatt Story Publisher:  Immigration Impact

The House of Representatives unveiled their Fiscal Year 2018 budget for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) this week, which allocates $1.6 billion to begin construction of a border wall along the entire

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Trump Administration Appeals Latest Travel Ban Ruling to the Supreme Court

NNIRR - Mon, 07/17/2017 - 1:28pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Alicia A. Caldwell and Elliot Spagat Story Publisher:  Time

The Trump administration is seeking to close a legal window opened for tens of thousands of refugees to enter the United States, appealing a federal judge's order directly to the Supreme Court.

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Major Impact Seen from Mayor’s Carve-Out of Deportation Defense Program

NNIRR - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 1:48pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Roshan Abraham Story Publisher:  City Limits

When families are brought into the court-room at Varick Street Immigration Court, they see their loved ones seated side-by-side on a bench with other detainees, clad in orange jumpsuits, hands shackled.

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Trump Is Playing Dangerous Military Gambit in Central America

NNIRR - Fri, 07/14/2017 - 1:46pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Dan Beeton Story Publisher:  Alternet

There has been a flurry of Trump administration activity around Central America recently. Most prominently, several cabinet members and Vice President Pence traveled to Miami last month for the administration’s “Conference on Prosperity and Security in Central America” that the United States cohosted with Mexico.

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Taser Lobbyist Quietly Appointed to Top Immigration Enforcement Job

NNIRR - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 7:43pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Lee Fang Story Publisher:  The Intercept

Thomas Blank, a former lobbyist and Republican official, was recently appointed to serve as the chief of staff to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency charged with investigating and enforcing immigration-related matters for the Department of Homeland Security.

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Pursuing ‘A Radical Faith’ in the Trump Era

NNIRR - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 2:11pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Joseph Nevins Story Publisher:  NACLA

In its article on the new Trump initiative to arrest parents suspected of having arranged to bring their children to the United States with the help of smugglers, The New York Times reported on José, a man from El Salvador.

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Trump crafting plan to slash legal immigration

NNIRR - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 1:59pm
Story Type:  Article Story Author:  Eliana Johnson and Josh Dawsey Story Publisher:  Politico

Donald Trump and his aides are quietly working with two conservative senators to dramatically scale back legal immigration — a move that would mark a fulfillment of one of the president's biggest campaign promises.

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After Meeting With DHS Secretary, Rep. Gutiérrez Tells DACA and TPS Recipients to ‘Prepare for the Worst’

NNIRR - Thu, 07/13/2017 - 1:57pm
Story Type:  Article Story Publisher:  Latino Rebels

The following is a Wednesday afternoon release from the office of Rep.

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